A direct-feed recording of Rainbow Mika, the latest addition to ‘s character roster, shows that the powerful pro wrestler can deplete an opponent’s entire health bar with just two devastating moves.
In fact, it’s possible that R. Mika will be able to win entire rounds with just a single special move. The video below, captured by , shows how.
In a nod to American pro wrestling, the footage shows R. Mika deliver an eighteen-second promo on the mic. This is activated holding down the medium punch and kick buttons, and throughout the speech, Mika goes through five separate stages of buff (each one marked by a circular ripple effect).
If the entire promo is delivered without interruption, Mika will have summoned enough strength to knock out characters with little more than a punch and throw. (Because the punch came before the throw, it’s difficult to determine whether the latter would have sufficed on its own.)
Mika’s knock-out throw is actually a special move called the Rainbow Typhoon, which is a nod to an old pro-wrestling manoeuvre called a giant swing. It can be activated by inputting a half-circle-back and punch, as shown on this , while the damage of the move gradually increases based on how much charge has preceded it.
In practice, it is unlikely that players will be able to unlock the full potential of this move, because it would necessitate the opponent not attacking for about 18 seconds.
However, in a recent , it is revealed that Mika isn’t entirely defenceless during her promo.
Peter Rosas, a community manager at publisher Capcom, explains: “The longer the buttons are held down, the more powerful her normal and special throws become!”
He adds: “During her monologue state, she is able to absorb one hit from the opponent and can also cancel the speech at any time by letting go of the buttons, causing her to fling the mic at the opponent.”
Street Fighter V is scheduled for release exclusively on and within the first four months of 2016.