Combat in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty demonstrates the basic combat mechanics of the game, as well as the special moves you can execute during combat. The usage of Divine Beasts during Wo Long Combat draws upon Chinese mythology and folklore but is still similar in combat mechanics to Nioh's Guardian Spirits. However, in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty combat moves much faster, and the game emphasizes high risk for high reward actions. Players are rewarded when they are aggressive and punished when they are too defensive, forcing a very fast-paced style of combat. In combat, players have an HP bar for their health or hitpoints and a Spirit gauge that acts as a form of stamina and allows you to use Wizardry Spells or Martial Arts. This page covers various information on all of the combat mechanics of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty.
Spirit & Spirit Gauge Mechanics
All Combat in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is based around gaining and consuming Spirit, and at the same time avoiding to lose it by getting hit. This is a mutual convinience, as your enemies will also have to work on their Spirit balance during combat against you, while you try to make them lose Spirit to gain advantage.
You can gain Spirit by deflecting enemy attacks successfully or by hitting them using regular attacks. You will consume some of your Spirit by dodging or blocking attacks, using Martial Arts or casting Spells, you won't be able to perform any of these actions if you run out of spirit. You will also lose Spirit by taking damage or unsuccessfully deflecting an enemy attack.
Combat Basic Strategy
Combat is aboud finding a good balance between performing regular attacks and deflecting enemy attacks to gain Spirit and consume it using Martial Arts and casting Spells, as you can't spam these special attacks or you will run out of Spirit and become much more vulnerable.
Hitting enemies will make your enemies lose their Spirit, they will become staggered if they get hit while their spirit meter is at its lowest, making them vulenrable to a fatal strike. The strategy to defeat Bosses or other Players in PvP is to focusing on lowering your rival spirit first, and then their health points performing fatal strikes which is the best way to deal damage.
Beginners Guide - 8 Tips Before You Play
Wo Long Gameplay Tips: Wo Long Combat
- Always try to stay aggressive and dominant in battle:
The game rewards aggression by filling your Spirit gauge with every successful attack or block, and punishes safe playstyles by decreasing your Spirit gauge with every enemy attack blocked or hit.
- Use deflect as much as you can:
Deflect will negate all incoming damage as well as increase your Spirit gauge and put you in a position to attack the enemy. Try to use deflect to create an opening for attack rather than guarding and waiting for an opening, as guarding excessively will likely deplete all of your Spirit and get you stunned.
- Use Spirit Attacks at the end of a Normal Attack combo:
Using a Spirit Attack after 3 or 4 Normal Attacks will reduce the usual time taken to do one, and maximise the Spirit damage to an enemy as well as the normal damage. This is especially important against Bosses, as using Spirit Attacks will shrink their Spirit gauge and thus will bring you closer to executing a Fatal Strike.
- Do not spam your Martial Arts and Wizardry Spells all the time:
These abilities are very powerful, but need to be used properly to be effective in battle. Using these spells decreases your Spirit gauge, and will leave you stunned if they are overused. When you use them, you are stuck in an animation, giving enemies some time to attack and break your stance as you are weakened from casting the ability. However, when the enemy is staggered, feel free to go crazy with these abilities; just make sure you keep an eye on your Spirit gauge while you do so.
- Use Martial Arts when your Spirit gauge is positive:
When your Spirit gauge is positive (blue) it empowers your next Martial Arts attack, dealing more damage to enemies. However, as stated before, do not spam Martial Arts as it will leave you with no Spirit gauge and make you prone to a stance break.
Wo Long Moves and Basic Concepts
Wo Long Combat: Master Fallen Dynasty
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