KEY POINTS

  • There's a surprising amount of depth in the combat system for "Persona 5 Strikers"
  • Using Persona skills and managing resources remain a core part of combat
  • Crowd control skills are very useful against strong enemies

The fast-paced action combat for “Persona 5 Strikers” is deceptively intricate. It may seem simple at first glance, but players will soon realize how difficult fights can get in the first Jail area.

Persona 5 Strikers” does combine both “Dynasty Warriors” and the “Persona” series, but the latter has a more significant impact on gameplay. That’s because many of “Persona’s” game mechanics play a very prominent role in “Strikers.”

Here are some advanced combat tricks that beginner players may not know:

1. Combos and resource management

HP and SP are both important resources to manage in “P5 Strikers” since recovery materials are rare and skills tend to cost a lot. SP is also required to make the most use out of Persona skills. These skills will proc elemental weaknesses on enemies, knocking them down and opening them up to even more damage.

The All-Out Attack makes a reappearance in the Musou-style spin-off Persona 5 Strikers The All-Out Attack makes a reappearance in the Musou-style spin-off Persona 5 Strikers Photo: Persona 5 Strikers Steam Page

Players who want to deal elemental damage without using SP can use certain attack combos instead. All characters have certain attack combos that will use their Persona’s main element in an attack. A Persona Combo with Arsene, for example, will cast Eiha in a small area in front of the player.

This is particularly useful for breaking boss shield gauges and stunning smaller enemies.

2. Boss attack cancellation

Boss enemies hit much harder than regular ones, so players should try to save their SP skills to cancel a big boss attack.

Once a skill cast bubble pops up above a boss’ head, cast an ability that the boss is weak against. This will shave off a shield from their shield gauge and cancel the attack. This tactic is also great for conserving SP.

3. Crowd control usage

Crowd control effects like Brainwash, Dizzy and Fear are very useful against enemies that can’t be killed easily. These effects will greatly diminish their combat prowess, giving players an easier time fighting and potentially save up on HP and SP.

Hard-hitting AoE attacks can be used to one-shot swarms of weaker enemies instead, while Haru’s charged attacks can be used to apply Psi damage on a large area over a relatively long duration. Meanwhile, Ann can inflict Brainwash with the Marin Karin ability and cause enemies to fight among themselves.