Uploaded on Jun 29, 2011
This is actually one of the more fun fights in the game, and is one of Ven's most fun fights. It can also be quite a challenge.
You're stuck with an epic 1 vs 1 against Hook. The catch is that this battle field is VERY small. Hook has a few powerful multi-hit attacks that can OHKO you as well, making it hard to dodge things consistently. You're going to want to figure out how Hook works fast to pull this off if you're on a low level run like me.
Hook hits fast and hard, but doesn't attack too often so it's not overwhelming. He's also weak to almost every single stats effect, except Mini/Magnet. Ignite is great here, and fire attacks can stun him big time. The trick, however, is knowing when to use them. It's not as easy as it seems.
About the area, you don't want to go in the water. If you fall off, you'll have to jump back on from one of two parts. I'm not 100% sure, but the crocodile may attack you as well. So it's pretty tricky to move around without falling in the water. Hook's attacks can also knock you into the water as well. Note that if you push him to the edge during a combo, he'll lose his balance where he's open to get hit into the water, where the Croc will hit him for decent damage.
His general attacks are a multi-hit sword swiping move, a move where he throws a few gifts that fall randomly, and a jumping slash attack that's usually a counter attack when he Guards something (it's slow so don't be afraid of it). The good news is all his sword attacks are guardable. The problem is knowing when to Guard.
What I find best is to hit him with a fire spell or Ignite to stun him. This causes him to counter in some way. Then you can Guard the counter and counter yourself. This won't always work, sometimes he'll be invincible, but it's still your best option.
If he Guards, it means he'll jump slash you. This doesn't go far, and the hitboxes are very small so it's easy to miss you. If you Guard it, counter. His other attack he may use is the multi-hit sword slashing. This is hard to react to up close, he starts swiping instantly. Guard it and counter.
If he falls into the water, he'll say something in the middle of the area. Ignite him now to stop him from doing his major second sword slash move. This move is harder to Guard and he's usually invincible during it, if not always. It also has a habit of pushing you into the water.
As always, doing too much damage at once will make him counter. If he's invincible during his multi-hit attack, you'll have to react to it by spamming more Guard instead of countering so you don't get hit. It's not too bad to react to. Also, be careful of using Finish Commands as usual, they leave you wide open after.
This fight can be pretty tough due to his multi-hit attacks being able to OHKO you easily. But once you learn that it's never safe to go in on combos, then you'll do much better. Countering everything is MUCH safer.
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