Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Zhang Liang boss guide, tips, tricks, strategy
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty starts by walking you through a tutorial and introducing you to the various controls and attacks. And then, about 15 minutes into the game, it drops you into a shockingly intense boss fight — with little to no warning — against Zhiang Liang, General of Man.
It’s a real sink-or-swim moment, and it’s so early in the game. It also needs you to already be really comfortable with the combat system. Our Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Zhiang Liang, General of Man boss fight guide will help you prepare for the fight, and then walk you through both phases. (Yes, there’s a second phase.)
Preparing for the Zhiang Liang boss fight in Wo Long
The first boss fight comes early in Wo Long, so there’s not a ton you can do to prepare, but let’s talk about everything you can do that might help.
Practice, practice, practice
When you Rest at any Battle Flag, you’ll get the option to Travel. Much later in the game, this is how you’ll replay levels or take on side quests. Right now, it’s how you’ll go get some extra training.
When you select Travel, use RB to tab to Other. You should see a card for Tutorial: Basic Training. Select that. Yes, you just went through the tutorial, but this is different. You’ll go through a longer and more detailed training session here. Pay special attention to the Deflect part.
Don’t skip this step. Go do it. Do it twice. Then do it again. We promise it helps.
Throughout the tutorial, you should pick up enough Genuine Qi to level up a couple times at least (don’t forget to use any Genuine Qi Flakes or Fragments from your inventory). Our recommendation is increase one level each in Water (decreased Spirit consumption when Deflecting) and Fire (increased Spirit drain from Martial Arts and increased Spirit gain from attacking).
Those will also bump up your health by a few points, and will increase your Attack Bonuses with the default Ring Pommel Saber. (That’s our recommendation, but put your points into whatever Five Points Virtues you want to shape your character. What matters most is that you spend the Qi to level up and increase at least some of your stats.)
Trim your equipment
You’re not going to have a vast inventory full of different weapons and armors at this point in the game, but you will have picked up a few things. Check your inventory for any weapon that deals more damage than what you currently have or any armor that gives you better defense than the Nameless Warrior Garb you start off with.
Keep an eye on your Equipment Weight, though, and keep it below 25%. This is how heavy your armor is and, as a result, how fast your Spirit will drain while Dodging and Deflecting — you’re going to be doing a lot of Dodging and Deflecting.
Slot Wizardry Spells
We’re not going to get into much detail here (the magic system is A Whole Thing, which you can read more about here). And besides, you’ll only have enough Qi and Levels to unlock one spell in each of the Five Phases. We can talk about what works and what doesn’t, though.
Offensive spells aren’t going to get you far — your spells at this point won’t do much damage and the fight against Zhang Liang is fast and unrelenting, so you’re not going to have a lot of time to stand back and fire off a few piddly spells. Instead, look for buff spells.
If you have two points in the Earth Five Phases Virtue, you’ll be able to cast Enhanced Defense to decrease the damage you take. If you have two points in Water, grab Cloud Stance to decrease your Spirit consumption when deflecting (noticing a theme yet?). If you have two points in Metal, grab Repression Crush to slow down Zhang Liang’s Spirit recovery.
Understand the Spirit Gauge
Think of Wo Long’s Spirit like a combination of mana and stamina. You’ll lose Spirit when you get hit or dodge, and you’ll spend Spirit to cast Wizardry Spells or perform Martial Arts. You’ll gain Spirit when you land regular melee attacks or when you successfully deflect an attack. Both your character and every enemy (including Zhang Liang) have Spirit Gauges.
When a Spirit Gauge is drained to its lower limit, that person (or demon) will be stunned for a few seconds, opening them up to a powerful attack — a Fatal Blow. Your goal is to avoid that happening to you, and, more importantly, make sure it happens to your enemy.
Hitting an enemy with certain attacks — Martial Arts, Wizardry Spells, Spirit Attacks (with Y/triangle), or deflections — also shrinks their Spirit gauge. That, in turn, makes it all the easier to drain their Spirit.
This is going to come up a lot, particularly when it comes to the strategy for defeating Zhang Liang.
Ignore your companion
Throughout this fight, your companion, the Blindfolded Boy, will shout encouragement and advice while very sporadically dealing the tiniest amount of damage possible. Do not think about him. He’ll only distract you.
More importantly, when you take too much damage, he’ll say, “You are hurt… Stay behind me” or “I shall protect you from further harm.” Both of these are lies. More accurately, they’re just dialogue. He is not going to protect you or do anything differently. He’s just saying things to make you feel better.
How to beat Zhang Liang boss fight — phase 1
When you first drop into Zhang Liang’s arena, he’ll do a big villain monologue — don’t worry, you’ll automatically skip it when you get killed and have to come back. When he’s done, he’ll raise up his great club and slam it down in front of him. This move is mostly for show, but if you sprint straight at him, you’ll get smacked.
Instead, take a moment, cast a buff spell, and let him come to you.
Your main goal in the first phase of this fight is to deflect with the B/circle button. You do also need to deal a little damage, but focus on deflecting first. You need to hit the button right before one of Zhang Liang’s attacks connect, like a parry in most other games. However, you’re not really penalized for (trying to) deflect multiple times in a row. Practice to get the timing right, but you can button-mash a little if you have to. Worst case, you’ll just dodge instead.
We’re not going to break down his attacks here. Just know that he’s going to attack. A lot. Non-stop. What you need to focus on is deflecting with B/circle in order to shorten his Spirit gauge. Every time you deflect successfully, it’ll shrink his gauge.
As you get more comfortable with deflecting, start to mix in some normal with X/square and Spirit Attacks with Y/triangle. These will keep draining his (already shrunken) Spirit Gauge. You can see this in the GIF below — keep an eye on his Spirit Gauge below his health bar. The white chunks at the end are from deflections that shrink his total gauge, and the red bar is his Spirit draining as we hit him. When the shrinking part meets the draining part, that means he’s stunned.
The first phase of this fight is less about dealing damage, and more about getting his Spirit Gauge shrunken and drained so you can hit him with a Fatal Blow. Do that two or three times, and you’ll have him.
Now things get interesting.
How to beat Zhang Liang boss fight — phase 2
The good news is you only have to drain his health bar halfway to finish this fight. Actually, that is also the bad news.
The biggest change for phase 2 of the Zhang Liang boss fight is that he has a giant, Elixir-fueled demon arm now. This increases his reach dramatically, but you can still deflect almost every attack. He’s also a bit more aggressive.
The adjustment you’ll have to make is deflecting multiple attacks in a row now. You can see us fail to do so in the video below.
You can also see Zhang Liang wind up for his most common Critical Blow in this phase. He’ll wind up his demon arm, then thrust it forward like a battering ram. Deflecting this one will (temporarily) cut off his demon arm and dramatically shrink his Spirit gauge. It shouldn’t take too much to get him stunned for a Fatal Stab at that point.
However, he’ll grow it back not too long later.
He’s also got a few new attacks to watch out for.
The first, and most annoying, is an Earth-based magical attack. He’ll swing his club around and plant it vertically into the ground in front of him. A moment later, a line of rock will explode along the ground toward you. It’s possible to (mostly) deflect it, but we had a lot more luck just guarding with LB.
He also adds charging attack that may or may not be a Critical Blow (when he’s glowing red). He’ll swing his club around to his side like a lance and charge at you. Both guarding and deflecting work to deal with the non-Critical version, but you’ll have to deflect if he’s glowing.
He also has a rushing flurry of Critical Blows attack. It’s a lot to handle, but he does it rarely. Guarding is the best option if he’s close, but if you can, try to deflect the third, biggest swing at the end to do a lot of damage to his Spirit Gauge.
When you finally get him down to about half health (or a little below), the Blindfolded Boy will call out to “unleash the power residing in the jade!” He’s telling you to Summon the Divine Beast. You’ll also see its icon fill up over on the right side of the screen, and you’ll get a helpful tooltip on the left side.
All that’s left is to hit Y+B/triangle+circle and bask in your victory.
Absolutely BROKEN Necromancer Gameplay – Diablo 4 Beta – IGN
Counter-Strike 2 may immediately end matches with cheaters – GamesHub
Counter-Strike 2 (CS2), the next evolution of Valve’s, long-running, ever-popular, and lucrative tactical first-person shooting game was revealed in mid-March 2023. But beyond several visual improvements and refinements to the high-stakes game, it appears as if the company is taking the opportunity to implement far stricter measures to counteract cheaters, who utilise third-party tools to gain an unfair advantage.
As spotted by Twitter user Aquarius and reported on by PC Gamer, a line in the source code of CS2 has indicated a new feature that will immediately cancel an in-progress match of Counter-Strike 2 if a player is detected using cheating tools.
The code, which appears to outline the conditions for certain notifications to pop up in-game, includes the phrases ‘Cheater Detected’ and ‘This match has been cancelled by VAC Live’.
‘VAC’ in this instance, of course, is an abbreviation for Valve Anti-Cheat, the company’s proprietary cheat monitoring solution. VAC was first introduced with Counter-Strike in 2002.
As PC Gamer astutely notes, this appears to be Valve taking a page out CS2’s closest competitor at the moment, Valorant, developed by Riot Games. Riot’s anti-cheat measures have included match cancellations since the game’s launch.
Counter-Strike has always been a game with high stakes, requiring exceptional levels of player investment and focus to succeed. Having your multiplayer experience ruined by a lopsided, unfair match can be incredibly demoralising, especially if you’re stuck in it for some time before you can move on. If Valve’s new anti-cheat measures do go ahead, it can only be a positive thing.
Don’t cheat in multiplayer games. That’s a loser move.
Counter-Strike 2 will launch on PC sometime in mid-2023.
Microsoft Ends $1 Xbox Game Pass Offer For First Month of Use – Kotaku
Microsoft’s long-running introductory offer for its Xbox Game Pass subscription platform, which let users try the service out for $1 for the first month before moving onto more expensive payments, has finally come to a close.
As The Verge report, the deal—which applied to both Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and the PC Game Pass—has recently been pulled, with a Microsoft spokesperson saying “We have stopped our previous introductory offer for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC Game Pass and are evaluating different marketing promotions for new members in the future”.
What those “different marketing promotions” could be is anyone’s guess, though given the whole point of the $1 deal was get new users on the hook, a natural successor could easily be the Xbox Game Pass Friends and Family scheme, which while still unavailable in the US has been tested in a number of international markets since late 2022.
Anyone signed up for Game Pass will see months from existing subscriptions converted into partial months on the sharing plan. If you’re currently signed up for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, every remaining month will turn into 18 days of Game Pass Friends and Family. Those signed up for the piecemeal tiers will see their subscriptions convert into 12 days of Game Pass Friends and Family.
There are some limitations, however. If you’re the account holder, you can only have four additional people on an account at any given time, and can only share with eight unique accounts over the course of a calendar year. And it’s region-locked: The primary account holder can only add members who live in the same country or region.
While that’s not a 1:1 replacement for the $1 offer, which was just a good deal for anyone, it does mean folks recommending Xbox Game Pass to friends or family would have a pretty easy way to get them onboard via their own account.
It sucks to see the $1 deal go away, since I’m sure many/most of you took advantage of it, but if you weren’t ready for the time Xbox decided to start doing stuff like this, you have not been paying enough attention to TV and sports over the last five years.
20th century Japanese poster art – in pictures | Art and design – The Guardian
Putin and his allies love buying art. To help us win the war in Ukraine, we should confiscate it – The Guardian
Judge Ron DeSantis By His Actions – The Atlantic
Silver investment demand jumped 12% in 2019
Iran anticipates renewed protests amid social media shutdown
Search for life on Mars accelerates as new bodies of water found below planet’s surface
Investment17 hours ago
First Republic Bank Stock: Why I Am Sticking To My Investment (NYSE:FRC)
Investment18 hours ago
The A.I. boom could also give a boost to these investing trends. How to play it
News24 hours ago
Biden visit: Trump calls Canada-U.S. deals ‘horrible’
Business16 hours ago
Thousands without power after Ontario windstorm
Sports23 hours ago
Despite 17 birdies, Rory McIlroy needs two trips to ‘friendly’ No. 18
News20 hours ago
Canada is set for its largest alcohol tax increase yet. Here’s what to know
Health19 hours ago
HPHA to close COVID, cold and flu clinics
Media17 hours ago
Utah is first US state to limit teen social media access