From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is finally around the corner! In honesty, it hasn’t been the longest development time ever. Still, when it comes to a From Software title, the wait feels eternal (we are looking at you Bloodborne II, still waiting for you!).
As we get closer and closer to release date, more details are coming out, especially on the combat system of the game. Combat, as in other From Software gems, is vital here. As expected from the studio, the combat mechanics are precise, deep and most importantly hard yet fun to master.
Here are five essential combat tips that would make you a true Shinobi in no time!
1. Stealth is Shinobi’s Best Friend
Sekiro is entirely different from the Soulsborne series. One of the areas this is mostly reflected is in the combat approach. Stealth is a true ally this time around. Recklessly running will end up in reckless and swift death for The Wolf.
Taking your time to evaluate the situation will be crucial to your success in keeping that surprise stealth factor. If you are successful at keeping hidden, you will be able to asses a death blow to your enemies and kill them effortlessly. In the worst-case scenario, against a strong enemy, a death blow will at least cause severe damage and make the rest of the fight easier for you.
Stealth will also be a great tool to swiftly reduce the enemies per stage, dramatically raising your chances of success. In a typical From Software fashion, every enemy in Sekiro poses a severe threat if they pile up or if you are too careless in your combat approach.
2. The Environment is your Most Deadly Weapon
From Software have shown us they are masters when it comes to level design. This craft mastery has given Sekiro a world that’s entirely designed to work on your favor if you’re patient and smart enough.
The Wolf’s prosthetic arm offers a grappling hook that allows you to move freely and silently throughout the varied scenarios. There’s a ton of open and expansive areas here. Taking advantage of the different landmarks will grant you a higher chance to land death blows.
You can effortlessly climb to the top of buildings, granting you the chance to perform lethal blows from above. The same principle applies for ledges, taking advantage of your lower position can help you sneak, and one hit KO enemies from below.
3. Keep your Posture
There’s no stamina bar on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice! Well, the celebration ends now, as there is a new system to replace it somehow. Now, you will have a Posture bar; this bar will indicate how open you and your enemies are to death blows.
Every time you successfully land a hit on an enemy or deflect one of its attacks, their posture bar will increase. Once the bar fills, their posture will break, and you will be able to deliver a death blow. The same principle applies to you.
This time you can deflect (parry) as much as you want since you have no stamina, but it will minimally increase your posture bar. Blocking attacks repeatedly, on the other hand, will break posture at a much faster pace. Getting hit will also raise your posture bar by a considerable amount. Once your posture bar fills, you will also be open to critical hits that will result in your demise. Keeping your posture is necessary!
4. Deflect, Dodge, Deflect, ATTACK!
Sekiro took the Shinobi fighting style to heart. You’re encouraged to deflect attacks, not block them. Timing and observation are essential to master the attack rhythm for each enemy successfully. The idea here is not to aimlessly slash your foes. The combat mechanic centers in carefully approaching enemies and break their chain of attacks. You can achieve this by deflecting, dodging, and breaking enemy posture to leave them defenseless, finally leading to an end with a death blow.
Don’t waste your time randomly attacking your enemy, let them come to you and use their attacks against them. Striking at the proper moments, after deflecting and dodging, will raise your chances of rapidly breaking your opponent’s posture leaving the fight unharmed (well, mostly at least!).
5. Use your Arm, Exploit Enemies’ Weakness
Your arm is no mere trinket or grappling hook. It is a powerful tool that also serves as a versatile weapon. These weapon attachments for your arm consume Spirit Emblems. This limitation compels you to use each one wisely.
Some enemies are weaker to specific weapons and will break their posture much easily. For example, Giant Ogres are feeble against the fire attachment, and the ax attachment easily breaks enemy shields. These weaknesses will help you determine the right time to pull off a deadly combo with your arm and sword ending the battle much quicker.
Master the Path of the Shinobi!
These five tips will surely help you master the path of the Shinobi with less effort and frustration. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is not intended to be an easy game. It is built to be From Software’s hardest game to date. This fact doesn’t translate to impossible; it just means that we will have more fun with the challenge. The Wolf awaits, and the Shinobi path lies ahead!
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