|Street Fighter V||+|
Executed by pressing Medium Punch and Medium Kick simultaneously, Zangief flexes his muscles as his body turns red. By pressing forward during his V-Skill, Zangief performs the Muscle Walk. During this move, Zangief closes the distance on the opponent by slowly walking forward. If Medium Punch and Medium Kick are released from the walk, Zangief flexes his muscles and hits the opponent if they're in range.
The Iron Muscle serves as both an attack and a defense at the same time. During this move, Zangief can absorb two attacks, which leaves him with recoverable health. If anticipating an attack from the opponent, Zangeif can use his V-Skill to neutralize their move(s) and respond with an attack of his own. Additionally, Zangief can cancel into his Spinning Piledriver after hitting the opponent with his attack during V-Skill. It is also a way to handle characters who specialize in zoning. Rather than blocking a fireball to sacrifice chip damage, Zangief can use Iron Muscle to absorb the projectile to gain recoverable grey life.
- It is possible Zangief used this V Skill to weather Abel's attack in A Shadow Falls. As all other characters present in the same scene had different kind of V-Skills that do not absorb hits (it should be noted that while Mika also absorbs hits, hers would not be nearly as practical as Iron Muscle).