Bandai Namco is set to spice things up with the new Tekken 8 Heat System.
But many gamers still wonder what it does and how it works in game.
Let’s rush into this topic and learn more about the new heat system…
What is the Tekken 8 Heat System
Tekken 8 is the latest installment in the well-acclaimed 3D fighter Tekken series.
With each installment, they look to vary the gameplay by adding new mechanics to the fold, such as Tekken 7’s rage drive and Tekken 6’s rage bonus. Although sometimes they go a little too far in a few places, as was the case with Tekken 4, that is still a fantastic game, unbalance aside!
This new universal mechanic has both casual and pro players a little confused about what it is.
In essence, the heat system is Bandai’s way of encouraging players to play more aggressively.
It is represented by a blue bar directly under the player’s health bar. When Heat is activated, the character will have a light blue aura and the Heat bar will turn purple. During this Heat state players gain access to more moves and buffs once per round.
During it’s 10 seconds of activation the player gains access to Heat Dash and Heat Smash. Also the fighter in Heat begins to inflict chip damage to the opponent.
While Heat lasts for 10 seconds on its own you can extend it by hitting and bouncing the opponent.
It is possible to keep Heat going for the entire duration of the round. But this is dependednt on player skill and the opponents reactions. Although keep in mind, your opponent can do this as well.
How to Use Heat to Win Rounds
To enter Heat State, we have two ways.
Firstly, there is Heat Burst, where players perform a slamming attack, causing frame advantage on both hit and block.
This can be used to cause bounce during a combo as well, leading to more damage and combo variety.
Heat burst attacks can be cancelled at any time.
Secondly, we have a Heat engager, which is activated after certain moves are hit. Characters will dart forward with frame advantage.
While heat is on, we can use a special move called a heat smash, which uses up a bit of the heat bar and deals a fair chunk of damage.
Or we can use a heat dash by spending one Heat point. These can be used after certain moves to create a follow-up attack.
We gain 1 heat point after a heat burst and 2 points after a heat engager.
So it is best to look for Heat Engages, as they give us more options.
But keep in mind that although we are giving chip damage, it is not possible to kill Ko and his opponent with it. And they can regain their transparent health by attacking us.
Like any move, use the heat system for mixing up playstyles and applying pressure. Its another way of keeping the momentum going, forcing opponents into tight corners if done right. But be careful, as the opponent will be looking for engagements and bursts as well.
We look forward to Tekken 8 coming out on Playstation, Steam, and Xbox in January 2024.