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Blanka Joins The Street Fighter 5 Cast On February 20

by Jelani James

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Capcom has announced that Blanka will be coming to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition on February 20, offering a rundown of his abilities and a trailer showing everything off in action.

Blanka has come a long way since he first debuted in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. Prior to the start of the game, Blanka (whose real name is Jimmy) survived a plane crash over the Amazon and learned to fend for himself by battling wild animals and developing survival skills.  He soon made his way back to civilization and once there, he met and soon became close friends with Sakura and Dan. Eventually, his mother, Samantha, saw him on TV and reunited with him before bringing him home.

Now in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Blanka is living with his mother and has been reintroduced into society. However, things start to pick up when a mysterious salesman and offers to make Blanka famous by mass producing a plush Blanka doll.

Here is a rundown of his abilities via Capcom Unity:

V-Skill: Coward Crouch

Blanka immediately ducks for cover for a short time before rising back up. His V-Skill can avoid many attacks, including fireballs. After performing Coward Crouch, Blanka can follow up with either Wild Lift (Punch Button) or Raid Jump (Kick Button). Wild Lift sees Blanka move forward while swinging his arms up to launch the opponent in the air and can be followed up by a normal, special move, or even a Critical Art. Using Raid Jump, Blanka swiftly jumps in the air where he can use any mid-air attack to advance.

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V-Trigger I: Jungle Dynamo

Blanka’s V-Trigger I gives his special roll attacks more damage and can then be followed up by certain attacks, including his Critical Art. It also powers up his Electric Thunder and changes the animation so Blanka steps forward while unleashing the electric current. On hit, the opponent is launched slightly in the air and can be followed up with a rolling attack.

Finally, Jungle Dynamo unlocks Ground Shave Rolling (HP+HK), which can be used as a combo extender or a way to charge in. This move was a super move in previous games, but is now a special move in SFV: AE.

V-Trigger II: Lightning Beast

Lightning Beast unlocks a special move, Rolling Cannon (Direction + HP+HK), which can be performed after using Rolling Attack, Back Step Rolling, and Vertical Rolling. Rolling Cannon can be used in multiple ways, such as extending a combo for more damage or changing positions to surprise the opponent.

Critical Art: Dynamic Rolling

In this Critical Art, Blanka slams his opponent into the ground in a series of electrifying rolls that ends in a move reminiscent of Lightning Cannonball from Street Fighter IV.

Blanka will be the second fighter added to the game as part of the Street Fighter 5 Season 3 DLC. Players can either get him individually for $5.99/100,000 Fight Money, or with the other five Season 3 characters in the Character Pass which costs $29.99.

Check out the Blanka Street Fighter 5 trailer below:

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