Russian Wrestler Zangief Joins Street Fighter V


Iconic Street Fighter II character Zangief is the latest fighter to strong-arm his way into Street Fighter V. The Russian wrestler hasn’t changed much visually, but he’s certainly got an entirely new repertoire of attacks to lay down the hurt on his enemies.

Check out the description of Zangief’s unique V-Skill and V-Trigger abilities below.

V-Skill: Iron Muscle
Zangief shows the true power of his body when he activates Iron Muscle. During Iron Muscle, Zangief can absorb one attack, which leaves him with recoverable health. If players hold down medium punch and medium kick and then press a direction on the joystick, Zangief will begin to slowly close in on the opponent. Upon release from the walk, Zangief flexes his muscles and hits the opponent if close enough.

V-Trigger: Cyclone Lariat
Zangief lives up to his name “the red cyclone” as he spins with high speed and velocity, pulling the opponent in close. If the player taps the V-Trigger activation buttons, Zangief will quickly spin and pull in the opponent. If the player holds the V-Trigger activation buttons, Zangief will continue to spin and hit the opponent multiple times.

The announcement of Zangief has thrown the previously-believed leaked list of characters to the wind. Both Urien and Alex – Street Fighter III: Third Strike characters – were widely expected to be the last two returning fighters to Street Fighter V, but now, there’s just one spot left for a returning brawler to clinch.

Street Fighter V is scheduled to release in early 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PC.