Vivid Games is a company that many of you may know as the maker of the Highway Getaway series, as well as Real Boxing. But if fighting in a ring with a pair of gloves is not your cup of tea, the company has another popular fighting game series that might appeal to you, assuming you’re into medieval settings when men fought with swords and shields.
Knights Fight 2 is the latest entry in this series for both iOS and Android users alike, and as the company notes in the description, you can take part in “intense” duels against other knights, as well as higher-ranking champions. You can compete in PvP and PvE modes alike, but regardless of which mode you choose, you’ll need to be sure your timing is perfect when blocking enemy attacks and taking advantage of their vulnerabilities.
Given that the game also comes with dozens of weapons, armor pieces, and other types of equipment, as well as various mechanics that make this more than just a basic fighting game, there may be a lot to unpack when trying to learn the finer art of fighting in those medieval arenas. Fortunately for you, we’ve come up with a detailed Knights Fight 2 guide that we believe covers everything you need to learn as a beginner or intermediate player, with probably a few tips and tricks that you still can use even if you’re already an expert.
1. The Basics Of Knights Fight 2
Getting the obvious out of the way, Knights Fight 2 is a game that takes place in a medieval setting, and it is centered on one-on-one fights against other knights — both AI and human-controlled — in a variety of different modes.
While at first, you won’t have much to your name aside from the most basic armor and weapons, you can collect new items along the way or upgrade existing pieces of equipment that could provide you with more protection and allow you to deal more damage against progressively tougher opponents. First of all, however, you will need to go through a brief tutorial stage where you will be taught the basics of fighting.
The first thing you will learn to do would be how to perform a successful block. Use the controller on the bottom left side of the screen to block in the direction your opponent is swinging — pay close attention to the attack indicator, or the triangle superimposed on your opponent, as the side that turns orange will determine the direction of your block. For example, if the right side turns orange, move the controller to the right, and if the top side turns orange, move it upward in order to successfully parry their attack.
You will then be taught how to hit, or attack your opponent — simply use the controller in conjunction with the bottom-right button with a sword on it in order to attack your opponent in the given direction. Finally, the game will brief you on how to counter-attack — once the attack indicator changes from orange to yellow, quickly hit the Attack button, corresponding with the side that changed color. This is the hardest thing to master, but arguably the most important of them all.
It is important that you pay very close attention to the tutorial, because there is no way to repeat it in case you need to jog your memory on something! There isn’t any practice mode either where you can replay the tutorial or spar with AI opponents in no-stakes situations to hone your skills for future fights in Campaign or Duels mode. Once you’ve completed the tutorial, you’re on your own, so don’t let your attention drift elsewhere while going through this stage!
Knights Fight 2 comes with two primary game modes — Campaign, which is a story mode with AI-controlled enemies, and Duel, where you will be facing other human users from around the world. The fights, or duels, in both modes, are structured the same way — each round has a 150-second time limit, and it’s best-of-three rounds much like many other fighting games have been in the long history of the genre. Each fight will also start with an overview of both knights, where you can see how your character and that of your opponent looks like, as well as their ratings in terms of Speed, Defense, and Attack, and their overall rating.
The rewards will vary depending on which more you’re playing — if you win in Duels mode, you earn a prize chest, with the most common one taking 30 minutes to unlock and rarer ones taking substantially longer than that. Prize chests may contain various cards that correspond to pieces of equipment or, in rarer occasions, Special Attacks.
Winning in Campaign mode will reward you with silver coins, which are the game’s common currency, and/or gold coins, which are the premium currency. For both modes, you can earn XP after each victory, allowing you to level up as a player, and if you lose, you won’t get any chest or any form of currency, but you will get some XP as a consolation prize of sorts.
The game won’t say it, but by tapping on your character name on the main screen, you can view your personal player stats, including your cumulative win-loss record in Duels, your progress in Campaign mode, and also your character name.
Other games will prompt you during the tutorial to change your name to one of your choosing, but through this, you can pick any name that fits within the character limit and doesn’t make use of any offensive language. (If you wish to stick with the generic knight name the game gives you based on your player ID, that’s fine as well.)
Now that we’ve gotten the bare essentials out of the way, let’s move on to some fighting tips that you may find helpful as you get your feet wet and go beyond the arguably limited scope of the tutorial stage.
2. It’s All About Defense
There probably aren’t too many other fighting games that put as much of a premium on defense as Knights Fight 2. Notice what happens if you go on an all-out offensive onslaught against an opponent, even one who is noticeably weaker than you.
Not only will you tire yourself out easily, you will also find yourself more vulnerable than you should be, allowing your opponent to hit you with vicious combos that take a huge chunk out of your health and possibly allowing them to come from behind for the win as well. Indeed, there seems to be a good reason why the game’s tutorial starts with blocking, rather than attacking as the case normally would be in fighting games.
With that all said, we would suggest that you pay especially close attention to your defensive fundamentals while learning how to play the game. When competing against other users in Duel, do not try to predict whether your opponent will be attacking from the left, from the right, or upward — doing so by blocking in those directions in advance would usually result in your opponent swinging their weapon in another direction, which means you’re essentially telegraphing your moves. Instead, rely solely on the attack indicator when defending, but parry the attack as quickly as possible or else they’ll hit you before you can make a move.
3. Counter-Attacking And Dodging – More Ways To Make Use Of Your Defense
In addition, you will also need to hone your skills in counter-attacking, or going on the attack off a defensive move. Not all counter-attacks will be successful, but in any case, you will want to start your counter-attack after a successful block. The game suggests that you make your move in a counter-attack once the indicator changes color from orange to yellow, and that’s a pretty good place to start. You probably won’t get it right the first time, but as you complete more fights against human and AI opponents alike, you should eventually get the hang of it.
What’s arguably even harder to pick up than traditional counter-attacking is the process of countering an opponent’s special attack. As the time always slows down whenever someone is performing a special move, that should ideally allow you enough time to do as the game says and move the controller and hit the Dodge or Attack button at just the right time in order to counter the move. Getting the timing perfect here is quite difficult, so we would understand it if you’re a new player who would rather opt for a traditional block rather than gamble by going for the counter.
The Dodge button is another tool you can utilize in the spirit of focusing on defensive tactics rather than offensive ones in Knights Fight 2. As you’ll learn in the tutorial, this allows you to make a quick and evasive maneuver to avoid getting hit by your opponent’s weapon. It can be quite effective if you’ve mastered your timing and know just when to hit it, but there is a drawback to using the Dodge button.
That drawback is the fact that dodging an attack expends a lot of stamina! Sure, it’s an easy way to avoid getting hit, but it’s a high-energy move that could result in a rather dreaded situation that could turn the tide in your opponent’s favor in any given fight. And that’s exactly what we will be talking about in our next tip.
4. Don’t Tire Yourself Out Too Quickly
Right below your health bar, you will see a second bar that goes down each time you perform an attacking move or use the Dodge button to evade an opponent’s attack. That, of course, is your Stamina bar, and it is strongly advised that you don’t let it run out at any time in the fight. This is something that’s easier said than done, but as long as you’re trying your best not to waste all your stamina — and this usually happens when you’re fighting too offensively — you should be on the right track.
What happens when you waste all your stamina and let it go down to zero? That’s when you will notice the screen change from colored to black-and-white, symbolizing how you’ve gassed yourself out by expending too much stamina while attacking and/or dodging. As long as the screen is in black-and-white while you’re recovering stamina (as long as you’re not expending any more of it, that is), your attacks will be weaker, your blocks will be slower and less effective, and you will not be able to dodge.
More importantly, the attack indicator will momentarily disappear until your Stamina is back to 100 percent. That could lead to all sorts of ripple effects, especially since it takes several seconds in most cases for stamina to be restored and the screen to shift back to full color. And that, as we warned in the earlier tip, is exactly what we meant by a situation that can turn the tide in your opponent’s favor.
There is only one time when we wouldn’t be too against using up your entire Stamina bar, and that’s when your opponent has only about 20 percent health remaining or less and you’ve got at least 60 percent or so remaining. At that point, you can confidently spam the attack button while varying the direction of your strikes, even if your stamina is depleted. Yes, your attacks will be weaker and that could leave you more vulnerable than usual, but it gets the job done fairly quickly, as opposed to the usual defense-oriented strategies you may employ.
5. Vary Your Offensive Moves
Not counting your Special Attack, your character in Knights Fight 2 should have three basic attacks based on the three available directions represented in the controller/joystick. Once again, we’re reiterating that defense is at the heart of the game’s fighting system, and while the best offense is usually a good defense, you can’t expect to win a lot of fights unless you initiate some offense of your own.
It’s a basic principle that applies across various other fighting games, but when attacking enemies, you should mix things up and not keep mashing the Attack button while leaving the joystick static in one direction. Aside from the disadvantage of getting tired faster, as we stated earlier, using the same type of attack every time will make you very easy to defend against when you’re fighting in Duels mode. And while the AI knights in this game aren’t the sharpest crayons in the box, the AI is smart enough to figure out when a human player is spamming the same attack repeatedly.
It may take more effort, but just as long as you’re mixing attacks that go left, right, and up, and not repeating the same attack each and every time, you’re mostly covered on the offensive end.
6. Stringing Together Combos And Defending Against Them
One good way of dealing out a lot of damage against your opponent is to string a series of hits together. Combo-chaining is indeed a valuable tool in both primary modes of Knights Fight 2, and one of the easiest way to get a combo going is to start off by using your special attack — that’s the button on the center right side of your screen that turns blue whenever it’s loaded up and ready to use.
Unleashing a special attack could deal a lot of damage against an opponent, but you can add the proverbial insult to injury by following up with several strikes as the enemy tries to regain their bearings. It isn’t explicitly stated, but these special moves can stun an opponent for a few seconds. Just make sure you time your use of the special attack so that you aren’t left too open, and bear in mind that these moves have cool down times.
Your opponents, of course, can use special attacks, and we did make mention of this earlier when talking about counter-attacking. They may or may not use it to string a combo together, but more often than not, they will take advantage of an incorrect block by attacking several times in a row while the other knight is vulnerable. The best advice we can give here is to be quick in redirecting your blocks so that you don’t get hit repeatedly — don’t get rattled, as that could leave you open for longer, hence turning the tide in your opponent’s favor.
7. Two-Handed Or One-Handed Weapons – Which One To Use?
Knights Fight 2 comes with a variety of swords, axes, maces, and other weapons that your character can wield during any given fight. Some of these weapons are wielded with one hand, while others would require two hands, and you will notice that in the Equipment screen, there are separate sub-menus where you can choose a one-handed weapon (third from the top on the left side) or a two-handed one (fourth from the top).
When it comes to choosing which type of weapon you will use, your mileage may vary. Some players are more comfortable with one-handed weapons, as they can hold a shield with the other hand for defensive — and offensive — purposes. (That’s right — shields can also double as weapons!)
However, there are other players who prefer using two-handed weapons — they don’t allow you as much leeway on defense as you have no choice but to use the weapons to block, but they deal much more damage due to the fact that they’re bigger than those that only require one hand to use.
We would recommend hanging on to at least one weapon in both categories, and to make use of both weapons in both Duel and Campaign modes, in order to get the most out of both worlds.
8. The Equipment Menu – Managing And Upgrading Your Weapons And Armor
Weapons, of course, are not the only items you can collect when opening chests in Knights Fight 2. You can also get several different types of equipment, starting with helmets in the first button from the top on the left-side menu, followed by breastplates (second button), the aforementioned one- and two-handed weapons, and shields (fifth button). The sixth and last button is for Special Attacks, though we shall be discussing that in a separate tip.
The type of items you can receive from the prize chests will always be random, so don’t panic if you’re getting far more of a certain type than you are of others. The good thing about this is that you can use surplus pieces of equipment as upgrade material. Simply tap on an item you wish to upgrade, then hit the Upgrade button — you will then be taken to a separate screen where you can choose the items you are willing to sacrifice to level up the target item and increase its stats.
Higher-level and rarer items will take longer to level up than those that are of a lower level and more common rarity, but as you keep on acquiring better gear from the prize chests, that previously high-end piece of equipment that served you well in the early goings could be used as a valuable upgrade material. Leveling up equipment costs silver coins, with more of that currency required as the rarity and/or level of the item increases.
When choosing a weapon for battle, you will also need to take note of its individual stats and not just its overall rating, as seen on the upper right of the card. Tapping on a weapon allows you to view its attack Speed and Damage, Stamina Drain per attack, and Block Defense. Helmets are rated based on Speed, Defense, and Rage Gain, with the latter pertaining to the special stat that you build up in order to use your Special Attack. Breastplates are rated based on Speed, Defense, and Stamina Restore Rate, and lastly, Shields are based on Speed and Block Defense.
Also worth noting is that various pieces of gear have special Effects, or buffs attached to them — for example, the Armet Faceplate helmet comes with the Cheating Death buff, which, for this item, gives you a 34 percent chance of ignoring damage once you receive a killing blow from an enemy.
One of the available Two-Handed Swords gives you an 8 percent chance of multiplying attack damage by x1.2 (Critical Strike), while another gives you a 10 percent chance to stun an opponent for 2.5 seconds. Different items have varying Effects, and one item may have a different effect than the exact same item, depending on rarity, among other factors.
9. Know Your Special Attacks
By tapping on the sixth and bottom-most button on the left side of the Equipment screen, you can access your Special Attacks — you can collect Special Attack cards by opening chests, as we stated earlier, and once you’ve collected enough cards of the same attack, you can upgrade it to improve its effectiveness and/or efficiency. Special Attacks are divided into two categories, based on whether you’re using a two-handed or a one-handed weapon, though you are obviously limited to having just one of them active.
For the two-handed Special Attacks, the most common ones would be Whirl, which, at its base level, applies a bleeding effect that lasts for 3 seconds and consumes 40 percent of Maximum Rage, and Punisher, which stuns an opponent for 1.5 seconds and consumes 60 percent of Maximum Rage.
One-handed Special Attacks are mostly related to the use of your shield as a secondary weapon, and some of the more basic ones include Ram (reduces enemy Stamina and consumes 30 percent Maximum Rage), Achilles (deals out additional damage from Special Attack, consumes 60 percent Maximum Rage), and Shield Slap (allows you to stun your opponent with your shield, consumes 40 percent Maximum Rage).
Although the most obvious strategy when it comes to Special Attacks is to equip the one that has the highest level, you shouldn’t be shy when experimenting with Special Attacks that you don’t normally equip. Get a feel for as many of them as possible, and once again, make sure to use them at the right time and not just at the very moment you’ve built up enough Rage to unleash it. You wouldn’t want to waste a Special Attack on an opponent with full Stamina and in good position to block!
10. Fight Often, But Not Too Often In Duels Mode
Duels mode is where most of you may decide to spend the bulk of your time when playing Knights Fight 2, and much of that is because of the prize chests you can win and the items you can acquire to make your knight even deadlier than he already is.
But we would recommend taking it easy every now and then, because the game only allows you to hold three prize chests in storage and won’t let you unlock more than one chest simultaneously. That’s par for the course in games that have such a mechanic, so if your storage is all filled up, you may want to put the brakes on your dueling and try completing some Campaign mode missions in the meantime.
Still, you’ll want to fight regularly in Duels, because of the rewards you can earn if you perform well in the current season. Each season of competition lasts one week long, and if you finish on top, you can earn several thousand silver coins, dozens of gold coins, a key to a chest (to be used in the game’s Store), and further completion in the Castle, which allows you to unlock new game modes and features.
For example, you can get 6,500 silver, 60 gold, and a silver key if you top Bronze League II. In order to get promoted, you’ll need to rank among the top players in the league, but as long as you keep fighting in Duels while managing your chest storage wisely, getting promoted once a week should be no problem at all.
In addition, winning in Duels mode allows you to upgrade your season pass, which rewards you with a variety of goodies for each time this pass gets leveled up. These goodies may include, but not be limited to, free gold and silver, free Energy (your resource for fighting in any mode), and equipment or Special Attack cards!
11. Campaign Mode – It’s More Than Just Missions For Gold And Silver Coins
In Campaign mode, you can follow Knights Fight 2’s underlying story, completing various missions that involve the same best-of-three fights, but this time against AI opponents. Aside from taking out enemies at the behest of NPCs such as King Alvin, you may have to compete in tournaments and beat multiple knights before you receive the rewards, which may include gold and/or silver coins. (These may also be among your rewards for other types of Campaign missions!) There is, however, one thing to look out for when playing this mode, and that is also the reason why you may want to spend more time fighting in Duels.
While it isn’t uncommon for difficulty to ramp up progressively from one story mode mission to the next, in Knights Fight 2, the difficulty can go off the charts pretty quick — for example, in the first chapter, you will go from fighting an enemy with an overall rating in the low 20s to fighting four knights whose ratings are all below 100 to a “drunken” knight with a 105 rating to an enemy whose 427 rating could give any player a hard time if they haven’t gotten promoted sufficiently in Duels mode!
Aside from Campaign missions, this mode also allows you to visit the Merchant, which is where you can sell unneeded gear for gold and silver coins. Keep in mind that the Merchant is only open at certain times of the day, so make sure to turn on your phone’s notifications to let you know when the Merchant has opened his doors for business! You can also open up treasure by tapping on the icon on the upper left of the Campaign screen — choose one container from the five or six that are normally available, and you can get new weapons, armor, or Special Attack cards or some gold or silver coins.
Only the containers you’ve won in Duels can be opened for free. Opening one more on the same screen will cost you 50 gold, though the game will also give you the option to buy in bulk after you’ve opened your free container so you can save some premium currency — three will cost you 120 gold, while ten will set you back by 350 gold.
12. Complete The Daily Tasks
Competing in the Duels doesn’t just give you a chance to test your wits and strategies against the so-called “real players” frequently mentioned by gaming companies in their titles’ descriptions. Doing so also allows you to earn more Gold by completing the Daily Tasks.
These quests, which can be found in the Tasks section on the main screen, require you to do certain things that can be completed organically, though it’s always nice to actually visit the Tasks section so you can have an idea of what to do. We also happen to have noticed something quite interesting about the individual tasks — they’re called “daily” because it takes 24 hours to refresh after you’ve completed one, but you aren’t necessarily limited to 24 hours when it comes to completion.
The Counter-Attacks task, as seen in the photo, had been live for two days at the time the screenshot was taken, so don’t sweat it too much if you feel 24 hours is too short a timeframe for completion. You also have the option to roll for a new task, though this can only be used once for each of the three individual tasks.
In relation to what we noted in the first paragraph, we should add that Daily Tasks only cover your performance in Duels, so if you won a Campaign fight in two rounds or picked up three straight wins in that mode (both of which are among the Daily Tasks you may encounter), those wins won’t count toward task completion.
Once you’ve completed a Daily Task, you will earn 10 coins, and that will also count as 15 points toward the Royal Chest, which is loaded with freebies (coins, equipment cards, Special Attack cards, treasure containers, etc.) and can be unlocked once you’ve gotten 800 points. Your performance in Duels mode will also determine when you can open a Silver Chest — Knights Fight 2 would require you to score 50 points to open that chest, with four points awarded for a win in Duels and two points given for a loss. These Silver Chests aren’t unlike the ones you can win in other modes, as they offer a better chance of rare equipment than the common ones.
13. Watch Ad Videos To Get An Extra Card From Chests Or Pay Less For Upgrading Equipment
Last, but definitely not the least, we strongly suggest that as long as they’re available, you should watch some ad videos in order to get an extra card from the prize chests you unlock. This would be especially true once you’ve gotten a Silver Chest or anything rarer than that — that extra card just might contain that piece of equipment you’ve been looking for to greatly improve your stats!
We would also urge you to watch these videos when upgrading more premium weapons or armor pieces — while you may think you’ve got a pretty good stockpile of silver for these upgrades, it can be quite costly to upgrade rarer and higher-level items, so any savings will be very much welcome on your end.
And with that last tip we conclude our comprehensive strategy guide for Knights Fight 2. If you happen to know more tips for the game, feel free to drop us a line in the comments!