Fortitude ranks and morale are some of the most important factors in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. The concept is a bit strange, so you might not completely understand what it is or how it works right away. This guide is going to focus on what they are, how they work, and how you can use them to your advantage. While they can certainly make the game harder, they can also make it easier depending on whether you play your cards right or not. So, let’s take a look at the fortitude ranks and morale system.
Whenever you enter a main mission in Wo Long, you’ll start with your fortitude rank at zero. This basically functions similarly to character levels, albeit only pertaining to that specific mission. As such, any enemies you find that are also at zero at the start of the mission will get no extra health, attack, or defensive capabilities compared to you. They’re at complete default, so they’re safer to attack. But you’ll also find enemies of higher fortitude ranks. This means that those enemies are going to be stronger than you. The higher the enemy fortitude rank, the more damage they’ll take from you and the more they’ll dish out, so it’s not always a good idea to approach higher-ranked foes.
In order to stand a better chance against these enemies, you’ll need to raise your fortitude rank. You’ll do this every time you kill or stealth attack an enemy. But the main way you’ll acquire and maintain ranks is by using flags. There are two types of flags in Wo Long: battle flags and smaller flags. Battle flags are the ones you respawn from and rest at. When you put put one of these down, you’ll get between one and three fortitude ranks added to your morale.
Fortitude ranks and morale explained in Wo Long
Smaller flags are usually in less obvious areas and only grant you a single rank. There are also battle flags that are locked and can only be opened by defeating nearby enemies. These usually grant three whole ranks, so they’re very much worth seeking out. But there’s more to it than that. Let’s say you have five ranks and you’ve placed zero flags. If you die, you’ll respawn with your rank at zero. If you look in the upper-right corner of the screen, you’ll see what your banked rank is. This is the rank you’ll return to upon death.
Conversely, if you put down a few flags and have a banked rank of five and you die at rank eight, you’ll respawn at rank five. But if your banked rank is five and you die, you’ll also respawn at rank five. You can’t lose any fortitude that you’ve banked by placing flags. But dying isn’t thing that’ll lower your fortitude. Enemy critical blows will reduce your rank by one if they hit you. This happens for every critical blow that lands too. If you fight an enemy that hits you with three critical blows and you’re above your cap, you’ll lose three whole ranks.
You can bank a maximum of 20 ranks by placing flags, but fortitude actually goes up to 25. You can grind your fortitude to 25 and then enjoy a noticeable bump in your capabilities, which can come in quite handy against bosses that are giving you trouble.
It can take a while to figure all of this out on your own, so I hope this guide was helpful for getting you up to speed. That’s all you need to know about fortitude ranks and morale in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty.
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