Street Fighter 6 – Ultimate Drive System Guide

A guide to the new Drive system in SF6.

Explanatory Guide to Drive System

Drive System Overview

The Drive System

The Drive System consists of multiple new moves and mechanics in Street Fighter 6.

These are:

  • Drive Impacts
  • Drive Parries
  • Drive Rush
  • Drive Reversals
  • Overdrive

Drive Gauge

The Drive Gauge is the green bar located directly under your health bar.

Performing any Drive move will consume a part of your drive gauge.

Blocking also reduces your drive gauge via chip damage.

Once your Drive Gauge is empty you enter a burnout state, which means you can no perform any drive moves until it’s refilled.

It also means that while blocking you will take chip damage directly onto your health bar instead of drive gauge.

Drive Impact

Drive Impact is a large flashy armoured attack which can open up your opponent to a large punish on hit, but also pushes them back on block.

This is super useful in the corner, where you can get a wall splat on your unsuspecting opponent which let’s you juggle them into the air.

Even more devastating is that if your opponent is in burnout and hit a wall splat, they’ll be completely stunned for a short while so you can get in that super optimal combo you’ve been labbing for the last week.

One they recover from stun, their Drive gauge will recharge.

How do you counter a drive impact?

You have a few options here besides blocking, but due to pushback it’s best to punish their activation in one of these ways:

  • Neutral jump and then whiff punish
  • Parry the drive impact
  • React to your opponents flashy activation with your own Drive Impact

The existence of this move really tests your reaction speed.

You’ll see people throwing these out a lot during the early days of this game, so be prepared to hit back with your own.

Drive Parry

Drive Parries can be held down in order to stay in a parry stance that will absorb hits.

Holding this parry stance will continuously drain your drive gauge though.

But if you do parry an attack you’ll recharge a portion of your drive gauge.

So there’s a delicate balance of drain + recharge.

Be careful activating when your drive gauge is low because in your instinct to parry an attack you could immediately place yourself into burnout and your parry will fail.

Parries aren’t a perfect defense though, you can be grabbed out of a parry, and you can accidentally place yourself into a burnout state if you’re not keeping an eye on your drive consumption.

For the perfectionists out there, you can also perform a perfect parry. If you activate your parry with perfect timing, the game will slow down briefly, and you’ll be given a chance to interrupt your opponent and get that punish in.

However, be careful when perfect parrying jump ins, a lot of the time your enemy will still have landed safely on the ground by the time your perfect parry animation finishes and you’ll end up whiffing your attack.

Drive Rush

Drive Rush allows you to cancel certain normal moves with a dash at the cost of 3 bars of drive.

It allows you to close the distance and create longer combos that you wouldn’t be able to perform otherwise.

You can only cancel out of certain normal moves. Special moves cannot be cancelled this way, this is not an FADC from SFIV.

  • You can also Drive Rush out of a drive parry for 1 bar instead.
  • It’s a great way to suddenly get into your opponent’s face when they least expect it.
  • I like to Drive Rush from mid-screen this way into a grab to catch a blocking opponent.

You’ll recognise these with the bright neon green swooshing effect.

Drive Reversal

Drive Reversal is similar to V-Reversals from Street Fighter V.

While blocking, you can expend some drive gauge to push your opponent away and give yourself some breathing room.

Overdrive

Overdrive is this game’s version of EX moves from previous Street Fighter games.

You can expend 2 bars of your Drive Gauge to perform a more powerful version of a special move.

In classic controlers, the input for the special is the same as your regular special input, just with an extra punch or kick button.

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