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The Zanku Hadoken (斬空波動拳 Zankuu Hadoken?, "Slashing Air Surge Fist") is a version of the Gohadoken that is commonly associated with Akuma.

In its crossover appearances, Ken and Sakura can use the move as well, and in X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Comics character Rogue can also use this technique by using her Stolen Power special attack on Akuma.

All appearances Arcade Modifier AirArcade Stick QCF + Arcade Button Punch


It is executed the same as a regular Hadoken, albeit in midair. The user thrusts their hands and fires an airborne Hadoken, angled down.

The angle is usually about 45° downwards, and the speed at which the fireballs fall depends on the strength of the punch button pressed, with the weakest going slower, and the stronger falling faster. In Street Fighter IV, the angle of Hadoken also depends upon the punch button used. The visual execution varies between games, in which some games depict Akuma pausing in air to throw both fireballs before falling back to earth while in others he throws both fireballs fluidly during the fall.

The EX Special version introduced in the Street Fighter IV series allows Akuma to throw two fireballs instead of one, which is an ability that he has naturally when he is at his most powerful.


The Zanku Hadoken is great for stopping close-range counters while in the air and assaulting grounded foes. However, in some more aerial-oriented games, the angle throw sometimes makes the Zanku Hadoken unsuitable for air-to-air combat.


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Super Street Fighter 4 online match 23 9 201002:19

Super Street Fighter 4 online match 23 9 2010

An online play match in which an Akuma player uses the Zanku Hadoken often

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