Turnaround is fair play
[Update: This is a previously published guide tweaked for launch day. Get this tech down.]
The Street Fighter 6 demo might have be fairly limited in terms of its characters and modes, but that didn’t stop the highly dedicated Fighting Game Community from already delving into its secrets and mechanics — Case in point: This Drive Parry shortcut, that could prove vital in Versus play.
Street Fighter 6‘s Parry mechanic allows players to perform essentially Perfect Defense against any incoming attacks, by holding MP + MK together. However, once in Parry state, the player can then instigate a dash cancel (“Drive Rush”) by tapping forward twice. This allows for a fast turnaround and advance after blocking long-distance moves such as projectiles and supers.
However, some players have discovered an alternate way to activate Drive Rush, that actually reduces inputs from three (Parry, Forward, Forward) to just two. While several players have discovered this new trick, it has been mostly popularized by fighting game content creator Maximillian Dood, who demonstrated the technique live after discovering it seemingly by accident during a stream.
Here’s how it works: Instead of inputting Parry (MP + MK) and then dashing (Forward, Forward) whilst holding the buttons, players can instead input Forward, and then input Forward and Parry together — This will result in an instant Drive Rush, coming out on frame one, while also reducing the inputs necessary from three (Parry, Forward, Forward) to two (Forward, Forward + Parry).
I have tried this trick myself and find it works consistently.
It should be noted that this technique is best used for gaining ground when not defending. If there are attacks headed your way, then you’ll want to Parry them first before instigating the dash. But if you’re simply looking to suddenly gain ground — Either at the start of a round or for a surprise attack — then this new method is definitely quicker off of the mark.
Street Fighter 6 is now available on PlayStation, PC, and Xbox platforms. You can check out our review right here.
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s and writing about them since the 1880s. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors. Twitter: @ChrisxMoyse