Today Nihon Falcom released three new screenshots of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, illustrating the three weapon types included in the game.
Different weapons cause different damage to different enemies, so it’s a good idea to attack with the character with the biggest damage potential.
Adol’s sword is a slashing weapon. It’s flexible, but it comes with increased damage against enemies that normally absorb impacts due to their soft bodies.
Shahad’s anchor is a striking weapon, and it deals increased damage against enemies with strong armor, like those covered by hard shells. It can also deal damage in an area around the character.
Lastly, Raksha’s rapier is a shooting weapon. While it doesn’t deal as much damage as the other two types, it has a longer reach and it’s faster. It allows its user to hit more agile enemies from far away, like flying ones. Since it mostly attacks towards the front, it’s weak to attacks from behind, and it can cause problems when surrounded.
By dealing a certain amount of damage to an emey it’s possible to put it into “Break” state. When that happens, its protection attributes become null and void, and it will receive a large amount of damage by all three kinds of weapons, so it’s advisable to use the appropriate character to “break” enemies, and then finish them with everyone together.
In additin to this, enemies in “break” state will drop rare items, and fliers will fall to the ground.