Street Fighter 6 Ryu: Combos, Playstyle, & Costume

Learn Ryu's age, voice actor, classic costume and the best combos in Street Fighter 6.

Ryu returns in Street Fighter 6 as one of the roster’s main characters, along with his entire repertoire from the previous games. The older and wiser Ryu is still just as easy to play but also very difficult to master, making him one of the most versatile characters of Street Fighter 6.

Key Takeaways
  • Ryu excels in various combat situations, displaying versatility.
  • Adopt a close-defensive playstyle to guide opponents into corners using Ryu’s special attacks and combos.
  • While lacking speed and high combo potential, Ryu shines in punishers and counters.
  • Ryu’s age is around 43-45 years old in Street Fighter 6.
  • Kyle Habert voices him in English and Hiroko Takahashi in Japanese.
  • Ryu’s classic Street Fighter 2 costume is confirmed for Street Fighter 6.

Who Is Ryu In Street Fighter 6?

Wandering Warrior
Ryu in Street Fighter 6 [Image Credits: eXputer}
Ryu is quite possibly the most popular character in the Street Fighter franchise, alongside Chun Li and Ken. He is an extremely versatile character, catering to all sorts of playstyles, but he is best played as a defensive character. That said, he also holds his own extremely well in a ranged battle too, thanks to his Hadoken blasts. Due to having a defensive playstyle, he doesn’t have extremely long combos compared to his peers, but where he excels are punishers and counters.

Best Ryu Combos In SF6

Punish attacks
Ryu Punishers [Image Credits: eXputer]
For Street Fighter 6 Ryu combos, I will discuss combinations that utilize normal attacks, special attacks, and Drive System Impact. Combos that use Ryu’s combat potential to its fullest and transform his attacks into a devastating onslaught for the opponent, eating up a hefty portion of their health bar.

Basic Combos 

  • Jump HK > Crouch MP > Quarter Circle Back MK
  • Jump HP > Standing MP > Quarter Circle Back LK+MK > Dragon Punch
  • Jump HK > Crouch MP > Quarter Circle Forward MK
  • Jump HK > Crouch MP > Quarter Circle Back MP

Unique Combos

Ryu charge
Ryu’s Super Art [Image Credits: eXputer]
  •  Double Dash MP > Jump HK > Crouch MP > Quarter Circle Back LP+MP > Quarter Cricle Forward LK+MK > Supar Art 3
  • Double Dash MP > Jump HK > Crouch MK > Quarter Cricle Back LP+MP > Qurter Cricle Back LK+MK > Super Art 1 [Corner]

Drive Impact

Using Drive Reversal against Luke [Image Credits: eXputer]
  • Double Dash MP > Drive Impact > Crouch MP > Quarter Circle Back LK+MK > Super Art 2
  • Crouch HP > Quarter Circle Back + MP > Dragon Punch  + HP [After DI corner stun]

Drive Rush

  • Double Dash MP > Jump HP > Standing MP > Drive Rush Cancel > Standing MP > Crouch MP> Quarter Circle Back LP+MP > Quarter Cricle Forward LK+MK > Super Art 3
  • Double Dash MP > Jump HK > Standing MP > Drive Rush Cancel > Standing MP > Drive Rush Cancel > Standing MP > Crouch MP > Quarter Circle Back MP > Super Art 1
  • Double Drive MP > Standing HP > Drive Rush Cancel > Standing MP > Crouch MP > Drive Rush Cancel > Standing MP > Crouch MP > Quarter Circle Back Mp > Super Art 3

Best Ryu Playstyle In Street Fighter 6

Driving opponent into the corner [Image Credits: eXputer]
Ryu is overall a pretty balanced character who excels at almost every playstyle but isn’t a master in any.

  • Maintain close proximity for effective defense and capitalize on Drive Reversal, Punish, or Counter opportunities.
  • Utilize special attacks strategically: Hadoken for zoning and control, Tatsumaki Senpukyaku for distance coverage and combo finishers, Shoryuken for punishing airborne opponents.
  • Hadoken serves as Ryu’s primary fireball attack, useful for zoning and keeping opponents at a distance.
  • Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, Ryu’s Hurricane Kick, covers distances, deals multiple hits, and serves as a potent combo finisher.
  • Shoryuken, Ryu’s uppercut, is effective for punishing and interrupting airborne opponents.
  • Beginner-friendly playstyle makes Ryu ideal for learning Street Fighter 6 basics.
  • Use Drive Rush to compensate for Ryu’s slower speed and close the gap between you and your opponents.

What Is Ryu’s Age In Street Fighter 6?

While Capcom has not officially confirmed Ryu’s age in Street Fighter 6, I can make a calculated guess based on established facts. It is officially confirmed that Ryu was 33 years old during the events of Street Fighter 3, which now serves as a prequel to Street Fighter 6, according to game director Takayuki Nakayama.

Mel Masters, son of Ken Masters, is 3 years old in Street Fighter 3, and in his most recent appearance – Days of the Eclipse Comic, a comic prequel that leads to the events of Street Fighter 6 – he looks like a teenager.

Moreover, Li-Fen, the adopted sister of Chun Li, seems to have grown up a lot as well in Street Fighter 6. She was around 6 to 8 years in Street Fighter 3 and now looks like a teenager in Street Fighter 6. 

Important: Based on these facts, it is safe to say that Ryu is somewhere between 43 to 45 years old during the events of Street Fighter 6.

Even just based on physical appearance, it is visible that Ryu has grown a lot. He now wears a Kasaya, has a beard on his face, and seems to have attained inner peace. A calmer and wiser look means he has aged quite a lot between the events of the two games, both physically and spiritually.

Ryu’s Voice Actors In SF6

English Voice Actor
Kyle Hebert as Ryu

Kyle Habert returns as the voice actor for Ryu in Street Fighter 6. He has breathed life into this character since Street Fighter 4, and he also brings the same energy and charm in Street Fighter 6.

Known Works

  • Gohan in Dragon Ball Z 
  • Ragnar in Vinland Saga
  • Souske Aizen in Bleach
  • Ryu in Wreck-It Ralph
Hiroki Takahashi as Ryu

The Japanese voice actor for Ryu in Street Fighter 6 is Hiroko Takahashi. He has previously provided the voice for Ryu on 17 separate occasions ranging from main-line games to spin-offs and anime.

Known Works

  • Impmon in Digimon Tamers
  • Katsuya Jonouchi in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Masters
  • Queen in One Piece

Is Ryu’s Classic Costume Present In Street Fighter 6?

Yes, Ryu’s Classic Street Fighter 2 costume is back in Street Fighter 6. A proper look at the classic costumes of some of the roster’s main characters was revealed by Capcom on July 23, 2022.

Here is a proper look at Ryu’s classic costume in Street Fighter 6:

Street Fighter 6 Ryu classic costume

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