10 years later, a few mediocre titles, and plenty of delays… Final Fantasy XV is finally here! If you’re still getting used to the brand new combat system, let’s understand this ish.
Below you will find a complete beginner’s guide to help you in your perilous quest!
A good offense is a good defense
You have a plethora of weapons and magic at your disposal, but that’s not enough to survive the harsh world of FFXV. Better get good at using that SQUARE (X if you’re on Xbox) button. A good dodge can mean life or death in this game. As well with that blocking and parrying when prompted to will give you an opportunity to dish out a massive combo!
A great defensive maneuver is if you do get cornered and need to get away quick, unlock from the enemy, turn the screen to an open area and warp there with TRIANGLE (Y if you’re on Xbox). While you may use some MP along the way, it’s a lot better than taking a beating.
MP is your best friend and worst enemy
In this game, MP is used for a lot of things during combat so make sure you watch it! Yes you can warp strike an enemy, hit them with a dope combo, dodge a few attack and do it all over again, but you’re find by the end of it you’ll barely have an MP. If this happens, look for some cover or a point-warp to get that MP back; your friends will have you covered while to rest up a bit.
Don’t neglect magic
We get it, you got some sweet weapons like a massive sword or a lance that you want to use but magic is key to attacking multiple enemies, taking advantage of weaknesses and knocking back a charging enemy. When in groups, magic will be best for damaging and distracting multiple enemies. Whether you’re using wait mode or you have specific abilities to show enemy weaknesses, most enemies will have a weakness to a specific element.
And lastly, if you’re fighting somewhat of a tough foe, think about using magic to start your combos. This last tip is my favourite as I am usually more of a fan of sticking to my weapons. The good thing is that magic will (usually) flinch an enemy giving you a window to land a safe combo. So turn up your inner Harry Potter and get used to using your magical abilities.
As you’ve been playing, you should of already noticed that sometimes you’ll do more damage doing certain things. Well that is your damage modifier. Take note of was of how that changes as many different actions will give you a bigger bonus. Some of the ones I prefer to use are attacking an enemy from behind (yea it’s cheap but there are no rules on the streets!), warp striking from a point-warp, or combo attacks with friends.
As well with that, make sure you know your enemies weakness as that will change how much damage you do. If you skipped over the tutorial at the start of the game, it tells you that all your weapons will not do the same amount of damage to all enemies, so get used to switching weapons on the fly. Orange damage means you are doing optimal damage, whereas purple means you’re doing resisted damage. You can find out weaknesses by using wait mode, or by getting abilities from the skill tree.
It’s Alright to Use your Items
Do not be afraid to use your items. The problem with RPG players in general is that we have a bad tendency to hold on to items until we really need it. That’s much more apparent since magic is now a consumable. Get liberal with your item use, you’ll come across plenty more as you play through the game. Magic too! You’ll come across plenty of magic deposits to refill your stock of magic.
Wait Mode is a thing
If you’re more of a strategic person then check out Wait Mode in the options menu. Wait mode allows you to stop time in the middle of battle to help you decide what you’re going to do next rather than having to think on the fly. Wait mode also gives you the ability to use Libra. Fans of the series will know that Libra is used to determine weaknesses, strengths, and hp count for your enemies. This might be the edge you need to take down that tough group of enemies.
There’s no I in Team
My last tip is use your team, they’re there to help! Press that L1 (Left Bumper on Xbox) and get Prompto to shoot that monster in the face. Or get Gladiolus to smack a guy in the face with his massive sword. These attacks have potential to do awesome damage, and give you an opportunity to do a follow up attack which will only stack on the total damage. Each of your party members has a special attack that does different things, such as Ignis who will do damage to multiple enemies. Your friends are potentially as strong as you are, use them to your advantage!
Final Fantasy XV has an amazing combat system that is pretty easy to use, but will take some time to master. These tips are a platform to figure out your style, so take them into this massive world and get to slaying. Good luck, friends!
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