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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin – Action and combat gameplay overview

Posted on August 21, 2020 by (@brodee922) in News, Switch

Marvelous Japan has updated the website for Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin to detail all the specifics of the action gameplay and combat. There are videos for specific fighting moves that will be integral to the game as well as small explanations for each. 

Also included are a few screenshots of the map and UI of the game, giving details on such things as a Day and Night cycle, searching for objectives, and difficulty selection. 

You can check out the full list of details below, courtesy of Gematsu, as well as the videos that go along with them. 

Standard Attacks

Standard attacks can be performed via simple button inputs. Use your farming tools as weapons to defeat the demons that rule over the island.

Heavenly Scarf Traversal

Reach distant areas by extending your Heavenly Scarf to latch onto walls and ceilings.

Special Attacks

Unleash powerful special attacks that deplete your Skill Gauge. These have various effects, including high-power blows and combo attacks. The Skill Gauge will restore over time.

Heavenly Scarf Attacks

Latch onto enemies with your Heavenly Scarf to instantly swing around them, and even pull them in and launch them away.

Stage Mechanics

There are various stage mechanics including lava cascades that set you ablaze upon touch and water spheres that you can swim in to move. Utilize these mechanics to deal damage to enemies.

Demon Beasts

Demons in the form of beasts that stand in your way. Powerful bosses await Sakuna. Use various special attacks and Heavenly Scarf attacks to defeat them.

Day and Night

At night, enemies will be more capable. While you should try not to overdo it since there is lesser field of vision at night, you may be able to get better materials than during the daytime.


There are various stage objectives such as defeating a certain number of enemies in the stage or finding a hidden treasure. Clear these objectives to unlock new stages.

Difficulty Selection

The difficulty of combat and rice farming can each be set to either “Standard” or “Easy.” This can be changed at any time from the settings screen.

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