With Capcom’s newest release just around the corner, here is our Street Fighter 6 Drive Guide.
Being able to master the Drive System early will give you an edge over your upcoming opponents.
From rushing to impacts and parries, here is our Drive System guide:
Street Fighter 6 Drive System, What is it?
Unique to this tile the Street Fighter 6 Drive System is a universal mechanic available to all characters.
Viewable at all times via the green bar in the top left (Drive Gauge), the Drive System allows these moves:
- Drive Impact
- Drive Parry
- Drive Rush
- Drive Reversal
Managment of the Street Fighter 6 Drive system is key for victory as the game heavily revolves around it.
Blocking an attack drains the Drive Gauge, which refills slowly over time.
Separate from the super metre found in the bottom left, it has no effect on super moves.
However, overuse of the Drive System leads to Burnout, causing the player to be unable to use any of its mechanics and even take chip damage that can result in a fatal blow.
Once broken, the Drive Gauge takes a while to recharge fully. Once so, players can use the mechanics again.
Street Fighter 6 Drive Impact
Drive Impact is a devastating strike that can absorb an opponent’s incoming attack. It effectively acts as a shield that lets you absorb a hit.
If your opponent is in the corner, you can induce a wall splat by performing this hit, even if they block the attack, leading to a devastating combo.
Try not to overrely on this, as the wind up is very reactive and punishable.
Using this spends one Drive Gauge Stock making it very uncostly.
Drive Parry & Perfect Parry
Drive Parry repels opponent attacks automatically while replenishing your Drive Gauge from each hit.
A Perfect Parry is when you parry just before the attack hits giving you a few slowed down frames to react and even punish the opponent.
Drive Parry is super cheap, only costing half a stock, making it a good tool for dealing with aggressive players and fireball spammers.
Street Fighter 6 Drive EX Moves (Overdrive)
Similar to EX moves from past Street Fighter games, Overdrive buffs up your characters supers, giving them more damage and variables.
You can perfrom an overdrive by inputing a super with two of the same button type commands.
Costing 2 stocks it is rather pricey, but can open up massive combo and damage potential.
Drive Rush is a very quick rusdown move performed by pressing twice while holding down Drive Parry.
Helping to close down big gaps and even allowing to combo off of moves that were not comboable at all, the Drive Rush is arguably the most important mechanic.
From a Drive Parry it only costs one stocl, but during mid combo (tap right twice) it costs a whopping three stock.
Great for mixup and combo potential, try to use Drive Rush as a quick aggro tool.
Practive mid combo Drive Rush moves via training, and though costly, the damage output on some characters becomes insane with this mechanic.
To do it instantly and avoid the few frame wind-ups from coming out of a parry, try pressing forward first, then parry plus forward at the same time. This will cause the rush to start a few frames quicker, giving the opponent less time to react.
Street Fighter 6 Drive Reversal
Similar to SFV’s V reversal, the Street Fighter 6 Drive Reversal is performed while blocking an attack and pressing the Drive Impact button.
Essentialy a get off me button; it allows you to kick off an aggressive opponent.
But costing 2 stocks and doing very little damage, it comes off as a rather weak and almost unacessary move.
This should really be saved just for when the opponent is near death and reversal damage can confirm a KO.
A lot of characters within the game also have a dedicated reversal move that does not require any Drive stock.
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Not only that, but the reversal is reactable, meaning opponents that read you can punish you with a Drive Impact leading to heavy punishment and damage.
As it goes for all these mechanics, dont spam and take your time utilising them via the triaining mode with your character.
By reading the playstyle and Drive Gauge of your opponents as well as your own, you will gain a greater feel for the game and make smarter decisions, leading to a stylish victory!
To brush up a little before release check out our Street Fighter 6 Demo Guide.
Street Fighter 6 hits the streets soon on June 2nd 2023!