The 9 strongest characters from The King of Fighters
The King of Fighters franchise is one of the darlings of Brazilians and was the gateway for many players to the world of fighting games, still in the so-called Golden Age of Arcades. By its nature of providing matches between threes, the cast of games in the series has always been very robust — and difficult to balance, as a result.
As if that wasn’t enough, SNK was also known for its totally out-of-the-box artificial intelligence, which gave life to real chip eaters like Rugal and Goenitz. With that in mind, the voxel brings, in the following paragraphs, nine of the strongest characters of The King of Fighters series.
The famous kunoichi from Fatal Fury became even more popular with the debut of The King of Fighters, and it wasn’t long before she became one of SNK’s biggest icons. Her skill kit is pretty solid and allows players to be both aggressive, making use of her high speed, as well as more patient, using her fans as projectiles and long-range buttons to control space. This is no exception in more recent games in the series, such as The King of Fighters XV and The King of Fighters XIV.
Today, Kula Diamond is also one of the fan favorite characters and that’s not just for her charisma but also for being historically one of the strongest fighters in KOF. The girl, who is known for her ice attacks, has hits that are very easy to commit in combos and can do a lot of damage without much effort. No wonder, one of her first appearances was as a sub-boss in The King of Fighters 2000. As if that wasn’t enough, she also has routes that make her very safe, even if the opponent defends their sequences.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Ralf is a one-man army. In his most recent appearance in The King of Fighters XV, teammate Ikari was a force to be reckoned with for competitive and casual players alike, thanks to his massive damage potential, easy combo commits, and extremely high priority buttons, and range, which nullified virtually all opponents’ options.
Gato is known for being one of the strongest characters in Garou: Mark of the Wolves, which is his origin game, but his appearances in The King of Fighters also live up to his fame. The fighter undoubtedly has one of the strongest offenses in fighting games, thanks to his aerial attacks that are very difficult to react to. Once he manages to break into the defense, it’s very difficult to shake off his pressure and that makes him one of the scariest characters in the entire cast.
Iori is one of the most famous figures in the history of fighting games and it is not for nothing that he is called a “chip saver” by Brazilian players. He is considered a complete character as he has spells, consistent anti-air, command grabs and everything else that makes a good character. In virtually all of his appearances, Iori is always among the strongest characters in the cast. And that’s because we’re not even talking about his Orochi form in The King of Fighters 97, which was banned from championships.
Krohnen, formerly known as K-9999 in The King of Fighters 2001, is currently considered the strongest character in The King of Fighters XV and hardly a trio passes without including this fighter in the competitive scene. He’s not necessarily a very easy character to use, but his kit allows for very high damage combos and blows that are very safe in defending opponents. He is even able to use his strongest special on opponents lying on the ground, giving no chance of defense.
One of the most controversial figures in the entire franchise, Ash Crimson was one of the protagonists of The King of Fighters and is not necessarily a good guy. In terms of gameplay, he is also quite different from Kyo and K’, as he needs to charge his special attacks for a few seconds before firing them. However, that doesn’t stop the fighter from performing extremely extensive combos that force the opponent to watch their health bar deplete little by little.
You must have heard several times that “it is forbidden to play Rugal”, right? Know that this is not for nothing, because the boss of The King of Fighters 94 became practically an entity of SNK because it is very difficult to be defeated. His invincible anti-aircraft with Genocide Cutter are always spot on, and the experience is even more dramatic in his upcoming appearances as Omega Rugal. Affectionately called Tarcísio Meira by Brazilian fans, there is no doubt that Rugal is a complete character and reason for many KOF fans’ nightmares even today.
New to The King of Fighters 2001, Ángel is one of the biggest definitions of “broken character” we have in fighting games. The fighter is particularly known for her infinite combos, as well as having multiple side-switching sequences that seek to confuse opponents’ defenses. The most curious thing is that she must be the most difficult character in the entire series, in terms of execution of inputs, and she quickly became a fan favorite — so much so that she returned in games like The King of Fighters XIV and, more recently, , in The King of Fighters XV.
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