EXTREME beginner: need some help


#1

Alright, I have recently bought SSF4. I began playing with Juri (and had no problem winning), but then today decided to play with Vega. I went into the trials to try to learn some basic specials. I then realize: i have no clue how to do something as simple as the Rolling Crystal Flash. I try to do this, but every time i do, the only thing that happens is he moves back and forth an inch and punches…it’s not my timing I’m sure.

What I’m getting at is i don’t understand how to do any kind of moves with the white arrow thumbstick icons. This move (if you didn’t know) is a white arrow thumbstick back and a black arrow forward + punch.

Can anybody help me understand how to do these moves, or at least help me understand the concept of the white arrows? (the booklet didn’t help me either)


#2

White arrow is a “charge” in that direction. Hold the direction for about 1.5-2 sec, then finish the motion.

In example, for Rolling Crystal Flash, hold back for about 2 sec, then forward and punch. Charge can also be held at a diagonal (ex. you can hold Down+Back to charge Rolling Crystal Flash so you don’t move backward)


#3

another question for you: i just did it a few times (still getting used to it), but does it matter which punch i use? i tried it a few times with a light punch, didn’t work, but it worked with a medium punch.


#4

the punch you use changes the strength of the move

light attacks usually have the shortest range/damage but fastest startup/most invincibility
medium is in the middle
heavy attacks do more damage and go father, but are usually more unsafe than others


#5

hey thank you guys SO much this saved me from getting angry at this game lol. now i understand how to play a character that actually has moves with charges cough not juri


#6

Rolling crystal flash has a longer charge than other moves by the way so if you start feeling like “Why does this move never come out!?” it’s because that one specifically has a longer charge.