Street Fighter 6 Season 2 Update Brings Character Balance Changes

Street Fighter 6's Season 2 balance update, releasing May 22, will bring significant changes to several characters, including Manon, Zangief, Jamie, and others. The update aims to fine-tune gameplay and address balance concerns, introducing fresh combo possibilities and dynamics.

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Street Fighter 6 Season 2 Update Brings Character Balance Changes

Street Fighter 6 Season 2 Update Brings Character Balance Changes

Street Fighter 6's Season 2 balance update, set to release on May 22 alongside the introduction of Akuma, will bring significant changes to several characters. The update aims to fine-tune the gameplay and address balance concerns for fighters like Manon, Zangief, Jamie, E. Honda, Kimberly, Luke, and A.K.I.

Multiple sources, including VG247 and Dengeki Online, have provided details on the balance changes from a preview event. Manon, in particular, is set to receive a substantial damage boost to her level 3 Super and Critical Art, with estimates suggesting over 5,100 damage when her Medal level is maxed out. "Absurd" is how the damage increase has been described.

Zangief players can look forward to new combo possibilities, as his crouch heavy punch will launch and ground bounce on Punish Counter. Jamie's crouch medium punch will go from +3 to +5 on regular hit, allowing for more combo potential. E. Honda's butt slam will cause a hard knockdown on hit, preventing opponents from back rolling out of recovery.

Kimberly will be able to cancel her OD Bushin Senpukyaku into her aerial level 2 Super. Luke, on the other hand, will see nerfs to his jump heavy punch and possibly his crouch heavy punch hitbox. However, he will gain the ability to combo heavy punch into light Flash Knuckle and dealincreased damagewith his DDT follow-up on the OD Flash Knuckle.

A.K.I. players will benefit from the light Serpent Lash putting the opponent in a stun state on Punish Counter, enabling combos into her level 3 Super from Cruel Fate. Her light Snake Step will also move backwards, providing new positioning options.

It's important to note that the balance update is not final, and changes may still be made before the May 22 release. Capcom is expected to provide more details on the update as the release date approaches. The Season 2 update aims to enhance the competitive balance and introduce fresh gameplay dynamics to Street Fighter 6.