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Combo/Systems Guide by jchensor

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 09/09/99

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Applicable to the Arcade, Playstation, Saturn Import, and
     Dreamcast versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3.  All
     references to Fei Long, Dee Jay, T.Hawk, Guile, and Evil
     Ryu apply only to the three home versions of Street
     Fighter Alpha 3.  Some references to Balrog may not apply
     to the Arcade version, as Balrog was slightly altered
     in his transition from Arcade to home.
written by James Chen  <jchensor@earthlink.net>

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The Street Fighter game series, the Final Fight series, the DarkStalker
series (specifically NightWarriors and Vampire Savior), and the Marvel Vs.
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mention are also acknowledged.

* * *

This Guide can be found at GameFAQs: www.gamefaqs.com



 1. Systems Guide Outline / Contents
 2. Intro
 3. Combo Guide Glossary / Key Definitions
 4. Basic Combo Techniques
    A. Buffering/Two-in-ones
    B. Chain Combos
    C. Links
 5. Knock-Downs
 6. Counter Hits
 7. Flipping
 8. Juggling
 9. Variable Combos (VCs)
10. The Guy Exception
11. The Gen Exception



     This Guide is deceptively named.  It, in fact, deals very little with 
Combos; i.e. it is not designed to give you Combos for each character, like most 
Combo FAQs do.  More accurately, this is JUST a Street Fighter Alpha 3 SYSTEMS 
Guide.  It mainly deals with the different systems that SFA3 employs: Counter 
Hits, Juggles, Flipping, etc.  However, who would want to read something just 
entitled: The Street Fighter Alpha 3 Systems Guide?  So forgive me for the 
misleading name (of course, to make up for it, I will include a Basic Combo 
Techniques section :-).
     However, I think that this will be a valuable Guide to all Street Fighter 
Alpha 3 players.  Capcom has used a lot of strange new systems with a lot of 
strange rules, many of which have sparked various debates on the likes of 
alt.games.sf2 (especially the Juggling System).  Through many labored 
experiments and the valuable aid of many other Street Fighter players out there, 
I think I have pinpointed the rules and regulations that govern most of the 
systems of SFA3.  This Guide will hopefully provide you with a clear, accurate 
explanation of why things work the way they do and how knowing these facts can 
help you take advantage of them in your gameplay.

     Please keep in mind this is a supplemental Guide for SFA3 players.  This 
Guide will NOT list the codes for special moves, it will NOT tell you about the 
differences between X, A, and V-ism.  For all of the technical information, 
please refer to Kao Megura's _excellent_ SFA3 FAQ.  The information provided in 
that FAQ is more than adequate to satisfy those wanting to know the difference 
between Isms, codes for special modes, etc.  This Guide is actually takes the 
technical concepts mentioned in the FAQ (such as Flipping and Juggling) and 
expands on them in great detail.  Before reading this Guide, it might be a good 
idea to get yourself a copy of Kao's wonderful FAQ, because I will be using the 
same names for all the special moves that Kao uses in his FAQ.  You can find 
Kao's FAQ at various sites, but try these two first and foremost:

http://www.gamefaqs.com      <-- A reliable source for FAQs of ANY game
http://i.am/kao              <-- Kao's personal collection of FAQs

     I have extensively played the Arcade, PlayStation, and Saturn versions of 
this game.  I have tried to note when something only applies to one version and 
not the others in this Guide, if it ever applies.  However, I cannot be held 
accountable for differences between versions I was not aware of that could 
affect some of the specifics about a character that I mention.  Also, because I 
have never played the Dreamcast version of the game (except for a few little 
things here and there), I cannot say what differences applies to it and what 
doesn't.  So far, though, it seems more similar to the PlayStation version while 
the Saturn and Arcade seem to be nearly identical.  erhaps if I have more time, 
one of these days I'll write a section detailing the differences between the 
four version (IF I ever get my hands on a Dreamcast version, which won't be 
anytime soon...).



     There are going to be a lot of terms I'll use in this Guide that are either 
only familiar to Street Fighter veterans or words that I personally made up to 
describe certain things.  Whichever the case, you may run into a term that you 
have NO clue as to what I am talking about.  Thus, I've created this Glossary 
for the terms that I believe need a definition or terms that I just think should 
be in here.  So if you are reading this Guide and run into a word or term you 
may not understand, look it up in the Glossary.  You'll know if the word is in 
the Glossary for sure because any word that I've defined here will be 

* * *

Alpha Counter - n. - The ability for A-ism and V-ism characters to perform a 
counter attack immediately after blocking an attack at the expense of part of 
their Super Meter and a chunk of their Guard Meter.

Animation Frame - n. - All of a characters actions are portrayed through 
Animation Frames.  For example, a Crouching Short Kick from Ryu is composed of 
three Animation Frames: one where Ryu is starting to kick, one where Ryu has his 
leg extended, kicking at the enemy, and the last one with Ryu retracting his 

Anti-Air - adj. - Describes any attack that is designed or used for attacking 
enemies who are airborne.  There are different levels of effectiveness, from 
nearly invincible Anti-Air moves (such as a ShouRyuKen), really effective but 
strange-looking Anti-Air moves (such as Guy's Crouching Strong, which doesn't 
hit upwards at all!), and really very ineffective Anti-Air moves (such as Dan's 
KouRyuKen, which barely beats any Jumping attacks).

Block Stun - n. - After blocking an attack, characters go into what is known as 
"Block Stun."  During Block Stun, they are stuck in blocking animation and 
cannot do anything except block again (or Alpha Counter).  The length of Block 
Stun depends on the attack that was blocked.

Buffer - v. - Buffering is the name given to a Street Fighter's ability to 
cancel certain Normal Moves' animation into a Special Move or a Super at certain 
Animation Frames of the attack (only if the Normal Move makes contact with the 

Chain - v. - Used to generically describe the cancellation of any move into any 
other move.
   - n. - The act of Chaining one move to another.

Chain Combo - n. - The ability for certain characters to cancel a Normal Move 
into another Normal Move.

Close Up - adj. - Used to describe the type of Normal Move that can only be 
performed if you are within a certain distance of the enemy (usually a very 
small distance) in A-ism or X-ism.  In V-ism, Close Up attacks are performed by 
holding Back on the controller.

Combometer - n. - The counter on the side of the screen that tells you how many 
hits your combo was.

Controls - Here is a diagram of the controls of a typical Street Fighter Alpha 3 
machine.  The names used in this Guide to describe the joystick positions and 
buttons label the diagram.  The diagram is labeled as if your character is 
facing right.

             JOYSTICK POSITIONS              |           BUTTONS
             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^              |           ^^^^^^^
                    Jump                     |
                     o                       |
       Back Jump o   |   o Forward Jump      |
                  \  |  /                    |    o          o          o
                   \ | /                     |   JAB      STRONG     FIERCE
        Back o ----- o ----- o Towards       |
                  Neutral                    |    o          o          o
                  /  |  \                    |  SHORT     FORWARD  ROUNDHOUSE
Defensive Crouch o   |   o Offensive Crouch  |
                     o                       |
                   Crouch                    |

Corner - n. - The ends of the playing field, where the screens stop scrolling.  
The corner is the furthest to the side you can go.

Counter Hit - n. - This is when you connect an attack against an opponent in the 
middle of their attack.  The game rewards you with a Counter Hit.
   - v. - To hit the enemy with a Counter Hit.

Cross-Up - n. - The type of attack that can hit the opponent behind you when you 
jump over them.  An example of this is Zangief's Down + Fierce in the air, which 
can hit behind him when he jumps over the opponent.
   - v. - To land such a hit on an opponent.

Crouch - adj. - The condition your character is in if you hold any of the three 
down positions on the joystick.  Describes attacks done from this position.
   - v. - To press one of the down positions to cause your character to be in a 
crouching position.

Custom Combos - n. - The name of the special attack method in Street Fighter 
Alpha 2 that allowed you to Chain any attack into any other attack at the 
expense of your entire Super Meter.
   - n. - Also the name of the special attack method available to V-ism 
characters in Street Fighter Alpha 3.  However, to avoid confusion, I will call 
Custom Combos performed by characters in Alpha 3 by an alternate name: Variable 
Combos (VCs), named after the V-ism character mode (Variable Mode).  Note that 
the game itself DOES call the VCs by the name of Custom Combos (or Original 
Combos in the Japanese version).  Variable Combos is not their official name, 
but I will use it to distinguish it from Alpha 2's Custom Combos.

Damage Scaling - n. - The system in almost every Capcom fighting game where 
combos do less and less damage as the number of hits increases.

Delay Period - n. - The period in a Special Move where your character can no 
longer hit the opponent and is still stuck in recovery time.  For example, in 
R.Mika's Shooting Peach (reverse Fireball + Kick), when she lands on the floor, 
she is in Delay Period, because the attack cannot hit the enemy anymore and she 
is stuck in delay.

Directional Moves - n. - The name of Normal Moves that require you to hold a 
specific direction on the joystick.  Ryu's Hop Kick is an example of this 
because you have to hold Towards on the controller and hit Forward Kick in order 
to do the move.  Leaving the joystick at Neutral or Back will not result in the 
Hop Kick.

Exhibition Combos - n. - This is what I call combos that have no practicality 
whatsoever, but are really funny, cool, or amazing to see.  Combos that are 
really cool but give the enemy about 8 chances to Flip and end the combo can be 
considered an Exhibition Combo.  A combo that wastes a Level 3 for one measly 
hit, but looks cool or is used to do something weird is an Exhibition combos.  
Basically, they are just for show.

Far Away - adj. - Used to describe the type of Normal Move that is NOT a Close 
Up move.  In A-ism and X-ism, this usually means the Normal Move is performed at 
a distance away from the opponent.  In V-ism, Far Away moves are normally done 
by leaving the controller at Neutral or by holding Towards on the controller.

Fierce - n. - One of the attack buttons.  See CONTROLS.

Flip - n. - The ability to cancel out your own Reel in the air by hitting two 
punch buttons at the same time.  Your character will recover and land on his/her 
feet.  Note, however, that the official technical term for Flipping is 
     - v. - To perform a Flip.

Forward - n. - One of the attack buttons.  See CONTROLS.

Guard Meter - n. - This is the meter underneath a character's energy bar.  It 
drains after blocking attacks and recovers its energy slowly.  If it is 
completely drained, the character will go into a small period of stun where they 
are vulnerable to any incoming attacks.

Hard Attack - n. - One of the three Normal Move attack strengths.  Hard Attacks 
refer to the Fierce and Roundhouse buttons.

Hit Frame - n. - An Animation Frame of your character that actually can register 
a hit.  For example, Ryu's Crouching Fierce has multiple Hit Frames.  He can hit 
with the Animation Frame with his fist still at chest level as well as the 
Animation Frame with his hand up in the air.  The Animation Frame where he is 
retracting his arm, however, is NOT a Hit Frame because it cannot hit anyone in 
the particular frame.

Hit Freeze - n. - Name I use to describe the slight delay that occurs whenever a 
move makes contact.  Whenever a move connects, the game freezes for half a 
second normally.

Hit Throw - n. - Describes one class of Throws.  Hit Throws generally register 
on the Combometer (for more details, please read the section regarding Hit 
Throws).  What classifies Hit Throws mainly is the fact that all characters can 
be Juggled after a Hit Throw.

Hitting Potential - n. - The portion of your move's animation that contains 
nothing but Hit Frames.

Jab - n. - One of the attack buttons.  See CONTROLS.

Juggle - n. - Any hit that occurs against an opponent in the middle of a Reel in 
the air.
   - v. - To hit the opponent with a Juggle.

Juggle Limit - n. - The restriction that the game implements when a character is 
Juggled into a corner.  Once the Juggle Limit is activated, you are only allowed 
one more Juggle.

Jump - v. - To hit one of the three up positions on the controller, which causes 
your character to jump into the air.
   - adj. - Used to describe attacks done while in a Jump.

Knock-Down - n. - A move that, when landed on an opponent, causes the opponent 
to fall on their backs (as opposed to landing on their feet).
   - adj. - Used to describe a move that causes a Knock-Down.

Link - n. - A combo method where you combo two moves in a row not based on any 
special combo method.  The first move simply recovers right away and the second 
move simply comes out really quickly.

Meaty - adj. - Describes attacks that are timed so that the enemy gets up into 
it when they get up after being knocked down.

Medium Attack - n. - One of the three Normal Move attack strengths.  Medium 
Attacks refer to the Strong and Forward buttons.

Meter - n. - When using the word Meter, I am referring to the secondary Meter at 
the bottom of the screen that tells you how much Super energy you have (in A-ism 
and X-ism) or how much Variable Combo energy you have (in V-ism).

Neutral - n. - Describes the position of the joystick when you are not holding 
it at all.  See CONTROLS.

Neutral State - n. - The period of time when your character is NOT in the middle 
of any move or jump.  A Neutral State is when you character is on the ground and 
has the freedom to choose any action, including walk, Crouch, Jump, attack, and 

Non-Throw Jugglable - adj. - Describes one class of characters that cannot be 
Juggled after a Normal Throw.

Normal Move - n. - This is used to describe any attack performed by a character 
that does not require a joystick motion.  Normal Moves do not cause block damage 
and are done by simple, single button presses.  Directional Moves count as 
Normal Moves because they only require a joystick position, not a motion.

Normal Throw - n. - One of the two classes of Throws.  A Normal Throw is a Throw 
that does just that: Throws the opponent.  A Normal Throw is distinguishable 
from a Hit Throw in the fact that Non-Throw Jugglable characters cannot be 
Juggled after a Normal Throw.

Offensive Crouch - n. - Describes a position of the joystick.  See CONTROLS.

Overheads - n. - Describes the name of an attack performed from the ground that 
must be blocked while Standing.  If the enemy Crouch blocks, they will get hit 
by Overheads.

Projectile - n. - The generic name applied to all Special Moves where the 
character attacks the opponent with a Fireball.  Ryu's Hadouken, Charlie's Sonic 
Boom, Sagat's Tiger Shot, and Chun Li's Kikoken are all examples.

Rapid Fire Weak Attack - n. - The type of Weak Attack that can Chain into any 
other Weak Attack.

Reel - n. - This is the action of a character when they are hit by a move.

Reel Arc - n. - The Reel Arc is what I call the path that a character falls in 
after being hit by a Knock Down move.  When hit by a Knock Down, the character 
usually flies upwards a little and then falls back down in an arc.

Reel Stun - n. - Describes the period of animation when the character is in the 
process of getting hit.  The character remains in Reel until he/she returns to a 
Neutral State and can block, attack, etc.

Repeated Button Tapping Special Move - n. - The name I use that refers to they 
type of Special Move that requires you to repeatedly tap on a button in order to 
activate it.  Gen's Hyakurenkou, Honda's Hyakuretsu Harite, and Chun Li's 
Hyakuretsu Kyaku are the only Special Moves in the game that fall into this 

Reversal - adj. - This describes the ability for a character to go from one a 
"non-hittable" state straight into a Special Move instantly with nothing 
happening in between.  There are three situations that a player is able to 
perform a Reversal attack: 1) Going straight from getting up off the floor 
(during which you are invincible) into a Special Move (the INSTANT you are done 
getting up, the first Animation Frame you go into is your Special Move).  2) 
Going straight from Block Stun into a Special Move (the INSTANT your Block Stun 
ends, the first Animation Frame you go into is your Special Move).  3) If you 
are hit out of the air by a non-Knock Down move and can no longer be Juggled, 
you can go straight from your landing animation (during which you are 
invincible) into a Special Move the INSTANT you land (right when you land, the 
first Animation Frame you will go into will be your Special Move).  This is most 
useful in conjunction will moves that are invincible when they start (Ryu or 
Ken's Shouryuken, Cammy's Cannon Spike, most Level 3 Super Combos, a Variable 
Combo, etc.), as they will beat any attack or Throw that is attempted on you at 
that first instant when you become vulnerable again.

Roll - n. - This is the ability for a character, after getting hit by a Knock 
Down attack or getting hit out of the air, to roll forward the instant they hit 
the ground.  The distance you roll can be controlled depending on how long you 
hold Towards on the controller (there is a min and a max distance, however).
   - v. - To perform a Roll.

Roundhouse - n. - One of the attack buttons.  See CONTROLS.

Shadow - n. - This is the name for the clone of yourself that also can attack 
the enemy produced by the activation of a Variable Combo.

Short - n. - One of the attack buttons.  See CONTROLS.

Slide - n. - This is the classification of moves that cause the character 
performing the slide to travel forward with an attack that must be Crouch 
blocked.  Bison's Crouching Roundhouse kick, Cody's Crouching Forward kick, and 
R.Mika's Crouching Roundhouse kick are examples of this type of move.
   - v. - To perform a slide.

Special Move - n. - This is used to describe the type of attack that requires a 
joystick motion or a combination of buttons to perform.  One of the main 
properties of a Special Move is their ability to do damage even if the attack is 
blocked.  Another property of a Special Move is the ability to be canceled into 
from a Bufferable Normal Move.

Spinning Pile Drivers - n. - This is the generic name given to all the Special 
Move Throws that require the Spinning Pile Drive motion: 5/8 of a circle on the 
joystick plus a button.  Moves like Cammy's Hooligan Throw (not a Spinning Pile 
Driver motion to perform) and Sodom's Daikyou Burning (not an unblockable Throw) 
do not count.

Standing - adj. - The condition your character is in if the joystick is in any 
of the middle positions: Back, Towards, and Neutral.  Describes attacks done 
from this position.

Straight Throws - n. - Describes one class of Throws.  The best way to recognize 
Straight Throws is that, usually, your character just takes the enemy and 
literally Throws them (no form of hitting occurs at all).  What distinguishes 
Straight Throws is the fact that Non-Throw Jugglable characters cannot be 
Juggled after this type of Throw.

Strong - n. - One of the attack buttons.  See CONTROLS.

Supers - n. - Only in X-ism or A-ism, these are the attacks that, when 
performed, consume energy from your Meter.

Sweep - n. - An attack that must be Crouch blocked, including Slides.  If you 
are performing a Stand block, you will be hit.
   - v. - To hit your enemy with a Sweep.

Throw - n. - Describes the form of attack, whether performed from the ground or 
in the air, that cannot be blocked at all.  This can be a regular Throw 
(performed by holding a direction on the joystick and pressing 2 punches or two 
kicks, depending on the character), or a Special Move Throw, such as a Spinning 
Pile Driver.
   - v. - To perform a Throw.

Throw Jugglable - adj. - Describes one class of character that can be Juggled 
after any Throw, whether it be a Hit Throw or a regular Throw. 

Towards - n. - Describes a position of the joystick.  See CONTROLS.

Variable Combos - n. - Only in V-ism, the name of the special attack method that 
consumes energy from your Meter.  See CUSTOM COMBOS.

Weak Attack - n. - One of the three Normal Move attack strengths.  Weak Attacks 
refer to the Jab and Short buttons.



     In keeping with the concept that this IS, in sorts, a "Combo" Guide, I will 
start of with an explanation of the basic, simple Combo techniques.  Since the 
majority of Street Fighter experts will know most of this, this section can 
pretty much be skipped by such experts.

* * *

     The most practiced and useful form of comboing in the Street Fighter 
series, since the days of Classic, through Super Turbo, the Alpha Series, and 
the Street Fighter Three series, is Buffering, also known as "Two-in-ones."  The 
concept of Buffering is the ability for Street Fighters to be able to cancel the 
animation of certain Normal Moves into one of their Special Moves.  Normally, 
the Normal Move causes the enemy to Reel long enough for the Special Move to hit 
them out of their Reel Stun, rewarding the attacker with a combo.  An example of 
this is the ability for Ryu to cancel Crouching Forward Kick into a Hadouken for 
his most infamous two-hit combo.
     It is also key to note that since different moves put the enemy into 
different Reel Stun lengths, certain moves are better to be buffered from than 
others.  All Jabs and Shorts (Weak Attacks) done from the ground cause the same 
Reel Stun length, the shortest Reel Stun length in the game.  All Strongs and 
Forwards (Medium Attacks) cause the same Reel Stun length, which is longer than 
the Weak Attacks.  And finally, all Fierces and Roundhouses (Hard Attacks) cause 
the same Reel Stun length, which are the longest Reel Stun lengths that can be 
caused by a Normal Move.
     Since Special Moves have varying distances and different speeds at which 
they come out, it becomes imperative to learn, for your character, which moves 
are Bufferable and which Special Moves combo from these moves.  For instance, a 
move such as Rose's Soul Spiral is too slow to combo if you Buffer it from any 
Weak Attack.  Crouch Jab Buffered into a Short Soul Spiral will not combo, 
because the Soul Spiral takes too long to come out, and the enemy will have 
recovered from their Reel Stun before it connects.  However, since a Crouching 
Strong is Bufferable and causes a longer Reel Stun, a Short Soul Spiral will 
combo after it.  However, a Roundhouse Soul Spiral is even SLOWER to come out 
than a Short Soul Spiral, so a Crouching Strong isn't even sufficient enough to 
Buffer from.  Thus, a Crouching Fierce is in order for Rose.  Crouching Fierce 
puts the enemy in a long enough Reel Stun that a Roundhouse Soul Spiral will 
combo afterwards.
     It is good to note that if a Special Move combos after being buffered from 
an attack, it is guaranteed to also Combo after any Normal Move of the same and 
stronger strengths.  So for example, if Guy's Jab-Houzantou (Elbow Attack: 
Reverse Fireball + Punch) combos after being Buffered from Close Up Standing 
Strong, then it will also combo after being Buffered from Close Up Standing 
Forward (same strength Normal Move) AND Close Up Standing Fierce (Stronger 
Normal Move).
     Another quick example: since Ryu's Hadouken combos after being Buffered 
from a Crouching Jab, it is safe to assume that it will combo after ALL of Ryu's 
Bufferable moves, since they are all of equal or higher strength.
     Distancing can also affect the ability of Buffered Special Moves to combo 
or not.  Guy's Jab-Houzantou can be comboed after a Close Up Standing Strong, 
but it won't combo after being Buffered from a Far Away Standing Strong because 
the Houzantou can't reach the enemy with the early Hit Frames that occur before 
the move has traveled a longer distance.  By the time the move reaches the 
enemy, it is already in the later Hit Frames and the enemy has already recovered 
from their Reel Stun by that time.

* * *

     Chain Combos are the ability for a character to cancel the animation of a 
Normal Move into another Normal Move, much like Buffering is the ability to 
cancel Normal Moves into Special Moves.  The sequence of Normal Moves cancel 
into each other so quickly that the opponent cannot recover from their Reel Stun 
quick enough to block.  The reason why this is particularly useful is that, in 
most cases, the last move of a Chain Combo is Bufferable.  Thus, after 
performing a Chain Combo, you can THEN buffer the last move in the chain into a 
Special Move to end the combo, giving you more hits than if you only used one 
Normal Move.  In most cases, this also increases the damage you perform, so it's 
a useful technique.
     There are three different types of Chain Combos: the Rapid Fire Weak 
Attacks, The Classic CPSI Chain (the Doujioshi SP), and the Regular Chain 

-Rapid Fire Weak Attacks-
     Rapid Fire Weak Attacks are basically the quick Jabs and Shorts that can be 
chained into themselves.  The most well-known of these moves is Ryu and Ken's 
Crouching Short.  If one is Crouching and hits Short as fast as possible when 
right next to the opponent, you can easily be rewarded with three successive 
Crouching Shorts for a three-hit combo (usually, the next Crouching Short 
misses, as the enemy has been pushed too far away).  Thus, in essence, the 
Crouch Short is chaining into itself repeatedly.  Thus, the Crouching Short of 
Ryu and Ken can be called a "Rapid Fire Weak Attack" in that it can chain into 
itself.  That is a good, simple way to describe it.
     However, the actual technical way in which a Rapid Fire Weak Attack works 
in SFA3 is that it has the ability to Chain into ANY Weak Attack.  If the Weak 
Attack it chains into happens to be ANOTHER Rapid Fire Weak Attack, you can then 
Chain from that one again.  However, the restriction must be stated once again: 
you can only Chain a Rapid Fire Weak Attack into another Weak Attack, i.e. any 
other form of Jab or Short (Crouching or Standing).
     Most every character has at least one Jab or Short that counts as a Rapid 
Fire Weak Attack.  Some characters have more than one.  Let's look at Sakura for 
example.  Her Standing Jab, Crouching Jab, and Crouching Short are all 
considered Rapid Fire Weak Attacks.  Thus, you can chain any of those three 
moves into each other, such as Standing Jab into Crouching Jab into Crouching 
Short.  You can also Chain them into the Standing Short kick, which provides us 
with Sakura's most heavily relied-on combo: Crouching Short into Crouching Short 
into Standing Short.  However, since Standing Short is NOT a Rapid Fire Weak 
Attack, the Chain Combo ends there.  Fortunately, Sakura's Standing Short is 
Bufferable and a Fierce Shou Ou Ken combos from a Standing Short, so tacking 
that at the end of the Chain Combo gives Sakura her most highly used combo.
     Some characters, such as Dee Jay, have all four Weak Attacks as Rapid Fire 
Weak Attacks.  Thus, he can conceivably Chain any of the attacks into any other 
of the Weak Attacks.  Of course, he normally can't get more than three or four 
of them off in one combo.  Other characters, such as Adon, have only ONE Rapid 
Fire Weak attack.  Thus, Adon can only Chain from Standing Jab, his only one.  
Some characters, like Cammy, can have Rapid Fire Close Up Weak Attacks, but the 
Far Away version is NOT a Rapid Fire Weak Attack.  Cammy's Close Up Short is a 
Rapid Fire Weak Attack but her Far Away Short is not.

-The X-Mode Classic CPSI Chain (Doujioshi SP)-
     The Classic CPSI Chain is actually an extension of the Rapid Fire Weak 
Attacks.  Basically, this can be considered a "Rapid Fire Weak Attack Chain 
Combo Ender" since you can now end any Rapid Fire Weak Attack Chain Combo with a 
Fierce attack, rather than another Weak Attack.  However, since it is only 
usable by X-ism, I will count it as it's own Chain Combo type.
     It seems Capcom decided to implement a little inside joke.  Back in the 
original three Street Fighter II's (Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II 
Champion Edition, and Street Fighter II Turbo Classic CPSI), any character with 
a Rapid Fire Weak Attack had a strange ability to Chain their Rapid Fire Weak 
attack into a Standing Strong or Standing Fierce (or their Standing Rapid Fire 
Weak Attack into a Crouching Strong or Crouching Fierce).  This was largely 
believed to be a glitch, but it was a glitch that could easily be used for 
devastating combos, especially with Ryu and Ken.  However, to perform this 
glitch, you had to, with good timing, hit Short + Fierce (or Short + Strong) at 
the exact same time in order for the Strong/Fierce to Chain from the Rapid Fire 
Weak Attack.  In other words, say with Ryu, you hit the enemy with a Crouching 
Short and then hit Standing Short + Fierce.  If timed correctly, this will cause 
the Crouching Short to be chained into the Standing Fierce for a quick hitting 
Crouching Short into Standing Fierce two-hit combo.  This technique was 
discovered late in Hyper Fighting's career, but still worked on all three of the 
Street Fighter II games that utitlized Capcom's CPSI board (thus, it's called 
the Classic CPSI Chain).  It particularly gave Ryu and Ken some nasty combos, 
and became heavily used in very late Hyper Fighting competitions.
     Apparently, Capcom seemed to like that technique for Chaining, because they 
decided to bring it back!  All X-ism characters with a Rapid Fire Weak Attack 
can Chain any of their Rapid Fire Weak Attacks into a Fierce attack utilizing 
the exact same method used in those early CPSI Street Fighters.  Note that 
although you could Chain a Rapid Fire Weak Attack into Strong in the old games, 
you can ONLY Chain it into Fierce in Alpha 3.  Basically, with the same timing 
you would Chain the Rapid Fire Weak Attack into another Weak Attack, hit Short + 
Fierce at the same time instead.  Then, rather than having your Rapid Fire Weak 
Attack Chain into another Weak Attack, it'll Chain into a Fierce!  And you can 
do any version of Fierce you want: Standing, Crouching, OR anything else (such 
as Towards + Fierce with X-Ryu).  So basically, the Chain Combo sequence is:

     Rapid Fire Weak Attack -> Short + Fierce

     Of course, for certain characters this is more useful than with other 
characters.  The most useful implementation of the Classic CPSI Chain (it is 
called the "Doujioshi SP" in Kao Megura's FAQ) seems to be with X-Sakura, whose 
Close Up Standing Fierce is Bufferable.  Thus, instead of doing Crouching Short 
-> Crouching Short -> Standing Short and then Buffering that into a Fierce Shou 
Ou Ken, X-Sakura can do Crouching Short -> Crouching Short -> Standing FIERCE 
and cancel THAT into the Shou Ou Ken.  Needless to say, in X-Mode, this combo 
does a LOT of damage, especially since you're getting in an extra Fierce attack 
after landing a Crouching Short!
     Other examples?  X-Gen can simulate A-Gen's Chain Combo ability (see next 
section for more details on Gen's Chain Combos): he can do Crouching Jab into 
Crouching Short into Crouching Short into Crouching Fierce now, just like he can 
in A-ism.  Cody can do Crouching Jab into Crouching Jab into Crouching Fierce 
into a Short Ruffian Kick, a particularly useful combo for X-Cody.  Cody can 
even hit a Standing opponent, while holding his Knife, with a Standing Jab into 
Standing Jab into Standing Fierce, for a painful three-hit Knife combo.
     Of course, some of these won't combo, simply because the Fierce takes too 
long to come out.  For example, X-Zangief can Chain Crouching Jab into Crouching 
Fierce, but it won't connect as a two-hit combo.  Thus, you can use it as a 
pressure tactic, but not as an actual combo.

-Regular Chain Combos-
     Regular Chain Combos are different than the Rapid Fire Weak Attacks because 
they can actually Chain moves other than Jab or Short into a sequence.  However, 
most Regular Chain Combos are very restrictive, in that the sequence is fixed, 
so there isn't much variety you can do.  There are actually only two characters 
with Chain Combos: Guy and Gen.  Both characters' Chain Combos behave very 
differently from each other, so I will explain each separately.

1) Guy: Guy has what has come to be known as the "Final Fight Chain" (called 
Bushin Goukusa Ken in Kao's FAQ), the exact Chain Combo he possessed in Final 
Fight many, many years ago.  In SFA3, however, he actually has to use different 
buttons to perform the whole thing :-).  The Chain Combo Sequence is as follows:

    Jab -> Strong -> Fierce -> Roundhouse

     All four must be done while Standing (in other words, Crouching moves do 
not work).  The timing is also very picky, unlike Chain Combos in Street Fighter 
Alpha 1 or in any of the Versus Games (e.g. X-Men Vs. Street Fighter).  Ramming 
on the buttons as fast as possible, hoping that the Chain Combo comes out will 
only work rarely.  In order to become an expert at this Chain Combo, you'll need 
to learn and practice the timing.  A general description of the timing is to hit 
the next button in the sequence about half a second AFTER it connects (if you 
try to hit the button the INSTANT it connects, as in NightWarriors or Vampire 
Savior, it usually won't work).
     To make matters even worse, between certain buttons, you cannot hold 
certain directions on the controller, or it will simply prevent the Chain from 
continuing.  So if you try to do the whole Chain Combo while holding Back on the 
joystick, you won't even begin the Chain, as Jab cannot be Chained into Strong 
if you are holding Back on the controller!  If you hold Towards on the 
controller, you'll only get as far as Jab -> Strong, as Strong cannot chain into 
Fierce if you are holding _Towards_ on the controller.  Plus, NOTHING will Chain 
if you are holding Down on the controller (except for X-Guy... more to be 
explained).  In other words, to make it as easy as possible, just do the whole 
Chain with the joystick at Neutral :-).  You can't miss that way.
     Since Jab is a Rapid Fire Weak Attack, he can do two or three or even four 
before going into the Chain Combo.  You can even start the Chain Combo with a 
Standing Close Up Short, since that, too, is a Rapid Fire Weak Attack.
     There is an alternate, acceptable Chain Combo Guy can use with his 
sequence.  Guy can leave out the Jab and simply do a two-hit Chain:

     Strong -> Fierce

     The Fierce cannot Chain into Roundhouse afterwards because, if Guy doesn't 
Chain the Jab into the Strong, the Strong will only chain into his normal 
Standing Fierce (Close Up, the Fierce will come out as an Uppercut-like punch.  
Far Away, it will be just a straight armed punch), not the Final Fight Chain 
Fierce (in the middle of the Final Fight Chain, the Fierce comes out as a an 
elbow attack to the head).  However, Close Up, that normal Standing Fierce is 
Bufferable!  So the Strong -> Fierce chain can be useful for Corner traps and 
combos that require a Buffered Fierce, such as Strong -> Fierce -> Jab Houzantou 
(Guy's Elbow Attack).
     Oh, and it might be useful to point out that in X-ism, Guy can do the 
following Chain as another alternate version:

     Jab -> Strong -> Fierce -> Down + Roundhouse

     The Down + Roundhouse will cause Guy to throw the opponent over his head, 
setting up for a Juggle.

     There are two small "glitches" concerning Guy's Chain Combo.  The first 
one, which is of practically no use, allows Guy to do a Strong -> Fierce -> 
Roundhouse chain, without the Standing Jab at the beginning.  Simply do a Jab 
into Strong Chain and then buffer that Strong into any Special Move.  Then, ONLY 
IF THE VERY NEXT THING YOU DO is a Standing Strong that hits the enemy, you can 
Chain that into a Fierce which, oddly enough, comes out as the Final Fight Chain 
Fierce (the elbow), not the normal Standing Fierce.  Thus, it's not Bufferable, 
but it CAN be chained into Roundhouse.
     The second glitch, something that was very recently described to me by 
Marco Alvarez, is the ability to perform a Special Move after doing the first 
three hits of the Final Fight Chain (Jab -> Strong -> Fierce), even though the 
Fierce in the Final Fight Chain isn't Bufferable.  Basically, you have to time 
the button press for whatever Special Move you want to do with the same timing 
you would push the button to Chain into the Roundhouse at the end of the Final 
Fight Chain.  However, for the Special Move to come out, you have to hit the 
MOVE.  So for example, say you want to do the first three hits of the Final 
Fight Chain into the Bushin Hassou Ken (the Punch Super).  You would do Jab -> 
Strong -> Fierce at first.  In the middle of pressing Fierce, you begin the 
motion for the Super.  You finish the motion right when you would hit Roundhouse 
for the normal Chain.  Then, you hit Roundhouse followed by an IMMEDIATE Fierce 
(basically you're hitting the two buttons almost at the exact same time!  That's 
how little time you must put between the two button presses).  If performed just 
right, the Roundhouse kick won't come out and the Super will come out instead.  
This technique is VERY hard to pull off and has yet to be fully tested and 
exploited.  An update to this will come as events warrant.

2) Gen: Gen, in Sou-ryuu Mode (Punch Mode, or Mourning Style), Gen can chain all 
of his Normal Moves together in one order:

     Weak Attack -> Strong -> Forward -> Fierce -> Roundhouse

     Gen can start at any button in the sequence and chain into any other 
button, so long as it is later in the sequence.  So in other words, Gen can do a 
Jab -> Short -> Strong -> Fierce, skipping Forward and choosing to leave out 
Roundhouse.  He can also do Jab -> Strong -> Forward -> Roundhouse, skipping 
Short and Fierce.  However, he CANNOT Chain backwards in the sequence.  Thus, 
Fierce can never Chain into Jab, Short, Strong, or Forward, Forward can never 
Chain into Jab, Short, or Strong, and so on (this IS different than in Street 
Fighter Alpha 2, where Gen could Chain into anything of the same strength.  For 
example, he used to be able to Chain Roundhouse into Fierce, since they are of 
the same strength button-wise.  Capcom changed it in Alpha 3 so that he can ONLY 
follow the above sequence).
     When doing the Chain Combo, Gen can Chain into any version of the move.  
That is, he can Chain into a Standing or Crouching version of the attack.  For 
example, Gen can do a Crouching Short Chained into a Crouching Forward, or he 
can do a Crouching Short Chained into a Standing Forward.  He can also start 
with a Standing Short instead.  The only exception to this rule is that NO move 
can be Chained into a Crouching Roundhouse.  It just simply isn't allowed.
     Since all of Gen's Weak Attacks, except Standing Short, are Rapid Fire Weak 
Attacks, Gen can Chain the other three Weak Attacks into themselves.  Standing 
Short, however, can only be chained into moves later in the sequence.  It can 
also, for some reason, be chained ONLY into Crouching Short, but no other Weak 

* * *

     In the olden days of Street Fighter, Links were very useful in doing longer 
combos if you had no Chain Combos.  A Link is not a special form of combo, 
whereas Chain Combos and Buffering are both built-in forms of comboing.  
Basically, a Link is when you combo two moves in a row using no special methods.  
Usually, a Link occurs if the first move ends fast enough so that a second move, 
which typically comes out really quickly, can hit the enemy before he/she 
finishes recovering from his/her Reel Stun, thus registering the two hits as a 
Combo.  For example, Guy can do a Crouching Jab and, with good timing, throw out 
a Standing Jab right afterwards before the enemy recovered from the Crouching 
Jab.  Ken can perform a Close Up Standing Roundhouse on wider characters and, 
before the enemy recovers, catch them with a Crouch Roundhouse for a two-hit 
combo.  R.Mika can do a Standing Fierce right next to the enemy and link a 
Crouching kick (any one of them: Short, Forward, or Roundhouse) afterwards, 
before the enemy recovers.  Fei Long can do a Standing Close-Up Forward kick and 
Link that into a Crouching Strong, the Rekka Ken, and others.  Gen can Link a 
Crouching Fierce into a Fierce Hyakurenkou (Hundred Hand-Slap).
     Unfortunately, Links (without any assistance... this will be explained 
later) have gone the way of the dinosaur in Alpha 3!  If you play Training Mode 
in Alpha 3 on any of the home versions, it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to find two 
moves that can Link into each other, other than the few I've already listed 
(anyone know of any more out there?).  I have used a Turbo Controller and even 
with the Turbo function, I am having GREAT difficulties finding two moves that 
actually link into each other!  I haven't sat there and tried every combination 
possible (that would probably take DAYS to do, and I'm sure TZW will do it one 
day... I'll let him do the work :-).  If you don't know who TZW is, I apologize 
about the obscure reference.  Just simply ignore my comment!!).  So far, I have 
not found any new combinations of two moves that actually link into each other.
     So why the hell am I listing Links as a form of comboing when I'm claiming 
they're so rare in Alpha 3?  I'm listing them because Links are there, and they 
can happen a lot more, but they have to have some help: Counter Hits.  Using 
Counter Hits, you can actually Link moves together.  However, since I have not 
discussed what Counter Hits are yet, I will simply skip the issue for now and 
talk about Links once again when I reach the Counter Hits section.


     Knock-Downs play a HUGE role in Street Fighter Alpha 3, more so than in 
previous games.  The reason for this is the huge impact they play in the 
Juggling System, as Knock-Downs can be used to set up some very easy Juggles.  
However, in order to fully understand the Juggling System, one must get an 
understanding of the Knock-Down system first, and this section will do just 
     So what exactly classifies as a Knock-Down?  A Knock-Down is any move that, 
when hitting the enemy, causes them to land on the floor on their backs.  There 
are many different forms of Knock-Downs.  In the following sections, I will 
classify the different types of Knock-Downs.

* * *

-=Special Moves As Knock-Downs=-
     Many Special Moves are Knock-Downs: The Shotokans' Jab Shouryukens are 
Knock-Downs.  The third hit of Dan's Dankuu Kyaku is a Knock-Down.  Sodom's 
Fierce Jigoku Scrape is a Knock-Down.  However, certain Special Moves are not 
Knock-Downs, like Sodom's Jab Jigoku Scrape and any Projectile (Hadouken, Sonic 
Boom, etc.).  However, ALL Special Moves are considered Knock-Downs if they hit 
the enemy out of the air.  Every Special Move that hits an enemy out of the air, 
even projectiles, cause the enemy to land on their backs (except for the attacks 
that come after Rolento's Mekong Delta Escape, but those technically count as 
Normal Moves).

* * *

-=Super Combos As Knock-Downs=-
     Unlike Special Moves, almost ALL of the Super Combos (maybe 99% of them) 
are Knock-Downs, so Supers that do not cause the enemy to land on their back 
when they connect are very rare.  Charlie's Sonic Break, Guile's Sonic 
Hurricane, and Rolento's Steel Rain (Knife Super) do not count as Knock-Downs 
because they do not cause the enemy to fall on their backs when they connect.  
However, once again, 100% of the Supers are Knock-Downs when they hit the enemy 
out of the air.

* * *

-=Normal Moves As Knock-Downs=-
     The most rare are Normal Moves that count as Knock-Downs.  They exist, but 
are very, very rare.  Examples are R.Mika's Crouching Fierce and Standing 
Roundhouse, Gen's Crouching Short in Ki-ryuu Style (Kick Style, or 
Hateful/Detestable Mode), Birdie's Close Up Fierce, Chun Li's Offensive Crouch + 
Roundhouse, and Cody's Towards + Roundhouse Kick (actually, other than those, I 
can't currently think of any other!!!).  All of these Normal Moves cause the 
enemy to be knocked to the floor.
     Normal Moves can also be Knock-Downs in two more ways: all Normal Moves 
that Counter Hit the enemy out of the air classify as Knock-Downs (this is 
because enemies that are Counter Hit out of the air will fall on their backs).  
Also, Counter Hit Fierce and Roundhouse moves that hit the enemy while they are 
on the ground also count as Knock-Downs, as they will lift the enemy out off of 
the ground and make them land on their backs.  More detail regarding Counter 
Hits will be described in the next section.

* * *

-=Throws/Air Throws As Knock-Downs=-
     All Throws generally count as Knock-Downs, and I realize that I am being 
completely vague when I say "generally."  The reason for being vague is that one 
of my rules for being a Knock-Down is that the Knock-Downs ALWAYS allow the 
enemy to be Juggled all the way up to the point at which they hit the ground.  
This is where the ambiguity steps in.  For _certain_ characters, all Throws 
allow them to be Juggled before they hit the ground.  But for others, certain 
types of Throws do NOT allow them to be Juggled.  There is a strange 
inconsistency that I'm suspecting is due to some programming error, but it 
exists in all versions of Alpha 3!  However, since they do put the enemy on the 
floor, I have to consider all Throws Knock-Downs.  More explanations regarding 
the Juggling after Throws will be discussed in the Juggling section.

* * *

     Contrary to what may seem logical, Sweeps do NOT count as Knock-Downs.  
They have to be classified in their own category: Sweeps (duh :-).  Sweeps can 
be distinguished from Knock-Downs by the fact that they knock the enemy to the 
floor but HAVE TO BE CROUCH BLOCKED.  This covers all Normal Move sweeps 
(Crouching Roundhouses for most of the characters) and Special Move Sweeps, such 
as Guy's Hayagake: Kage Sukui (The Forward Bushin Run), Cammy's Razor Edge 
Slicer (the sliding kick at the end of the Hooligan Combination if you do not 
press a button), Akuma's Hyakki Gou Zan (the sliding kick at the end of the 
"Demon Flip", as Julien Beasely calls it, if you do not press a button), and 
Karin's Kourenken: Daisoku Barai (Down + Kick in the middle of Karin's Fireball 
+ Punch move).  The reason why these have to be classified differently than 
Knock-Downs will be explained in more detail the Juggle Section, but it is 
sufficient enough for now to say that Sweeps do not allow enemies to be Juggled 
before they hit the ground, whereas ALL Knock-Downs (except the weird exception 
from the Throws) allow for a Juggle.

* * *

-=Post Knock-Down Hits=-
     After an enemy is hit by a move that is a Knock-Down, ANYTHING THAT HITS 
THE ENEMY AFTERWARDS as a Juggle is automatically a Knock-Down, NO MATTER WHAT.  
For example, if Akuma does a Short Tatsumaki Zankuu Kyaku (Hurricane Kick) and 
hits the enemy, the enemy will be expected to fall on the floor on their backs.  
However, Akuma can still hit the enemy before they hit the ground and Juggle 
them with anything he chooses, pretty much.  However, no matter what he chooses 
to hit the enemy with, IT WILL BE A KNOCK-DOWN, whether it be a Standing Jab, a 
Standing Fierce, another Short Tatsumaki Zankuu Kyaku, a Gou Hadouken... 
ANYTHING that connects will still send the enemy falling onto their backs.  Even 
if the enemy Flips (see Flipping Section), anything that hits the enemy 
afterwards will count as a Knock-Down.  The only time when the moves will stop 
acting as Knock-Downs is the next time the enemy is standing on their feet 
(whether it be landing after Flipping or just getting up after landing on the 
ground).  But until then, there is NO MOVE that does not act as a Knock-Down 
after the enemy has already been hit by a Knock-Down.


     Counter Hits add a lot of new elements to Street Fighter, so it is 
important to deal with them as well, especially since they open new doors on 
landing and doing combos.
     A Counter Hit is basically anything that hits the enemy while the enemy is 
just starting a move.  For example, say you are using Sakura and are Crouching 
next to Sodom who does a Standing Fierce that goes over your head.  Right when 
Sodom's move starts, you hit Short and hit Sodom with a Crouching Short.  Sodom 
will then flash white very quickly, the words "Counter Hit" will appear on the 
screen, and you'll be rewarded with a Counter Hit.  Basically, all you have to 
do is hit the enemy while whatever attack it is they are doing is coming out.
     Some moves can be Counter Hit even if the move has already come out or is 
in the process of "finishing."  For example, ANYTIME you hit an enemy out of 
Fireball delay (the period of time after the projectile has already been thrown, 
and the character is stuck in delay), you are rewarded with a Counter Hit.  This 
applies to Ryu, Ken, Cody, Dhalsim, and all other projectile throwers.  Another 
example is R.Mika's Flying Peach (Reverse Fireball + Punch).  Right when she 
lands, if you hit her with a move, you are rewarded with a Counter Hit, even 
though the move is technically finished.  There are more Special Moves that 
behave like this as well, but I won't list them (mainly because I don't know 
what all of them are! :-).
     So what is the significance of a Counter Hit?  The most obvious benefit is 
that Counter Hits do more damage than if they were just regular hits.  However, 
Counter Hits also do one of two important things: put the enemy into a Reel Stun 
longer than normal or cause a Knock-Down.  To describe these results in more 
detail, I will classify four different types of Counter Hits, determined by the 
location of the enemy: Ground to Ground, Air to Ground, Ground to Air, and Air 
to Air.

* * *

-=Ground to Ground Counter Hits=-
     In the situation where an enemy is Counter Hit while they are on the ground 
(whether Crouching or Standing), they will be put into a Reel Stun longer than 
normal.  For example, if you Counter hit the enemy with a Weak Attack, you'll 
put them into a Reel Stun equal to a non-Counter Hit Medium Attack Reel Stun.  
If you Counter Hit someone with a Medium Attack, it'll put the enemy into a Reel 
Stun equal to that of a non-Counter Hit Hard Attack Reel Stun.  Notice the hit 
sound it makes reflects this as well.  For example, if you land a Counter Hit 
Strong Punch, the sound it makes is identical to the sound you hear when you 
connect a Fierce normally.  Thus, you can do combos that aren't normally 
     For example, R.Mika's Level 1 Thirteen's Peach Special Strong Hashiro: 
Dageki (what the HELL am I babbling about?!? Well, it's simply this: activate 
R.Mika's Kick Super and press Strong, which causes her to Slide) is relatively 
slow and cannot combo if Buffered after a Crouching Short no matter how quickly 
you press Strong after the Super starts: the enemy simply does not Reel long 
enough.  However, if you manage to get a Counter Hit Crouch Short and THEN 
Buffer into the Level 1 Kick Super and then hit Strong, the Slide WILL combo if 
you hit the button quickly enough after the Super starts up.  This combo is not 
possible without Counter Hits.
     Also, any other combo that worked only with Buffered Strongs and Forwards 
will work after Buffered Counter Hit Jabs and Shorts.  Also, anything that only 
comboed after Buffered Fierces and Roundhouse will also combo after Buffered 
Counter Hit Strongs and Forwards.  For example, you can do a Counter Hit 
Crouching Strong Buffered into a Roundhouse Soul Spiral with Rose.  If the 
Crouch Strong was NOT a Counter Hit, the Strong and the Soul Spiral would not 
combo!  The Roundhouse Soul Spiral only combos after a Crouch Fierce.  But since 
the Counter Hit Crouch Strong puts the enemy in a Reel Stun equal to the length 
of a non-Counter Hit Fierce, the Roundhouse Soul Spiral will connect.
     Another important help that Counter Hits can provide is the ability to 
finally use Links in combos!  Since the Counter Hit causes a Reel Stun longer 
than normal, you can now Link Normal Moves together if the first hit was a 
Counter Hit.  For example, a Crouching Short as a Counter Hit from Sakura will 
put the enemy in a Reel Stun as long as a Medium Attack would.  However, since 
it recovers much quicker than any of her Medium Attacks, she can then throw out 
a Crouch Roundhouse before the enemy recovers.  So Crouch Short (Counter Hit), 
Crouch Roundhouse is a two-hit combo.  Another really useful example is with 
Guy.  He can throw out a Meaty Crouch Short to an enemy getting up off the 
ground.  If he lands a Counter Hit and the enemy is standing up, he can link a 
Standing Jab off of the Short, and then go into his Final Fight Chain, which is 
a great rewards for landing a Counter Hit Crouch Short.

     Up until this point, I haven't mentioned what happens when you Ground to 
Ground Counter Hit someone with a Fierce or Roundhouse attack.  If you Counter 
Hit someone with a Hard Attack, you are rewarded with a Knock-Down.  The game 
pauses for a second in a longer-than-normal Hit Freeze, you hear a loud "hit 
sound," and the enemy gets lifted off of the floor in a high arc and then falls 
back to the ground onto their backs.  Before they hit the ground, however, you 
can hit them for a Juggle with anything, since it is a Knock-Down.
     This is VERY important to know, because this Knock-Down factor can cause 
some combos to go bad.  For example, say you are Sodom against Ryu.  Ryu 
Shouryukens you out of the air and you do a Roll when you land.  Ryu throws a 
Hadouken, and so you end up Rolling right next to him.  If you try a Crouch 
Fierce Buffered into a Daikyou Burning, which normally works, the Crouch Fierce 
will connect as a Counter Hit and lift Ryu off the ground!  Thus the Daikyou 
Burning will hit Ryu out of the air, and do no damage whatsoever.  What a waste! 
So if you are aware of this problem, you can do a Standing Forward instead of a 
Crouching Fierce.  Thus, Ryu won't be lifted off the floor and the Daikyou 
Burning will combo for its maximum damage.
     Also, you can try to take advantage of the Knock-Down factor.  Although 
this starts delving into the realm of Juggling (so it will be discussed more in 
detail later), you can Buffer a Counter Hit Fierce or Roundhouse (if they are 
Bufferable) into a move that can catch the enemy out of the air.  See "Using 
Juggles" for an example of this.
     Note that the only exception to this rule are Sweeps.  Sweeps that are 
Counter Hits simply do more damage.  There is, otherwise, no other way that a 
Counter Hit Sweep can be taken advantage of.  They are not Knock-Downs, so no 
one can be Juggled afterwards.

* * *

-=Air to Ground Counter Hits=-
     Air to Ground Counter Hits behave pretty much exactly like Ground to 
Ground, with the one exception that Hard Attacks are not Knock-Downs.  Jumping 
Fierces and Roundhouses simply put the enemy in a longer Reel Stun than normal, 
giving you lots of time to land and combo the enemy in their Reel Stun.  
However, the only thing of importance to note: if your Jumping Attack is a 
Counter Hit, your character will stay in Hit Freeze in the air a tiny bit longer 
than normal.  This can throw off the timing of a Jump-In to a ground attack 
combo.  It becomes quite easy to accidentally hit your intended ground move too 
early (before your character lands because of the slightly longer Hit Freeze due 
to the Counter Hit) so that the move doesn't come out at all, causing your combo 
to fail.  Other than that, there is nothing else noteworthy about Air to Ground 
Counter Hits.

* * *

-=Ground to Air/Air to Air Counter Hits=-
     The reason I lump both of these classifications of Counter Hits into one 
explanation is because they both do essentially the exact same thing.  If an 
enemy is Counter hit out of the air, the move that hit the opponent will count 
as a Knock-Down.  This is true for ALL moves, Normal, Special, Super, or 
     Again, you can take advantage of this by Buffering moves from the ground 
that are Counter Hits into Special Moves that can take advantage of the fact 
that the enemy is in the air.  Using Sakura's Sakura Otoshi as an example again, 
Sakura can Counter Hit the enemy out of the air with a Standing Strong and 
Buffer that into the Sakura Otoshi and get off all three hits of the move 
against the enemy Reeling in the air.
     It is interesting to note that whenever a character is Counter Hit out of 
the air, they are always put into an animation where they are knocked more 
upwards than normal.  In a normal Knock-Down Reel Arc, they would fall more 
outwards (almost at a 45 degree angle away from the attacker).  In the Counter 
Hit Reel Arc, however, the character that was hit gets knocked almost straight 
up and follows a thin arc up and then down and then hits the ground.  This is 
actually important to note when attempting certain Juggles.  The best example of 
this is with Birdie's X-ism Super Combo.  Let's say the enemy Jumps at you and 
as an Anti-Air, you activate the Super Combo.  If the enemy doesn't do a move, 
the Super will hit them out of the air, and the enemy will follow the normal 
Knock-Down Reel Arc.  This allows for the next two hits of Birdie's Super to 
also connect, the last of which knocks the enemy dizzy (and sets up for the last 
two hits to connect).  HOWEVER, if the enemy tried a move and is COUNTER HIT out 
of the air, the enemy will be sent into the higher Counter Hit Reel Arc, which 
will cause the next two hits to MISS, making the Super only connect for one hit, 
making it go essentially to waste.  Remember, this happens ANYTIME the enemy is 
Counter Hit out of the air, even after a Flip.
     Another strange thing about this Higher Reel Arc will be discussed in the 
Juggles section.


     There are two types of combos in Alpha 3: True Combos and Pseudo-Combos.  
The reason for this distinction is the introduction of Flipping, the ability to 
cancel your own Reel Stun in the air and recover, ready to do whatever move you 
can do while in the air.  Thus, players can escape your combos by Flipping out 
of a lot Juggle Combos that you attempt.  In order to avoid this, it is best to 
use combos that do not allow the enemy to Flip out of; i.e. utilize True Combos 
rather than Pseudo-Combos.
     But the problem is this: exactly when CAN the enemy Flip and when is the 
enemy UNABLE to Flip?  This, at first, seems highly inconsistent.  If Cody does 
Crouching Short Buffered into the Jab-Criminal Upper (Tornado Move), and follows 
it up with a Jumping Fierce, it seems impossible to escape because the Jumping 
Fierce follows the Criminal Upper so quickly.  However, this combo IS avoidable 
by Flipping in between the two moves.
     And then there is the time when you Jump at Bison and he Head Presses (the 
Head Stomp move) you out of the air and gets a Counter Hit.  You are knocked 
back in the air and he swings back around with the Somersault Skull Diver (the 
diving attack that follows up the Head Press if you press Punch) and nails you 
out of the air again for a two-hit combo.  Even though it seems like eons before 
the Skull Diver actually hits you, try as you may, you cannot Flip between the 
two attacks.
     So what is the deal?  Why is there this inconsistency in the way Flipping 
works?  The reason is simple, and once the rule is given, it all becomes very 
clear: you can only Flip out of your air Reel Stun when the opponent has reached 
a Neutral State.
     What exactly is a Neutral State, you ask?  A Neutral State is just the 
period of time when a character is able to do anything he/she wants.  
Essentially, it means the period when a character is just Standing or Crouching, 
essentially doing nothing.  This is the period of time when the character has 
the decision to do whatever is desired: Jump, attack, Crouch, Stand, walk 
forward, do a Special Move, Throw, etc.  Once your enemy has reached a Neutral 
State, you are able to Flip.
     So in the above examples: Cody does a Crouch Short into Jab Criminal Upper.  
After the Criminal Upper ends, Cody is now in a Neutral State: able to do 
whatever he wants.  In this case, he wants to do a Jumping Fierce.  However, 
since he has reached that Neutral State, you are allowed to Flip in between the 
two attacks.  Even though the Criminal Upper and the Jumping Fierce leave very 
little time in between them to Flip, you are still allowed to Flip no matter 
     And how about the Bison example?  When he Head Presses you out of the air 
for a Counter Hit and swings around for the Skull Diver, that's all one move!  
He never reaches a Neutral State until he lands from the move.  Thus, since no 
Neutral State was ever reached, you are forced to float in the air at the mercy 
of Bison.  He can swing around and nail you (FOR FREE!!!) and there is nothing 
you can do about it.
     Also note that you don't have to be hit by a Knock-Down to be able to Flip.  
You can be hit by anything that makes you air-borne and about to land on the 
ground.  So if the enemy Jabs you out of the air (and it's not a Counter Hit), 
even though you'll land on your feet, you can Flip.  If the enemy Major Counters 
you off the ground with a Stand Fierce, as soon as they reach their Neutral 
State, you can Flip.  If Ryu does a Jab Shouryuken and hits you out of the air, 
you can Flip once he lands from the Dragon Punch.  Anytime you are in the air 
after being hit and the enemy is in Neutral State, you can Flip.
     Do note that you cannot Flip if the opponent is still in the air after a 
Jump Attack.  If you Jump at, say, Dhalsim and Dhalsim does an immediate Jumping 
Strong and Counter Hits you out of the air, you cannot Flip until he lands from 
his Jump (and since his Jump is so slow, odds are you'll hit the ground before 
Dhalsim lands)!  Technically, Dhalsim isn't in a Neutral State since he's still 
Jumping.  Thus, you can't Flip.
     There are two more thing that needs to be considered.  The first thing is 
Reel Stun.  When your character is in Reel Stun, that actually counts as a 
Neutral State.  So, for example, if two characters Jump at each other and trade 
Counter Hits in the air, both of the characters are allowed to Flip!  That's how 
the CPU does the weird thing where you two Jump at each other, trade hits, the 
computer instantly Flips and attacks, and gets a two-hit combo.  This applies 
even to getting swept.  If two characters trade Sweeps, you'll both be in Reel.  
Thus, you are allowed to Flip.  Oddly enough, though, it seems like only one 
character is allowed to Flip at this point because, after the first person 
Flips, the other character isn't allowed to Flip anymore!  I'm not sure why this 
is, but it only happens with Sweeps.  More experimenting needs to be done on 
     The other thing that needs mention is that when the enemy has reached a 
Neutral State and you are allowed to Flip, your freedom isn't permanent.  You 
are only allowed to Flip until the NEXT TIME the enemy hits you again.  Once the 
enemy hits you again, all conditions reset and you aren't allowed to Flip until 
the next Neutral State!  For example, if Sakura nails you in the Corner with a 
Jab Shou Ou Ken, you can Flip when she lands.  But if you don't Flip and Sakura 
nails you with a Standing Strong and Buffers it into the Sakura Otoshi, you 
cannot Flip out of it anymore after the Strong connects until she returns to her 
Neutral State.


     Ah, and so we're finally here... the Juggling Section... the main meat of 
this Combo Guide.  Every section so far has alluded to this one section, 
claiming that some aspect or another will be explained in much greater detail.  
Well, it's finally here, and so here we go.
     There are many parts to the Juggling System utilized by Capcom for this 
game.  I'm going to do this part by part, to the best of my abilities, and I 
hope it will be clear and easily understandable, while still being thorough and 
complete. Here is a brief outline of what will be discussed:

1) Juggle Opportunities
2) Defining a Juggle
3) The Corner Juggle Limit
4) The Rapid Fire Corner Exception
5) Using Juggles
   a) Counter Hits and Juggles
   b) Juggle Combos Using Major Counter Hits
   c) Juggling Traps
   d) Juggling Behavior In Throws
   e) The Stored High Reel Arc

* * *

-=Juggle Opportunities=-
     You cannot always Juggle the opponent no matter what as you could in, say, 
the Marvel Vs. Games series or in the Mortal Kombat series.  In those games, 
pretty much if you could hit them while they are in the air, you could Juggle 
them... there was never a point of invulnerability if they were in the air.  
However, in Alpha 3, the Juggling is a bit more limited (though not by much, 
considering it is MUCH more liberal than in Alpha 2!).  In Alpha 3, there are 
only two Juggle Opportunities where you can actually start Juggling the enemy: 
after any Knock-Down and anytime during a particular Reel Animation Frame.

     The first opportunity is the easiest: anytime after a Knock-Down.  If the 
enemy gets hit by a Knock-Down, you are allowed to Juggle him/her with ANYTHING 
provided it can reach the enemy!  So basically, anytime the enemy is in a state 
where they are about to land on their backs, they can be Juggled.  Remember, 
though, the exception to this is the Sweep.  Enemies cannot be Juggled after a 
Sweep, no matter what.
     Since any move you hit the enemy with while they are being knocked down is 
also a Knock-Down, you can keep Juggling the enemy for as long as you can reach 
them!  That is why Akuma can Short Tatsumaki Zankuu Kyaku (Hurricane Kick) you 
all the way across the screen.  The Short Hurricane Kick knocks the enemy 
slightly upwards and not too far away.  Thus, you can Juggle them pretty much 
forever (until we reach the Corner... read on to learn why).
     So why can't lots of characters do this?  Well, most moves that hit an 
enemy out of the Knock-Down Reel knock the enemy far away!  For example, if you 
Counter Hit the enemy out of the air with a Jab Dragon Punch with Ken, the enemy 
will be knocked high into the air in their Reel Arc.  If you hit the enemy out 
of the air again with another Jab Dragon Punch, it'll knock the enemy sideways 
and out of range for anything you try next.  Most moves exhibit this behavior of 
knocking enemies far away rather than upwards.  Certain moves just keep the 
enemy bouncing straight up rather than outwards so you can repeat them over and 
over again, like Akuma's Short Hurricane Kick and Sakura's Shou Ou Ken.

     The second opportunity for Juggling comes from one particular Animation 
Frame that all characters display when NOT being Knocked-Down after getting hit 
out of the air.  Whenever you strike an opponent out of the air with a non-
Counter Hitting Normal Move (that's not already a natural Knock-Down), the enemy 
will Reel in the air for a second.  They will fly back just a tiny bit before 
automatically doing a small somersault in the air that makes it so that they 
will land on their feet.  Right at the moment they are struck, they go into one 
particular frame of Reel animation.  They remain in this frame for that half a 
second before they do the small somersault that will allow them to land standing 
on their feet.
     This is the Animation Frame that allows the enemy to be Juggled by whatever 
can hit them while they REMAIN in that frame.  As long as ANYTHING hits the 
enemy in that one frame, that move will Juggle the enemy.  This is a little hard 
to understand, but I can go through a few examples of what works and what 
doesn't work to help clarify this concept.
     Let's look at R.Mika for an example that doesn't work.  Let's say the enemy 
Jumps at you.  You catch them with a Standing Jab as an Anti-Air and Buffer that 
into a Fierce Flying Peach.  The Jab did not Counter Hit the enemy out of the 
air so the enemy flies up a little and then does the little somersault in the 
air.  The Flying Peach then continues and passes RIGHT through the enemy, 
failing to Juggle him/her.  This doesn't Juggle the enemy because the enemy has 
already passed that first Animation Frame.
     Let's change the above R.Mika example to a Crouch Fierce Buffered into the 
Flying Peach this time.  This time, the Flying Peach connects after the Crouch 
Fierce nails the enemy out of the air.  Why?  Because the Crouch Fierce is a 
Knock-Down, and Knock-Downs allow for Juggles at ANY point after the Knock-Down 
connects (and before the enemy hits the ground).  Also, Jab into Fierce Flying 
Peach will also combo if the Standing Jab WAS a Counter Hit, because it would 
then count as a Knock-Down as well.
     Now let's look at Adon.  Let's say the enemy Jumps at you.  You do a 
Standing Strong as an Anti-Air and Buffer that into a Roundhouse Jaguar Knee.  
The Strong does not Counter Hit the enemy out of the air.  However, the Jaguar 
Knee travels up fast enough that it reaches the enemy before they leave that 
first, Reel Animation Frame!  Thus, even though the Strong was not a Knock-Down, 
the Jaguar Knee connects anyhow and Juggles the enemy.
     Let's look at one last example.  Let's say you are using R.Mika once again 
and the enemy Jumps at you and does not attack.  You hit the enemy out of the 
air with a deep Crouching Jab.  Since R.Mika's Crouching Jab is a Rapid Fire 
Weak Attack, she can chain that into a Standing Jab.  The Crouching Jab will hit 
the enemy out of the air and Mika will then stand up with an immediate Standing 
Jab.  This Jab will hit the enemy before he/she leaves that first Animation 
Frame, thus allowing it to Juggle the enemy.  Thus, R.Mika can get two-hits with 
the Crouch Jab, Stand Jab combo even though none of those hits count as a Knock-

* * *

-=Defining a Juggle=-
     A Juggle is a series of moves in between two Neutral States that 
continually hit the enemy out of the air.  The defining characteristic about a 
Juggle is that the enemy CANNOT FLIP OUT OF A JUGGLE anywhere in the middle.  
They can only Flip BEFORE the Juggle, or AFTER the Juggle, because there are no 
Neutral States in the middle of the Juggle to give the enemy a chance to Flip.  
There are six different things that can officially count as a Juggle.  They are:

     1. A single Normal Move
     2. A single Special Move or Super Combo
     3. A Buffered sequence
     4. A Chain Combo
     5. A Jump attack followed by an IMMEDIATE attack upon landing
     6. Any combination of the five Juggles above

     All six of these (except for number 5) do NOT have Neutral States anywhere 
in the middle of them, thus making them an official Juggle of which the enemy 
CANNOT flip out of.  Number 5, however, needs more discussion: even though in 
number 5 there is technically a Neutral State right when you land, the game 
won't register it if you do a move the INSTANT you land (almost like doing a 
"Reversal" move when you land, so that you go from Jumping straight into the 
Normal move, with no Neutral State anywhere).  This move can be a Special Move 
or a Normal Move.  If you wait even half a second, the enemy can Flip and get 
     But, as with everything, there is some inconsistency with this.  I have 
done this type of Juggle with various characters ranging from Adon to Karin to 
Cody to Birdie, but for some characters, like R.Mika and Zangief, I can't seem 
to get this type of Juggle to work even though there are situations where this 
type of combo should work.  I do think, however, that it is safe to assume that 
this type of Juggle is legitimate, since it definitely DOES work with numerous 

     Here are some examples of each type of Juggle.  Each example will give a 
Set-up (which knocks the enemy into the air) and then the Juggle (note that the 
enemy can Flip out between the set-up and the Juggle, but let's pretend they 
don't, okay? :-).

1. After a Short Tatsumaki Zankuu Kyaku, Akuma Juggles you with a Standing 

2. After Sakura does a Jab Shou Ou Ken (Uppercut), she does a Strong Shou Ou Ken 
and Juggles you out of the air.

3. R.Mika does a Crouch Fierce to you while you are in the Corner. Before you 
land, she does a Stand Jab Buffered into a Roundhouse Shooting Peach, which 
Juggle you for two more hits.

4. Guy does a Short Hurricane Kick while you are in the Corner.  Before you hit 
the ground, Guy catches you out of the air with the whole Final Fight Chain (Jab 
-> Strong -> Fierce -> Roundhouse), all of which hit you out of the air for a 
four-hit Juggle.

5. Adon catches you on the ground while you are near the Corner with a Level 3 
Jaguar Varied Assault and ends it with the Jaguar Thousand (the Lightning Punch 
you can do if you tap Punch repeatedly during his Punch Super).  He then Jumps 
up and nails you out of the air with a Jumping Fierce and right when he lands, 
he does a Roundhouse Rising Jaguar which catches the enemy for two more Juggle 
hits, making a total of three.

6a - Example 1: Cody hits you while you are in the Corner with a Jab Criminal 
Upper (the Tornado).  When he recovers, he follows up with a Jumping Fierce and, 
right when he lands, hits you out of the air before you land with a Crouching 
Strong and Buffers that into a Roundhouse Ruffian Kick for three hits in one 
Juggle after the Criminal Upper.

6b - Example 2: Guy hits you with a Final Fight Chain while you are in the 
Corner. Before you land, he Juggles you with his Strong -> Fierce chain and then 
Buffers the Fierce into a Level 3 Bushin Hassou Ken (his Punch Super) for a 
grand total of 8 hits for the one Juggle.

     All of these examples have Juggles that can't be Flipped out of once the 
first hit of the Juggle connects.  Learning what is a good Juggle with no 
Neutral States in the middle is important in order to maximize the few Juggle 
opportunities you get.  If you try to create a Juggle with Neutral States, the 
enemy can easily Flip out of it after seeing it once or twice.  A true Juggle, 
the enemy cannot do anything about once hit.

* * *

-=The Corner Juggle Limit=-
     So far, Juggling has sounded pretty free-form, with no limitations.  I've 
said earlier that Akuma can repeatedly Short Hurricane Kick someone over and 
over again.  So if the enemy doesn't Flip, can Akuma do this pretty much 
forever?  Why can't someone just Jab Dragon Punch you in the Corner forever, 
since the corner will prevent you from flying away from the opponent after 
getting hit?  Even if you Flip, they can still DP you... wouldn't that go on 
     Fortunately, Capcom was wise enough to implement a safety mechanism into 
Alpha 3 that would prevent such situations.  Basically, Capcom implemented what 
I call the "Juggle Limit" in the Corners.  Basically, the way it works is this: 
the instant a character, while being Juggled, touches one of the Corner walls, 
the game automatically initiates the Juggle Limit.  Once the Juggle Limit is 
initiated, the game will allow ONLY ONE MORE JUGGLE once the next Neutral State 
is reached.  In other words, once the current Juggle that knocks the enemy into 
the corner has ended (a Neutral State has been reached), the attacker is only 
allowed one more Juggle.  After the next full Juggle, the character being 
Juggled then becomes completely invincible until they land on the floor.  Thus, 
the next time you can hit them is after they get up.  Also, once the Juggle 
Limit has been initiated and the attacker gets in one more complete Juggle, the 
Juggled player is not allowed to Flip anymore (with one exception... read on).  
If you try to Flip after you have been hit by one Juggle once after the Juggle 
Limit has been initiated, nothing will happen.
     So let's look at the repeated Short Hurricane Kick Juggle with Akuma we 
mentioned earlier.  If Akuma starts doing repeated Short Hurricane Kicks against 
an opponent, he can Juggle them all the way across a playing field (remember, at 
any point in between Hurricane Kicks, the enemy can Flip and get away).  
However, once Akuma reaches the Corner, the Juggle Limit will cause it to stop!  
Basically, what happens is this: the enemy continually gets bounced by the 
Hurricane Kicks.  Finally, when Akuma gets near the Corner, the enemy, being hit 
by one of the Hurricane Kicks, gets knocked into the Corner.  As soon as the 
enemy hits the Corner, the Juggle Limit gets activated.  Once the Juggle Limit 
gets activated, the game only allows one more Juggle.  Akuma then ends the 
Hurricane Kick that knocks the enemy into the Corner (ending that Juggle) and 
then does one more Hurricane Kick (starting a new Juggle).  Once Akuma finishes 
that Hurricane Kick and reaches the next Neutral State (thus ending that current 
Juggle), the enemy instantly becomes invincible and falls to the floor onto 
their back.  Thus, if Akuma tries another Hurricane Kick, it will completely 
     As mentioned earlier, the Juggle Limit also eliminates a player's ability 
to Flip.  For an example of how this works, let's say we're fighting against 
Gen.  You are Jumping straight up in the Corner and Gen, in Kick Mode, Counter 
Hits you out of the air with his double Jumping Roundhouse kicks.  That Juggle 
(both kicks count as one Juggle) knocks you into the Corner, initiating the 
Juggle Limit.  Once Gen lands and reaches his Neutral State, you Flip.  Gen then 
Jumps up and catches you out of the air AGAIN with the double Jumping Roundhouse 
kicks.  This Juggle will be the last Juggle possible because the Juggle Limit 
was activated.  Once Gen lands, you can try to Flip again, but since the Juggle 
Limit was activated, you are no longer allowed to Flip.  Thus, try as you may to 
Flip, your character will do nothing but fall to the floor.
     There is one exception, though, to the Flipping rule: a player is 
GUARANTEED at least one Flip.  Thus, even if you are Juggled after the Juggle 
Limit has been initiated, the player being Juggled is allowed to Flip if he 
hasn't Flipped AT ALL during that sequence.  For example, let's say that Gen, in 
Kick Mode, hits you into the Corner with a Crouch Short, which knocks you into 
the air.  Since you were hit into the Corner, the Juggle Limit has been 
activated.  Gen then follows that up with the double Jumping Roundhouse kicks 
before you Flip.  That counts as the final Juggle, since it was after the Juggle 
Limit was activated.  Your character is now invincible and falling to the floor, 
and Gen will not be able to hit you with any of his attacks anymore.  However, 
YOU ARE STILL ALLOWED TO FLIP despite the final Juggle being completed after the 
Juggle Limit's activation!!  This is ONLY because you have not Flipped in this 
sequence yet, and YOU ARE GUARANTEED ONE FLIP.  So after Gen lands, you can Flip 
if you so desire.  Had you Flipped earlier (in between the Crouch Short and the 
double Jumping Roundhouse kicks), you would NOT be able to Flip after Gen lands 
because you had Flipped once already.

     I have attempted to try and make a flow chart so you can try and visualize 
the patterns.  Basically, follow the chart from top to bottom to get an idea of 
how it works.  This flow chart, however, can easily be more confusing than my 
text, so I'm only offering it in case it does help SOMEONE out there!!!  ^_^


LEGEND: =============
        | State Box | - Defines any new state hit character goes into. 

        + Condition Box + - From here, you can go two different paths
        +++++++++++++++++   depending on what happens.

             V       A    These are my ASCII Arrows Left, Down, Right, and
        <<<  V  >>>  A  - Up respectively.  Follow them from boxes to get
             V       A    to the next box.


                          []                   []
                          [] HIT BY KNOCK-DOWN []
                          []   AND INTO AIR!   []                           
                          []                   []
    Yes +++++++++++++++     No-+++++++++++++-Yes    =======================
  V<<<<<+ Invincible? +<<<<<<<<|   Flip?   |>>>>>>>>| In air, not Reeling |
  V     +++++++++++++++        +++++++++++++        =======================
  V         V-No                                                   V
  V         V                                                      V
  V         V                                                      V
  V   ===========           +++++++++++++   +++++++++++++          V
  V   | In air, |>>>>>>>>>>>+ Juggled?? +   + Juggled?? +<<<<<<<<<<V
  V   | Reeling |           +++++++++++++   +++++++++++++
  V   ===========          No-V   Yes-V       V-Yes   V-No
  V                           V       V       V       V
  V           V<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<V       V       V       V
  V           V                       V       V       V
  V           V                ++++++++++++++++++++   V
  V   =======END=======        +   Knocked Into   +   V    =====END=====
  V   []             []        + Corner 1st time? +   V    []         []
  V>>>[] HIT  GROUND []        ++++++++++++++++++++   V>>>>[] LAND ON []
      []             []        No-V          V-Yes         []  FEET!  []
      =======END=======           V          V             []         []
              A                   V     ============       =====END=====
              A                   V     | Activate |
              A                   V     |  Juggle  |
              A                   V     |  Limit!  |>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>V
    A>>>>>>>>>A                   V     ============                  V
    A                             V                                   V
    A                             V                                   V
    A    ==============   Yes +++++++++++++++++++++++++ No            V
    A    |   Become   |<<<<<<<+  Is the Juggle Limit  +>>>>>>>>>V     V
    A    | Invincible |       + Currently Activated?? +         V     V
    A    ==============       +++++++++++++++++++++++++         V     V
    A         V                                                 V     V
    A         V    ============================ No        ................
    A         V>>>>| Have You Flipped Before? |>>>>>>>>>>>: GOTO 'FLIP?' :
    A              ============================           ''''''''''''''''
    A                            V-Yes


     Thus, Capcom was able to implement, in sorts, a protection against Juggling 
someone in the Corner forever.  By utilizing the concept of Neutral States 
surrounding a Juggle, Capcom thought of a way to prevent endless Juggles in the 

* * *

-=The Rapid Fire Corner Exception=-
     There are certain moves that, when used in the Corner, automatically 
prevent the enemy from being Juggled anymore.  These are the moves that can 
continue essentially forever, with no Neutral States: Rapid Fire Weak Attacks 
and Repeated Button Tapping Special Moves.

     Basically, if all the rules we've learned so far were implemented with no 
further limitations, the ability for a character to continually chain a Rapid 
Fire Weak Attack into itself would be able to cause some infinite Juggles.  If 
you stand there with, say, Guy and keep hitting Jab, Guy technically cancels his 
Jab into another Jab over and over again, skipping any Neutral States.  Let's 
say you hit an enemy with a Knock-Down move in the corner and Juggle them by 
repeatedly hitting Jab.  Since you never reach a Neutral State, the Juggle never 
really ends so the enemy should just keep bouncing on your hand up and down 
forever.  However, wisely, Capcom caught this and put in an exception for Rapid 
Fire Weak Attacks.  Even though you are canceling one Rapid Fire Weak Attack 
into another, the computer officially ends a Juggle if a Rapid Fire Weak Attack 
chains into itself in the Corner, thus preventing the infinite Juggle.
     So, let's say Guy does a Short Bushin Senpuu Kyaku (Hurricane Kick) to you 
in the corner, and then lands and Juggles you with a Standing Jab.  If he chains 
that Jab into another Standing Jab, the computer automatically ends the Juggle 
and the second Standing Jab will whiff harmlessly and the enemy will hit the 
ground invincible.  However, if Guy cancels that Jab into a Roundhouse Hurricane 
Kick, it will still combo.  The Juggle only officially ends the INSTANT a Rapid 
Fire Weak Attack is chained into another Rapid Fire Weak Attack.
     This even applies to the Classic CPSI Chain.  So for example, let's say X-
Karin catches you in the Corner with a Mujin Kyaku (uppercut motion + Kick).  
After that, she Juggles you with a Crouching Jab and, using the Classic CPSI 
Chain, Chains that into a Standing Fierce.  Even though you are completely 
within range to get Juggled by the Standing Fierce, it will whiff.  This happens 
because the computer automatically ends the Juggle after a Rapid Fire Weak 
Attack chains into another Rapid Fire Weak Attack (including the Classic CPSI 
Chain, which counts).  Thus, the Crouch Jab counts as a Juggle by itself and the 
Stand Fierce counts as a new Juggle.  Since the Juggle Limit was activated, only 
one Juggle is now allowed: the Crouching Jab.

     The other exception to the Corner Juggling is the Repeated Button Tapping 
Special Moves.  These moves are Gen's Hyakurenkou (tap Punch rapidly in Punch 
Mode) and Chun Li's Hyakuretsu Kyaku (tap kick rapidly).  Basically, these moves 
can continue forever and keep hitting, which then prevents any Neutral States 
coming in between attacks.  Thus, technically, they should be able to Juggle the 
enemy in the Corner forever, since it doesn't reach a Neutral State and can hit 
the enemy indefinitely.  Thus, Capcom decided to implement a safety against 
these moves: as SOON as they hit the enemy in the air against a Corner, all 
Juggles are OFF!!!  Thus, they can only hit the enemy out of the air in the 
Corner ONCE, and then NOTHING at all can hit the enemy.
     For example, if X-Chun Li does the SenRetsu Kyaku (her X-Super) against an 
enemy in the Corner and rams repeatedly on the Kick buttons, her Hyakuretsu 
Kyaku (the Lightning Kick) will come out after the Super and Juggle the enemy.  
However, it will only hit once, and no other hits from the Lightning Kick will 
     Let's look now at Gen: let's say you are using Gen against a Ryu who just 
whiffed a Fierce Dragon Punch in front of you in the middle of the playing field 
away from the Corner.  If you can manage to start up the Fierce Hyakurenkou (the 
Hand Slap) and hit Ryu RIGHT before Ryu lands, the Fierce Hand Slap will connect 
against Ryu for multiple hits (around 4 or 5), all Juggling him in the air.  
However, let's say Ryu Jumped backward in the Corner.  You are right next to 
where he'll land and start up the Fierce Hand Slap again.  This time, you'll 
only get one hit against Ryu, because as soon as the first Hand Slap hit knocks 
Ryu into the Corner, he becomes invincible because of the Repeated Button 
Tapping Special Move restriction.  Even though its the first Juggle, Repeated 
Button Tapping Special Moves instantly terminate all Juggling possibilities.
     You may be wondering why I haven't mentioned E.Honda's Hyakuretsu Harite 
(his Hundred Hand Slap).  Since E.Honda's Hand Slap automatically stops after a 
short while, Capcom felt it wasn't necessary to put the restriction on this 
move, since a Neutral State is guaranteed to be reached.  Thus, it can Juggle 
the enemy in the Corner normally.  However, oddly enough, they decided to tack 
the restriction onto Zangief's Double Lariat (and Quick Double Lariat)!  If 
Zangief hits an enemy into the Corner with any hit of either Lariat after the 
first initial hit frame, the enemy can no longer be Juggled.  So if Zangief 
stands right next to the enemy in the Corner and hits all three Punches, the 
first initial hit frame will connect (the one where Zangief has JUST started the 
Lariat).  Then, Zangief will swing around a bit and nail the enemy again, for a 
Juggle, with his extended arm.  THIS hit, however, causes the restriction to 
kick in.  Thus, the rest of the Lariat will harmlessly miss the enemy and the 
enemy will fall to the floor as Zangief's Lariat ends.

* * *

-=Using Juggles=-
     Juggling is pretty much one of the more important elements in Street 
Fighter Alpha 3, which is much different than any other Street Fighter before.  
With all of the new systems implemented, there are tons of places you can take 
advantage of Juggles, as well as strange occurrences involving Juggles.  This 
section will help you learn where and when to try using Juggles.

-Counter Hits and Juggles-
     1) Juggle Combos Using Anti-Air Counter Hits - What's the real purpose of a 
Combo?  Simple: to get as much damage as possible from landing just one hit.  
Why land one Jumping Roundhouse against a character who leaves themselves open 
when you can land a Jumping Roundhouse, Crouching Forward, Hadouken combo with 
Ryu instead for much more damage?!?  This simple rule of thumb has transgressed 
all the Street Fighter games, so it is definitely important to take advantage of 
each single hit, and try and turn it into a multiple hit combo.
     This is where Counter Hits can fall in with Juggles.  Whenever you Counter 
Hit the enemy out of the air, you will cause a Knock-Down which provides you 
with easy Juggles (if you did not Counter Hit them, your chances of Juggling 
them after your hit is slim).  So if you know you can Counter Hit the enemy out 
of the air with a move that is Bufferable, you can then cancel that Normal Move 
into a Special Move or Super Combo.  Since there is no Neutral State in there, 
the enemy has no choice but to get hit by the move you are Juggling them with.  
If you just Counter Hit the enemy out of the air, and then attempt to Juggle 
them with a follow-up after reaching a Neutral State, the enemy can easily Flip 
and escape your follow-up attack.
     For example, R.Mika's Standing Jab can actually be used as a semi-decent 
Anti-Air attack.  So if, say, Ryu jumps on top of you, you can hit Standing Jab 
and beat out Ryu's Jumping Roundhouse.  Then, if you Buffer that into her Fierce 
Flying Peach, the enemy cannot Flip between the two moves and will get hit by 
the Flying Peach, and you get extra damage for the one Counter Hit.
     However, you do have to be careful when trying to take advantage of Counter 
Hits.  If your enemy does NOT get Counter Hit, then they will simply drop down 
invincible and your attempt to Juggle them will whiff.  And if you picked a bad 
move like R.Mika's Flying Peach, chances are, you'll be in a situation where you 
can get hit because you are in delay.  However, there are moves that will Juggle 
regardless of a Counter Hit or not.  For example, Guy can do a Crouching Strong 
as an Anti-Air and Buffer that into the Bushin Hassou Ken (Punch Super), and 
regardless if the enemy was Counter Hit or not, it will Combo and Juggle for 
every hit.

     2) Juggle Combos Using Major Counter Hits - This was mentioned in the 
Counter Hits section of this Guide.  Earlier, I said that you can take advantage 
of the fact that Standing or Crouching Fierces and Roundhouses that hit an enemy 
on the ground cause a "Major Counter" hit.  The screen pauses for a second and 
then the enemy flies up into the air, lifted off the ground.  So how can you 
take advantage of this?
     An example is with Sakura.  Let's say you find yourself fighting a Sagat 
who throws a High Tiger Shot which right next to you (though one would have to 
hope the enemy did that on accident, as you would definitely have to question 
the intent of such a moronic move).  While he is in his delay, you can hit him 
with a Standing Fierce.  Since this will count as a Counter Hit, it will lift 
Sagat off of the floor.  If you try and Buffer that into something like a Haru 
Ichiban (her Spin Kick Super), it will whiff because Sagat was lifted into the 
air.  However, since you KNOW Sagat is going to be lifted into the air, you can 
Buffer the Fierce into Sakura's Sakura Otoshi (Uppercut + Kick).  You'll go up 
into the air along with Sagat and will be able to catch him with all hits of the 
Sakura Otoshi, which normally cannot hit people for all three hits when used 
against a Standing opponent.  But since you know the enemy is getting lifted 
into the air by the Major Counter, you can Buffer into the Sakura Otoshi knowing 
you can land all three hits.  So there IS a way to take advantage of the Hard 
Attack Counter Hit Knock-Down.
     Of course, no one is ever going to throw a High Tiger Shot right next to 
you, so when else can you use this?  If you just hope that your Standing Fierce 
connects against the enemy and Buffer that into a Sakura Otoshi, you can be in 
serious trouble if the enemy blocks it or is not Counter Hit by it.  You'll fly 
up into the air and be fodder for a Counter Attack from the enemy.  So how 
useful is this?
     There is an actual trick you can use to land the Sakura Otoshi everytime 
you Counter Hit the enemy and if the enemy was not Counter Hit, you'll be safe.  
How does this work?  Simply like this: take advantage of the long freeze that 
occurs if you land a Counter Hit.  Because your Standing Close-up Fierce will 
connect on the Animation Frame that is Bufferable, the long freeze in the action 
will occur during that Frame.  You can cancel the move in it's Bufferable 
Animation Frame at ANY TIME as long as she is still in that Frame.  Thus, you 
can actually hit the enemy with a Counter Hitting Fierce, wait a second, and 
THEN do the code for the Special Move and still be able to Buffer it because 
Sakura is currently frozen in her Bufferable Frame.
     Knowing this, you can actually do this everytime, no matter what.  If you 
think you might land a Counter Hitting Fierce, tap Fierce once, wait a second, 
and the finish the code for the Sakura Otoshi.  If the enemy blocks it or does 
not get Counter Hit, what will happen is that you animation will continue 
quickly, and by the time you press the Kick Button for the Sakura Otoshi, you 
will have passed the Bufferable Frame of Animation.  Thus, you will not perform 
the move and will be perfectly safe, because your Fierce will just end and 
that's all that will happen.  However, if the enemy DOES get Counter Hit, the 
screen will freeze long enough so that your Kick button press WILL register 
during the Bufferable Animation Frame, causing Sakura to start the Sakura 
Otoshi.  Then, you can finish the combo.  Using this method of delaying the 
button press makes it so that you will only do the Sakura Otoshi IF you land the 
Counter Hit, but never if it doesn't.  It's a tricky skill to learn, but it can 
be very useful.  Also, it can be applied to other characters as well, not just 

     3) Juggling Traps - Juggling is useful for combos, but it can also be 
really useful for just putting the enemy into a position where it is hard for 
them to escape further punishment.  Because of the new addition of Flipping and 
Juggling to the gameplay of Street Fighter Alpha 3, a whole new elemnet of 
gameplay has been introduced: trapping people in the air.
     <<<Due to time constraints, I have left this section out, because this 
section deals more with strategy rather than systems and rules regarding Alpha 
3.  If I ever have the time to update this Guide, I may go back and write this 
section out.  But for now, please do not expect it, because I do have very 
little time these days, and getting this out even before the Dreamcast's release 
here in America was a stretch for me... I originally planned to put this Guide 
out for the PlayStation's release of Alpha 3!!  That's how far delayed I have 
been due to no time.  Anyhow, enough of my personal rant here about lack of free 
time... just understand that I am very busy and this section may, in fact, never 
come into existence.>>>

     4) Juggling Behavior In Throws - Throws and Air Throws behave very 
strangely in Alpha 3.  All Throws generally count as Knock-Downs as they do put 
the enemy on their backs on the floor.  However, due to some sort of programming 
glitch or error of some sort, there is a HUGE inconsistency in the way that 
Throws work as Knock-Downs.  This section will be kind of confusing, because of 
the strange inconsistency.  Please bare with me :-).

     To start off, there are two things that I need to establish.  First, there 
are two different types of Throws: Straight Throws and Hit Throws.  Secondly, 
there are two types of characters: Throw Jugglable and Non-Throw Jugglable.
     The difference between Hit Throws and Straight Throws is simple: any Throw 
where the enemy actually hits the opponent counts as a Hit Throw.  This can 
easily be detected by the presence of a Hit Spark.  Examples of this are 
Birdie's Punch Throw, Guy's Kick Throw, Fei Long's Punch Throw, and Gen's Kick 
Throw.  A Straight Throw, on the other hand, is just that: a Throw that's just a 
throw.  Examples of this are Sodom's Kick Throw, Guile's Punch Throw, and Dan's 
Punch Air Throw.
     The significance of these two types of Throws is that, after a Hit Throw, 
BOTH TYPES OF CHARACTERS (Throw Jugglabe and Non-Throw Jugglable) can be 
Juggled.  For example, after Guy does his Kick Throw, he can then activate his 
Punch Super immediately upon release of the opponent and he is guaranteed the 
Juggle, no matter whom the enemy is.  After Straight Throws, however, you can 
ONLY JUGGLE THROW JUGGLABLE CHARACTERS, whereas Non-Throw Jugglable characters 
are completely safe.  For example, if Sodom does a Kick Throw, he throws the 
enemy right in front of him.  Against Throw Jugglable characters, he can 
immediately activate a Level 1 Meido no Miyage (Jitte Rush Super) and Juggle the 
enemy for three hits.  However, against Non-Throw Jugglable characters, the 
Super will completely whiff, making his Kick Throw almost useless against them 
(especially since it does NO damage!)!!!  Knowing which characters are Throw 
Jugglable and which are Non-Throw Jugglable can be important so that you don't 
waste Supers or try to Juggle people who can't be Juggled.  Also, if you are 
using a Non-Throw Jugglable character, you will know that you don't have to Flip 
after Straight Throws and you'll be totally safe because there is no way you can 
be Juggled!
    Here is a list of which character is Throw Jugglable and which character is 
not.  Quite obviously, there are far more Non-Throw Jugglable characters than 
Non-Throw Jugglable characters.
|                   |                       |
|  Throw Jugglable  |  Non-Throw Jugglable  |
|                   |                       |
|       Blanka      |    Adon       Guile   |
|      Chun Li      |    Akuma       Guy    |
|        Cody       |   Balrog       Ken    |
|      Dhalsim      |   Birdie       Juli   |
|        Gen        |    Bison       Juni   |
|       Honda       |    Cammy     Rolento  |
|       Karin       |   Charlie      Rose   |
|       R.Mika      |     Dan        Ryu    |
|       Sakura      |   Dee Jay     Sagat   |
|       Sodom       |    E.Ryu     T.Hawk   |
|        Vega       |  Fei Long    Zangief  |

     5) The Stored High Reel Arc - This occurs in very, very few situations, but 
is still interesting to note.  As I said earlier, if you Counter Hit someone out 
of the air, they will actually bounce up into a higher Reel Arc thank normal, 
right?  Well, the higher Reel Arc seems to get stored during the span of one 
Juggle.  In other words, if the first hit you perform is a Counter Hit and would 
bounce the enemy higher than normal, then anything afterwards you hit them with 
in one Juggle will also make them bounce higher.
      This area is very foggy and vague to me, and I cannot be sure if this 
applies to all situations.  But the one combo that has brought this to my 
attention is an anti-air combo that can be performed by Guy.  Normally, if Guy 
catches you with the Bushin Izuna Otoshi (the Bushin Throw - Fireball + Punch), 
your body only bounces very low after Guy slams you into the ground (as opposed 
to previous versions of Street Fighter Alpha... in Alphas 1 and 2, you could do 
the Bushin Throw into the corner and then catch the enemy before they fell too 
far with a Bushin Hassou Ken (The Punch Super) because they bounced so high up).  
Because the body bounces so low, Guy recovers much too late to try and Juggle 
you with anything.
      However, let's say you Jump at Guy this time and try to hit him with your 
Jumping Attack.  Guy does a Crouching Strong and Counter Hits you out of the 
air.  Guy then Buffers that Crouching Strong into a Strong Bushin Throw and 
catches you out of the air for a two-hit Juggle Combo.  After he slams you into 
the ground, for some odd reason you'll now notice that you bounce MUCH higher 
than before.  In fact, now Guy has free reign to do whatever it is he wants to 
you (doing a Punch Super, a Final Fight Imprisoning Chain, a normal Juggle 
combo, etc.).  Of course, you can Flip at this point to escape any attempts.
     Regardless of what happens after he slams you to the floor, the main point 
is this: you bounce higher than normal only because you were Counter Hit first.  
The first initial Counter Hit is supposed to bounce you up higher, and somehow, 
that higher bounce gets stored until even after the Bushin Throw.  And it has 
nothing to do with the fact that Guy grabs you out of the air... if you grab the 
enemy out of the air without an Initial Counter Hit, it will not cause the 
higher bounce.  If you the enemy Flips after a Counter Hit and you grab them out 
of the air, it will not count.  It seems to only be stored throughout one 
     I do recall seeing other instances of this occurring, other than the Guy 
example.  Unfortunately, those situations currently escape my mind, so as for 
now, this is the only situation where I know this occurs.  So it is a very 
isolated case, and may only be useful to know FOR Guy in the end, but it is in 
there nonetheless so I feel that it needs to be mentioned.


     In Street Fighter Alpha 2, Custom Combos were about as basic as could be.  
It took very little creativity to come up with a good Custom Combo, because the 
rules were so non-restrictive.  Anything and everything worked... there were 
very few restrictions.  You could cancel anything into anything else at almost 
any given moment!  Not only that, but the Customs in Alpha 2 also gave your 
character an automatic "forward momentum," letting a player toss all worries 
about distancing and timing aside, pretty much.
     Capcom obviously felt that the original design of the Custom Combo (or 
Original Combo, as it is known in Japan) was too simple.  Not only was it 
simple, it's simplicity and lack of restrictions also gave it the ability to 
become too powerful and over dominating, as any expert Street Fighter player 
would gladly tell you.  Simply put, Custom Combos RUINED Alpha 2.  They were the 
main focus of gameplay at many of the late Alpha 2 tournaments.  At a 
professional level, Street Fighter Alpha 2 could easily be called "Custom 
Fighter Alpha 2" because Custom Combos were so widely abused.
     And so Capcom has revamped the ENTIRE system of Custom Combos.  They've 
added rules upon rules and thought of many ways in which they could limit and 
restrict Customs.  And so what are the results?  Alpha 3's Variable Combos, the 
VCs.  The VCs definitely take a MUCH greater amount of skill to use than the CCs 
of A2, and the ability to make up a good VC for your character isn't as easy as 
it was in A2.  The result?  Are VCs pretty much worthless?  Have they weakened 
them to the point of uselessness?
     Not remotely.  VCs are every bit as deadly as CCs, maybe even MORE so, but 
not even CLOSE as easily used as in A2.  Thus, I've included this section in the 
Guide to go over all the rules of the Variable Combos.  This section will help 
you learn why certain VCs work and how to come up with your own, as well as 
detail all of the extra little "benefits" a VC gives you.

* * *

-=The Rules=-
     Variable Combos, when put in the simplest form possible, give your 
character two abilities: 1) The ability to cancel Normal Moves and certain 
Special Moves into other Normals and Specials.  2) A "Shadow" that follows your 
character and mimics your attacks.
     You need at least 50% of your meter to activate a VC.  Once it is 
activated, your meter turns into a timer gauge, which drains quickly.  The 
amount of time in the gauge depends on how much of your meter you possessed when 
you activated the VC.  After activation, you continue to gain the two new 
abilities until one of two things happen: 1) Your VC meter runs out, in which 
case the Shadow instantly disappears and your VC ends, leaving you with an empty 
meter.  2) Your actual controlled character gets hit or Thrown.  When this 
happens, the Shadow instantly disappears and the VC ends (you also lose half a 
full meter's worth of charge, subtracted from however much meter you had left in 
your timer gauge at the time the VC ended).

-Chain Ability-
     This is the BIG part of Variable Combos: the ability to cancel one move 
into another.  The reason why this is so important is that, by canceling one 
move into another move, you are completely bypassing any NEUTRAL STATES.  Thus, 
if you manage to knock the enemy into the air and go for a continuous Variable 
Combo Juggle, canceling one move into the next into the next into the next etc. 
COMPLETELY prevents the enemy from Flipping anywhere in the middle and escaping 
your combo.  Learning how to properly utilize this aspect of VCs can make or 
break a good looking and damaging VC.
     Of course, the rules aren't as simple as, say, in A2.  In A2, you could 
cancel pretty much anything into anything at ANY point, whether the first move 
was a Normal Move or a Special Move, whether the second move was a Normal Move 
or a Special Move, whether it whiffed or hit, etc. etc. etc.  In Alpha 3, they 
created many more limitations, which has made VCs a little more confusing and 
     For each type of canceling, there are specific rules that apply ONLY to 
that type of canceling.  So I will go over all four types, indicated by this 
           ________                _________
          |        |      (2)     |         |
          | NORMAL |  --------->  | SPECIAL |
          |  MOVE  |              |  MOVE   |
          |________|              |_________|
              /|\                      |            (5) VC Behavior While
               | (1)                   | (3)            Jumping (In the Air)
               |                       |
           ____|___                ___\|/___
          |        |              |         |
          | NORMAL |  <---------  | SPECIAL |
          |  MOVE  |      (4)     |  MOVE   |
          |________|              |_________|

(1) Normal Moves Canceled Into Normal Moves
     Once a VC is activated, the player is given the ability to Chain any Normal 
Move into any other Normal Move.  The only restriction to this ability is that 
the Normal Move has to CONNECT, whether scoring a hit or being blocked.  In 
other words, if the Normal Move whiffs, you cannot Chain it into another Normal 
     Once the Normal Move connects, you can Chain it into another Normal Move at 
any given point.  Let's use Sakura as an example.  If you use Back + Fierce, 
Sakura can hit with a very early Animation Frame, the one where her hands are at 
torso level.  Afterwards, she finishes the Fierce's animation by swinging her 
arms upwards above her head and pulls them slightly back down.  If you connect 
with that first attack frame, you can Chain that Fierce into any other Normal 
Move at ANY Animation Frame from that point on.  In other words, you can Chain 
it RIGHT when it connects, or you can wait until later in it's animation before 
Chaining it.  But the caveat is that is DOES have to connect in order for it to 
be Chained.  If you whiff it, you cannot Chain it into another Normal Move no 
matter what.
     Capcom was pretty careful not letting this Chain ability get easily abused 
by putting restrictions on certain Normal Moves.  One Normal Move restriction 
has been placed on Slides.  Slides cannot be Chained into another Normal Move 
during a VC.  This includes Dhalsim's Crouching Slide Kicks, Cody's Crouching 
Forward, R.Mika's Crouching Roundhouse, Guy's Crouching Roundhouse, Dee Jay's 
Crouching Roundhouse, and Rose's Offensive Crouching Forward.  These Slides 
canNOT be Chained into any other Normal Move no matter what, so that you cannot 
do repeated slides over and over again for a mindless VC.
     There is an exception to the Slide rule, however, and I personally think 
this is just an oversight on Capcom's part.  Vega's Crouching Roundhouse Slide 
CAN be Chained into anything it wants, including itself!!  So if the enemy is 
Crouch Blocking, you can literally take them from one end of the playing field 
to the other by repeatedly doing his Crouching Roundhouse Slide.  Outside of an 
Alpha Counter, the enemy cannot do anything to escape this (except stand up, 
take the hit, and get swept... but then, they're not escaping it, are they?).  
This is the only exception to the Slide rule.
     Another form of Normal Move that cannot be Chained into other Normal Moves 
are Overheads.  You can Chain a move INTO an Overhead, but it cannot be used to 
Chain into another move.  This includes Ryu's Towards + Strong, Ken's Towards + 
Forward, Juni and Juli's Towards + Forward, Akuma's Towards + Strong, and so on 
and so forth.  If you connect with an Overhead in a VC, you cannot Chain them 
into any other Normal Move.  You just have to wait until they finish to get 
another Normal Move attack.
     The last form of Normal Move that cannot be Chained is just whichever move 
Capcom felt shouldn't be Chainable.  The logical ones are moves that take you 
into the air, such as Ryu's Hop Kick (Towards + Forward).  You cannot Chain out 
of these moves.  However, for some moves, Capcom just decided, "Let's just not 
let them Chain out of this move!" for almost no apparent reason.  V-Birdie's 
Back + Fierce cannot be Chained out of.  V-R.Mika's Standing Fierce, Crouching 
Fierce, and Standing Roundhouse all cannot be Chained out of.  There are more 
instances of this, but I don't know them all.  Maybe in a future version of this 
Guide, I'll find out what they are and list them all.
(2) Normal Moves Canceled Into Special Moves
     This is the simplest form of Chaining during a VC.  Basically, you can 
cancel ANY Normal Move into ANY Special Move at ANY GIVEN MOMENT your character 
is on the floor.  It doesn't matter whether the Normal Move whiffed, landed, was 
blocked... anything works!  Not only that, but it doesn't matter what Normal 
Move is used.  There is not a single restriction in the game.  Overheads, 
Directional Moves, Slides, Sweeps... as long as you are on the ground, you can 
cancel it into any Special Move.  Moves like Ryu's Hop Kick cannot be Chained 
into a Special Move while in the air, but the INSTANT Ryu lands, you have 
freedom to cancel it into any Special Move.

(3) & (4) Special Moves Canceled into Special Moves / Normal Moves
     I include the last two together because they are essentially identical.  
Basically, the only real concern is: When can a Special Move be canceled?  This 
is because the rules are the same for canceling Special Moves into Special Moves 
and for canceling Special Moves into Normal Moves.
     So what is the rule?  The GENERAL rule is that a Special Move can be 
Chained out of at any point in its DELAY Period.  By Delay Period, I am 
referring to the point where the move has ended its "Hitting Potential" and is 
still in the process of recovering.
     A move's Hitting Potential is the period of time when the move CAN hit, 
when whiffed.  Let's use Cammy's Spiral Arrow as the example.  Once Cammy does 
the Spiral Arrow, the move can hit right away, starting its Hitting Potential.  
Once she lands on the ground, she still has the potential to hit the enemy, if 
one happens to be there.  However, at the end of the move, the Hitting Potnetial 
will end and Cammy will enter the Delay Period.  In the Delay Period, Cammy 
cannot hit the enemy at ALL and she cannot do anything else: she's still 
recovering from the Special Move.
     It is only in the Delay Period that Cammy can Chain OUT of the Spiral 
Arrow.  Thus, no matter how early you hit someone in the animation of the Spiral 
Arrow, it is ONLY Chainable in the Delay Period.  So if you hit the enemy out of 
the air with the Spiral Arrow early on in its animation, you can only Chain it 
into another move after Cammy has ended her Hitting Potential.  You cannot 
cancel it any earlier.
     This description is a general rule and works for most Special Moves.  The 
Shotokans can only Chain the Uppercut right when it lands.  Birdie can cancel 
the Bull Head in his Delay Period after he stops sliding forward.  R.Mika can 
cancel the Shooting Peach into anything she wants in her Delay Period where she 
sits on the floor, rubbing her behind.
     Of course, we only wish that it is all so simple.  There are a lot of 
discrepancies with this description of the rule.  Although it can be safely 
applied to most of the Special Moves in the game, there will always be those 
exceptions that do not follow the rule.
     Some Special Moves cannot be Chained out of, period.  Capcom just felt it 
would be too useful, I guess.  Sakura's Otoshi is an example.  Once she lands 
from the move, she cannot do anything until the move completely ends on its own, 
even though (if she lands all three hits) she lands on the floor with a slight 
Delay Period.
     Most Projectile Special Moves can cancel their Delays almost instantly, 
even though their Projectile is still on the screen.  Pretty much everyone with 
a Projectile (such as Ryu, Ken, Sagat, Dan, Sakura, and Chun Li) can cancel that 
move after the Projectile leaves their hand!  So Ryu can pretty much throw a 
Fireball in his V-ism and cancel that immediately into a Dragon Punch or a Hop 
Kick or a Crouch Roundhouse or whatever he wants while in Delay.  The same goes 
for Chun Li, Sakura, Dan, and the others.  Oddly enough, however, Charlie and 
Guile canNOT cancel the delay of their Sonic Booms!!  I actually believe DeeJay 
cannot cancel his delay as well, but since he HAS no delay on his Projectile 
ANYHOW, it's a moot point.  So Guile and Charlie do not benefit from the 
Projectile Delay canceling.
     Finally, some Special Moves can be Chained out of even BEFORE they reach 
the Delay Period!  Actually, there is actually only one such Special Move: 
Vega's Rolling Crystal Flash.  For some reason, you can cancel this into 
whatever you want right BEFORE Vega ends the rolling with his claw thrust.  You 
can technically, in the Corner, keep canceling the Rolling Crystal Flash into 
itself right at the moment before Vega does his claw stab again and again.  The 
result?  Vega just stays rolling in the Corner forever, until the VC runs out.
     So if you want to know when the Special Move of your favorite character can 
be canceled, it's best to just experiment and find out.  As said earlier, the 
general rule given SHOULD be applicable to most Special Moves, but since there 
are so many exceptions, you should always test your moves just to be sure.

(5) VC Behavior While Jumping (In the Air)
     If you are Jumping during a VC, the only extra ability you gain is the 
ability to perform multiple attacks in one Jump.  You cannot cancel or Chain 
anything into anything else, but after you finish a move, you can do any other 
move you want.  Thus, during a VC, you can Jump with an immediate attack.  Once 
it finishes, you can perform another attack on your way down.  Ryu, for example, 
can do an immediate Jumping Roundhouse, and then do an air Hurricane Kick on his 
way down, or simply just choose to use any other normal Jumping attack.  
Remember, you cannot CANCEL an attack into another on while Jumping in a VC.  
You have to wait until the move finishes and THEN you can do another attack.
     Other than that, you don't gain any other special benefits from a VC during 
a Jump.

-The Shadow-
     After activating the VC, basically the character you control suddenly has 4 
or 5 "Shadows" following him/her.  The Shadows are just darker versions of your 
character (and slightly transparent, I think), and they mimic everything you do 
at the exact spot that you did it.  If you notice, however, the very last Shadow 
to mimic your moves is brighter and more defined than the others are.  This 
particular Shadow is the Shadow that actually can register hits and attacks, 
along with your main character.  Pretty much what that means is that all the 
other Shadows are useless: they're only there for cosmetic purposes.
     The time it takes for this last Shadow to actually mimic your attack is 
dependent on which buttons you use to activate the VC.  As you most likely 
already know, a VC is activated with the press of two buttons of the same 
strength: Jab + Short, Strong + Forward, and Fierce + Roundhouse.  If you 
activate it with Fierce + Roundhouse, the Shadow will mimic your attack about 1 
second later (about the time it takes for you to slowly say "one one-thousand, 
two!").  If you activate it with Strong + Forward, the Shadow will mimic your 
attack about half a second later (actually, it's more like 3/5 of a second 
later, but I don't need to get that picky).  If you activate it with Jab + 
Short, it will basically mimic your attack right away.
	Derek Daniels was kind enough to give me the exact delays of the VC 
Shadows as listed by a book he got from Japan.  It lists the Shadow delays as:

     Jab + Short:         15/60
     Strong + Forward:    48/60
     Fierce + Roundhouse: 81/60

     Derek Daniels assumes that it is the number of frames, if you take into 
account that there are 60 frames per second.  If you think of it that way, it 
seems to work out just about right.
     Remember that your Shadow mimics your attacks EXACTLY where you performed 
them.  In other words, if you do an attack that pushes the enemy away, your 
Shadow will then miss, because it will attack the EXACT same place you yourself 
actually attacked.  Thus, when trying to make up VCs which utilize your Shadow, 
keep that in mind.
     Also note that the Reel Stuns that your Shadow cause are only a fraction of 
the length of the same attack done personally by the character you control!  
Confused by what that means?  Try this: activate a VC with the two Hard Attack 
buttons (Fierce and Roundhouse) with, say, Ryu.  Have the enemy in the Corner 
and walk up to him/her and hit the enemy with a Crouching Short canceled into a 
Standing Fierce Punch at a normal, casual timing.  Notice your two hits will 
produce a 2 hit combo.  Wait a bit for your Shadow to do its follow-up attack.  
Notice that, even though the enemy will get hit by both hits from the Shadow, 
the two hits will not count as a combo (in other words, after your Shadow hit 
with the Crouching Short Kick, the enemy could block the Standing Fierce)!  This 
happens because your Shadow simply does NOT cause a very long Reel Stun (note 
that if you Chain the Short into the Fierce REALLY fast, the Shadow's mimics 
WILL combo.  This, however, is beside the point.  The point is that the Reel 
Stuns caused by the Shadow ARE shorter than normal Reel Stuns, and that can be 
proven by the above experiment).
     Fierces and Roundhouses from the Shadow still cause Reel Stuns longer than 
Reel Stuns caused by weaker attacks, such as Jabs and Shorts.  However, a Reel 
caused by a Fierce punch from your Shadow is still shorter than a Reel caused by 
a Short from your actual character!  Needless to say, that means Jabs and Short 
from the Shadow cause VERY VERY VERY short Reel Stuns.  Apparently, Capcom was 
trying to prevent having the Shadow be too easily used for big, damaging 
"Infinite"-type combos (trivia note: this trick was first implemented by the 
creators of Vampire Savior.  Lilith's Dark Force shadow also displayed this 
property, in which the Shadow that followed Lilith caused shorter Reel Stuns 
that Lilith herself.  Just goes to show that most of the good ideas are always 
taken from Vampire Savior!  :-).
     Please note that although your Shadow mimics EVERYTHING you do, it can't 
actually DO everything you can.  In other words, your Shadow cannot Throw the 
enemy if it mimics your Throw.  The Shadow will NOT pull off the entire Daikyo 
Burning for Sodom if the Shadow hits with the initial charge.  Blanka's Shadow 
cannot hit the enemy with the electricity.  It'll basically just go right 
through the enemy, without harming him/her.  The Shadow is only capable of 
landing single, normal hits.
     One last thing: although this is probably a really stupid thing to point 
out, I'm trying to be real thorough here and cater to all people, even those who 
have NEVER played the game before in their life and finally JUST got it for the 
home systems.  Your Shadow cannot be hit and cannot take damage.  It is pretty 
much invincible.

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-=Momentary Invincibility=-
     One of the most powerful things about VCs is the fact that, upon 
activation, your character is rendered invincible for a short period (the length 
of the invincibility depends on how full your Meter is.  If it's at 50% full, 
your invincibility period is practically not there.  If it's full at 100%, your 
invincibility period is pretty noticeable).  You can use this special ability to 
get out of many scrapes, override enemy attacks, or avoid an attack all 
     This feature was considered really cheap by a good amount of SFA3 players.  
Also, it is my belief that this extra ability of the VC was fully taken 
advantage of by the players in Japan... almost to the point where it WAS cheap.  
This might not be true, but at least it would be able to explain Capcom's 
apparent decision to SEVERELY shorten the invincibility period of VCs in the 
PlayStation version of Alpha 3.  I may be incorrect on this (please offer your 
opinions if you have some solid evidence), but a 100% full Meter in the 
PlayStation version of Alpha 3 gives you about the same invincibility time as a 
~65% full Meter did in the arcade version.  Even though the invincibility is 
there, it seems much shorter.  Thus, it is a LOT harder to land a VC against an 
enemy on the home version of Alpha 3.  A lot of the opportunities that were 
there before are completely gone.
     This can be a good change or a bad change.  It's good in the fact that the 
invincibility period of a VC did allow for some easy victories and escapes, 
which was always disappointing to lose to.  Also adding to this fact is that VCs 
can be activated at the push of a button, so it's easy to react with a VC.  For 
example, let's say you have a small block of energy left and are trying to mount 
a comeback.  You jump at, say, Blanka, who was currently walking at you.  As a 
reaction, he activates his VC while you are JUST about to land your Jump Kick 
and he presses Fierce.  His invincibility period easily lets the Fierce hit you 
out of the air and drain the rest of your energy.  And worst of all, he didn't 
even predict your jump... he was just able to react with a quick button press.  
And this technique obviously does more damage than a single hit of an Alpha 
Counter.  In terms of using VCs as an easy escape, this weakening of the VCs is 
a good thing.
     The bad aspect of this, however, is that now some characters have great 
difficulty landing a VC, making what once used to be a VERY potent VC a lot 
weaker.  For example, V-ism Sodom has a very good VC that starts off with a 
Crouching Forward Kick.  In the arcade, you could lure the enemy into an attack 
and activate your VC and override their attack with your Crouching Forward and 
go straight into your VC sequence.  In the PlayStation version, there is a good 
chance your VC will just get stuffed upon activation by the move you are trying 
to override, leaving Sodom with very little opportunities of landing the VC 
outside of a whiffed Dragon Punch or something like that.  It takes a LOT more 
timing to override attacks now.
     However you interpret this change in VCs, just be sure to note that a lot 
of the invincibility in VCs has been removed from the PlayStation version of 
Alpha 3.
     As for the Saturn version, it seems to be more similar to the Arcade's 
length of invincibility.  However, experiemtns seem to show that the Saturn and 
PlayStation version have the exact SAME lengths of invincibility.  TO be honest 
with you, I can't really tell right now.  If I do some more experimentation with 
this, I may update the Guide and correct the Invincibility times.  And I have no 
clue about the Dreamcast version, as I haven't played it much at all.

* * *

-=Spinning Pile Drivers In VCs=-
     Spinning Pile Drivers (SPDs) is my generic name for a Special Move Throw 
that you need to rotate the controller 360 degrees and then hit a button.  Eight 
characters in Alpha 3 possess an SPD: Zangief, Birdie, Sodom, R.Mika, E.Honda, 
Karin, Juni, and T.Hawk.
     An SPD move, when executed during a VC, has MANY more properties than 
normal.  Outside a VC, it's pretty obvious you can only grab the enemy when they 
are Standing/Crouching and not in the middle of a Reel Stun or a Block Stun.  
However, things change when you activate a VC.
     During a VC, SPDs have total freedom.  If the enemy is in your SPD's range, 
you can grab them pretty much no matter what.  You can SPD them if they are just 
Standing or Crouching there, you can SPD them out of Reel Stun, and you can SPD 
them out of Block Stun!  Thus, you can create situations where the enemy cannot 
escape!  Examples of this will be given later on.

     Another new ability that SPDs gain within a VC is the ability to Throw 
people off of the ground!!!  Although this requires great timing, if you are in 
the middle of a VC and you have knocked the enemy to the ground, you can perform 
your SPD and actually grab the enemy off of the floor, even though they are 
lying on their backs.
     As just mentioned, the timing of this is VERY difficult (especially for 
Sodom, since the delay at the beginning of his Butsumetsu Buster (Punch SPD) 
really does wonders at screwing up your timing to grab people off of the floor.  
Really, for Sodom, grabbing people off the floor isn't an option... his non-SPD 
VCs are VASTLY more useful anyhow).  Basically, the enemy, after being knocked 
down, is only vulnerable to the SPDs the INSTANT they hit the floor and stop 
bouncing.  If you hit an enemy with a Knock Down or a Sweep, in general, they 
will fall onto the floor and hit the ground and bounce off once.  Then, they 
fall back down after the short bounce to hit the floor again to stay there.  At 
that very instant, where they hit the ground and stop bouncing, you can perform 
an SPD during a VC and grab the enemy.  It is not easy to land this trick for 
the majority of the SPD characters (except for Zangief's Flying Powerbomb (the 
moving Kick SPD), which will basically run at the falling opponent and grab them 
the instant he is allowed to).
     Normally, the Knock-Down move is done during a VC.  Basically, you can 
activate your VC, knock the enemy down with a Knock-Down move during the VC, and 
then, before you VC runs out, SPD the enemy off of the floor if you're right 
next to them.  However, the Knock-Down move doesn't HAVE to be done during the 
VC.  You can knock the enemy down, and THEN activate the VC and grab the enemy, 
if you're close enough.  For example, R.Mika can actually catch the enemy with 
her sliding Crouch Roundhouse.  From a close enough distance, she stops right 
next to where the enemy stops bouncing.  Thus, she can actually Slide, THEN 
activate her VC, and perform the Daydream Headlock (her Kick SPD).  If she timed 
it right, she'll grab the enemy right off the ground.
     More examples of using SPDs to grab people off the ground will be given in 
the next section.

* * *

-=The High Reel Arc=-
     Normally, when a player is knocked into the air, they follow a pretty 
small, short Reel Arc in the air.  However, if you hit someone out of the air 
during a VC, the Reel Arc followed by the struck player will always be slightly 
higher than normal.  For example, if you Juggle someone out of their Reel Arc 
with a Standing Jab, normally the enemy will fly backwards really far and fast, 
giving you no chances of adding extra hits.  If you do the same thing while in a 
VC, the enemy will bounce much higher.
     This higher Reel Arc applies to almost ALL moves done in a VC.  My favorite 
example is with Charlie's Punch Air Throw.  If you grab someone out of the air 
with Charlie's Punch Air Throw while in a VC, the enemy will bounce MUCH higher 
off of your shoulder than normal.  In fact, they bounce so high and so much 
longer that you can jum up and Air Throw them again!  And again and again and 
again (provided they don't Flip).
     Another strange thing about the higher reel arc: it lasts beyond the VC.  
So long as they were knocked into the air by a move that occurred during the VC, 
until they hit the floor and get up again, all moves will cause this higher Reel 
Arc.  So even after your VC runs out, you can continue to Air Throw the enemy 
with Charlie.  If they don't Flip, you can Air Throw them forever and ever and 
ever and rack up 99 hits if you so desire (in Training Mode, of course, where 
the enemy has Infinite energy).
     Of course, this really isn't too useful to know.  It's almost exclusively 
used for Exhibition combos.

* * *

-=Creating a Good VC=-
     Okay, so now you know the rules of how VCs work.  So what counts as a high 
quality VC?  Well, if you asked many different people what makes a good VC, 
you'll probably get many different answers.  So in this section, I've narrowed 
it down to 7 different kinds of practical VCs.  Each one of them has their own 
use, but not all of them apply to all characters (for example, one of the 
categories is having a good Spinning Pile Driver VC, and of course, not every 
character has an SPD code!).  The seven types of useful VCs are:

1) Corner Juggle
2) Anywhere Juggle
3) Corner Ground
4) Guard Break
5) Pressure / Confusion
6) Spinning Pile Driver
7) Special Situation

1) Corner Juggle - The corner Juggle is probably the most prevalent type of 
Variable Combo.  Basically, this is the type of VC where you knock the enemy 
into the air with a Knock Down and then repeatedly Juggle the enemy in the 
Corner.  Pushing the enemy too far away is not a concern, obviously, because you 
are in the Corner.
     Basically, the keys to creating a good Corner Juggle Variable Combo are as 
follows: 1) Find a way to keep your character from moving too far forward into 
the corner (and under your opponent).  2) Make sure there are no Neutral States 
anywhere in your Corner Juggle.  3) Try to make whatever move you are hitting 
the enemy with hit as "deep" as possible (this will be explained later).  4) 
Find out when your Shadow likes to strike, and choose an appropriate VC strength 
to either make your Shadow whiff and get out of the way or to add to your hits.
     1. When trying to make a good Corner Juggle, you tend to try the simple 
approach: repeat a Special Move until your VC runs out.  However, you'll find in 
a lot of cases, this causes your character to fall under the opponent being 
Juggled, and this causes your VC to end.  One example is R.Mika: if you knock, 
say, Ryu into the air in the corner and then do repeated Shooting Peaches, 
you'll find that sometimes R.Mika will hit Ryu but land too far in the corner so 
that the next Shooting Peach flies under Ryu and Ryu falls to the floor, 
escaping the rest of the VC.  If Sodom tries repeating his Fierce Jigoku Scrape, 
he'll find himself running right under the opponent, and the rest of the Custom 
will fail.  The way to prevent this is simply to find moves that don't propel 
your character as far forward, or try to hit the enemy with your move while they 
are low to the floor.  If you do that, the opponent's body will push you back 
out away from the corner a little bit to make room for him/herself and that will 
prevent you from going too far forward.
     2. Obviously, if there are Neutral States in the combo, even if your 
opponent doesn't take that opportunity to Flip, your VC will fail because of the 
Corner Juggle Limit.  Thus, it is important to find a way to eliminate any 
Neutral States.  This entails the task of finding Special Moves with cancelable 
delays and using what I've heard known as the "Whiff Factor."  Basically, you 
can cancel Special Moves with Normal Moves without the intention of having the 
Normal Move connecting... you are doing it solely for the purpose of preventing 
the enemy from Flipping.  Normally, your Special Move ends and you reach a 
Neutral State so that the next time you try a Special Move, the enemy can Flip 
or the Corner Juggle Limit kicks in.  So cancel the delay of the Special Move 
into a whiffing Normal Move and then cancel the whiffed Normal Move into a 
Special Move again.  It's a way to manually create longer delay on your Special 
Moves in order to accomplish the next section.
     You can even reverse this around, using the Special Moves as the delay and 
the Normal Moves as the Juggling hits.  If your character has a Special Move 
that has a long enough delay.  Characters who have long, cancelable Projectile 
Delays can all almost hit an airborne enemy out of the air with an upward 
hitting Normal Move and then cancel that Normal Move into their Projectile.  The 
delay is so long, the enemy can't Flip.  Once the enemy falls back closer to the 
ground, do that same upward hitting Normal Move to Juggle the enemy and then 
cancel that into the Projectile again!!  Repeat this over and over again until 
the VC runs out!
     3. Sakura has a VC where she basically just does repeated Jab Shou Ou Kens 
in the corner.  This will continue to combo and there will be no Neutral States 
in it.  However, if you watch the damage, each hit from the Shou Ou Ken does a 
pixel worth of damage, so for a 100% full meter, you'll get VERY little damage.  
The reason this happens is because the enemy ends up bouncing off the top of the 
Shou Ou Ken, rather than taking the full hit low at ground level.  Most Street 
Fighter players are already aware of the fact that hitting enemies "deep" causes 
more damage than sideswipes.  For example, if you jump at Ken and he nails you 
with a Jab ShouRyuKen right before you land, you will take a good chunk of 
damage.  However, if he does a Jab ShouRyuKen early in your jump, and grazes you 
with the end of the attack, you'll take very little damage.  Thus, it is 
importnat to create your VC so that you are hitting "deep" with your Special 
     4. Sometimes the Shadow becomes a nuisance in Corner Juggles.  For example, 
if you activate the Fierce + Roundhouse VC with Birdie, and try to repeatedly 
Juggle the enemy with the Jab Bull Head, you'll find that you'll start missing 
because your Shadow will hit the opponent and throw all your timing off (if the 
Shadow wasn't there, you could easily just do repeated Jab Bull Heads for a 
Corner Juggle).  If you experiment with this VC further, though, you can find 
out that if you activate the Strong + Forward VC, your Shadow will practically 
match the timing of the next Jab Bull Head you perform.  Thus, if timed right, 
you can charge at the same time as your Shadow and get two hits with every 
Charge you do (one from you, one from your Shadow) and maintain the Corner 

     Examples: The simplest example is with Akuma.  You can activate a Jab + 
Short VC and, in the corner, do repeated Strong GouShouRyuKens.  The ShouRyuKens 
will all hit very deep and you'll land RIGHT when the enemy is about to hit the 
ground.  Cancel the delay of the GouShouRyuKen into another Strong GouShouRyuKen 
and you can repeatedly Juggle the enemy in the corner with just one move.
     If you activate a Jab + Short VC with Sagat and try repeated Fierce Tiger 
Blows, you'll find that Sagat lands just a tad bit too early, making each 
successive Tiger Blow hit less deep and less deep, creating a horrible VC.  
However, you can cancel the delay of your Tiger Blow into a whiffed Normal 
Move... ANY Normal Move (I use Crouching Forward) and then cancel that into 
another Fierce Tiger Blow right before the opponent lands, hitting them deep.  
You can then repeat that sequence for a high powered, high damaging, and very 
demoralizing VC.
     One last example of extended whiffing and an errant Shadow is again with 
Sagat.  If you activate his Strong + Forward VC and do a Fierce Tiger Blow to an 
opponent, you'll find that as the enemy starts falling back down, your Shadow 
will knock the enemy back up into the air just a bit!  Thus, if you want to hit 
the opponent with another deep Fierce Tiger Blow, you'll need some extended 
whiffing!  So you can do a Crouch Forward the instant you land, cancel that into 
a Roundhouse Tiger Shot, and then, while in delay of the fireball, the opponent 
will fall back down and you can cancel the delay of the Tiger Shot into the 
Fierce Tiger Blow right before they land.  You are using the long delay of the 
Tiger Shot to prevent Neutral States and to ensure you are getting good, deep 
hits with the Tiger Blow.

     There is one more type of Corner Juggle VC, but only two characters have 
it: the SUPER SLOW Normal Move Corner Juggle.  Basically, the rule is this: if a 
Normal Move connects, it can be canceled into any other Normal Move, right?  
Well, if the Normal Move is REALLY slow, you can conceivably cancel a Normal 
Move into itself over and over again and have it combo, right?
     There are only two moves slow enough to be capable of this: Zangief's 
Standing Roundhouse and Gen's Crouching Fierce in Ki-ryuu (Kick) Mode.  If you 
can hit the enemy with a Knock-Down move (so that they can be Juggled), you can 
repeatedly bounce the enemy in the corner with the same move over and over 
again, but it requires careful timing.  Zangief's Standing Roundhouse has a 
nice, long delay, and after it connects, you have to cancel it into itself RIGHT 
before it finishes (rather than canceling it right when it connects).  Then, 
it'll come out slowly, hit the enemy, have its delay, you cancel it late, and it 
hits the enemy as they are falling back down.  This works similarly with Gen's 
Crouching Fierce in Kick Mode.  Both take VERY careful timing, and a lot of 

2) Anywhere Juggle - The Anywhere Juggle is just that: the type of VC that can 
repeatedly Juggle the enemy ANYWHERE in the playing field, corner or not.  In 
every case so far, the Anywhere Juggles will eventually push the enemy into the 
corner, so it is vital that, if you have a good Anywhere Juggle, you are able to 
easily transition from your Anywhere Juggle into your Corner Juggle, if your 
character has one.
     This is perhaps one of the most useful types of VCs, yet the hardest to 
come by.  The main keys to creating a good Anywhere Juggle are: 1) Finding a 
move that keeps you moving forward or pops the enemy UP rather than out.  2) 
Having a set-up for the VC.  3) The ability to transition into a Corner Juggle.
     1. A lot of characters do NOT have Anywhere Juggles.  This is mainly 
because they do not have any good moves to keep them moving forward, so the 
enemy will eventually end up too far away.  Ryu is a good example of this.  Even 
though he has his Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku, it's simply too slow.  Not only that, 
it tends to knock the enemy OUTWARDS rather than keeping the enemy close to you.  
The Shouryuken knocks the enemy upwards, yes, but Ryu has no ability to keep 
moving forward after an uppercut, so that after he lands from the uppercut, he 
can only hit the enemy with one more move before the enemy falls too far away.  
Characters like Akuma, however, do have means of forward travel.  Akuma can use 
his Hyakki Shuu (the Demon Flip - Tiger Knee motion + Punch) to keep moving 
forward.  So even though the fireball or uppercut might knock the enemy 
outwards, his Hyakki Shuu can allow him to catch up to the opponent before they 
fly too far away.
     2. Of course, what good is Akuma's above VC if he can't find a way to set 
it up?  Fortunately for Akuma, there is a set-up: Activate the Jab + Short VC, 
do a Jab GouShouryuken, cancel that into a Fierce GouHadouken the instant he 
lands, and then cancel that into the Demon Flip.  After you land, cancel the 
Demon Flip into a Fierce Shakunetsu Hadouken (Red Fireball), cancel that into a 
Demon Flip, etc. etc. etc.  This VC will take the enemy clear across the screen 
and is a very effective VC.  Thus, this Anywhere VC has a good set-up works well 
for Akuma but there are characters with Anywhere Juggles with no set-up!  Such a 
character is Adon.  He can repeatedly Juggle an enemy across the screen with 
repeated Roundhouse Jaguar Kicks, but, specifically in the PlayStation version, 
there is no way to set the enemy up so that you can Juggle them in this 
situation AT ALL (there is a set-up in Arcade and in Saturn, but not sure about 
Dreamcast).  The Jaguar Knee in the PlayStation version has no delay (the delay 
is there in the Arcade and Saturn versions, however) so there is always a 
Neutral State right when you land, allowing the enemy to Flip.  Adon has no 
other Knock-Down Special Moves, so there is no way to set it up.  One more 
important aspect of Anywhere Juggles is finding a way to set it up against 
airborne opponents and finding a way to set it up against grounded opponents.  
Since the initial hit will hit the enemy at different heights, it is important 
to know of a way to set up the VC at either height.  For example, in the Arcade 
and Saturn versions, he has a set-up for it, but only in a situation where he 
and the enemy are both on the ground standing RIGHT next to each other.  If the 
enemy is Jumping at him, Adon has no set-up for the VC, making it much less 
effective than Akuma's.  See the examples for, what else, examples of other 
types of Ground Vs. Anti-Air VC Set-ups.
     3. Almost all Anywhere Juggles will eventually put you in the corner.  If 
you do not have a good Corner Juggle, this can cause problems.  Also, if you do 
not have a good way of changing from your Anywhere Juggle into the Corner 
Juggle, that could give you problems as well.  It is very important to design 
your Anywhere Juggles so that they can be easily transitioned into Corner 
Juggles for maximum effectiveness.

     Examples: The simplest example is with E.Honda.  If you activate your 
Fierce + Roundhouse VC next to the enemy, you can do a Standing Strong and 
cancel that into a Fierce Super Zutsuki (his Headbutt... "Dosukoi!!!").  Then, 
you can do repeated Fierce Super Zutsukis with small delays between each one.  
You can take the enemy clear across the playing field that way.
	A good example of the different set-ups is with Charlie.  Charlie has an 
Anywhere Juggle where he can, with a Fierce + Roundhouse activated VC, do a 
Roundhouse Razor Kick, cancelled right when he lands into a Standing Roundhouse 
(which will Juggle the enemy) and cancel that into a Dash.  Do the Knee Bazooka 
as late in the Dash as possible (it will whiff) and cancel the whiffed Knee into 
another Razor Kick.  Repeat the sequence.  However, to get this Anywhere Juggle 
going requires a good set-up.  If the enemy jumps at you, you can activate a VC 
and do a Standing Strong to hit them out of the air and quickly cancel that into 
a Roundhouse Razor Kick.  From there, you can just do the Bazooka Knee when you 
land and then do the repated pattern.  However, if you want to hit the enemy 
while they are standing, you need a different set-up.  In this case, it's best 
for Charlie to do activate the VC right next to the enemy and do a Crouching 
Short canceled into a Roundhouse Razor Kick.  Either set-up will lead into a 
successful Anywhere Juggle.  It is necessary to have both set-ups to make the 
AnyWhere Juggle VC as useful as possible.
     Zangief makes a good example of a different kind of Anywhere Juggle.  He 
can activate his VC and hit the enemy (out of the air or while they are next to 
him) with a Quick Double Lariat (hit all three Kicks).  Cancel that into a 
Standing Fierce, which will hit the enemy out of the air.  Cancel the Fierce 
immediately with a Fierce Banishing Flat, which will whiff but move Zangief 
forward.  Cancel the end of the Banishing Flat with another Standing Fierce, 
which will catch the enemy out of the air again.  Cancel the Fierce into the 
Banishing Flat etc. etc. etc.  The concept behind this kind of VC is that the 
Normal Move is what you hit the enemy with and the Special Move is simply a 
"mode of transporation" to keep you moving forward.  The Special Move is done 
with no intention of actually hitting the enemy, but because Special Moves can 
be cancelled whether they hit or whiff into a Normal or a Special Move, this 
type of VC can be really effective. 
     What makes the above VCs even better is that they all can be easily 
transitioned into a Corner Juggle.  Once Honda reaches the corner, he can switch 
to repeated Jab Super Zutsukis and keep the VC going until it runs out.  Charlie 
can then start doing repeated Razor Kicks, with a quick whiffed Crouching 
Forward in between the Razor Kicks to get deeper hits.  Zangeif can switch to 
the repeated Standing Roundhouses to continue the VC.  The VCs above are great 
examples of high quality Anywhere Juggle VCs.

3) Corner Ground - This type of VC is basically where you can continually combo 
the enemy in the corner WITHOUT knocking them down.  Basically, the enemy 
remains standing the entire time, getting hit by a barrage of move that hit 
continually.  So far, this type of VC is mainly relegated to the "Projectile 
VC", as 90% of the Corner Ground VC utilize Projectiles.
     There really is only one key to these types of VCs: find a move you can do 
that either ends quick enough or is perfectly synced with your Shadow so that it 
can continually hit the enemy in the corner with no chance for them to escape.  
Most of the time, this involves using a Projectile.  Since you can cancel the 
delay of throwing a Projectile any time after the first thrown Projectile has 
disappeared (hitting the opponent or going off screen), it is easy to produce 
Corner Ground VCs.  Simply activate a VC using Jab + Short with the enemy in the 
corner and start throwing Projectiles in a steady fashion.  Your first 
Projectile will hit, freeing you up to do another move.  The second Projectile 
(thrown by your Shadow) will then connect as you throw a new Projectile, which 
hits as the enemy is still reeling from the hit of the Shadow's Projectile.  
This pattern keeps repeating until your VC runs out.
     Almost everyone with a Projectile can do this... even Dan!!  The only ones 
who can't are Sakura (her Hadouken is too slow to come out) and Charlie and 
Guile (for some reason, they won't let Charlie and Guile cancel their Sonic Boom 
delays with another Sonic Boom!!).  Bison can do it, except for some reason, he 
needs to activate the Strong + Forward VC for it to work.
     There are other types of Corner Ground VCs, but they are almost impossible 
to come by.  The most significant one is Ken's Hurricane Kick VC.  If you 
activate the Strong + Forward VC against a cornered enemy and start doing 
repeated Roundhouse Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyakus, it's PERFECTLY timed so that you 
end your Hurricane Kick after the Shadow has already started his.  Thus, right 
before the Shadow's Hurricane Kick ends, you start yours up and the cycle 
repeats.  Unfortunately, other than the above Ken VC, there are practically no 
other Corner Ground VCs.

4) Guard Break - You're not guaranteed to hit the enemy every time you activate 
your VC.  So what happens if you activate your VC and the enemy blocks?  Go into 
your Guard Break VC.  This type of VC is a constant attack with as many moves as 
possible that, most of the time, your enemy is forced to block.  A good Guard 
Break VC usually can take your opponent from a full Guard Meter down to an 
almost empty Guard Meter.  If they start with half a Guard Meter, you can 
normally break their Guard in the middle of a 100% full Guard Break VC.  
Breaking their Guard will give you a good advantage the rest of the fight.
     The key to a good Guard Break VC is the ability to force the enemy to 
block, where the Alpha Counter is their only escape.  Also, is is key to either 
make sure it involves landing as many Fierce and Roundhouses as possible early 
on (as they drain the most Guard Meter), or to get as many hits as possible 
(Guard Meter drainage eventually starts scaling down, so landing lots of small 
hits will equal about as much Guard Damage as landing a few big early hits).

     Examples: One example of getting hard hits in is with Ken.  You have the 
enemy cornered and you activate your Strong + Forward VC.  The enemy is 
blocking, so you cannot start hitting him/her with your repeated Hurricane Kick 
VC (as described in the Corner Ground VC section).  Thus, you do a Crouching 
Forward Kick canceled into a Hadouken against the blocking opponent.  Then, you 
can cancel the Hadouken into a Standing Towards + Roundhouse (which will do a 
good chunk of Guard Meter damage), cancel that into another Hadouken which in 
turn is canceled into another Towards + Roundhouse, etc. etc. etc. and repeat 
this sequence.  Eventually, this sequence will push you too far away, but by 
that time, your VC is pretty much over and you've drained a good 90% of the 
enemy's Guard Meter.
     Another example of a good Guard Break VC is any of the Corner Ground 
Projectile VCs from the previous section.  Not only do they do a lot of Guard 
Meter damage, but they do a lot of block damage as well!!!  Thus, Corner Ground 
Projectile VCs are useful whether connected or blocked... in fact, against No-
ism characters, who take higher Block Damage than normal, will lose almost the 
same amount of enery getting hit by or blocking the VC!!!
     One last example of a good Guard Break VC is with Sakura.  This example 
involves many small hits.  Activate a Strong + Forward VC right next to the 
opponent.  Start with a Standing Back + Fierce canceled into a Fierce Hadouken.  
Cancel the Hadouken into a Strong Shou Ou Ken.  As you Strong Shou Ou Ken ends, 
the Shadow will begin hitting with her Standing Fierce.  Right when you land, 
cancel the delay of the Shou Ou Ken into a Crouching Short and cancel the Short 
into another Fierce Hadouken.  As your Short is canceling into the Hadouken, 
your Shadow is performing her Shou Ou Ken, keeping the opponent pinned to the 
ground.  Cancel that Hadouken into another Strong Shou Ou Ken into another 
Crouch Short etc. etc. etc. and repeat the sequence.  This gives you MANY hits, 
most of them coming from the Shou Ou Ken, but all these tiny hits combined make 
a very effective Guard Break VC.  You can easily break someone's Guard Meter if 
you start this while they have half a Guard Meter full.  Warning, though, there 
are holes in this Guard Break VC where the opponent CAN sneak in a Super, but 
the holes are so small, the opponent normally ends up taking hits when trying to 
attempt as escape.

5) Pressure / Confusion - This type of VC is basically designed to confuse the 
enemy, and hopefully cause them to get hit eventually.  This either requires a 
lot of Cross-Ups, Overheads, or Special Moves with good recovery.  The goal of 
this type of VC is to hope that the enemy eventually gets hit by one of your 
moves in the process of trying to block the entire VC or in their attempt to hit 
you out of your VC.  If you can transition a Pressure VC into an Anywhere Juggle 
or Corner Juggle VC, that's even better.
     Another good thing about a Confusion VC is that they are generally not 
affected by Damage Scaling.  Since Confusion VCs base their usefulness on 
landing a few hits here and there while the enemy futilely tries to block all 
the hits, Damage Scaling does not affect them.  Each hit that lands is a 
singular hit not in a combo, so they do full damage.  Thus, the full damage 
added together between all of those hits can sometimes equal more damage than a 
full, 100% VC combo!!!
     The keys to a good Confusion VC is throwing in lots of Cross-ups or 
Overheads, as well as moves that must be Crouch or Stand blocked.  This, 
combined with your Shadow repeating your moves, can cause a lot of blocking 
difficulties for your enemy.
     There are two mentalities present when performing a Pressure / Confusion 
VC: one mentality is that your goal is to eventually hit the enemy into the air 
with your consufion tactics, and then transition into an Anywhere or Corner 
Juggle VC.  The other mentiality is that your goal is to keep them on the ground 
as much as possible, thus forcing them to have to try and block everything that 
you do, taking random hits here and there.
     The biggest weakness of this type of VC, however, is the fact that there 
ARE holes in the VC, and if your opponent gets lucky or has good timing, he CAN 
break out of the trap with a well-placed Dragon Punch, Super, a simple Jab, etc.  
This will cause you to waste a good full meter.  But it can be used effectively 
to the ponit where you will definitely do some damage to your opponent.  If you 
think they are gathering up for a good counter hit, back off and run away and 
try and let your meter run itself out while you are safely far away.

     Examples: A good example of the first mentality is with E.Honda.  If you 
activate your VC (either Strong + Forward or Fierce + Roundhouse) and just begin 
doing repeated Forward Super Hyakkan Otoshis (the move where he goes up and then 
drops down on you butt first), enemies usually try and hit you right after you 
land.  This is normally a wasted attempt, because you can cancel the delay of 
one Hyakkan Otoshi into the next, and stuff any counter attack they try.  Either 
that, or they block the first Hyakkan Otoshi, and then Crouch block.  They are 
attempting to block any move you do from the ground, completely forgetting that 
your Shadow is repeating the Hyakkan Otoshi and must also be Stand blocked.  In 
either case, the Hyakkan Otoshi connects, and right when you land from your 
current or next Hyakkan Otoshi, you can change into the appropriately strengthed 
Super Zutsuki ("Dosukoi!!") and then transition into your Anywhere or Corner 
     An example of the mentality of keeping the enemy on the ground is with Guy.  
If you corner the enemy, you can activate your Strong + Forward or Fierce + 
Roundhouse VC and just start going mad.  Throw in Crouching Shorts canceled into 
Standing Forwards canceled into the Kubikara (the Bushin Run with Roundhouse), 
more Crouching Shorts, canceled into the Bushin Izuna Otoshi (Fireball + Punch), 
etc. etc.  Mixing it up between all of those will continually hit high and low, 
and the Bushin Izuna Drop has the potential of crossing up sometimes, forcing 
the opponent to turn and block the other way unexpectedly.  Mixing between all 
these moves can potentially drain a TON of the opponent's energy, because every 
hit is singular and not comboed, so there is no Damage Scaling.  If the enemy 
does not escape this trap successfully, he can take a lot of damage.

6) Spinning Pile Driver - Obviously from it's name, the Spinning Pile Driver VCs 
involve using the many special powers that SPDs gain during a VC.  A lot of the 
characters that concentrate their game on landing SPDs have to utilize this type 
of VC (I'm thinking mostly of Zangief, Birdie, R.Mika, and T.Hawk) if you use 
their V-ism mode because using SPDs in the middle of a VC can warrant you a lot 
of free and easy grabs.  There are three main ways to use SPDs in the middle of 
a VC: 1) Using it to grab people in the middle of Reel Stun, thus being a combo.  
2) Using it to grab people stuck in Block Stun.  3) Using it to grab people off 
of the ground.
     1. Grabbing people out of Reel Stun won't warrant you anything particularly 
great in VCs.  The best you can do to take advantage of this property is, say, 
when an enemy misses an Uppercut type move and leaves themselves vulnerable.  
For example, let's say you are using Zangief and you block a Wake-Up Razor Kick 
attempt, and Charlie is now about to land next to you.  Rather than timing a 
well-timed SPD when he lands, you can actually activate a VC and then, right 
when Charlie lands, you can nail him with a Crouching Forward Kick and then 
immediately cancel that into an SPD, which will connect and grab Charlie for a 
two hit combo even though Charlie is still in Reel Stun.  This adds a bit of 
extra damage as well as makes landing the SPD that much easier, since you have 
no fear of missing or jumping when you try and do the SPD.  This isn't really 
worth the usage of a full VC, but it may be worth it if you have just 50% full.
     2. Using the VC to grab people in the middle of Block Stun is much more 
useful than grabbing people out of Reel Stun.  This technique can be a huge 
deterrent to players who play very defensively.  It's also good to just get a 
good, free SPD.  One of the best ways to land this, for example, is during a 
Jump Attack.  If you Jump at the enemy and activate your VC in the air, you can 
do a Jump attack and then do an SPD right when you land.  If the enemy blocks 
your Jump attack, you'll land and grab them anyhow, even though they are in the 
middle of Block Stun.  This works particularly well with Cross-Ups.
     A good example is with R.Mika.  Let's say R.Mika connects a Slide (Crouch 
Roundhouse) on you.  As you get up, she jumps over you and activates her Jab + 
Short VC.  Before she lands, she does her Down + Fierce move in the air, which 
is a Cross-Up.  You get up and block the Cross-Up.  Right when she lands, her 
shadow ALSO makes you block the Cross-Up, so you are now in Block Stun the 
instant she lands.  She can do her Daydream Headlock (Kick SPD) RIGHT when she 
lands and it will grab you OUT of your Block Stun!  In other words, you could 
not have done anything about it outside of Alpha Countering.
	But here's the catch: even if you get HIT by the Cross-Up, R.Mika will 
grab you anyhow, because you can also grab the enemy out of Reel Stun (this is 
where grabbing people out of Reel Stun is most significant)!  Basically, her 
Down + Fierce will hit you and her Shadow's mimic will also hit you right when 
she lands.  If she does the Daydream Headlock the instant she lands, she'll grab 
you right out of your Reel Stun caused by the Shadow.  So whether you block or 
get hit, you're getting SPDed!  All of the characters with SPDs can utilize this 
Cross-Up, SPD trick (except Sodom, whose SPD is a lot slower than other 
     3. Finding set-ups to grab the enemy off of the ground with an SPD is 
fairly difficult... there are only a few good situations that this can happen.  
But it can be a very good technique, especially for ending a good, long Corner 
or Anywhere Juggle VC.  SPDs are not affected by Damage Scaling in VCs, so if 
you end a VC with an SPD, you can get a lot of damage for it.
     For an example of a good sequence that sets you up for a good off the 
ground SPD, we can look at Juni: Juni can activate her VC and hit the enemy with 
a Crouching Roundhouse and Chain that into a Forward Mach Slide (the teleport).  
The Sweep pushes Juni out of SPD range, but the Mach Slide will bring her right 
into range.  Not only that, right when she recovers from the Mach Slide, the 
enemy will have just finished bouncing.  Thus, right when she recovers from the 
Mach Slide, you can perform the Earth Direct (her SPD) and snag the enemy right 
off of the floor!
     An example of using the VC after a Knock-Down can be seen with Birdie.  If 
you catch the enemy in the corner and land Jumping Roundhouse, Crouching Fierce 
Buffered into a Jab Bull Head, the enemy will fall onto the ground in the 
corner.  You'll recover RIGHT before the enemy stops bouncing.  Activate your VC 
and then, with VERY good timing, do your Punch SPD.  It will grab the enemy off 
of the floor and after it finishes, you're still close enough to go for another 
VC SPD (so you can, for example, time a Meaty Low Short into the enemy as they 
get up and then do another Punch SPD... if the enemy does not successfully 
Reverse your Meaty Attack, you'll get your free SPD).
     For an example of using this to end a VC, let's look at Honda.  Previously, 
I described Honda's repeated Super Zutsuki VC.  From a full meter, after 7 Super 
Zutsuki's, you will end up in the corner eventually (remember, if you get into 
the corner, change from Fierce Zutsukis to Jab Zutsuki's).  After the seventh 
Zutsuki, cancel that into a Roundhouse Super Hyakkan Otoshi (the Razor Kick), 
RIGHT when Honda lands from it will PERFECTLY match the timing of when the enemy 
stops bouncing after landing from getting hit by the seventh Zutsuki.  So right 
when you land, cancel that into a Ooichou Nage (his SPD) and you'll grab the 
enemy right off of the floor, and the SPD will do full damage.

7) Special Situation - Anything that doesn't qualify as any of the above VCs 
qualifies as a Special Situation VC.  These are VCs that are usually useful only 
in certain, special situations (hence it's name!).
     One example of this is with Gen in Sou-ryuu Mode (Punch Mode).  If you get 
the enemy in the corner and activate your Fierce + Roundhouse VC.  Perform a 
Crouching Roundhouse to sweep the enemy off the floor and IMMEDIATELY start 
tapping Fierce as fast as possible.  If you manage to cancel the Crouch 
Roundhouse instantly into the Hyakurenkou (the Hand Slap), the Shadows will 
mimic you at lightning speed (because it'll mimic the move whiffing, and there's 
no Block Stun to slow the Shadow's mimic down).  Once the enemy gets up and 
blocks, they'll block EVERY hit of the Shadow's whiffing Hyakurenkou, and since 
it goes so fast, they will take a ton of block damage.  Also, if you keep your 
Hyakurenkou going, the combination of your Hand Slap and the Shadow's Hand Slaps 
will cuase you to actually be pushed away from the opponent SLOWER (because so 
many are hitting).  Thus, the total Block Damage the opponent can take is 
upwards to a FIFTH of their energy!
      Because there are no specifics to the Special Situation VCs, nothing more 
will be said about them.

* * *

     In the end, VCs are quite broken... they definitely take the most 
creativity to use and the most skill, but their potential is incredible.  If you 
learn how to use VCs well and your character has a good VC, V-ism definitely 
becomes the most deadly Ism in the game!  But, keep in mind that it DOES take a 
lot of practice... so break out that Training Mode!!


| SECTION 10: The Guy Exception |
     What is the Guy Exception?!?  Well, we've already established the rule that 
when you reach a Neutral State, the enemy is allowed to Flip.  So anytime you 
hit the enemy after a Neutral State, it's not technically a combo because the 
enemy can flip out of it.
     There is one Exception to this rule.  Although more than one person can 
create the exception, only one character can take ADVANTAGE of it: Guy (of 
course... why else would it be called the Guy Exception?!?).
     Basically, there is one particular Reel that causes the enemy, after they 
hit the floor, to roll backwards.  Examples of these kind of moves are Ryu's 
Shinkuu Tatsumaki Senpuu Kyaku, Cody's Bad Spray, Guy's Bushin Gokusa Ken (the 
Final Fight Chain), and Guy's Bushin Gourai Kyaku (kick Super).  After these 
moves connect, the enemy will be thrown backwards into the air, and when they 
land, they'll end up rolling backwards for a fixed distance and end up Standing 
     The only thing about this type of Reel... when an enemy is knocked into 
this kind of Reel, they CANNOT Flip out of the part where they are knocked into 
the air.  However, they ARE still Jugglable!!  This pretty much means that the 
Juggle is for free, and that the enemy cannot escape it.  This also means that 
anytime you Juggle someone out of this particular kind of Reel, it IS in fact a 
true combo!
     The biggest catch, though, is that ONLY Guy has opportunities to Juggle 
people out of this Reel.  After his Bushin Gokusa Ken and the Bushin Gourai 
Kyaku, Guy recovers quickly enough to hit the enemy before they begin to roll on 
the ground (at which point, the enemy becomes invincible).  So, for example, 
let's say Guy has his enemy in the corner and he lands the Bushin Gokusa Ken 
(all four hits of the Final Fight Chain).  The last kick usually knocks the 
enemy into the air, and the enemy will hit the ground with a backwards roll.  
Guy recovers before the enemy hits the floor, however, and so he can thus hit 
the falling Body with any move he wants, say a Standing Close-Up Fierce.  Guy 
can then cancel that Fierce into any special move he wants and continue the 
     After the Bushin Gourai Kyaku, Guy recovers quickly after the final kick, 
and can catch the enemy out of the air before they hit the floor with a move 
such as Standing Jab, Standing Strong, or Standing Fierce.  He can then Chain or 
Buffer these moves into anything else that will combo or reach.
     Because the enemy was put into that special kind of Reel, they could NOT 
Flip away from the follow-up attack, EVEN THOUGH Guy had reached a Neutral 
State!!  Thus, the sequence is a true combo and there is nothing you can do 
about the combo.  This inability to Flip after being knocked into the air 
because of this special kind of Reel is what I call the "Guy Exception," mainly 
because Guy is the only character that can utilize it.


| SECTION 11: The Gen Exception |
      Then Gen Exception, like the Guy Exception, is a situation where a rule is 
broken for an unexplainable reason.  Normally, as said earlier in this Guide, 
the enemy can no longer be Juggled after they have been Juggled once after 
having the Corner Juggle Limit has been implemented.  So let's say Gen uses a 
Crouch Short kick in Ki-ryuu mode and knocks the enemy into the corner.  When 
the enemy hits the corner, the Corner Juggle Limit takes affect and Gen is only 
allowed one more Juggle.  Let's say Gen follows up the Crouch Short with his 
Jumping Double Roundhouse Kick.  After Gen lands, none of his moves will Juggle 
the enemy anymore because the Double Roundhouse kick counted as one whole 
Juggle, and since the Corner Juggle Limit had been initiated, one more Juggle is 
all Gen gets.
     Or is it?!?  For some strange reason, Gen can break all Juggling 
limitations with his Jakouha (the Kick Super where he jumps up and grabs enemies 
out of the air).  This move will grab people out of the air NO MATTER WHAT as 
long as the enemy is there to be thrown!  So after the Double Roundhouse kick, 
Gen can land and immediately do the Jakouha before the enemy hits the ground.  
Even though the Corner Juggle Limit has been initiated and Gen had gotten his 
one last Juggle in, the Jakouha will connect anyhow and grab the enemy out of 
the air!!!  So the Jakouha breaks all Corner Juggle Limit rules.
     It all breaks one other rule... previously, I had said that when an enemy 
is hit out of the air by a NON-Knock-Down move (such as most normal moves that 
do not Counter Hit), they can not be Juggled out of the air.  The enemy normally 
comes down and lands safely on their feet.  However, Gen's Jakouha can also grab 
people when they are in THIS condition.  So, for example, let's say the enemy 
jumps at you and you kick them out of the air with Gen's Crouching Roundhouse in 
Ki-Ryuu mode.  The enemy didn't do anything, so your hit was not a Counter Hit.  
After you hit them, they start to fall back to the ground.  The enemy cannot do 
any moves or anything, but they should land on their feet and be free to do 
anything they want the instant they land.  They are also temporarily invincible 
until they land, so they cannot be Juggled.  However, if you follow up his 
Crouch Roundhouse with the Jakouha, it WIL grab them regardless of the fact that 
they SHOULD be invincible.
     So to sum it up in the simplest way possible: if Gen does the Jakouha and 
the enemy is in the air where it can reach them, they WILL be grabbed, no matter 
WHAT situation it is and what regulations have been imposed.


| SECTION 12: Closing and Thanks |
     If I get enough requests for it, I may go ahead and put in a "Combo 
Section", listing all of my favorite Exhibition Combos (in other words, combos 
that ARE escapable with Flips, but cool anyhow).  Once you understand how the 
Juggling rules and restrictions work, you can create some pretty awesome 
     Please, send me your e-mails!  Tell me what you think of this Guide, and 
tell me what you liked and what you didn't like.  I designed this Guide 
especially for those people who enjoy understanding everything at their deepest 
level possible, and for those who love a good detailed read about one of their 
favorite video games.  Let me know if you enjoy the detailed information 
provided in the Guide.
     If you liked the Guide and think it is a good read, let others who enjoy 
the game know about its existence.  Spread the word for me!  ^_^  I simply do 
not have the time these days to try and publicize this Guide outside of placing 
it on www.gamefaqs.com.  I would love to try and make a Web Page for this Guide, 
like I have for my X-Men Vs. Street Fighter Combo Guide, but time is tight, and 
chances of that happening is slim.

     In closing, there are many people out there I would like to thank.  First 
of all, I would like to thank Kao Megura, again, for his incredible Street 
Fighter Alpha 3 FAQ.  I live for Kao's FAQs, and I love his formatting and 
presentation and detail... truly a gift to the Internet Street Fighting world.
     I would like to thank Gamefaqs.com for even existing, so that there is a 
universal place to place all of these FAQs.
     I REALLY want to thank John Choi, for telling me about TONS of nasty Custom 
Combos that I didn't know about, and I hope he doesn't mind that I mention a lot 
of those in this Guide.  I also want to thank him for beating me down in Alpha 3 
at the E3, as a reminder that I always have far to go before I become truly a 
great player like he is.  ^_^
     I also want to give a huge thank you to Derek Daniels, who continues to 
relay Alpha 3 information to me despite the fact that I'm an ingrateful e-mail 
corresponder, and it takes me 3 months before I actually reply to him!  ^_^  
Thanks for sending me all of those Gamest combos (all of which I have to to 
replicate!!) and for keeping me up to date with all the latest Alpha 3 
strangeness, especially the VC SPD OTGs (if you can understand all those 
acronyms without a beat, you've been playing too many Capcom games! ^_^)!!  
Thanks also for taking a look at early versions of my Guide and correcting me on 
some things, and convincing me to change the name from Juggle Ender to Juggle 
Limit.  ^_^
     I also wanted to thank the small crew of UCLA players that challenged me 
all the time before I finally graduated... this loyal SF group of Alpha players 
always provided great competition, lots of laughs, and plenty of trash talking!  
The group includes Mike Chu (who I have accidentally abandoned at UCLA... 
sorry!!!), Giovanni (you bastard Akuma turtle!!!  I swear I'll get you one of 
these days!!!  ^_^), Chih-Hao (I hope I spelled that right... didn't mean to 
butcher your name), that one guy (that now that I think of it, I NEVER learned 
the name of!!!) with the long hair and the REALLY nasty Sakura (stupid $#%^@! 
Jumping Short!!!!), and those other few people who played on and off.  I know 
I've forgotten to list a bunch of people!!
     I also want to thank the crew at Southern Hills Golfland, for ALWAYS 
throwing the best tournaments in Southern California.  And thankfully, there are 
those FEW players there who DO enjoy using characters OTHER Than Ryu and Ken 
there...  Oh, and thanks to Alex Valle, who ALWAYS has a new trick up his sleeve 
and NEVER EVER loses!  Thanks for always raising the level of quality of 
competition, because everyone is always too busy trying to catch up to you while 
you're already moving on to new tricks and tactics and skills.  One day, Alex, 
you'll HAVE to pick Dan in a tournament to finally prove all the theories that 
you pretty much CAN win with anyone and can make ANY character look like the 
"cheapest character in the game."  ^_^
     Of course, I want to thank Calvin Lin and Kevin Anderson, for always 
telling me how much I really do suck at Alpha 3.  ^_^  Everybody in the world 
who loves Street Fighter needs to have solid SF playing buddies like these two 
     Thanks to Alan Sentman and Jason Villarreal (the inventor of the Villarreal 
Low Strong!!!!!  Want to know what the Villarreal Low Strong is?!?  Here's a 
hint: use Crouching attacks that don't look like Anti-Air attacks as Anti-Air.  
Try Dan's Crouching Strong, for example!!!), for always, ALWAYS making me laugh.  
And even in THIS Alpha 3 Guide, I've continued the tradition of the Combometer 
(pronounced "com-BOH-me-ter"!!!).
     Thank you to my brother Jeff, who puts up with me every single day and 
played me almost every single day in Alpha 3.  I perfected all of my strategies 
on you!!  ^_^

      And one last thank you to you, for bothering to read this Guide (and if 
you've even read up to this point, you're completely insane and deserve some 
serious thank yous for going even THIS far!!!).

      Please send all comments to: jchensor@earthlink.net

Unpublished work Copyright 1999 James Chen

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