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How to Parry in Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

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Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is a combat-heavy experience, so you're probably going to want to know how to parry.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin officially launched today, gracing fans with an alternate retelling of the original Final Fantasy. Developed by Team Ninja, this latest venture aims to bring a more mature and challenging experience to the iconic JRPG. 

Players take on the role of Jack Garland, a man hell-bent on destroying Chaos, as the many memes will tell you. Joined by a few companions, the group journeys on to discover their roles as Warriors of Light.

With plenty of combat choices and tactics available, Stranger of Paradise actually has a few options when it comes to parrying attacks. It all depends on your Job class and skills. Here's what you need to know.

How to Parry in Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin has a universal parry system that applies regardless of job class and weapons, and also job-specific parries. The univeral parry is what most players will be accustomed to, as it works the same in most games. To parry, press L1 or the Left Bumper just before an attack hits to knock it away and follow-up with your own attack.

Job-specifc parrying is more complicated, as it usually depends on the type of weapon and skill equipped. For example, for the Swordfighter job, players will make use of its Interception Ability. This ability automatically nulifies damage then counters with the player's own attack.

Using weapons like the Katana in the Ronin job measn you'll be taking advantage of certain stances, like the Senshin Stance. In this stance, normal attacks with the right timing will deliver a parry, allowing players to follow-up with a wave of attacks. The timing can be tricky to nail down and could take some practice.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin's combat leaves a lot of things up to experimentation, so figuring out what works best is part of the fun. But, to get you by, you can't go wrong with the standard parry.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is out now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC.