Forspoken is finally available on PS5, and it’s time to show off your wicked cool magic-slinging combat skills to the world. You’ll learn a lot of different magic types during Frey’s journey, but Purple Magic will be with you from the beginning and remains a great tool throughout the game. To help you get a leg up on your journey, let’s take a closer look at Frey’s combat-focused Purple Magic and what it can do.
Frey will start with the following attack magics: Burst Shot, Shield Shot, and Scatter Shot (each at level 1), along with the support magic Bind. To learn more spells, you’ll need to spend the mana points you accumulate from leveling up and by finding mana pools scattered across the massive landscapes of Athea. The order you learn spells is up to you, but if you think you made a mistake, don’t worry–you can always unlearn a spell to get a mana refund to use elsewhere.
Now, let’s check out some Purple Magic spells and detail how to best use them:
Burst Shot: A powerful and reliable way to attack, burst shot creates a huge rock explosion after you release its charge. The higher the spell’s rank and the longer the charge, the bigger the ka-boom that ensues. When enemy defenses are tough, give a charged Burst Shot a try–it can penetrate the defenses of enemies who flaunt shields at you with ease.
Shield Shot: Some enemies don’t respect Frey’s personal space. That’s where the shield shot comes in. If you’re charging Shield Shot and an enemy tries to attack you from the front, they’re in for a nasty surprise when you counter by blowing up the shield in their face. The shield grows bigger at higher levels and can also function to protect you from certain projectile attacks. Be careful, though, because you’re still vulnerable to side and back attacks and shield-breaking strikes.
Scatter Shot: Do you love powerful attacks but hate that whole “can’t attack while you’re charging” thing? Then you’ll appreciate the mechanics of Scatter Shot. Holding down the button will send out a rapid-fire spray of small magic blasts while you charge up to unleash a big finishing blow. The higher the spell level, the bigger the blast. Scatter Shot is excellent for long-range combat and especially effective on many flying enemies.
Bind: Some enemies aren’t going to sit still while you try to aim at them, but Bind is here to help. Bind will temporarily hold enemies within a wide radius still while you take your shots freely, or if you’re just not feeling up for a fight, you can hold them at bay while you skedaddle.
Tendril: If you’ve got an angry mob coming at you from all sides, Tendril is an amazing crowd-control spell. It can be used on the ground or in the air and sends a huge vine sweeping around Frey in a large circle. Not only can it knock down numerous enemies at once, but it also heals based on the damage you’ve dealt.
Implant: Implant might not seem to be doing much at first, but every time your attacks hit, you’ll also do a little bit of extra damage. It’s a nice spell to use when facing an opponent with a big health bar.
Prime: This spell is a little tricky but well worth it. Use Prime to lay a trap in the ground, then try to lure your foes into it by using yourself as bait. As soon as they step on the trap, a blast will lay nearby enemies on the ground. (Or, if you feel mischievous, your charged burst shot can also set the trap off.) The knockdown potential makes this one great for setting up killing moves.
Disperse: This spell lets Frey plant a massive flower in the ground, which quickly blossoms into a beautiful turret hell-bent on shooting any foe that comes into range. It works well in tandem with scatter shot for when you want to keep a distance, and it’s also great on flying enemies.
Leach: It cures you if you’re poisoned. Not much else to say here, but keep it close to mind whenever you find yourself at the precipice of death by slowly depleting health.
Screen: Want the guard functionality of the shield shot, but up against enemies that it doesn’t work well against? Screen provides a similar protective wall against a hit from the front. Careful, though: it takes quite a long time to recharge and can be broken through with guard-break attacks.
Genesis: Genesis is a Surge Magic spell, a powerful attack you can use by pressing L2 and R2, preferably during sticky situations, as it has a long recharge time. The spell sends out rock vines hitting anything on the ground a short distance in front of Fray. By upgrading Surge and holding down L2 and R2 longer, the area of effect grows larger over a few seconds, causing even more damage. As devastating as this spell is, it doesn’t cover Frey’s back and sides and can leave Fray vulnerable to attacks, especially when holding down L2 and R2 for extended periods. Be mindful of your surroundings whenever you decide to unleash Genesis’s power.
That’s a lot of spells and plenty to develop fun combat strategies with. And if you think these spells are cool, just wait until you see what Red, Blue, and Green magic offers. Don’t forget to use the Spellcraft books to undertake combat and exploration challenges centered around each spell, as completing them offers some very beneficial combat boosts.[This article originally appeared on PlayStation Blog]