Tiers — Character Rankings for Street Fighter 3 Third Strike

Guide last updated on
December 31, 2007 at 7:18 p.m. PST

You'll find multiple charts below showing roughly who would win how many games if two high-level players of equal skill played against each other using the characters shown.

For example, by the top chart, Yun would win six games out of ten against Chun Li. And Alex would win four games out of ten against Ryu.

Tiers have been and will likely always be a hotly debated topic. Just because a character is a higher tier does not mean you should play them. You're best off picking characters you like because of how they play. Regardless, some people have disadvantages and the tier rankings do a fair job of outlining these, but DO NOT take the rankings as the final end all be all word about who the best characters are. Think of it more as a loose guideline.

There are multiple charts because this represents the evolution of tiers over the years.

Updated tier listing for 2007

ChunYunKenMak.Dud.Yang AkumaUrienRyuOroElenaIbuki NecroAlexRemy Q  12  HugoSeanRank
Chun-466666 678777888 788+33
Yun6-56666 677678777 888+31
Ken45-5566 666667777 878+22
Mak.445-556 665666778 778+17
Dud.4455-64 555567777 788+15
Yang44454-7 566667676 777+14
Akuma444463- 644566667 777+6
Urien4444554 -55546667 777+5
Ryu3344546 5-5666666 777+5
Oro2345546 55-636766 777+4
Elena3444444 547-54677 777+2
Ibuki3344545 6545-5657 677+2
Necro3234334 44456-565 666-13
Alex2333344 443445-57 666-14
Remy2333334 4445345-6 675-16
Q2332343 34433534- 677-21
123223333 333434444 -66-27
Hugo2233233 333334433 4-7-33
Sean2222233 333334453 33--37

All characters are color coded by tiers. Top tier characters are gray, upper tier are blueish-green, middle tier are red, lower tier are purple, the bottom tier is brown and the worst is a puke-gold color.

Older tier listing for 2005

The biggest difference between the 2007 and 2005 charts are that before 2007 Yun was considered to be the best overall character in the game. Elena is also now tied with Ibuki. Some of the other match-ups changed, slightly, but for the most part things have remained the same.

YunChunKenMak.Dud.Yang AkumaUrienRyuOroIbukiElena NecroAlexRemy Q  12  HugoSeanRank
Yun-656666 677778777 888+32
Chun4-66666 678677888 788+32
Ken54-5566 666667777 878+22
Mak.445-556 665566778 778+17
Dud.4455-64 555567777 788+15
Yang44454-7 566667676 777+14
Akuma444463- 644566667 777+6
Urien4444554 -55456667 777+5
Ryu3344546 5-5566666 767+4
Oro3245546 55-636766 777+4
Ibuki3443545 654-65657 677+2
Elena3344444 5474-4677 777+1
Necro2334334 44456-565 666-13
Alex3233344 443445-57 666-14
Remy3233334 4445345-6 665-17
Q3232343 34433534- 657-23
122323333 333434444 -66-27
Hugo2233233 343334445 4-6-27
Sean2222233 333334453 44--35
Section edited by JinraiPVC

Original tier listing from 2002

YunChunKenMak.Dud.Yang AkumaUrienRyuOroIbukiElena NecroAlexRemy Q Hugo  12 SeanRank
Yun-756666 677778777 788+32
Chun3-66566 678677888 878+30
Ken54-5566 656667777 788+21
Mak.445-576 665666778 778+20
Dud.4555-64 555567777 878+16
Yang44434-7 566667676 777+12
Akuma444463- 644566667 777+6
Urien4444554 -55456667 777+5
Ryu3354546 5-5566666 677+5
Oro3245546 55-536766 777+3
Ibuki3444545 654-65657 767+3
Elena3344444 5474-4677 777+1
Necro2334334 44456-565 667-10
Alex3233344 443445-57 666-14
Remy3233334 4445345-4 665-19
Q3232343 34433534- 567-23
Hugo3233233 343334445 -46-28
122322333 333434444 6-6-28
Sean2222233 333333453 44--36


RPGsFTW said on March 21, 2010 at 6:44 p.m.

I'm going to post this here, and the 3rd Strike main section, but there is a new tier-list for 3rd Strike, as of 2009, I guess. Sorry for the lack of the number chart.

Arcadia tier list-

S+ - Chun-Li
S - Yun
A+ - Ken, Dudley
A - Makoto, Yang
A- - Urien, Akuma, Ryu, Oro
B+ - Hugo
B - Elena, Ibuki, Alex
C - Necro, Twelve, Remy, Q
D - Sean

Aflay said on April 15, 2010 at 5:46 a.m.

I have seen SF vs SNK 2, where Dan makes an appearance, and he uses the same kicks that sean uses in 3rd strike. Keep in mind that Dan is the joke character.

rpgfighter said on August 3, 2010 at 8:16 a.m.

@ Dude Man.

You have to learn all those things for Yun too lol. For everyone really and if anything Yun is one of the hardest characters to learn just because of his super.

YangLee said on September 12, 2010 at 9:40 a.m.

seeing Yang and Yun at the top is good stuff Lee Brother's FTW

d3f1anc3 said on September 22, 2010 at 5:06 p.m.

lmao, Sean is awful. Why CAPCOM, why?

MikeDanger said on October 6, 2010 at 11:44 p.m.

how can Hugo be so low? I always get my ass kicked because of him not to mention he's like an iconic image because of this game. Hugo FTW!!! He's Numbuhhhhh one!

THawk said on December 1, 2010 at 2:19 p.m.

Where the hell is our SF3 HD remix? No news makes me sad panda.

H3XxMAjiN said on December 14, 2010 at 6:59 p.m.

this games definetely does need a balance make over. i dont care wat purist say about that.

cvs said on December 16, 2010 at 11:36 p.m.

@84 So true

xShonuffx said on January 3, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.

Yeah I mean I don't even know why they are coming out with this "online edition" if they are not planning on balancing some things, they don't have to over kill it like HDR but just give some things to some characters that need help. The online feature is fine but if it's gonna be the same 5 characters over and over I see, i'll pass.

More time and effort could have been spent on Street Fighter Alpha 3 IMHO.

BigQuell757 said on January 11, 2011 at 9:37 p.m.

Holy crap Makoto was actually good in this game????? sweet jesus lol. What happened Capcom????

geni said on April 5, 2011 at 11:15 p.m.

Sadly since there is no re balancing the tier list is going to remain the same

x_Who_Is_Alpha said on April 15, 2011 at 6:34 p.m.

There will be a different Tier list Geni since this one is outdated. I think we'll have a much more recent one once the game is out for a month or so.

Adnan said on May 18, 2011 at 3:06 a.m.

Yeah, someone in a recent SF3-related post said something about Hugo being much higher in the upcoming tier list. Should be interesting...

tonyyao82 said on June 10, 2011 at 11:25 a.m.

From Shoryuken.com

New Arcadia Tier List

S+ - Chun-Li
S - Yun
A+ - Ken, Dudley
A - Makoto, Yang
A- - Urien, Akuma, Ryu, Oro
B+ - Hugo
B - Elena, Ibuki, Alex
C - Necro, Twelve, Remy, Q
D - Sean

throughsilence said on July 7, 2011 at 11:40 a.m.

Anyone know who the best dudley was back then? VictoLy, Kokujin, or Fujiwara?

redmask said on August 3, 2011 at 12:58 p.m.

There isn't really a 'best'. For every character there will be a number of excellent players. All of those Dudley's are great and have different ways of playing.

UAEfighter said on August 19, 2011 at 4:58 p.m.

I really Wana main Ken but I am pretty sure everybody will be aware of the style "nevertheless, Ken is one of the most famous characters" man I am so hype for the SF3:OE release woot woot!!!

herrokitty said on February 16, 2012 at 8:23 p.m.

@ #10
I'm not saying I disagree with you but SFA3 would need a bigger makeover than this game if re-released IMO. That game's V-ism combos made it just as broken (if not more broken) as Marvel vs Capcom. Look up some V-ism combos on youtube if you don't know what I'm talking about. Xenozip (on youtube) has some good examples. Though I do agree with you, being able to play as Karin again on an up to date console would be AWESOME!

Patrick said on February 26, 2012 at 10:43 p.m.

Sfa3 has been re released for psp and ps3 got the ps1 classic alpha games. This is the first time the average gamer has had access to sf3 in a very long time and I for one am VERY happy to see it. I don't care about character balancing tweaks. And I'm glad they kept the graphics original. ssf2thdr is a beautiful game, but sometimes the original artwork is just fine how it is, and in sf3's case I think this is true. The one thing that's missing on psn, is Street fighter (1987 original). I realize it isn't a great game but when you have 2,3 and4 it just feels wrong to not have 1.

Zzgashi said on March 6, 2013 at 3:50 a.m.

How does Elena have a 7 on Oro while Oro has a 6 on Elena.

AveMcree said on April 9, 2013 at 2:02 a.m.

sean was actually top tier in the sf3 then they nerfed all his stupid and left chun li and yun alone.... because he is black ofcourse... cant have a top tier black character in a capcom game after what storm did to mvc2.... (joke) but yeah they nerf the crap out of sean in 3so for whatever reason... I just got watch SBO 2013 ad a few Yun players got bopped by a hugo mainer... so this game really relies on skill more than tiers... why wont capcom make a fighter like this again


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