The Ryusokyaku (竜爪脚 Ryuusoukyaku?, "Dragon Claw Leg"), commonly called the Axe Kick, is one of Evil Ryu's special attacks, introduced in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.


All appearances Arcade Stick HCF + Arcade Button Kick


Executed by performing a half-circle forward motion and pressing kick, Evil Ryu lifts his leg high up and then brings it crashing down in an arcing motion. The move has different properties depending on the kick button pressed; light kick starts the fastest but has the most recovery time, whereas medium kick is slower to start but faster to recover. Heavy kick is slowest to start but is a knockdown on hit, while the EX Special version is an overhead Knockdown.

The attack has limited reach, but the hitbox during the arc makes the attack useful for evading and then punishing attempted jabs and shorts. The attack is therefore useful in a frame trap.


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