King of fighters 98 tiers?


#1

j/w can anyone give me a pretty official tier list in kof 98 ? looked all over the net, was hard to find anything. . .

and can you include when Extra mode or Advanced mode are better ? even though i know its pretty much always adv, just wanna see if there are a couple chars that can do good in Extra.


#2

Can’t provide an official tier list, but characters that do good in Extra mode are ones which have useful air command moves, since those moves can then be used during a forward dash. Such characters are Kyo/Kusanagi, Mai, Athena (in some sense). Some throw characters can be good in Ex mode too.


#3

98 tiers, were something like

daimon, o yash, ex terry, iori, a couple others

everybody else

All I remember was that Daimon and O.Yash were too good.


#4

don’t forget chris and his foward+b of doom


#5

What’s so amazing about his f+B? I think you meant df+B.


#6

I have a master list of tiers (not including EXTRA)…gimme a day to find it.

…that went well.


#7

Yeah, he probably meant Chris :df:+:snkb:. His J.:snkc:+:snkd: is also a bitch.

To add to the list, I think alt. Ryo is there at top tier, too. Arguably Extra mode Kyo (kinda hard).


#8

Kof98 anti-airs have much much more priority. I really haven’t found his jump CD to be a problem in that game.


#9

I just noticed the match vid Chris’s camping with that air move. LOL

But yeah, shoryukens in this game are too good. Kyo’s just outprioritizes pretty much anything.


#10

**[KoF 98 tiers] **(taken from the latest Tougeki-Special Issue # 4)

A:

Kyo, Goro, Chizuru, Iori

B:

Benimaru, Robert, Ralf, Chang, Yashiro (Orochi), Chris, Chris (Orochi)

C:

Kyo (95) , Terry, Joe, Yashiro, Takuma

D:

Ryo, Clark, Kensou, Yamazaki, Mary, Mature

E:

Terry (Alt.) * , Ryo (Alt.) , Leona, Athena, Chin, Mai , Mai (Alt.) , King, Choi, Kim, Shermie, Vice, Shingo, Saishu

F:

Robert (Alt.) , Yuri, Heavy D

G:

Andy, Yuri (Alt.) , Billy, Heidern, Brian, Rugal

H:

Andy (Alt.) , Joe (Alt.) , Billy (Alt.) , Shermie (Orochi), Lucky

  • (Alternative Version)

#11

It doesn’t make sense to me as to why Athena is so low…


#12

A lot of that makes little sense to me.

Takuma that low, Chizuru that high, Choi that low, Brian that low


#13

Top tier Chizuru? Probably some novel way(s) of comboing into the Sealing DM. :looney:

…Eh, I’ve no explanation for it either. Having alt. Terry on the same level as Shermie is just mind-boggling to me.


#14

beside that infinity athena isnt’t worth a team place

imo takuma should be in B and clark in C or last place in B

vice is too low


#15

Chizuru IS that good.


#16

Chizuru has been top tier in Japan for a WHILE now.

Supposedly, in the right hands she’s pretty much unstoppable and the Japanese top tiers have found ways of abusing her “Clone” DM.


#17

Um no.


#18

wtf ralph is top and he doesnt even have his tackle or free GP’s…:wtf:


#19

I’m kinda surprised O.
Sherm and Lucky are that low as well.

As for why Ralf is Damn Good in 98

First one- he can mix up his Larf Kicks. Having two different speeds to them makes it a lot more difficult to counter, unlike later KOF’s. Larf Kick on CH can be comboed into the Mounting DM/SDM as well, for fairly massive damage.

He also has some great normals/poking game- including a great jumping straight A that is hard to deal with.

In other words, you have a very good defensive character, with good offensive capability as well.

Ralf does have a few bad matchups- Lucky is one (he can force Ralf into positions he doesn’t want to be in, and Larf Kick is easily counterable by Lucky jump back D/CD)

While Athena isn’t as mindless in 2k2 as she is in 98, she’s still a very solid character- a bit better then solid if you add in the Bug (removing the bugs from KOF will affect the balance some- I expect UM to be somewhat more balanced then vanilla 98, but that’s not relevant here)- she has good turtle game, solid fireball game, damaging grab comboable into super, great anti-air DM, and good priority.

What is this invinicible Chizuru stuff? I’ve seen some good things out of Chizuru, but nothing that puts her with Iori/Goro.

The good thing about 98 overall is that no one’s hopeless. It really is a fairly well balanced fighter. Even Lucky has his fans, and definitely isn’t the worst character in the game- I’d actually use Lucky in a tourney.


#20

Those kicks never hit anyone decent in the arcade. That move is not used.

Most of it seemed to do with abusing crouch C, and lots of hcb+A spam. The combo into that super is hard to deal with too. Don’t know about top tier though…