Here's how you play Ryu in Street Fighter 6

Here's how you play Ryu in Street Fighter 6
Images via Capcom

Written by 

Jack Roberts


2nd Jun 2023 00:00


With Street Fighter 6 finally in the hands of excited players worldwide, it is important to know whom you will be playing as and against if you’re going to get ahead.

One of the most recognizable faces in Street Fighter (if not also in gaming) is the iconic Ryu, who is making his triumphant return in Street Fighter 6. We’re going to be going through everything you need to know to get started playing as Ryu in the game, including his lore, combos, and the best ways for you to get a handle on him.

How do you play Ryu?

In Street Fighter 6, Ryu is a jack-of-all-trades, with a mix of close-quarters combat and ranged abilities that are difficult for opponents to avoid. He is the most consistent character to get to grips with from the start.

Key art of Ryu in Street Fighter 6
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Images via Capcom

While the ranged attacks are great for chipping away at opponents, his melee combos are a force to be reckoned with, so committing them to memory (or, of course, having his combo list to hand) is essential.

Ryu's combo moves

Ryu’s move set is probably the most familiar to veterans of the series, with his Hadoken being one of, if not the most recognizable move. Here, we’ll be breaking down some of the more complicated combos Ryu has to offer, including his Special Moves, Super Arts, and Unique Attacks.

For this guide, we’re using the inputs from the classic control scheme.

Special Moves

Move Name (Special Moves)

Combo Input


Down, Down/Forward, Forward + Punch


Forward, Down, Down/Forward + Punch

Tatsumaki Senpu-kyaku

Down, Down/Back, Back + Kick

Aerial Tatsumaki Senpu-kyaku

Down, Down/Back, Back + Kick (while doing a forward jump)

High Blade Kick

Down, Down/Forward, Forward


Down, Down/Back, Back + Punch

Denjin Charge

Down, Down + Punch

Super Arts

Move Name (Special Arts)

Combo Input

Shinku Hadoken

Down, Down/Forward, Forward, Down, Down/Forward, Forward + Punch

Shin Hashogeki

Down, Down/Back, Back, Down, Down/Back, Back + Punch

Shin Shoryuken

Down, Down/Forward, Forward, Down, Down Forward, Forward + Kick

Unique Moves

Move Name (Unique Attacks)

Combo Input

Collarbone Breaker

Forward + Medium Punch

Solar Plexus Strike

Forward + Heavy Punch

Short Uppercut

Back + Heavy Punch

Axe Kick

Back + Heavy Kick

Whirlwind Kick

Forward + Heavy Kick

High Double Strike

Heavy Punch + Heavy Kick

Fuwa Triple Strike

Medium Punch + Light Kick + Heavy Kick

Who is Ryu in Street Fighter 6 lore?

Ryu has been the poster boy for the Street Fighter series since the first game’s release in 1987. He has been a series mainstay ever since and was even added to the Super Smash Bros. roster, cementing his legacy as a fighting game tour-de-force.

Key art of Ryu in Street Fighter 6
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Images via Capcom

In the case of Street Fighter 6, Ryu is at his peak. A master fighter traveling the world in search of worthy opponents. This is in keeping with his meticulous training and intense focus on becoming the greatest fighter of all time in previous entries.

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Jack Roberts
About the author
Jack Roberts
Jack is a Guides Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) & MA in English and Creative Writing, he was also the Gaming Editor for The Indiependent. When not pondering which game has the best cup of coffee (and drinking far too much of it himself), he can often be found playing Dead by Daylight, Street Fighter or making yet another build in Bloodborne.
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