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Heat Actions

Heat actions work like they do in the previous games - Press the triangle button when prompted.
However, unlike previous games, the heat gauge now "stacks"; you can now build up your heat gauge multiple times over

Basic Heat Actions

Almost all of these heat actions need to be done with the Hand-to-Hand fighting style, since they either require picking up a weapon or grabbing an enemy. However one can only be done with the other fighting styles.

Name How to Obtain How to Use
Wall Smash Mastery N/A Grab an enemy and go near a wall and press triangle
Face Crushing Mastery N/A Grab an enemy and go near a low fence or wall and press triangle
Finishing Blow Kick Mastery N/A Go near the side or head of an enemy lying facing down on the ground and press triangle
Finishing Blow Stomp Mastery N/A Go near the head of an enemy lying face up on the ground and press triangle
Consecutive Strikes Mastery N/A Holding a one-handed weapon, go near an enemy and press triangle
Smash and Strike Mastery N/A Holding a two-handed weapon, go near an enemy and press triangle
Heavy Attack Mastery N/A Holding a heavy weapon, go near an enemy and press triangle
Swing Mastery N/A Go near the feet of an enemy lying on the ground and press triangle
Throw Down Mastery N/A Grab an enemy and go near a high place or body of water and press triangle
Bojutsu Mastery N/A Holding a long pole weapon, go near an enemy and press triangle
Kick Down Mastery N/A Go near an enemy who is standing next to a high place or body or water and press triangle. This heat action can be only be done with the Sword, Pistol or Wild Dance fighting style
Dried Plum Mastery N/A With a dried plum in your inventory, go near an enemy and press triangle
Carrying Pole Swing Mastery N/A Go near a carrying pole (you can find them lying around on the ground in certain places) and press triangle
Hot Water Mastery N/A Go near a kettle (they can be found on tables in certain areas) and press triangle

Hand-to-Hand
Number (see the sphere grids on the abilities page) Name How to Obtain How to Use
10 Mandarin Orange Mastery Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid With a mandarin orange in your inventory, go near an enemy and press triangle
14 Rear Throw Mastery

Defeat Komaki in training and then have the revelation. Then purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid.

To have the revelation, continuously parry enemy attacks until a revelation indicator appears on the screen - press triangle when the screen indicates (will appear after you parry an attack)

Parry an enemy's attack and press triangle
22 Strong Attack Mastery Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Grab an enemy and press triangle
23 Ground Attack Mastery Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Press triangle while performing Strong Attack Mastery
24 Angry Dragon Mastery Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid While performing Strong Attack Mastery, do a full rotation (rotate 360 degrees) with the left analogue stick
34 Mistake and Sudden Attack Mastery Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Press triangle when an enemy breaks your hold
37 Tanegashima Prevention Mastery Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Go near an enemy holding a gun and press triangle
39 Swordless Sudden Kill Mastery Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Press triangle when an enemy attacks you with a sword
46 Big Attack Mastery

Get the revelation document as a reward in Scarecrow Mansion training. Then have the revelation, then purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid

To have the revelation, keep attacking enemies while you are in "Counter-Attack War Cry" mode. Eventually, while in Counter-Attack War Cry mode, you get a revelation indicator at the top right of the screen (triangle) - you need to be holding R1 and facing the enemy

While in "Counter-Attack War Cry" mode, hold R1 and press triangle when facing a distant enemy
48 Unarmed Reciprocation Mastery Purchase it in the Hand-to-Hand sphere grid Press triangle when an enemy attacks you

Sword
Number (see the sphere grids on the abilities page) Name How to Obtain How to Use
11 Finishing Blow Mastery Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Go near an enemy on the ground and press triangle
17 Sword Mastery Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Holding R1, go near an enemy and press triangle
18 Sword Pursuit Mastery Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Press triangle while performing Sword Mastery
19 Hurling Mastery Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid While performing Sword Mastery, do a full rotation (rotate 360 degrees) with the left analogue stick
26 Wall Thrust Mastery Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Go near an enemy standing by a wall and press triangle
33 Bullet Dodge Mastery Complete the Bullet Dodge Mastery training with Ginryu and then purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Press triangle when an enemy shoots you from a distance
37 Dry Leaf Smash Complete the Dry Leaf Smash training with Ginryu and then purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Press triangle when an enemy attacks you from behind
39 Knock Down Flash

Complete all the Ginryu training to receive the revelations document, then have the revelation, then purchase it in the Sword sphere grid.

To have the revelation, continuously use the "Beautiful Technique - Weather Vane" ability (press triangle when an enemy attacks you while you are defending). Eventually, after performing the technique, a revelation indicator will appear on the screen (press triangle).

Press triangle after performing the "Beautiful Technique - Weather Vane" ability
47 Flying Spin Slash Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid Press triangle while running to an area which has at least 3 enemies
48 Fine Cutting Mastery

Clear the Wanted Man mission #8 and then have the revelation. Then purchase it in the Sword sphere grid

To have the revelation, continue breaking enemies' guard until the revelation indication appears on the top right of the screen (press triangle when it shows to have the revelation). It will take a long time before it finally shows up, so just keep breaking guard until it finally does

Press triangle when an enemy loses balance

Pistol
Number (see the sphere grids on the abilities page) Name How to Obtain How to Use
5 Finishing Blow Mastery Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Go near an enemy on the ground and press triangle
6 Sliding Mastery

Complete all the William Bradley training to receive the revelations document, then have the revelation, then purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid.

To have the revelation, continuously use the "Leaping Shot" ability. Eventually, while running you will have a revelation indicator at the top right of the screen (press triangle). It will take quite a while before it finally shows up, so just continue using the leaping shot ability until it finally does.

Press triangle while running
18 Separate and Shoot Mastery Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Grab an enemy and press triangle
24 Grasp and Gun Down Mastery Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Go near an enemy standing by a wall and press triangle
32 Separation Finishing Blow Mastery Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Press triangle while performing Separate and Shoot Mastery
33 Strike Down Mastery

Get the revelations document via bartering in the Pistol (William Bradley) training area, then have the revelation, then purchase the ability in the Pistol sphere grid.

To have the revelation, continuously use the "Whirlwind Shot" ability in a forward-facing direction (dash forward and press square). Eventually, a revelation indicator will appear (press triangle) after you dash forward and press square.

Press triangle after using a forward-facing "Whirlwind Shot" attack (dashing forward and pressing square to attack)
34 Rapid Fire Consecutive Attack Mastery Complete the Rapid Fire Consecutive Attack Mastery training and then purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid While holding R1, press triangle when facing 3 enemies
36 Flank Attack Mastery Complete the Flank Attack Mastery training and then purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Press triangle when an enemy attacks you from behind with a sword
40 Rising Shot Mastery Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid Press triangle when you are on the ground
43 Throwing Mastery Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid While performing Separate and Shoot Mastery, do a full rotation (rotate 360 degrees) with the left analogue stick

Wild Dance
Number (see the sphere grids on the abilities page) Name How to Obtain How to Use
2 Finishing Blow Mastery Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Go near an enemy on the ground and press triangle
10 Dazzling Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Go near an enemy and press triangle (requires the heat gauge to be stacked up at least 5 times)
13 Back Taking Mastery Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Press triangle when an enemy attacks you with a sword
16 Wall Driving Mastery Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Go near an enemy standing by a wall and press triangle
21 Gunfire and Repeated Strikes Combo Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid While holding R1, go near an enemy and press triangle
22 Finishing Blow Stab Mastery Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Press triangle while performing Gunfire and Repeated Strikes Combo
23 Full Body Torpedo Drop Purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid While performing Gunfire and Repeated Strikes Combo, do a full rotation (rotate 360 degrees) with the left analogue stick
29 Leaving Behind Anguish

Get the revelation document as a reward in Scarecrow Mansion training. Then have the revelation, then purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid

To have the revelation, keep evading while using the Wild Dance Fighting Style until a revelation indicator appears on the screen (press triangle)

Press triangle while evading and you are near an enemy holding a sword
39 Crowd Dispersion Complete the Crowd Dispersion training with Ginryu and then purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid While holding R1, press triangle when facing 4 enemies
41 Blade Edge Dance

Complete all the Ginryu training to receive the revelations document, then have the revelation, then purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid.

To have the revelation, continuously use the "Fenghuang Formation" ability (press circle). Eventually, a revelation indicator (press triangle) will appear during the Fenghuang Formation ability.

Press triangle after the second "circle" press of the Fenghuang Formation special ability combo
43 Heat Haze Circulation Complete the Heat Haze Circulation training with Ginryu and then purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Press triangle when an enemy attacks you from behind with a sword
48 Flying Wild Shot Mastery Complete the Flying Wild Shot Mastery training with Ginryu and then purchase it in the Wild Dance sphere grid Press triangle while running towards a distant enemy

Special Weapons
Name How to Obtain How to Use
Fly Swatter Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid (number 14) With a Greatsword equipped, go near an enemy standing by a wall and press triangle
Monkey Flip Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid (number 15) With a Greatsword equipped, press triangle when an enemy attacks you with a sword
Windmill Purchase it in the Sword sphere grid (number 16) With a Greatsword equipped, press triangle when facing 3 enemies
Fireworks Mastery Purchase it in the Pistol sphere grid (number 27) Press triangle when you have a cannon equipped and have a Firework Ball in your inventory