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How to Parry in Kena: Bridge of Spirits

How to Parry in Kena: Bridge of Spirits
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You know what the trick to being capable in a fight is? No, it’s not punching really hard, and it’s not blocking attacks head-on. The trick is to redirect attacks, using an enemy’s motion and momentum against them to throw them off balance. Kena of Kena: Bridge of Spirits isn’t exactly a street scrapper, but it’s her understanding of that principle that allows her to take on foes much bigger and scarier than her. Here’s how to parry in Kena: Bridge of Spirits.

Parrying in Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a matter of timing and precision. On paper, the concept is simple: when an enemy is attacking, quickly press L1 to have Kena bring up her spiritual shield. If you time it right, the enemy will be sent reeling, momentarily stunned, giving you a chance to counterattack. However, therein lies the rub: you gotta time it right. You have to pull up the shield right when the attack connects. If you pull it up too late, you’ll take the hit, and if you pull it up too early, your shield will absorb the damage, which it can only do a few times in an encounter. 

How to Parry in Kena: Bridge of Spirits

To parry in Kena: Bridge of Spirits:

  1. In a combat encounter, wait for an enemy to attack
  2. Press L1 to pull up your shield right before the attack lands
  3. If performed correctly, the enemy will be stunned

Practice makes perfect. If you nail the timing, time will slow for a moment to signal your success, as well as give you a good opportunity to get in some licks of your own. If you pay a fee of 150 Karma, you can also upgrade your parry with a follow-up spin attack just to take the guesswork out.

That’s everything you need o know about how to parry in Kena: Bridge of Spirits, so get to practicing if you’d like to master it!

About the author

Daniel Trock

Since the first time he picked up a controller as a child, Daniel has been a dyed-in-the-wool gaming fanatic, with a Steam library numbering over 600 games. His favorite pastime, aside from playing games, is doing deep dives on game wikis to learn more about their lore and characters.

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