Raida as it appears in Street Fighter V.

The Raida (雷打 Rai Da?, "Thunder Strike") is one of Ibuki's special attacks, introduced in the Street Fighter III series.

All appearances Half-circle backward +Punch


Executed by performing a half-circle backward motion and pressing punch, Ibuki attempts to grab her opponent; if successful, she holds her opponent's arm, puts her fist to the ribs underneath, charges her fist with ki energy and releases that energy in a powerful explosion which sends the opponent flying across the screen. In Street Fighter V Ibuki can now control the distance the blast sends her opponent depending on the punch strength button she presses.


Raida in action against Abel.

While this move is technically a command grab, Raida can be blocked high and low (the Street Fighter X Tekken EX version is unblockable by high guard). It can be used in ground juggles. The startup, recovery, and range of this move are roughly the same, regardless of which punch button is used. In short Raida is an attack with a strike hitbox but always has the post hit properties (including unique mechanics of the game) of command grabs.

However, the strength of the punch button pressed determines the damage inflicted and the positioning of the opponent after this move connects. The Light version does the least amount of damage, but leaves the opponent close to Ibuki. This allows her to maintain offensive pressure. The Heavy version inflicts the most damage. However, it knocks the opponent back fullscreen, thus reseting the neutral game.

The EX Special version inflicts more damage and has a slightly wider hitbox.

Street Fighter IV

Ibuki readying to use Raida against Makoto in SFIV.

This attack appears as one of Ibuki's special attacks. Raida starts up in 6 frames meaning that (within it's range) it will reliably connect from Ibuki's special cancelable attacks. It appears to be a Command Grab but actually is a strike Hitbox, however once connected it acts very similarly to a grab.

This attack isn't as popular as her Neckbreaker or Tsumuji special enders or the harder Sweep Link combo ending. This is due to Ibuki's opponent being sent across the screen, meaning she can less set up her post knockdown vortex in this scenario. However it is more useful for Corner Combos, especially after EX Tsumuji as Ibuki can tack on more damage than her regular endings. In the corner Ibuki can create some very tricky Cross-ups that have very little to no visual indicator on what side Ibuki is physically on when her LK or Kunai connects.

It should be noted that in this game Raida both breaks armor (including Red Focus) and has grab hitbox immunity. Meaning it will beat most (if not all) grabs in the game including Ultra grabs such as from Zangief, Hakan, and T. Hawk will lose to Raida one on one. However this attack is very risky as it's recovery is similar to a whiffed command grab and Ibuki can be punished for a lotta damage if this is blocked and the 110 damage on hit isn't worth the risk most of the time. The EX version acts similar but does more damage at 140 and should only be used if an Ibuki player is trying to finish a low health opponent.

Street Fighter X Tekken

Ibuki releasing her Ki into Ling Xiaoyu to blast her away in Street Fighter X Tekken.

In this game Raida loses it's throw invincibility as well as it's armor breaking properties. In return Raida becomes the fastest attack in the game that does not consume any Cross Gauge at a 2 frame startup, meaning Ibuki can uniquely punish some tactics and sequences that other characters either can't at all or have to use Super Arts to punish. Only a handful of Super Arts in the game are faster startup than Raida at 1 frame such as Ibuki's own Yoroitoshi or 0 frame startup grabs such as Final Atomic Buster.

Raida is a much more capable combo ender in this game as post knockdown pressure isn't as important in the same context as IV and both Neckbreaker/Tsumuji having their post hit knockdown changed in some way. Ibuki's 18 frame Dash is good enough to catch up to her opponent before they recover from their knockdown at frame advantage and Ibuki can on reaction still throw her opponent if they elect to Roll after 2 dashes with either Yamikazura or Uki Yami at her preference depending on the situation, meaning Raida works much better than her other enders in the context of this game. Raida is also the ideal ender for her important Target Combo 8 and Target Combo 6 sequences after the Target Combo 3 Juggle as the time window is just enough for Raida (or Super).

Ibuki Super Charging her Raida.

It should be noted that in order for Ibuki players to maximize Raida's uniquely fast startup in the game they have to learn to train their fingers to quickly push the button of choice for Raida and immediately let go. This is because Raida is Ibuki's Super Charge attack and holding it for more than needed will cause Ibuki to charge her Raida thus negating it's uniquely fast startup. Raida doesn't negate the fact that Ibuki has no 0 or 1 bar reversal as in other games in SFXT but does mitigate this handicap by letting her cut off certain sequences and Tekken Chains notably from character such as Bob Richards and Bryan Fury. After some reversals that hit Ibuki she can wake up Raida to catch opponents who can't activate their following action fast enough to be active before a 2 frame Raida comes out.

Raida on hit can be Switch Canceled however due to it's fast startup it can be very difficult to do so. While her opponent does get blasted across the screen the delay between the connection and the blast of Ki gives Ibuki's partner enough time to come in and some allies can actually get a forward jump starting juggle for high damage.

EX Raida is not useful. It has a far slower startup than the non ex version and no more damage. It bypasses high guard (effectively working like an Overhead) and it is faster starting than Hammer Kick but Ibuki is much more negative on block and in general the 140 damage isn't work the risk reward. On startup Ibuki has no invincibility unlike the avoidance of Hammer Kick to lows and some mids and if blocked Ibuki can be punished significantly.

Street Fighter V

Ibuki's start up "grabbing" animation of Raida in SFV.

Raida works rather differently in SFV compared to it's previous incarnations. In previous games Raida mostly worked the same (being the exact same in SFXT) regardless of what version was used aside from the EX incarnation that had it's own properties.

In this game Raida does different damage and knockback depending on the strenght of the punch button used to activate. LP does the least damage and has the least knockback but allows Ibuki to continue Pressure even if the opponent quick wakes up. Medium punch knocks her opponent further than medium punch and hard knocks the opponent away further, but a little bit less than the full screen launch of it's previous incarnations.It should be noted that despite Ibuki not being able to take advantage of post hit Raida in combo situations by herself, the opponent is actually in a Juggle state in between the time they are blasted and hit the ground. Both of Ibuki's V-Triggers can take advantage of this, usually her first was used for such purposes before it's season 3 nerfs.

Ibuki blasting Chun Li's midsection with Ki using Raida.

Something of note is that despite Raida's strike hitbox assigned to it, the game treats Raida as a throw rather than a strike after connection. For all intents and purposes aside from it's combo and juggle properties Raida can be effectively treated as a throw and as such the opponent can not back roll when they tech the knockdown as the game does not allow throws to be back rolled. This can make Raida a more desirable combo ender than Kazekiri if the Ibuki player wants to deal with less options for the opponent, as Kazekiri can lead to three post hit scenarios while Raida only leads to two. Raida is also better suited to end juggles than Kazekiri (though the EX version of Kazekiri does more damage as all hits will connect when used in juggles and does overall more damage than Raida)

Ibuki releasing a stronger Ki into Zeku with EX Raida.

Ex Raida does more damage and gains projectile immunity. Ibuki's stance is noticeably different when using EX Raida and is a first in the series in terms of visuals. Ibuki lunges forward with her elbow out, if it connects Ibuki strikes the opponent. She then proceeds to turn 90° and uses her free hand to blast even stronger Ki into the midsection of her opponent. The resulting blast knocks her opponent away in a distance that is somewhere between her MP and HP knockback, meaning in normal situations Ibuki can not take advantage of the hit without the help of a V-Triggers. However using them in tandem with either V-Trigger can help if Ibuki doesn't have access to her Critical Art and the player is trying to score a KO.


  • The OMEGER version of EX Raida and SFXT version of EX Raida might be predecessors of the SFV EX equivalent, as both have Ibuki move forward. The OMEGA version works more similarly but the Raida attack comes out regardless if Ibuki makes contact with her opponent.
  • Raida occasionally draws comparison's to Scorpion's from Mortal Kombat spear throw where he says "GET OVER HERE!". While Ibuki doesn't pull her opponent in, when she catches an opponent's extended Hurtbox with Raida it can look like they teleported in front of her. This is most noticeable with Dhalsim's extended limb attacks.
  • The Street Fighter X Tekken version of Raida is the fastest non Super Art/Ultra Combo/Critical Art/Mighty Combo attack Ibuki has ever had access to at one point at another. The second fastest is Ibuki's light kick Kazekiri in V at 3 frames.
    • It is also the fastest special attack in said game. Though ironically the EX version is one of the slowest EX attacks in the same game.
      • This also means Raida at one point or another has both been Ibuki's fastest and slowest attacks.
  • Linn Kurosawa (who Ibuki is often thought to be based on) has an attack that appears similar to Raida.
  • Before SFV Raida didn't have the typical strike hitbox effect when Ibuki's Ki launched her opponent way. It was added in said game.
  • Ibuki's Universus card "Energy Charge" sees her do the pose that she does in SFV while lunging when she is using EX Raida.



Street Fighter III series

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