The Patriot Circle (パトリオットサークル Patoriotto Saakuru?) is one of Rolento's signature special attacks, introduced in Street Fighter Alpha 2.

All appearances Arcade Stick QCF + Arcade Button Punch (can be performed up to 3 times)


Patriot Circle

The Patriot Circle in Street Fighter X Tekken.

Executed by performing a quarter-circle forward motion and pressing punch, Rolento steps forward and twirls his club up to three times in front of him. The motion can be performed up to three times in a row, with an increasing gap between swings; Rolento holds the club at different angles each time, the last cycle being an "uppercut"-like swing which downs the opponent. Originally in Street Fighter Alpha 2, the attack had two repeatable animations (see below), before getting a new and more consistent animation as of Street Fighter Alpha 3.

The startup and recovery times and horizontal distance dashed forwards in each cycle are all determined by the punch button pressed at the initial input, with heavier punch versions meaning greater distance but also greater startup and recovery time. The move has a maximum of 11 hits (reduced to 9 in Ultra Street Fighter IV), the animation was also changed in Rolento's recent appearances.

The EX Special version introduced in Street Fighter X Tekken has Rolento execute only the "uppercut swing" of the move, though he spins his club much faster, deals the same damage of the entire animation and knocks the opponent further into the air.


The Patriot Circle is best used for close-range combos or general chip damage, though it can be easily punished if blocked; the EX version allows Rolento to juggle an opponent, and can also work as an anti-air defense if timed correctly.

Similar movesEdit



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Rolento Patriot Circle X3 SFXT

Street Fighter X Tekken (full animation, Japanese voices).

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