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The Kunai (苦無 Kunai?) is one of Ibuki's special attacks, introduced in the Street Fighter III series. This move has a more powerful version that serves as one of her Super Arts in the same series and her Super Combo in Super Street Fighter IV.
DescriptionEditExecuted by performing a quarter-circle forward motion and pressing punch while in mid-jump, Ibuki throws a kunai (ninja throwing knife) at the ground in front of her. The throw angle is determined by the punch button pressed: light punch version aims it at the steepest angle, heavy punch version the furthest, and medium punch version lands somewhere in-between. The EX Special version covers more distance and throws two kunai instead of one.
In Street Fighter V, the move is completely retooled: Ibuki can only hold six kunai, which she can manually restock at any time during the fight via the Kunai Hoju, done by performing a half-circle back motion and pressing kick. She can also throw them while on the ground, but can only throw them in the middle of a forward jump. Holding any punch button (or kick button, if airborne) and releasing it will cause Ibuki to throw all of her kunai at once.
Prior to Street Fighter V, the Kunai can be thrown during a normal or backward jump as well, which enables Ibuki to retreat while still attacking, in addition to delaying her landing in order to avoid certain attacks. A few moves in her arsenal (e.g. Tsuijigoe and Hien) are actually designed to either enable openings for a Kunai attack, or else take advantage of openings that it creates.
- In Pocket Fighter, Ibuki's costume changes to that of Rolento's when she performs Kunai, referencing the similarity between this move and his Stinger.