Speed Freak achievement in StreetFighter IV

Speed Freak

Finish each round in Arcade Mode on Medium or higher in 20 seconds or less. Too easy.

Speed Freak+0.1
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How to unlock the Speed Freak achievement

  • Dr LipschitzDr Lipschitz286,474
    30 Apr 2010 30 Apr 2010 01 May 2010
    43 4 10
    PATIENCE is key, be prepared to see a lot of loading screens.

    Recommended settings:

    Medium
    1 round
    99 seconds (Extremely beneficial, DO NOT pick 30 seconds or even 60, if you do you may need to replace your controller(s))
    Bonus Stages OFF
    Match Request OFF

    Pick your best character, or Zangief. I personally used Zangief because I'm shameless when fighting CPUs. Although it's hard to resist pile-driving your opponents over and over the amount of damage to the amount of time spent in the animation makes it very inefficient for this achievement; the reason you would want to use Zangief is purely for Lariat abuse against the CPU; Flying Body Press (optional) -> Lariat -> Lariat -> Lariat etc. all the way through arcade will eventually get you a quick win against any and all opponents, especially Seth.

    The most important thing to know when going for this achievement is that it's OK to lose a round and continue! If you fail to pummel your opponent before the 78 second mark (finishing with 79 seconds left is the absolute latest you can win a match to remain eligible) just keeping walking straight into the CPU and let them finish you off, pick your character again and keep going at it. If you pick any amount of time LESS than 99 you're not doing yourself any favors, should you fail to kill your opponent in less than 20 seconds one of the rounds you will want to to give as much time as possible to the CPU to poke you to death, especially if you're using a character with high vitality such as Zangief. The last thing you want to do is accidentally win by time running out.

    It may take many tries for any CPU to co-operate and you may have to waste precious seconds of time blocking/avoiding ultra maneuvers but unless your opponent is stunned always use caution when approaching them or attacking after they sustain enough damage to unleash an ultra because the amount of time it would take for the animation to finish and for you to reposition yourself is always longer than it would take to just sit back and block/avoid it. Obviously, prior experience will help greatly in knowing exactly what you need to look out for, for example if you're fighting Ryu or Dhalsim with their U1 and you're Lariat spamming just keep at it relentlessly, you should have no worries considering you'll spin right through their projectile and land another hit on them.

    If you get your opponent very near death and with only a second left to spare don't panic and just do yourself a favor, throw the match in their favor and try again. If you ended up accidentally chipping an opponent even a second late you'd effectively nullify your eligibility for the achievement and you'd have to do everything over again.


    Also, although I don't recommend it and it isn't necessary you can switch characters after continuing at will and still get the achievement. The only practical use is if you're having trouble beating a particular character in time (such as T. Hawk and his massive vitality gauge) you can switch characters, lose, then switch back to your original choice and you should be facing an entirely different person while still maintaining your wins/time up to that point.


    If you've got the patience it's a very simple achievement to get, happy hunting.

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    Sailor NovisThat was far more easy to do. as I expected!
    Took me 30min with Zangief and some of my own characters (Ryu, Ibuki) to unlock the achievement.
    2nd try on Seth. Definetely an easy one.
    Posted by Sailor Novis on 07 Mar 12 at 22:36
    Smoky BrennethIts an average, not round by round. So if, for example, you beat the first 2 opponents in 10 seconds, it gives you leeway for the remainder of the the battles, hope this helps - PP70
    Posted by Smoky Brenneth on 17 Jun 14 at 23:01
    MattiasAndersonBeat all of them with 79 sec left or better except seth who I beat at 76 left and got the achievement.
    Posted by MattiasAnderson on 14 Jul 19 at 21:56
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  • Pukey UKPukey UK295,370
    19 May 2010 19 May 2010
    14 2 2
    OK, to confirm a few people that have mentioned it:

    It counts an average time - so not ALL rounds have to be less than 20 seconds.

    i went through the first 7 battles in an average time of about 17 seconds (83 seconds left on counter most of the time).

    When I fought Seth I defeated him with 68 seconds left on the counter and the achievement popped up...

    So I guess I could of actually defeated him in 41 seconds (20 + 3seconds x 7rds).

    This should help a lot of people with this achievement as Seth is very hard to beat in under 20 seconds!
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    lilazntim427YEs this is true and it happened with me but seth does actually give extra second time
    Posted by lilazntim427 on 25 Jun 10 at 22:18
    KanchanaburiI did 85 85 87 81 81 83 85 and when I killed Seth it was 71. And I got it.
    Posted by Kanchanaburi on 29 Jan 15 at 23:03
  • XzenoXzeno121,025
    18 Dec 2010 19 Dec 2010
    12 2 0
    This is the Video I made on how to get the Achievement Speed Freak for Super Street Fighter IV. (Sorry for the obvious as I'm posting in the area to submit tutorials for this achievement but I have to use at least 25 words or TA won't let me submit)
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