curi's guide to Infinity Blade 1
Guide written for version 1.0 with max level of 40. Some updates for version 1.1 (max level 45) at the end. Further updates for version 1.2 also at the end. You might want to just skip straight to that, it explains how to play the new game from level 1.
This guide is my advice and is not the only way to play.
Currently you get can 150 stat points. Put 72 in magic and 78 in hp. Magic increases the power of your spells a little bit and speeds up the recharge time to cast another spell a lot. Magic recharging is purely based on time and not what you do (unlike Super which recharges from taking and dealing damage).
If you want to put stat points in attack or even shield, you can. The second guy to reach level 1000 God King did. I personally don't recommend it but do whatever you find fun.
Start by putting your first 50 points in magic. Buy a halfway decent sword (Marrow or Elorium) to get started then save up for Ring of Ice and Fire. Now you can kill stuff with magic easily, and heal well, while learning all the bad swords. Keep buying new gear when you master stuff but do the cheapest ones you can or master whatever drops. Then buy Legion Helm (has gold+++) then try to save for Infinity Blade. In order to buy the Infinity Blade, sell everything you've already mastered that you don't need anymore.
You want to get Infinity Blade as fast as possible skiping all the items you can. Once you have it the game gets a lot easier and if you kill the God King a few times with it you might get some of the expensive items to drop for you anyway, but Infinity Blade cannot drop.
Do not pay to master anything until you've already have all the important items, then you can if you want.
3) Level 40 Gear
The best gear is Infinity Blade, Adamantine Helm, Adamant Armor, a shield with the right restance, and either Ring of Ice and Fire or Circle of Life. If they don't have a magic attack or it's blood (the life steal one that no shields resist) then use The Wall shield. Wear Legion Helm for the gold when it doesn't matter.
4) The Monsters
I don't really care about these. The guide is mostly focussed on beating high level God Kings because he is the most challenging part of the game. If you can fight him well, you should be able to deal with everything else too.
You'll want to use Ice and Fire spells on monsters who don't resist. Ignore the shapes for them. Do a horizontal line for Ice. For Fire, do a horizontal line to the left from the magic button then a vertical line down from there. You do not need to do a curve for Fire.
5) Holding your iDevice
It's best if you can set it down on something but so it won't slide or move around. It's important to play with two hands so that you can be ready for both right and left dodge at the same time. If you're going to hold it up you'll need to learn a kind of awkward grip or use both your thumbs. You can learn to do everything with your thumbs but your right index finger is probably easier. If none of this works well for you and you want to play only using your right hand, then you might want to consider focussing on parrying more than dodging.
6) The God King
Once you master all the items it's time to fight the God King.
Step 1: Practice
Made it to level 40? It's time to reset to the first bloodline! You need to fight the God King using the Steel Sword (so he doesn't die quickly) and learn all his moves. If he's level 50 you can get all the practice you want and never die.
Step 2: Healing
Learning how to heal properly is important but easy. Tap the magic button, then do a short vertical line straight down below it. That's it. That will heal. Do not draw the shape, that takes way longer. Once you get used to it, you can use a heal after a mistake in the middle of getting comboed and it will interrupt him and stop the combo. Whenever you heal, it resets whatever the God King was doing and makes him pause for a moment then start a new sequence.
Step 3: Dodging
Learn to dodge. This is going to take a couple hours to really master; don't do it in one sitting. You need to learn every animation the God King does and know which direction to dodge for it. And you need to learn all the predictable patterns for dodging his combos.
To learn dodging, focus only on dodging. Don't attack.
Some moves can be dodged with either a left or a right dodge, but others require a specific type of dodge.
I got bored of practicing and started playing for real after a bit. I got the God King up to level 400 then I got stuck. After a while I had to reset to the first bloodline again and practice more. It's very hard to learn what you're doing when he's stronger because you'll keep dying while trying to figure stuff out. Don't get impatient, just take a break then practice some more!
All of the God King's attacks can be dodged except for two. They are the moves in phases 2 and 3 where he steps back, pauses briefly, and then attacks. There are two ways to deal with those by blocking or parrying, see below.
For the smaller step back move where he swings from the left side of the screen, you can deal with it using dodging if you learn the timing. What you do is wait for his swing to start then hit left dodge very fast. You can't be early or late or you will take a ton of damage. If you do it right you will still get hit, but only by the first swing. Then you will dodge the next two and get a dodge break.
Step 4: Parrying
Parrying has some advantages over dodging, and some disadvantages.
Parrying is harder to learn than dodging and takes more practice. You need more exact timing for a lot of the parries. I reached level 700 God King without parrying at all, but then I reset to bloodline 1 again to learn to parry. You should just have patience and learn it in the first place.
When you do a scratch, that generally means you parried too early. When your character doesn't do anything at all when you swipe, that means you parried too late and your character was stunned from being hit.
There is a correct technique for parrying which is very important, so learn it from the beginning and get used to it. What you want to do is hold your finger down in the middle third of your screen so your shield is up. Then swipe without lifting your finger to parry. This way when you parry late, your shield will still be up.
You cannot parry the God King's kick move. If you see it coming, you can just let your shield block it. Or dodge if you're fast enough.
There are only two types of parrying, horizontal and vertical. If you're using your right index finger, I would suggest putting it on the shield icon and parrying right or up from there. This gives you a good view of the screen. If you put it in the middle then parry right or down, it's harder to see. It does not matter where on the screen you do it (you don't have to parry on the part of the screen where the enemy sword is).
Sometimes you can parry an attack in the middle of being comboed if you're fast and time it right. It's not possible with everything, but it is possible with some that you would not expect that you could not do with dodging. For example, for both of the God King's step back moves followed by 3 hit combos, if you get hit by the first 2 it's still possible to parry the third, but it's hard!
Parrying can cause a Tap! screen to come up. I'm not sure if it's random or what, but get used to this because it's important! If you win he's stunned, and if you lose you get hit for double damage.
When you parry you will sometimes be granted a stab opportunity (a small blue circle appears on him). Tap the circle fast to stab him. It takes some getting used to in order to stab fast enough. Stabbing does damage and grants a long stun.
If you get a stab chance and miss it, you will only have time to get one hit off before the God King recovers.
Step 5: Combos
The combos aren't too hard and will increase your damage. They are: LRL, LLRR, and UDLRX. You can learn how many hits you can get in on the God King after each different type of stun on him. There's one dodge break where you can only get a single hit, but other times you can get up to 6.
The combos work in several ways. You can swap Left with Right, and Up with Down. You can also swap both Left and Right with both Up and Down. The X means anything works for the 5th hit.
Combo Chart by Blancostarz
Step 6: Blocking
Blocking is easy but the important thing is knowing when to use it. Also you should know that your shield can still be used after it breaks. The broken shield will prevent half damage. It can still trigger block breaks, but you can only hit for scratches during block breaks after your shield breaks (on some normal monsters you don't get the scratch penalty with a broken shield). Scratches cannot combo.
The most useful times to block are when you're panicing, when the God King changes phases for his first swing, when you've almost won and have some shield left, for the undodgeable step back moves, and for the unparryable kick move.
For the one where he steps back further and swings from the right side of the screen, you can block it then immediately right dodge then immediately left dodge and get a dodge break.
For the smaller step back move, block it then left dodge. You'll need to practice the timing on this a bit, but your left dodge can both his second and third attacks and get you a dodge break. You can't quite dodge immediately but need a small delay. If you are too fast you will dodge the second hit but then your dodge will end and you will get hit by the third hit.
You cannot dodge while you're holding block. You have to let go then dodge.
Step 7: Managing Bloodlines and Deaths
You can pause the fight and restart it whenever you want. But who wants to give up when they aren't dead? And you might hit pause too late. So what do you do if you die? You don't want to go to a higher bloodline and have to fight through the castle again! What you do is hit the home button to leave Infinity Blade. Then double tap home to open multitasking. Then press and hold on Infinity Blade and quit it. Now open Infinity Blade again and you will load at your last checkpoint right before the God King fight.
With this technique, you can stay on the minimum bloodline possible. So you can be fighting level 50 God King on bloodline 1, level 200 God King on bloodline 4, level 600 on bloodline 12, and so on. That saves time on going through the castle. But if you like fighting the castle stuff, then feel free to go on to higher bloodlines.
Do not go through the bloodlines/God King levels too fast. For each one, take your time and master the fight. If you get lucky and win some, you'll have a hard time on the next one. Don't keep going until it's pretty easy and that will ensure you get enough practice and don't get stuck on a fight beyond your abilities.
Step 8: Overall Strategies
If you're amazing at everything, fight him however you want and never die. Have fun.
What if you're not quite that good? Here is the easiest way to fight effectively. This strategy does not require being able to parry. It's not that fast at killing him though so it requires some patience.
Rule 0: Start the fight with full hp and Super and Magic charged, and make sure to equip the right gear.
Rule 1: Wait for him to attack, then dodge everything
Rule 2: When you get a dodge break, then you can combo him. Learn how many hits you can get off, then stop attacking and be ready to dodge again
Rule 3: If you mess up, heal. If you're getting comboed, try to get a heal off. If you're in trouble and your heal is down, use super or block (especially if your shield isn't broken yet).
Rule 4: For his big step back then swing on the right side of the screen move, block the first hit of it, then right dodge, then left dodge.
Rule 5: His small step back move is the scariest thing to deal with. If you have your heal up, just heal when he steps back so you don't have to deal with it. If heal is down, you can use super to interrupt this, or you can save it for a bigger problem, your call. If you still have shield durability, block all 3 hits. Otherwise, block the first hit then left dodge at the right timing. You can also parry if you're good at it.
Rule 6: Try to go into the phase changes with full hp, it's safer, and just hold block for the first swing unless you're really confident.
Rule 7: Only use super if you're at some risk of dying. Do not waste it just to do damage. The best time to use it is when you mess up and get hit, and it's part of a combo and you're about to get hit again, or when your heal is down and you're hurt and you're worried you will die before you can heal.
Once you get good at all this, you can start using parries more when you're at full health and your heal and super are ready. That's pretty safe and can speed up the fight and add variety. But if you get in trouble, then go back to the strategy above while they are recharging because it is safer.
Step 9: The Circle of Life
Wearing the Circle of Life ring instead of the Ring of Ice and Fire gives you 14 less magic. That's bad. You can definitely notice the extra delay between spells. You also heal for less by about 25 per point of magic. On God Kings level 700 and below, a broken shield isn't that big a deal. However starting around level 750+ the damage he does is so much that you really don't want to take half damage. I used the circle of life for beating level 750 God King (who has life leech), it took a long time but as long as I didn't make any serious mistakes I found it was safer. I also used it for level 800 and 850. I think it's better for my play style but I'm not sure it's better for everyone. The main reason I'm using it is so I can block 3 times vs the small step back move, combo him, then recharge my shield after. I kept messing up trying to dodge the second and third hits of it.
You can cast Shield with a single diagonal line left and down starting by the magic button. The angle should be around left and down in equal amounts, or a little more down than left. If it's closer to horizontal, no spell will cast. Tilted the other way it keeps doing shield until you get pretty close to vertical and then it heals instead.
Step 10: Some God King Details
The God King's magic attacks go in a cycle starting with fire, then ice, lightning, poison, and finally blood (life steal). The only exception is that at levels 50 and 100 he doesn't have a magic attack so you don't see the fire or ice part of the cycle there.
At level 750 he has 28000 hp and does 1650 damage with his smallest hits. He gains 1900 hp and 112.5 damage per 50 levels so you can calculate his stats at other levels. If you calculate downwards it might not work right at some of the lower levels, I don't know where this pattern starts.
Because of the cycle, the hardest God Kings to beat come at multiples of 250 like 500, 1000, and 1250.
If you're having trouble, check out this Video Guide of all the God King's attacks.
Step 11: How High Can You Go?
See how high level a God King you can kill. Good luck! The best anyone has posted on the forums yet is reaching the level 1000 God King by Oxynidus. flame123888 also reached level 1000 God King. And me!! I did it just before getting the new patch.
7) The new 1.1 patch
I was at the start of the castle so I paid to master all but 3 items, then played through to Godking to master the other 3. If you gain some xp on an item but don't master it, it makes paying for mastery cheaper. Mastering items by paying gold does give xp. I spent around 1.5 million gold on this.
The Oroku helm is awesome. That's the new best helm. It gives 8 points of hp (worth 60 each) and 4 points of magic. The previous adamant helm gave 6 hp and 4 attack. The Mana Crown is nice too because it's the first item with ItemDrop+++
For shields, only The Patriot is useful. None of the new swords are useful unless you want to play with magic sword attacks on monsters that don't resist.
I recommend putting the 26 new stat points in magic and hp. If you prefer magic you can put them all in magic. If you prefer hp, based on some math I think 5820 base hp will be the minimum to live through 3 normal hits from the level 1250 God King, so that would be a good place to aim for. For living through 3 hits from the level 1500 God King, I think you would need 7500 base hp which is 28 additional points which would really hurt your magic, so I wouldn't go for that. It only takes 4140 base hp to live through 3 hits on the level 1000 God King.
8) Patch 1.2 Update
Here's how to play IB 1.2 from level 1:
Assign your stats using the following steps:
1) Get magic to 80. This helps you get off to a good start.
2) Add 3 points to attack. Then add 2 points to shield.
3) Repeat step 2 forever.
For items, here's what to prioritize at the start of the game:
2) Ring of Ice and Fire
3) Infinity Blade
4) Circle of Life
Those are the major purchases. In the meantime you can buy cheap items to get xp on, and cheap shields with resists you need, but keep it to a minimum or your important items will be delayed a lot.
For New Game Plus, prioritize items like this:
1) Cheap shields to get some resists you need
3) Circle of Life (Optional at high levels; you might not feel you need it.)
4) Infinity Blade
5) Whatever shields you need to beat the guys in the dungeon (Supreme Shield and The Maiden covers 5 resists pretty cheaply. For light resist you'd need the Phoenix Guard for 500k. For blood resist get the Dragoor Shield. Details later.)
Fighting: Learn how to block, and learn how to deal with the limited number of unblockable moves. There's not that many moves you can't block. When you die to one just make a note of it and try to learn how to dodge it for next time. You'll get the hang of them after a while. Also feel free to interrupt them with magic or super.
New Content: Patch 1.2 added a dungeon. You need to Infinity Blade to open the 3 doors which contain 3 bosses. They do not respawn if you go on to another bloodline and they drop powerful Dragoor items. The easiest guy is a big fat guy with a club on the right who drops a shield with blood resist. The middle difficulty guy is a two sword ninja in the middle door who drops a ring with heal and fire spells both level 4. The left door has a guy who does a ton of damage if he hits you and he drops a sword with 160 attack and 100 fire.
After you defeat those three enemies you gain access to the middle door where you face a double boss fight. You have to beat the Zero Mech and then immediately fight Bill without changing gear. Your shield regens between fights but your hp/magic/super stay the same. In order to beat this, figure out a shield that resists both of their attack types. (Start with one that works on the ZM to beat him, then you can test the other guy.) If they have a combination that you can't deal with just die and face them again on the next bloodline and the Zero Mech's attack and resists will be randomly changed (not sure about Bill's).
As with the God King, if you die on the fight then hit home, double tap home, quit Infinity Blade, then reopen. That will put you back to the start of the fight. There is a new bug where they will show up as the wrong level after doing this. To fix it simply start the fight, pause, and choose restart battle. I believe the only affect of their supposedly higher level is they do more shield damage.
After winning the double boss fight you can enter New Game Plus mode. This can be done repeatedly and it adds up. For every time you choose New Game Plus you can master your items an additional time to keep leveling up and gaining stat points. However you lose all your gear when you do it and your bloodline resets to 1 so the gold drops get low. The enemies get harder. You keep your levels and stats.
For every New Game Plus, normal monsters gain 50 bonus levels to make them harder. The dungeon bosses gain 100 levels. Magic regeneration rate slows way down (that's why you put points in shield isntead of relying on the shield regeneration spell).
Before doing New Game Plus it is advisable to sell most of your gear you don't need and spend the money mastering any items you hadn't mastered yet. Buying xp costs 3 gold per point of xp, rounded up to the nearest 1000.
That's about it. Because enemy shield damage doesn't scale up very quickly and you can get tons and tons of stat points you can just abuse shield all game. Because your attack keeps going up fights don't get longer in the long run (unlike in previous versions where you would run out of stat points and then fights would get longer) so adding to shield (which gives more blocking once per fight) can keep up.
Note: The hardest thing is the start of each newgame+ before you have enough money to get the shields you need. If your shield doesn't resist their attack then you need to dodge a fair amount (the small/fast attacks can be safely blocked, but the big ones will do elemental damage through your shield if it doesn't have the right resist). For this small part of the game, get used to a pattern of blocking a couple hits the dodging the end of combos. You have enough attack to kill quickly so it's not too bad. Spending points on hp wouldn't help even for this one aspect of the game; if an enemy does light damage it hurts a ton to get hit by it, your hp would not last long; it's more useful to be able to block half their hits than to have some hp.
8) The End
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