Yakuza 0 Characters Guide

Introduction

Welcome if you are reading this. In this guide, you will learn many characters, such as the basics of Yakuza 0. You will learn also how to play Yakuza 0. You will find here how to play Yakuza 0’s characters. This is a guide for beginners, experts and all.

You can use this for knowing a bit more about the game; so you can use what is said here every day.

Hope you have fun.

KUZE DAISAKU

Recommended Style: Rush

-No Heat Mode-

Kuze won’t pose much of a threat at the very start. You evade finding better openings such as standing behind his back. In order to dominate the first part of this Kuze fight, simply find yourself a gap where you can perform the rush combo that ends with a punch (Not a kick): LMB, RMB or LMB, LMB, RMB or LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB or LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB.

Once Kuze is knocked down on the ground you should *immediately* perform two kicks on Kuze before he gets back up, then *immediately* perform the following Rush combo: LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB (Kick).. the reason why you should do exactly two kicks when he’s on the ground and then immediately go into rush combo is because you will always hit Kuze at the exact time he’s up, forcing him to block. Repeat this process until the next part!

QTE cutscene with TWO prompts

-Heat Mode-

Now it gets *a little bit* more challenging as Kuze is now able to counter-attack you and is now also evading a lot more often. In order to beat this last part of Kuze, simply keep your Rush combos shorter and be ready to evade with “E”.

JUN ODA

Recommended Style: Brawler

-No Heat Mode-

Jun Oda is only a threat if you let yourself get caught in his combo attacks. The room you’ll be fighting in is spacious and filled with enough furniture to defeat Oda. His attacks are very easy to evade.

The combo you can rely on is LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB then is ready to almost immediately evade Oda if he manages to block you because he then tries to attack you right after your RMB. Your evasion can be direction left or right, doesn’t matter. Just make sure to immediately perform the exact same combo once you’ve successfully evaded his attack.

-Heat Mode-

This is where Oda will be more likely to counter-attack you. The attacks can be evaded just like before, but your safest bet is to just grab one of the furniture scattered across the room and perform a heat-action takedown with your object until you’re out of Heat gauge.

MASSIVE MAN 

Recommended Style: Thug & Slugger

-No Heat Mode-

Doing a few basic Thug style combos are well enough to deal with his first phase as he is easily caught inside your combos at the very start. His attacks aren’t that scary, you can easily evade or simply just run away.

A QTE cut scene with ONE prompt

-Heat Mode-

No questions asked, one of the greatest combos against the “MASSIVE MAN” is the slugger combo: LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB. Also known as the Bat Nunchaku combo which is something the AI will have a really hard time to respond to.

Not to mention that the room you’re fighting in is very small, making it perfect if you manage to corner him. Be sure to block any of his attacks using the special style ability with the “SHIFT” key, he won’t be able to break through it. Evade with your Thug style and do a few shorter combos until he’s cornered again where you can finish him off with the bat nunchaku combo.

KUZE DAISAKU 2

Recommended Style: Beast & Rush

-No Heat Mode-

Similar to his behaviour in the first Kuze fight, but this time, you’re in a much smaller location.

Take advantage of not only the small area but also the fact that Kuze is wielding a lead pipe, which ultimately makes him a bit slower. But he also blocks your attacks even less than before. The Beast style works outstandingly well in this fight and you can use both LMB, LMB, RMB and LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB combos. Evading his attacks is also really simple as he’s usually only going to hit you if you stand in front of him, so evading left or right is your best bet.

-Heat Mode-

Now he’s back with his counter-attacks & evasions. if your Beast style isn’t doing too well then switch to Rush style. You can evade his pipe attacks with “E” and most of them are coming straight at you, so your evasion should be either to the left or the right. Always evade after doing your attack combo.

If you manage to knock him down using your hard punch combo ender in Rush style, then do two hard kicks before he rises then immediately do a full rush combo: LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB to keep him blocking until he stops blocking and gets knocked down by your hard kick, repeat.

LEE WEN HAI

Recommended Style: Thug & Breaker & Slugger

-No Heat Mode-

This fight is very similar to the first fight you have with Lee. The location is once again very small and so it’s perfect for the breaker’s breakdancing moves if you manage to corner him. But first things first is that your Thug combos should still be effective, but be sure to evade immediately after each combo. Lee is also able to use a throwing weapon so always beware of that one. If you manage to corner Lee then use LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB with Breaker style to deal a good amount of damage to him before the QTE cutscene.

A QTE cutscene with TWO prompts

-Heat Mode-

You can play very similar to the way you did when Lee didn’t have any Heat Mode, but be sure to evade a lot more often and make use of your Heat action attacks using the furniture around or the raw Slugger Heat Action. The breaker is not very recommended in this phase. Also, note that Lee is capable of stopping your attacks mid-way with his guard, so be ready to evade if that happens.

HOMARE NISHITANI

Recommended Style: Thug & Breaker

-No Heat Mode-

One thing you should immediately notice is that Nishitani evades *a lot* and so you should only really perform your Thug combos if you know that you have him in your grasps. You can keep your Thug combos short up until that point since you’d also have to be prepared to evade Nishitani a lot. The most sure-shot way to have him caught is if you evade and Nishitani has his back turned against you. Don’t shy away from spending all of your Heat gauges on performing Heat Action moves when you’ve knocked him down since you won’t be needing any of it in the second phase.

A QTE cutscene with TWO prompts

-Heat Mode-

Now that you’ve successfully completed both QTE’s you should find Nishitani on the ground which is the most perfect opportunity to use Breaker style. Ready yourself up with LMB, LMB, LMB then by the time you hit RMB you should see Nishitani on his feet again which is where you’ll start dealing the damage. Now you can switch back to Thug style to take some careful shots at Nishitani and if you ever manage to knock him down just be sure to ready up another LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB combo with Breaker style then bring him to a corner/wall.

KUZE DAISAKU 3

Recommended Style: Brawler & Beast

-No Heat Mode-

The harder part of this fight is probably the fact that Kuze has a backup with him, otherwise, he plays very much the same. If you’d like to clear the crowds out quickly then use the Beast style to pick up any of the objects lying around to take care of the henchmen. Then switch to Brawler to take care of Kuze where you can make a few evasions and short Brawler combos.. save your Heat until Kuze is in Heat Mode. You should also have cleared out the henchmen before Kuze is in Heat Mode to make things so much simpler.

A QTE cutscene with TWO prompts

-Heat Mode-

If you want to be extra careful then use nothing but two-hit Brawler combos until you get a great hold of him. You shouldn’t try to go full combo on him at all times since he sometimes stops being stunned in the middle of your combo to try to attack you instead. Keep it short up until you’re absolutely sure that you can do LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB combo on him with Brawler to knock him down to the ground. Feel free to immediately use a Heat action on him when he’s on the ground.

HOMARE NISHITANI 2

 Recommended Style: Thug

-No Heat Mode-

The area is much smaller now which means that Nishitani holds the disadvantage of being a highly evasive boss. You can catch him almost all the time with basic Thug style combos and you don’t have to worry that much about him attacking you too much since the area is very small, you’ll most likely be the first to attack. Still.. you should keep an eye out for his knife, but his evasion move is no longer a threat.

A QTE cutscene with TWO prompts

-Heat Mode-

Nishitani’s Heat mode in the second fight is barely even a thing. It almost always leads into the next QTE cutscene where you’ll in most cases; deal enough damage to defeat him.

A QTE cutscene with ONE prompt

MASARU SERA 

Recommended Style: Thug

There’s not much to say if you’re going for the safest route. Evade with Thug style and kick Sera in the back using RMB after your evasion.

A QTE cutscene with ONE prompt

The “No Heat Mode” method should work here as well.

KUZE DAISAKU 4

Recommended Style: Rush & Beast

-No Heat Mode-

Take care of the henchmen first, no doubt. Grab the objects lying around in Beast style to take care of them, then use your Rush style to take care of the rest if you’re out of objects to pick up. Remember to use your evasion as well. Once they’re all dealt with you can focus on Kuze. He plays much the same not to mention that Nishikiyama is at your service to distract him.

When you attack Kuze with your Rush combos, always be aware of Nishiki’s interference as he can sometimes cause Kuze to try to counter-attack you. So keep your combos short if Nishiki decides to attack Kuze as well. If you’re lucky you’ll both attack at the right time and knock him down even sooner than what you’d do all by yourself.

-Heat Mode-

This is where Nishiki will shine. You don’t have to worry about evading as much as you would in previous fights with Kuze. This time he’s also able to get distracted by none other than Nishikiyama himself! Rush him down him Rush combos that end with a heavy blow (RMB) to knock him to the ground. Don’t shy away from doing any Heat action attacks when he’s on the ground as they will deal some good amount of damage to him!

OSAMU KASHIWAGI

Recommended Style: Thug

-No Heat Mode-

Kashiwagi will pose no big threat as he is weak to your basic Thug combos but beware of him when he gets back up from the ground as he will most likely try to attack. Keep your evasions ready and don’t allow him to breathe too much.

A QTE cutscene with ONE prompt

-Heat Mode-

This is where Kashiwagi will start to evade your attacks more often & will flinch a lot less. The biggest thing to keep in mind is to perform short Thug combos where you’ll have the chance to evade at any given time. Play it patiently and don’t be afraid to spend your Heat gauge on Heat actions if you manage to knock him down.

NISHIKIYAMA AKIRA

Recommended Style: Thug

-No Heat Mode-

What’s unique with Nishiki is that he’s got a few special moves that aren’t exclusive to his Heat mode. He’s able to perform a Beast mode-like grab that uses a deep blue colouring. There’s also a counter move with a deep blue colouring that will only allow Nishiki to attack if you attack him first.

These special moves are the ones to keep a ‘lookout’ for. You should be able to perform some full Thug combos when you catch him, but watch out for any of the deep blue coloured moves. Evade if you attack Nishiki in his deep blue state as he will start attacking you.

-Heat Mode-

Nishiki should be using his deep blue coloured moves a lot more often and is also more prone to block. But if you got used to the deep blue moves in the first phase then you shouldn’t face any big problems in this one. Just make sure to keep your combos short as you’ll most likely be forced to evade if he manages to block you or counter you.

A QTE cutscene with ONE prompt

Another QTE cutscene with ONE prompt (If the fight is drawn out for too long).

KUZE DAISAKU 5

Recommended Style: Rush & Brawler

-Heat Mode-

By the time you’re here, you should already have a good understanding of how Kuze works. He’s in his usual Heat mode but with more speed. You have to be sure that you know how long your combos should be and how to evade him. Make sure to keep your combos short because he’s in Heat mode by default. Your safest bet is to go for a full Rush combo when he’s got his back turned after you evade him.

When you get yourself close to a few objects and you’re somewhat safe from Kuze, switch to Brawler and pick an object up if you have some heat gauge to spend. Perform an object Heat action just for the sake of dealing with free damage.

A Button-Mash QTE cutscene with ONE prompt

HIROKI AWANO

Recommended Style: Thug

-No Heat Mode-

You can safely evade his attacks which are really easy to punish him for. Sneak up behind him after every failed attack he does then perform a Thug combo each time. He’s also open for grabs if you come up behind him, so feel free to grab him by his back neck to do any of the grab follow-ups. You can also greatly peel off his health with any of the Thug Heat actions when he’s knocked down.

A QTE cutscene with ONE prompt

-Heat Mode-

His Heat Mode won’t make him differ too much from having no Heat Mode at all. He’s rather punishable after each evaded attack which is something that can be understandable after the QTE cutscene where he’s clearly the hard hitter type. He’s rather reckless but he hits hard. Abuse this by simply evading then doing safe combos as you normally would.

LAO GUI

Recommended Style: Thug & Breaker 

-No Heat Mode-

Lao Gui is one of the more advanced bosses in terms of variety. He’s able to use throwables, sharp melee weapons and also has the ability to jump from walls. The safe bet is to keep him from using these abilities at all costs. Your evasion must be on-point to dodge his quick throw attacks and jumping claws. But once he whiffs you, simply grab him and try to put him down. If you have heat then this is a good time to perform a Thug Heat action when he’s knocked down, or start LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB combo with Breaker.

 A QTE cutscene with ONE prompt

-Heat Mode 1-

He’s now dual-wielding a Chinese broadsword with a silenced handgun. You best keep your distance rather short as you really don’t want to get caught by any of his bullets. Keep him busy by doing a short Thug combo then evade behind him to try to grab him by his neck. If you’re able to walk him closer to the corner of the room then drop him right there using your grab. Now start LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB combo with Breaker style to quickly take down his health as he lacks any evasive abilities when being pressured in this first Heat mode.

A QTE cutscene with ONE prompt 

-Heat Mode 2-

In his second Heat Mode phase, you’ll notice that he’s a lot more aggressive which should immediately tell you to evade more and use safe combos. Thug is now recommended instead of Breaker simply for the fact that Lao Gui can knock you out of any Breaker combo at this point. Poke him back-and-forth using Thug to keep yourself ready when there’s something to evade.

KEIJI SHIBUSAWA

Recommended Style: Rush & Brawler / Beast

In Rush style, you simply evade Shibusawa’s attacks and hit him from behind using the Rush combo LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB in order to knock him down. From there you should perform exactly two hard kicks (RMB) when he’s on the ground then immediately do the Rush combo LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, LMB, RMB just as he’s standing. This will keep him in block stun, but interestingly enough. He usually gets hit by the RMB at the end of the block stun which will knock him down once again. This is where you’ll repeat this, he usually gets hit by this every single time. If not, simply be ready to evade.

A QTE cutscene with ONE prompt

This is where a few Heat gauge consumables can come to some really great use. Switch to Brawler style and quickly grab one of the objects lying around to use your Heat action ability with your object. This will greatly damage Shibusawa and will pretty much negate him from ever being able to do anything to you in this phase. Just get close to him and enter the Heat action state as soon as you see that you’re able to. If you run out of gauge and you have no consumables, then do consider Beast style for the last bits of health in this phase where you’re just going to grab any of the other objects with LMB to attack him with.

A cutscene without any QTE prompts

It’s very similar to Heat Mode 1 with the exception of how long your combos can actually be. You’re required to be short and sweet. Don’t stray on for too long or he will counter-attack you without a doubt. Keep evading and keep your Rush combos short. You’re required to be patient since he will use many different moves with different follow-ups.

A cutscene with TWO Button-Mash prompts and THREE QTE prompts (It repeats if you fail)

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