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The Stinger (スティンガー Sutingaa?) is one of Rolento's special attacks, introduced in the Street Fighter Alpha series.

Input
All appearances Arcade Stick S + Arcade Button Kick (Arcade Button Punch or Arcade Button Kick to throw knife)

DescriptionEdit

Stinger

Stinger in Ultra Street Fighter IV, about to hit Hakan.

Executed by performing a Shoryuken motion? and pressing kick, Rolento leaps vertically upwards, knives in hand. The jump height is determined by the kick button pressed. If another button is pressed while he is airborne, he performs a quick backwards somersault and tosses a single knife before landing ("Attack!").

Punch buttons launch slow knives while kick buttons launch fast knives, and the strength of the button pressed determines the throw angle: the light button throws the knife at an almost perfect square angle; the medium button throws at around a 45° angle downwards; and the heavy button throws the furthest, usually stretching across the screen (though falling gradually while doing so).

The EX Special version introduced in Street Fighter X Tekken has Rolento leap even higher than the heavy kick version, with increased jumping and landing speed; pressing any button during the leap executes an even faster somersault followed by throwing much faster knives at all three angles simultaneously ("You're dead!").

In the OMEGA Mode of Ultra Street Fighter IV, the move's jumping arc can be freely controlled by the player, and the knife usage has been expanded: pressing two punch buttons causes Rolento to throw the knife straight across the screen, while pressing two kick buttons causes Rolento to stab the opponent at short range with them.

Stinger FreezeEdit

In Street Fighter X Tekken version 1.04, collision between a Stinger knife and any other projectile may occasionally cause the game to freeze; this was fixed in later versions[1].

TacticsEdit

Due to the speed and angle of the projectile(s), the move can be used as a way to stop foes from approaching from the air or countering Rolento while below him, though the technique itself can be awkward in close situations. In Ultra Street Fighter IV, hitting the opponent with two EX Stinger knives instead of three will juggle them, allowing Rolento to combo into his first Ultra Combo.

TriviaEdit

  • In Pocket Fighter, when Ibuki performs her Kunai move, her costume changes to that of Rolento's, referencing the similarity between her move and his Stinger. Perhaps coincidentally, Ibuki and Rolento would go on to become official tag team partners in Street Fighter X Tekken.

Similar movesEdit

GalleryEdit

SpritesEdit

Rolento-stinger

ReferencesEdit

  1. Shoryuken.com: Capcom Addresses the Street Fighter X Tekken Version 1.04 Freeze Glitch, Corrective Patch Planned for Mid-June

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