Tekken 7 is a fantastic fighting game but its huge roster of characters can make it a bit intimidating for new players. Don’t worry, though, because we’ve put together this Tekken 7 tier list specifically so you’ll know which characters to pick if you’re just now thinking about playing for the first time. Needless to say, player skill is always the most important factor in a fighting game so choosing high tier characters doesn’t necessarily guarantee you an easy victory. However, it will often give you an edge over the competition.
Tekken 7 features dozens of different characters to choose from, including quite a few that are new to the series. To make things easier for you, we’re placing each of them into one of five different tiers. We’re using the classic S to D system for our ranking, with S tier being the best and D tier being the worst. We’re also going to share a few quick thoughts on some but not all of these characters. With that out of the way, let’s get started.
Tekken 7 Tier List Ranked from Best to Worst
Jin is one of the most recognizable characters in the Tekken series, has been around since the third installment. His popularity comes not just from the fact that he’s a classic staple of the series but also because he hits very hard and has a lot of good moves at his disposal.
Another long-time veteran of the series, Paul Phoenix and his iconic hair have appeared in every Tekken game up until this point. Paul has very good combos and great damage output potential, making him one of the strongest Tekken 7 characters right now.
◆ Devil Jin
Jin is often seen as being even stronger in his Devil from but some of his moves are a bit more difficult to pull off. If you’re a new player it’s probably best to just start off with regular Jin in order to learn his playstyle before trying out his Devil form.
◆ Geese Howard
Josie if the first new character on our tier list we wanted to talk more about because she’s quite an interesting addition to the series. Her moves are inspired by those of Bruce Irvin, who does not make an appearance in Tekken 7. However, she has a better mix of offensive and evasive moves that make her a bit more versatile than Irvin.
The mysterious King is another iconic character that has been around almost since the series began. It’s probably safe to say that his iconic look helped the series become popular back in the day, with the character acting almost like a mascot of sorts ever since.
Noctis is one of several guest characters introduced in Tekken 7. The character made his way into the game from Final Fantasy XV and sports a very unique move set. Noctis doesn’t have the best offensive capabilities but what he lacks in pure damage, he more than makes up for with his incredible range.
Yoshimitsu is one of only a handful of characters that have appeared in every Tekken game since the series first launched way back in 1994. The character is quite difficult to master but learning how to play him properly can be a very rewarding experience thanks to the wide range of powerful moves he has at his disposal.
A seemingly out of shape character like Bob Richards may not seem like a particularly dangerous opponent at first glance. However, that’s definitely not the case. Bob is deceptively fast given his size and is a great character to play if you’re looking to take inexperienced opponents by surprise.
We’re not happy that we had to put Kuma so low on our tier list but the bear simply isn’t a particularly strong fighter. Sure, he looks cool and is fun to watch in action but his moves aren’t very impressive. Granted, the fact that he’s a bear means he’s less flexible than a human so we don’t want to be too harsh on him.
◆ Master Raven
Just like Noctis, Negan is a guest character in Tekken 7, whom you probably already know if you watch The Walking Dead. While most other characters in the game rely on their martial arts techniques, Negan relies on his trusty baseball bat to get the job done.
Akuma is an absolute beast in Street Fighter but in the world of Tekken, he’s a pretty average fighter. The character has a very unique playstyle and can be quite punishing in the hands of an experienced player. Unless you’re already very good at the game, however, Akuma is probably not a very wise pick. Unless you want to play him because you like his design of course, which is totally understandable as he does look very cool.
◆ Lucky Chloe
Lucky Chloe is a brand new addition to the Tekken series meant to cater to the otaku crowd. While her design does look nice, her moves aren’t all that great. Chloe is decent while on the offensive but only as long as you keep the pressure on, which can be difficult when you’re fighting against seasoned veterans.
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Lists like these are usually pretty subjective but they still give you a pretty good idea of where each character stands in the current meta. Our tier list is meant as a helpful guide more than anything else so don’t hesitate to play any of the characters we placed in the lower tiers if you really like them. As mentioned before, player skill is almost always the deciding factor in any fighting game and Tekken 7 is certainly no exception.
For more information about Tekken 7 and its ever-expanding roster of fighters make sure to check out the game’s official website right here.