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Executed by performing a quarter-circle backward motion and pressing kick Gouken performs a strong, vertical Tatsumaki; the first hit launches the opponent into the air, and Gouken follows with the subsequent kicks, that last of which launches the opponent away. The number of hits and damage is determined by the kick button pressed. The EX Special version hits the opponent twice per spin for more damage.
In the OMEGA Mode of Ultra Street Fighter IV, the move has be re-tooled, and Gouken will only perform the initial strike; landing this hit will cause him to follow-up with the rest of the move, making it similar to Akuma's Demon Armageddon or Seth's Lightning Kick.
The move functions as an anti-air, similar to Guy's Bushin Senpukyaku; the regular versions feature little-to-no invincibility, leaving the EX version as the preferred anti-air due to its considerable invincibility and large hitbox. The first hit of the EX version also locks the opponent into an animation, removing the risk of a drop-out present in the others.
All versions of the Tatsumaki Gorasen can be used to end combos, but leave less time for Gouken to move freely than a Senkugoshoha; due to a glitch, certain characters can punish the heavy Tatsumaki on hit.