I’ve just discovered this attack animation for Balrog, I hadn’t been using it before and applying it to my gameplay has increased my overall wins by a sizeable amount. Basically jump where you wanna jump and while in the air you hit forward+fp or backward+fp. Balrog extends his fist southpaw and does a quick downard strike. When he does the strike he gets pushed a few pixils forward or backwards from the ferocity of the attack depending on wich way you pressed on the joystick.
Pros and Cons: The attack itself has a few ups and downs but adds a new level to your Balrog. The execution is a little odd since the animation is so strange, you have to time and zone the attack very carefully. The priority is wild, when it rips out anything in the hit box gets smashed, if you space and time this correctly it will snuff a shoryuken from Ken, as well as any other dp attack out there! It works best on taller characters, better than roundhouse on shoto sized characters, and anything smaller becomes a bit of a timing hassle. The “Puff” movement it gives you was designed to put you in a favorable position and add range to the hit box. For example, if you land a knock down on Sagat, zone your fallen foe, vertival jump and F+FP him on wakeup and he rolls out of the corner and trys to bust a RAT, the “puff” move from the attack will zone you forward enough to land outside of throw or attack range. Backwards + FP is super meaty from the “puff movement.”
-VS. Big Guys: Zangief, Sagat, Yamakazi, Raiden, ect. This is
one mean attack to use. Zone your Balrog into
"The Balrog sweet spot" land a knockdown and
just lather down the pressure. I started to
use this attack heavily on these guys.
When you zone them at about fp range, a
vertical jump with his attack will keep them
stuck in a pin down. It will snuff jumps and
and keep them in a block pattern. Don’t forget
that once these guys hit the corner to swap
back to coming down with a roundhouse, you
can get away with a few in a row especially
on those with no high priority anti air like Yam.
-Vs. Shoto Size: It works less with these guys cause the timing gets a bit wankerd. You have to give more time coming down from your vertical so the fist will connect, Forward+FP dosn't work as well but take advantage of the back version on wakeups. One thing to do is zone into range where it looks like a a vertical attack wouldn't have even the slightest chance of connecting then use forward+FP so it puffs you just into tip of the hit box. -Vs. Pixies: Primarily use back+fp for aerial defense against the aerial pixies. This works less like countering with cr.fp or buffheabut and works more like snuffing the attack before it happens. Since cr.FP and buffhb don't connect on crossover or on most aerial pixies moves this offers a better facet of gameplay. The good thing about going vertical and back+fp is that you don't have to sacrifice a charge. If you beat them to the attack they will start to try and jump earlier and execute faster, I would get out of the air by then and connect them with buffheadbutt on the upwards frames of their jump (gotta be fast or ahed of your opponent). Using this on wakeup is harsh, the timing gets very unpredictable especially if they start mixing up their wakeuptimes. Back+fp is the way to go if you do use the move.
Grooves: I only play Balrog in C groove, so I have no idea if the attack works well with short jump. If you could bust those like nothing then I would definatly consider Balrog a lot better in a groove other than C. The animation of the move, it’s range, puff movement, and priority are so good that I’m going to start praciticing my N groove Balrog to hurrrrt people.
I dunno, give it a try. I never saw the move mentioned or discussed over jumping in with roundhouse, wich was pretty much standard on my Balrog and everyone elses Balrog I ever saw played. After having found back/forward+fp I’ve improved my gameplay by a marginal amount.