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

Street Fighter 5 Vega guide with tips and strategies to play him, play against him and counter him in competitive games. 

Vega AKA Balrog in Japan first appeared as a boss character in Street Fighter II and is one of the playable characters in Street Fighter V. Vega possesses unique fighting tactics due to the large claw that he wields.

For more help on Street Fighter V, read our Ryu Character Guide, Rashid Character Guide, and R. Mika Character Guide.

Street Fighter 5 Vega Guide

This guide details tips on playing as and against Vega along with some basic combos and juggles listed to help you out!

How to Play as Vega

Vega is not only an extremely agile walker, but his mid-range attacks are absolutely ridiculous! You need to rely on his fast walking speed to constantly engage your opponent and charge with your crouching MK.

One of the things that you need to bear in mind is that Vega’s standing HP cancelled into Switching Claw is safe on guard which provides you with the opportunity to transition into hand stance at any moment you prefer, but with HP only.

The key to winning matches with Vega is to know when to transition into hand stance. Albeit a little technical, Vega’s unique tactics and timing hand stance perfectly can net you wins in no time.

How to Play against Vega

Vega’s speed is insanely hard to deal with! He can instantaneously get in range and continue to apply pressure, however, he really lacks when it comes to defense.

While playing against Vega, you need to force him to burn V-Gauge and always punish his V-Reversal as well as counter-hitting his wake-up EX Aurora Spin Edge.

At close range, you need to avoid blockstun and crouching MK which can allow him to chain various combos. Also try to avoid EX Flying Barcelona and Terror because of their insane damage output.

From a long range, you need to avoid the Flying Barcelona using Cammy’s b + MP or Ryu’s crouching HP rather easily.

With a full V-Gauge, this you can cancel his mid-ranged claws into Blood Kiss – this can easily be countered with aggressive blockstrings.



  • Cr.+ LK, f, Cr. + LP, XX, fQCF + EX Kick, LP + LK
  • Cr.+ LK, f, Cr. + LP, XX, EX Kick, QCB + EX Punch
  • Cr.+ LK, f, Cr. + LP, XX, EX Punch
  • QCF + LK
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