This article is a full detailed guide on Final Fantasy XV combo that we learn from the Episode Duscae demo. Information below is subject to change after the official release.
Crush is an opening attack for your ground combo. Simply press the attack button and Noctic will strike with his weapon. The strike will be different based on the chosen weapon which leading to different following combos and techniques as well.
Ravage is your combo weapon. You can both hold down your attack button on hold down continuously to string together a combo. A different weapon will make a different combo. For example, a sword is fast with moderate damage. Greatsword is slow yet deal significant damage. Picking the right weapon based on your situation and playstyle is a key to success in FFXV battle system.
Descend uses for an aerial attack. You can use it by jumping into the mid-air and strike in any designated direction. This can lead into aerial combos in the later part of the game. And again, each weapon gives different attack style. For example, spear might be difficult to land a blow. However, you should be able to do it with enough practice.
Vanquish is your combo finisher. Noctis will automatically execute it when an enemy is having critical HP to finish it off. Else, it can be triggered manually during combo strike at the right time. After striking with Ravage, wait until the weapon disappears. If you strike right then, you will attack using Vanquish. It might take some time to get used to it, but this is definitely essential. Once you get the timing right, you should be able to execute it with ease.
Counter Attack can be used in many ways. First, you can use it after you successfully dodge any incoming attack. Second, you can counter after parrying a strike. Third, using a “warp-dodge” also allows you to manually perform Counter if it’s done correctly. Simply “warp-dodge” into any direction away from your enemy and attack right after it. Lastly, Knightguard can also trigger a counter attack as well. Learn how to use a counter attack well since it deals significant damage without consuming MP.
Phantom Sword Combos
There are currently 4 Phantom Swords (Armiger Weapon) hidden in the game. Each weapon gives an extra ability to Noctic.
Phantom Sword(Armiger) Aqesiro
Official Description: Sword that slices through space and time, allowing its wielder to warp at will.
Phantom Sword(Armiger) Aqesiro is a key to combat in Final Fantasy XV which can be separated into two types. The first one is called “warp-strike”. By targeting an enemy with R1 and pressing X, you can warp into an enemy closing the gap. It’s a great way to get around the battlefield. In addition, you can use “warp-strike” to a high location fleeing away from enemies and recover HP and MP.
The second ability is “warp-dodge”. This one is a dodging ability allowing you to flee from any incoming damage by pressing R1 and O to any designated direction. This is considered as the best way to dodge attack yet it consumes a slight amount of MP.
This phantom sword is already in Noctic since the beginning of the game.
Phantom Sword(Armiger) Rhongomyniad
Official Description: Lance that nimble negates damage using displacement. Calls forth the preventive power of the Knightguard.
Phantom Sword Rhongomyniad gives you an ability of the Knightguard allowing you to recover from getting hit. You can activate it by pressing L1 after getting knocked down. Using the skill also gives HP back from the attack you prevent. However, you are unable to use the Knightguard if the blow fails.
Armiger Rhongomyniad is obtained automatically after you beat the Deadeye Behemoth.
Phantom Sword(Armiger) Galentine
Official Description: Gallant greatsword that cuts through thin air to find its mark. Calls forth the protective power of the Knightshield.
Phantom Sword Galentine gives you an ability of the Knightshield allowing you do reflex any range incoming attack like a bullet by holding L1.
Armiger Galentine is founded inside the Fociaugh Cavern located at the southeast area of the map. It’s in the middle area of the cave after you go through the small passage.
Phantom Sword(Armiger) Secace
Official Description: Storied sword that strikes with waves of resonance. Calls forth the formiable power of the Knightswords
Phantom Sword Secace gives you an ability of the Knightswords activating by pressing L1+R1 with full MP. And it will slowly drain your MP to zero. Upon activating, 4 Phantom Sword will be summoned and will attack randomly together with your main weapon attack.
The Phantom Sword Secace also automatically cases Phantom Sword Gelentine allowing you to parry without having to hold L1. And all abilities use during the Knightsword also cost zero MP.
This is a current ultimate ability that can deal heavy damage to an enemy. It’s suitable for fighting against a difficult enemy such as boss. Activate the Knightsword, warp-strike into an enemy, and keep attacking until it is dead.
Armiger Secace is located near the Digythe Haven camping site on a northeast cliff.
Finally, you can engage an enemy with a passive skill and active skill at the same time. In addition, 5 different weapons can be worn at a time and each weapon provides different skills making the real-time combat system in Final Fantasy XV to be super versatile and fun to play.