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What's the best way to link normal moves? I have been playing Street Fighter 4 for quite some time now, but I always have had trouble learning any combo that isnt two inputs long (for instance: hp -> dp+hp). Are there techniques to hitting the links more consistently?

To be clear, my main problem isn't about canceling or focus canceling. I am concerned with combos where a technique like "plinking" would be useful.

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It's just very, very tricky. The rule of thumb is to watch the animation. The common mistake is to try and link too soon - you literally have to wait until the last animation has finished. Also, some moves just don't link. The timing windows in SFIV are really strict - which allows for a real range of skill levels.

Generally speaking, to get long combo strings out, you need to work more with lights and mediums - so you might jump in with HK, standing LP, crouching LK, crouching LK

There are several methods for linking moves:

  • Cancelling: Most common, where you break out of a normal by executing a special. Same goes for specials to supers, and supers to ultras.

  • Focus Cancel: Where you execute a move but hit the focus attack during it to cancel, generally used in the opening of a special

  • Kara Cancel: you start a move, but hit throw during it, allows you to throw from extended range. Have yet to pull this one off

  • Plinking: Hitting a descending strength of attack almost simultaneously - i.e hk -> mk

Here's a combo for you to try that should give you a feel for it


Jump in - HK

Standing HP

LK Spinning kick (juggle)

HP Dragon Punch 

* you can focus cancel the Dragon Punch and try a fireball if you're up to it..

You'll get a good six hits out of it.

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I appreciate the answer. Is it possible for you to elaborate on plinking? I usually need more help with challenges higher than 20, so cancel and focus canceling aren't my main concern. I will also edit my question to be more specific. – TeeOh Jul 17 '10 at 4:12

You can read about plinking here:

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Ullallulloo Jan 25 '13 at 0:40

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