ByKen McDonnell, writer at Creators.co
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There's one thing that doesn't tell us when introducing its new combat system, that's how to use the Libra skill. Despite this lack of foresight, your companions will be quick to suggest you use it in combat, without explaining how to do so. Thanks, guys.

It's a little ironic since there's an Ascension grid section devoted to it, yet even with all these references there's still no tutorial on how to use the Libra skill in . If you've been having trouble defeating certain enemies or discovering their weaknesses, then it's time for us to share the secret of "wait mode."

You Access Libra In Final Fantasy XV Through Wait Mode

Wait mode can help make sense of some of the crazy action on screen. [Credit: Square Enix]
Wait mode can help make sense of some of the crazy action on screen. [Credit: Square Enix]

Wait mode is an alternate combat style in Final Fantasy XV. It harks back to the turn-based strategy gameplay of previous titles without making it explicitly turn-based. It simply means if you stand still then the action freezes allowing you to get an overview of the battle. Nice.

It also won't have much of an impact on your overall game, since you'll often be running around the battlefield and dodging attacks, and simply moving your character will disable wait mode anyway. Though somewhat oddly, it's disabled by default. Thanks, Square Enix?

How To Activate Wait Mode

To activate wait mode, go to the combat section in options. [Credit: Square Enix]
To activate wait mode, go to the combat section in options. [Credit: Square Enix]

If you pause the game and go into the option menu, from there you'll have to go down to combat and switch from "active" to "wait."

After which switch from active / default to wait. [Credit: Square Enix]
After which switch from active / default to wait. [Credit: Square Enix]

While you might find wait mode popping up a few times when you rest on your laurels for a second too long, it has very little impact on the core gameplay outside of offering a quick breather in combat.

What About Libra?

Libra information appears in the top left when in wait mode. [Credit: Square Enix]
Libra information appears in the top left when in wait mode. [Credit: Square Enix]

You use Libra by targeting an enemy and pressing R1 on the PlayStation 4 and RB on the Xbox One, which will allow you to scan the enemy. Afterwards, you'll be able to see an enemy's current hit points and their elemental and weapon weaknesses in the top left corner of the screen.

Just note that some enemies — most notably boss monsters — are immune to the effects of Libra, though this is a huge help during some of the tougher hunts in-game. Let us know if it works with your playstyle and whether you're enjoying Final Fantasy 15!

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