Street Fighter 6 beginner tips

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A fighter powering up a move in Street Fighter 6.
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Street Fighter 6 is out in the wild, blowing player count records for fighting games on Steam and being almost universally praised by everyone, including us at Gfinity.

With so many newcomers to the fighting game genre, many may be wondering what are some must-do things to start their SF6 grind on the right foot. If you're looking for guidance here are some useful beginner tips for your Street Fighter 6 journey.

Street Fighter 6 tips and tricks

A fighter wearing a jacket while powering up a move in Street Fighter 6.
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Don't be intimidated by fighting games!

While some of these tips may sound too obvious, a lot of people think that mashing their way through Street Fighter 6 ranked mode will net them good results.

Once they hit a wall, they'll discover that, just maybe, you need to actually follow these new player tips to improve in Street Fighter 6!

Give World Tour a chance

Even if you're not interested in the story mode for a variety of reasons (maybe you just want to get down to business or are a seasoned veteran that has their mind set on finding optimal combos), World Tour is worth exploring.

If you want to dip your feet into how Street Fighter 6 works, there are plenty of gamified tutorials for you to tackle, with mini-games and side quests all rewarding you for your efforts.

Even if you know how to throw a fireball, World Tour Master bonds are a great way to get to know characters, unlock some great exclusive artwork, and what's even better, all alternative costumes available in Street Fighter 6 for free!

Find the right button configuration

Button-mashing will only get you so far! If you want to actually start learning Street Fighter 6 properly, familiarising yourself with the controllers is a must.

Whether you're using Classic or Modern, planning on playing on a regular controller, or with a fightstick, we have an in-depth guide exploring what we think it's the best button layout for Street Fighter 6.

Lily in Street Fighter 6.
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Personally, I'm vibing with Lily

Check out the character guides

The regular tutorial in Street Fighter 6 is a very in-depth look at the game's mechanics. However, if you find a character that piques your interest, don't skip straight into combo trials. Actually give the character guides a chance!

They break down a character's strengths, what to look for in neutral, key moves in their toolkit, and more.

Get familiar with the terminology

Jumping in a new genre can be daunting. Oftentimes the game will throw terms at you that you might not be familiar with.

Maybe you check social media looking for cool combos to practice and get hit with a ton of fighting game lingo you've never heard of before. There's a neat solution to all your problems: the fighting game glossary!

There are over 800 fighting game terms with clean written and video explanations to ease a newcomer into the genre.


Don't forget to have fun

At the end of the day, we're all playing to improve and have fun. If you're not vibing with a character, try another! Is that 360-degree input proving too difficult? Take a break and come back with a fresh mind.

Getting salty is perfectly normal, but don't let that deter you from enjoying Street Fighter 6. Those are all of our tips!

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