The Buffalo Head (バッファローヘッド Baffaroo Heddo?) is one of Balrog's special attacks, introduced in Super Street Fighter II.

All appearances Arcade Stick CDU + Arcade Button Punch
Street Fighter V Arcade-Stick-Right+Arcade Button Punch x3 (during guard)


Buffalo Head

Buffalo Head, as seen in Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival.

Executed by charging down, then moving up and pressing punch, Balrog launches himself forward into the air with a flying headbutt.

The startup time, horizontal distance and vertical height are determined by the punch button pressed: light punch version has the least startup, distance and height; heavy punch version has the most of all; and medium punch version lies somewhere in-between them.

The EX Special version introduced in Street Fighter IV has nearly no startup time, jumps both greater distance and height than heavy punch version, and hits twice (both before and during the jump).

In Street Fighter V, Balrog performs this move as his V-Reversal.


The move is useful as an obvious anti-air for the otherwise mostly earthbound boxer, but it also works well as a combo ender or to punish from a distance (specially the EX version) if timed correctly. In Street Fighter Alpha 3, its utilty is fairly limited as it can only be used as a Reversal. Balrog can use the Buffalo Head as a common entry method for using the Violent Buffalo in a combo (as the Ultra Combo can juggle an opponent as they fall) in the Street Fighter IV series. The startup moment can also be used to evade projectiles, even air ones like the Zanku Hadoken, if timed correctly.




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