Gif animation of Akuma's Light, Medium, Heavy, and EX Gohadoken in Street Fighter V.

The Gohadoken (豪波動拳 Gōhadōken?, "Great Surge Fist") is a more powerful version of the Hadoken used by Akuma, Gouken and Oni. Gouken's version is written with the kanji '剛' instead of '豪', changing the meaning to "Strong Surge Fist."

In the storyline, this Hadoken is a life-threatening technique (though not as potent as the Gohadoken used by Akuma, or some of the more powerful moves in that tier), but the lethality of the Gohadoken is increased whenever the Satsui no Hado is being embraced. The gauge of the Gohadoken depends on how attuned the user is to the Chikara no Hado or the Satsui no Hado.

Input
Akuma Arcade Stick QCF.png+Punch
Gouken and Oni Arcade Stick QCF.png+Punch (Punch hold.png to charge)

Description[edit | edit source]

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Executed by performing a quarter-circle forward motion and pressing punch, with Gouken and Oni able to charge by holding the punch button. The user's gathers dark, focus energy into and through the palms. As the palms are thrust outwards towards the target, the dark, surging energy wave is expelled that results in a punching force traveling through the air in the opponent's direction.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

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Akuma's version is the closest to the "original" Hadoken, largely acting the same in its appearances, with the EX Special version introduced in the Street Fighter IV games hitting twice. In some games, Akuma's Gohadoken does more damage at point-blank range; in Super Street Fighter II Turbo, the heavy punch version can also knock foes down, and all versions are capable of this at close range in subsequent games.

Gouken can launch his at varying angles, depending on the strength of the punch button, and can charge up to make it a two-hit projectile. The EX Special version has him fire two, with one acting as an anti-air, and the other traveling normally. In OMEGA Mode, Gouken's EX version can alter the follow up Gohadoken trajectory depending on the button combination; Light and Medium fires it straight ahead consecutively, Light and Hard fires it at the normal 45 degree angle, and Medium and Hard has the follow up fired at the 80 degree angle.

Oni's version of the move will "fizzle" out after a certain range, but if charged to the maximum, it can hit twice and will continue to fly without fading. The EX Special version does not need a charge, hits twice, and also continues to the end of the screen.

When Gouken and Oni are fought as bosses, both versions hit twice without requiring a charge.

In Gouken's and Oni's case, due to the chargable nature of their Gohadoken, the attack can be used to bluff and psyche out the opponent. Gouken's usage allows him to maintain pressure, punish at almost all angles, and can potentially force the opponent down into playing a specific way due to its ability to control space from nearly any angle. Oni's usage has more power to it at the cost of range and consistency, and despite its predictability by its traditional use, it serves well due to Oni's consistent and traditional Ansatsuken playstyle.

In Street Fighter V, Akuma's Gohadoken is similar to Oni's in that it cannot cover the entire length of the stage. The strength of the punch buttons determines the Gohadoken's speed and distance of the projectile before disappearing. The Light version travels the slowest, but travels almost a fullscreen length. The Heavy version has the fastest speed, but disappears about 1/2 screen length.  If Akuma uses his EX or V-Trigger, then his fireballs travel the full length of the stage.

In Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Akuma's leveled-up Gohadoken appears as a black sphere and sports more electrical effects, making it appear somewhat more similar to a Psycho Shot.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Sprites[edit | edit source]

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Screenshots[edit | edit source]

Attack Frames[edit | edit source]

SFIII Era[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Given the Hadoken's usual blue color and the Satsui no Hado's red, the Gohadoken's purple could be an indication of the attack being enhanced by the Satsui no Hado.
  • In X-Men: Children of the Atom, this projectile is orange in color instead of the usual blue or purple.
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