Star Wars Jedi: Survivor – Combat Stances Explained

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In Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Cal has access to different combat stances that are used for various fight scenarios. This is one of the big new features being touted by the sequel as developer Respawn Entertainment looks to refine and expand its fun lightsaber combat.

However, you cannot just switch Star Wars Jedi: Survivor combat stances whenever you like. Here’s a quick guide to the different stances, what they’re used for, and how to change between them. Naturally there are some gameplay spoilers ahead.

Thankfully, switching stances is easy enough. At meditation points you will be able to pick two stances to switch between, out of the five that are available. Not all of the stances are available from the start, but are unlocked as story progress is made. So, what are the different combat stances?

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Combat Stances

  • Single wield – This is the standard stance where Cal is equipped with one lightsaber to attack enemies with and defend himself, as well as deflect blaster fire. One easy tip is to keep this stance permanently equipped because it is like an everyman, letting you adapt to just about every situation Survivor throws at you.
  • Dual wield – This is for players who want to focus on all out attack. Defence takes a hit as does your range. Cal uses two sabers to strike enemies at speed, giving them less time to line up their attacks. It is a stance where you need to keep moving, due to the lack of defence you have.
  • Dual blade – The dual blade is the choice for when you have large groups of enemies surrounding you, allowing for more efficient crowd control. This should be your go-to choice when enemies are rushing you from all sides.
  • Crossguard – AKA The Kylo Ren special. The crossguard turns Cal’s lightsaber into a powerful offensive weapon but at the cost of speed. It can cause a lot of damage to enemies with its powerful swings, and it is best used against some of the larger and stronger foes in one on one fights. In crowd fights it is not as helpful as the wind up time leaves Cal vulnerable.
  • Blaster – Blaster stance allows Cal to use a blaster (so uncivilised) alongside his lightsaber, allowing you to hurl damage at far away targets. The blaster does not have infinite ammo and only charges up when you successfully attack with your lightsaber. However, it is probably a stance that is not going to get a whole lot of use as Cal’s Force powers already allow him to damage and incapacitate enemies outside his melee range.

In our Star Wars Jedi: Survivor review we scored the sci-fi sequel a solid 8/10:

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is a great continuation of Cal Kestis’ journey. The story is a little predictable and platforming could be sharper, but this is a sequel that builds on the ideas of the original and there’s real enjoyment to be had in exploring the expansive new worlds, digging into the lore and running into secret boss fights.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is out now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

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