For the most part I write each character assuming you’ve already set up the vortex. for almost everybody using an FBA without having comboed into it first or using a knockdown is a 2/ 10 effectiveness.
Fei Long - 7/10. The DP kick gets beat fairly easily, and will just as likely miss entirely, but Reppukyaku cuases trouble because of it’s invincibility. likely to go in the wrong direction though.
Cammy - 2/10. Cannon Spike and Spiral Arrow totally shut down Izuna. The only tactic you can use against Cammy is to bait an AA cannon spike with your momentum, and punish it on the ground with cosmic heel. The only problem is is if you do this and Cammy sees through it, she’ll just spiral arrow you easily. Ultra can also punish whiffed FBAs easily.
Akuma - 6 / 10. SRK, crouch fierce, both get destroyed by izuna. However teleport is for the most part a free escape. If he chooses the wrong side to teleport to though, you can punish with a sweep. Ultra can punish a blocked FBA easily.
Gouken 6 / 10. Gouken gets raped by izuna. Parry won’t do it, tatsu won’t do it, and if it whiffs, he’s going to get killed, and the ultra won’t do it. Dashes will, but leave him out of range to punish, and can usually be baited and punished with the grab or taken care of by the barcelona strike. Gouken’s EX Dive Kick also has full invincibility on the ascent. It’ll evade your izuna and i’ve seen it punish the landing with the dive kick. Sometimes you can land in time and be safe, but others you can actually get destroyed. Trying to take Gouken when he has meter could be a disaster but could be a smart way of baiting Gouken to burn an EX. Neutral jumping for him works well as does jump back roundhouse, so mainly you have to get an EX izuna in the first place to try setting it up, he’s got some good air-to-airs.
Dhalsim 3 / 10. Dhalsim can c. lk under nearly any attempt at an izuna, and punish it after with sweep. Any whiffed FBA is a free standing fierce for Dhalsim. you can punish bad fireballs with this though, and also make his air game harder to get going. Dhlasim is great at punishing this move but not with anything that does big damage. I always try the barcelona once just to see how the particular player will react to it, then i try again. Teleport also beats izuna but i’m sure if it’s a bad tele you can punish it with something quick, if you’re charging you could probably c. mp ex FBA again.
Blanka 0 / 10. Doesn’t work. we’ve known this for a while. Blanka is an FBA-beating machine, just don’t bother.
Chun Li 6 / 10. With EX, SBK will nearly always beat the FBA. However you can easily bait it and punish it’s recovery with a sweep, but if she knows you’re going to try this, she’ll screw you over with a sweep or something like that. She is extremely good at going air-to-air with the izuna and beating it often, so you need to rely on the EX FBA to get it going. If you can get her on the ground with no meter you can usually get in a couple or punish her attempts at dashing out pretty easily.
Ryu 5 / 10. SRK is usually a free izuna. Late Fierce ones have the potential to beat izuna, but can be baited and punished after. Focus is good at avoiding izuna too, but with practice, you can nail it (I go up for EX FBA on Ryu’s now just to be safer). However Ryu can punish whiffed FBAs with ultra, tatsu, flame hadou, and also is good at going air to air with the fba. However you can catch him a bunch of times when he’s trapped on the ground. His fierce SRK has the potential to beat it but because of it’s narrow hitbox you still have the advantage and if you bait it he’ sgonna get hurt.
E. Honda 3 /10 Focus says good bye to izuna. It just does’t work. He’ll do the focus every time, absorb the strike, dash to you and grab. easy punish for him. however you can use EX FBA to screw him over. If honda’s don’t know he can do that, then they’ll try ass slam, which is easily beaten by a fly-over barcelona.
Zangief 8 / 10 Much better than you would think. if you get gief in the corner with an izuna, you can easily beat his lariat during its startup where it’s vulnerable to grabs. Practice the timing, it’s very easy because his hitbox is absolutely massive. Lariat is the only move in his arsenal that is capable of besting an izuna. if you move in for an izuna, bait the lariat, you can punish with just about anything you like. Even ultra. It really arrests his defnses when you take away that option. He’s highly susceptible, you just have to learn how to ween him away from wanting to use that lariat.
Guile 9 / 10 Guile gets owned by the izuna. His hitbox is huge like Sagat’s though he looks smaller. Somersault has a seriously hard time beating izuna. it usually comes out in the wrong way, or is easily grabbed through. Ultra usually only hits once, which resets the both of you, but he wastes an entire ultra meter to do not very much damage. His focus is easy to grab. The normals he has can beat izuna easily though, and he can go air to air, so you have to combo into EX FBA first. After that he will ge towned quickly when his normals are too slow and he can’t jump out.
Ken ? / 10 Honestly I’ve never fought any Ken worth shit, and when I’ve fought decent ones, I’ve never gotten 2 izunas in a row on him.
Seth 5 / 10 The izuna just destroys Seth , health-wise. Landing a couple of these babies a round is just a huge blow to Seth. He likes to do that crazy fly across the screen shit so be prepared to use FBA to meet him in the air. Like usual his SRK and focus will get beaten by the izuna, but if he teleports, he can sometimes punish. Ultra (and super) shut FBA down.
Bison 2 / 10. One of the worst people to izuna. EX Headstomp is almost always a free 200 damage NO to your izuna. It tracks of course and has the invincibility necessary to get away and succesfully counter vega’s recovery. you see bison with EX, you don’t izuna. even if he does’t he’ll just teleport. You can probably punish in certain scenarios, but only with sweep and only under specific timing.
Sagat 10 / 10. Obviously. we all know the story here, Sagat gets raped by izunas because he’s so damn big.
Vega 1/ 10. Don’t use FBA. it’s stupid, no vega worth his salt is going to let you izuna him. KKK flip = No izuna.AlexLKD did show me some interesting stuff though, if you get an izuna, and you’re near the corner, you do the FBA early, you can actually BAIT a flip, and recover before they do. However… probably still a bad idea. you’re much more likely to get hurt trying an izuna then the vega on defense is.
Balrog 1 / 10. again, don’t use it. just don’t. turn punch alone will aalways beat FBA. with headbutt… yeah.
Abel 8 /10. Abel gets owned. You HAVE to be cautious though. If you get an EX FBA, you can easily get a bunch more Izunas. Roll gets beat, (I’ve grabbed tucked up abels before huahuah), jumping out gets beat, and anything else wouldn’t cut it anyway. he’l try to forward das sometimes, but the claws will still get you some damage. You can NEVER EVER EVER use fba on a smart Abel unless you’ve already got the knockdown. the meaty izuna will beat roll’s startup but a non-meaty izuna never will. roll will evade, and he can then punish with COD (no matter where you go) or ultra (again, no matter where you go).
C. Viper 8 / 10. Fierce TK gets beat, EX BK gets beat, EX Seismo whiffs most of the time (but can fuck you over if you’re not timing your izunas meaty. If they’re meaty, the seismo doesn’t have a chance of hitting you. If not meaty… you will get hit).
Rufus 7 / 10 EX Messiah usually whiffs or resets you in the air (which IMO is a good way to burn rufus’ meter but you have to be careful since you’re getting knocked down), Snake Strike will always whiff.
Fuerte 3/ 10. FBA is a free ultra for a good Fuerte. He has an extremely small hitbox. you have to be an ace just to get him in the first place. Guacamole i don’t think will beat the meaty izuna, but normally it would.
Sakura 9 / 10. Crouching fierce goes to shit when you’re using meaty izuna.s Start up is too slow, she can’t use it, and is forced to basically gamble. EX shouoken…? will probably air reset you or come out the wrong way. Nothing else she has will work, her dashes are slow too.
Rose 8 / 10. Soul throw might beat you sometimes. EX Spiral might as well, but you’re forcing her to burn meter for minimal reward which is good when you’re using your ground game to pick her apart. Ultra might beat you but is easily used the wrong direction.
Dan Who cares / 10 as far as i know, dan can’t do shit about it.
Gen 8 / 10 Gekiro gets owned by izuna. Wall kicks of Gen’s can punish your attempts at FBA. I’m pretty sure an izuna can be countered by an EX Wall dive by him.