There is no game that is such a clear and iconic ambassador of its genre like Tekken. The franchise has consistently been a pillar of the fighting game community for decades now.
Its latest iteration Tekken 7, which released for arcades along with multiple home consoles, stands as arguably the best competitive fighting game in the industry today.
One of Tekken 7’s main draws for casual and competitive players alike is how simple, yet balanced the gameplay and characters are.
This is one fighting game where pro players have no problem saying, “You can play whichever character you want because your skill determines how much you win”. This rings true and is a testament to the game’s perfect balance of fighters.
This doesn’t mean that a tier list isn’t possible for this game, however. On the contrary, we can rank fighters based on their performance in tournaments and data from thousands of matches online.
That’s just what you’re getting, so read on to see our latest tier list for Tekken 7.
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How To Win More Games In Tekken 7
As mentioned earlier, the fighters’ rankings don’t matter as much as the skill and familiarity of the players using them. Tekken is a well-balanced and technical fighting game that you can make any character shine with enough practice.
For this reason, we’ll provide a list of popular terms with their meanings in Tekken (and the fighting game genre). The last section of this article also gives some tips to help you get started in mastering the competitive aspect of Tekken 7.
Popular Terms in Tekken
- Frames – A unit of time used to measure how fast certain moves are executed by the fighter. There are a few cases in tournaments where the winner wins a match because they used a move with fewer frames (the move will connect faster).
- Juggle – A term often used in the fighting game community. It is the action of hitting your opponent while they are suspended in midair (making blocks impossible).
- Launch – Refers to the act of striking your opponent so they get up in the air in preparation for a juggle.
- Punish – Taking advantage of an opponent’s mistakes (usually a missed strike, grab, or poor positioning). The best players can instantly capitalize on the other player’s missteps.
- Poke – Poking is like jabbing in boxing. It’s used as a quick, low-damage move that can gauge the opponent’s position, disrupt a combo, or set up a combo of your own.
- Pushback – The distance a fighter moves back after a successful block. If you’re on the offensive, using moves that have great pushback can prevent the opponent from punishing you.
- Tech – “Teching” is a popular skill in fighting games wherein you cancel some frames by hitting punch or kick at the right time. The best example of this is teching before hitting the ground to get up faster, avoiding the enemy continuation.
- Wall splat/walling – Refers to a situation wherein a fighter is pinned to the edge of the arena, therefore making them more vulnerable to chain combos and juggles.
Tips To Get Better In Tekken 7
1. Master Proper Movement and Positioning
In Tekken, the stationary fighter is at a disadvantage. It’s easy for the opponent to overwhelm you with combos if you’re not moving out of the way. It’s important to practice proper distance relative to the fighter you want to main as.
This is a basic skill with compound benefits in the long run because it’s useful for avoiding damage and setting up combos.
2. Choose Whoever You Want, But Make Sure To Practice
Before pro players were dominating tournaments, they spend long hours in Tekken 7’s Practice Mode.
If you’re a beginner, this mode will help you get comfortable with your main fighter’s move set. As you gain experience, you’ll find yourself practicing more technical concepts to see how they would fit in a real match.
3. Take Advantage Of The Rage System
Tekken 7’s Rage system ensures that no fighter is ever out of the match, no matter how low their health is.
Once your fighter’s health dips below 20% they’ll enter Rage mode. In this mode, you can either do a Rage Art or a Rage Drive. The former are huge special moves that do a lot of damage (provided your opponent hasn’t blocked them), while the latter are complex moves used as combo starters, or defensive bolsters to whittle away your opponent’s health.
4. Don’t Be Afraid To Challenge Other People
After all, what’s the worst that could happen?
You’ll lose – that’s it.
With each loss, you’re learning something new that you can apply in practice or in other matches. The bottom line is, it’s extremely difficult to ascend to the top tier of players by just beating the computer AI over and over again.
Many people would say that Tekken has a high skill cap; this is true. But it doesn’t mean that it’s not accessible to beginners as well.
With the tier list as a primary reference and some of the tips to guide you, you’ll be ready to start your journey to the top of the Tekken 7 leaderboards.