With the recent announcement of Street Fighter 6, we decided to look back at the current title in the franchise. Street Fighter 5 is a PlayStation 4 exclusive title. The game hosts some 40 playable characters, however not all are available at the start of the game. Here’s a detailed guide for how to unlock all the characters in Street Fighter 5.

Starting Characters in Street Fighter 5

As mentioned above, there are a total of 40 playable characters in Street Fighter 5. However, when starting the game just 16 are available. The full starting list of characters in Street Fighter 5 is as follows:

  • Ryu
  • Chun-Li
  • Nash
  • M. Bison
  • Cammy
  • Birdie
  • Ken
  • Necalli
  • Vega
  • R. Mika
  • Rashid
  • Karin
  • Zangief
  • Laura
  • Dhalsim
  • F.A.N.G

In order to unlock additional characters in Street Fighter 5 you’ll need to earn Fight Money, the in-game currency. To unlock any other character, you have to pay 100,000 FM. So, to Street Fighter 5 unlock all characters you have to pay 3,400,000 FM. That’s a lot.

So, below are the primary ways to earn farm FM in Street Fighter 5, helping you to unblock all the characters.

How to Unlock all Characters in Street Fighter 5

How to Unlock all Characters in Street Fighter 5

The core principle is to play online matches. Each win earns you 50 FM, which is not a lot. However, there are a number of alternatives that allow you to unlock all characters in Street Fighter 5 quicker.

Complete the Character Stories

The Story Mode should be your first choice for not only getting the basic experience of the game, but also for earning Fight Money. Through completing the stories, you can earn up to 350,000 FM. This is achieved by levelling-up your existing characters, not the General Story because characters don’t earn experience here.

Level Up Characters

And on the note of levelling-up characters, you should also try out Character Trials or watch Character demonstrations available in the Trials section. You can also try out the Survival Mode, in which a higher level of difficulty will reward you with greater experience, and thus help you scale through characters levels quicker.

Completing Challenges

Head to the Challenge part of the main menu. These frequently changing missions can range from very simple to quite challenging. However, they all guarantee you one thing: a decent amount of FM upon their completion.

How to Unlock all Characters in Street Fighter 5

Extra Battle Mode

Extra Battle Mode also offers rotating objectives. However, they do not change as often as the challenges above. They can be standalone, or part of a series with several objectives. They may seem like a barrier to your progress in unlocking all the characters as they too require FM to play. However, they will reward you with a much greater amount for completion, so are worth investing in if you’re a confident player.

Buy Street Fighter 5 Champion Edition

Sadly, the quickest route to unlocking all the characters is to pay-up. Street Fighter 5 offers you the option to buy the additional characters using real world money opposed to earning FM. Or, Street Fighter 5 Champion Edition comes will all 40 unlocked from the get-go.

And that’s it! Everything you need to know to unlock all the characters in Street Fighter 5. We hope this guide helps you, and be sure to let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to know about Street Fighter 5 in the comments below!