Akuma rages into Street Fighter 6 on May 22 (2024)

Legend tells of a man so consumed by his pursuit of strength that his soul and body have now faded into nothingness. Though many wish he were a mere legend, Akuma will rise again in Street Fighter 6, to challenge foes worthy enough to face him on May 22. Will you harness the power of the Satsui no Hado or succumb to it?

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Akuma made his debut in Super Street Fighter II Turbo as a hidden boss and playable character. In Street Fighter 6, Akuma’s thirst for strength has taken a maddening toll. He carves figures of the hundreds of opponents he has felled and places them in the cave he resides, their silence beckoning him to fall deeper into his path of inner strife.

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Nakayama-san’s comments on his design: Akuma now has a more striking presence complete with gray hair. We also used Buddha statues and animals as references for his musculature in an attempt to give the character a more memorable aesthetic.

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Like the rest of the Year 1 characters, Akuma can become your Master in World Tour. Find him in a new area, Enma’s Hollow, located on the island of Gokuento, but beware the effects of the Satsui no Hado lest you become tormented by its hunger. After increasing your bond with Akuma, he’ll teach you his demonic moves, which you can then assign to your avatar to be used in your World Tour travels or in Avatar Battles in the Battle Hub.

As a man who has spent his life honing his skills, Akuma’s move set will be familiar to long-time fans, but the Satsui no Hado has unlocked new abilities. His fast walk speed and long-reaching normals allow him to control space and the flow of the fight.

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Let’s start with Akuma’s iconic moves that make him a well-rounded pursuer. His infamous fireball, Gou Hadoken is back, and can be charged up so that a “red fireball” is released instead, giving Akuma more options upon hit or block. Everyone’s favorite air fireball, Zanku Hadoken, can cover Akuma’s aggressive approach. His dragon punch, Gou Shoryuken, works as an anti-air or as a combo ender. Finally, Tatsumaki Zanku-Kyaku sees Akuma spinning forward in a series of kicks that change properties based on which kick button is pressed.

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Like his previous iterations, Akuma uses Ashura Senku to glide on the battlefield cloaked in shadows. Be wary of using this ability since it can be stopped mid-way by an opponent’s attacks. However, Akuma has honed this move’s vulnerabilities and can now use Oboro Throw during the approach to surprise opponents.

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Adamant Flame is one of Akuma’s new moves, where he performs a forward thrust engulfed in flames. This move is useful in combos and for exploiting vulnerable opponents due to its long reach. The OD version will wall splat opponents, opening up more opportunities in the corner.

Demon Raid is the Street Fighter 6 version of Hyakkishu. As Akuma leaps into the air with this move, choose to follow up with a low kick, overhead attack, dive kick, or to end the leap early. The OD version of Demon Raid unlocks two more follow-ups: an air fireball and an air tatsu.

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Akuma’s Level 1 Super Art is Messatsu Gohado, where he fires a highly concentrated ball of Satsui no Hado. Like most Level 1s, this move is invulnerable on start-up. Akuma has a second Level 1 called Tenma Gozanku where he unleashes the fireball from the air.

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Empyrean’s End is Akuma’s Level 2 Super Art where he turns the Satsui no Hado into a powerful flame and ignites it within the opponent. Using this move close to the corner will result in a wall splat where Akuma can continue his pressure or damage. Empyrean’s End is also invulnerable on start-up.

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Akuma’s first Level 3 Super Art is Sip of Calamity, another move that is invulnerable on start-up! He throws opponents on the ground with their face and follows up with a single devastating blow.

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Finally, the move you’ve all been waiting for: Shun Goku Satsu or the “Raging Demon.” This second Level 3 Super Art can only be performed when his Vitality is low enough for a Critical Art and can be used to end combos. This time, he allows you to see what happens during the one-second worth of nightmares.

Coming with this update is a new stage, Enma’s Hollow, where Akuma resides to continue his hellbent training. Year 1 Ultimate Pass owners will receive this stage on May 22.

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Akuma’s Outfit 2 is inspired by his debut look in Super Street Fighter II Turbo. Speaking of outfits, Rashid, A.K.I., Ed, and Akuma will have their Outfit 3s also available for purchase when Akuma releases, and will automatically be distributed to all Year 1 Ultimate Pass owners.

One last thing before we sign off. With the Akuma update comes the major balance patch we mentioned in the past where all characters will receive changes. We’ll have more to share about this in the future as we approach May 22.

Get ready to unleash your inner demon when Akuma rages in!

Akuma rages into Street Fighter 6 on May 22 (2024)


Why is Akuma obsessed with Ryu? ›

After the fight, Akuma becomes obsessed with Ryu, hoping to awaken the Satsui no Hado within his prey. Ryu eventually finds Akuma's island (known as Onigami Isle or the Gokuentou) and challenges him. The intense battle ended with Ryu gaining the upper hand; in truth, Akuma was only testing him.

Who is Akuma to Ryu? ›

Bison. In the storyline of the Street Fighter video games, he is the younger brother of Gouken, Ryu's and Ken's master. After defeating his brother, Akuma gains interest in several fighters, most notably Ryu as he senses that the protagonist has a similar power to him known as the Satsui no Hadou.

Is Akuma out in Street Fighter 6? ›

Akuma will challenge foes worthy enough to face him in Fighting Ground, World Tour, and the Battle Hub.

What is Akuma's strongest form in Street Fighter? ›

Akuma has killed Bison and executed the Shun Goku Satsu successfully on him as well as Gen, and Gill as well as Gouken. Akuma has 2 even more powerful forms. The first is Shin Akuma, which is him unleashing the full force of his power. Far faster and far stronger, in this state he surpasses even Gouken himself.

Is Ryu a son of Akuma? ›

However, the non-canon accounts in Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist and Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation have put forward that Akuma is Ryu's father. Gouken has always been known as the one who raised Ryu and acts as his father-figure. Until the game canon shows us something new, we'll just have to leave things here.

Has Ryu ever defeated Akuma? ›

He then has his rematch with Akuma and finally claims a victory against him. After defeating Akuma, Ryu returns to Brazil to resume his training with Oro to master his new powers.

Who has Akuma killed? ›

Akuma refers to himself as the "denizen of Hell" and "evil incarnate", despite the fact that most of the time he does demonstrate a sense of honor. While he did kill Goutetsu and seemingly killed Gouken, he did so in a one on one fight, and only fights opponents he believes to be worthy or who have great potential.

Who is more powerful Akuma or Ryu? ›

Ryu has the potential to surpass Akuma if he gives into the Hado. Ryu has a powerful natural affinity to the Hado probably rivaling Akuma's own when starting out. Akuma in pure fighting ability is on par with Ken and Ryu's own master and Akuma's Brother Gouken, a fighter on par with Gen, Oro and probably Gill.

Who wins Akuma or Ryu? ›

Ryu will defeat Akuma and inflict a fate worse than death - Allowing Akuma to live the rest of his life with his failure, knowing that Gouken's teachings were the right path all along. This won't happen in SF6. The game's staples. It'll never happen in this generation or the next.

Is Akuma still alive? ›

Akuma is still alive. Gouken probably won their fight and Akuma, angry that he wasn't finished off, ran away and began training to surpass all other fighters. Next time we saw him, he karate chopped a battleship in half. Gouken exists in SFV (see Ryu's prologue).

Who is the black girl in Street Fighter 6? ›

Kimberly Jackson (キンバリー・ジャクソン, Kinbarī Jakuson), also known as the Ninjastar (ニンジャスター, Ninjasutā?), is a fighting game character from the Street Fighter games, first partially seen in Street Fighter 6's second trailer before being properly confirmed near the end of the 2022 EVO tournament.

What is Akuma's real name? ›

Gouki is his real name. The translation calls him Akuma because that's what the localization is used to. In Japan, his name is actually Gouki and there is no mention of "Akuma" anywhere.

Is Akuma stronger than Bison? ›

Akuma has killed Bison in a single attack. The attack is the infamous Shun Goku Satsu AKA Raging Demon AKA Instant Hell Murderer.

Who is Ryu's love interest? ›

Irene Lew/Sonia. In the classic NG series, Irene is Ryu's romantic interest and partner, having met during Ryu's investigation of his father's death. After their many adventures the two open a Curio Shop together and she gives Ryu a sense of peace.

Who is Akuma's love interest in Street Fighter? ›

Due to her relationship with Akuma, Sayaka is speculated to be Ryu's biological mother in Alpha: Generations. She is the only female character in Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist. She is also the first female character in the Street Fighter: Legacy franchise.

Why is Akuma a bad guy? ›

Oni is rid of Akuma's personal code of honor and combat. As the very embodiment of evil, he will attack anything, and anyone, without hesitation and without provocation. His sole driving motivation is to bring about the destruction of everything that exists, and to slaughter those that dare try to stand in his way.

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