Killer Instinct Tier List: All 29 Characters Ranked

Our Killer Instinct tier list ranks all the characters from best to worst to help you select the right ones.

Killer Instinct has 29 characters for you to choose from, and all of them are different in their own way. Some specialize in close-range scenarios, while others can help you handle your opponent from far away. Nevertheless, to help you select the right characters, we have curated a Killer Instinct tier list, in which we have ranked all characters from best to worst.

Key Highlights
  • Choose from 29 characters in Killer Instinct.
  • Rankings based on abilities, versatility, stats
  • Top picks: Omen, Aganos, Fulgore, Rash, Aria
  • Avoid Sabrewulf, Sadira, Orchid
  • Opt for S-Tier characters for a smooth experience.

Killer Instinct Tier List Table 

Tiers Characters 
S-Tier Omen, Aria, Aganos, Rash, Fulgore
A-Tier Tusk, Arbiter, Glacius, Thunder, Eyedol
B-Tier Shadow Jago, Spinal, Eagle, Hisako, Jago, Kilgore, Mira, Cinder, Maya, Gargos
C-Tier TJ Combo, General Raam, Kim Wu, Riptor, Shin Hisako, Kan-Ra
D-Tier Sabrewulf, Sadira, Orchid

Complete stats for the characters in Killer Instinct: 

CharacterTierRaceFighting StyleAffiliationObtained Weapon(s)Allies
FulgoreSCyborgBalancedThe Alliance and UltratechPlasma Blades, Laser, and Miniaturized Nuclear CoreUltratech
RashSBattle Toad, Human (Previously)Beat em’ upBattletoadsSmash Hits and Speeder BikeProfessor T. Bird, Zitz, and Pimple
AganosSWar Golem. Ichorien (formerly)Armored Rushdown and Armored ZoningThe Alliance, Night Guard (future member), and Ichorien (previously)GeokinesisBabylonian King, Thunder, Tusk, Ultratech, Kim Wu, Hisako, Eagle, Night Guard, and Glacius
AriaSArtificial SuperintelligenceBalancedThe Alliance and UltratechBooster Drone, Blade Drone, and Bass DroneFulgore, Cinder, Spinal, Aganos, Kan-Ra (pawn), Thunder, Riptor, Kilgore, and Eagle
OmenSDemonic EntityBalancedGargosElectrokinesisGargos (master), Mimics, Sadira, Shadows, Mira, Other Omens, and Shadow Jago
EyedolADemonic bicephalous cyclops, Undead ogre (previously human) Rushdown (Savage Head) and Zoning (Warlock Head)HimselfSpiked Mace and Skull-laced Club The Alliance
ThunderAHumanGrapplerNight Guard (future member), The Alliance, and Ultratech (temporary)TomahawksEagle (younger brother), Glacius, Tusk, (Shin) Hisako, Kim Wu, Night Guard, Aganos, and ARIA
GlaciusAUnknown extraterrestrial speciesZoningThe Alliance and Eagle (associated)CryokinesisEagle (protégé), Night Guard, Tusk, Aganos, Kim Wu, and Thunder
ArbiterASangheiliUnknownSwords of SangheliosType-1 Energy Sword, Plasma Grenades, and Type-51 CarbineSwords of Sanghelios and (UNSC) The United Nations Space Command
TuskAHuman (Immortal)Mid-range Pressure and BerserkerNight Guard (associated) and The AllianceSteel Greatsword (KI2) and Warg-Gram (KI 2013)Maya, (Shin) Hisako, Night Guard, Thunder, Eagle, Yeouiju, Kim Wu, and Aganos
JagoBHumanBalancedThe Alliance, Night Guard, and DisavowedKatana (KI 1 and 2) and Kora (KI 2013)Orchid, Tusk, TJ Combo, (Shin) Hisako, Thunder, Eagle, Aganos, Maya, Glacius, Kim Wu, and Yeouiju
HisakoBOnryō, Former HumanSurprise Grappling and Counter-AttackingNight Guard (Associates) and The AllianceNaginataKim Wu, Night Guard, Eagle, Glacius, Yeouiju, Jago, Aganos, Thunder, and Tusk
EagleBHuman (bionically enhanced)ZoningThe Alliance, Disavowed (previously), Night GuardArchery, Blade Gauntlets (KI 1996 Comics), and Bionics/RoboticsThunder (brother), Orchid, Kim Wu, (Shin) Hisako, Tusk, Night Guard, Glacius (custodian), and Aganos
SpinalBReanimated SkeletonProjectile RushdownUltratech and The AllianceCutlass, Kraken Shield (KI 2013), and Buckler Shield (KI 1 & 2)Ultratech, Kan-Ra, During Tournament ARIA, and Gargos (resurrected servant)
Shadow JagoBPossessed HumanBalancedShadow LordsBroadswordOmen and Gargos
GargosBIchorien (KI 2013) and Gargoyle (KI2)Overwhelming Area ControlHimselfAstral Powers and MinionsArmy of Omen, Shadow Jago, Dretch, Izzik, Mimics, Jago (KI), Shadows, Spinal (KI2), Sadira, and Kan-Ra
MayaBHumanProjectile RushdownThe Alliance and Night GuardTemperance & Vengeance (KI 2013) and Steel Daggers (KI2)Night Guard, Aganos, Thunder, Glacius, Tusk, Kim Wu, Eagle, and (Shin) Hisako
CinderBExperimental human-alien hybridHit and Run and Highly Mobile Frame-Trap RushdownThe Alliance and UltratechPyrokinesisARIA, Kilgore, Sadira (formerly), Fulgore, and Riptor
MiraBVampire and Human (previously)Glass CannonThe Coven and Night Guard (formerly)Blood Magic and Gloves of RasavathamThe Coven, Maya (previously), Night Guard (previously), Omen , Sadira, and Gargos.
KilgoreBCyborgSearch & Destry, ZoningUltratechHigh-caliber artillery and Twin minigunsThe Alliance and Ultratech
Shin HisakoCKami, Human (In life), and Onryō (formerly)UnknownThe Alliance and Associated Night GuardKatanaTusk, Yeouiju, Thunder, Night Guard, Eagle, Kim Wu, Aganos, and Glacius
RiptorCGenetical engineer of velociraptor-human crossbreedHit and Run and RushdownThe Alliance and Ultratech Claws & TailUltratech, Fulgore, Cinder, Kilgore, ARIA, and Sadira (previously)
Kim WuCHumanJeet Kune Do-based Kung Fu, Strong Ground Control, and Anti-ZoningNight Guard (associated) and The AllianceDragon Nunchaku (KI 2013)Yeouiju, (Shin) Hisako, Thunder, Aganos, Eagle, Night Guard, Tusk, and Glacius
General RaamCLocustHardcore GrapplerLocust HordeCombat Knife and KryllQueen Myrrah and General Karn
TJ ComboCGenetically modified HumanGrappler RushdownNight Guard, Disavowed, and The AllianceBoxing Gloves(KI 1994), MMA Gloves (KI 2013), and Wrist Wraps (KI2)Night Guard, Aganos, Tusk, Eagle, Orchid, Glacius, (Shin) Hisako, Thunder, and Kim Wu
Kan-RaCUndeadTrap Zoning and Ranged GrapplingGargos (manipulated version)SorceryEyedol (for approximately three seconds) and Spinal (ancient co-conspirator)
OrchidDHumanRushdown Disavowed, The AllianceElectrified Tonfas (KI2) and Electrified Eskrima Sticks Jago, Maya, Thunder, Tusk, Kim Wu, (Shin) Hisako, Eagle, Aganos, TJ Combo, Glacius
SadiraDHumanAerial RushdownRed Eyes of Rylai and UltratechPair of Bladed Gauntlets w/ TalonsRed Eyes of Rylai, Mira, ARIA (previously), Ultratech, Omen , Gargos, and Cinder
SabrewulfDWerewolf (lycanthrophy afflicted Human)RushdownThe Alliance and Night Guard (previously)Fangs and clawsUnknown

S-Tier 

S-Tier characters on our list are the strongest characters in Killer Instinct. These characters have some of the best stats and offer unrivaled moves.

Fulgore

Race Cyborg Fighting Style  Balanced
Affiliation  The Alliance and Ultratech Obtained Weapon(s) Plasma Blades, Laser, and Miniaturized Nuclear Core
Allies  Ultratech
Enemies  Thunder, Night Guard, Disavowed, Eagle, Glacius, Tusk, Kim Wu, Aganos, Sabrewulf, Hisako, Eyedol, Gargos

The first character we would like to mention on our list is Fulgore. At the time of writing, he is one of the best zoners and rush-down characters in the game. In a game like Killer Instinct, your priority is to prevent the enemy from getting close to you. And by using attacks such as Fireballs and Lasers, Fulgore does this job well.

Killer Instinct Tier List
Fulgore

Rash

Race
  • Battletoad
  • Human (previously) 
Fighting Style  Beat em’ up
Affiliation  Battletoads Obtained Weapon(s) Smash Hits and Speeder Bike
Allies  Professor T. Bird, Zitz, and Pimple
Enemies  The Dark Queen

Next up, we have Rash. This is yet another excellent character when it comes to destroying opponents quickly. If you like to play around with combos, then Rash is the one for you. This is because the character offers some of the best combos in the entire game, and some of them are pretty difficult to break.

Rash
Rash

Aganos

Race
  • War-Golem
  • Ichorien (formerly)
Fighting Style  Armored Rushdown and Armored Zoning
Affiliation  The Alliance, Night Guard (future member), and Ichorien (previously) Obtained Weapon(s) Geokinesis
Allies  Babylonian King, Thunder, Tusk, Ultratech (mind-controlled), Kim Wu, (Shin) Hisako, Eagle, Night Guard, and Glacius 
Enemies  Kan-Ra, Fulgore, Sadira, Mira, ARIA, Eyedol, Cinder, Ultratech, and Gargos (Natural) 

Now, we know Aganos is not the best character when it comes to movement and size, but hear us out. At the time of writing, only a few characters in the game have powerful close-up attacks, and Aganos happens to be one of them. Furthermore, his overall defense stats are pretty amazing, and he can not be broken easily.

Killer Instinct Tier List
Aganos

Aria

Race Artificial Superintelligence Fighting Style  Balanced
Affiliation  The Alliance and Ultratech Obtained Weapon(s) Booster Drone, Blade Drone, and Bass Drone
Allies  Fulgore, Cinder, Spinal, Aganos (mind controlled, temporary), Kan-Ra (pawn), Thunder (manipulated), Riptor, Kilgore, and Eagle
Enemies  Gargos, Omen, Sadira, B. Orchid, Jago, Chief Thunder, TJ Combo, Glacius, Hisako, Maya, Tusk, Kim Wu, Aganos, Sabrewulf, Eyedol, and Eagle 

Aria is yet another character on our list with powerful range attacks in her arsenal. In fact, only a few characters offer a range as amazing as her. Aria’s combos are also extremely powerful and hard to break, and you can trust them against any kind of opponent. 

Aria
Aria

Omen

Race Demonic Entity Fighting Style  Balanced
Affiliation  Gargos Obtained Weapon(s) Electrokinesis
Allies  Gargos (master), Mimics, Sadira, Shadows, Mira, Other Omens, and Shadow Jago 
Enemies  Jago, ARIA, Kim Wu, TJ Combo, Aganos, Maya, Thunder, Orchid, Hisako, Eyedol (presumably), Tusk, Kan-Ra, and Glacius 

The final character in the S-Tier category of our Killer Instinct tier list is Omen. During a match, if you’re movement is great, nothing can stop you from winning. As for Omen, there isn’t any character who offers better mobility than him.

Killer Instinct Tier List
Omen

A-Tier 

A-Tier characters fall just below S-Tier characters, but they are still pretty powerful. They have some of the best attacks in the entire game and can help you quickly destroy your opponent. 

Eyedol

Race
  • Demonic bicephalous cyclops
  • Undead ogre (previously human)
Fighting Style  Rushdown (Savage Head) and Zoning (Warlock Head)
Affiliation  Himself Obtained Weapon(s) Spiked Mace and Skull-laced Club 
Allies  The Alliance
Enemies  Gargos (eternal rival), Shadow Jago, Tusk, Kan-Ra, Night Guard, Ultratech, Glacius, (Shin) Hisako, Thunder, Eagle, Kim Wu, Sabrewulf, Omen, and Aganos

Eyedol is the unique character in Killer Instinct. This is because he has two heads, both of which have their own skills. The first one is his savage head, which only focuses on rushing toward the enemy to eliminate them as quickly as possible. The second head, on the other hand, is his warlock head, which is more patient and likes to take his time to destroy his opponent.

Eyedol
Eyedol

Thunder

Race Human Fighting Style  Grappler
Affiliation  Night Guard (future member), The Alliance, and Ultratech (temporary) Obtained Weapon(s) Tomahawks
Allies  Eagle (younger brother), Glacius, Tusk, (Shin) Hisako, Kim Wu, Night Guard, Aganos, and ARIA (temporarily)
Enemies  Ultratech, Kan-Ra, Gargos, Mira, and Eyedol

Next up, we have Thunder. This character is capable of dealing massive amounts of damage with his attacks. In fact, only a few other characters come close to the amount of damage he can deal. While his range might not be excellent, no one can stop Thunder from destroying every single bone in their body if he manages to get close to them.

Killer Instinct Tier List
Thunder

Glacius

Race Unknown extraterrestrial species Fighting Style  Zoning
Affiliation  The Alliance and

Eagle (associated)

Obtained Weapon(s) Cryokinesis
Allies  Eagle (protégé), Night Guard, Tusk, Aganos, Kim Wu, and Thunder
Enemies  Ultratech, Eyedol, Sadira, Mira, Gargos, Sabrewulf, Kan-Ra, and Cinder (rivals)

Glacius is yet another character on our list who has excellent range. He has powerful attacks that can let you stay at a safe distance while dealing with your enemy. He has a bouncing projectile you can throw around to attack your target. 

Glacius
Glacius

Arbiter

Race Sangheili Fighting Style  Unknown
Affiliation  Swords of Sanghelios Obtained Weapon(s) Type-1 Energy Sword, Plasma Grenades, and Type-51 Carbine
Allies  Swords of Sanghelios and (UNSC) The United Nations Space Command 
Enemies  Jul ‘Mdama’s Covenant and Prometheans

Arbiter is the kind of character who can help you stay longer in a match, as he has one of the highest health among all characters. He also possesses an energy shield, which not only absorbs the projectiles thrown toward it but also provides the users with an extra health bar. All of this contributes to helping you survive for a longer period.

Killer Instinct Tier List
Arbiter

Tusk

Race Human (Immortal) Fighting Style  Mid-range Pressure and Berserker
Affiliation  Night Guard (associated) and The Alliance Obtained Weapon(s) Steel Greatsword (KI2) and Warg-Gram (KI 2013)
Allies  Maya, (Shin) Hisako, Night Guard, Thunder, Eagle, Yeouiju, Kim Wu, and Aganos
Enemies  Gargos, Kan-Ra, The Coven, Eyedol, Omen, Shadow Jago, Mira, Ultratech, and Spinal

Just by looking at Tusk, you will be able to tell that this character hits hard. While he may look like someone who moves slowly, Tusk happens to offer great mobility. The thing that makes Tusk worthy of being an A-Tier Killer Instinct tier list character is his Deflect Window ability, which allows him to counter attacks automatically. However, once the ability is down, you will need to do this yourself.

Tusk
Tusk

B-Tier 

B-Tier characters are neither too powerful nor too strong. They offer decent stats and abilities, but they are nowhere near perfection. However, they can do wonders but only when in the right hands. 

Jago

Race Human Fighting Style  Balanced
Affiliation  The Alliance, Night Guard, and Disavowed Obtained Weapon(s) Katana (KI 1 and 2) and Kora (KI 2013)
Allies  Orchid, Tusk, TJ Combo, (Shin) Hisako, Thunder, Eagle, Aganos, Maya, Glacius, Kim Wu, and Yeouiju 
Enemies  Gargos, Shadow Jago, Eyedol, Sadira, Sabrewulf, Kan-Ra, Ultratech, Mira, Omen, and Fulgore (KI1 & KI2) 

Your health bar keeps you alive during a match, and you need to ensure it is always close to full. As for Jago, he does this job well. For those who don’t know, this character is capable of regenerating his health when in Instinct mode. The best part is that it does not take long to make his meter full, so you can always keep your health full.

Killer Instinct Tier List
Jago

Hisako

Race
  • Onryō 
  • formerly Human 
Fighting Style  Surprise Grappling and Counter-Attacking
Affiliation  Night Guard (Associates) and The Alliance Obtained Weapon(s) Naginata
Allies  Kim Wu, Night Guard, Eagle, Glacius, Yeouiju, Jago, Aganos, Thunder, and Tusk
Enemies  Ultratech, Omen, Mira, Sadira, Gargos, Kan-Ra, and Eyedol

A lot of players avoid picking Hisako, and this is due to her slow speed. They think that this character can’t do much in combat as she can’t even move properly. However, this is not the case at all, as Hisako can deal a great amount of damage with each hit. She has different tricks in her arsenal that prevents her opponents from blocking her attacks.

Hisako
Hisako

Eagle

Race Human (bionically enhanced) Fighting Style  Zoning
Affiliation  The Alliance, Disavowed (previously), Night Guard Obtained Weapon(s) Archery, Blade Gauntlets (KI 1996 Comics), and Bionics/Robotics
Allies  Thunder (brother), Orchid, Kim Wu, (Shin) Hisako, Tusk, Night Guard, Glacius (custodian), and Aganos
Enemies  Ultratech, Kan-Ra, Sadira, ARIA, Omen, Gargos, Eyedol, Spinal, and Mira

Eagle is one of the best zoning characters in the game. Unlike other characters who enter the ring alone, Eagle has a bird companion who assists him during combat. The bird can lock stun his opponent, after which Eagle can land powerful attacks on them. 

Killer Instinct Tier List
Eagle

Spinal

Race Reanimated Skeleton Fighting Style  Projectile Rushdown
Affiliation  Ultratech and The Alliance Obtained Weapon(s) Cutlass, Kraken Shield (KI 2013), and Buckler Shield (KI 1 & 2)
Allies  Ultratech, Kan-Ra (ancient co-conspirator), During Tournament ARIA, and Gargos (resurrected servant)
Enemies  Sabrewulf, Gargos, Kim Wu, Thunder, Kan-Ra, Night Guard, Aganos, Tusk, and Eyedol

Spinal is an extremely powerful character, but only when his skulls are full. When they are, Spinal can destroy whatever you throw at him. He is mainly an offensive character, so you should not expect much from him in terms of defense, as he has no reversals whatsoever.

Spinal
Spinal

Shadow Jago

Race Possessed Human Fighting Style  Balanced
Affiliation  Shadow Lords Obtained Weapon(s) Broadsword
Allies  Omen and Gargos
Enemies  Orchid, Tusk, Kim Wu, and Eyedol (presumably)

Compared to the regular Jago, the Shadow version is faster and offers better skills. He can teleport to his opponent’s location, meaning that he can cover great distances in a short period. Furthermore, when it comes to zoning, he does a better job than the regular Jago. The projectiles he uses are stronger and faster. 

Killer Instinct Tier List
Shadow Jago

Gargos

Race Ichorien (KI 2013) and Gargoyle (KI2) Fighting Style  Overwhelming Area Control
Affiliation  Himself Obtained Weapon(s) Astral Powers and Minions
Allies (Pawns/ Servants) Army of Omen, Shadow Jago, Dretch, Izzik, Mimics, Jago (KI), Shadows, Spinal (KI2), Sadira, and Kan-Ra
Enemies  Eyedol (eternal rival), Tusk, Kim Wu, Night Guard, Glacius, Ultratech, Thunder, (Shin) Hisako, Eagle, Yeouiju, Aganos, Jago, and Kan-Ra

Just by looking at Gargos, you can tell he shouldn’t be messed with. He is a demonic half-gold who can harvest strength from his opponent, something that fills his Shadow Meter quickly. Furthermore, he can summon minions during combat, which attack his enemy ruthlessly.

Gargos
Gargos

Maya

Race Human Fighting Style  Projectile Rushdown
Affiliation  The Alliance and Night Guard Obtained Weapon(s) Temperance & Vengeance (KI 2013) and Steel Daggers (KI2)
Allies  Night Guard, Aganos, Thunder, Glacius, Tusk, Kim Wu, Eagle, and (Shin) Hisako
Enemies  Mira, Eyedol, Omen, Kan-Ra, Gargos, Shadow Jago, and Ultratech

Maya is another character who excels on the offensive side. However, for this, she relies mostly on her daggers. She uses them as projectiles and can even transform them into something that can quickly break her opponent’s stance. Furthermore, when things get tough, Maya can combine her daggers to create Enmity, a powerful double-bladed weapon. 

Killer Instinct Tier List
Maya

Cinder

Race Experimental human-alien hybrid Fighting Style  Hit and Run and Highly Mobile Frame-Trap Rushdown
Affiliation  The Alliance and Ultratech Obtained Weapon(s) Pyrokinesis
Allies  ARIA, Kilgore, Sadira (formerly), Fulgore, and Riptor
Enemies  Glacius, Jago, Maya, Thunder, Aganos, (Shin) Hisako, TJ Combo, Tusk, B.Orchid, and Kim Wu

If you are someone who loves using combos, then Cinder will easily become one of your favorite characters. This is because his advanced combos can help you destroy your opponent quickly. They aren’t easy to master, but you will get the hang of them in no time. And yes, he does look like Ghost Rider. 

Killer Instinct Tier List
Cinder

Mira

Race Vampire and Human (previously) Fighting Style  Glass Cannon
Affiliation  The Coven and Night Guard (formerly) Obtained Weapon(s) Blood Magic and Gloves of Rasavatham
Allies  The Coven, Maya (previously), Night Guard (previously), Omen (feigning allegiance), Sadira, and Gargos(feigning allegiance)
Enemies  Maya, Sabrewulf, Tusk, Thunder, Aganos, Night Guard, and Glacius

Mire is one of the most powerful characters in the game, but there is a catch to it. She is an excellent character when it comes to both ground and air movement. She can perform powerful attacks that can drain her opponent’s health quickly. In fact, only a few characters can perform attacks as powerful as her.

Mira
Mira

Kilgore

Race Cyborg Fighting Style  Search & Destroy

Zoning

Affiliation  Ultratech Obtained Weapon(s) High-caliber artillery and Twin miniguns
Allies  The Alliance and Ultratech 
Enemies  The Alliance (previously), Eyedol, Gargos, Omen, Ultratech (previously), and Fulgore (previously)

Kilgore has an excellent range, and his projectiles are pretty fast. Many players consider him the best zoner in Killer Instinct, as he is pretty good at keeping his opponents in the corner while staying at a safe distance. He can use guns and missiles during combat to deal significant damage. Speaking of weapons, we recently wrote a Splatoon 3 weapons tier list, so you should check it out. 

Killer Instinct Tier List
Killgore

C-Tier

C-Tier characters in our Killer Instinct tier list, are some of the worst in the game. You can’t expect them to help you do wonders during a match, and they don’t have powerful skills to offer. 

Shin Hisako

Race Kami, Human (In life), and Onryō (formerly) Fighting Style  Unknown
Affiliation  The Alliance and Associated Night Guard Obtained Weapon(s) Katana
Allies  Tusk, Yeouiju, Thunder, Night Guard, Eagle, Kim Wu, Aganos, and Glacius
Enemies  Gargos, Eyedol, Omen, and Ultratech

In Killer Instinct, you need someone who can perform well after getting up close and personal to counter zoning characters. Thankfully, Shin Hisako does this job well as she has many close-range attacks that can help her gain the advantage during the match.

Shin Hisako
Shin Hisako

Riptor

Race Genetical engineer of velociraptor-human crossbreed Fighting Style  Hit and Run and Rushdown
Affiliation  The Alliance and Ultratech  Obtained Weapon(s) Claws & Tail
Allies  Ultratech, Fulgore, Cinder, Kilgore, ARIA, and Sadira (previously)
Enemies  TJ Combo, B.Orchid, Maya, Spinal, Hisako, Sabrewulf, Jago, and Sadira (temporary)

Some players think of Riptor as an A-Tier character, but we think it lacks a lot of stuff. Don’t get us wrong, Riptor is an amazing character who has decent attacks in its arsenal, but they aren’t as powerful or useful as the attacks offered by some other characters.

Killer Instinct Tier List
Riptor

Kim Wu

Race Human Fighting Style  Jeet Kune Do-based Kung Fu, Strong Ground Control, and Anti-Zoning
Affiliation  Night Guard (associated) and The Alliance Obtained Weapon(s) Dragon Nunchaku (KI 2013)

 and Nunchaku (KI2)

Allies  Yeouiju, (Shin) Hisako, Thunder, Aganos, Eagle, Night Guard, Tusk, and Glacius
Enemies  Gargos, Shadow Jago, Ultratech, Eyedol, Kan-Ra, Omen, and Spinal

Kim Wu is capable of dealing great damage with each attack as she is a hard hitter. Furthermore, it is extremely difficult to zone her as she can destroy her target in close-range combat. However, it can be extremely difficult to master Kim Wu as her playstyle differs from others. 

Kim Wu
Kim Wu

General Raam

Race Locust Fighting Style  Hardcore Grappler
Affiliation  Locust Horde Obtained Weapon(s) Combat Knife and Kryll
Allies  Queen Myrrah and General Karn
Enemies  Marcus Fenix

General Raam is everything you would expect from a General. He is big, strong, and can destroy his opponent quickly. His attacks can deal great damage, and once he grabs his opponent, he does not let them go. But this is also where the problem lies.

Killer Instinct Tier List
General Raam

TJ Combo

Race Genetically modified Human Fighting Style  Grappler Rushdown
Affiliation  Night Guard, Disavowed, and The Alliance Obtained Weapon(s) Boxing Gloves(KI 1994), MMA Gloves (KI 2013), and Wrist Wraps (KI2)
Allies  Night Guard, Aganos, Tusk, Eagle, Orchid, Glacius, (Shin) Hisako, Thunder, and Kim Wu
Enemies  UltraTech, Eyedol, Spinal, Gargos, Riptor, and Mira

TJ Combo, as his name suggests, is a master of combos. His combos are so great that it is nearly impossible for his opponents to break them. Furthermore, TJ Combo moves pretty fast and can cover distances quickly.

TJ Combo
TJ Combo

Kan-Ra

Race Undead Fighting Style  Trap Zoning and Ranged Grappling
Affiliation  Gargos (manipulated version) and

The Alliance (temporarily)

Obtained Weapon(s) Sorcery
Allies  Eyedol (for approximately three seconds) and Spinal (ancient co-conspirator)
Enemies  Babylonian King, Night Guard, Glacius, Spinal, Tusk, Kim Wu, (Shin) Hisako, Thunder, Eagle, Ultratech, Eyedol, Aganos, and Gargos

Kan-Ra is a very different character. For some, he is an extremely powerful character. But at the same time, he isn’t worth it to others. This is because Kan-Ra is a trapper, meaning that he relies on his traps for the most part. If you are someone who can make good use of traps during combat, then sure, go ahead and pick Kan-Ra. But if you can’t, avoid picking him at all costs.

Killer Instinct Tier List
Kan Ra

D-Tier

D-Tier characters are the worst in Killer Instinct, and you must avoid playing with them at all costs. These characters aren’t worth picking as there are much better options available.

Orchid

Race Human Fighting Style  Rushdown
Affiliation  Disavowed, The Alliance (reluctantly), and 

Night Guard

Obtained Weapon(s) Electrified Tonfas (KI2) and Electrified Eskrima Sticks (KI 2013 & KI 1994)
Allies  Jago, Maya, Thunder, Tusk, Kim Wu, (Shin) Hisako, Eagle, Aganos, TJ Combo, Glacius
Enemies  Ultratech, Gargos, Sadira, Omen, Sabrewulf, Eyedol, Shadow Jago, and Mira

Orchid is one of the fastest characters in our tier list, as she can cover great distances quickly. However, she also happens to be one of the worst, as there isn’t much that you can do with her other than move around quickly. Sure, she has some decent moves that can help her deal a good amount of damage, but these moves aren’t something that can help you turn the situation in your favor.

Orchid
Orchid

Sadira

Race Human Fighting Style  Aerial Rushdown
Affiliation  Red Eyes of Rylai and

Ultratech (previously)

Obtained Weapon(s) Pair of Bladed Gauntlets w/ Talons
Allies    Red Eyes of Rylai, Mira, ARIA (previously), Ultratech (previously), Omen (presumably), Gargos (presumably), and Cinder (previously) 
Enemies    Jago, Sabrewulf, Glacius, Kim Wu, Hisako/Shin Hisako, Tusk, Chief Thunder, ARIA, Orchid, and Cinder 

Sadira is yet another character in Killer Instinct who should be avoided at all costs. This is because Sadira relies mostly on her Instinct mode, and you can’t always stay in it. Furthermore, Sadira excels mostly in her jumping attacks, so you can’t expect much from her. 

Killer Instinct Tier List
Sadira

Sabrewulf

Race Werewolf (lycanthrophy afflicted Human) Fighting Style  Rushdown
Affiliation  The Alliance and Night Guard (previously) Obtained Weapon(s) Fangs and claws
Allies  Unknown 
Enemies  Ultratech, Glacius, Gargos, Sadira, Maya, Mira, Hisako, and Eyedol 

Finally, we have Sabrewulf. While the character looks badass, there isn’t much it can do. Just like the characters mentioned above, this one also fails to perform well against zoners as they can keep him at bay easily. 

Sabrewulf
Sabrewulf

Ranking Criteria

It took us days of research to create this tier list, as we had to examine the abilities and stats of every character in the game. The tier list has been carefully created to help new and even old players select the right characters for their playstyle.

The research process involved exploring different forums and watching multiple videos to develop an opinion about a character. After we did our research, we put each character in a certain tier based on the results. Nevertheless, the characters are subjective, and the rankings will differ for everyone. 

This was everything you needed to know about the Killer Instinct tier list. We have tried our best to rank all of the characters in the best possible way. It is important to remember that even if you choose an S-Tier character, it is not necessary that you’ll perform well with him.

This is because the style of the character might not suit you, and you might perform better with an A-Tier character. For this reason, it is important to try out multiple characters before sticking to one. Before leaving, make sure to check out our Dead By Daylight tier list as well. 

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