How to play Guile in Street Fighter 6: Moves, combos & backstory

How to play Guile in Street Fighter 6: Moves, combos & backstory
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Written by 

Dave McAdam


3rd Jun 2023 11:07


Do you want to learn to play Guile in Street Fighter 6? Street Fighter 6 has a roster of new and returning fighters, each with their own moves, strategies, and stories. Guile has been a staple of the franchise since Street Fighter II. A lot has changed in those 30-plus years, so let's take a look at how to play Guile in Steet Fighter 6.

Street Fighter 6 Guile: The basics

Guile suplexing Ken in Street Fighter 6
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Guile is the original charge character. This means that some of his primary special moves require charging to use, which is generally done by holding a direction for a short period, before quickly pressing another direction and a button. This can be tricky to learn, making charge characters like Guile a bit more advanced for new players.

Charge moves lean inherently toward a more long-range, defensive style of play. One of Guile's strengths is letting opponents come to him, while peppering them with Sonic Booms, then hitting anyone stupid enough to jump in with a Somersault Kick.

Learning to play Guile does mean learning to turtle up and play defensive, but as you master his charge moves, his offensive potential unlocks and he becomes a versatile character, good at dictating the pace of a fight.

True mastery of Guile comes from learning to move freely, while always charging your moves.

Street Fighter 6 Guile: Moves and basic combos

Guile has added some new moves to his classic repertoire, giving returning fans some new tools to play with. Below are his special moves, unique attacks, as well as some basic combos to show you how to use them.

Special Moves

Guile using Sonic Boom against Ryu in Street Fighter 6
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Special Moves Input
Sonic Boom Back (hold) - Forward - Punch
Somersault Kick Down (hold) - Up - Kick 
Sonic Blade Down - Back - Punch
Sonic Cross Forward + Punch (During Sonic Blade)
Sonic Break Two punch buttons (during Solid Puncher, can be followed up by four punch buttons to launch more projectiles)

Unique Attacks

Guile using Knee Bazooka against Ryu in Street Fighter 6
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Unique Attacks Input
Full Bullet Magnum Forward + Medium Punch
Burning Straight Back + Heavy Punch
Spinning Back Knuckle Forward + Heavy Punch
Knee Bazooka Back + Light Kick
Rolling Sobat Back or Forward + Medium Kick
Reverse Spin Kick Forward + Heavy Kick
Guile High Kick Down/forward + Heavy Kick
Recoil Cannon Medium Punch - Back + Heavy Punch
Double Shot Down + Medium Punch - Down + Medium Punch
Drake Fang Down + Medium Kick - Forward + Medium Punch
Phantom Cutter Down + Heavy Kick - Down/forward + Heavy Kick

Super Arts

Guile using Sonic Puncher in Street Fighter 6
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Super Arts Input
Sonic Hurricane Back (hold) - Forward - Back - Forward - Punch
Solid Puncher (Down - Back)x2 - Punch
Crossfire Somersault (Critical Art) Back (hold) - Forward - Back - Forward - Kick


Guile using a heavy kick combo against Ryu in Street Fighter 6
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Combos and playing defensively do not really go hand in hand, but as we discussed you shouldn't just see Guile as a defensive character. He is great at controlling a fight, and sometimes that means jumping in and smacking your opponent around.

Guile's handiest tool for busting out his supers is to combo standing Medium Punch into crouching Medium Punch. Be sure to be charging while you do it, so you can combo into a Sonic Boom or a Somersault Kick.

For something a bit more aggressive, jump in with Heavy Kick, then follow it up with a crouching Heavy Kick, then down/forward Heavy Kick, then finish with a flashy Somersault Kick.

Street Fighter 6 Guile: Backstory of the character

Guile after winning a fight in Street Fighter 6
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Guile is an airforce Major who has worked with long-time friends Chun-Li, Ryu, and Ken to bring down Shadaloo and the tyrannical M. Bison. With that mission completed, Guile returns to his duty in the airforce.

When his brother-in-law Ken Masters is implicated in the Nayshall terrorist incident, Guile travels the world in search of him. After finding Ken, Guile decides he must also look into the Nayshall incident to learn the truth behind it.

That is it for our Street Fighter 6 Guile guide. For more on the game, check out our Street Fighter homepage, or check out how to play Jamie in Street Fighter 6.

Dave is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon, after several years of freelancing across the industry. He covers a wide range of games, with particular focus on shooters like Destiny 2, RPGs like Baldur's Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, and fighting games like Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8.

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