We know it’s hard to believe that, after seven long years, Tekken 8 is on the way with an expansive set of Tekken 8 characters. Boasting slick cinematics and breathtaking graphics, the Tekken 8 release date can’t come soon enough on PC, PS5, and Xbox.
If you’re excited about what could very possibly be one of the best fighting games out there (when it launches), we have everything you need to know about all the Tekken 8 characters coming to the roster. With this being the eighth entry into the ever-popular Tekken fighting game series, it’s safe to say that there are quite a few characters for Bandai Namco to choose from when it comes to putting together a roster. So, while we don’t know the exact number of characters on the final iteration of this list yet, it’s safe to assume that there will be a solid selection for players on top of the ones below and that we got to test out in our Tekken 8 gameplay preview.
Tekken 8 characters list
Here are the Tekken 8 characters:
It wouldn’t be Tekken without Kazama and he is once again back in Tekken 8. Using his gifts for the better, Kazama delivers a hard-hitting punch and kick, alongside some intense combos and finishers thanks to his Devil Gene. With a lot of power behind each punch, expect Kazama to really stand out.
Kazuya returns in fine form, picking up after Tekken 7’s story and he is seeking to control and lead a war against Kazama. Full of intensity, power, and screen-clearing kicks and combos, you will find yourself caught in a corner fairly often against Kazuya, so come prepared for his onslaught of attacks and power.
After an extended break from Tekken, Jun Kazama is back and as the mother to Jin, you can expect her to play a key role in the story. With style, grace, and technique, she will be someone not to underestimate as she lands special attacks and kicks that will overwhelm you easily.
The mighty beast roars into Tekken 8 looking better than he has ever looked. King’s power, grapples, and pins will easily catch you off guard and potentially end a round or match before it has even started, so you will want to have your guard up when facing him.
The legendary Paul Phoenix returns once again in Tekken 8 with a revamped design, motorcycle, and viable moves to keep him at pace with his competition. Despite looking scruffy, don’t expect anyone playing Paul to be playing scrappy.
With a sleek costume and a set of kicks, grabs, and punches to keep anyone stunned and shocked into silence, Lars is a formidable foe in Tekken 8 and can dart and dash around the stage at lightning speed. He will always keep you guessing so don’t get caught off-guard.
Law is entering the fight once again, this time with an expanded set of moves, tight punches, extended combos, and nunchucks to keep pummeling you until you are paste. His muscles are nothing to be underestimated as his flurry of attacks will often catch you by surprise.
Jack-8 has never brought a bigger gun to a fight than in Tekken 8. With armor that is seemingly impenetrable, the hulking great machine is one of the tankiest characters on the roster and one that will undoubtedly punish you over and over again while shaking off any hits you land in return.
Nina is back with her pistol in hand in Tekken 8. Her put-together look doesn’t mean that she can’t get in the middle of a fight and demolish opponents. Combining punches, grabs, kicks, and her pistols, Nina will have you pinned at almost any range.
Ling Xiaoyu brings her grace back to Tekken in Tekken 8, this time with pointed toes, complex combos, and quick reactions that could easily punish and overwhelm you if you are not careful. She doesn’t let up, so land your hits well and at the right time, or face the consequences.
Tekken 7’s most memorable and arguably best new character makes an impact in Tekken 8 with his classic fighting style, albeit upgraded for the game on PS5, Xbox, and PC. Punches, kicks, and simply having composure are Leroy’s strengths and he has that in buckets here in Tekken 8.
Riding on her bike, Asuka Kazama lands on both wheels in Tekken 8 with her large punches, kicks, elbows, and attacks that pull you close for her to follow up with a hard hit or special move. Don’t underestimate Asuka despite the fact she isn’t as imposing as some of the others on this roster.
The heiress returns in Tekken 8. Lili is back with her technical combos, attacks, punches, kicks, and pins that can leave you caught in a trap and overwhelmed by her varied move-set and combos. From light sweeps to overhead kicks and jumps, Lili is not someone to overestimate with how well she can cover the stage and every angle.
Howarang martial arts skills come back in Tekken 8 with wide sweeping kicks, two-hit combos, sweeps, and powerful kick and punch combos. From being able to hit his opponent in the air to landing hits one after the other Howarang is one of the top in his field in Tekken 8.
Bryan Fury brings his punches and kicks back to Tekken in Tekken 8, this time with a strong motivation behind his thirst for fighting. Capable of landing hard punches that knock opponents back and catch them off guard, Bryan Fury is one to keep an eye on if you are against him in a fight.
Revealed at the end of the Closed Network Test trailer, Claudio is back after his debut in Tekken 7, bringing his classic look and feel. But, he does have a brand new outfit, and hopefully fancier attacks to boot.
Raven and his clones are back in Tekken 8 and he looks more powerful than ever. With a wide variety of moves, some fantastic pressure-building combos thanks to his clones, and a stylish super. Already a fan-favorite, expect Raven to dominate matches when Tekken 8 comes out.
Azucena is the first newcomer announced for Tekken 8 and her whole thing appears to be dodging and coffee. Completely redefining what is possible in matches, Azucena, who hails from Peru, appears to have a dodge that she can perform at any time, which will be interesting to see in matches.
Spotted briefly in the release date trailer, Kuma is back once again with an adorable, yet fearsome look. Despite his master Heihachi now being out of the picture, Kuma refuses to believe that he’s gone for good. Out of loyalty to Heihachi Kuma bases his new attire on him, and continues to train in order to protect the Mishima Zaibatsu from the continued G Corp onslaught until he returns.
‘The White Angel of Death’, Sergei Dragunov is a monstrous figure within the Russian military who specializes in Commando Sambo. After returning home from the last King of Iron Fist Tournament, Dragunov is granted an extended leave of absence – a rarity for the workaholic. With more free time on his hands, Dragunov sets out to enjoy his time off by cleaving through his bucket list, though he sets his sights on a new goal during this process.
The middleweight boxing champion of the world, Steve Fox’s skills will come in handy once again in Tekken 8. Having been developed from Nina Williams’s eggs as part of Heihachi’s Devil Gene super soldier project, Steve spent much of his life attempting to learn who his biological parents were.
After encountering Nina and realizing the truth in a cold exchange, Steve is left without purpose. After chatting to training buddies Paul and Marshall, Steve realizes that he has the means to set out his own destiny before setting off to develop a brand new style of fighting – one which we can’t wait to see deployed in Tekken 8.
Bajiquan specialist Leo Kliesen is a quiet yet inquisitive spelunker who originally set out on a journey to discover the truth behind his mother’s death. After learning that she had not only been a researcher for the Mishima Zaibatsu’s Devil Gene project but had most likely been disposed of at the order of Kazuya, though mysteries remain unsolved. In Tekken 8, we’re expecting Leo to dig deeper into the organization and learn the full truth of the matter.
Like Leo, Shaheen was initially introduced in Tekken 7. After his best friend’s death, Shaheen traces the blame to, surprise, surprise, Kazuya and G Corp. Carrying Salim’s treasured blade, Shaheen is set to continue his own fight against the corporation in his fallen compadre’s honor.
Shaheen makes a brief appearance in the release date trailer for Tekken 8 where he showcases his devastating aerial kicks. While he doesn’t look too dissimilar from his Tekken 7 attire, there have definitely been refinements to his fit.
The spinning mechanized ninja Yoshimitsu is, unsurprisingly, back in Tekken 8. The Manji Clan head is commissioned to track down archives pertaining to the Mishima Zaibatsu, leading him to an old, underground cave. Here, Yoshimitsu gets way more than he bargained for, as a demonic aura surrounding the archives resonates with his cursed blade, leading it to go wild.
After returning from the mission, the Manji Clan’s elders teach Yoshimitsu how to control the blade’s bloodlust – a bloodlust that now guides the wandering warrior.
A master of Taijiquan who seeks to become the Dragon God, Feng Wei is at least looking the part of a godly warrior this time around with the audacious amount of drip in his default costume. He was bested by Leroy Smith in the previous King of Iron Fist Tournament but has clearly honed his skills further in the time since – he was one of the best Tekken 7 characters, so we’re expecting him to be top-tier once again. From his reveal trailer, it’s clear that vengeance is on the cards.
Tekken’s most adorable character (sorry, Kuma) is back, and Panda is looking cuter than ever this time around. Having set off to first find Ling Xiaoyu, before joining her owner on her own quest to track down Jin, Panda’s unwavering resolve to protect Xiaoyu has taken her across the world.
We get to see Panda in action during a reveal trailer which also features the likes of Devil Jin, Zafina, Alisa, and Lee.
Since her introduction back in Tekken 6, Zafina has cemented her place as one of the best fighters on the roster thanks to her spiritual abilities. Back again for Tekken 8, Zafina is harboring the sealed power of Azazel in her left arm in an attempt to prevent the original devil from reviving once more, following the events of Tekken 7.
Now aided by Claudio Serafino and Xiaoyu, Zafina knows what must be done to prevent the worst-case scenario from occurring once again, though the cost may be exceedingly high.
As the manager of the global humanoid manufacturer Violet Systems, it’s unsurprising that Lee Chaolan’s Tekken 8 redesign has been drastically influenced by futurism. However, this new violet-hued battle suit has plenty of function to match its form it’s been developed to help Lee fight back against Kazuya’s oppressive G Corp.
Since co-founding the rebel army Yggdrasil with Lars Alexandersson, Lee’s been utilizing his brawn as well as his brain to try and take down his adopted brother.
The robotic recreation of Doctor Bosconovitch’s deceased daughter, Alisa Bosconovitch was initially created to act as a bodyguard for Jin, though she is later defeated by Lars – the man she clearly has feelings for. After being reprogrammed by Lee and subsequently freed from her core code by her father, Alisa now fights alongside Ygdrassil of her own volition.
The physical manifestation of Jin’s Devil Gene, Devil Jin is a sadistic, power-crazed demon who refuses to acknowledge his ‘weak’ host. While in this form, Jin sprouts horns and pitch-black wings, and markings appear on his face. Devil Jin is certainly the edgiest character in the series and with that one of the coolest.
The founder and leader of the UN’s independent forces, Victor is just as sufficient at breaking skulls as he is at breaking hearts. A brand new addition to the Tekken 8 characters roster for the upcoming fighter, Victor is a suave operator, and the former French Navy legend is revered for his terrifying combat prowess. In response to the increasing might of G Corp, Victor sets up a covert team of elite soldiers known as the ‘Raven Unit’ in an attempt to retain balance from the shadows.
Reina is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. The Mishima Polytechnical School student is known for her lightning-fast moves, earning her the moniker ‘Purple Lightning.’ Though little has been revealed about her, Reina appears to have taken an interest in Jin – more specifically an interest in fighting him. Utilizing a mixture of Taido and Mishima-style karate, theories are already flying online regarding her true purpose in Tekken 8, especially after her reveal trailer showcased that she has incorporated some of Heihachi’s moves into her own repertoire.
As you can see this list is already exciting and expansive and it is only set to get bigger with more Tekken 8 characters. Could this be one of the best PS5 games and best Xbox games when the Tekken 8 release date arrives? We certainly think so.
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