Your second kemono battle in Wild Hearts will introduce complex attack patterns. In contrast to the speed of the Ragetail, the Sapscourge moves more methodically and is capable of status ailment attacks. If you’re finding this fight particularly difficult, read on below to find out how to defeat the Sapscourge in Wild Hearts.
How to Defeat the Sapscourge in Wild Hearts
The Sapscourge marks an important turning point at the beginning of Wild Hearts. That’s because you’ll be able to change your weapon just before the quest to hunt it begins. You’re forced to start with the Karakuri Katana by default and will now have four other options. While that weapon is actually a great choice for this fight, consider trying out the Bladed Wagasa instead, which allows for aerial movement that’s perfect for severing the Sapscourge’s tail. Alternatively, try the Nodachi for its excellent reach.
Fighting the Sapscourge will be a challenge simply because of how hard its attacks hit. Its primary method for attacking is curling into a ball and rolling around the battlefield. When this happens, your only option will either be to dodge or use a karakuri spring. The Sapscourge will tire itself out after rolling and that gives you a prime opportunity to attack. Focus on its tail and try your best to sever it. At times, the Sapscourge will also do a quick lunge in an attempt to grab you. This attack does a massive amount of damage and there’s no way to escape its grasp, so make sure to keep your health topped off. Immediately dodge out of the way if it rises up and clap its hands to avoid a devastating slam attack.
Eventually the Sapscourge will show you how it got its name and begin to sneeze clumps of sap. In addition to dealing damage, the sap will also stick to you. You’ll be unable to dodge when covered in it. Use a karakuri spring to instantly clear the sap off. When it becomes enraged, it will fling sap in multiple directions at once and leave behind trails after rolling. Karakuri springs will be essential during this phase both for avoiding and removing sap. If you find yourself running low on Karakuri thread, be sure to increase your carrying capacity.
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