Tekken 8: Kuma Guide

Want to dominate your opponents as a bear? Then look no further than picking up and mastering Kuma in Tekken 8!

Tekken 8: Kuma Guide

Tekken 8's roster has characters of all types, ranging from Special Forces Operators to Martial Arts Masters to bears, making for one of the most varied casts you could ask for in a launch roster of its size and scope. Whether you're looking to get serious and tackle the Ranked Mode or play more casually, at least one of these characters will speak to your liking.

If you want to become the master of the bears, you have two options: Kuma and Panda. While both play very similarly and share largely the same Move List, there are some minor differences you should be aware of, which is why today's focus is on the Heihachi-trained Kuma!

Kuma Overview

Tekken 8: Kuma Guide

Despite being a relatively straightforward character, Kuma can be a tad challenging to pick up for newcomers, as, well, he's a bear, and trying to figure out how to get in on your opponent as a bear is more complicated than it may seem. It can be challenging to wrap your head around his unique Stances when to use them, and how to the gap.

Overall, Kuma has excellent pokes and ways to deal tremendous amounts of chip damage to his opposition, but actually getting in and forcing your opponent to make the wrong move to punish them can be extremely hard to pull off. While you don't have to be a master of the game to pick Kuma up, you might have to hit the lab a bit to grasp everything he's capable of.

While not the most beginner-friendly character, newcomers should be fine with picking Kuma up if they are willing to spend some time in Practice Mode to get a handle on his unique skill set. He's a rewarding and fun character to learn and has a relatively high skill ceiling, meaning you will constantly evolve and grow with him the more you play and get better!

Kuma Important Moves

Tekken 8: Kuma Guide

Now that the initial overview of Kuma is out of the way let's dive into some of his more crucial moves that you will be using more often than the others to begin his offense. Again, Kuma has access to some unique Stances, which we will cover how to enter in the table below, along with how to perform his most common Launcher and Combo Starters!

Input Notation Legend:

1 = Left Punch

2 = Right Punch

3 = Left Kick

4 = Right Kick

d = Down

u = Up

b = Back

f = Forward

★ = Neutral (Don't Press Anything)

F = Hold Forward

D = Hold Down

B = Hold Back

D/B = Hold Down Back

Important Moves For Kuma

Move Name

Input

Attack Type

Hop Kick

u/f 3

Mid Attack/Launcher

Bear Claw Cross

f 1+2, 1+2

Mid Attack/Tornado Attack

Ultra Kuma

u/f 2

Mid Attack/Homing Attack

Combo Starter on Counter Hit.

Bear Slash

b 1

Mid Attack/Power Crush/Heat Engager

Absorbs incoming Mid/High Attacks.

Hunting

3+4

Kuma enters his Hunting Stance.

Bear Sit

d 3+4

Kuma enters his Bear Sit Stance.

Bear Roll

(While Crouching) 1+2

Kuma enters his Bear Roll Stance.

Please note that the table above is only the tip of the iceberg. Kuma's complete Move List is quite extensive and is much larger than what's presented above. If you want to get everything you can out of character, we strongly recommend jumping into Practice Mode and learning him more thoroughly there!

Kuma Combos

Tekken 8: Kuma Guide

With Kuma's more crucial focuses outlined and covered, we can now move on to the bread and butter of any Tekken guide: combos. Kuma has many exciting ways to begin his offense and carry out combos, making him very expressive in this regard.

Below are several sections that will highlight many combos of Kuma's ranging from Standard to Counter Hit ones to ones that display Wall Carries and how to cap things off with a Rage Art. There are many combos below that you should practice to get the most out of Kuma in battle!

Kuma Standard Hit Combos

  • u/f 3 > b 2, 1 > b 2, 1 D > (Hunting) d 1+2 > (Hunting) d/f 2 > ff > u/f 2 > b 1
  • 2, 1, 2 > u 1+2, D > (Hunting) 1 > b 2, 2, 1 > d/b 2+3
  • f 1+2, 1+2 > b b ★ > 3+4 > (Hunting) d 1+2 > (Hunting) d 1+2 > (Hunting) 1, 2 (Hold)
  • (While Standing) 2 B, 2, 1 B > 2, 2, 1 > u/f 2 > ff > d 1+2
  • (Bear Roll) 1+2 > d 1+2 > (Bear Sit) 2 > ff > b 2, 1 D > (Hunting) d 1+2 > (Hunting) 1, 2

Kuma Counter Hit Combos

  • 1, 1, 1 > ff > u 1+2, D > (Hunting) 1 > b 2, 1 D > (Hunting) d 1+2 > (Hunting) 1, 2
  • u/f 2 > ff > u 1+2, D > (Hunting) 1 > b 2, 1 D > (Hunting) d 1+2 > (Hunting) d/f 2 > ff > u/f 2 > b 1
  • b f 2 > ff > u 1+2, D > (Hunting) 1 > b 2, 2, 1 > u/f 2 > d d/f f 2, 1
  • (Sidestep) 1+2 > D/B ★ 1, 2 (Hold) > ff > b 2, 1 D > (Hunting) d 1+2 > (Hunting) 1, 2

Kuma Wall Carry Combos

  • (Heat Active) d/f 2, 1 > u 1+2, D > (Hunting) 1 > b 2, 2, 1 > u/f 2 > b 1, F > b 2, 1, 1+2 (Wall Splat) > d d/f f 2, 1 (Wall Break) > f 1+2, 1+2
  • u/f 2 (Counter Hit) > ff > u 1+2, D > (Hunting) 1 > b 2, 1, 1+2 (Wall Splat) > d 1+2 (Wall Break) > f 1+2, 1+2 > ff > u/f 2 > ff > ★ 2+3 > ff > u/f 3, 4 (Wall Splat) > ff > b 2, 1 > d 1+2
  • 1 (Counter Hit) > 1, 1 > ff > b 2, 1 > b 2, 1, 1+2 (Wall Splat) > ffF 1+2 (Wall Blast) > u/f 2 (Wall Splat) > ff b 2, 1 > d 1+2

Kuma Rage Art Combo

  • (Heat Active) d/f 2+3 (Hold) > d/f 2+3 (Hold) > d/f 2+3 > d/f 2+3 > d/f 2+3 > 2+3 (Wall Break) > u/f 2 > d/f 1+2

Kuma Tips And Tricks

Tekken 8: Kuma Guide

Before closing out this Kuma guide, we wanted to offer a few more tips and tricks to help you wrap your head around playing as a bear. Again, while getting in on your opposition as Kuma can be challenging, once you're up and personal, you will be dishing out chip damage and can be a real nuisance if you play your cards right.

Kuma's b f 2 is a High Attack that deals tons of chip damage on block but also enables him to launch into a full combo on contact, making it one of the best moves to toss out once you get in range of your opponent.

Aside from that, his d/f 1, 2, 1+2 is an excellent string that will keep your opponent in a Block String, having you deal lots of chip damage in the process. If it connects, you will be rewarded with a natural combo and huge damage, making it an excellent tool to utilize whenever you the gap!

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