Now with F.A.Q.'s!
Zangief FAQ Post One
1. I am having trouble executing a standing 720. What is the best way to do this?
There are a number of ways to do a grounded 720. Dash > 720, whiff a throw/move (cr. mk for example)
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2. I main (Insert) and want to pick up Zangief as a secondary. Is this wise?
This is all preference. To play the Gief you have to make a few more guesses than you would with other characters, and be patient because everyone knows of your massive damage output.
3. When is it smart to use Greenhand?
Normally I (and many other Gief players) greenhand after and SPD. LP Greenhand is the one to go with in this case as it has low recovery and can help set up for some mixups/shenanigans. EX Greenhand should be used to go through fireballs as it is invincible on startup. EX Greenhand is also to be used as a combo ender and you should buffer it between light attacks so you can Option Select (OS) it.
4. What is a short jump?
A ‘glitch’ that was fixed for all characters except Gief. The difference in a jump and short jump is a normal jump you press up+forward or up+back, but a short jump requires you to press up, then press the direction, thus shortening your jump.
5. Who should I use U2 against?
Play with U2 and see who you like to use it against. There are certain match ups where it does seem favorable. Blanka, Chun, Dee Jay, Akuma and Fuerte. Especially the last two because their vortex is seriously hampered by U2. And if you are really good at reading he opponent, then DK (Dive Kick/Demon Flip) spamming akumas, Kara TU (Tiger Uppercut) Sagats and sometimes actually in a mirror match vs n.jump spamming giefs or giefs that play wake up splash games with you.
6. I play on a Pad. Should I switch to a stick to get better ?
Do whatever is most comfortable for you. There is no definitive answer as to what is better. Gief doesn’t have high difficulty button presses like say a honda jab > hands and 360’s are faster on an analog stick.
7. I’m having trouble with (insert) character, help?
8. How do I AA Lariat (Anti Air Lariat)?
When a player jumps at you crouch. Stay crouched as long as possible then press PPP (Not KKK, KKK Lariat isn’t as good for AA). The lariat will either trade or beat the opponent jump-in in mot cases. If it trades they will be put in a juggle state where you can hit them with a well timed EX Greenhand.
9. What are my wakeup options?
Blocking is normally the best thing to do unless your opponent is charging a lvl3 FA, then you just backdash+SPD. Giefs wake up is in certain ways pretty shitty. All three of his specials (Lariat, SPD, Greenhand) are HIGHLY bait able and majorly punishable. Most giefs don’t seem to have issues in this department because of fear factor. Most people tend to run away from Gief. If you run into someone who is trying to meaty throw/jab you just backdash+lp SPD
Don’t Lariat when it isn’t smart.
Try to avoid wakeup spds unless you know it’s gonna land.
Stop jumping so much.
NEVER 360+k at someone with ultra/super from fullscreen away. You will get rocked.