Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin

Abilities

Below are all the abilities (except heat actions) in Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin. For a list of heat actions, visit the heat actions page

The following are the types of "souls" (used to upgrade abilities) you get in this game:

White
You get these by leveling up Ryoma. You can spend these souls in any sphere grid.

Red
You get these by leveling up the Hand-to-Hand Fighting Style. You can only spend them in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid.

Blue
You get these by leveling up the Sword Fighting Style. You can only spend them in the Sword sphere grid.

Orange
You get these by leveling up the Pistol Fighting Style. You can only spend them in the Pistol sphere grid.

Green
You get these by leveling up the Wild Dance Fighting Style. You can only spend them in the Wild Dance sphere grid.

 

If you use White souls on a sphere grid, you can replace them at any time with a coloured soul (when you have a coloured soul, of course). Doing this gets you back a white soul which you can spend on another sphere grid.

Special Abilities
Name How to Obtain Description
Counter-Attack War Cry Start with it When you parry an enemy attack with the Hand-to-Hand fighting style, you become temporarily invincible. When an enemy hits you in this state, it damages them and sends them off balance
Dragon Wing Formation Komaki Training

An ability which unleashes an overwhelming number of repeated punches to a targeted enemy.

You need to be in heat mode to use this ability

When using the Hand-to-Hand fighting style, press R2, then repeatedly hit square to attack and hit a finishing blow with the triangle button

Early Summer Rain Break Start with it

An upwards cut attack which breaks an enemy's guard

Press Circle when using the Sword fighting style to use

Dragon Fang Flash Ginryu Training

After sheathing his sword, Ryoma unleashes a high speed flash attack

You need to be in heat mode to use this ability

When using the Sword fighting style, hold down R2 for a little while and then release to launch an attack. You can use the left analogue stick + square when your first attack hits to launch another attack on an enemy. You can continue doing this, but your heat gauge is drained for each additional attack you hit.

Roaring Shot Start with it

An ability which unleashes multiple gunshots at once to enemies in front of Ryoma

When using the Pistol fighting style, press triangle during a square combo to use

Back Shot William Bradley Training

An ability which allows Ryoma to turn and shoot an enemy standing behind him.

When using the Pistol or Wild Dance fighting style, move the left analogue stick back and press square or triangle

Flaming Dragon Style William Bradley Training

An ability which allows Ryoma to target multiple enemies and then shoot them all in one go

You need to be in heat mode to use this ability

When using the Pistol fighting style, hold down R2 for a little while and then release to use.

Leaving a Shadow Start with it

An ability which allows Ryoma to interrupt his combo and dodge. With the Wild Dance fighting style, this dodge can be followed up with an attack.

This ability can be used with any fighting style. Move the left analogue stick and press X to use. When using the Wild Dance fighting style, you can press X on its own to set yourself up for another attack to chain up attacks quickly against multiple enemies

Fenghuang Formation Start with it

An ability characteristic of the Wild Dance style. Unleashes attacks of slashes and gunshots in waves

When using the Wild Dance fighting style, press circle to use. Ryoma can perform a combo by pressing circle more than once (up to a maximum of 3 times)

Wild Dance of the Divine Dragon Ginryu Training

Ryoma spins around, wildly shooting everywhere and slashing any nearby enemies

You need to be in heat mode to use this ability

When using the Wild Dance fighting style, hold down R2


Hand-to-Hand

grid

Numbers 10, 14, 22, 23, 24, 34, 37, 39, 46 and 48 are heat actions, so you can find information on them on the heat actions page.

Number (see above grid) Name How to Obtain Description
1 Health Increase #1 Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
2 Hand-to-Hand - First Grade Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
3 Fist Attack Enhancement Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid

Increases the number of consecutive attacks for the square combo

Square - Square - Square - Square

4 Big Fist Attack Enhancement Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid

Unleashes a stong attack (triangle) after landing a 4 consecutive hits with the square combo

Square - Square - Square - Square - Triangle

5 Health Increase #2 Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
6 Knowledge of Fortitude Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Repeatedly press X when Ryoma is on the ground to make him rise faster
7 Fist Speed Enhancement Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the speed of Ryoma's square combo attacks
8 Hanging Lantern Style Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Press triangle while running to launch a flying knee attack
9 Hand-to-Hand - Second Grade Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
11 Embroil Enhancement Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid The damage dealt when an enemy you throw or hit with a strong attack bumps into other enemies is increased
12 Komaki Style Daruma Evasion Complete the Daruma Evasion training and then purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid

Allows Ryoma to roll away. He does not take any damage while doing this

Press X or left analogue stick + X while evading to use

This cannot be used when you are using a special weapon

13 Health Increase #3 Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
15 Grab Enhancement Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid It is harder for enemies to break free when you grab them
16 Health Increase #4 Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
17 Health Increase #5 Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
18 Divine Protection of the War God Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Ryoma acquires more experience when he defeats an enemy during "Counter-Attack War Cry"
19 Hand-to-Hand - Third Grade Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
20 Health Increase #6 Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
21 Hand-to-Hand - Fourth Grade Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
25 Health Increase #7 Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
26 Evasion Power Up Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the length of time Ryoma stays invincible when dodging
27 Hand-to-Hand - Fifth Grade Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
28 Komaki Style Repel Complete the Repel training and then purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Press triangle while guarding to counter an enemy attack
29 Health Increase #8 Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
30 Komaki Style Awareness Strike Complete the Awareness Strike training and then purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Press triangle while dodging to strike an enemy
31 Hand-to-Hand - Sixth Grade Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
32 Dragon Wing Gale Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the speed of Ryoma's attacks for "Dragon Wing Formation"
33 Dragon Wing Dance Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the length of time Ryoma can use "Dragon Wing Formation"
35 Battle Cry Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the length of time of Ryoma's "Counter-Attack War Cry" ability
36 Komaki Style Tiger Drop Complete the Tiger Drop training and then purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid While holding R1, press triangle when an enemy attacks to launch a counter attack
38 Komaki Style Cat Flip Complete the Cat Flip training and then purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Press X as you hit the ground to flip onto your feet
40 Komaki Style Shadow Bind Complete the Shadow Bind training and then purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Press circle while dodging to avoid an enemy attack and grab hold of him
41 Hand-to-Hand - Seventh Grade Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
42 Heat Action Enhancement Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the rate at which the heat gauge increases
43 Hidden Longsword Scabbard Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Press either the left, up or right directional button during a square combo to unsheath Ryoma's sword
44 Hand-to-Hand - Eighth Grade Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
45 Rigid Body Knowledge Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid It is easier to break free of an enemy's hold
47 Knowledge of Iaido Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the power of attacks when drawing a sword or gun
49 Hand-to-Hand - Ninth Grade Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
50 Fighting Pride Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid

Completely drains your heat gauge to restore health

Press L3 + R3 when you are low on health (blinking red)


Sword

grid

Numbers 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 26, 33, 37, 39, 47 and 48 are heat actions, so you can find information on them on the heat actions page.

Number (see above grid) Name How to Obtain Description
1 Consecutive Strikes - Roar Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases the damage of the charged attacks - press triangle button during a square combo to perform a charged attack
2 Sword Attack Enhancement Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid

Increases the number of consecutive attacks for the square combo and allows Ryoma to perform a strong attack at the end of the combo

Square - Square - Square - Square

Square - Square - Square - Square - Triangle

Square - Square - Square - Square - Triangle (Hold Down)

3 Sword - First Grade Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
4 Consecutive Strikes - Roaring Flash Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid

Inflicts bonus damage for charged up attacks

Press triangle at the moment you hit with a charged up strong attack to use

You must be in heat mode to use this ability

5 Health Increase #1 Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
6 Sword Attack - Wolf Fang Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Hold down triangle and then release to attack with a strong thrust
7 Big Sword Attack Enhancement Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid

Performs an additional strong attack after using the 4x square + triangle (hold down) combo

Square - Square - Square - Square - Triangle(Hold Down) - Triangle

8 Sword Attack - Slumber Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Press triangle while running to perform a swirl attack
9 Sword Attack - Hypno-Flash Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid

Press triangle at the moment you hit with Sword Attack - Slumber to strike with bonus damage

You must be in heat mode to use this ability

10 Knowledge of the Changrined Monk Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Press L1 when your guard is broken to regain your guard
12 Greatsword Knowledge Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Ryoma can use the special weapon type "Greatsword"
13 Greatsword Study Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions when using a Greatsword
20 Sword - Second Grade Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
21 Endurance Upgrade Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid When eating at a restaurant, Ryoma's endurance can increase by an additional level
22 Health Increase #2 Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
23 Heat Gauge Level Up Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid The maximum number of stacked up heat bars increases by 1
24 Sword - Third Grade Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
25 Sword Speed Enhancement Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases the speed of Ryoma's square combo attacks
27 Heat Action Enhancement Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid The rate at which Ryoma builds up the heat gauge increases
28 Beautiful Technique - Misty Sword Complete the Misty Sword training and then purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Press triangle while dodging to strike an enemy
29 Sword - Fourth Grade Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
30 Sword - Fifth Grade Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
31 Beautiful Technique - Weather Vane Complete the Weather Vane training and then purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Press triangle when an enemy attacks you while you're defending (L1) to repel the enemy's attack (this only seems to work while an enemy is performing a combo attack)
32 Health Increase #3 Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
34 Sword - Sixth Grade Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
35 Beautiful Technique - Dry Leaf Disturbance Complete the Dry Leaf Disturbance training with Ginryu and then purchase it in the Sword sphere grid While holding R1, press circle when an enemy attacks you with a sword to defend against their attack. Depending on your sword grade, you will also disarm the enemy. You can pick up a sword the enemy drops by pressing circle
36 Health Increase #4 Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
38 Sword - Seventh Grade Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
40 Divine Protection of the Fierce God Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Ryoma acquires more experience when he defeats an enemy with a charged up attack
41 Sword Attack - Wolf Fang (Finish) Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Press circle when you hit the enemy with the "Sword Attack - Wolf Fang" ability to launch the enemy
42 Health Increase #5 Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
43 Dragon Fang - Arch Swing Cut Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Press circle during the "Dragon Fang Flash" special ability to perform a swing attack
44 Sword - Eighth Grade Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
45 Sword - Ninth Grade Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
46 Beautiful Technique - Flashing Sword Complete the Flashing Sword training and then purchase it in the Sword sphere grid While holding R1, press triangle just before an enemy hits you with an attack to perform a strong counter

Pistol

grid

Numbers 5, 6, 18, 24, 27, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40 and 43 are heat actions, so you can find information on them on the heat actions page.

Number (see above grid) Name How to Obtain Description
1 Pistol - First Grade Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
2 Leaping Shot Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Press square while running to perform a leaping shot attack
3 Pistol - Second Grade Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
4 Heat Action Enhancement Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid The rate at which Ryoma builds up the heat gauge increases
7 Pistol - Third Grade Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
8 Scattering Roaring Shot Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Press triangle during the "Roaring Shot" special ability to perform an additional scatter shot to a wide area
9 Scattering Roaring Shot - Mastery Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Press triangle during "Scattering Roaring Shot" to perform yet another scatter shot
10 Sudden Close-Up Strike Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid While holding R1, press square when an enemy attacks to repel the attack
11 Enhanced Bullet Knowledge Complete the Enhanced Bullet Knowledge training and then purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid You can now create "Enhanced Bullets" at the blacksmith
12 Flashing Bullet Knowledge Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid You can now create "Flashing Bullets" at the blacksmith
13 Electric Bullet Knowledge Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid You can now create "Electric Bullets" at the blacksmith
14 Acid Bullet Knowledge Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid You can now create "Acid Bullets" at the blacksmith
15 Poison Bullet Knowledge Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid You can now create "Poison Bullets" at the blacksmith
16 Pistol - Fourth Grade Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
17 Flaming Dragon - Repeated Bullets Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid You can now pick out more targets with the "Flaming Dragon Style" special ability
19 Pistol - Fifth Grade Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
20 Concentration Upgrade Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid When eating at a restaurant, Ryoma's concentration can increase by an additional level
21 Consecutive Shot Speed Enhancement Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases the speed of Ryoma's square combo attacks
22 Pistol - Sixth Grade Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
23 Exploding Cavity Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Press square after you grab an enemy to shoot them
25 Cannon Knowledge Do the Doctor Shinbei training for the first time and then purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Ryoma can use the special weapon type "Cannon"
26 Cannon Study Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions when using a Greatsword
28 Health Increase #1 Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
29 Pistol - Seventh Grade Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
30 Whirlwind Shot Complete the Whirlwind Shot training and then purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Press square while evading to perform a rolling shot attack
31 Divine Protection of Meteor Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Ryoma acquires more experience when he defeats an enemy with special bullets
35 Gauntlet Break Complete the Guard Break training and then purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Make enemies drop their weapons by rapidly firing at them with the square button
37 Whirlwind Grab Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid While holding R1, press circle when an enemy attacks you to avoid the attack and grab hold of the enemy
38 Heat Gauge Level Up Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid The maximum number of stacked up heat bars increases by 1
39 Pistol - Eighth Grade Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
41 Pistol - Ninth Grade Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
42 Health Increase #2 Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
44 Health Increase #3 Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
45 Health Increase #4 Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
46 Health Increase #5 Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
47 Flaming Dragon - Soaring Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Ryoma can pick out targets with the "Flaming Dragon Style" special ability more quickly
48 Flaming Dragon - Roaring Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Ryoma can use special bullets with the "Flaming Dragon Style" special ability

Wild Dance

grid

Numbers 2, 10, 13, 16, 21, 22, 23, 29, 39, 41, 43 and 48 are heat actions, so you can find information on them on the heat actions page.

Number (see above grid) Name How to Obtain Description
1 Wild Dance - First Grade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
3 Health Increase #1 Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
4 Fenghuang Formation - First Grade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the speed of the "Fenghuang Formation" attacks
5 Divine Protection of Fenghuang Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Ryoma acquires more experience when he defeats an enemy with the Fenghuang Formation special ability
6 Fenghuang Formation - Second Grade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the speed of the "Fenghuang Formation" attacks
7 Fenghuang Formation - Third Grade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the speed of the "Fenghuang Formation" attacks
8 Wild Attack Enhancement Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid

Increases the number of consecutive attacks for the square combo

Square - Square - Square - Square - Square

9 Gun Attack Enhancement Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the speed of gun combo attacks
11 Dazzling - Mastery Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the number of attacks you can do for the "Dazzling" heat action
12 Divine Dragon - Smashing Fang Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the number of attacks for the "Wild Dance of the Divine Dragon" special ability
14 Sojutsu Knowledge Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Ryoma can use the special weapon type "Spear"
15 Sojutsu Study Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions when using a Spear
17 Wild Dance - Second Grade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
18 Beautiful Technique - Tsukimizake Complete the Tsukimizake training and then purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Press square while evading to attack with the sword
19 Beautiful Technique - Hanamizake Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Press triangle while evading to attack with the gun
20 Health Increase #2 Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
24 Wild Dance - Third Grade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
25 Kamaitachi Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Press triangle while running to unleash a quick 3 hit combo
26 Health Increase #3 Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
27 Beautiful Technique - Tengu Shadow Complete the Tengu Shadow training and then purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid While you are attacking, press L1 when an enemy attacks you to evade the attack
28 Heat Gauge Level Up Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid The maximum number of stacked up heat bars increases by 1
30 Wild Dance - Fourth Grade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
31 Strength Upgrade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid When eating at a restaurant, Ryoma's strength can increase by an additional level
32 Heat Action Enhancement Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid The rate at which Ryoma builds up the heat gauge increases
33 Wild Attack Speed Enhancement Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the speed of Ryoma's sword combo attacks
34 Wild Dance - Fifth Grade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
35 Beautiful Technique - Wind Circulation Completet the Wind Circulation training and then purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Press L1 when an enemy attacks you to evade the attack
36 Health Increase #4 Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
37 Wild Dance - Sixth Grade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
38 Wild Dance - Seventh Grade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
40 Health Increase #5 Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases Ryoma's health bar
42 Wild Dance - Eighth Grade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
44 Wild Dance - Ninth Grade Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the damage of both normal attacks and heat actions
45 Wild Attack Dance #1 Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid

Increases the number of consecutive attacks for the square combo

Square - Square - Square - Square - Square - Square

46 Wild Attack Dance #2 Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the damage of Ryoma's combo attacks
47 Wild Attack Dance #3 Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Increases the damage of Ryoma's combo attacks