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Top Tekken 7 Characters for Beginners

23 Feb , 2018  



Written by: Jon Scarr

When first starting out, choosing a character in Tekken 7 can be a daunting task. There are many things that you must take into consideration. I’ve put together a list of some characters that are great for those just starting out. Read about the top Tekken 7 Characters for Beginners.

Include are character strengths and weaknesses, along with some background info. In no particular order here are my top seven Tekken 7 characters for beginners.

Katarina Alves

First debut: Tekken 7

Strengths – Easy to utilize, good range of attacks, excellent selection of pokes,

Katarina is an aggressive and sassy-mouthed talker who lost both her parents at a young age. After spending several years in an orphanage, she was adopted by Gigas before turning into a super humanoid. Katarina is one of the most basic and easy to use characters in Tekken 7.

Her attacks have a good range and do a solid amount of damage. Though, she is sorely lacking in defense, and has a hard time maintaining her distance from her opponent. In turn, this makes her extremely susceptible to being pressured by offense-heavy fighters.

Weaknesses – Lacking in defense, unable to perform backflip, launchers leave her vulnerable

Claudio Serafino

First debut: Tekken 7

Strengths – Great homing moves, unpredictable and intimidating, relatively fast

Claudio is the de factor leader of the Archers of Sirius. This group of exorcists have been banishing supernatural entities since ancient times. He is somewhat sarcastic and cocky and shows his sinister side towards his main targets. Claudio is noticeably muscular but is somewhat leaner, and bears a massive tattoo on his right arm.

He has a small but solid move set, and is relatively fast. His style is solid and provides good damage and effectiveness. However, he does suffer from a lack of mix ups and low attacks. Even so, Claudio is easy to pick up and play without too much trouble.

Weaknesses – Limited poking game, small move set, lack of mix ups and low attacks

Bob Richards

First debut: Tekken 6

Strengths – One of the best wall games in Tekken 7, well-rounded playstyle, extremely strong poking game.

Bob is one of the most well-rounded characters in Tekken 7. This allows players of all skill levels to play Bob with a variety of different playstyles. Bob has an extremely strong poking game and some hard hitting lows.

You can easily close the distance between you and your opponent using Bob’s command dash. Along with safe mids, Bob can be an unsuspecting dangerous foe.

Weaknesses – Above average damage output, relies on a counter hit to launch, slow standing launchers.

Alisa Bosconovitch

First debut: Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion

Strengths – Excellent stepping and homing moves, most attacks are very powerful and fast, fast pokes and good low attacks.

Unlike most robots, Alisa possesses emotions and acts more human than robot. She is modeled after Bosconovitch’s own lost daughter. Her fighting capabilities are extremely high. Alisa is a poke orient character with a strong sidestep that is perfect for those who are looking to play a slow and precisely paced game.

Alicia possess one of the most powerful homing moves in the game, which does a fantastic job of discouraging her opponent to step. Furthermore, Alisa has a ranged attack that deals out some serious damage. If blocked, it leaves the opponent at a heavy disadvantage.

Weaknesses – Some moves can be tricky to pull off, risky play needed to make a comeback against opponents, long range attacks can be side stepped, poking game offers low damage.


First debut: Tekken 7

Strengths – Moves are designed to rush opponent and make them panic, strong Overkill that can takeaway almost half opponent’s health,

Gigas is the step-father of Katarina Alves and is a large red male behemoth creature. His helmet consists of six eyes and a matching black steel collar. Gigas is more animalistic than human as he is only able to make grunts, shouts and gurgles.

He is great at putting the pressure on his opponents and becomes incredibly dangerous when he gets his opponent against the wall. Moreover, he has a broad attack range and can air-grab his opponents.

Weaknesses – Moves are predictable and slow, hard to make a comeback, backdash and sidesteps ineffective

Asuka Kazama

First debut: Tekken 5

Strengths – Excellent arsenal of panic moves, strong counter hit game, devastating whiff punisher.

Mysteriously connected to Jin Kazama, Asuka is great at keeping opponents at a distance with ranged mids and lows. Thanks to her panic moves, opponents will find it hard to get hits on her if they manage to make it through her keep out. This makes her a mostly defensive character.

She has arguably the best reversal and keep-out games in Tekken 7. This makes Asuka perfect for those looking for a character who not only easy to play but defensively effective as well.

Weaknesses – One of the worst While Standing and jab punishers in the game, struggles against defensive players


First debut: Tekken 7

Strengths – Only a few solid hits are needed to destroy your enemy, wide range on most moves, good pokes and throws

Built and developed by the G Corporation in an attempt to create the ultimate next-generation humanoid. Jack-7 features a huge and powerful fighter build. Good timing is required to effectively use Jack-7 against opponents.

Most if not all of Jack-7’s punishers can hit from very far away, making him a formidable foe.
His giant robotic upper body gives him amazing swiping range and some extremely useful lows.

Weaknesses – Slow moving, limited moveset, predictable

About the Author: Jon Scarr

Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.

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