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The Wo Long Wiki Guide is a compilation of guides and information for Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, an upcoming title from Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo. This Wiki contains everything you need regarding Weapons, Armor, Skills & Magic, Combat Mechanics, Builds and much more. The Wo Long Wiki is a community resource open for editing by anyone and also features information useful for newcomers looking to learn the ropes, as well as genre veterans looking to share knowledge and tips for overcoming the challenges of the game.
What is Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty?
From the depths of darkness, a dragon soars.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is a brand new, upcoming action role playing game set in China during the chaotic Three Kingdoms Era. A collaborative effort from industry veterans Team Ninja, known for such massive hits as the Nioh and Ninja Gaiden series, as well as Koei Tecmo, creators of the longstanding and highly successful Dynasty Warriors franchise of videogames — Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty tells the tale of a nameless militia soldier fighting for survival in an alternate, fictional version of the Later Han Dynasty period.
At its core, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is a highly challenging masocore game in the same vein as Dark Souls by FromSoftware or more accurately, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Played from a third person perspective, it features fast-paced, punishing melee combat that demands skill, strategy and mastery of various gameplay mechanics, as well as learning enemy behavior patterns and how best to counter them.
Similarly to Nioh and true to Team Ninja form, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty blends together real-life historical events and locations with fictional dark fantasy and supernatural elements centered around local mythologies and ancient folklore. In this retelling of historical tales, players will take on the role of the nameless protagonist who must carve a path through war-torn battlefields, fending off demon hordes and a host of other evil creatures infesting the Three Kingdoms.
With Team Ninja tapping into Koei Tecmo's expertise on the Three Kingdoms era and the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel by Luo Guanzhong, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will focus on the years of the Yellow Turban Rebellion leading to the fall of the Han Dynasty, which kickstarts the beginning of the Three Kingdoms Era. During this timeframe, iconic figures of the period were yet to be recognized by the world, hence the name 'Wo Long' which translates to Crouching Dragon. This term also refers to a person of greatness who is yet to be known. This is a story of legends in the making and will see players come across the iconic heroes of the Three Kingdoms before their rise to glory, as well as the rise of the lowly protagonist from a nobody into a key figure that helped shape this rendition of an epic historical tale.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Gameplay Features
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty continues Team Ninja's popular tradition of fast-paced combat punctuated by over-the-top flair and flourish mixed with the punishing difficulty and mechanics of Soulslike titles. Building upon mechanics established in Nioh which were improved in the sequel Nioh 2, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty creates an experience that feels both new, yet familiar.
- Embark on a Journey to Glory from Obscurity - Become legend as you cut through the warring regions of an alternate version of ancient China during the Later Han Dynasty, which has been plagued by a demonic infestation.
- Meet the Legendary Heroes of Ancient History - Encounter iconic figures before their rise to fame and before their participation in key events and historic battles that shaped the Three Kingdoms.
- Carve a Path Forward with a Deadly Arsenal - Wield ancient armaments of Chinese origin. From straight sabers and curved blades, to polearms and halberds - each weapon is complented by your Martial Arts prowess and knowledge of Wizardry Spells, allowing you to engage combatants with flashy acrobatic maneuvers, lethal counters and explosive magical power.
- Take on Ferocious Foes - On your adventure, you will face many challenges from regular human opponents to demonic humanoids and creatures from Chinese Mythology and Folklore. These combatants will be at the forefront of obstacles you will face, with each one requiring you to learn their attacks, abilities and behavior patterns in order to formulate a counter attack and exploit their weaknesses. The chaotic world of Wo Long requires you to adapt and overcome.
- Master the ways of the Spirit - Wo Long replaces the Ki mechanic of previous titles with the Spirit Mechanic. This is based on the Yin-Yang system and teeters between positive and negative values. Spirit increases as you attack enemies and perform successful deflections. It also fuels your other abilities such as dodging, Martials Arts and Wizardry Spells. Enemies also have a Spirit Meter and Spirit is an important parameter during combat. Expert management of your Spirit Meter can mean the difference between life and death.
- Uphold the Virtues of the Five Phases - Wuxing, or the Five Phases is a fivefold concept at the heart of a system of Chinese philosophy. These are the Wood Phase, Fire Phase, Earth Phase, Metal Phase and Water Phase. Each one governs certain aspects of your character, strengthening their physical and spiritual aptitudes and making you more effective in and out of combat. The Five Phases are the core attributes that players can invest accumulated Genuine Qi in. Qi is obtained from defeating enemies and is essential in character development.
- Channel the Mystical Power of the Divine Beasts - Repel the Demonic horde with the holy light of powerful mythological creatures. These benevolent beings grant their might to people of outstanding character and abilities who uphold the virtues of the Five Phases, overcoming extreme adversity with their power.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Release Info
|Release Date||Early 2023 (Tentative, Official Date TBA)|
|Platforms||Playstation 5, XBox Series X/S, PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One|
|Developers||Team Ninja, Koei Tecmo|
|Publishers||Koei Tecmo, KOEI TECMO AMERICA Corporation|
|Availability||September 16 - September 26, 2022 (Limited Time Demo)|
|Platforms||Playstation 5 & Xbox Series X/S Only|
|PC System Requirements|
|Minimum Requirements||CPU: TBC
OS: 64-bit Operating System
|Recommended Requirements||CPU: TBC
OS: 64-bit Operating System
Everything We Know About Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty So Far
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Lore & Setting
The story takes place near the end of the 2nd Century, in 184 A.D. China, when the country was thrown into turmoil, bringing about the end of the long and prosperous Han Dynasty. Their fall from power is precipitated by the Yellow Turban Rebellion — a peasant uprising led by Zhang Jiao, fueled by the people's growing discontent and dwindling trust in the House of Han. Zhang Jiao's Way of the Taiping saw its dangerous rituals desecrating the land, converting blind believers and empowering them. These events take place as a growing demonic infestation is ravaging the country, which thrusts the Nameless Protagonist into action as they attempt to supress the revolters. In all the chaos, the Protagonist has a chance encounter with a young man, beginning the tale of legends in the making.
The Warring States of Ancient China
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will take players through the beautiful albeit war-torn landscapes of ancient China. From the snowcapped Taihang Mountains and the beseiged passageways through the Yellow River to Luoyang, the grand capital city of the Han Empire.
With the ever-looming threat of the Yellow Turban Rebellion and the growing Demonic horde, each location is fraught with peril and obstacles to overcome, as well as secrets to discover.
Historical Figures and Heroic Icons
On their journey to quell the threats in the country, the Protagonist will come across key characters who are an integral part of the Three Kingdoms saga. The majority of these are still unknown as the story focuses on the very beginning of these prominent events in China's history. Players familiar with the Dynasty Warriors titles are sure to recognize some of these key players who were building their legend during the Fall of the Han Dynasty and other scenarios revolving around these events.
Of the massive roster of characters in the Dynasty Warriors games and the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel in general, Zhao Yun, Zhang Liang and the almighty Lu Bu have been confirmed to be in the game, with many more such as Zhou Tai and Gan Ning likely to make an appearance.
Gameplay Mechanics in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is an action RPG with many intricate systems and complex mechanics that genre vets familiar with the Souls and Nioh games will recognize such as a deep leveling and customization mechanic, item and environment-based lore and storytelling,incredibly tough encounters which require a lot of trial and error and skill, a "bonfire" mechanic for leveling up, battle preparations and many more. In this section we break down what is known from trailers, previews and demos, as well as what is speculated based on Team Ninja's previous efforts and very successful track record for creating unique, completely engrossing worlds filled with challenges and excitement.
In Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, combat is a predominantly melee affair as players and enemy combatants both wield weaponry based on ancient Chinese Martial Arts such as swords, staves, spears and polearms. Players can equip up to two sets of Melee Weapons and they can quickly switch between them during combat using various inputs, some of which result in seamless combos with two different weapons.
The basics of combat are centered around the Spirit mechanic. A Spirit Gauge acts as the main resource to fuel your moves and abilities. Spirit is based on the philosophy of Yin and Yang and the gauge starts off neutral.
Players have access to Basic Attacks which can be chained into varying combos depending on weapon type. Landing such attacks will raise the Spirit Gauge towards the positive end. Players can also perform Spirit Attacks which are slower, heavier moves that deal more damage, as well as special Martial Arts Skills which varies from weapon to weapon.
Another set of moves in the player's arsenal are Wizardry Spells which are mystical abilites that utilize the elements to cast various effects ranging from damaging single-target projectiles, destructive area-of-effect blasts, elemental weapon enchantments to healing and other buffs. These special moves all consume a set amount of Spirit and will move the Spirit Gauge towards the negative end. When the player's Spirit is in the positive range, performing attacks that consume Spirit will deal increased damage.
Players can also Guard with their weapon which will mitigate damage or Dodge over both short and long distances.. All of these moves consume the Spirit Gauge and being at the lower-end of the negative range will put you at risk of being staggered by an enemy's attack, which will take time to recover from. After a few seconds without taking any Spirit-modifying actions, the Spirit Gauge will slowly return to neutral. The Spirit Gauge can also be affected positively by Deflecting enemy attacks. This is performed by dodging just before an attack lands. Successful deflects not only open enemies up to counters but also push the Spirit Gauge towards the positive end, empowering your retaliating strikes.
Enemies will sometimes perform unblockable Fatal Strikes, denoted by a red glow as they wind up for the attack. Deflecting these perfectly will push the enemy's Spirit Gauge all the way towards the negative end, staggering them and opening them up for a powerful Fatal Strike of your own which will deal very heavy damage, often defeating basic enemies in a single blow. Players can also perform Fatal Strikes on enemies that are unaware of your presence, making stealth a valid approach to get through certain sections of a mission.
Punctuated by over-the-top Martial Arts maneuvers and flair, combat in Wo Long is an intricate dance and mastery of the Spirit Gauge is the key to overcoming challenges presented to players.
The Five Phases and Leveling System
Character progression in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is tied to the Five Phases or Wuxing in Chinese Philosophy. This is a fivefold concept represented by the Virtues of the Wood Phase, Fire Phase, Earth Phase, Metal Phase and Water Phase.
In essence, these replace the traditional Strength, Intelligence, Dexterity, Constitution and other stats found in many similar titles. Upon defeating opponents, players will accumulate Genuine Qi which are the "Souls" in Wo Long — a key currency that can be invested for points in any of the Five Phases. Raising your virtues will also raise various stats such as Attack, Physical & Elemental Defense, Spirit Consumption and Luck. Every point invested will level your character up and each subsequent point will require more and more Genuine Qi.
Players will need to be careful however, as Death will cause you to lose half of your accumulated Qi. You will get one chance to take Revenge on the opponent that killed you in order to regain your lost Qi but dying once more before being able reclaim your Qi will cause you to lose them forever. Throughout your adventure, you will come across consumable items that will grant a set amount of Genuine Qi which are useful for "banking" a certain amount of this currency and using them when needed.
Leveling up can be performed at Battle Flags, which are essentially the "Bonfires" of the game, acting as checkpoints and resurrecting you when you fall in battle.
Aside from leveling, The Five Phases encompass the vast majority of stat-related variables in Wo Long. Equipment such as Weapons and Armor all have varying levels in the virtues which make them more or less effective in combat.
Wizardry Spells also employ the Five Phases to interact with each other in different ways:
- Wood Overcomes Earth
- Earth Overcomes Water
- Water Overcomes Fire
- Fire Overcomes Metal
- Metal Overcomes Wood
By understanding this, you will be able to counter Wizardry Spells or the positive/negative effects that they cause, as well as arm yourself with the proper weapons and defenses to exploit enemy weaknesses and protect yourself from harm.
The Divine Beasts are powerful, holy beings from Chinese mythology and folklore that the Protagonist can summon to aid them in many ways.
These creatures have the power to repel Demonic Qi and grant strength to those who call upon them. The Divine Beasts are tied to the Five Phases and can be summoned once the player's Divine Beast Gauge is full. The Divine Beast Gauge fills as you deal and take damage in combat. Once ready, a Divine Beast can be summoned in two different ways. A Standard Summon causes the beast to unleash its abilities upon the battlefield ranging from large AoE attacks to field healing showers. The other method is through Divine Beast Resonation which causes the beast to buff the Protagonist and their allies with several varying effects such as increased Critical Strike chance, Improved Attack or enchanting weapons with elemental properties for a limited time.
The Protagonist will encounter and gain the favor of many different Divine Beasts throughout their adventure such as Qinglong the Dragon with high affinity to the Wood Phase, Baihu the Tiger who upholds the virtues of the Metal Phase and Zhuque the Phoenix who wields the destructive power of the Fire Phase. Players can equip one Divine Beast at a time and the currently active beast can be switched out at a Battle Flag. These mighty beings essentially serve as a trump card that can quickly turn the tide of battle when players are in a pinch, much like the Yokai from the Nioh games.
The Morale System
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty employs a Morale system that adds another layer to combat. Morale acts as a fluctuating modifier for both Player and Enemy strength. Defeating Enemies and landing certain attacks will raise your Morale Points and it will increase in Rank after reaching certain thresholds. The higher your Morale, the more damage you do to enemies and the less damage you take from their attacks. However, the same is true for enemies and you will often encounter opponents that have a much higher Morale Rank than those of surrounding basic units, making them more difficult to take on. When you are hit by an enemy's Fatal Strike, you will lose a portion of Morale Points and losing enough will cause your Moral Rank to decrease. Conversely, landing Fatal Strikes on enemies will give a large amount of Moral Points, making it easier to rank up.
When you fall in combat, you will lose all of your accumulated Morale along with half of your Genuine Qi, and the enemy that dealt the killing blow will increase their Morale Rank by 1. You can regain your lost Morale and Qi by successfully defeating the same enemy, but they are lost forever if you fall in combat again before doing so.
As you progress through a mission, you will encounter Battle Flags which will act as your checkpoints. Each Battle Flag that you interact with for the first time in a mission will raise your Fortitude, a stat that prevents your Morale from falling below your current Fortitude Rank even if you fall in battle.
Another function of Morale Ranks is allowing the use of Wizardry Spells. Some of the most powerful spells can only be cast with a high Morale Rank so it is imperative that you keep your Morale up to maintain an advantage over your enemies. Some Spells are also modified when cast with high Morale. Some examples of this are adding more hits to an attack-oriented spell or increasing the AoE radius of wide-hitting spells. Similar modifications are made to Divine Beast attacks and abilities when summoned with high Morale.
Quest & Mission Structure
Wo Long Wiki: Fallen Dynasty will follow Nioh's Quest & Mission Structure. Instead of the large interconnected worlds found in titles like Dark Souls and Bloodborne, Wo Long will employ an overworld map depicting the regions of China covered during the events in the game. Players will be able to select Missions on the map which will lead to the various locations featured such as towns and villages, valleys and mountain ranges. These Missions are often self-contained and do not allow for seamless travel between different locations. Missions are unlocked depending on progress and the completion of other content. There will be Main Quests which are integral to progressing the story, as well as Side Quests which provide additional challenges, rewards, backstory.
If Wo Long were to truly follow Nioh's Mission structure, the same locations may offer different Missions with varying enemy types and placement, objectives and certain pathways blocked or unblocked. Certain Missions will also be replayable in order to farm for loot and experience.
Wo Long Online Multiplayer, The Vengeance Mechanic and Reinforcements
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, much like Team Ninja's titles before it, will feature various forms of Online Multiplayer.
At the very basic level, players will encounter enemies that defeat other players in their worlds. These are known as Vengeance Targets. They will typically have high Morale Rank and may prove fairly difficult to defeat but they will often give various bonuses when defeated or drop special loot. When you come across a corpse with a banner displaying a Player's online ID and cause of death, a Vengeance Target is sure to be nearby.
Successfully defeating these enemies will not only reward you with a good amount of Qi, Morale Points and Loot but it will also replenish a charge of Dragon's Cure Pot for the player you avenged. Similarly, when you are killed and avenged by another player, you are given a charge of Dragon's Cure Pot as well which can be useful when you're in a pinch.
Another aspect of Online Multiplayer is the ability to recruit Other Players into your world for Co-Op Play. This can be done by using a Tiger Seal at a Battle Flag. These seals are consumable items that can be found in the world, obtained as loot from enemies and likely purchasable from merchants. Similarly, you can use a Tiger Seal to call for reinforcements from NPCs you've met throughout the story. This will include the great Heroes of the Three Kingdoms and their assistance can be extremely valuable for struggling players. Whether you recruit a human player or an NPC to aid you, an Assist Gauge will become available in your session. As long as the gauge is not completely depleted, you will be able to revive NPCs or players (and other players can revive you) when they fall in combat.
It is currently unknown if Player-vs-Player Combat will feature in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty.
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