Techniques are acquired via the Ascension Grid, and can be used in battle by pressing or when using the Type A control scheme. Each character has one base technique available at the start. Some techniques level up with use; each time they do, their power and critical rate increases. Techniques can be swapped with the Gear option found in the main menu. Guests' techniques cannot be changed, nor can they level up.
Their usage is mandated by the tech bar, a gauge that increases over time during battle. It is segmented into three sections, and the bar must first fill to either the first, second, or third in order to use a specific technique. The tech bar can be upgraded via the Ascension Grid.
Gladiolus's techniques deal damage to enemies, and often break appendages, making them vulnerable to further harm. Ignis's techniques aid the player by healing, providing warp points, and bestowing elemental buffs. Prompto's techniques are ranged, from shooting through enemies from afar to using flares to combat daemons, to using his photography skills in battle (although he will always take photos in battle randomly).
Techniques and related Ascension Grid abilitiesEdit
Prompto: Limit Break
Ignis: Limit Break
Gladio: Limit Break
Unleash a sweeping area attack with a greatsword. Depletes tech bar by one.
Set up Noctis to warp-strike multiple enemies in succession with daggers. Depletes tech bar by one.
Pierce target with a firearm to hit multiple enemies in a line. Reduces enemy defense. Depletes tech bar by one.
Cor's technique that is an upward slash that releases a shockwave that moves in a single line. Depletes tech bar by one.
Iris's technique that attacks one enemy. Depletes tech bar by two.
Aranea's technique. Depletes tech bar by two.
Damage nearby enemies with shield shockwave. Depletes tech bar by two.
Powerful greatsword slash. Depletes tech bar by two.
Casts Flameboost, Frostboost, or Stormboost on Noctis based on the weaknesses of the player's current target. Depletes tech bar by one.
Draw enemies in an area to the center with machinery. Depletes tech bar by two.
Frontal sweep area attack. Can break limbs. Depletes tech bar by three.
Allow character's techniques to break the damage limit. They are prefixed above with who they belong to. All are simply called "Limit Break."
Focuses the party on one enemy at a time. Noctis retains normal attacks. Allies attack with Deathblows. Depletes tech bar by two.
All Tech Bar replenishment increased by 10%.
Deal heavy damage to a single enemy with machinery. Can break enemy appendages. Depletes tech bar by two.
Gathers allies. Rescues any allies in Danger status and quickly restores HP. Depletes tech bar by two.
Ignis exploits an enemy's elemental weakness. Depletes tech bar by one.
Calls Gladio to protect Noctis with a shield. Depletes tech bar by one.
Devastating Fire attack with daggers. Can break appendages. Depletes tech bar by three.
Draws enemy attention in a wide radius with a firearm. Causes Light damage and Enervates daemons. Depletes tech bar by one.
Adds to the tech bar as Noctis takes damage with the formula
Adds to the tech bar when Noctis lands attacks.
Area attack with a firearm. Can break appendages. Depletes tech bar by three.