How to use a Burst Counter in Nioh 2
Burst Counter is a new mechanic that has been introduced to Nioh 2 which works similar to a parry but can only be used for specific attacks. Check out our How to use a Burst Counter guide to find out everything you need to know about performing it.
When you face a Yokai enemy that is preparing for a massive attack they will glow red. When you see this happening it is to indicate that you can use a Burst Counter to interrupt it, deal damage, and create an opening for some quick attacks. To trigger a Burst Counter you have to press R2 and Circle at the same time. The one thing you need to have before you can perform a Burst Counter is at least 1 Anima, you can see if you have this requirement by looking at the purple bar which is underneath your Ki gauge.
In order for the Burst Counter to work your timing must be good. The moment to trigger your Burst Counter is right before the enemy strike lands on you. If you have timed the move correctly you will blast back the enemy dealing some Ki damage along with some normal damage. You can use a Burst Counter on a boss but you must be weary of doing so as they are capable of performing multiple attacks at the same time when they glow red which means if you miss the counter on the first strike you will probably get caught in the combo and be killed.
Burst Counters are slightly different and the one your character uses will depend on which Yokai form you have chosen. The outcome though will be the same. If you deplete the enemy's Ki with a Burst Counter you will be able to follow up with a special attack of your own that can give you back the Anima you have used. If you don't deplete their Ki, then you can always just hit them normally.
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