One of the most appealing things about Street Fighter V is the fact you don’t have to pay extra to unlock new characters. Well we say you don’t have to, you can just skip the grind and pump your whole pay check into the game if you like, there is nothing stopping you.
The best way to unlock characters in Street Fighter V (without having to fork out) is by earning fight money, an in game currency that can be spent in order to unlock characters, stages and some of the vast array of costumes. Here is a quick break down of how much things cost fight money (FM) wise:
New Characters – 100,000 FM
New Stages – 70,000 FM
Story Mode Costumes: 40,000 FM
Stage Variations: 40,000 FM
Costume Colours: Prices vary from 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 FM
Profile Titles: 5,000 FM
Profile Designs: 5,000 FM
So how do you earn Street Fighter V’s answer to golden doubloons? Check out our tips below.
Warning: Accumulating fight money is not easy and may take some grinding, but if you are prepared to put the hours in then read on!
Possibly the easiest way to accumulate a few thousand FM, Demonstrations are found in the’Challenges’ menu. All you need to do view each of the characters Demonstrations to accumulate some quick cash. The cool thing is that you can skip the the videos (whilst watching them) and still reap the rewards. You’ll be making 1,000 FM for each character segment you complete so by the end of it you will have quite the bank balance. Also demonstrations drop with each new fighter as well so make sure you keep on top of it.
Each character in Street Fighter V has their own level, and experience points can be earned for each character in Story Mode and online ranked and casual modes. In classic video game fashion, as you earn experience points your character levels up. Each level up will award you 1,000 FM so we suggest playing as your favourite character until your hearts content.
Hot tip: It is pretty easy getting any character from Level 0 to 6/7. Playing a character story mode plus a few online matches should rack up the XP and get you to level 6 or 7 in no time.
Next to the Demonstrations, this is probably the easiest way to earn that sweet sweet FM. There are 2 story modes that players can play through to net some bucks.
Character Stories – Each character in Street Fighter V (including all new characters) has a story mode for players to fight though. Even though each characters story will only consist of a couple of fights players can get 10,000 FM for each character on the first play through. So even playing character story mode on the easiest level with each character will net you 160,000 FM off of the bat. You will also get XP for each character which will help with your levels.
Cinematic Story – The cinematic story mode is pretty cut-scene heavy, but like most cut-scenes in Street Fighter V these can be skipped. Once the story is complete you will get a hefty 30,000 FM on your first play through.
Each character has 10 trials to complete. Completing all 10 trials will earn you 1,000 FM, and is another great way to also earn you some character XP as well.
Possibly the most challenging task on our list, survival mode is Street Fighter V’s answer to the traditional arcade ladder. There are four difficulty modes within Survival for players to choose from and it can be quite a bit of a grind (especially at the harder levels). You are however able to accumulate quite a bit of FM and XP from this mode, especially on your first completion of each level. Here is a break down of each level, how many fights it consists of and how much FM you will get on completion:
Easy – 10 Fights – 2,000 FM
Medium – 30 Fights – 5,000 FM
Hard – 50 Fights – 10,000 FM
Extreme – 100 Fights – 20,000 FM
On top of FM and XP, players are also able to unlock costume colours (that are not purchasable) for character costumes.
Once you have rinsed all of the single player modes to either an inch of their lives or an inch of your sanity, we suggest jumping into online play. This is probably the least effective and not the best way of getting the big bucks as you only get 50FM for each match you win. But hey, at least it’s something to do to mix things up a bit.
That’s it from our handy Street Fighter V fight money guide, if there are some tricks we have missed then feel free to let us know in the comments below.