N Ken Thread


Bump… This is such a great thread, I was searching on how to combo kens super and found it. I remeber reading it almost a year ago.

I wanted to bump it, so those surfing the forum can be reminded of its ‘bad-ass-ness,’ and not let it be lost the the depths of the forums…

It is a must for ppl wanting to learn how to play Ken.


Seeing as you were kind enough to bump the thread, I’ll add a few more things to this thread. If anyone else wants to contribute, please do so!

Knockdown cross-up trick. I have seen M.Tsun on knocking the enemy down doing a juice kick as the opponent is getting up. If you do it right, it crosses up the opponent, hits them meaty to keep you safe and allows you to press home the advantage. It’s a neat trick because if your opponent goes for a reversal, his controls get switched, and because of the way the hurricae comes out, even if they input the reversal the correct way, they still have a large chance of messing it up. If you do this a few times, then you can alternate it by doing the hurricane early so you dont’ cross up. Of course the hard thing is to actually do the Juice Kick, but it’s a nice trick either way.

One other thing, my preffered combo when jumping over a fireball is Hard Punch X RH Hurricane, and Sweep on landing. It’s three hits, knocks down, and is very easy to land, unlike the jump in HP, stand HP, Jab Dragon, which can be hard to land on some characters (e.g. Ryu).


Once again Golden-Gunman you do deliver. What are your personal feelings about Fierce x RH hurricane, and knee bash when landing? Also what about juice kick then right when you land shoryu-reppa?


I could see why you would want to go for the Knee Bash in that situation, but I would use the sweep. This is purely as a punishment combo, and so I would choose to do damage and get the knockdown, allowing me to throw a Jab Hadou to move forward and dictate the pace of the match. I tend to try to land the Knee Bash after a knock down, using meaty jump jab XX hurricane, and then varying between knee bash, short X2 to super or a dragon. But it’s personal prefference really.

As for Juice Kick then Shoryu Reppa, do you mean using the Juice kick as a cross-up or to evade a fireball? As a cross-up I would say no, you should always do short X 2 first to confirm it. However in other situations, like as I said to evade a fireball, then maybe, as your opponent may expect a Knee Bash. Still I think it’s safer to use a Dragon instead and save the Super for when you know you can connect it guaranteed.

Oh yeah I just thought of one other M.Tsun trick. If often does cr,short, stand short X jab dragon. You can use that as a hit confirm when you don’t have Super. Just be careful because quite often the funky kick comes out by mistake.


Yeah please, do this is a great KEN thread. I am open to spread the Ken love.


I know you asked Golden Gunman but I figured I’d give my 2 cents.

If you’re opp. throws a fireball, juice kick over it (use RH juice kick), connect with c.Strong xx Shoryu-Reppa. This is pretty easy to connect; even if they block the juice kick you can push them back with c.strong, c.foward, c.RH, hadouken. Of course you wouldn’t want to use this on characters with a fast recovery. I really like to use this against Sagat (O.Sagat has fast recovery so I don’t use it against him).

Remember to only use the juice kick sparingly, unless you’re certain you have near perfect execution (comes out 19/20 times).

I’ve changed up my overall game plan once again in order to master Ken in a different way. Instead of basing my game around mix-ups, knee bash, and rush down tactics. I’m learning how to play defensively with Ken (in casual matches, not strictly playing to win); this has actually helped my offense because it allows me to see opportunities for attack that I had not previously seen i.e. I was too busy contemplating what the other player’s options were before; and now I wait and see. Thought that might broaden some horizons.


why do a lot of people prefer O. Ken?


Better DP (more invincible frames
Better Fireballs (beter speeds, faster recovery)
No crazy kicks. (no “oops” shit I did not mean to do that…)

He plays more into the traditional fire ball trap game the N.ken…

I would not say he better (maybe a little worse) then N.Ken…But really, just different.



Do the Super Turbo versions of the dragon bros even have invincibility frames on their dragons?

I was under the impression that their dragons were just really high priority. (like Sagats TU)


Both Ken and Ryu have invincibility frames on their jab DPs, hence why you see so many people using their jab DPs to let fireballs pass right through them.


Is it confirmed anywhere they are invincible on their DP’s? I ask because I know they can be kicked out of those DP’s during the same points at which they can also pass through FB’s.


While i’m not 100% about this but I think the information is confirmed in the YBH or on T.Akiba’s page. If anyone who knows this stuff better then me can correct this then please do.


Maybe invincibility frames on new characters work different?

For example if you put O Ken DP against new Ken DP O Ken wins clean, (no riding out period) as if N Ken had no invincibility. That leads me to believe N Ken doesn’t actually have invincibility. (or perhaps he has a small amount of start up invincibility but after start up the move is just really high priority?)


Y.B.H. pgs. 8, and 14 Ryu has 8 frames of invincibility for Jab DP, as does Ken. These frames are complete invincibility frames i.e. nothing can hurt you. There’s an additional 10 frames of invincibility but some moves will still hurt you (hit boxes). O. Ken might have more invincibility frames than N. Ken causing what you described.

Hope this Helps.


That makes sense. A DP doesn’t hit for 6 frames correct? So essentially new DP’s are invincible for the startup where the old DP’s where invincible for the entirety of the ascent.


Multi hit Throw LIMIT

I haven’t found any data containing the precise number of Consecutive hits in a mult-hit throw for each character. Here’s what I’ve done:
N. Ken Knee Bash 12 hits avg. of 10 hits each time.
Gief Stomach Crunch 9 hits; face crush 11 hits
Blanka face bite 12 hits
Boxer Headbutt 10 hits

That’s all I’ve tried and I’m wondering if a limit exists. This was tried on AE on dummy (opp. for each was Guile).

The timing for the throws is the same for all characters. The most effective way is to focus on tapping back, foward as quickly as possible and focus on pressing short, foward, RH in that order as fast as possible. I found this technique works for me. I didn’t find the answer to this question anywhere including the YBH (although I can’t be 100% sure b/c I cannot read Japanese). I’ve even held the CPU in holds for up to 9-12 hits. It’s easy once you get the timing down.

I also understand that a Human Opp. will try and counter; it doesn’t have much of an effect unless they also know the proper timing.

If anyone knows the exact limits please post for each character.


You mean counter mash the throw?? I just wiggle left to right and piano hk,hp,mp,lp,lk or hp,mp,lp depending on how my hand is positioned when i’m in a multi hit throw and i usually shake out in 2-3 hits.


Hey, I’m just getting into ST, playing N.Ken because Knee Bash is awesome.

I’m having trouble doing his hit confirm (shortshortsuper) I know the command, there was even one day when I had it down, but now I can’t do it…I dunno, I just do short short nothing. What’s the timing for cancelling into the super?

Oh and about the Knee Bash…I was watching Mattsun, and after a knee bash, he seems to always do jumping short. I know that that’s a good tick into knee bash, so my questions…

What’s a better tick, jumping short, walkup kneebash, or jumping short, crouching short, walkup kneebash?

What else can you do with a jumping short?

And finally, how easy is it to get out of kneebash ticks? Do you need to do reversal DP/counter throw or is it easier than that?

Thanks in advance.


For the super link question, are you whiffing jab?

I never really use jumping short, I use jumping jab so you gotta ask others about that.

I think it is all DP/CT but someone has to back me up on it. Im not a 100%


Reversal move / throw is the only way to get out of any good tick throw setup in ST period. That’s why Knee Bash is so good, it’s often quite possible to win the round after landing one knee bash if you can mix-up well enough after it.

Although you could always counter the tick as opposed to the throw if you think it’s coming.