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"You asked for it! Kikosho! (隙だらけよ! 気功掌! Sukidara ke yo! Kikoushou!?)"

Chun-Li using Kikosho

The Kikosho (気功掌 Kikoushou?, "Qigong Palm"), is one of Chun-Li's Super Combos, introduced in Street Fighter Alpha.

The attack is also featured as her Hyper Combo in her crossover appearances, and is the first of her Super Arts in Street Fighter III, and her second Ultra Combo in Super Street Fighter IV. Kikosho also appears as one of her Mighty Combos in Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix. In Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Kikosho is featured as Chun-Li's second V-Trigger.

Appearance Function Input
Street Fighter Alpha series
SNK vs. Capcom series
Super Combo Quarter-circle forwardQuarter-circle forward + Punch
Street Fighter III series
Capcom Fighting Evolution
Super Art I Quarter-circle forwardQuarter-circle forward + Punch
Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix Mighty Combo Quarter-circle forwardQuarter-circle forward + Punch
Marvel vs. Capcom series Hyper Combo Quarter-circle forward + 2 punch buttons
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Hyper Combo Quarter-circle forward + Two attack buttons
Street Fighter IV series Ultra Combo II Quarter-circle forwardQuarter-circle forward + All 3 punch buttons
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition V-Trigger II Arcade-Button-HPunch.png+Arcade-Button-HKick.png
Details (3rd Strike )
No. of Stocks 1
No. of EX Specials 2.2[1]
Chun-Li 365

Description[edit | edit source]


Chun-Li gathers intense ki energy in her palms, then releases a stationary concussive blast, capable of toppling even the strongest of opponents. It often appears as a large ki ball that stays on her palms that causes a small wind-tunnel effect, all while done from Chun-Li turning and swinging her palms at her target. However, later appearances make Chun-Li slam both palms at her target from a reared-back position, and it appears as a somewhat-smaller ki ball added with a horizontal rippling effect (that also follows the wind-tunnel effect) making up most of its range.

In the Vs. series, the attack completely envelops her in energy via a small ki ball radiating a dome of light, with the exception of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as the area of the attack is smaller and the light in that game is also purple (while the ki ball is still blue but a bit bigger). However, after the attack in 3rd Strike and afterwards, she will be exhausted and will briefly slump.

The EX series version of the attack acts more like the Alpha series Kikoken, where Chun-Li rears back and slightly thrusts forward her palms. The range of the attack is not unlike the Alpha series as well, but the opponent is not pushed back until the final blow, making it much more easy to connect with.

Chun-Li activating Kikosho in Street Fighter V.

Unfortunately for Chun-Li, most of the time, the opponent will be knocked away before they can suffer the full amount of damage this attack inflicts. One exception is when the opponent is cornered and cannot be knocked back any further.

However, later versions of the move (especially outside of the Alpha series) only knockback the foe on the last hit, making it so that the rest of the hits can connect. These versions along with the recent Ultra version are still useful in that there are many ways to combo into it (e.g. juggling a falling opponent with it; as mentioned with the EX series version), especially as its hitbox is so large, and due to the amount of hits.

However, the recovery time is large due to the exhausted slump afterward regarding the later versions of the attack, which makes this attack particularly easy to counterattack if blocked. In particular, the attack is very easy to beat out in Capcom vs. SNK.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

In Ultra Street Fighter IV, Kikosho can be used after a EX Hyakuretsukyaku, EX Spinning Bird Kick, Tenshokyaku, Kikoken, Rear Spin Kick or any other move to launch the opponent into the air.

Kikosho can also be used to neutralize other projectiles, because this is the only projectile that can not be disintegrated by another (just by itself). As an anti-air, Kikosho is very efficient.

In Street Fighter V, Kikosho is able to be charged, with the fully charged variant being able to guard break and allow Chun-Li to perform a scaled combo. The initial activation is fast enough to work after Light normals while subsequent uses can only be comboed after Medium and Heavy normals. Kikosho's main use is to extend combos after Hyakuretsukyaku and Kikoken with either a Crouching Heavy Kick, an EX Hyakuretsukyaku, or her Critical Art. It can also be used to make her attacks safe at -2, or to surprise opponents with the fully charged version. Chun-Li takes a step back while charging, making it similar in usage to Tenrai.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Kikosho is one of the projectiles with the larger number of hits in the Street Fighter IV series, since in total there are 20 hits.

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