Street Fighter 5 Dhalsim Guide – How to Play, Combos, Tips to Play Against and Counter

By   /   Feb 22, 2016

Dhalsim has been in Street Fighter franchise for a long time. He is known for his slender physique, stretchable limbs, and actual fireballs.

For more help on Street Fighter 5 Combos List, read out Ken Character Guide, Cammy Character Guide, and Chun-Li Character Guide.

Street Fighter 5 Dhalsim Guide

The guide details some tips and strategies to play as Dhalsim, his counters, and some potential combos to use during the battles:

How to Play against Dhalsim

Since Dhalsim has a pretty long-range with his limbs, you can easily counter-poke him from a distance. When it comes to offense, he uses Yoga Teleport to close in the gap. The attack is quite hard to read and requires some patience and practice.

Dhalsim’s offense game essentially revolves around moving in and out using Yoga Teleport so it bears utmost importance that you familiarize yourself with the attack and think of possible solutions to counter it.

You also need to watch out for Yoga Burner. The attack can easily create a lot of white damage which can be made permanent with a single hit. There are some characters that can use their special(s) to escape Yoga Burner e.g. Vega’s jumping.

Since Dhalsim is not the fastest character in the game, you will probably get away just fine.

How to Play as Dhalsim

Depending upon the match-up, Dhalsim can either shine or get bloodied up at long-range. Both his normal(s) and Yoga Fire are ideal for keeping opponents at bay with constant opportunity to close in the gap using Yoga Teleport.

He does not really shine at mid-range which is why he should mostly be played at long-range or close-range. However, if you end up at mid-range, you should go for MK as standard poke by mixing it with LK to keep your opponents guessing.

As for standing HK and HP, both of them are good for dealing with incoming fireballs and jumping opponents. As mentioned earlier, his tool to get into close-range is Yoga Teleport, but its timing is extremely crucial.

You need to mix it up with Yoga Sunburst and Yoga Fire and move in quickly as soon as you see your opponent blocking one of the attacks. From low altitudes, you should always go in with HP as it allows easy combos without worrying much about punishes.

Having solid ground defense is one of the most important things that you need to bear in mind while playing as Dhalsim.

However, since you cannot block forever, it is a good idea to use your Yoga Teleport as an escape tool while mixing it with your own Yoga Flames and Yoga Sunbursts. A little practice and you will eventually learn about the present stage and how Yoga Teleport works on it aside from backdash and V-Skill.

Combos

Combo #1
Cr. + MK, XX, HP + HK

Combo #2
HP, XX, HP + HK

Combo #3
Cr. + MK, f, B + MK, XX…

Mix-Ups

  • MP Yoga Flame
  • EX Yoga Flame
  • HP + HK
  • Corner, EX Yoga Flame, Jump, EX Yoga Flame

Combo #4
Cr. + HP, XX…

Mix-Ups

  • MP Yoga Flame, XX, Yoga Sunburst
  • EX Yoga Fire
  • EX Yoga Flame
  • Corner, EX Yoga Flame, Jump, EX Yoga Flame
  • HP + HK

Combo #5
HP, f, B + MK, XX…

Mix-Ups

  • MP Yoga Flame, XX, Yoga Sunburst
  • EX Yoga Fire
  • EX Yoga Flame
  • Corner, EX Yoga Flame, Jump, EX Yoga Flame
  • HP + HK

Combo #6
Short Jump, Yoga Teleport, HP (Air), B + MK (Land), XX…

Mix-Ups

  • MP Yoga Flame, XX, Yoga Sunburst
  • EX Yoga Fire
  • EX Yoga Flame
  • Corner, EX Yoga Flame, Jump, EX Yoga Flame
  • HP + HK
  • EX Yoga Fire, XX, Yoga Sunburst

Combo #7
Counter Hit with HK, XX…

Mix-Ups

  • Cr. + HP, f, B + MK, XX, MP Yoga Flame
  • Cr. + HP, f, B + MK, XX, HP + HK
  • Cr. + HP, XX, MP Yoga Flame
  • Cr. + HP, XX, EX Yoga Flame
  • Cr. + HP, XX, HP + HK
  • B + MP, XX, EX Yoga Fire, XX, Yoga Sunburst
  • Cr. + HK

Combo #8
Cr. + LP, f, B + MK, XX…

Mix-Ups

  • MP Yoga Flame
  • EX Yoga Flame
  • HP + HK

Lastly, do not forget to share your own tips and strategies with us in the comments section below!

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