Guilty Gear Strive tier list - All fighters ranked (January 2023)

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Image of four fighters in Guilty Gear Strive.

Need a Guilty Gear Strive tier list? The latest fighting game in the long-running series has one of the most expansive rosters yet, making it tricky to decide which fighters are best. With new characters constantly arriving via DLC and the season pass, it's tough to stay on top of the meta.

In this Guilty Gear Strive guide, we'll rank all 21 fighters currently in the game. That's based on their accessibility and ease of use, giving newcomers a perfect entry point and hardened players the best choices to refine their skills.

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Guilty Gear Strive tier list - Best characters for January 2023

Ranking Character name
SKy
ASol, May, Giovanna, Baiken, Testament, Bridget
BAxl, Chipp, Potemkin, Ramlethal, Leo, Anji, Goldlewis
CFaust, Millia, Nagoriyuki, I-NO, Jack-O', Happy Chaos
DZato

See the table above for our ranking of all the 21 fighters currently available in Guilty Gear Strive. We've come to our conclusion based on the game's official website, which ranks each character out of five stars based on how accessible they are.

As expected, those at the top of the list are going to perform best, most likely to net you a win - especially if you're a newcomer. Most fighters in the game are generally useable, so it's definitely worth testing the lot out to see which ones click with you.

Image of a fight in progress in Guilty Gear Strive.

Who is the best fighter in Guilty Gear Strive?

As per our tier list, the best fighter in Guilty Gear Strive is Ky. It's no surprise though, because he has comfortably the best moveset in the game.

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His best move is probably the Dust attack, which can be performed with either charged or uncharged variants. The Uncharged Dust is an overhead slash attack that does an instant 45 damage. The charged variant is more powerful, where Ky kicks his opponent up into the air, either letting you perform a mid-air combo or finishing attack. As you can imagine, it's fairly powerful.

Of course, there are several other fighters also worth considering in Guilty Gear Strive. May is another solid choice, with this balanced character boasting a big animalistic companion who can deal some passive damage to boot.

As we said, any of the fighters in the S and A tiers are definitely worth trying if you're a newcomer. Give them a go and see which one suits your style, and you'll start winning battles in no time!

Some of the DLC characters are worth a go as well, for the following reasons:

  • Goldlewis Dickinson - Slow but solid juggernaut that suffers on the defensive but has a suffocating offense filled with disjointed attacks, guard breaks, and high damage. (Notable players: Gobou)
  • Jack-O' - Tricky pet-based fighter that controls the match when her Servants are out. Servants can cover her offense and stifle her opponent's advances if used well. Struggles on defense due to lacking strong meterless reversal options. (Notable players: LostSoul, Kazunoko, Purepure, SonicFox)
  • Happy Chaos - Versatile character that can play effective zoning and heavy rushdown if his shooting resources are well maintained. While he can attack from close and far, his lack of invulnerable options leaves his defense and shutting down momentum steals severely lacking. (Notable players: Gobou, Kazunoko, SonicFox)

The best and worst Guilty Gear Strive characters according to pros

We've gathered a few tier lists from some known players of Guilty Gear Strive. So far, any tier lists released from the first day of Guilty Gear Strive up to the release of Goldlewis Dickinson is still applicable. The latest patch that included the first DLC character didn't have any major buffs or nerfs to any character in the roster. Here are some of the tier lists that we've gathered

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GO1's tier list

  • S Tier: Sol Badguy
  • A Tier: Chipp Zanuff, May, Leo Whitefang
  • B Tier: Ramlethal Valentine, Giovanna, Millia Rage, Zato-1, Axl Low
  • C Tier: I-no, Ky Kiske, Nagoriyuki, Potemkin, Anji Mito, Faust

Source: Mildom

Kyamei's tier list

  • S Tier: Sol Badguy, Chipp Zanuff, Zato-1
  • A Tier: Ramlethal Valentine, May, Millia Rage, Giovanna, Leo Whitefang
  • B Tier: Potemkin, Ky Kiske, Axl Low
  • C tier: Faust, Nagoriyuki, I-no, Anji Mito

Source: Mildom

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KojiKOG's tier list

  • S Tier: Chipp Zanuff
  • A Tier: Sol Badguy, May, Millia Rage, Ramlethal Valentine, Giovanna
  • B Tier: Potemkin, Nagoriyuki, Ky Kiske, I-no, Faust
  • C Tier: Anji Mito
  • ? Tier (admits to not know enough of the character to decide): Zato-1, Leo Whitefang, Axl Low

Source: Mildom

Dogura's tier list

  • S Tier: Sol Badguy, Chipp Zanuff
  • A Tier: Ramlethal Valentine, Giovanna, May, Millia Rage, Zato-1
  • B Tier: Leo Whitefang, Axl Low, Potemkin, I-no, Nagoriyuki, Ky Kiske, Anji Mito, Faust

Source: Mildom

HookGangGod's tier list

  • S+ Tier: Sol Badguy
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  • S Tier: Leo Whitefang, Chipp Zanuff, May, Ramlethal Valentine
  • A Tier: Nagoriyuki, Axl Low, Giovanna, Millia Rage, Potemkin, Zato-1, Ky Kiske, I-no
  • B Tier: Faust, Anji Mito

Source: HookGangGod's Youtube Channel

KizzieKay's tier list

  • S+ Tier: Sol Badguy, Ramlethal Valentine, May
  • S Tier: Chipp Zanuff, Giovanna, Zato-1
  • A+ Tier: Leo Whitefang, Ky Kiske, Axl Low, Nagoriyuki
  • A Tier: I-no, Potemkin, Millia Rage,
  • B Tier: Anji Mito
  • Laust Tier: Faust

Source: KizzieKay's Youtube Channel

SuperDEBico's tier list

  • S+ Tier: Sol Badguy
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  • S Tier: Leo Whitefang, May, Chipp Zanuff, Ramlethal Valentine
  • A+ Tier: Nagoriyuki, Potemkin, Millia Rage, Giovanna, Zato-1, I-no
  • A Tier: Axl Low, Ky Kiske, Anji Mito
  • A- Tier: Faust

Source: Romolla Ch. Youtube Channel

How do I select a fighter in Guilty Gear Strive?

Fortunately, it's nice and easy to select your fighter of choice in Guilty Gear Strive.

When you first go into a fight, whether online or offline, the character select screen comes up. That's par for the course with fighting games, with a full collage of each character for you to pick.

One thing to note is that not every single character in Guilty Gear Strive is available at launch. A good number of fighters are only accessible by purchasing DLC. These are as follows:

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  • Goldlewis
  • Jack-O'
  • Happy Chaos
  • Baiken
  • Testament
  • Bridget

If you want those fighters, you'll have to buy the two season passes in Guilty Gear Strive. Of course that isn't compulsory, as there are plenty of strong choices in the base game for you to use.

Who is the latest fighter to release in Guilty Gear Strive?

The newest fighter in Guilty Gear Strive, at the time of writing, is Bridget. She was first teased as a DLC character in August 2022, added as the first new addition in the second season pass.

With this second season only having launched in summer 2022, there's a good chance that even more characters will be added to Guilty Gear Strive in the near future. Keep a close eye on our tier list, because we'll update our rankings as soon as new fighters pop up!

For more on the brawler, check out Guilty Gear Strive Happy Chaos beginners tips guide for pointers if you're new to that one. And if you're just new to the game for the crossplay beta, here's how to change controls and how the guts system works as well.