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By Nikita Gambhir

Final Fantasy 16: How To Use Punish


Final Fantasy 16’s protagonist, Clive, has an array of weapons and abilities at his disposal to take on the many enemies and monsters found in Valisthea. To succeed in battles, players must utilize all of Clive’s physical weapons and abilities.

However, the game doesn’t explicitly explain every single mechanic that players can use to their advantage, such as the Punish move. This move sees Clive perform an attack on knocked-down enemies, dealing significant damage.

How to Perform Punish

FF16 - Clive Fighting Shiva's Dominant

Firstly, Clive must knock an enemy over to perform Punish. The Downthrust ability is the best option to do so, which can be unlocked in the Abilities section of the menu for only 30 Ability Points. Once unlocked, players can execute Downthrust by pressing Square and X while in the air. Other abilities that can knock enemies over include Lunge, Rook’s Gambit, Wicked Wheel, and Deadly Embrace.

When an enemy is knocked down, players need to approach them and hit Square again to perform Punish, where Clive will stab his sword into the enemy’s body, dealing significant damage. If the enemy is close to death, Punish will be a Mortal Blow, finishing them off instantly. This mechanic is vital for players to take advantage of whenever they have the opportunity.

Remember that bosses and mini-bosses cannot be knocked over, but players can still stagger them and deal massive damage. With the right timing and execution, players can master Clive’s abilities and weapons to emerge victorious in battles.

For more tips and tricks on Final Fantasy 16, check out our guide on Atlas, The Breaker Of Worlds Location & Guide and Mastering Abilities Explained.

Clive has a lot of weapons at his disposal in Final Fantasy 16, both his physical weapons and his abilities. You will find yourself wanting to utilize all of them as you slay your way through the many enemies and monsters that populate the world of Valisthea.



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Unfortunately, the game doesn’t explain every single mechanic that you can use to take out as many monsters as possible. One such mechanic is Punish, which sees Clive performing a move to take out enemies that have been knocked down onto the ground.




How To Perform Punish

FF16 - Clive Fighting Shiva's Dominant

Clive will need to knock an enemy over in order to be able to perform Punish. There are a lot of different abilities that Clive can use to knock enemies over and the best option to go for is Downthrust. You can unlock Downthrust from the Abilities section of the menu. It is non-Eikonic and can be unlocked as soon as you have access to the Abilities section. It only costs 30 Ability Points and will immediately be available for you to perform in your next battle. All you have to do is press Square and X while in the air to perform the attack and knock an enemy over. Beyond Downthrust, you can use attacks like Lunge, Rook’s Gambit, Wicked Wheel, and Deadly Embrace.

All of these attacks, when performed at the right time, will knock an enemy to the ground. Just remember that bosses and mini-bosses cannot be knocked overthey will just be Staggered. Regardless of which move you use, once they are on the ground, you just have to go over to them and hit Square again as if you were performing a normal melee attack. Instead of doing a normal melee attack, though, Clive will stab his sword down into their body, dealing a lot of damage to the enemy.

If they are close to death, it will be a Mortal Blow and finish them off for you. It’s a hugely successful mechanic that you need to take advantage of when you can. Whenever you see an enemy fall to the ground, then get over to them immediately and perform the Punish.

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