Blanka, the Warrior of the Amazon, is heading to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition on Feb. 20.
This announcement, which marks the second character release of Season 3, launched alongside a new gameplay trailer featuring Blanka’s brutal fighting techniques. Having first appeared in Street Fighter II, Blanka (born Jimmy) survived a plane crash over the Amazon and was quickly forced to learn how to fend for himself by fighting off wild animals and developing survival skills. Eventually, Blanka made his way to civilization where he met Sakura and Dan and developed a deep friendship with them. One day, Blanka’s mother, Samantha, saw Blanka on TV and fought to finally bring him home.
In Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Blanka is living peacefully with his mother. One day, a salesman approaches Blanka and asks to make him famous by mass producing a doll made in Blanka’s likeness. According to Capcom what happens next is for players to find out in his character story mode.
Blanka’s gameplay remains just as animalistic as it was in Street Fighter II and will see him scratching, leaping, chomping and pummeling opponents as he charges his signature Electric Thunder attack. New to Blanka’s skill set is a command grab called Wild Hunt, which will see Blanka leaping forward, viciously scratching his opponent before throwing them away from him.
Blanka’s V-Skill is Coward Crouch, which is essentially a duck-for-cover that sets him up for a follow-up attack such as Wild Lift or Raid Jump. His V-Trigger I is Jungle Dynamo which turns Blanka into a spinning ball of electricity. His second V-Trigger is Lightning Beast and this form unlocks a special move called Rolling Cannon, which allows for extended combos and changing positions. Blanka’s Critical Art, Dynamic Rolling, sees Blanka slamming his opponent into the ground in a series of electric rolls.
Blanka is available Feb. 20 individually for $5.99 or 100,000 Fight Money, or as part of the Season 3 Character Pass which can be purchased for $29.99–this pass unlock Sakura, Falke, Cody, G and Sagat as they are released. If you purchase Blanka as part of the Season 3 Character Pass, or with real money, your purchase will come with his Battle Costume with colors 3-10 and default costume colors 3-10.