Blanka is the second Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition character in the Season 3 update, and we now know exactly when he will arrive. Capcom says he will be showing up in the game on February 20, 2018. When purchased either alone for $5.99/100,000 Fight Money or with the $29.99 Season 3 Character Pass, he will come with his Battle costume and the 3-10 default and Battle costume colors.. In addition, his Story and Nostalgia costumes are on the way.
In Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Blanka’s story begins with him living with his long lost mother, Samantha. It is while he is living peacefully that things are disrupted by a salesman who wants to make Blanka dolls. Something does not seem right, and that is where his journey begins.
Capcom has released information about Blanka’s V-Skill, V-Triggers and Critical Arts. These join his Wild Hunt command grab, which lets him leap, attack, then throw an enemy for damage.
V-Skill: Coward Crouch
Blanka immediately ducks for cover for a short time before rising back up. His V-Skill can avoid many attacks, including fireballs. After performing Coward Crouch, Blanka can follow up with either Wild Lift (Punch Button) or Raid Jump (Kick Button). Wild Lift sees Blanka move forward while swinging his arms up to launch the opponent in the air and can be followed up by a normal, special move, or even a Critical Art. Using Raid Jump, Blanka swiftly jumps in the air where he can use any mid-air attack to advance.
V-Trigger I: Jungle Dynamo
Blanka’s V-Trigger I gives his special roll attacks more damage and can then be followed up by certain attacks, including his Critical Art. It also powers up his Electric Thunder and changes the animation so Blanka steps forward while unleashing the electric current. On hit, the opponent is launched slightly in the air and can be followed up with a rolling attack.
Finally, Jungle Dynamo unlocks Ground Shave Rolling (HP+HK), which can be used as a combo extender or a way to charge in. This move was a super move in previous games, but is now a special move in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.
V-Trigger II: Lightning Beast
Lightning Beast unlocks a special move, Rolling Cannon (Direction + HP+HK), which can be performed after using Rolling Attack, Back Step Rolling, and Vertical Rolling. Rolling Cannon can be used in multiple ways, such as extending a combo for more damage or changing positions to surprise the opponent.
Critical Art: Dynamic Rolling
In this Critical Art, Blanka slams his opponent into the ground in a series of electrifying rolls that ends in a move reminiscent of Lightning Cannonball from Street Fighter IV.
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition is available for the PlayStation 4 and PC.