Basic Combat Mechanics You Should Know

Health Pool, Damage, Recovery and Death

The party has four members, each of them obviously has a Health bar. Damage does not affect maximum Health. Whenever damage is taken, only your current health pool is taken into consideration. To recover health, use a potion. The health pool will automatically recover to maximum over time.

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Health Reduction is caused when your Health gauge is fully depleted and your Hero enters the Danger status where attacks are impaired and the only thing you can do is slowly move. When you reach the danger status, your maximum Health bar will be drained and you will gradually lose Health based on the damage taken. To leave the Danger status, you need to either use a healing consumable, remain unharmed for some time or you need to be helped by another party member.

Enemies that you face during night are especially powerful. Demons for example will drain both your current and maximum Health.

When you’re taking damage, you can restore only the Health you lost there is no restoring above the cap. Your max Health is capped and to lift the penalty and restore to max, you need to rest at a camp or lodging or use a powerful consumable.

If you reach 0, you die. You have a few seconds window to use a recovery item, like Phoenix Down. If you don’t use it, you will see the Game Over screen. When resurrected, you will have little Health and need to replenish it with methods mentioned indicated above.

Magic Points (MP)

Exclusive to Noctis, Magic Points equal his magic energy pool. It’s his resource for attacks and anytime you use an ability such as warp-striking. When you use a MP spender (attack) the cost is deducted from the entire MP pool. There are several ways to replenish your MP gauge.

1. Over time by not taking damage whereas hiding behind objects will increase the regeneration.
2. Point-warping to a blue marker will instantly restore Noctis’ s entire MP pool.
3. Once you learn Osmostrike Ascension ability and successfully complete aerial attacks, your MP gauge regeneration rate will increase which awards aggressive strategies.
4. Similar to Health, your gauge can be restored with consumables whereas the amount of MP restored depends on the quality of the consumable.

When your MP gauge is fully depleted, Noctus will enter Stasis. During Stasis, your MP-based moves are disabled temporarily. Noctis will collapse for a short duration if you try to perform MP-based moves. You need to constantly monitor and pay close attention to your MP gauge, because some moves will consume a lot of it, especially warping.

Attributes

Parameters that strongly influence your combat efficiency. You can view them in the Main Menu.
Attributes increase with gear or by eating at restaurants or while camping. Gear is a little harder to come by, but the boys it provides is active as long as it’s equipped. Meal attributes boosts are easy to come by, the bonus they provide is temporary. It can be easily farmed.

Stat buffs are vital for doing battles. You should always make use of them. It’s useful to get elemental resistance buffs if you’re facing enemies with different elements. Having the entire party eat before an encounter can greatly increase your success.

Attributes (Stats) Overview

Here you can find all the different stats or “attributes” that you will encounter in the game.

Attack – Determines your melee damage done
Defense – Determines your damage taken from melee attacks
Health – Indicator of your HP status.
Magic – Affects your spell damage dealt

Resistances

Determine the damage dealt from specific resistance-based attacks. For example when fighting Fire mobs, it’s good to have some fire resistance that will decrease your Fire damage taken.
The following resistances are in the game

• Dark Resistance
• Ice Resistance
• Fire Resistance
• Lightning Resistance
• Shot Resistance

Spirit – A stat that affects your resistance to magical damage
Strength – Affects your melee damage dealt
Vitality – Determines the resistance of physical damage

Status Effects (Buffs)

Buffs will boost one of your attributes. You can get them mostly by equipping accessories or by eating meals. They are indicated by blue or green square-shaped icons.

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Debuffs

Mobs will place debuffs on you that can temporarily reduce some of your stats. To mitigate it, a quick reaction is needed. You can again use consumables to dispel them.

Damage Types

Damage is of two-fold nature. Either physical or magical. Different stats or “attributes” come to mind when dealing with or enhancing your abilities. Strength is important for physical damage and applies to weapons, Magic attributes determine the power of or resistance to spells. All enemies have a set amount of affinities that determine their damage sustenance from attacks.

Betty / December 9, 2016 / Combat

Combat Guide Based on 50 Minutes Gameplay

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Instead of September 30, Final Fantasy has postponed to November 26, 2016. In compensation for this bad news, the developer team released a new 50 minutes gameplay video showing all important systems especially on the gameplay of the game. This article is going to talk about everything we learned so far from this new gameplay footage.

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The video started with the backstory of Noctis and his friends escaping from a gigantic monster who set everything on fire. Then, it quickly swapped to chapter one that prince Noctis is on his way to meet his bride-to-be, Lady Lunafreya at Altissia, capital of Accordo. After that, all important gameplay are gradually displayed.

Here’re what we have learn from the video:

Main Menu

Main menu is a key part of Final Fantasy XV where you can take a look at all current status of your characters such as current HP/MP, attack, defense, EXP, and more. Gil, AP points, and the total number of playtime are also displayed here. In addition, you can literately control everything from here. There are 8 sub menus inside as followings:

Map – Show map of the current area. It can locate outposts and other points of interest. Areas you visit and objects you encounter as well as quest destination will be automatically added to the map. It can be updated by talking to tipsters at diners, and new points of interest in surrounding areas will be automatically added to the map.

5 sub menus can be found inside the map: return to rest point, return to car, call car, tow car, and return to entrance.

main menu

Quests – Check the list of all undertaken quests, both in progress and completed, and select a destination to display on the map. It is still unconfirmed how many side quests you can take at once though.

Gear – Equip weapons, accessories, outfits and techniques to all characters. Noctis can equip up to four weapons at the same time, while his friends can only equip two. Noctis and his friends’ outfits can be changed based on their attire. They can wear black jacket, military uniform, or even sport attires.

There are 13 types of weapon in FFXV: sword, greatsword, polearm, dagger, handgun, shield, machinery, royal arms, fire, thunder, blizzard, summon, but the last one is still unknown.

Ascension – Assigning AP (Ability Points) to all characters. AP is the game abilities system such as Libra (lock on to an enemy while in cover to scan for weaknesses), Accessory Slot (equip two accessories), Phase (automatically evade attacks while holding down square), and a lot more.

AP can be earned by leveling up, completing quests, strategic ops, and even by impressing friends in conversation.

Skills – Still do not sure what is it about since the game hasn’t shown it yet.

Magic – Craft spells using the elemental energy you have collects, then equip magic flasks to use them in the field. Magic can be equipped though “Gear” menu as well.

Items – Shows all items in possession

Photograph – Shows all photograph taken by Prompto

Item

Item can be purchased at a various shops or NPC inside the game. An NPC inside the diner is going to be your main supplier. Recovery items, cooking ingredient, and more can be purchased here. Recovery items are quite similar to the previous installments: potion to recover HP, elixir to recover HP and MP, Phoenix Down to revise a fallen character, and an antidote to cure status alignment.

However, the only different is that potion now restores half of HP, instead of a slight exact amount of HP. Hi-Potion can store full HP. And elixir is not a rare item anymore. It can be purchased from an NPC but restores only half of HP and MP. You need to use Hi-Elixir for full HP and MP.

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Purchasing items from an NPC at the diner

Quests

There are mainly two types of quests in Final Fantasy XV: main quests and side quests.

Main Quest – It’s a primary way to progress the game story. It will begin after Noctis have a conversation with a certain character marked with a red icon. Sometimes during the conversation, a player is able to decide the flow of conversation eg when Noctis talked to Cindy in an early game regarding the Regalia, a player had 3 choices to question Cindy which are to ask for a discount, ask for a loan, and ask Noctis’ friends. The conversation that impresses an NPC will be rewarded with Ability Point.

The main quest will be always marked in red for both icon and quest title in the mini map. And after you completed it, a certain NPC, mostly a quest giver, will contact and tell you what to do next.

Side Quest – It’s an optional quests received from various. It comes with different rewards for example, hunting quest gives gil and exp, weapon upgrading quests give a more powerful weapon, and so on.

Hunting quest can be received from an NPC at the diner. The NPC will tell you available monsters in a hunting list with recommended level and rewards. Complete hunts to earn starts and increase your hunter rank. Increasing the rank will allow you to undertake more challenging hunts.

After accepting the quest, it will mark with different colors based on quest types. Hunting quest will be marked with yellow, blue for weapon upgrade, and so on.

Elemental Magic

Unlike previous installments, a player now requires to collect magic ingredient called “elemental energy” in order to case elemental magic such as fire, blizzard, and thunder. The energy can be absorbed from deposits found near havens (camping areas) and in other places around Eos. Some enemies also drop elemental magic as well.

After obtaining some amounts of elemental energy, a player needs to craft spells under “Magic Menu” and then equip magic flasks in order to use it during combat. Each magic flask gives different abilities as well based on components. For example, combining fire energy with a potion can cast a fire magic dealing damage to enemies and healing allies at the same time. The amount of damage is based on numbers of energy used in the spell craft.

It is recommended to always equip a magic flask. A proper combination of fire magic can deal a maximum damage at 9999 easily even in an early game making it becomes very useful when dealing with hordes of enemies or a difficult boss.

elemental magic harvest

Camping and Cooking

Camping at havens is the only way to get all EXP counted up from the day as well as getting a status-boosting meal. Ignis uses ingredients to prepare meals at camp. Each recipe requires different ingredients and provides different buffs.

For example, an open-faced breakfast sandwich, increasing attack by 30, requires two Gighee hams and two birdbeast eggs while Veggie Medley Stew, increasing attack by 20 and maximum HP by 150, requiring each of funguar, sheep milk, and laiden potato. Food buff only lasts for a day.

As soon as you acquire cooking ingredients necessary for a new recipe, Ignis’ will learn how to do it automatically. There are mainly four ways to obtain cooking ingredients: monster drops, loots, fishing, and buying from an NPC.

One thing to remember is that a player will not level up without camping and risk to encounter a difficult beast at night. For example, a level-30 iron giant can appear at night even in an early game.

cooking menu

Fishing

Fishing is Noctis’ specialty. There are four things you need for fishing: Line, Lure, Rod, and Reel. Different line provides different durability. Different lure is suitable for a different fish. Rod and reel are for attack and defense.

To begin fishing, go to a fishing spot and press “x”. As soon as a fish bite a hook, immediately move L stick to a designated direction. Then, try to reel it in without breaking tension of the line.

fishing

Regalia

Regalia is a main transportation in Final Fantasy XV. It will take the band of bros from places to places. When the game progress to some point, it can be modified into an airship. Noctis can drive it himself (manual drive) or ask Ignis to do the job (automatic drive). However, Ignis will not drive at night when the demons are out.

To start the automatic driving mode, select a destination from the list of locations and Ignis will drive there using the shortest route. Locations can be a parking spot, quest location, and any point in the map. When choosing a location, the game will tell you how long it takes to reach there.

When the driving starts, you can see a new icon showing how close you are to the destination. And when Noctis pass a specific location, he will talk to his friends about it. Driving seems to be limited than what we expect since we can only drive on the road.

regalia

Chocobo

A player should be able to ride a chocobo in Chapter 2 at the Chocobo Post after defeating the dead eye, the one-eye behemoth from the Episode Duscae. Chocobo can be customized by color and medal. A player can use seeds and fruits found in the wild to create dyes to change chocobo’s color.

Medals can be obtained by winning a chocobo race. It is only a decorative item which does not give any buff.

A chocobo can run, glide, and even swim. It is possible that there will be areas that are only accessibly by riding a chocobo at a later point of the game.

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Noctis is riding a white chocobo

Royal Arms

Royal arms are mystical weapons embodying the power of the rulers of old and only eligible for the king bloodline, Noctis. These weapons are incredibly powerful but cost MP to wield. There are thirteen known royal arms each located at a royal tomb.

Noctis can easily get the first royal arm after meeting Cor. It is quite difficult to get the rest since most royal tombs are all abandoned and full of traps and monsters. Sadly, we still do not see the power of these weapons from the gameplay video.

royal arms - sword of the wise

Combat

Combat from the gameplay video isn’t that much different than in the past. See this article for more information.

Betty / August 22, 2016 / Combat

Combat System: Combo, Weapons, Technique, and Leveling

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This article is going to give you an idea of what combat and combos in FFXV are like based on based on the information we have so far eg Episode Duscae, Platinum Demo, and other game footages. Although combat system in FFXV seems to be simple, it can be pretty confusing at the same time.

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3 Main Keys of Combo

Attack strikes are mainly based on three things; distance, weapons, and actions. If you are far away from an enemy, the strike you use will be different than when you are near. The strike between each weapon is also different. And when you do a special movement, such as parry, you will perform a different strike than normal.

Attack strikes are also determined by what weapon you have for each of them. And to make the combat system more complicated, each weapon also offers a different type of effects. Some negates enemy defence, some increases critical hits, some recovers MP, some recovers health, and more.

Based on the demo, 4 weapons can be equipped at the same time. Your normal initial attack depends on the first weapon in your set follow by other weapons in the set respectively. Currently there are 5 normal combos: Crush, Ravage, Vanquish, Counter, and Descend. You can freely assign which weapon you want to use for each combo and can even freely swap during combat. Read this article to learn more about combo attacks in Final Fantasy xv

Update: From the recent game footage, you can freely swap an initial weapon by using D-Pad instantly. And it will not automatically change unless you do it yourself.

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Current known available weapons:

Single-Handed Sword: A one-handed sword with medium range and size. Quick, fast, deals moderate damage, and easy to use.

Great Sword: A large sword with long range and size. Slow yet deals significant damage to several enemies at once. Perfect for a counter attack.

Daggers: Dual daggers with short range and size. They are able to deal multiple attacks in quick succession with high movement speed. However, damage is quite low.

Spear: A long ranged spear mainly for thrusting an enemy. It is a good choice for an aerial attack.

Shuriken: A ninja-style weapon. Both hands are required. It deals significant damage from afar yet consumes a small amount of MP.

Shield: A shield can be wear together with a single-handed sword. It can block enemies attack as well as make them off balance by guarding right before the attack happens.

ffxv combat system showcase

Technique Attack

“Technique attack” from your weapons can be performed by pressing a “triangle button”. Use D-Pad to choose which technique you would like to execute. Note that the technique attack doesn’t change the regular combo attacks.

In addition, weapons have special techniques you can use no matter in which spot you put them it. Some technique is especially for a counter attack while some for an aerial attack and so on.

Update: Your partner is now able to use a technique attack as well

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Partner technique command can be seen on the left corner

Warp-Strike

After you locked on an enemy by holding a button from afar, press “x” and you will immediately perform a warp-strike. Then, holding an attack button to perform a successive combo based on the set of weapon you equip.

Update: You can even “warp-kill” some enemy if you can attack them unnoticed from a distance. It is very useful especially for an infiltrate-style mission.

Dodge and Parry

“L1” is a dodge button and you can do an automatic dodge by holding the button. Alternatively, it can parry an attack if you press it at the right time when an enemy is about to hit you. After parried, you have two choices between performing a counter attack by yourself or do a “link attack” with your partner by pressing a square button and finishing it by a follow up counter attack.

A successful counter attack deals significant damage but the strict timing is necessary. Practice makes perfect.

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Noctis is preparing to perform a link attack with Ignis

Combat Strategy in Total

Combat in FFXV is not about performing a similar combo in a same fashion as Devil May Cry. It is about what property that each weapon has. For the most part, you are going to hold down the square button in combat except for dodging, parrying, and healing, and using items as well as magic.

During the fight, you can take cover behind some wall, rocks, and so on to regain your MP and HP. Otherwise, warping to the high area leaving enemies in distance can also recover MP and HP as well.

The one important thing that makes each of weapon combination difference is about the effect of each weapon which is going to impact your play-style directly. If you equip several weapons with MP recovery, you will always have enough MP to perform a special technique and dodge more often.

On the other hand, if the equipped weapons are about critical hit and HP recovery, you will be sticking with a normal combo attack.

Noctis warping

How to Level Up

In every battle, the amount of experience will be calculated based on monsters you defeat as well as how well you fight such as how well you parry, how well you do a counter attack and so on. However, you do not technically gain these experience points right away.

Camping and resting are an important part of leveling in FFXV. When you rest, all the experience you gather during the day will be summed up and gives to all characters. Note that, all of your incomplete side quests will be immediately abandoned if you rest. You can do them again next day but all the process you made will be gone.

All at the camp, you will enjoy eating happily with your friends. Whatever you eat will give you a different buff for the next day. The more you have material in your stock, whether from gathering or buying, the more choice you have for your meal.

**Keep in mind that this article is written based on game demos and footages. It might be changed during the official release.

camping

Betty / August 10, 2016 / Combat

Phantom Sword and Available Combos in FFXV

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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.

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Normal Combo

Crush

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

Noctis using Phantom Sword Secace

Noctis using Phantom Sword Secace


Betty / April 24, 2016 / Combat

Noctis and a Quick Guide to the Final Fantasy XV Lore

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Final Fantasy XV is set in a world where crystals contain immeasurable amounts of both political and military power. Countless wars have been waged over these all-powerful crystals, and almost all of them have been lost to these same conflicts. In their efforts to regain the power these lost crystals once gave them, nations have focused their efforts on gaining military power, leaving the other aspects of civilized life far behind. Only one country has truly managed to surpass this issue. By keeping their crystal safe since time immemorial, the nation of Lucis has modernized far past the standards of the rest of the world.

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FFXV EnemiesNoctis Lucis Caelum has lived a prosperous and happy life. As the prince of Lucis, the most technologically-advanced nation in the world, he enjoys a certain amount of prestige and power. Surrounded by friends and advisers who have, in part, been brought up to support him, Noctis, the heir apparent, is all set to become the next king of Lucis who shall bring it even higher in the world. A childhood incident has even given Noctis the power to sense other people’s deaths, a power he will doubtless use to improve the fate of Lucis as a whole.

Refer to Final Fantasy XV lore, the cold war that has long raged between the nations of Lucis, Niflheim, Solheim, Tenebrae and Accordo over the power of the mystical crystals is about to be ended. Lucis and Niflheim, the most powerful nations in the conflict, have entered agreements for a treaty which shall be signed on this fateful day…

FFXV GameplayThey should have known that it would never be that easy. Lucis’ hope for worldwide peace is shattered in a matter of days. On the day when the conflict should have ended, it instead begins in full. It is no longer a cold war, stuck in stalemate. It has become a full blown conflict. Instead of coming in peace, Niflheim invades Lucis and steals its crystal, the source of its technological might and military power. Caught off guard by the unexpected and brutal invasion, Lucis has no way to fight back as its primary defense, an anti-armament runewall, has been disabled by the canny Niflheim army from the inside. Lucis, the most powerful nation in the world of Final Fantasy XV, is no more.

But not all hope is lost. Noctis and his companions manage to escape during the fateful conflict. As Lucis falls to pieces behind them, they now embark on a journey that spans the world in an effort to regain Lucis’ lost power, defeat Niflheim, and put Noctis back in the place he once took for granted.

Betty / December 12, 2014 / Character, Combat, Lore