The Atomic Drop is one of Zangief's throws in Street Fighter V.

Input
Street Fighter V Arcade-Button-LPunch.png+Arcade-Button-LKick.png (Forward)

Description[edit | edit source]

Zangief drops Cammy onto a seated position on top of his knee during Atomic Drop.

Executed by pressing Light Punch and Light Kick, (the throw command) near an opponent. Zangief starts the throw by turning his opponent around. Next, he puts grabs the opponent's side and lifts them up. Finally, he drops his opponent tailbone-first on his knee. The opponent bounces off of Zangief's knee and lands on their stomach.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

While Zangief's gameplay is heavily reliant on command throws, it is important to have his normal throws as an option. Even though this move does less damage compared to Screw Pile Driver, it has less frames of whiff recovery. If Zangief is going for a meaty attack, the opponent may try to respond with a neutral jump to avoid the potential command throw and be in position to whiff punish him. However, the normal throw will give Zangief plenty of time to recover and launch a counterattack against the opponent.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This move is based on a popular professional wrestling move called the Atomic Drop
  • This attack is one of the few non Satsui no Hado murdering attacks that doesn't have the opponent make a sound on impact. Instead a loud "crunch" sound is heard upon connection of the opponent 's tailbone making impact with Zangief's knee to indicate impact. 
  • Zangief being a wrestler in reality makes his usage of the attack rather odd. While it is never banned outright usage of this attack tends to leave wear on the victim's spine which can make travelling uncomfortable. For this reason usage of this attack is more frowned upon than restricted.
    • Furthermore Zangief doesn't use the traditional method of letting their opponent's body weight bring them down onto his knee in a seated position, which would be safer for smaller characters like Ibuki, but rather he uses his own force to accelerate the landing and increase the impact in which their tailbones fall into his knee, which can cause problems with the spinal cord of the victim's connection with their brains if the landing is hard enough. 
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