Unblockable Ultra setups in Street Fighter 4

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • March 27, 2010 at 7:11 p.m. PDT
It's possible for Rose, Seth and Ken to perform an unblockable Ultra in Street Fighter 4, but the timing on these is very strict.


Sagat has a similar set up, but a way has been found to block it after the Ultra flash.

Also, several players have found ways to escape these with some moves, backdashes, etc. but in most cases you must correctly predict that an Ultra is coming, if the Ultra animation has started before you inputted your counter — you're getting hit.

Here are clips showing how it's done.
Here is another clip showing how this can be countered.
These are the setups, according to Henaki.

• Sagat: Forward Throw, Jump Forward, Delay Medium Kick Fireball, Focus Attack Dash Cancel, Ultra

• Rose: Back Throw, Step back a pixel, Light Punch Fireball, Focus Attack Dash Cancel, Ultra

• Seth: Back Throw, Medium Punch Sonic Boom, Ultra (This doesn't require Super meter)

• Ken: Forward Throw, backdash, Light Punch Fireball, Focus Attack Dash Cancel, Ultra

Also, Campbell "Buktooth" Tran noted through a friend some thoughts on why this might be unblockable.

• The Ultra pre-flash causes the opponent to go into "googly eyes state".

• Due to an oversight, opponent most likely cannot block during googly eyes state.

• If something makes contact with the opponent on the exact same frame that the Ultra pre-flash happens it will become unblockable.

Update: Xenozip uploaded this video showing that you can block Sagat's Ultra normally as long as you wait till after the Ultra flash.
Thanks to Min0x for sending the original video in.

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