Ryu vs. Zangief

This match is really getting to me. there must be something i havent caught onto yet, and i cant find a general strategy online that helps. it seems to me that when zangief gets in close and starts his tick throw SPD nonsense…it limits you to 1 frame(the reversal frame) for the rest of the match. i can do reversals decently, but i have yet to land one against gief. am i missing something? is it impossible to reversal his fat leg low heavy kick?!

also…since its so obvious that the lariat is gonna happen when i throw a fireball, is there anyway to punish it safely? the best players can always SPD when i jump in with a high roundhouse. i’ve found i can land a hurricane kick into the lariat every so often, but its not reliable.

all this talk of akuma being broken…i can win most of my matches with akuma, but zangief matches are so hard, that i think hes broken!!!




Moral of the story: If your question is character-specific, there’s a 100% chance a thread for that character already exists. Do a search first.

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Edit: This matchup was discussed in the above mentioned thread pretty thoroughly, too. Go to the Ryu thread and do a search for “Zangief”. I’m sure you’ll find what you need there.




Tons of information there for you :slight_smile:

You can also check the videos found here:


Most of the information you’ll want is in the Ryu thread though, so make sure you take the time to read through it.

Edit: what OJ said.

Here’s [media=youtube]IhwsJB9TwnA&feature=channel_page"[/media] that shows how to beat Ryu as Zangief. Just learn what Zangief does from the video against Ryu and then apply the reverse to yourself.

Also, you need to learn how to [media=youtube]6i1TPQQ_AVA"[/media] period to play competitively.

Those reversals are a lot easier offline.

If your getting SPD from High Kick, then do a meaty high kick cr. hk >fireball and then repeat without the fireball to bait the lariat and you can go for the sweep.

Most of Ryu’s normals will beat Gief so avoid the fireball up close.