Ronin: The Last Samurai is a free-to-play action rogue-like available for iOS and Android. It has challenging combat similar to that of Sekiro as it shares many of its mechanics like posture, parrying, etc. The game can be pretty challenging for a newcomer so here are a few tips and tricks that are sure to help them.
Get good at parrying
Parrying is one of the most important aspects of combat in Ronin: The Last Samurai. It works similar to Sekiro where you have to press the block button moments before you get hit to successfully execute a parry.
Parrying builds up the enemy’s posture bar which upon filling up completely stuns them for a few moments. It also builds up your Skill gauge which will allow you to perform cool moves that deal massive damage.
Ronin: The Last Samurai has a somewhat challenging combat system because of which newer players will find themselves dying more often than not.
The game also has rogue-like elements, in that if you die you have to start the chapter all over again, which means you have to do 20 battles again that include mini-bosses and bosses. To top it all off, you usually have to do all of this in a single health bar.
So, the best way to survive all 20 battles is by being patient and careful, and not mashing buttons randomly. However, make sure to not be too cautious to the point where you are not aggressive at all as that will also lead to deaths.
The best way to go about things is to find a balance between aggression and caution. Attack when you know you can and do not pull punches, but do not attack if you are doubtful.
Blocking is useful
Blocking is a useful mechanic in Ronin: The Last Samurai, and while it isn’t as effective as parrying, it is helpful nonetheless as it can greatly reduce the damage you receive without having to worry about things like precise timing. However, its greatest use lies in its ability to cancel animations.
Canceling animations can be of great use depending on the situation. For example, the attack animations that are tied to dashes can be terminated by blocking after the dash, allowing you to dash once more and thus cover more distances faster.
The final hit in combos comes with a long lag afterward which can be entirely skipped by just hitting the block button. This will then allow you to quickly follow up with another attack, allowing you to finish off enemies quicker.
However, skipping the final hit in combos means you miss out on the ability to refill your Skill gauge which can be equally if not more useful.
Use reincarnation scrolls wisely
As mentioned before, Ronin: The Last Samurai has rogue-like elements, which means when you die you will have to start the chapter you were on all over again, unless you revive yourself with the help of a reincarnation scroll, which will allow you to continue the game from where you died.
However, these scrolls are pretty rare to come by without having to use real money, and as such you must hold onto them for as long as you can.
You will get 5 scrolls as a reward for your first login and 15 more after 12 days of playing. The best time to use these scrolls is during boss fights, as every time you beat a boss, you will obtain a Spirit of Vengeance that will grant you Masteries.
Do not purchase great chests
In Ronin: The Last Samurai, you have the option to buy chests in exchange for gems. The two types of chests you can buy are great chests and magic chests. Great chests are not worth spending any money on as they only offer gray and green equipment.
Magic chests on the other hand are worth saving up for even though they are expensive with a price tag of 300 gems as they offer green, blue, and purple tier equipment, which will last for a while.