If you’re new to the Tekken series, it’s very understandable that you’d be confused by the game’s ranking system. The terms might be a bit weird and you may not fully understand what a Kyu or a Dan is – which is why I made this simple guide to try and teach you the basics of Tekken 7’s ranking system. In Tekken 7 you’re given two different ranks, one offline rank and one online rank. The offline rank obviously representing how well you do in offline matches and the online rank representing how well you do in online matches. When playing online, you can participate in ranked matches, and depending on how you do in these matches, your will eventually be either be promoted or demoted.

Simple enough, right? Well, it also depends on the rank of the person that you’re going against in each particular match. In the settings menu for online match ups, you can select what level of player you want to go against: ±2 only, ±3 only, ±3 preferred or any. The ± meaning that it’ll either be someone who is above your rank or below it and the number signifying how much more above or below the other person’s rank may be. Now, you may be thinking; ”I’m just gonna set it to any and keep beating up really high level players so that I’ll rank up in no time!” But it’s not quite that simple.

The amount of points that you’ll get from winning a match depends on your opponents rank. Not everyone is equal in the world of Tekken 7 so you should choose your match ups carefully if you want to rank up fast. You’ll gain the most points for playing against people who are the same rank as you. Playing against someone who is 1 rank above or 1 rank below comes next, playing against someone who is 2 ranks above or below gives you half of that and playing against someone who is 3 ranks above or below will give you half of that half. Meaning that playing against someone who is the same rank as you gives you one point, playing against someone who is ±1 gives you half a point, playing against someone who is ±2 gives you a fourth of a point and playing against someone who is ±3 gives you an eighth of a point. Meaning that the fastest way to rank up is to play against people who are the exact same rank as you, as you’ll gain one whole point each match as long as you can actually win them.

The next best thing being beating up people who are 1 rank above or below. Do you absolutely have to do it that way? Of course not! In the end, it’s all up to you who you decide to duke it out with. Like I said however, assuming that you can win against the people that are of equal rank, it would be the fastest way to climb the ranks. Look at it this way: Because you’re expected to lose against high ranked players, the punishment isn’t as harsh and because you’re expected to win against low ranked players, the reward isn’t as big.

It might be a little bit confusing if you’re a newcomer. As playing against someone who has a much higher rank feels like it should give you a lot more points compared to playing against someone who has the same rank as you do. The reason that the system works this way is to make it difficult to exploit for more experienced players. Let’s say you start playing online as Jin, giving you the beginner rank. You work your way up the ranks using Jin fair and square until you reach a high rank. Now let’s say you want to start playing a new character, seeing as you’re probably an experienced fighter by now, you’d probably step all over most beginner players already.

So even if you can beat a 24th Dan player as this new character, it’d be unfair if you were allowed to just suddenly jump ahead that far, wouldn’t it? If that was the case, you could just beat up low level people all day with no consequences whatsoever. Competitive Tekken is all about climbing the ranks as you go, not to suddenly go from 2nd to 19th Dan after one match. Not every single match is an opportunity to rank up, and you can be demoted and kicked down a rank if you lose too much. The game will make it very obvious when a match is a promotion match or a demotion match, as it will be displayed on-screen before the match begins. Promotion and demotion definitely isn’t set in stone and works a lot like a scale — Win a lot and you’ll eventually get a chance to be promoted. Lose a lot and you’ll eventually face the risk of being demoted. Instead of throwing you around ranks like a rag doll you might bounce between them once in a while as you climb.

Now, let’s talk about ranks. Your basic rank as a new player will give you the ”beginner” title, which is fair, considering that’s what you are. Gain a rank and you’ll be promoted to ”9th Kyu,” then to ”8th Kyu,” ”7th Kyu,” ”6th Kyu,” and so on until you reach ”1st Kyu.” Kyu is a Japanese term that is used to designate rank. After you’ve reached 1st Kyu, you’ll be ranked into ”1st Dan.” Which then follows the same pattern all the way up until you’ve reached ”4th Dan.” Dan is also a term that is used to designate rank, you can think of it as one level higher than Kyu.

After reaching 4th Dan, your rank will still be counted in Dan from there on out but you will be given a title to apply to your number and rank. For example, the title for 4th Dan is ”Mentor,” the title for 5th Dan is ”Expert,” 6th Dan is ”Master” and 7th Dan is ”Grand Master.” This continues on with 8th Dan being ”Brawler,” 9th Dan being ”Marauder,” 10th Dan being ”Fighter” and 11th Dan being ”Berserker.” The titles then continue on as follows: Warrior (12th), Avenger (13th), Vindicator (14th), Juggernaut (15th), Vanquisher (16th), Destroyer (17th), Conqueror (18th), Savior (19th), Genbu Black Turtle (20th), Byakko White Tiger (21st) Seiryu Azure Dragon (22nd), Suzaku Vermilion Bird (23rd), Mighty Ruler (24th), Revered Ruler (25th), Divine Ruler (26th), Eternal Ruler (27th), Fujin Japanese Wind God or (28th), Raijin Japanese Thunder God or (29th), Yaksa Nature Spirit or (30th), Ryujin Japanese Water Dragon God (31st), Emperor (32nd), Tekken Lord (33rd) and Tekken God (34th).

The titles continue on changing until you’ve ranked up to 35th Dan or ”True Tekken God”, which is the final rank to follow the previous pattern. Being promoted from True Tekken God leads to becoming a ”Tekken God Prime” which automatically sends you up to 100th Dan instead of 36th. Ranking up from a True Tekken God to a Tekken God Prime isn’t easy however, so do your best! Looking in from the outside, dealing with rankings and competitive play looks a lot scarier than it is. Although it’s definitely the best part of the game for many, many players, you shouldn’t feel forced to fling yourself into online play if you’re not feeling up to it. It can definitely seem overwhelming and like something you won’t get the hang of, but don’t hesitate if you do want to give it a go! I hope you enjoyed this video and I really do hope you were able to find it helpful.

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