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Like a Dragon Ishin combat styles explained

Even in the old age of samurai, it wasn’t mandatory to fight with a sword. You could definitely choose something else, especially in the 19th century when weapons started becoming quite more common in Japan as well. So which of the Like a Dragon Ishin combat styles better suits your needs? We’ll explain all about them here.

As with all other games in the Like a Dragon series, formerly known as Yakuza, it is possible to adapt our character’s combat style to our preference and needs, especially important as this game seems to be quite more difficult than other entries in the series.

Let’s look, then, at the different Like a Dragon Ishin combat styles and find out which one might suit best your playthrough.

The Like a Dragon Ishin combat styles

Like a Dragon Ishin features four different combat styles to choose from. They are:

  • Brawler
  • Swordsman
  • Gunman
  • Wild Dancer

You can switch between these combat styles based on what enemies you are fighting. The Brawler stance is for those who want to use fists only and grapple with their attackers.

The Swordsman stance is the traditional sword-fighting technique. You can block and parry, and on offense, you can chain light and heavy attacks. This is best used for one-on-one duels because it is slow-paced and is made to target a single enemy at a time.

The Gunman stance is where you can only use a gun. It’s made for long-distance fighting, specifically taking on enemies who also have guns or ones that charge at you with swords from a distance. If they get close, switch to something else.

The Wild Dancer combat style is all about having a sword in one hand and a pistol in the other. You might wonder why you don’t just use it all the time, but that’s because you do less damage than a dedicated stance. This stance is for fighting large groups of enemies at the same time and allows you to dodge more easily.

That’s everything you need to know about the stances and styles in Sega’s historical RPG game. If you’re looking for more tips and tricks, check out our other guides on the game such as what are wells for and how to find Takechi.