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Perfect Block: The opportunity to execute a perfect block with a Fighter's or Assassin's Shield or a Mystic Knight's Magick Shield is best described as a series of frames that 'open' just as an enemy's blow is about to strike. This perfect block deflects the incoming damage back at the Cyclops, staggering it. The purple flash is the shield's elemental property, Lightning, proccing on the Cyclops.

The Perfect Block is a property of the block ability for shields and magick shields. Used by Fighters, Assassins and Mystic Knights.

Use

A Perfect Block activates when the left bumper button is depressed at the precise frame when an enemy attack connects with a character's Shield or Magick Shield.  

The ability to perfect block is affected by the knockdown/stagger resistances of the equipped Shield or Magic Shield. This is particularly true of a Wooden Wall, Rusted Magick Shield or Magick Buckler, which do not have good resistances. A weak shield cannot Perfect Block a Cursed Dragon's tail swipe, for example, even when the block is timed correctly. No damage will be sustained, however, the character's guard will break, the character will stagger backwards a step, and stamina will drain accordingly.

If the player is having trouble executing this technique without having their guard broken, enhance or rarify the shield, or acquire a stronger shield.

Perfect Blocks can be repeated in sequence, but there is a small window of vulnerability between blocks, as can be observed at exactly the 1:00 time index here:

Demonstration of the "window of vulnerability" after a Perfect Block (at time index 1 00 in the video)01:26

Demonstration of the "window of vulnerability" after a Perfect Block (at time index 1 00 in the video)

Characters are not invincible during a Perfect Block. The defender can still be hit immediately after or simultaneously with a Perfect Block by another incoming enemy strike. Here, the Arisen executes a Perfect Block by an Elder Ogre while simultaneously getting pinned by an Eliminator foot stomp, resulting in death.

Effects

Success is signified by a white flash and a brief time-dilation effect ("slow-motion"), both of which differentiates a regular block from a Perfect Block.   

Unlike regular blocks, Perfect Blocking expends no Stamina for the blocking character.

  • Perfect Blocking with the Fighter or Mystic Knight skills Defend or Repel causes the enemy to stagger and will break the defense of the enemy.  
  • If the equipped shield has an elemental property, higher reinforcement not only affects the ability to perfect block more easily but increases the chance to proc the shield's inherent elemental damage upon successful execution.  This animation is neither as dramatic nor is the effect as damaging for a Fighter or Assassin when compared to the Mystic Knight's perfect block-triggered elemental counters.
  • Perfect Blocking with the Fighter or Mystic Knight upgraded skills Deflect or Reflect will cause knockback to enemies in front of the shield and will break the defense of the enemy. Even with an un-enchanted shield a reflected melee blow causes significant damage to the assailant.

A Mystic Knight with the core skill Reflect and a shield enchanted with a Counter, Riposte, or Feint spell will trigger a powerful Elemental counter in addition to a very powerful knockback effect - see Mystic Knight Shield Counters.

For Fighters and Assassins with the core skill Deflect, a Perfect Block with an elementally enchanted shield such as a Scorched Pelta or Dragon's Roost has a less powerful and dramatic visual effect than that of a Mystic Knight's elemental riposte, but it still damages the enemy, causes knockback and can inflict elemental damage.  The reinforcement level of the shield affects the likelihood of the elemental effect striking the enemy together with the perfect block's effect; the greater the reinforcement, the higher the success rate's percentage.

Elemental damage can be temporarily bestowed on Assassin- or Fighter-wielded shields via enchantment buffs.  The existing element of an enchanted shield such as a Scorched Pelta or Lambent Shield can be temporarily overwritten with an elemental buff from a Mage, Sorcerer or Mystic Knight, however a Magic Shield's inherent elemental property, such as a Thunder Kite Shield or Lustrous Greatshield,  cannot be overwritten except via a Mystic Knight's elemental Enchanter, Riposte or invocation. 

Notes

  • Perfect Blocking is made easier (that is to say, the window of opportunity is increased by five frames) by the Fighter augment Prescience. It is beneficial to learn this technique and then remove Prescience, as there are any number of significantly more powerful augments that can take its place.
  • Pawns are capable of performing Perfect Blocks and will utilize them often. It can be very helpful to watch a good Fighter pawn in action to demonstrate the necessary timing to correctly perform a Perfect Block against different enemy attack animations.
  • Enemy spells such as Comestion, Levin and Frigor can be Perfect Blocked..
  • Some Mystic Knight Shield Counters increase the time window in which a perfect block can be performed, but Holy Aid, Holy Wall and the Demonspite based spells do not have easier perfect blocking.

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