Developer’s Notes – Combat System

Combat In Wuthering Waves

The combat style of Wuthering Waves can be expressed in the three following aspects: "Fast Pace Action", "Visually Appealing Combat Representation", and "Strategy Oriented Team Building".

You would already have experienced the first two aspects during their initial engagement with the Crownless. Facing such a formidable foe also forces you to quickly master the techniques of offense and evasion as the battle continues, further sensing the intense build-up of tensions as blade and lance collide. You sure will gain a basic understanding of Wuthering Waves' combat system after defeating the Crownless.

Combat Movesets

The movesets you would commonly use in combat can be summarized in the following categories:

1. Normal Attack

2. Evasion

3. Resonance Skill

4. Resonance Liberation

5. Resonance Circuit

6. Parry

1. Normal Attack

Every Resonator has their own set of Normal Attacks, which not only is the most commonly used means of offense, but also leads to a variety of fighting styles.

Let's take An'ke for example: as her Normal Attack progresses to the 4th stage, an "Emotion Particle" will show up around her. Quickly performing a follow-up Normal Attack within the Particle's duration will initiate an extra attack in the form of an enlarged Wooly. Tapping or clicking the attack button at the correct moment to enhance Normal Attacks brings more rhythm and enjoyment to overall combat, which also gives off the impression that An'ke's usual fighting style is rather orderly and paced, which is a stark contrast to the combat style during her state of frenzy.

A Heavy Attack can be performed by holding down the Normal Attack button. Doing so usually consumes a certain amount of Stamina. However, Pistol-wielding Resonators will instead enter Aim Mode to execute a single, more powerful shot.

In addition to being a much stronger Normal Attack, the Heavy Attack plays a crucial part for some of the Resonators during their combat.

After Taoqi issues a Heavy Attack, she enters the state of "Xuanwu's Defense", having her focus more on defense to reduce the amount of incoming damage by consuming Stamina. Once received enough damage, she dishes out a counterblow and heals her team members in the process.

Sanhua, on the other hand, can detonate "Wall of Ice Picks", "Ice Prisms", and "Glaciers" along the strike path of her Heavy Attack, which coupled with the perfect timing of a Resonance Skill will deal a serious blow to enemies in an instant.


Every Resonator has the capability to conduct attacks whilst midair, yet the methods vary depending on weapon type or the character themselves.

During the limited time after performing his Resonance Skill, Jiyan is able to change his attack style in the air.


As for Chixia and many other Pistol-wielding Resonators, they will lay down continuous fire while in the air until Stamina is depleted.


Some Resonators can even perform midair Heavy Attacks.

2. Evasion

By consuming a certain amount of Stamina, the controlling Resonator will perform a rapid Evasion toward the given direction. If no directional command is issued, the Resonator will automatically perform a backward Evasion.

With the added priority granting the Evasion maneuver to interrupt a majority of actions midperformance, you may evade an enemy's attack right before contact, trigger an evasive counterattack, and create more offensive opportunities for yourself.

3. Resonance Skill

Each Resonator bears their own unique Resonance Skill, while playing an important role in combat, it is often closely tied with the Resonator's Resonance Circuit and Resonance Liberation. Most Resonators require some time to recover after each use of their Resonance Skill, meaning mastering its timing is of utmost importance. However, there are occasional exceptions.

Danjin consumes a certain amount of her HP each time she performs "Vermilion Shards" arts. Her Resonance Skill requires no recovery time. Arts from "Vermilion Shards" are combined with her Normal Attack, dealing continual damage to foes while recharging her "Scarlet Essence". Once "Scarlet Essence" is fully recharged, Danjin can unleash even more deadly combos of attacks and regenerate her HP.


A style of combat featuring the cycle of consuming and regenerating HP, gives Danjin the power to deal massive amounts of damage to enemies, while simultaneously swaying herself at the edge of danger.

4. Resonance Liberation

Resonance Energy can be accumulated by striking a target with the Resonance Skill, or when a Concerto Effect is triggered. Once Resonance Energy reaches its peak, a more powerful Resonance Liberation can be unleashed. Resonance Liberation is generally considered to be the most powerful ability of a Resonator. Activation of this ability can often turn the tide in battles. Besides dealing immense amounts of damage to enemies, Resonance Liberation also can enhance the capabilities of the caster or the entire team within a limited time frame.

For instance, Jiyan will enter his "Triumphant Status" after casting "Sky Roaming - Certitude". His Claymore becomes a lance guiding the Qingloong's path, clearing any threat that poses to Huanglong.


Jueyuan's Resonance Liberation stimulates the growth of vegetation around her, dealing damage to enemies and marking them with "Photosynthesis Sigil". Team members dealing damage to enemies marked with "Photosynthesis Sigil" will receive healing and collaborated attacks from Jueyuan. Jueyuan is a Resonator with combined offense and healing abilities.

5. Resonance Circuit

Resonance Circuit is a form of distinctive energy held by Resonators, each Resonator's Resonance Circuit has its unique mechanic. To a certain extent, the Resonance Circuit determines the Resonator's main style of combat, whether it be Normal Attack, Resonance Skill, or Resonance Liberation, all tend to revolve around the effects of the Resonance Circuit. Grasping the Resonance Circuit's application during combat will lead to a better understanding of each Resonator's combat style.

Thus, Rover's combat circulates the collection of "Sound Fragments" through constant strikes and evasions, "Sound Fragments" are then consumed with the use of the Resonance Skill for further damage and restoration of Resonance Energy, preparing for the next Resonance Liberation.

The process is based on the mechanics of Rover's own Resonance Circuit, a complete combat cycle consisting of offense, evasion, and skills is formed.


Each Resonator has their own unique mechanic, which offers players rich combat experience and a feeling of control.

6. Parry

In some situations, the enemy's execution of certain skills reveals a Parry opportunity, with a successful Parry disrupting the enemy's attack entirely and yielding surprising results.

Concerto Between Resonators

1. Concerto Effect

Concerto Energy can be cumulated through dealing direct damage and using Echo Skills. Switching to another Resonator with Concerto Energy fully charged triggers the Concerto Effect of the corresponding Resonance Attribute. This action depletes your Concerto Energy.

Due to differences in Resonance Attributes, there are five types of Concerto Effects: Unison, Ensemble, Sustenance, Legato, and Duet

Each Concerto Effect displays a standalone result during combat, providing substantial support for Rovers during heated situations.

This displays the importance of a reasonable team composition with the right Concerto Effects for the right occasions, putting Rover's strategy in team building to the test as well.

Jiyan (Aero) partnered with Mortefi (Fusion) during combat sets off the "Heat Ensemble" effect, which awards the Resonator on the field with increased Attack and Critical Damage, suiting perfectly with Jiyan's fighting style.

Followed by Mortefi unleashing his Resonance Liberation, all members of the team will be applied with "Vulcan Rhapsody", a status which launches blazing "Fusion Damage" towards enemies with each Resonator's Normal or Heavy Atack.

"Heat Ensemble" and "Vulcan Rhapsody", along with Jiyan's "Triumphant Status", a deadly combination that shall leave nothing but destruction for the enemies in its wake.


However, this is merely one of many examples showcasing the effective use of the Concerto Effect. A diverse collection of Resonators and Concerto Effects will enrich your combat experience.

2. Concerto Skill (QTE)

Switch Resonators at the moment when Concerto Energy is maxed to carry out the Concerto Skill of the said Resonator. Different Resonators boast different Concerto Skills, appearing on the battlefield in varying ways and locations.

Conclusion

In a world ridden with adversity, each Resonator revolves around their own Resonance Circuit and their team's Concerto Effect to resist the unending enemies. Accumulate Concerto Energy through attacks, skills, Echo Abilities, and other means, leading to the triggering of Concerto Effect to enhance the performances of the Resonator on the field. Finally, spend Resonance Energy to cast a powerful Resonance Liberation, dealing the enemy a final blow.

Needless to say, this is only the tip of the iceberg of combat in Wuthering Waves. As you come across numerous Resonators during their journey, more and more combat features await to be uncovered.

 

 

 

 

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