- "My perfect guard! Nobody can break it!"
- —Urien, Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact
Aegis Reflector (エイジスリフレクター Eijisu Rifurekutā?) is Urien's third and signature Super Art in the Street Fighter III series. According to backstory and supplementary materials, the Aegis Reflector is one of the arcane Sixty Six Secret Arts of the Illuminati. In Street Fighter V, it becomes his first V-Trigger.
|Street Fighter III series||Super Art III||+ ( for Anti-Air)|
|Capcom Fighting Evolution||Super Art||+ ( for Anti-Air)|
|Street Fighter V||V-Trigger||+ (Far)|
Executed by performing two quarter-circle forward motions and pressing punch, Urien opens his arms wide as he creates a square energy barrier which appears in front of him. The projectile-like barrier slowly moves forward while flashing until it slows to a stop, then lingers for a second and disintegrates.
The punch button used determines the distance at which the barrier appears in front of him. If all three punch buttons are pressed, the barrier instead appears diagonally upwards.
In Street Fighter V, this move becomes Urien's V-Trigger. The inputs for this attack is pressing Heavy Punch and Heavy Kick simultaneously. Additionally, the position of the barrier is determined by which direction is pressed. By pressing only Heavy Punch and Heavy Kick with no directional input, the mirror appears about midscreen length away from Urien. By pressing back, with Heavy Punch and Heavy Kick together, the barrier appears in front of Urien. By pressing down, with Heavy Punch and Heavy Kick together, the barrier appears slightly above Urien. A single V-Trigger activation permits the use of two Reflectors.
This move is Urien's best tool for performing damaging and tricky juggling combos. On its own, the barrier inflicts minimal damage. However, by setting up barriers around his opponent, Urien can inflict a chunk of damage while maintaining offensive pressure. This also makes his throws more of a threat. If Urien connects with Spartan Bomb, it can launch his opponent into the barrier, giving him a free opportunity for juggling combos. With potentially two mirrors in his arsenal, the combos Urien can set up and perform are limitless.
Since Urien is free to move while the barrier lingers, he can strike low or get behind the opponent and force them into the barrier. This enables him to set up many combos, mix-ups, and traps. In the corner, Urien becomes more dangerous, since the potential of mix-ups and resets are more of a threat. However, the potential is somewhat limited by the barrier's lifespan:. It disintegrates more quickly the more it reflects. The barrier can hit the opponent up to three times before disappearing.
The move has two stocks, meaning that Urien can create two barriers with a sufficiently filled Super Gauge. In Street Fighter V, the move requires 3-bars of V-Gauge. Urien also gets two chances use this move: one on activation and another before the whole V-Gauge is depleted. Using the second mirror, however, consumes the entire V-Gauge. This allows him to attempt a cross-up by trapping the opponent between the barriers and then attempt to knock them into one, whereupon they will be bounced helplessly between them.
The barrier reflects most projectiles at their user, and an opponent who touches it without blocking will be damaged and knocked away. Placing the barrier above also makes it difficult for his opponent to escape or jump over, especially in the corner. However, Urien can pass through the barrier as if it wasn't there. Gill can destroy the barriers with a single Pyrokinesis or Cryokinesis attack. Other extremely powerful projectile/energy attacks such as the Kongou Kokuretsuzan, (fully charged) Denjin Hadoken, Kikosho and the Yagyou Odama can outright break multiple reflectors and continue forward. In Street Fighter V, Urien can reflect all kinds of projectiles, regardless of how powerful the attack is. This includes other characters' Critical Arts, such as Ryu's Shinku Hadoken and Juri's Sakkai Fuhazan.
- In the video game Monster Tale, one of the abilities that Chomp can learn (named "Aegis") creates a barrier that is nearly identical to the Aegis Reflector in appearance and function.
- In Street Fighter X Mega Man, the Aegis Reflector is one of the eight boss weapons, received after beating Urien. It is useful against Ryu.
- Due to a disjointed hitbox, Oro can stand extremely close to the reflector and fire his Nichirin Shou in such a way that his elbow is bisected by the reflector, but he is not hit by it.
- Gill's Pyrokinesis or Cryokinesis destroying Aegis Reflector with a single projectile when others are reflected could be to keep in line with the story that Urien has inferior power to Gill.