Street Fighter 5 Guide for Beginners

Welcome to the Street Fighter 5 guide for beginners of the PS4 & PC fighting game.

The overview for all new features, modes and character moves are shown below.

Index of Street Fighter 5 Guides:

Street Fighter 5 Guide for Beginners

Watch this in-depth breakdown of Street Fighter V’s Story Mode, Survival Mode, Challenge Mode, Versus Mode, and the Fight System controls for those new to the fighting series.

Fight System Notes:

The core gameplay mechanic behind the game comes from the Variable System that gives each character their own play style. Each character has unique V-gage, D-skill and B-reversal abilities.

– V-Skill: Unique skills for each character that can be done at any time.
– V-Trigger: Unique abilities that use the entire V-Gauge, which allow players to turn the tide of battle.
– V-Reversal: Unique counterattacks that use one stock of the V-Gauge.
– Critical Arts: Ultimate attacks that use the entire EX Gauge.

• V-Skill

Perform an action unique to your character by using V-Skill. Press Medium Punch and Medium Kick at the same time to execute moves with effects that differ between characters.

• V-Trigger

Play the trump card that could change the course of a match by pulling the V-Trigger. Press Hard Punch and Hard Kick at the same time when your V-Gauge is at MAX to launch a powerful, character-specific action like a teleport or timed power-up. V-Triggers cost your entire V-Gauge.

• V-Reversal

Counterattack while guarding with a V-Reversal. Press Forward and all three Punch OR Kick buttons while guarding an opponents attack to launch a counterattack. V-Reversals cost one stock of your V-Gauge.

• Throw & Throw Escape

Break through your opponent’s guard with a well-timed Normal Throw. Press Light Punch and Light Kick at the same time when close to your opponent to throw them. If you think you are about to be thrown, press Light Punch and Light Kick at the same time with precise timing to perform a Throw Escape.

• Recovery

Get up quickly after being knocked down by using Recovery. Input a direction OR press two or more Punch or Kick buttons at the same time after being knocked down by an opponent’s attack. If you time it right, you will get up quickly. There are two types of Recovery: Back and Neutral. See the diagram for instructions on how to perform both types.

• EX Moves

Power up Special Moves by launching their EX versions. Press two of the corresponding Punch or Kick buttons while performing a Special Move to execute its EX version. EX Moves cost one stock of your Critical Gauge.

Bonus points excluded from video guide:

– Customized Hud: I love how clean and small the huds are. It’s not intrusive and covers very little of the screen. It’s even better that you can adjust them even further.

– Quick Release Date: Capcom deserves so much praise for announcing this game in December 2014 and then releasing the game without any delays in Feb 2016. A few aspects of the game may have been cut out or delayed but the main aspects are intact.

– Capcom Pro Tour: Capcom loves to invest a lot of money right back into fighting game community and you should definitely google CPT 2016 to find out more, if you’re a competitive gamer who likes to attend local tournaments, this is something you should definitely check out.

– Character Balance: You can tell a lot of effort went into balancing out all the characters. Where a character may lack in one department, they may excel in others. Gone are the days
of fireball spamming your opponent and then DP’ing them when they try to jump over it. Most characters seem to have ways around such tactics further helping to balance the game.

– Online Match Making: Online matches are decided on your skill level so you’re never going to be matched by someone outside of your skill range. The competition increases as you level up and get better.

– Cross Play With PC: Surprisingly enough, there’s no problems when playing with someone on the PC whilst you’re on the PS4. Very few games can pull this off but Capcom has nailed it.

– Multiple Pad Support: SFV even allows you to use your PS3 Dualshock controllers in case you don’t like the feel of the Dualshock 4.

Capcom’s Tutorials per Street Fighter 5 Character.

Ryu Official Character Guide:

Chun-Li Official Character Guide:

M. Bison Official Character Guide:

Cammy Official Character Guide:

I hope these tips helped you out. Please check out our other “How To” guides listed at the top of this page to enjoy Street Fighter 5 more! 😀

Huge thanks to Capcom & XusesGB for the guide videos and tips.

Please comment if you have any additional Street Fighter 5 starter tips of your own, we’ll give you credit for it. – Thanks for visiting!