One of the coolest recurring elements of the Tales games is the Mystic Artes, massive desperation attacks that pummel every foe on the battlefield with a gigantic chain of attacks, backed by awesome, super-flashy attack animations (and some occasional pseudo-magical gibberish). As Tales of Arise prides itself on being a very flashy game, the Mystic Artes have unsurprisingly returned, though pulling one off isn’t quite as simple anymore. Here’s how to use Mystic Artes in Tales of Arise.
You can’t use Mystic Artes right out the gate, as much as I’m sure you’d like to. In order to use Mystic Artes, in addition to learning the Artes themselves by meeting certain special conditions, you also need to be far enough in the story to have learned how to use Over Limit mode. Once you’ve fulfilled the conditions, actually using Mystic Artes in combat isn’t that complicated.
How to use Mystic Artes in Tales of Arise
To use Mystic Artes in Tales of Arise:
- Perform enough Perfect Dodges or receive enough damage to enter Over Limit
- Hold down any two Arte buttons (Y/Triangle, X/Square, A/X)
- A short animation will play, signifying the Mystic Arte’s activation
Unlike in some of the other Tales games, Over Limit isn’t something you can just flick on. Rather, it’ll activate on its own when you perform enough Perfect Dodges away from enemy attacks, or receive enough flat damage. When you enter Over Limit, your Action Gauge will switch from its usual symbols to a solid bar that starts steadily draining.
While in Over Limit, you can use as many Artes as you want without worrying about AG costs, and if you hold two of your Arte buttons down, your character will activate their Mystic Arte, blasting away all nearby enemies. Bear in mind, though, using your Mystic Arte will instantly end your Over Limit state, so try to save it until the gauge is almost empty.
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