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Yellow Vs Red Circles In God Of War Ragnarok Explained

One of the biggest criticisms levied against Santa Monica Studios' "God of War Ragnarok" is that most features in the new title were available in the previous game. Of course, this hasn't stopped the title from being considered nearly perfect. One thing that has always stood out in "God of War" games is combat. Whether with the Blades of Chaos or the Leviathan Axe, Kratos now has more special weapon abilities than ever before. Frozen Flames and Chaos Flames can bring the best out of these weapons, and runes can augment them even further. But before players get too far into customizing their special moves, they must first ensure they've mastered the basics.

From the beginning of the game, players may have noticed that certain rings will occasionally appear around enemies that Kratos is fighting. Sometimes these are red, and other times they are yellow. Players familiar with the previous game will likely recognize these, but those new to Santa Monica Studios' "God of War Ragnarok" might be confused by them. Learning what these rings are and how to take advantage of them is essential to mastering combat in "God of War Ragnarok."

To block or to dodge?

"God of War Ragnarok" has a moderately complex combat system, sometimes throwing a lot of information at players rather quickly. As a result, it can be easy for some of the tutorial information to slip through the cracks, especially for players who did not play the previous game and aren't familiar with the recurring mechanics.

The circles will not appear on basic enemies at the beginning of the game, but they will eventually start to show up as Kratos faces stronger enemies with more complex abilities. These circles are indications that the enemy is about to unleash a powerful attack. Yellow Rings indicate that the attacks can cause Block Break, which leaves Kratos vulnerable to damage, while Red Rings indicate that they cannot be blocked and must be dodged instead.

So, why not simply dodge every time? Though that can be a valid option in many fights, players who master the art of blocking enemy attacks just before the exact moment of impact can take advantage of a powerful parry. This works for normal and yellow attacks, opening the enemy up to a counter and creating a little breathing room between Kratos and his foe. It's an essential skill to have as it can create openings on enemies with very few weaknesses later in the game.