The Guard Break (Hard Attack in Japan), is a type of attack exclusive to the Street Fighter EX series.
|Street Fighter EX|
Street Fighter EX2
|Guard Break||+ of the same strength|
|Street Fighter EX3||Surprise Blow||+|
Executed by pressing two punch and kick buttons of the same level (i.e. light punch and light kick), the user executes a guard-crushing attack that costs one level of a filled Super Combo Gauge. An opponent hit by this move will be temporarily stunned and vulnerable to further damage. Getting hit by a Guard Break while airbone will launch foes up in the air.
Each Guard Break attack is considered a unique attack, and is listed as such in the command lists. Several Guard Break moves are based on unique attacks and special attacks from other games. For example, Ryu's is the Collarbone Breaker, Ken's is the Inazuma Kick, Chun-Li's is the Sen'enshu and Sakura's is the Flower Kick.
In Street Fighter EX3, the Guard Break is replaced with the Surprise Blow, where it functions similarly, only it no longer has a meter cost, and can be blocked high, essentially being an universal overhead.