Street Fighter V favourite Grappler returns! New Brazilian Ju-Jitsu Fighter leaked

It’s not Street Fighter without the Red Cyclone!

Capcom announced this week that Zangief will return in Street Fighter V and has brought along a new set of moves. These include the ability to headbutt one hit projectile attacks to nullify damage, he also comes with an array of reversals and grapples that will make him a force to be reckoned with.

Capcom also listed his new V-Skills with the following description:

  • V-Skill: Iron Muscle –Zangief shows the true power of his body when he activates Iron Muscle. During Iron Muscle, Zangief can absorb one attack, which leaves him with recoverable health. If players hold down medium punch and medium kick and then press a direction on the joystick, Zangief will begin to slowly close in on the opponent. Upon release from the walk, Zangief flexes his muscles and hits the opponent if close enough.
  • V-Trigger: Cyclone Lariat – Zangief lives up to his name “the red cyclone” as he spins with high speed and velocity, pulling the opponent in close. If the player taps the V-Trigger activation buttons, Zangief will quickly spin and pull in the opponent. If the player holds the V-Trigger activation buttons, Zangief will continue to spin and hit the opponent multiple times.


Zangief’s spotlight was stolen from him thanks to a leak screenshot from Japanese publication Famitsu, which introduced Laura, a Brazilian Ju-Jitsu fighter who uses electricity. While not officially confirmed by Capcom, the image is quite clear that this will be one of the 4 new fighters that Capcom had previous mentioned.