On February 20th Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition will be adding in another classic character to the roster of fighters and now we have a look at him in action. That character being Blanka from the franchise's fame and is part of the Season Three DLC Capcom has put together for us all. It was a bit of a shocker that he was not part of Street Fighter V in the first place, but many had a feeling that he would be coming back and now he is. Given the story bit we have here for his story mode bit, it makes sense for the delay. I have a feeling that was a bit of an afterthought for the team, but I will not complain as Blanka has always been one of my favorites in the franchise for quite some time.
In terms of the story for Blanka in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, it looks like he has been living in peace for a while with his mother and is still slowly being brought back into society. The peace looks to be short-lived as he is then approached and talked into becoming famous for some reason and now he needs to get back into the fight. I am not sure how that will all blend together in the story for Street Fighter V, but that is how it all goes. I am going to guess that he is tricked more than offered and that is how it all goes down. I am sure that it will make more sense for those who are going to play the story mode and not just jump right into the multiplayer game.
Here is a look at Blanka's moves, V-Skill, V-Triggers, and Critical Art for the game. Have a look, enjoy, and then get ready to wait until February 20th to add him to your version of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition if you so choose.
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition — Blanka Gameplay
Blanka, the second character of Season 3, will officially roll in to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition on February 20th!
In SFV: AE, Blanka is living peacefully with his mother, and has adapted well to being introduced back into society. One day, a suspicious salesman approaches him and offers a way to make Blanka famous by mass producing a doll made in Blanka’s likeness. Will it work? Find out in his character story mode!
V-Skill: Coward Crouch
Blanka immediately ducks for cover for a short time before rising back up. His V-Skill can avoid many attacks, including fireballs. After performing Coward Crouch, Blanka can follow up with either Wild Lift (Punch Button) or Raid Jump (Kick Button). Wild Lift sees Blanka move forward while swinging his arms up to launch the opponent in the air and can be followed up by a normal, special move, or even a Critical Art. Using Raid Jump, Blanka swiftly jumps in the air where he can use any mid-air attack to advance.
V-Trigger I: Jungle Dynamo
Blanka’s V-Trigger I gives his special roll attacks more damage and can then be followed up by certain attacks, including his Critical Art. It also powers up his Electric Thunder and changes the animation so Blanka steps forward while unleashing the electric current. On hit, the opponent is launched slightly in the air and can be followed up with a rolling attack.
Finally, Jungle Dynamo unlocks Ground Shave Rolling (HP+HK), which can be used as a combo extender or a way to charge in. This move was a super move in previous games, but is now a special move in SFV: AE.
V-Trigger II: Lightning Beast
Lightning Beast unlocks a special move, Rolling Cannon (Direction + HP+HK), which can be performed after using Rolling Attack, Back Step Rolling, and Vertical Rolling. Rolling Cannon can be used in multiple ways, such as extending a combo for more damage or changing positions to surprise the opponent.
Critical Art: Dynamic Rolling
In this Critical Art, Blanka slams his opponent into the ground in a series of electrifying rolls that ends in a move reminiscent of Lightning Cannonball from Street Fighter IV.
What do you think about how Blanka will play in Street Fighter V here and do you like the changes to his moves to keep away from the usual spamming of moves players use? Do you think that the story will make more sense than the little tease here or will we truly see how dull Blanka is in terms of his smarts? Are you more looking forward to one of the other characters in the Season Three DLC? Let us and everyone else out there know what you are thinking down in the comments and then discuss. As we get more for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, we will add it here on the site. Just keep coming back and checking in to make sure you see and hear it all.