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This article is about Ryu's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Ryu.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ryu SSBU.png
Universe Street Fighter
Other playable appearance in SSB4

Availability Unlockable
Final Smash Shin Shoryuken / Shinku Hadoken

Ryu (リュウ, Ryū) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is the second fighter from Capcom after Mega Man. He was officially confirmed alongside Ganondorf and the rest of the returning roster on June 12th, 2018 during E3 2018. Ryu is classified as Fighter #60.

Ryu is once again voiced by Kyle Hebert in English and Hiroki Takahashi in Japanese, with their portrayals from Super Smash Bros. 4 being repurposed for the English and Japanese releases of Ultimate, respectively.

How to unlock[edit]

Complete one of the following:

With the exception of the third method, Ryu must then be defeated on Battlefield.


As the "all-rounder" of his home series, Ryu's overall attributes are mostly average. As a medium-heavyweight with average mobility, Ryu has decent frame data and damage output, as well as a dependable ground game due to his decent traction and average dashing speed. However, other attributes are polarized in an attempt to replicate the physics of Street Fighter; Ryu's walking speed is extremely slow, and while his air speed is slightly above-average, this is counteracted by his moderately high falling speed and extremely short jumps. Additionally, he has the 2nd-slowest air acceleration and his air friction is uniquely locked at 0 while jumping, causing his jumps to follow a fixed "arc" unless the player steers them manually. Finally, Ryu's fast fall increases his falling speed by 40% instead of the usual 60%. Overall, this grants Ryu effective burst movement through dashing and jumping, but forces him to commit when approaching through the air and makes it difficult to land or move short distances.

Despite his average attributes, Ryu is one of the most unique fighters in Ultimate, as he has access to many variations of both his standard and special attacks. His jab and tilts can either be held or tapped; tapped attacks are faster and usually combo well into themselves, while held attacks have greater KO potential and can serve as combo finishers. This also applies to his special moves (other than Focus Attack), which gain different effects like increased power or altered hitboxes when the button is held; they also see an increase in power when used with the original Street Fighter inputs. This effectively gives Ryu two movesets, one for starting combos and racking up damage, and the other for scoring KO's. This versatility gives him access to potent true combos and mix-ups, leading to a strong punish game overall.

Ryu's standard attacks are also unique in that most of them (even his tapped tilts) have a freeze frame multiplier of at least 1.8x, making them surprisingly safe on shield given their poor range and average damage output. This grants Ryu an effective means of applying shield pressure and makes some of his combo starters difficult to escape. His Collarbone Breaker (held forward tilt) deals immense shield damage, further complementing his ability to pressure and deplete shields.

Ryu's grounded moveset boasts considerable utility. His tapped jab and down tilt both hit on frame 3, making the former useful for relieving pressure, and the latter excellent for extending combos due to its launch trajectory being useful for followups, such as grabs. Tapped up tilt's low knockback, high speed and active frames make it effective for combos, either into itself, Shoryuken, or even down aerial at high percents near the ledge. Held down tilt can be canceled on a hit into a special move, making it effective for shield pressure and damage-racking even at high percents. Down smash is quite powerful for its speed, and up smash lowers Ryu's hurtbox while charging. Both tapped forward tilt and held jab are altered at close range, both becoming very potent at starting combos into his special moves. Additionally, Ryu will automatically face his opponent in 1-on-1 matches while standing on the ground, making it considerably easier to land his effective ground attacks.

Ryu's aerial moveset is effective as well. Neutral aerial is a sex kick with low knockback and has only five frames of landing lag, making it useful for combos and kill confirms even at high percents. Forward aerial is quick, highly damaging and has good range; it can be chained into itself through repeated jumps, and its sour spot deals high shield damage. Up aerial has fast startup and decently high reach, making it useful for juggling, and both it and down aerial can auto-cancel from a full hop.

Complementing Ryu's moveset and combo potential is his wide array of powerful finishers; some of his held tilts, smash attacks, and aerials are very capable KO moves due to their high speed. Held up tilt grants upper body intangibility on frames 4-10 while hitting on frame 7, making it deceptively safe for KOs when combined with its speed and tapped up tilt setups. Up smash makes an effective substitute for held up tilt as a finisher, and its wide hitbox can catch aerial approaches. While slow, Ryu's forward smash has long range and is his strongest standard ground attack, making it useful for hard punishes. Back aerial is Ryu's strongest aerial, and is fast and has good range despite its small hitbox. Forward and up aerial also serve as decent KO moves, enhancing their already impressive utility. Finally, down aerial is a powerful meteor smash with a fast start-up and long duration, making it a deadly edgeguarding tool. Combined with his excellent combo ability, Ryu's punish game is incredibly effective and versatile, being able to rack up damage or KO very easily after connecting with almost any attack.

Ryu's signature special moves are also effective in their own ways. Hadoken is a large ki projectile, with three distinct variations, each with a different travel speed, based on input method; the standard version is capable of locking, while the input and Shakunetsu Hadoken deal more damage (with the latter being a multi-hit flame projectile). Tatsumaki Senpukyaku propels Ryu forward and deals more damage after an initial travel distance, while the 7.0.0 update allows the move to have Ryu travel through certain projectiles and low hits. Ryu's signature Shoryuken serves as his main vertical recovery move, it is most well-known for its offensive utility, due to its sweet spot's high knockback and brief intangibility (frame 5). The input version of Shoryuken has increased KO power, even longer intangibility (frames 4-6, with arm intangibility, frames 1-14), and lower landing lag, and can easily be chained into from Ryu's other moves. Finally, Focus Attack grants Ryu heavy armor against a single hit, and incapacitates opponents when at least half-charged, allowing for followups. It can also be canceled on hit, after tanking a blow, or even while charging, allowing Ryu to fake out with a shuffle that also provides horizontal recovery distance. His close held neutral attack, first two hits of tapped neutral attack, close tapped forward tilt, held down tilt, and all aerials can be canceled into special moves, allowing Ryu to combo into Shoryuken or Tatsumaki for KOs, Hadoken for safety and damage racking, and Focus Attack for mixups and safety.

Lastly, Ryu has a long-distanced recovery and is surprisingly difficult to combo, traits not shared with most heavyweights. Tatsumaki Senpukyaku has large hitboxes and doesn't cause helplessness; this combined with canceled Focus Attack's armor and momentum boost grants surprisingly effective horizontal distance and protection. Shoryuken travels a good vertical distance, reaches above edges, and can stage spike reckless edge guarders. Focus Attack also serves as an effective combo breaker, and neutral aerial and input Shoryuken both grant high speed and intangibility and can even lead into combo or KO opportunities respectively. These traits allow Ryu to survive to very high percents when used effectively, which also allows him to take full advantage of rage.

Despite his abundance of strengths, Ryu has his weaknesses, some of which are exploitable. Despite his aforementioned recovery being very long-distanced overall, it is very short if many extendable elements, such as Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, are not utilized. Focus Attack still requires a brief charge before it can be canceled. Tatsumaki Senpukyaku's long duration makes it susceptible to being interrupted by long-ranged attacks during use, and he can only use it once before landing (unless he is affected by hitstun). Ryu's falling speed, low jumps and very poor air acceleration causes his vertical recovery to suffer if he is constantly forced offstage at lower trajectories, which is exacerbated by Shoryuken's recovery being almost strictly vertical while also having very high aerial lag. As such, while Ryu has a manageable horizontal recovery, his vertical recovery is easy to predict and interrupt. Additionally, while Ryu excels at shield pressure, his grab game is otherwise poor. Although his throws have decent damage output, none of them have effective follow-up or KO potential due to them having too much knockback to combo, and too little to secure stocks. Down throw is his only combo throw, but only at very low percents, while the unique mechanics of his other throws only work in doubles and free-for-alls (down throw instantly breaking shields, and up throw being capable of KOing bystanders).

Ryu's strong combo potential is also held back by his neutral game, with several factors making it difficult for him to find openings. His very slow walking speed hinders the otherwise great utility of his tilt attacks, and his overall range is very short despite his good frame data (especially in regard to his tapped tilts and neutral aerial), giving him trouble with characters who possess disjointed hitboxes, especially when including his tall stature. His only projectile, Hadoken, is very easily telegraphed and punishable due to its sluggishness and lag. Overall, these two issues force him to play patiently and take advantage of any openings, due to his difficulty with contending against opposing camping and inability to force approaches. Despite the advantages granted by Focus Attack, Ryu's aerial approach is comparatively poor due to his fixed arc jumps and poor air acceleration, which forces him to commit with air attacks. Furthermore, the advantages offered by Focus Attack are match-up dependent; it is relatively ineffective against characters with several multiple hitting moves, with some characters being able to exploit it for a free hit. As Focus Attack is also one of Ryu's main methods of escaping combos against such characters, Ryu's high weight and rather quick falling speed leave him susceptible to some combos and juggles, and his slow fast-falling speed gives him occasional difficulty landing.

Notably, Ryu suffers from the inability to "force" KOs, as his KO potential relies heavily on stringing his aforementioned combo moves. While Ryu does possess some powerful moves, such as his sweetspotted forward smash and back aerial, those moves mostly require hard reads to land, while most of his other moves have low knockback scaling due to being tailored for combo use. Ryu's great combo ability compensates for this and often makes it less of a necessity for him to KO early; regardless, without the proper use of reads, setups, a heavy knowledge of Ryu's moveset, or a lack of compensating for an opponent's SDI, Ryu can have a difficult time taking stocks from opponents due to his significant lack of moves that can KO without prior combos. Finally, the emphasis of using Ryu's unique button inputs cause his normal specials to have lower power without traditionally inputting them, and it is possible for a simple slip of the hand to use the wrong move at an essential time, most notoriously with him accidentally self-destructing while recovering.

Overall, Ryu is a combo-oriented fighter with a fearsome offensive ability, due to his unique mechanics deliberately giving him the true combos necessary for many characters' competitive success; his ability to overwhelm opponents by trapping them in hitstun/shield pressure, multiple options to negate and escape combos, along with his dependable recovery all tie in to him being very rewarding and unpredictable, with his strengths somewhat outweighing his weaknesses. However, unlike his Echo Fighter, Ken, Ryu is also capable of playing a more zoning-based playstyle, thanks in part to his more damaging Hadoken projectile and his command-input Shakunetsu Hadoken, which is in line with his playstyle in his home series. However, his polarized movement, mediocre vertical recovery, and lack of approach make him difficult to use optimally without mastering his options. Possibly his biggest issue is his notably high learning curve; much practice is generally required for his command specials in order to use them reliably and consistently rather than accidentally inputting the wrong move.

Due to his weaknesses and high learning curve, Ryu's results and representation have overall been very low so far, being one of the least used characters in competitive play. Much of his player base has either dropped him or instead use either his Echo Fighter, Ken, or DLC newcomer Terry, who are somewhat similar to him overall. However, Ryu's copious buffs over the course of the game's lifespan have patched up many of his prior weaknesses at launch, though his current placing is still to be determined.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

During the advent of the game, Ryu was significantly nerfed overall in the transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate, but also received significant buffs from game updates. Thus, Ryu received a mix of buffs and nerfs but he was considerably nerfed overall.

Ryu has received some useful buffs; he greatly benefits from the dash-cancel mechanic as he can now dash cancel into his tilts which somewhat helps his overall poor and committal approach. Ryu can also attack cancel his standard attacks and aerial attacks into his specials which further enhances his varied combo game. He also benefits from his unique trait that makes him always face his opponent in a 1v1, as he can now create ledge-traps and lessen the chance of misinputting his special attacks. Hadoken has been strengthened to be notably stronger, having variable speeds and overall higher damage, which helps its utility as both a zoning option and an approaching tool. His new proximity normals allow for much more varied combo options, and with the ability to special cancel his attacks, makes his ground game much more varied and overall easier to confirm into.

However, Ryu has received many nerfs to counter the buffs. He is the only character whose walking, dashing and air speeds were all completely unchanged. While this technically is not a nerf, this does put him at a greater disadvantage relative to the cast, as almost every other character had their walking dashing and air speeds increased. This exacerbates his already poor approach (similar to Ike, who has had the lowest dashing speed increase). The new 1v1 mechanic also hinders his air game, as he is unable to perform a back aerial freely; he has to perform the move in a reverse aerial rush in order to do so. Because his back aerial is his strongest and most far-reaching aerial, this does him more harm than good. His most notorious KO move from Smash 4, Shoryuken, suffers from decreased damage output, KO potential, and invincibility, making it less reliable as a KO option (although it still remains as an effective KO move). Ryu's original setups into Shoryuken have also been nerfed (such as up tilt having a smaller hitbox and more horizontal), making the move much less of a threat. Focus Attack also has less range and doesn't hit behind Ryu, making it less safe of a move to use.

Overall, Ryu is considered to be noticeably worse than his previous iteration. While he has had very little results in Ultimate's early metagame, the buffs he received in 3.1.0 and 7.0.0 has caught the attention of many players, with some even saying they have been moved to a much higher tier. While his results have improved as a result, Ryu’s tournament representation still remains as one of the worst in the game. Furthermore, his Echo Fighter Ken has received much better representation and higher placings. Ryu is currently considered to be a mid-tier or high-tier, though his true viability remains up for debate.


  • Change Ryu's design has changed. His muscles and other physical features are more pronounced, his hair is spikier, and his skin tone is also slightly tanned. Additionally, his pupils are smaller. Lastly, the aesthetic used in Ultimate has resulted in Ryu's color scheme being more vibrant and his gi having subtle detailing. Altogether, these changes make him appear virtually identical to his appearance in Street Fighter V.
  • Change Ryu's eighth alternate costume has been replaced with a costume based on his tenth color in Street Fighter V.
  • Change Ryu's up taunt no longer has him turn around when tightening his headband, now more closely resembling the taunt it is based on from Street Fighter IV.
  • Change The victory pose where Ryu throws a hook is slightly modified. He now closes his eyes and crosses his arms before winding the hook, with the camera coming in from the left, making the victory pose more resemble his Street Fighter IV pose.
  • Change As with all previous downloadable fighters in SSB4, Ryu now has a unique Palutena's Guidance conversation.
  • Change Ryu's Boxing Ring alias has been changed to "Eternal Wanderer", his official title as of Street Fighter V.


  • Buff Like all characters, Ryu's jumpsquat animation takes three frames to complete (down from 5).
  • Buff Being able to dash cancel his tilts greatly improves his approach, letting him threaten the opponent with his tapped tilts for combos, or space his smash attacks more safely.
  • Buff Ryu's initial dash is faster (1.6 → 1.76).
  • Buff Double jump is slightly higher.
  • Change In matches where there is only one participant aside from Ryu, he will always face his opponent, similar to how he behaves in the Street Fighter series.
    • Buff This makes it harder to be hit from behind by Back Slash or Nosferatu.
    • Nerf This makes it difficult to attack things behind Ryu, such as Luma, and makes him easier to be hit by Disable.
    • Nerf This makes it more difficult for Ryu to utilize his back aerial, as he will almost always have to perform a reverse aerial rush in order for it to connect.
    • Buff This changes the application of his dash dance, as his initial dash does not turn him in the opposite direction. Instead, he performs a back dash similar to his home series, allowing him to perform an evasive "shimmy" to keep within an effective range while still facing the opponent. This potentially improves his punishes.
    • Buff This makes his ledgetraps more efficient and allows him to punish rolls and cross ups much more easily.
    • Buff This makes his command inputs easier to perform. For instance, it is now impossible to accidentally perform a Hadoken backwards when attempting to perform a Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, or accidentally perform a Tatsumaki Senpukyaku when trying to perform a Hadoken.
    • Buff This makes it practically impossible for Ryu to be reversed by Cape/Super Sheet on the ground, as Ryu will immediately turn right back around.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Change Ryu now has proximity normals that change depending on his distance from the opponent. Tapped forward tilt changes from his standing medium kick to a new attack based off his Street Fighter II close medium punch, a right hook inwards. Held neutral attack changes from his Street Fighter II standing heavy kick to his close heavy punch, which has the same damage and animation to held up tilt, but doesn't launch the opponent away. Both attacks can be special cancelled on hit.
    • Buff Proximity forward tilt is capable of locking while proximity held neutral attack deals 14% and cancels into Shoryuken's sweetspot reliably, which gives Ryu a stronger followup than most of his other options for a Focus Attack crumple punish. Two forward tilts locks into a held neutral attack deals 26%, turning missed techs into potential KOs.
  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff Tapped neutral attack can now jab reset.
    • Buff Neutral attack launches opponents, making them easier to be hit.
    • Buff Ryu can now special cancel the first and second hit of his neutral attack.
    • Nerf Held neutral attack's hitbox has been moved inward (Z offset: 6.4-13.9 → 5.4-11.9), reducing its range.
    • Nerf First and second hit of neutral attack deal less damage (2% (first)/3% (second) → 1.5% (both).
    • Change First and second hit of neutral attack have reduced hitlag.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Tapped forward tilt has less ending lag (FAF 28 → 24).
    • Nerf Held forward tilt has more startup (frame 14 → 16) and ending lag (FAF 35 → 39).
  • Up tilt:
    • Nerf Up tilt's light version has smaller hitboxes (5u/5u → 3.8u/3.8u).
    • Nerf Tapped up tilt has a more horizontal angle on airborne opponents (84° → 75°).
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Tapped down tilt has gained a hitstun modifier of 1.
    • Buff Held down tilt has less startup lag (7 frames → 6).
    • Buff Held down tilt deals less knockback (70 (base)/23 (scaling) → 66/16), allowing it to combo at a wider percent range.
    • Change Held down tilt has a lowered knockback angle (64 → 55). This makes it easier to combo into Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, but harder to combo into Shoryuken.
    • Nerf Light down tilt's outermost hitbox is smaller (3.5u → 2.5u), and all 3 of the hitboxes have lost their extensions, reducing the move's range.
    • Nerf Held down tilt's outer hitbox does not extend as far (Z offset: 7-17.2 → 7-15.7), noticeably reducing its range.
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash deals more knockback (25 (base)/94 (scaling) → 26/98).
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash deals more knockback (scaling 76 (clean)/81 (late) → 82/86).
    • Buff Up smash grants intangibility on Ryu's arm on frames 3-6.
    • Nerf Up smash transitions to its late hit one frame earlier, reducing the clean hit's duration (frames 9-10 → 9).
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash's sweetspot launches at a lower angle (45˚ → 35˚), with knockback scaling not fully compensated (50 → 47), improving its KO potential and turning it into a semi-spike.
    • Buff Down smash can now be canceled into special moves.
    • Nerf Down smash's shield damage was reduced (0 → -8/-6), preventing Ryu from easily breaking shields by chaining down smash into special moves.
    • Nerf Down smash's outermost hitbox has been removed entirely, with no changes to the other hitboxes to compensate. As such, the move has considerably reduced range.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff Ryu can cancel all of his aerial attacks into special attacks in the same way he can cancel some of his ground attacks.
  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (6 frames → 5 (neutral), 14 frames → 11 (forward), 12 frames → 10 (back), 14 frames → 11 (up), 18 frames → 15 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff Neutral aerial's weak hitbox stays out much longer (frame 7-22 → 7-32).
    • Nerf Neutral aerial has more ending lag (FAF 28 → 36), making it much more difficult to start combos with it while airborne.
    • Nerf The late hit has smaller hitboxes (3.3u/3.3u → 3u/3u), further weakening its already very poor range.
    • Nerf Due to universal changes to the Sakurai angle (~45° → 38°), chaining neutral aerial into itself or down aerial is significantly harder, removing a major component of Ryu's combo and kill confirm game.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Its sweetspot deals significantly more knockback (80 base/49 scaling → 82/56), boosting its KO potential.
      • Nerf This reduces its combo potential.
    • Nerf It has more startup lag with a shorter duration (frames 6-14 → 8-14).
    • Nerf It deals less damage on the sweetspots (15% (clean)/13% (late) → 14%/12%).
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Back aerial deals more base knockback (12 → 21).
    • Nerf Back aerial's outer hitbox does not extend as far (Z offset: 7.5-16 → 7.5-15), reducing its infamously large horizontal reach somewhat.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial's hitboxes stay out longer (1 frame (both) → 2 frames (hit 1), 3 frames (hit 2)).
    • Buff Up aerial grants intangibility on Ryu's arm on frames 6-11.
    • Nerf Up aerial has smaller hitboxes (6u (hit 1)/7u (hit 2) → 5.0u/6.0u), and they do not extend as far upwards (Y offset: 15-17 (hit 1)/17-19 (hit 2) → 15-16.5/17-18.5), significantly reducing its previously infamously large range above Ryu.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Grabs:
    • Nerf Dash and pivot grab have slightly more startup (frame 8 → 9 (dash), 9 → 10 (pivot).
    • Nerf All grabs have more ending lag (FAF 30 → 35 (standing), 37 → 43 (dash), 35 → 38 (pivot).
    • Buff Standing grab extends slightly further (Z offset: 4-8.7 → 4-9.1), slightly improving its range
    • Nerf Dash grab does not extend as far (Z offset: 4-10.6 → 4-10), somewhat reducing its range.
    • Nerf Pivot grab extends a shorter distance (Z offset: 4-14.7 → 4-14.1), somewhat reducing its range. Combined with the new mechanic of Ryu facing his opponent, it has lost much of its utility.
  • Pummel:
    • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (2% → 1.3%).
    • Buff It deals more hitlag (4 frames → 12), but has less startup (frame 2 → 1) and much less ending lag (FAF 16 → 7). This overall makes Ryu's pummel slightly faster.
  • Change Ryu's throws are no longer weight dependent.
  • Down throw:
    • Nerf Down throw deals less damage (5% (hit 1)/4% (throw) → 3% (both)), although the throw's knockback scaling was compensated (137 → 157). In addition, Ultimate's front-loaded knockback results in this move having very little true followups.

Special moves[edit]

  • Hadoken:
    • Buff All variants of Hadoken have slightly less startup lag (frame 13 → 12).
    • Buff All variants of Hadoken deal more damage (Hadoken: 6% (light)/6.5% (medium)/7% (heavy) → 7%/7.5%/8%, True Hadoken: 7.5%/8.1%/8.7% → 8.7%/9.3%/10%, Shakunetsu Hadoken: 5% → 7.3%).
    • Buff All variants of Hadoken had their travel speeds adjusted, increasing their versatility (Light: 0.9 → 0.8, Medium: 1.2 → 1.3, Heavy: 1.5 → 1.8).
    • Buff Hadoken and input Hadoken deals more shieldstun (multiplier: 0.29 → 1.06), improving its safety against shields.
    • Buff Shakunetsu Hadoken's multi-hits have altered angles (60/0 → 366), now being an autolink, allowing them to link into later hits more consistently.
    • Change The design of Hadoken has been changed. It now more closely resembles its appearance in the Street Fighter series.
  • Tatsumaki Senpukyaku:
    • Buff The first hit of Tatsumaki Senpukyaku has a larger hitbox when used on the ground (3.5u → 4.5u).
    • Buff Tatsumaki Senpukyaku's weak hitbox deals more damage and knockback.
    • Buff Ryu's pivoting leg is now intangible during grounded Tatsumaki Senpukyaku in addition to his kicking leg. This prevents attacks that hit low to the ground from invalidating the move.
    • Buff Tatsumaki Senpukyaku deals more damage overall and its strongest hit deals more knockback as a result.
    • Nerf The changes to jostling makes Tatsumaki Senpukyaku even more unsafe on shield, as Ryu can no longer cross up with the move.
  • Shoryuken:
    • Nerf Shoryuken has more landing lag (18 frames (standard)/12 (input) → 22/15).
    • Nerf Shoryuken has less intangibility (frames 3-5 (standard)/1-6 (input) → 5/4-6), and the standard version no longer grants intangibility to Ryu's arm (outside of when Ryu is fully intangible).
    • Nerf Shoryuken cannot grab ledges as early (frame 15 → 20), hindering its recovery potential.
  • Focus Attack:
    • Nerf Focus Attack's first stage of charge is harder to combo off of.
    • Nerf Focus Attack's hitbox does not extend as far backwards (Z offset: -3—11.5 → 2—11.5), no longer being able to hit opponents directly behind Ryu.
    • Nerf The maximum amount of damage Focus Attack's armor can sustain is lowered (22%-39% → 16.8%-33.6%).
  • Final Smash:
    • Change During Shin Shoryuken, the opposing fighter has been given new animations while getting hit, somewhat inspired by animations from Street Fighter IV for the Metsu Shoryuken.
    • Buff Ryu can cancel several standard attacks and any special move excluding Focus Attack into Shin Shoryuken or Shinku Hadoken.
    • Nerf Shin Shoryuken's final hit has significantly less knockback scaling (105 → 90), weakening its KO potential.

Update history[edit]

Ryu has been significantly buffed overall through game updates, albeit not to the exact same extent as Ken. Patch 2.0.0 improved his neutral attack and allowed his forward air to autocancel from a full hop, but at the cost of down tilt no longer allowing Ryu to jump as fast after using it. Patch 3.1.0 gave the most changes, altering many of his core moves: jab 1, jab 2 and light (close) forward tilt have a wider window to followup with a special move, while heavy (close) neutral attack has been completely changed into a low-knockback combo tool, significantly improving its utility as it was previously a heavy up tilt with no followups. Light (far) forward tilt has more range, up aerial and early Tatsumaki Senpukyaku has a larger hitbox, light down tilt has more hitstun, and heavy down tilt has decreased knockback, allowing the latter two to combo more effectively. Finally, all versions of Hadoken travel slower if tapped and faster if held, allowing the player to control the projectile's use.

Patch 4.0.0 gave Ryu the ability to turn to opponents after parrying an attack, allowing for stronger punishes. Patch 7.0.0 further enhanced Ryu's combo game by allowing his down smash to cancel into special moves (though at the expense of lowered shield damage), and significantly improved held down tilt's combo strings into Hadoken and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku by altering its launch angle (allowing the former to lock even at very high percents, and the latter to KO at a higher percent range). Hadoken's variants were all improved: Hadoken's spacing ability was buffed by increasing its shieldstun multiplier, while Shakunetsu Hadoken's looping hits now uses the autolink angle, allowing its hits to connect more reliably. Tatsumaki Senpukyaku also deals more damage, and gained more safety due to both of Ryu's legs now being intangible during use.

Another buff to his down smash (that went undocumented) is that Ryu can now Kara Cancel during the move's charging animation. Ryu could already Kara Cancel his down smash, but it was only during the first four frames of the move. Because of this, many players wonder if this was an unintentional side effect but other players think this is a glitch that will be fixed in a later patch.

Overall, Ryu's renowned combo strings and patient playstyle have been improved through game updates, making him fare far better than at release. He is now considered by most players to be more in line with his Echo Fighter, Ken.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Neutral attack launches opponents, making them easier to be hit.
  • Buff Forward aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 41 → 38), allowing to autocancel from a rising full hop.
  • Nerf Can no longer jump immediately after using down tilt.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Buff Neutral attack 1 and 2 can be canceled into a special move for a longer amount of time.
  • Buff Neutral attack (heavy, close) deals drastically less knockback (70 base/70 scaling → 25/15) and sends at a slightly more horizontal angle (85° → 80°), making it a much better combo starter even at high percents.
  • Buff Forward tilt (light, close) can be canceled into a special move for a longer amount of time.
  • Buff Forward tilt (light, far)'s tip has a larger hitbox.
  • Buff Up tilt (light) sends at more vertical angle when hitting airborne opponents, making it a better combo starter (66° → 75°).
  • Buff Down tilt (light) deals more hitstun.
  • Buff Down tilt (heavy) deals less knockback (70 base/23 scaling → 73/16), allowing it to combo at a wider percent range.
  • Buff Up aerial has a longer hitbox duration and a larger hitbox (4.5u (hit 1)/5.5u (hit 2) → 5.0u/6.0u).
  • Hadoken:
    • Buff All variants of Hadoken have slightly less startup lag (frame 13 → 12).
    • Buff All variants of Hadoken deal more damage (Hadoken: 6% (light)/6.5% (medium)/7% (heavy) → 7%/7.5%/8%, true Hadoken: 7.5%/8.1%/8.7% → 8.7%/9.3%/10%, Shakunetsu Hadoken: 5% → 7.3%).
    • Buff All variants of Hadoken had their travel speeds adjusted, increasing their versatility (light: 0.9 → 0.8, medium: 1.2 → 1.3, heavy: 1.5 → 1.8).
    • Buff Light regular Hadoken has a longer duration (75 frames → 82).
    • Nerf Heavy Hadoken and light Shakunetsu Hadoken have shorter durations (60 frames → 50 (regular), 60 → 55 (H. Shakunetsu), 75 → 68 (L. Shakunetsu)).
  • Buff The clean hit of Tatsumaki Senpukyaku has a larger hitbox when used on the ground (3.5u → 4.5u).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Buff Ryu now turns to face opponents after perfect shielding.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Buff Overall shield size has been increased by 1.125×.
  • Change Held down tilt launches at a lower angle (64° → 55°) and has less base knockback (73 → 66). This makes it easier to combo into Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, but harder to combo into Shoryuken.
  • Buff Down smash can be canceled into special moves.
    • Buff Kara Cancelling works even after charging down smash.
  • Nerf Down smash has received negative shield damage (0 → -8/-6), preventing Ryu from easily breaking shields by chaining it into special moves.
  • Buff Hadoken has gained above-average shieldstun multipliers (1.2× (weak)/1.13× (medium)/1.06× (strong)), improving its safety against shields.
  • Buff Shakunetsu Hadoken's looping hits use the autolink angle (60°/0° → 366°), allowing them to connect more reliably.
  • Buff Ryu's pivoting leg is intangible during grounded Tatsumaki Senpukyaku in addition to his kicking leg. This allows it to beat out grounded attacks that hit low to the ground.
  • Buff Tatsumaki Senpukyaku deals more base damage (9%/10%/11% → 11%/12%/13% (grounded, front hit), 8%/9.5%/11% → 10%/11.5%/13% (grounded, back hit), 8%/9%/10% → 10%/11%/12% (aerial, front hit), 7%/8.5%/10% → 9%/10.5%/12% (aerial, back hit)), with only base knockback compensated on the heavy version's clean hit (75 → 71) and the late hits (50/57/65 → 42/49/56), strengthening the move overall.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 12.0.0

  • Buff Made it easier to hit multiple times when hitting an opponent on the ground with Shakunetsu Hadoken.


  • Ryu will always face his opponent during a one-on-one match.
  • A small flash will appear whenever Ryu does the input command version of one of his Special Moves instead of the standard B input.
  • Sound effects from the Street Fighter II series are used when Ryu hits opponents, albeit heavily modified, instead of the typical knockback sounds. The intensity of the sound depends on the power of the move. Ryu also uses a unique sound effect for when he preforms a parry based on the parry sound effect from the Street Fighter III series. Ryu shares these traits with Ken.

For a gallery of Ryu's hitboxes, see here.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   1.5% Tapped: A jab, followed by a short straight-punch, followed by a hook. The first two hits can lock. It is based on his standing light punch from Street Fighter II (albeit with its animation from Street Fighter III), close standing medium punch from Street Fighter III, and standing hard punch from Street Fighter III, respectively. The first and second hits can be special-cancelled; this is recommended due to the third hit dealing comparatively low damage. At low percents, Shakunetsu Hadoken can effectively rack up damage, while at high percents, Shoryuken will act as a KO combo.

Held (Far): A spinning hook kick. It is based on his standing heavy kick in Street Fighter II. Unlike many of his other moves, it cannot be special-cancelled, though it deals enough knockback to KO at high percents and possesses good range, allowing it to act as a poking/KO option from a distance. However, Ryu's leg is positioned high during the move, allowing even medium-sized characters like Mario to duck under it while using certain moves, or even during their landing animation after jumping.

Held (Close): An uppercut similar to his held up tilt, but with significantly different properties, doing virtually no knockback and being special-cancelable. This makes it extremely potent for combos, reliably cancelling into Shoryuken's sweetspot well past realistic percentages on any character.

10% (held- far), 12% (held- close)
Forward tilt Collarbone Breaker (Held) 6.8% (tapped- far), 6% (tapped- close), 3% (hit 1, held), 6% (hit 2, held) Tapped (Far): The tsumasaki geri [1], a kick used in Okinawan Karate. It launches the opponent diagonally upward, and grants intangibility on Ryu's leg from frames 7-12. Good for following with a dash attack or forward aerial at low percents. It is based on his standing medium kick in Street Fighter III. Cannot be special-cancelled.

Tapped (Close): An inward hook. based off his Street Fighter II close medium punch. This move causes the opponent to slightly shift towards Ryu, allowing it to combo into any of his special moves. Even at 999%, this move is incapable of KO'ing. This move can also lock, which grants Ryu a potent combo on missed techs: floored opponents can be hit by two light forward tilts, a held neutral attack, then true Shoryuken, which will deal around 50% and act as a guaranteed KO as early as 60%.

Held: The overhead of the same name that debuted in Super Street Fighter II Turbo. Ryu draws his fist back over his shoulder before thrusting it forward and down. Despite its appearance, it hits twice much like the original version. Deals very high shield damage, but its start-up makes it difficult to use on quick opponents. It is best used after conditioning an opponent to shield, or while they are trapped shielding near a ledge, where Ryu can use his tilts to potentially lead into a shield break.

Up tilt    2% (tapped), 12% (held) Tapped: The sok ngat[2], an uppercut-style elbow strike used in Muay Thai. It can be used repeatedly as fast as the player can press the attack button. It has lost its misleadingly large hitbox, making it less reliable as an all-purpose move, though it is still effective at chaining into itself, leading into many of Ryu's moves for a quick finisher, or forcing opponents to hold their shield long enough to use a held forward tilt for a shield break. At high percents near the ledge, light up tilt can lead into down aerial as a powerful KO option. It is based on his close standing light punch in Street Fighter II.

Held: An uppercut. Strong for its speed and grants his upper body intangibility from frames 4-10, making it a surprisingly effective anti-air attack and KO move. If it connects, it can instantly be canceled into any version of Shoryuken. A reliable finisher for his tapped up tilt. KOs at 152%. It is based on his close standing heavy punch in Street Fighter III.

Down tilt Light Ankle Kick (Tapped)
Heavy Ankle Kick (Held)
1.6% (tapped); 7% (leg, held), 5.5% (foot, held) Tapped: A crouching, Hapkido-style shin kick. It can be repeated as fast as the player can press, similar to his light up tilt. If used on a prone opponent, they will be lightly launched back onto their feet, allowing Ryu to continue combos on them for extended periods of time. Ryu is unable to jump immediately after using down tilt, making special moves the most effective followup, though a forward aerial can catch a jumping opponent. It is based on his crouching light kick in Street Fighter II.

Held: A lunging, Hapkido-style shin kick. Like the light version, Ryu is unable to jump immediately after using this move. Despite having low power, it can be immediately canceled into a special move if Ryu hits the opponent or their shield, allowing Ryu to pressure his opponent. As of update 7.0.0, the move's changed angle allows effective combos from held down tilt even past 180%, with Hadoken allowing a free lock at high percents, and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku being a dependable KO combo. It is based on his crouching medium kick in Street Fighter II.

Dash attack   12% (clean), 8% (late) A flying kick. Possesses high base knockback for a dash attack and it can reliably combo into many of his tapped attacks as a finisher. KOs at 150%. Based on his original jumping medium and heavy kicks in the Street Fighter Alpha/Zero games.
Forward smash Joudan Sokutogeri[3] 16% (leg), 17.5% (foot) The side kick of the same name from Street Fighter III. Moves him slightly forward and has the highest range of all his standard attacks, as it is able to hit opponents two character lengths away from him. However, it has noticeable ending lag. Deals slightly more damage and knockback when hit with Ryu's heel, and is Ryu's strongest standard attack if his heel connects. KOs at 110% with his heel and 120% anywhere else. Can cancel into his Final Smash upon hit.
Up smash   17% (clean), 13.5% (late) Squats and then rises up to throw an uppercut. Makes his hurtbox smaller while attacking, making this a good anti-air attack. Slight ending lag and does not have much horizontal range, though it is the highest hitting of all his standing attacks, being the only one able to hit an opponent on a Battlefield platform. His arm becomes intangible on frames 3-6. A good finisher for his tap combos. KOs at 130%. Can cancel into his Final Smash upon hit. It is based on his crouching heavy punch in Street Fighter, albeit with its animation from Street Fighter III.
Down smash   16% A legsweep. Launches opponents at a diagonal angle and unlike most down smashes, it only hits in one direction. Has the fastest start-up of all of his smash attacks, with more range than his up smash but less than his forward smash, making it a comparably safe option. However, it has below average knockback for a smash attack, which makes it unreliable as a KOing option. Instead, it functions better as a spacing and anti-pressure option. As of update 7.0.0, down smash now deals less shield damage, but can be special-canceled just like most of his moves, repurposing it into a capable combo starter at low percents. Can cancel into his Final Smash upon hit. It is based on his crouching heavy kick in Street Fighter II.
Neutral aerial   8% (clean), 4.5% (late) A downward angled knee strike. Its limited range is compensated by its sex kick properties and low ending lag. Can cancel into any of his special moves upon hit. The late hit is capable of locking. Overall, this is one of Ryu's best combo starters/breakers, as it allows him to transition to the ground and pressure opponents into shielding, or start tilt combos. It is based on his diagonal jumping light kick in Street Fighter II.
Forward aerial Tobigeri[4] 15% (clean sweetspot), 13% (late sweetspot), 9% (clean sourspot), 8% (late sourspot) A flying kick. Ryu's foot has high launching power, while his upper leg has a sourspot and deals less damage. Despite this, the sourspot deals high shield damage. A good combo move and very damaging for its speed, but lacks KO power due to its knockback growth, making it more suitable for damage racking unless near the side blast lines. Can cancel into any of his special moves upon hit, though this is most effective when using the sourspot, which has low enough knockback to effectively combo. It is based on his diagonal jumping medium and heavy kick animation in Street Fighter II.
Back aerial   16% (leg), 13% (foot) An outside crescent kick. Though it has a small hitbox, its strength and fast start-up make it Ryu's most powerful aerial and a viable KOing option. KOs at 115%. Due to Ryu always facing his opponent in one-on-one matches, it is difficult to use for edgeguarding: one must perform a reverse aerial rush, which takes longer to perform as Ryu, as he will only pivot around as part of his turnaround, and not in a dash dance (without performing a reverse aerial rush, it is impossible to jump offstage while facing towards it if the opponent is offstage). It is based on his vertical jumping heavy kick from Street Fighter II, which in some sources also doubled as his Senpuukyaku (旋風脚, "Whirlwind Leg") command normal/unique art from other games.
Up aerial Sukui Tsuki[5] 5% (hit 1), 6% (hit 2) An uppercut. Despite its appearance, it hits twice, has good vertical range, and is reliable at catching opponents above Ryu. His arm becomes intangible on frames 6-10. KOs at 155%. It is also effective as a landing option, as the first hitbox starts low enough to pressure shields and start combos; it can also extend into Shoryuken in the air as a KO combo. It is based on his diagonal jumping medium punch in Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
Down aerial Straight Punch 12% (grounded opponent), 15% (aerial opponent sweetspot), 11% (aerial opponent sourspot) A downward angled cross. Hitting an airborne opponent with the attack's sweetspot (his fist as it comes down) results in a meteor smash that powerfully sends opponents diagonally downward, while hitting an airborne opponent with the sourspot launches the opponent diagonally upward with high knockback. Hitting a grounded opponent, however, results in extremely low knockback that will not KO even at 300%, but nonetheless possesses the ability to start combos. Can cancel into any of his special moves upon hit, with Shoryuken being especially useful across all percent ranges. It is based on his jumping medium and heavy punch in Street Fighter II, albeit at an emphasized downward angle.
Grab   Reaches out. Ryu's overall grab range is short. It is based on his grab animation in Street Fighter III.
Pummel   1.3% A knee strike while holding the opponent in the collar-and-elbow position. It is based on Ken's Tsukami Hizageri (つかみ膝蹴り, "Grasping Knee Kick") throw in the Street Fighter Alpha/Zero games.
Forward throw   9% The seoi nage[6] (a Judo throw). If the opponent does not react or jumps, this throw can lead into a down aerial meteor smash at medium percentages. It is based on his punch throw in Street Fighter II, where it had the same name in most in-depth sources.
Back throw Somersault Throw 12% The tomoe nage[7] (a Judo throw). Heavy opponents can be knocked back onto their feet with a tapped down tilt, then thrown again. It is based on his kick throw in Street Fighter II, where it had the same name in most in-depth sources.
Up throw Heel Drop 8% (throw), 15% (kick) A stretch kick transitioned into an axe kick. It can combo into an aerial attack at low percents. While the axe kick cannot hit the thrown opponent, it can nevertheless hit another opponent that is too close to Ryu. Unlike the stretch kick, the axe kick deals much more damage and has high knockback (KO's Mario starting at 77% from the edge of Final Destination). Ryu's leg becomes intangible during the axe kick (frames 25-30). It is based on his close heavy kick in Street Fighter II.
Down throw   5% (hit), 4% (throw) Pins the opponent to the ground and performs a knifehand strike. Its angle allows it to combo into held neutral attack at 0%, which can be extended into any special move. It also combos well into aerial attacks and Shoryuken until 30%, where thrown opponents are launched too high to get hit. Deals immense shield damage, enough to instantly break the shield of opponents that are right next to Ryu. Its shield-breaking properties and animation are based on the brick breaking bonus game in Street Fighter, though it also resembles Akuma's Shurettō (朱裂刀, "Vermilion Rending Blade") throw in Street Fighter IV.
Floor attack (front)   7% Kicks behind himself and then in front of himself before getting up. The front hit is based on his crouching heavy kick in Street Fighter III.
Floor attack (back)   7% Kicks around himself before getting up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Kicks behind himself and then in front of himself before getting up.
Edge attack   7% Performs a crouching shin kick while climbing up.
Neutral special Hadoken 7%, 7.5%, 8% (Standard);
8.75%, 9.375%, 10% (Input);
1.1% (Shakunetsu Hadoken, hits 1-4),
7.3% (Shakunetsu Hadoken, hit 5), 11.7% (Shakunetsu Hadoken, total)
Quickly cups his hands to his side and then thrusts them forward to launch a blue ki blast from his cupped hands that deals decent damage and low knockback, is capable of locking, and may cause tripping at low percents. Using it in the air stalls Ryu and allows him to control his aerial momentum a bit, allowing him to mix up his linear recovery. Only one Hadoken can be active, as attempting to shoot another results in a puff of smoke emitting from his hands. Holding down the special button greatly increases the blast's speed and slightly increases damage output. Three versions of the move can be performed, two of which have directional inputs: a small blue Hadoken (special button only), a slighty stronger (1.25× damage) and larger inputted Hadoken (↓ ↘ → + attack/special), and the red flaming Shakunetsu Hadoken that hits multiple times (← ↙ ↓ ↘ → + attack/special). Combos well out of his tapped tilt attacks and aerials, and is mainly used to rack up damage and control space due to its low knockback. The light version travels extremely slowly and can be used to control space and even start combos while approaching, while the heavy version is extremely fast and is useful for zoning. Shakunetsu Hadoken deals some shield damage, though not to the extent of his Collarbone Breaker. However, the Hadoken and its variants should be used wisely due to its low priority. All variants can cancel into his Final Smash.
Side special Tatsumaki Senpukyaku 11%, 12%, 13% (Standard, front grounded);
10%, 11.5%, 13% (Standard, back grounded);
10%, 11%, 12% (Standard, front aerial);
9%, 10.5%, 12% (Standard, back aerial)
13.2%, 14.4%, 15.6% (Input, front grounded);
12%, 13.8%, 15.6% (Input, back grounded);
12%, 13.2%, 14.4% (Input, front aerial);
10.8%, 12.6%, 14.4% (Input, back aerial)
A jumping, spinning crescent kick. Ryu moves in the given direction he is facing. Has sex kick properties, grants intangibility on Ryu's legs for the whole duration the hitbox is active, and deals more damage and knockback after the first few frames. Holding down the special button increases damage dealt, distance traveled, and the move's duration, also giving the attack additional knockback. Using an inputted Tatsumaki Senpukyaku (↓ ↙ ← + attack/special) sees Ryu announce the move by name and results in it dealing 1.16× damage, covering more distance, and granting it better KOing potential. It is an almost guaranteed KO move at very high percents if held down tilt connects, can extend aerial combos on opponents that are hit horizontally, and can be used to prevent Shoryuken from getting stale as a KO option. The move can be used as a good horizontal recovery while not causing helplessness, but it can only be used once in the air without touching the ground. It also cannot be canceled once used, and its slow spinning hitbox makes it very easy to punish offstage. Can cancel into his Final Smash.
Up special Shoryuken 13%, 14%, 15% (Standard, grounded);
12%, 13%, 14% (Standard, early air);
7% (Standard, late air);
15.6%, 16.8%, 18% (Input, grounded);
14.4%, 15.6%, 16.8% (Input, early air);
8.4% (Input, late air)
Ryu's signature leaping uppercut, with him announcing the move's name while propelling his fist into the air at high speed. Holding the special button increases damage and height traveled. An inputted Shoryuken (→ ↓ ↘ + attack/special) deals even more knockback, deals 1.2× more damage, has 2/3rds the landing lag, and grants Ryu both slightly more intangibility (frames 1-14 versus frame 5) and lower landing lag (16 frames versus 23 frames). Aside from being his main vertical recovery move, Shoryuken is also a viable KOing option due to its fast start-up, especially when used in conjunction with Focus Attack. In comparison, an inputted Shoryuken is Ryu's most powerful vertical KOing option overall and has the highest growth in his entire standard moveset, and can be also used as a risky method to escape combos due to its intangibility. However, it has heavy aerial lag as, alongside his low air acceleration, Ryu cannot alter his aerial drift for around two seconds after he attacks, and he becoming helpless once he descends. It is also unable to sweetspot ledges until the end, making it mandatory for Ryu to gauge his travel distance. Can cancel into his Final Smash.
Down special Focus Attack 12% (Level 1), 10% (Level 2), 17% (Level 3) Assumes a focused stance while emitting a black ink-like aura, and then throws a short straight-punch. Crumples opponents where they stand with a lengthy stun animation if charged for more than half a second, which can allow for follow-ups. Ryu gains heavy armor that can withstand a single hit while it is charging, depending on the amount of charge (16.8%-33.6%). When fully charged, the attack becomes unblockable and will pierce through counterattacks. Peculiarly, if a fully charged focus attack hits a shield at any distance it will still crumple even if the shielding opponent is out of range, essentially making the move more effective on shielding enemies. The move's charge is indicated by Ryu flashing during its start-up. Level 1 is performed immediately and slightly launches an opponent. Level 2 is performed after half a second and crumples an opponent, but deals the least amount of damage. Level 3 is performed after a whole second, can block any normal single hit attack, crumples the opponent for a much longer time and deals the most amount of damage. Ryu can also perform a technique called the Focus Attack Dash Cancel. This is performed by tapping left or right twice, which cancels Focus Attack and instead propels Ryu a set distance depending on where the control stick was tapped. However if the punch misses, Ryu will be unable to cancel the move. If the move hits an airborne opponent, they will instead by launched with heavy hitlag. Although Focus Attack cannot block grabs and is countered by multiple hit attacks, it is a useful tool for baiting opponents and punishing, while its Dash Cancel can function as a horizontal recovery option while offstage.
Final Smash Shin Shoryuken / Shinku Hadoken 1% - 1.5% (multi-hits), 10% (explosion), 1% (initial hit), 10% (hits 1 and 2), 20% (last hit) A Final Smash that varies depending on range. At point-blank range, Ryu traps the opponent with the Shin Shoryuken, a three-hit combo that launches the opponent with an even stronger Shoryuken. Begins KOing at specific percentages for every character, much like KO Uppercut and Finishing Touch. At any other range, Ryu performs the Shinku Hadoken, a much larger Hadoken that vacuums nearby opponents into it before dragging them a distance across the screen and exploding. Shin Shoryuken has much higher KO potential against a single opponent, whereas Shinku Hadoken has more range, reliably affects multiple opponents, and is capable of bypassing walls. Shin Shoryuken can be cancelled into from Ryu's neutral attacks (both tapped and held variants), tilts, smash attacks, aerials, and special moves (for the variants of Hadoken, it must be at point blank range).


Ryu can perform a special move out of certain normal attacks, a mechanic known in his home series as special-cancelling. By pressing the special button or doing the command input after connecting with a normal attack on hit or on shield, Ryu will cancel the endlag of the normal attack and perform the move. The normal attacks that can be canceled include the first two hits of neutral attack, tapped and held down-tilt, tapped up-tilt, held up tilt, proximity forward-tilt, proximity held neutral attack and down smash. He is also capable of doing so with his aerials. Special-cancelling allows Ryu to perform blockstrings and hit confirms into Shoryuken for a kill, Tatsumaki Senpukyaku for a combo, or Hadoken or Shakunetsu Hadoken for safety and pressure. He can also bait the opponent out with a special cancel into a Focus Attack, further increasing mixup potential.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Walks onto the stage from some mist in the background, then gets into a fighting stance.


  • Up Taunt: Pulls his headband's ends taut while stating "Come on!" Unlike in Smash 4, Ryu does not turn around during the taunt.
  • Side Taunt: Ryu holds his fist forwards, and declares "Talk is cheap!".
  • Down Taunt: Stomps on the ground and grunts, causing the screen to briefly shake. This is his taunt from the Street Fighter III series games.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Adjusts his gloves. Resembles his taunt from Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.
  • Wriggles the fingers on both hands, then crosses his arms and pumps them.

Crowd cheer[edit]

Cheer (English) Cheer (Japanese/Chinese) Cheer (Italian) Cheer (Dutch) Cheer (French)
Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Description Ryu Ryu Ryu! Ryu! Ryu! Ryu! Forza Ryu! *claps 5 times* Ry - u! Ry - u!
Cheer (German) Cheer (Spanish) Cheer (Russian) Cheer (Korean)
Description Ry - u! Ryu! Ryu! Ryu! Ryu! *claps 3 times* Ryu! Ryu! Ryu!

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Crosses his arms, then winds back and does a pose with his right fist facing the camera; his victory pose from Street Fighter IV, saying "Give it your all!" ("必殺のタイミングを計れ!", Gauge the timing of your special moves!), one of his victory quotes from Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.
  • Up: Slings his bag over his shoulder while saying "The journey has just begun." ("旅はまだ…始まったばかりだ", Yet the journey... has just begun.). This is one of his victory quotes from Street Fighter Alpha 3.
  • Right: Punches once before doing a victorious uppercut, referencing one of his more recurring win poses, while saying "Your range is one fist short." ("その間合いじゃ、拳半分届かない!", That range doesn't reach half a fist!). This is another one of his victory quotes from Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.
A remix of the victory theme from Street Fighter II.

In competitive play[edit]

Ryu's tournament representation has been almost entirely nonexistent since the beginning of Ultimate. Many people unarguably believed that Ryu's nerfs made him more of a "high risk, low reward" which marginally decreased his prominence from Smash 4. His buffs from 3.1.0 and 7.0.0 have put Ryu in a higher regard than he was at release, with his specials being made stronger and Kara Cancelling being made possible. His representation has only gotten slightly better since release, though players such as Sandstorm and Munekin show that Ryu can still be a potent fighter, the former shown with his win at DreamHack Rotterdam 2019, and the latter placing high at Sumabatos and Umeburas with mainly Ryu. Other players like Maeda and Venom pair him with Ken and have gathered notable results as of recently. Although his amount of nerfs and less consistent attributes are still enough for people to prefer his Echo Fighter, Ken, who has better speed and more damaging KO options, many players believe that Ryu can still show potential in the Ultimate's competitive metagame with dedicated players.

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Ryu professionals (SSBU)

Classic Mode: Seeking a Challenge[edit]

Ryu's congratulations screen.

Ryu's opponents are all references to characters that appear in Street Fighter II and are stamina battles with all of the stages being in Ω form. The Bonus Stage also comes earlier, similar to the car mini-game from said title. Items are disabled throughout the route. The final boss fight also includes Ken as a teammate.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 KenHeadSSBU.png Ken Suzaku Castle (Ω form) Ken Stage Type A
2 ZeroSuitSamusHeadBlueSSBU.png Zero Suit Samus Onett (Ω form) Chun-Li Stage Type A Represents Chun-Li.
3 IncineroarHeadSSBU.png Incineroar Boxing Ring (Ω form) Zangief Stage Type A Represents Zangief.
4 DonkeyKongHeadGreenSSBU.png Donkey Kong Kongo Falls (Ω form) Blanka Stage Type A Represents Blanka.
Bonus Stage
5 Giant LittleMacHeadBlueSSBU.png Little Mac Boxing Ring (Ω form) Balrog Stage Type A Represents Balrog.
6 MetaKnightHeadSSBU.png Meta Knight Arena Ferox (Ω form) Vega Stage Type A Represents Vega.
Final Master Hand and Crazy Hand Final Destination M. Bison Stage Type A References M. Bison in the artwork of Street Fighter II': Champion Edition, while KenHeadSSBU.png Ken appears as a CPU ally, which represents the final battle against M. Bison in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.

Note: All of the matches play music from Street Fighter II regardless of the stage.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Ryu has Ryu Stage accompany the credits.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Ryu in World of Light

Although Ryu does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (except for Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

Ryu only appears after the player clears the World Tour sub-area reminiscent of Street Fighter II by beating every spirit.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Ryu SSBU.png
9,000 Suzaku Castle (Ω form) Ryu Stage


Ryu's fighter spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Ryu in World of Light allows the player to preview the spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a fighter spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. Each fighter spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
SSBU spirit Karate Kong.png
Karate Kong Donkey Kong Jungle Beat Ryu RyuHeadPurpleSSBU.png (160 HP)
9,500 Kongo Falls (Ω form) •Hard to Launch
•Hazard: High Gravity
•The enemy's physical attacks have increased power
•Timed stamina battle (1:30)
•All fighters have reduced jump ability
Battle for Storm Hill
SSBU spirit Knuckle Joe.png
Knuckle Joe Kirby Series Ryu RyuHeadBlueSSBU.png
9,100 Find Mii (Ω form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Knuckle Joe) •The enemy's punches and elbow strikes have increased power
•The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power
•The enemy's physical attacks have increased power
Butter Building (Brawl)
From the game's files
Poo EarthBound Series Ryu RyuHeadCyanSSBU.png
9,400 Skyworld (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy's punches and elbow strikes have increased power
•The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power
•The enemy has increased move speed
Smiles and Tears
SSBU spirit Reyn.png
Reyn Xenoblade Chronicles Series Ryu RyuHeadOrangeSSBU.png (150 HP)
4,300 Gaur Plain (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy has super armor but moves slower
•Timed stamina battle (2:00)
•The enemy loves to taunt
Time to Fight! - Xenoblade Chronicles
Sagat Street Fighter Series Ryu RyuHeadBlueSSBU.png (160 HP)
9,300 Coliseum (Ω form) •Jump Power ↓ •The enemy has super armor and is hard to launch or make flinch
•The enemy's physical attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
Sagat Stage Type A
SSBU spirit Akuma.png
Akuma Street Fighter Series Ryu RyuHeadBlackSSBU.png (180 HP)
13,700 Suzaku Castle (Ω form) •Defense ↓
•Jump Power ↓
•The enemy's special moves have increased power
Stamina battle
•All fighters have reduced jump power
M. Bison Stage Type B
from the game's files
Sakura (Street Fighter) Street Fighter Series Ryu RyuHeadCyanSSBU.png (160 HP)
9,300 Suzaku Castle (Ω form) •Jump Power ↓ •The enemy's neutral special has increased power
Stamina battle
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Ryu Stage
Image used for Karate Joe's Spirit. Ripped from game files.
Karate Joe Rhythm Heaven Series North America
Rhythm Paradise Series PAL
Ryu RyuHeadCyanSSBU.png
9,200 Suzaku Castle (Ω form) •Item Tidal Wave •The enemy's punches and elbow strikes have increased power
•The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power
•The enemy favors smash attacks
Rhythm Boxing
Ouendan Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan Series Ryu RyuHeadBlackSSBU.png×3
3,700 Tomodachi Life •Attack Power ↑ •The enemy has increased attack power after a little while
•The enemy favors down specials
Filled with Hope
Spirit of Akira from the Virtua Fighter series.
Akira Virtua Fighter Series Ryu RyuHeadBlackSSBU.png (180 HP)
13,800 Coliseum (Ω form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Akira)
•Hazard: High Gravity
•The enemy's smash attacks have increased power
•The enemy's physical attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
Cruel Smash
SSBU spirit Ryuichi & Ryuji.png
Ryuichi & Ryuji River City Series Ryu RyuHeadPurpleSSBU.png×2
9,300 Wrecking Crew (Battlefield form) •Item: Killing Edge •The enemy's side special has increased power
•The enemy favors side specials
Flash in the Dark (Dr. Wily Stage 1)

Alternate costumes[edit]
RyuHeadSSBU.png RyuHeadGreySSBU.png RyuHeadCyanSSBU.png RyuHeadBlackSSBU.png RyuHeadOrangeSSBU.png RyuHeadBlueSSBU.png RyuHeadGreenSSBU.png RyuHeadPurpleSSBU.png


Fighter Showcase Video[edit]


  • Ryu and Wii Fit Trainer are the only two characters (so far) whose full renders are not on the official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website. In this case, the picture stops around his ankles.
  • Ryu's artwork pose resembles a pose from his official artwork for Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, as well as the promotional poster for the original arcade release of Street Fighter IV.
  • Ryu is the only fighter who was introduced in Super Smash Bros. 4 to have an Echo Fighter, that being Ken.
    • He is also the only third-party veteran to have an Echo Fighter, as Simon and Richter are both newcomers.
    • This also makes him the only character introduced as a newcomer through downloadable content in a previous game to have an Echo Fighter.
  • Ryu is one of the five veterans from Smash 4 to have their Boxing Ring alias changed in Ultimate, the others being Link, Kirby, King Dedede, and Mega Man.
  • Ryu's Classic Mode has numerous references to Street Fighter II:
    • Each stage represents an opponent from the franchise: Ken (Ken), Zero Suit Samus (Chun-Li), Incineroar (Zangief), Donkey Kong (Blanka), Giant Little Mac (Boxer/Balrog), and Meta Knight (Vega/Claw). Each character's theme plays during these fights on stages that resemble their Street Fighter II home stages.
      • These fights are near identical to their Spirit Battles with only Blanka and Balrog being fought on different stages.
    • Ryu's bonus stage is in the middle, referencing Street Fighter's tendency to have bonus stages as midway points.
    • The final two opponents before the final boss are a reference to the "Four Heavenly Kings" who must be fought as the last fighters before M. Bison, in this case Balrog and Vega (minus Sagat) with Bison being the fourth king.
    • Ryu's final stage in Classic Mode is a reference to the artwork used for Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, which features a giant M. Bison towering over Ryu (represented in the game as both Master Hand and Crazy Hand) and the finale of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, where Ryu and Ken double team against M. Bison. Additionally, M. Bison's theme plays in the background during the final battle.
    • As a reference to the health bars of not just Street Fighter II but the whole Street Fighter series, Ryu uses stamina battles in his Classic Mode route.
    • Ryu's route has no items, similar to how the Street Fighter series also features no items.
  • Ryu, Hero, Terry, Byleth, Steve and Kazuya are the only characters who have stamina battles for their Classic Mode routes, though Ryu is the only non-DLC character to have them. However, like the aforementioned characters, he debuted as DLC in the previous installment.
    • Pyra and Mythra also have stamina battles in their route, but for only one round, which, coincidentally, involves fighting Ryu and Ken.
  • Ryu, Ivysaur, Greninja, Little Mac, Olimar, and Ken are the only characters to never appear as minions in any Spirit Battles, not counting the Ouendan Spirit Battle as the three Ryus featured in the battle are identical.
  • Ryu is the only Capcom fighter to not appear in any CGI trailers whatsoever.
    • Ryu is also one of the two third-party fighters in the base game that do not appear in any CGI trailers in Ultimate, the other being Pac-Man.
  • If Ryu is set as a CPU-opponent in Training Mode, all three CPUs will always face the player, much like on 1-on-1 matches. He shares this distinction with Ken, Terry, and Kazuya.
    • This also happens if Ryu faces a single opponent in a team consisting of two or more characters in Team Battles, and in All-Star Mode when he appears.
  • Ryu's held forward tilt (Collarbone Breaker) and the sourspot of his forward air (Tobigeri) dealing high shield damage is a reference to how "overhead attacks" and "cross-ups" are a common way to open an opponent's defense in traditional fighting games.


1.^ translates to "Toe Kick"
2.^ translates to "Uppercut Elbow"
3.^ translates to "High-Level Foot Edge Kick"
4.^ translates to "Front Kick"
5.^ translates to "Scooping Punch"
6.^ translates to "Shoulder Throw"
7.^ translates to "Circle Throw"