New V-Skill 2 footage shown off for Alex, Blanka and Kage in Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • December 2, 2019 at 9:05 a.m. PST

Capcom has been slowly yet steadily uploading new footage of what the V-Skill 2s will contain for characters in Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition, and today we got to see a popular trio in action.

PlayStation's Twitter account revealed new footage of V-Skill 2 for Alex, Blanka and Kage which seem to give all of the fighters some very handy abilities including bringing back Shout of Earth from previous games.

First off, we have the aforementioned Shout of Earth which will allow Blanka to send a burst of electricity into the ground which can juggle the opponent up in the air, opening them up for a punishing follow-up.

On the surface, Shout of Earth looks similar to Necalli's ground pounding V-Skill though the description says Blanka will need to store up his electrical energy before discharging. We'll need to see whether he can store / cancel a charge of it or if he'll need to perform that long animation every time to use it.

Alex gets a new stance power up with Overchain where he'll strike a pose which will then allow him to chain together two special moves. We see in the footage the brawler landing a Flash Chop before cancelling it into EX Air Knee Smash.

Having new ways to cancel into knee smash is good for Alex to have some extra Oki pressure, but there's still a lot we don't know from this brief glimpse of gameplay.

Will Alex only be able to cancel into EX specials? Can he combo into or out of stomp or headbutt? Does the charge go away if he's hit? We'll probably find out more later this week from Capcom themselves.

For Mr. Evil-er Ryu himself, Kage's V-Skill 2 is called Sekieiken. This powerful-looking somersault allows Kage to catch the opponent off-guard from above to sneak past fireballs and untrue block strings.

Kage's new slamming attack is shown in its powered-up state in the trailer which happens when it is used while V-Trigger 1 is active. We don't know what it will look like normally, but it probably won't be quite as threatening as that big explosion.

Over the past few weeks, Capcom has also given more detailed looks at V-Skill 2s for Poison, Cody, Juri, Gill, Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li.

Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition will release on February 14, 2020 though players will not need to buy the expansion to access these new V-Skills and other system changes. You can check out the new V-Skill 2 footage for Alex, Blanka and Kage below.


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