In Marvel vs. Capcom 3, this move replaces Zero's midair Ryuenjin from Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, and slightly resembles a Sentsuizan covered in lightning. The stab itself does not hit, and Zero no longer disappears, but after a brief moment of activating the attack, a trail of lightning appears for a total of three hits and knocks down the foe lightly, making it great for extending combos. It can also be aimed in three directions, diagonally up, diagonally down, and straight forward. Zero at times will have passed to the opposite side of the screen before the trail appears, making the move great for crossups. The lightning is also not part of Zero's hitbox, so it acts as a projectile that cannot be displaced by Advancing Guards.
In the Ultimate version, this move combined with Zero's new ability to fire his Hyper Zero Blaster right after his special moves gives him great zoning ability with the Raikousen+Hyper Zero Blaster combo. In both versions of MvC3, Zero after activating Sougenmu can launch his foe in a small knockdown in the corner (e.i. connecting with a Lv. 3 Hyper Zero Blaster to achieve it), then with Sougenmu activated can rapidly spam Raikousen in small jumps for a corner loop.
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