Bayonetta 2 is out today, and while there are difficulty options that accommodate all skill levels, that doesn't mean you can't benefit from some tips to help get you started.
The below guide will help provide you with an understanding of how to approach even the most challenging situations with a degree of confidence.
Learn combos and memorise a routine
Most hack and slash games are combo-centric, and Bayonetta 2 is no exception, with plenty of ways to slice, dice, and bludgeon your enemies into an early grave.
Like the original Bayonetta, Platinum Games allows you to learn and practice combos during the loading screens, and it's important that you use this time to experiment and determine a set of moves that's best suited to your skill level and play-style.
Sure, you could button mash your way through the adventure (as long as you're dodging), but it's better to be aware of moves and combos that make the circumstances easier on you.
Our recipe for success was finding a couple attack combos that not only dealt substantial amounts of damage, but also worked to keep imposing enemies from laying into us all at once.
Dodge, dodge, dodge and witch time
In some beat-'em-ups and hack-and-slash games, it’s possible to aggressively lay into the attack button with complete disregard for any evasive or blocking manoeuvres and easily triumph over your opponents. If you think that kind of thing will fly in Bayonetta 2, you’re in for a real butt-kicking.
What we’re getting at is that dodging is just as integral to your success as offensive tactics – almost even more so. If a dodge is initiated at the last possible moment before taking a hit, Bayonetta will enter Witch Time, which slows the movement speed of everything around you. This provides a momentary break from the surrounding chaos, and allows you to deal a concentrated dose of damage, free of risk.
The key to executing a perfect dodge is to keep an eye on your opponent’s attack patterns. Not only will they very clearly wind up or pull back an arm or a leg before taking a swing, but often there are sound effects and visual indicators to provide you with fair warning.
From enemy to enemy, attack to attack, there’s a varying amount of time between audiovisual cues and the attack that follows, so pay close attention and make mental notes of each enemy’s habits.
Fill your magic gauge for umbran climax and torture attacks
Perhaps the most helpful of all your tools is Bayonetta's Magic Gauge. You can fill this by defeating consecutive enemies and by triggering Witch Time. Once the Magic Gauge has filled to a certain degree you'll have the option of initiating an Umbran Climax or Torture Attack.
The former grants Bayonetta powerful demon attacks for a short period of time and the latter is focused on dealing very large amounts of damage to a single enemy of your choosing. These powers are integral to success, and you'll want to utilise them whenever the circumstances aren't in your favour – which is fairly often.
Find the weapon combination that compliments your play style
As you progress through story mode, you'll unlock various weapons that you can purchase from The Gates of Hell. Not only can you equip a weapon in Bayonetta's hands, but you can attach certain weapons to her feet. This helps you define your very own play style.
Some weapons are designed to be swift and deadlier at short range, while others may be optimal for long distance yet deal noticeably less damage. For example, Alruna (barbed wire-like whips) has a broad reach that allows you to hit a bunch of enemies at once, while Takemikazuchi (a giant hammer) takes longer to swing but deals more damage.
Finding the balance that suits your strengths and weaknesses is important – especially on the highest difficulty setting. Here are some of our favourite weapon combinations:
- Undine on hands and Alruna on feet
- Takemikazuchi on hands and Rakshasa on feet
- Kafka on hands and Alruna on feet
Techniques are special moves that can be purchased while shopping at The Gates of Hell. There are many to choose from, and since it may be a little tough to decide which you should acquire first, we've rounded up the details on a few of the techniques we found to be the most beneficial throughout the course of the campaign.
- Witch Strike (press A immediately after jumping) — After knocking foes into the air, performing a Witch Strike — which can be best described as a tornado uppercut — lets you deal more damage while they're still vulnerable.
- Breakdance (hold ZR) — Want to disperse a fury of bullets all around you? That's what Breakdance is for. This technique doesn't seem to do all that much damage, but it helps to hit and potentially suppress multiple baddies at once, which can be extremely helpful.
- Bat Within (press ZR at the exact moment you'd normally take a hit) — This one's like a safety net. If you dodge an enemy's attack a bit too late, as long as you've pressed the button at the exact moment of impact, Bayonetta will transform into a flock of bats to mitigate damage. This will also trigger Witch Time.
- Crow Within (double tap ZR in mid-air) — Crow Within transforms Bayonetta into a crow and grants temporary flight. This can aid greatly for the capture of certain Umbran Crows (see Umbran Crows in the Collectibles section below).
Accessories help if you're struggling
Bayonetta has two accessory slots in her inventory, and you can purchase a variety of these while shopping at The Gates of Hell. They're designed to help you if you struggle. We beat the entire game on 2nd Climax difficulty without purchasing a single one, but if you get hung up, identify what you're struggling with and buy accessories to help balance things out. Just be prepared — they're costly.
How to earn better medals
In each stage there are a set number of enemy encounters to participate in, and your performance during these battles will reward you a specific medal.
At the end of a stage, your overall score is tallied and you get a medal based on how well you performed. Locating every one of these battles and earning the highest possible rank in each one is the trick to getting the highest of honours: the Platinum or Pure Platinum medals.
This is no easy task by any means, and will require practice, stage restarts, and possibly even broken controllers.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while high-score hunting:
- Be on the lookout for suspicious platforms and areas – While many battles take place on a linear path, there are plenty more that you can only initiate by exploring and venturing off course. These areas won't always be clearly defined, and you should expect your curiosity to be derailed quite frequently by invisible walls. But if you're determined, you'll eventually hunt down each and every battle.
- Keep your combos alive – If you can keep your combo alive from the start to the end of battle, chances are you'll walk away with an impressive score. If enemies end up out of range, fire your gun while moving closer to keep that combo growing.
- Don't get hit – This one explains itself. Just don't suffer any blows from those resilient angels or demons. Of course this is much easier said than done, but if you want a Pure Platinum medal, well, you can't risk a taking a single hit. You remember what we said earlier, right? Dodge, dodge, dodge.
- Finish off enemies as fast as possible – How fast you dispose of baddies and end each battle matters. Be as speedy as possible to earn maximum points.
Even if you’re not actively searching for them, you’re bound to stumble upon at least a couple of Umbran Crows during your time with Bayonetta 2. These Crows serve as collectibles, and you'll need a keen eye to grab them all. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:
- Activating the “Panther Within” (which is basically Bayonetta’s means of running) will help you catch the majority of the twenty Crows. You can activate this by double tapping the ZR button at any moment. If it's doable, you can also creep slowly toward the Crows and they won't be scared off.
- You have unlimited chances to catch each crow, so if you botch your attempt and the sly Crow vanishes from sight, simply walk away from the immediate area until it flies back into view, then try again.
- Listen for subtle audio cues indicating a Crow’s proximity. When you've scared one off, you'll hear the faint sound of wings flapping. You'll know they've returned when you hear a "caw" as they land.
- While the Crows themselves are black, each one is encompassed within a red glow that makes them easier to spot. Pan the camera around in each new room you enter and keep an eye out for any hint of red.
- Crows are ALWAYS located within the environment. You won’t have to win any battles to unlock them, nor seek out a chest. It’s also worth mentioning that you never find them underwater.
Want to know the location of every Umbran Crow in the game? Check out our handy guide.
Angelic Hymns Gold LPs
You'll find Angelic Hymns out in the open, or as a reward for conquering battles off the beaten past. Grabbing these will unlock weapons you can purchase from The Gates of Hell.
Just like our advice in the "medals" section, you'll need to commit to venturing off course and keep both eyes peeled for suspicious platforms or ledges that might lead somewhere new.
And that concludes our Bayonetta 2 tips & tricks guide. We hope that the information gathered above will be valuable to you during your time with what we think is "one of the Wii U's best games." Feel free to use the comments below to converse with other Nintendo Life members and offer any other assistance that we might not have touched on to those in need.
I'm sorry but this site keeps using the word "climax" in the most awkward statements
Love that tagline, hahaha Good tips, thanks a bunch. I'm looking forward to getting this game and trying it out.
@Mega719 So does the game, thats the joke.
"Struggling to climax? Follow our advice" what'r'you some sex therapist for old couples xD
My copy should be arriving today, but I'm working until 10pm.
And I know I wont be able to play Bayonetta 2 without going through Bayonetta 1 again first.
Downloading from the e-Shop as we speak!
Thanks for the tips, the demo left a lot to the imagination.
I excited to play! I tried the PS3 original so long ago, kind of liked it, but found it a bit hard to follow the action. In fact I quickly found that spamming dodge and waiting for witch time was the only way forward in the fights against scores of minor enemies, since most of the time I wasn't sure where Bayonetta was on the screen.
But I LOVE Platinum and decided to give Bayonetta a 2nd chance on a better platform.
I I have since yesterday my Bayonetta 1+2 here, trying to play them as much as I can.... I decided to start with the 1 first, fearing that after playing the magnificient 2 the 1 will be a let down.... but I can't wait to insert the second disc..... my god... what a game already the first... it plays so smoothly... the fight is just so funny (never played before on any other console...) and rewarding....
This is Nintendo I love..... and SSB WiiU will be GOTY....
I got it in the morning but I still didnt open it.havent played the first so its 2 games for just 50 euros yahoooo
I came for the climax jokes...
@shigulicious You are hilarious!
still waiting for the postie to bring it, should be sometime this afternoon
@Tops I sincerely hope you're kidding... you can't cope with the word 'climax'? How do people like that make it through a day in this world. What do you fear the word is going to do to you or your children? If you can't manage your children's inquisitiveness about such words then I really think you need to be handing them in to the Social, you're not fit for purpose.
In other news, I'm playing One before Two. As a newcomer it is hard to follow the action, but I know I'll get better after a couple of plays.
So happy that I got my first print edition (had to brag about it ). I have only played the first game so far but I'm already obsessed. Much climax
I'm looking forward to picking up this game shortly. It's just that Hyrule Warriors has been sucking up quite a bit of time. Hopefully it sells enough to justify a sequel.
@Tops Thank you for clarifying. However, in this instance, and assuming you're referring to 'Struggling to climax?', I wouldn't call it sexually explicit - there may be some innuendo going on, but with a word like 'innuendo' being so similar to the word 'Nintendo' I think it should be celebrated
Let's all just agree to call it Ninuendo and get back to what really matters - Bayonetta being really hot. The game. Obvs.
WHY IS THERE WORK ON FRIDAYS?!?!
Most kids probably wouldnt know what climax means anyway, and those that do are probably old enough to appreciate the joke.
@Tops This reminds me of the time my niece walked over to her dad and asked "What is Ecstasy?" My brother went on to explain that some people like to use drugs, and that they do it to feel good. My niece says "oh." Then asks how Steinbeck would know about Ecstasy... The word climax does have a vulgar connotation amongst the lay person. It's real definition works in this context just as well as the vernacular (for lack of a better word?)... Also, Shantae is not a Mature rated title, so of course they're going to warn readers of the characters sexuality.
@Tops climax is just another word for finish, end, complete. does not turn me on or upset me. i'm going to use the word 100 times today to see the reactions
Thanks for doing this, NL. I'm looking forward to playing the actual game a few months down the line. I downloaded the demo when it became available and really enjoyed it, but I found it very difficult to actually learn combos. I found that all the moves more or less look the same, so I felt like I was just button mashing while dodging affectively. Hopefully when I can sit down with the full game I'll actually be able to learn some techniques.
I'll be starting with the second game of course, played the first game on 360 a lot, so I know what I'll be getting into.
I'll take all notes of that and use them wisely. Good thing that I've purchased Bayonetta 2 this morning and loving it already!
@IxC Same here. I've played through Bayo 1 before, but decided to start from scratch, and it';s very much worth it The Nintendo costumes are done wonderfully, which is the treat. They're not just skins in the gameplay, but also integrated in the cinematics as well.
@Tops you are over reacting and very not cool
@shigulicious >toppest of keks
Going off of the tag, this is an article for struggling couples, right?...But really, great article!
I agree with you. I liked your post sooo much, I squirted!!!
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