Street Fighter V finally adds good ol’ dependable Blanka to its roster this month and Capcom has released a trailer, which shows off some of the green guy’s new moves. You can check out the trailer and a quick Blanka bio, below.
“First appearing in Street Fighter II, Blanka (birth name, Jimmy), survived a plane crash over the Amazon and learned to fend for himself by fighting wild animals and developing survival skills. He eventually found his way to civilization where he met Sakura and Dan and developed deep friendships with them. Blanka’s mother, Samantha, happened to see him on TV and tearfully reunited with him to bring him home.
In Street Fighter: Arcade Edition, Blanka is living peacefully with his mother, and has adapted well to being introduced back into society. One day, a suspicious salesman approaches him and offers a way to make Blanka famous by producing a Blanka doll. Will it work? Find out in his character story mode!”
“Blanka tries to license his likeness so he can move out of his mom’s basement” is not the direction I predicted the character would go, but sure, I’ll play along. It looks like this new incarnation of Blanka could be tough to deal with, as he’s been given a variety of new spin attacks and has definitely been sped up a bit. Here’s the lowdown on some of Blanka’s new abilities:
V-Skill: Coward Crouch
Blanka immediately ducks for cover for a short time before rising back up. His V-Skill can avoid many attacks, including fireballs. After performing Coward Crouch, Blanka can follow up with either Wild Lift (Punch Button) or Raid Jump (Kick Button). Wild Lift sees Blanka move forward while swinging his arms up to launch the opponent in the air and can be followed up by a normal, special move, or even a Critical Art. Using Raid Jump, Blanka swiftly jumps in the air where he can use any mid-air attack to advance.
V-Trigger I: Jungle Dynamo
Blanka’s V-Trigger I gives his special roll attacks more damage and can then be followed up by certain attacks, including his Critical Art. It also powers up his Electric Thunder and changes the animation so Blanka steps forward while unleashing the electric current. On hit, the opponent is launched slightly in the air and can be followed up with a rolling attack.
V-Trigger II: Lightning Beast
Lightning Beast unlocks a special move, Rolling Cannon (Direction + HP+HK), which can be performed after using Rolling Attack, Back Step Rolling, and Vertical Rolling. Rolling Cannon can be used in multiple ways, such as extending a combo for more damage or changing positions to surprise the opponent.
Critical Art: Dynamic Rolling
In this Critical Art, Blanka slams his opponent into the ground in a series of electrifying rolls that ends in a move reminiscent of Lightning Cannonball from Street Fighter IV.
Blanka is the second of six characters included in Street Fighter V’s third season. The Street Fighter V Season 3 Character Pass also includes the already-released Sakura, Cody, Sagat, and new fighters Falke and G, and will set you back $30. Characters can also be purchased individually for $6 or for 100,000 worth of in-game Fight Money.
Capcom recently released Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, a free update which adds a full arcade mode, new V-Trigger movies, and more. I found it to be a satisfying, much-needed revamp:
“After two years of character updates, Street Fighter V had arguably found its niche. It wasn’t the big mainstream success Capcom had hoped to create, but it had its diehard fans. They could have tossed out a bare-bones Arcade Mode and got away with it, but, to the publisher’s credit, they went the extra mile. This truly feels like the fresh start Street Fighter V has been needing.”
Street Fighter V is available on PC and PS4. Blanka rolls onto the scene on February 20.