KEY POINTS

  • Combat in "Ruined King" follows an initiative-based system
  • Enemy attacks and abilities can be viewed from the Inspection screen
  • Know the strengths and weaknesses of each party member

The turn-based combat in “Ruined King” may start off slow, but players may soon find themselves overwhelmed with the sheer number of mechanics they need to remember once the fights get more complicated.

Battles in this game play a little differently compared to other traditional turn-based RPGs. “Ruined King” demands more planning and foresight from its players, especially in boss fights and other tough encounters.

Here are a few tips on how to master “Ruined King’s” combat system.

Always inspect enemies

By default, pressing Q during a fight will bring up the inspection screen that allows players to check the buffs and debuffs that are active on each character. This will give players more insight into what skill does what effect and will allow them to plan accordingly.

Ruined King's combat system features an initiative-based fighting style Ruined King's combat system features an initiative-based fighting style Photo: Airship Syndicate

More importantly, inspecting enemies will show what attacks they have as well as the effects that each move can inflict. This can help players prioritize their targets in hopes of mitigating the damage their party receives.

Use the right Dungeon Skills

While exploring, players can cast their active character’s Dungeon Skill. Hitting opponents with these abilities grants specific bonuses tied to the character. For example, Illaoi’s skill lets her start with one additional Tentacle, while Braum’s ability inflicts a stack of Concussion to enemies before the fight even begins.

Dungeon Skills can also interact with the environment, possibly opening up routes to hidden paths or treasure.

Party Compositions and Attack Orders

At first, it’s best to keep the party balanced in terms of which roles each individual member can fulfill. Braum is an excellent tank that can soak up tons of damage, but his lack of healing means he will go down eventually. Meanwhile, Illaoi brings plenty of healing to the table, but she lacks the damage or the endurance for prolonged fights.

Each party member can cover for the weaknesses of the others. Experiment with different compositions and always use each member according to what they do best, whether it be buffing, tanking or dealing damage.

Lanes and Ability Casting

Changing lanes while casting Lane Skills will affect cast times, which will almost always play a big role in the turn order between all characters.

Outside of dispelling enemy abilities, try to swap between Speed, Balance and Power lanes based on the state of the initiative bar. Be on the lookout for opportunities to knock an opponent’s initiative back with a Speed Lane skill or deal maximum damage without fear of retaliation by using a Power Lane skill.