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Top 8 BEST Suikoden 3 Characters

This best Suikoden 3 characters guide will teach players the top 8 best characters in Suikoden 3.

Suikoden 3 was a phenomenal RPG for Playstation 2 and the third entry into the amazing Suikoden series. While Suikoden 2 is generally considered the best of the series, Suikoden 3 remains beloved.

Compared to Suikoden 2, Suikoden 3 introduces a skills system that evens the playing field for several of the characters who don’t have every rune slot open.

In Suikoden 3, what tends to matter is (for physical attackers) the amount of times they can attack in a round and (for magical attackers) their magic skill rank and the strength of the runes they can equip.

In this list you’ll notice a lot of representation from fast characters with the Swing skill and characters who get special, overpowered runes with high magic stats.

1. Emily – Best Suikoden 3 Characters

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Emily is the best character in the game, hands down. She gets an S in swing and is unarmed, which is a weapon with no weight, so she attacks 8 (!) times per round. Seriously, it’s just no contest. Put Emily on your team, she wrecks.

If you research the best Suikoden 3 characters anywhere, you’ll find a universal consensus that Emily is generally regarded as the best character in the game. Her attacks are exceptionally powerful, and she gets a game-breaking amount of them.

2. Juan – Best Suikoden 3 Characters

best suikoden 3 characters juan

Juan is the same deal as Emily, the only difference is you need to waste an equipment slot on him in order to prevent the sleep status that he starts every battle with. Otherwise, Juan and Emily are basically tied. Also, he’s sleepy and he chews on a leaf. What more could you ask for? You should consider putting both in your party for maximum devastation.

Like Emily, Juan deals amazing damage and attacks 6-8 times per round. These two characters alone can destroy most enemies in the game, including bosses, in a single round.

3. Geddoe – Best Suikoden 3 Characters

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Geddoe gets the True Lightning Rune (or the True Fire Rune, which is a worse rune, if you choose that route in the story), has insane magic stats, and is capable of achieving an S in lightning magic with a few pieces of equipment.

Geddoe’s unique True Lightning Rune is probably the best attack magic rune in the game, thus making Geddoe the best mage in the game. Additionally he’s a very above-average physical attacker (strong weapon, ~3 hits per round).

Because of Geddoe’s Lightning affinity and his insanely overpowered Lightning Rune, he’s probably the best offensive mage in the game, despite not being squishy or physically weak like other mage-type characters.

4. Hugo/Fubar – Best Suikoden 3 Characters

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Hugo is pretty good on his own (gets a lot of hits, probably 4-5), but having him ride Fubar combines his speed with massive power, so those 4-5 hits hit like a truck. This is the main reason Hugo + Fubar is good — absurd physical attack damage.

Additionally, Hugo also gets the True Fire Rune which is a nice little bonus. Hugo isn’t much of a mage and the True Fire Rune isn’t the best of the offensive runes you can access in Suikoden 3, but it does make him extra special and gives him some nice tools to deal AoE damage.

5. Watari – Best Suikoden 3 Characters

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Watari is good for the same reason as Emily and Juan — he’s fast and he gets a lot of hits. He’s definitely not as good, though. He gets fewer hits and he’s slightly weaker. Compared to Emily and Juan, who get 8 hits per round, Watari only gets about 6 hits.

Still, he’s super fast and 6 hits is still a lot. He also gets 3 free rune slots, so you can pump him up with Fury + Double Strike + Killer (or another passive damage increase rune).

6. Chris – Best Suikoden 3 Characters

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Chris gets the True Water Rune, but her magic is garbage — you have to pump her up with magic stones if you ever want access to the last True Water Rune spell.

Still, she’s a strong physical attacker and because the True Water Rune is a tier above the other Water Runes, she’s still probably the best healer you have access to. Even without access to the True Water Rune’s last spell, because it’s a higher tier rune, Chris gets more casts of powerful healing spells than dedicated mages.

Plus, you really can pump her magic up with magic stones if you want to unlock that last spell.

7. Sasarai – Best Suikoden 3 Characters

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Sasarai gets the True Earth Rune and very high overall magic skills. He’s probably the best mage in the game in terms of straight magical power. If Geddoe didn’t get access to a much more powerful rune, Sasarai would probably be the most effective mage overall.

Unfortunately, the True Earth Rune isn’t particularly powerful compared to the other elemental True Runes, but it’s still pretty good, and Sasarai has exceptional elemental affinity and among the best magic stats in the game.

8. Nei – Best Suikoden 3 Characters

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Nei is a support mage who gets the Jongleur rune, which basically buffs the attack power of your party. This is a big force multiplier for physical teams, especially ones focused on Emily, Juan, Hugo/Fubar and Watari.

Nei is not particularly useful outside of that, but in a game where berserk multi-hit physical attackers are the most powerful units you can build, Nei’s ability to strengthen that kind of character en masse is extremely useful.

Emily and Juan can pop the final boss in one round if they’re powered up by Nei. Food for thought.

That about covers it when it comes to the best Suikoden 3 characters. Be sure to check out the Main Page or the Game Guides section for more guides like this.


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