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Guard is a recurring combat ability that allows characters and enemies alike to block incoming attacks and negate damage.


Star Ocean: Fantastic Space Odyssey/First Departure

Calculated by the character's AVD stat and the enemy's HIT stat, Guard is an ability that automatically triggers upon hit, putting the character into a blocking animation and canceling any damage the attack would have incurred. The rate of guarding can be increased by the Sidestep (Parry) Combat skill.

Star Ocean: The Second Story/Second Evolution

Guard is similar to its incarnation in the first Star Ocean. If a character's short range attack is guarded by an enemy, they will be penalized by a slower recovery from the attack, leaving them vulnerable to counter attacks.

Star Ocean: Blue Sphere

Guard can be manually activated by holding down on the directional pad. Because guarding can be invoked at any time, it now reduces damage instead of negating it entirely.

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

Guard

Functioning similarly to the first two Star Oceans, Guard produces a blue shockwave when a character blocks an incoming attack. Because of the prominence of the Fury Guard and Anti-Attack Auras, the chance of a normal Guard is very rare, and considered inferior to Guards produced with the Fury Gauge as it interrupts a character's current actions and produces no aura. Unlike the Fury Guard, a normal Guard can block Major attacks.

Fury Guard

When the Fury Gauge is filled to 100% and the character is immobile, a hexagonal shield will be produced and negate all incoming Minor attacks. Major attacks and Symbology will break the Guard and render the character stunned, leaving them vulnerable.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Guard returns to its earliest form, triggering based on chance to negate enemy attacks. It produces a blue and white aura when used, forcing the character to stop and block the incoming attack.

The Energy Shield skill can be equipped to dramatically increase the rate of Guard.

Several factors can be added to equipment through item creation to trigger special effects during a Guard.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

Guard returns as an important part of combat. With the three main components of the attack triangle, Quick Attack, Strong Attack, and guard, the character can counter or be countered in combat. You can guard by pressing the Square button.

Quick attacks can be blocked by a guard, which is broken by a strong attack.

Guarding just before an enemy's quick attack lands will activate a counter, in which the attack is blocked and the characters uses a special ability to counterattack for large damage. This adds an SP bonus to the Reserve Rush Gauge.

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