Hi-Fi Rush: How To Unlock Special Attacks

Take a look at how to unlock the special attacks in Hi-Fi Rush and how to get more special attacks to use in combat. 

Hi-Fi Rush is a newly released third-person action game with some of the best special attacks for players to use in their combat. The main protagonist of the game, known as Chai will get a robotic arm that will allow him to perform a lot of deadly combos as well as special attacks. The players will have to unlock the ability first in stage one of the game. 

Key Takeaways
  • Special attacks are special combinations and moves that the players can perform on their enemies to deal damage in Hi-Fi Rush. 
  • The players will be able to get these special attacks by getting batteries and completing stage one in Hi-Fi Rush. 
  • These special attacks can only be performed when the reverb gauge is full. 
  • The reverb gauge can be recharged by getting batteries in the game. 
  • By performing perfect sync attacks, the reverb gauge meter will be filled significantly as well. 
  • For new special attacks, the players can visit Peppermint Hideout after clearing each stage and equip them by pressing the Lt button in the game. 

How To Unlock The Special Attack Ability 

The players will have to progress until they come across the very first enemies in the game to unlock special attacks. Players will have to go to the Battery Production Factory and clear stage one to unlock these attacks. During their journey, they will also interact with the cat called 808.

In stage one, not only will the players learn a lot of combos and attacks, but they will also be able to perform some special moves against a higher number of enemies.

Clearing The First Tutorial 

When the game first starts, you will see a small cut scene of the main protagonist getting into an island called Vandelay Island. There, he will replace his own arm with a robotic arm that will stay with him for the rest of the game. After the cutscene has ended, the players will have to find a way to exit the factory. On your way, you will be able to get all your belongings of Chai and get out of the factory successfully.

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Clearing tutorial [image Credits: eXputer]
As soon as they are out of the factory they will spot some hostile robots that will attack the protagonist. You will get to fight them using a metal rod in the game. After defeating all the enemy robots, the players will go through a small tutorial on how to sync their attacks with beats.

Doing so will deal bonus damage to the enemies and allow you to clear them faster. As soon as the tutorial ends, you will get to fight some more robots to practice your moves, and then you will have to go to a region called Rekka’s Territory. 

Going To The Battery Production Factory

In the game, you’ll encounter a smart fridge named Smidge, offering a refreshing drink after practicing moves and breaking crates. Lower platforms using a lever jump on them to proceed.

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Metal rod to fight enemies [image Credits: eXputer]
Save a cat from enemy robots, and a stranger will help hack an access panel. Activate a “Push” switch to open a gate, granting access to the building.

Inside, meet the stranger, revealed to be the saved cat named 808. Synchronize with 808 for a finishing move tutorial. Follow 808 to a lift, performing combos to reach the top where more enemies await. Defeat them and proceed to the QA Center.

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Meeting 808 [image Credits: eXputer]

Finding Batteries

Now jump on some platforms there in order to access the building ahead. You need to go straight up and perform a combo or attack the switch in order to release a short bridge. Go straight ahead and make sure to jump on the platforms at the right time in order to get to the Battery Production Factory. You will see a lift there which will allow you to go down. 

Now you will be in one of the battery production factories, and there will be a lot of red lasers there. Make sure to dodge and jump over them in order to avoid being attacked. After successfully dodging all the red lasers, you will be able to collect all the batteries nearby.

Dodging Lasers
Dodging Lasers [image Credits: eXputer]
Doing so will allow you to charge up your Reverb Gauge. This reverb gauge will allow you to perform a lot of Special Attacks in the game. As soon as you charge it you will be able to perform a special attack on your enemies. 

You can try it out by breaking the screen in front of you and going left in order to exit the factory. After that, you will be able to find a bunch of enemies, too, where you can practice your newly learned combos and special attacks. After that, you need to jump on the containers and wait a bit until a crane comes. Jump on the crane, and you will be able to reach the other side.

Unlocking Special Attacks
Unlocking Special Attacks [image Credits: eXputer]

Practicing Special Attacks 

Proceed straight to a large gate, open it, and access another battery production factory. Jump on a conveyor belt, push the button to move to the other side. Continue until you find an electric machine to restore power. Follow on-screen instructions to bring back power.

Enter the new factory area, defeat a large robot, then exit the production factory. Outside the QA center, practice special attacks on more robots. Afterward, enter the QA center to face the first boss, QA-1 MIL. During the boss fight, master special attacks, starting with the Power Chord (activate by pressing the left and right stick buttons simultaneously).

How To Recharge Your Reverb Gauge 

The players will be able to recharge their reverb gauge to perform more special attacks by two methods. 

In the first method, the players will be able to recharge it by gathering all the batteries nearby. These batteries can be found by breaking the boxes of all the crates in the game. These batteries can also be found lying on the ground and can be picked up. Each of these batteries will fill up a certain amount of the reverb gauge. 

  • In the second method, the players will be able to refill their reverb gauge by landing the perfect sync attacks during their battles.
  • Not only is it the fastest way to recharge your reverb gauge, but you can also save a lot of time from finding batteries lying around or breaking a lot of boxes again.
  • You will be able to sync attacks multiple times after you have gotten the hang of it, especially if you are fighting mobs of enemies in the game.
  • Therefore, it is the best method to refill your watch and perform more special attacks. 

How To Get More Special Attacks

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Special Attacks in Store [image Credits: eXputer]
To acquire additional special attacks, players can visit Peppermint in her hideout after completing each stage. Peppermint offers a variety of special attacks, each with unique combinations and powers. Special attacks can be purchased using the reverb gauge, and players must ensure they have enough reverb gauge to unlock them. The main currency, gear, is required to buy special attacks, which need to be equipped in specific slots.

After purchasing a special attack, equip it by pressing the LT button, and it will be ready for use in battles. Wait for the reverb gauge to recharge, and then perform the special attack by pressing the left and right sticks consecutively.

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Buying the attacks [image Credits: eXputer]

All Special Attacks 

If you plan on keeping more than one special attack in your slot, then you will have to get an additional slot from the Shop. After that, you will be able to switch between these special attacks during your battle by pressing two on your keyboard if you are playing on a PC or the Up button in your controller.

Power Chord Special Attack
Power Chord Special Attack [image Credits: eXputer]
As I mentioned before, all of these special attacks will require a certain number of  Reverb gauges that will be able to increase by various methods in the game. You can get these reverb charges by collecting parts, or you can also buy them directly from the shop.

Following are all the special attacks that you will be able to perform in the game and what damage they will deal with:

  • OverDrive Slash: This is a frontal mid-range attack that can deal great damage in the game, and you will need to complete the button combination after this attack to land it perfectly.
  • Hibiki: This is also a mid-range attack that will allow you to deal damage from all directions on your enemies. 
  • Holochai: This is an action-type Special attack that will cause destruction. 
  • Steal The Show: By performing this special attack, the player will be able to stun all his enemies. 
  • To An Assault: This special attack is capable of dealing frontal damage to the enemies. 
  • Barrier Wall: The special attack will grant the players protection from their enemies. 
  • Double Riff: The special attack will allow the players to deal frontal damage over a long range, along with a 2X increase in score bonus. 
  • Rip And Tear: The special attack will allow the players to deal frontal damage over a long range with a score bonus increase of 3X. 
  • Air Guitar: During the attack, the players will be able to deal frontal air damage with a 2X increase in score bonus. 
  • Hi Pitch Punch: It is an airlift attack that works at a close range and deals damage to the enemies. 
  • Guitar Ride: It will deal frontal damage to the enemies with a 2X score bonus. 
  • Pick Slide: It Is a stun attack that works over mid-range on enemies. 
  • Pick Me Up: It is a healing attack that is great for using in mid-battles to regain your strength. 

Summing It Up 

With this, I conclude my detailed guide on special attacks in Hi-Fi Rush and how to unlock them. After reading my guide, you will be able to unlock and equip new special attacks to use in your future battles.

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