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Published July 5, 2018

I have been playing Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana for a little while and I have to say that it is a great game that offers a lot for every gamer; things not before seen in Ys games. For one, there are more than one person working with Adol which was not something many gamers are used to especially since Adol has always been a lone wolf. Incidentally, there are other cool characters that join Adol and together make destroying baddies a breeze.

The first Ys game I ever played was Ys VI: Ark of Napishtim and it was a great game; I still play it to this very day. The 3 Emelas swords were the go to weapons in that game and they were powerful in their own right; they had their ideal use in certain battle situations. I downloaded this game to my PS4 and been spending time playing it; I love it so far.

Interestingly, I thought I would have my hands full just trying to understand the battle system, but it is designed in a way to tailor to the gamer’s sense of gameplay style; like if the gamer only wanted certain party members destroying enemies then they could have it that way. With that said, here are some tips to keep in mind when playing Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana.

Switch into defense mode

Now, you might be thinking that having everyone attack at once can be a little overwhelming and you’re right. But, you can put your two other party members in defense mode/evasion mode so you can concentrate on destroying enemies that are particularly weak against certain characters. This is ideal if you’re trying to figure out a good way to destroy a boss especially the one in the Waterfall Cave.

You can put your party members in defense mode by tapping the left side of the touchpad on the PS4 controller, I can remember when I first did it; it gave me a sense of calm and it gave me a chance to strategize especially when dealing with monsters that do not take as much damage from certain characters.

Also, this is handy if you want certain characters to fight alone or if you want to get to know a character’s strengths and weaknesses then this is a great way to go about it; this is something I abuse in the game and one I encourage you to do as well.

Use your characters’ strengths

Just about every enemy in the game has a weakness which involves one of your characters’ strengths; the key to destroying most enemies is using your characters. Each party member and almost every enemy has an icon that states which character they’re “allergic” to. For example, if an enemy has a red spear icon then you turn them over to Adol; if they have a green icon then you turn them over to Laxia.

Most times it is easier to put your other party members into defense mode so you can take care of “character specific enemies” so that way you don’t get overwhelmed which is easy to do in this game and while you’re running out about the field. Your characters will all attack the enemies on screen but only the enemy who is allergic to that specific character will deal the most damage to them, so it is better to put your reserve party members in defense mode.

Ultimately, switching out characters when dealing with certain enemies add a bit of spice to the game and it is definitely something you should do. Remember this always!

Abuse the Extra Skill

When the Extra Skill was unlocked, I was beside myself with excitement; this adds a lot more firepower to your guys when you need to deliver that killing blow. Abuse the Extra Skill because it can be a powerful weapon when you’re in a pinch. I remember when I was taking on the boss in the Waterfall Cave and I was low on health; the only thing I wanted to do was wrap the fight up before I died. The Extra Skill came through and ended the battle.

The Extra Skill is seen as mostly a last resort when you’re against the ropes with no healing items or anything left to give battle-wise. Everyone has their own version of the Extra Skill so experiment with it and use it always. Personally, the Extra Skill reminds me of the Emelas swords’ special ability(ies) in Ys VI; just as powerful and useful.

Here’s a tip, Sahad’s Extra Skill ability is an excellent crowd controller not to mention good for dealing extra damage to enemies that are particularly weak against him; enemies that are not weak against him are pushed back so as to give you breathing room.

Stand still to refill your HP

No ifs, ands or buts about it; do exactly that! The healing items in this game are great for in battle emergencies such as healing from enemy attacks that deal significant damage to your party members, but standing still after a tough battle will refill your HP a lot faster than your average healing potion. Incidentally, it is easy to forget this and become so reliant on the healing items that it can leave you unprepared for that next powerful monster; stand still, it only takes a few seconds to get all of your HP back sometimes a little longer depending on how much damage you’ve taken.

Strengthen your weapons as much as possible

This is an absolute must in order to get anywhere in this game; strengthen your weapon as much as possible. There will come a time when you’ll be able to use every material in the game to make the strongest weapons in the game, it is not necessary to grind for materials in the game to level up weapons but you can if you want to but it is not required.


Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is a game that has a little something for every gamer whether they are beginner or expert; the tips here will carry you very far in the game as long as you remember to exploit your enemy’s weaknesses, use your characters’ strengths to control the battles and swing things your way. Don’t forget to use your Extra Skill and stand still to get a HP refill.

Above all, strengthen your weapons as much as possible and don’t forget to check back in to see if there are new weapons to be created with the materials. If you have any questions about my post or anything in my post then please feel free to send me a message and I’ll get back to you before the day is out. Thank you and happy gaming.

R.J’s Last Minute Tip

Don’t worry about trying to 100% every new area you go to, it wastes valuable time and those “secret areas” are not going anywhere.

Play the game and continue finding the shipwrecked people; doing it this way will ensure that you don’t get bored with the game want to quit.





  1. Elia DesobaElia Desoba

    Hi, thank you for this article. I’m a huge fan of video games and even if I don’t have time to play anymore, I’m still dreaming about it.
    I never heard of this game, though, and I’ll give it a try for sure and follow your advice.
    Have a nice day 🙂

    • Rodney McGillRodney McGill

      No problem Elia and thanks for reaching out; at the end of the day, I do this for gamers and fans like you who love video games; I hope you get to try it because it is a great game.

  2. Marianne HjelleMarianne Hjelle

    I didn’t know you could refill your HP by standing still. I’ve been wasting a lot of fruit 😅 Thank you for a very helpful guide 😊

    • No problem, I discovered that one day when I was playing too; it helps to save on your reserves until you really need them.

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