Like other modern fighting games, Guilty Gear Strive offers a training mode. While the best way to learn fighting games is usually to play them, every now and then you will try to figure out possible combos or wonder how to face a particular attack or combo in a particular matchup. Guilty Gear Strive doesn’t offer a combo test mode, at least not at launch, so training mode here can be an important place more than ever to learn basic maneuvers and acquire the skills to beat your opponents and your climb towards the towers continue floors. So how can you get better with training mode?
How to Use Training Mode in Guilty Gear Strive
The first way to use training mode is to practice combos on your opponent. A common mistake is to do it on the dummy in training mode. This is an unwise decision as it doesn’t tell you if it’s a real combination. In an actual game, the opponent will often try to squeeze out of combos and almost always hold the block command in case you drop the combo or don’t actually link it. In Guilty Gear, combos that combine, those that don’t give the opponent time to land or block an attack, are called gatlings. You want to make sure your combos gate this way when trying to tweak your damage in a match.
The best way to do this is to press Start while training, navigate to Training Settings, then Opponent Status, and after the first hit, select Guard under the Block Settings option. If you enable this, the opponent will block as soon as possible after being hit. That means if you move too slowly or don’t gate movements, the combo will be blocked. From here you can experiment and find new combos. There is also a counterattack setting where you can set the dummy to attempt certain attacks when an opening is provided. This is good when you want to test your ability to suddenly switch to defense. Using these settings in training mode will help you learn gatling and improve your timing. If you have problems with timing or inputs, go to Training Settings and under Display Settings, make sure you have enabled the options for the virtual controller display and input history. This way you can see your entries in real time on the screen and a history of your past entries on the side of the screen. This will help ensure that you are pressing the correct buttons and making the correct movements.
The other great potential use for Training Mode is learning to counter against specific matchups or attacks that enemies are using against you. To do this, you need to go into your button settings and map the playback and recording functions. By hitting record, you take control of the enemy, where you can make them do anything you want to learn to fight against. After you finish recording you can hit play and they will do what you just entered. From here you can learn to fight it by repeating the scenario until you find a way to disrupt the combo or even successfully block the string when it is filled with attacks that vary between lows and overheads. There is also a full set of matchup scenarios in Mission Mode so you can check there to see if that will also help you navigate a particular interaction.
Using these tips in Training Mode can help you improve your game in Guilty Gear Strive. If you want to climb the ranks online or learn some basic combinations, training mode is one of the best places to do it. Strive offers a range of robust training options that are useful for learning each character and general systems like Psyche Burst and Roman Cancels.
Guilty Gear Strive is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC.