Gaming Tip Sheet: “Infinity Blade”

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Just in time for Christmas, when you’re going to be stuck in that car for the long car ride to your grandma’s house, we’re bringing you some tips to make playing Infinity Blade on your iPod a little easier.

Combo King

You can also mix any of these moves starting with Right/Down/Up and changing the relative direction in the pattern and learn how to do a 5-hit combo!

- Left, Right, Left = Huge Hit: Does the most damage you can in a three hit window
– Left, Left, Right, Right = Mega Hit: Does the most damage you can in a four hit window
– Left, Right, Up, Down, Left = Ultra Hit: Best, this does the most damage you can in a five or greater hit window

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Shield Your Gaze

Use your shield wisely. Block with shield, slide off of shield to swipe – no need to lift your finger. Save your shield for the end of the fight when your health is low since it is the easiest to use. Be careful: Some boss attacks can get past the shield so know which ones are effective and dodge them. Try using block and dodge to defend the first few attacks of an enemy combo to get in more scratch hits between enemy moves. After the third or fourth enemy attack, try parrying to score the larger damage window at the end of the combo, especially if you get a stab or sword clash opportunity.

Clash of the Titans

When fighting the 15-foot Titans (like the Feral Troll), pay attention to which side he smashes his weapon on the ground. If he smashes on the right side, dodge to the right shortly afterward. If he smashes on the left side do the same on the left. It’s a good indicator of which way to dodge. Also, pay attention to the Titan’s info. For example, if he is immune to fire, be sure to equip an Ice Sword, Ice Ring and a Fire Shield. This way you can do maximum damage to the boss and also block his attacks.

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Looting Isn’t Always Bad

Remember to look for loot between fights. Health vials are precious, and you can find tons of gold just lying around in the world. If you use the fast forward button, know that though you can use it to quickly get to next fight you may miss money/health pickups – so avoid them unless you don’t need the extra perks.

Magic Is In The Air

Find rings that allow a good balance of offensive and defensive spells. A well timed “heal” spell can be the difference between destroying the God King or leaving your kid to mop up your mess.

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XP Marks The Spot

Once a weapon is mastered it no longer gives you XP. Switch up your inventory from time to time to get your character to the highest levels. Mastered items double in value – sell them in the store if you need more gold. In between fights, try to equip your items with ‘gold+’ attributes to get more gold from any money bags you find.

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Happy Gaming!

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