On this page, we will learn everything about stances in Ghost of Tsushima. Read on to learn what are the 4 Stances and what techniques can you learn from them.
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In Ghost of Tsushima, there are 4 types of combat stances to take. These stances are different samurai techniques or forms that you can utilize to become more effective when staggering a specific enemy type.
Each Stance is unlocked by killing or observing Mongol Leaders. Mongol Leaders are normally found in Mongol occupied villages, however, Mongol Leaders can be found also during main Tales(Quests) in the game. Stance requirements and effectiveness can be seen below.
|Stance||Effective Against||Unlock Requirements|
|Stone||Swordsmen||Start with already unlocked.|
|Water||Shieldmen||Defeat 3 Mongol Leaders.|
|Wind||Spearmen||After unlocking Water Stance, defeat 7 Mongol Leaders.|
|Moon||Brutes||After unlocking Wind Stance, defeat 12 Mongol Leaders.|
Note: It is recommended that you observe the mongol leaders first before revealing yourself. This way, you can get 2 points to unlocking for each mongol leader you encounter.
Requirement: Unlocked by default.
Effective Against: Swordsmen
|Puncture||Batter your foe with two piercing strikes.|
|Strength of Mountains||Increase Stagger damage against Swordsmen from all Stone Stance attacks.|
|Full Puncture||Deliver three piercing strikes.|
|Momentum||Perform Stonce Stance heavy attacks with ferocious speed.|
Requirement: Kill or Observe 3 leaders
Effective Against: Shieldmen
|Flowing Strikes||Unleash a torrent of four rapid strikes.|
|Strength of Tides||Increase Stagger damage against Shieldmen from all Water Stance attacks.|
|Surging Strikes||Drown your foe with a flood of five rapid strikes.|
|Downpour||Inflict increasing damage with each attack in your Flurry Strike.|
Requirement: Kill or observe 8 leaders
Effective Against: Spearmen
|Strengthened Typhoon Kick||Typhoon Kicks launch your enemy farther back and deal extra Stagger damage.|
|Strength of Gales||Increase Stagger damage against Spearmen from all Wind Stance attacks.|
|Spear Defense||Automatically Parry spear attacks during any Wind Stance attack.|
|Typhoon Kick Finisher||Enemies thrown by a Typhoon Kick are knocked down.|
|Moon Stance Stance|
Requirement: Kill or observe 13 leaders
Effective Against: Brutes
|Whirlwind||Assail your foes with two fast spinning strikes.|
|Strength of the Heavens||Increase Stagger damage against Brutes from all Moon Stance attacks.|
|Finishing Strike||The third Moon Stance heavy attack deals extra Melee damage and Stagger damage.|
|Tornado||Three fast spinning strikes.|
|List of Techniques|
|Heavenly Strike||Explosive Arrow|
|Dance of Wrath||Way of the Flame|
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