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  |_   _|_ _| | ___  ___    ___  / _| \ \   / /__  ___ _ __   ___ _ __(_) __ _ 
    | |/ _` | |/ _ \/ __|  / _ \| |_   \ \ / / _ \/ __| '_ \ / _ \ '__| |/ _` |
    | | (_| | |  __/\__ \ | (_) |  _|   \ V /  __/\__ \ |_) |  __/ |  | | (_| |
    |_|\__,_|_|\___||___/  \___/|_|      \_/ \___||___/ .__/ \___|_|  |_|\__,_|
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                         __   __        _   ___ _   ___  
                         \ \ / /  _ _ _(_) | __/_\ / _ \ 
                          \ V / || | '_| | | _/ _ \ (_) |
                           |_| \_,_|_| |_| |_/_/ \_\__\_\                      
                               
             "Well, let's go save them from the idiots!" - Yuri Lowell

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     1: TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                [Table]
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1: Table of Contents.........................[Table]    
2: Introduction..............................[Intro]
    2.1: Contact Information.................[Conta]
3: Version History...........................[Versi]
4: Yuri FAQ..................................[Faq00]
    4.1: Character Information...............[Faq01]
    4.2: How to Control Yuri.................[Faq02]
    4.3: Yuri's Strengths and Weaknesses.....[Faq03]
    4.4: Yuri's Artes and Recommended Artes..[Faq04]
    4.5: Recommended Skills..................[Faq05]
    4.6: How to Effectively Control Yuri.....[Faq06]
    4.7: Questions and Answers...............[Faq07]
    4.8: Recommended Arte Button Layouts.....[FAq08]
5: Legal Stuff...............................[Legal]
6: Conclusion................................[Concl]

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     2: INTRODUCTION                                                     [Intro]
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This FAQ will help you on your journey/quest/chore to effectively use Yuri in 
battle. This version won't include a comprehensive list of Yuri's equipment, and
his titles. Those aren't needed. Why? GameFAQs already host excellent FAQs of
those subjects, so I don't need to show it. I will include an artes list, but
only for Yuri, and I only go into detail about the artes that I personally 
recommend. I have played Tales of Vesperia for a long time, there have only been
a few games that I have played this much. They include Tales of Symphonia, Skies
of Arcadia, Grandia, Castlevania Symphony of the Night... lots. This is probably
because I find it so fun. Tales of Vesperia is great, that's all there is to it.

This was made because the "Tales of" battle systems take skill to use, and play
akin to some fighting games. Many people striving to get good with Yuri can find
some, even if it's only a little help here.

And don't ask for a Judith FAQ... I'm a horrible Judith player.

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     2.1: CONTACT INFORMATION                                            [Conta]
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If you find anything wrong with this FAQ, or you would like to suggest I add 
something to the FAQ that you would find helpful, please, just contact me via
e-mail. But, there are rules.

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What you may NOT do:

- E-mail me to tell me that I suck and I fail at life or anything like that
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Anything that is not listed I might think about. 

Now that all the rules are out of the way, my e-mail is...

bradboomerang78 [at] live [dot] com

This is to stop bots from sending me spam mail constantly. Eliminate the spaces
and put the "@" and "." symbols where stated.

Feel free to contact me about the above mentioned that I said is ok.

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     3: VERSION HISTORY                                                  [Versi]
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Version 1.0 : The FAQ is finished. All original features are included, FAQ is
              subject to change.

Version 1.5 : I changed some things, namely the altered artes chart, and added
              some sections. Nothing TOO big, but big enough to warrant a .5
              update rather than a .1 update.

Version 1.6 : I changed my email address, because bots have been attacking the
              Yahoo! one... and, it seems that Tales of Vesperia is going to be
              released for the PS3! Well, I'll update my FAQ when I learn
              (or play) the PS3 version because it seems that Yuri is going to
              get a new Mystic Arte, and possibly new equipment, skills, and
              other stuff. I won't ignore the PS3 users. :)

Version 1.7 : The video example has been replaced by a nice, spoiler-free video.
              I fixed a few mistakes on my part, and stuff.

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     4: YURI FAQ                                                         [Faq00]
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So how about we get started on the FAQ, shall we? I'll tell you what I would
recommend you have in order to effectively use Yuri in battle. But, don't let
this get to your head. The most important thing to use Yuri effectively in the
heat of battle is nothing that this FAQ will help you with. The most important
thing is skill. That you will have to develop over time. You can check out some 
videos on YouTube to see others, maybe to shoot for. But, let's get on with the
FAQ, shall we?

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     4.1: CHARACTER INFORMATION                                          [Faq01]
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Name   : Yuri Lowell
Sex    : Male
Hair   : Black
Eyes   : Black
Age    : 21
Height : 180 cm (5 feet 9 inches)

 Yuri Lowell was raised in the Lower Quarter of Zaphias, the Imperial Capital
 his entire life. He used to be in the Imperial Knights, but he hated the ways
 of the Knights, restricted by the law and cannot punish those that use their 
 position to evade just punishment. He quit the Knights, and is currently living
 in the Lower Quarter helping the people living there out.

 In the beginning, the Lower Quarter's Aque Blastia is stolen by a noble that
 goes by the name of Mordio. Yuri sets off in a quest to regain the Aque Blastia
 back, but Mordio gets away due to the interference of the Imperial Knights, 
 namely the Schwann and Cumore Brigade. He is thrown into jail, but escapes to
 catch Mordio, assisted by a man later known as Raven.

 As Yuri makes his escape, Yuri meets up with a noble later known as Estelle.
 Estelle has ties to Yuri's childhood friend, Flynn Scifo, claiming that Flynn
 is in terrible danger. Yuri helps Estelle try to warn Flynn about the impending
 danger, and to reclaim the Aque Blastia. And that's the story behind Yuri's
 start to a quest that will ultimately decide the fate of the world.

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     4.2: CONTROLLING YURI                                               [Faq02]
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I will list the things you will need to know. I will explain how Yuri attacks, 
not the other controls like the Y button, since the Instruction Manual explains
that nicely enough.

B (Normal) 3 hits - 9 hits "Normal Attack"
  This makes Yuri attack normally. He attacks directly in front of him for good
  damage. This is pretty plain, but still useful.

B (Forward, Back) 3 hits - 9 hits "Forward Attack"
  This makes Yuri attack slower than his normal attack, but Yuri goes farther
  during his attack. He will travel a greater distance than a normal attack, but
  is slower.

B (Up) 3 hits - 9 hits "Anti-Air Attack"
  This makes Yuri attack higher in the air. This is generally useless, since it
  is even slower than his forward attack, and Yuri's normal attack takes down 
  aerial enemies nicely enough.

B (Down) 6 hits - 12 hits "Sweeping Attack"
  This makes Yuri attack in a low, sweeping motion. This is a great form of 
  attack, since it is fast, and it hits the most out of Yuri's normal combos.
  Another thing is that some hits in the attack knock the enemy to the ground.
  Some people would view that as a bad thing, but Yuri has another move that 
  picks the enemy right back up so knocking the enemy to the ground isn't much 
  of a problem. This move also can keep a combo going after Divine Wolf Blaze 
  for certain types of enemies. In other words, a recommended form of attack.

Left Trigger + B - 1 hit "Free-Run Attack"
  This is crucial to combos for Yuri. This attack is a sweeping attack, but it
  has one special attribute: it can pick up knocked down enemies. I will explain
  later just how crucial it is.

Down + B While in the air - 1 hit "Dragon Buster"
  This attack makes Yuri (while in the air) strike down to the earth in one 
  slash. While this is pretty much useless as a beginning for a combo, it is 
  important if you wish to chain the Arte "Severing Fang" into your combo. Since
  Severing Fang pushed Yuri high into the air and slams the foe into the ground,
  Dragon Buster solves this issue by sending Yuri back to the ground, chaining
  the combo and making Severing Fang a better arte altogether!
  NOTE: THIS ONLY WORKS IN OVERLIMIT!!!

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     4.3: YURI'S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES                                [Faq03]
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Strengths
Yuri handles well against single enemies, since he can do infinite combos, and
he's fast. He has a high defense, so he's great against opponents that have high
strength. So, make sure Yuri is far away from groups of enemies, and he'll be
fine.

+ Yuri has a high damage output, depending on how you use him, maybe the highest
+ Yuri has a high defense, only beaten by Estelle, and tied for Karol.
+ Yuri has an infinite combo
+ Yuri has a Mystic Arte damage adding skill
+ Yuri can heal himself and allies
+ Yuri is quite fast, only beaten by Repede, and tied for Judith.
+ Easy to handle, like most Tales main characters.
+ Is present for 99% of the game (the coliseum is the only place he's not)
+ Yuri has great skills, such as Glory, and his Tension skills
+ Yuri has Glory, one of the best skills
+ Yuri doesn't need support from allies to use effectively
+ Yuri even works well in a team
+ Yuri has a long range attack, large, slow moving enemies don't have a chance

Weaknesses
Yuri doesn't handle well against large groups of enemies, he only has about 3
Artes that work well against groups. They are: Crushing Eagle, Guardian Field,
and Dhaos Blast. Dhaos Blast is one of the best, but isn't available until you 
have completed the game, finished the EX Dungeon, and won the 200 Man-Melee.
So, for pre-endgame Artes, Guardian Field is the best. It heals Yuri depending
on how much HP Yuri has, and it deals Light Damage instead of Earth damage. Yuri
doesn't fare well against good magic users either, but Magic Guard takes care
of that, and there aren't many good mage enemies in the game, either.

- Yuri can get mauled by groups of enemies -- Glory comes late in the game, too
- Magic users can take a good chunk of damage
- Yuri doesn't have many wide-range artes, Dhaos Blast is his best, comes late
- Unable to use Magic, limits Yuri to being a frontline fighter.

As you can see, Yuri doesn't have that much weak points. The most deadly is 
being attacked by groups of enemies. But, your team mates can take care of those
and there are very few boss battles with two enemies. 

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     4.4: YURI'S ARTES AND RECOMMENDED ARTES                             [Faq04]
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Here I will go over a basic list of Yuri's artes. All the artes that have a star
beside them I will 
* = Recommended Arte

BASE ARTES

Arte Name                Level  FS  Element Altered Arte
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
*Azure Edge             |  01  | > | Wind  | Azure Storm, Azure Blast
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Cerberus Strike         |  07  | > | None  | Cerberus Blast
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Fang Strike             |  09  | ^ | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Wolf Strike             |  11  | > | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
*Destruction Field      |  14  | v | Fire  | Dhaos Blast
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
*Shining Fang           |  26  | ^ | None  | Shining Fang Drop
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
*Ghost Wolf             |  34  | > | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Tiger Blade             | None | v | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------

ARCANE ARTES

Arte Name                Level  FS  Element Altered Arte
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Azure Wolf Strike       |  15  | v | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Crushing Eagle          |  18  | > | Earth | Guardian Field
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
*Dragon Swarm           |  22  | > | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Severing Fang           |  32  | v | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
*Shining Dragon Swarm   |  36  | ^ | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Raging Blast            |  38  | v | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
*Brutal Fang            |  41  | > | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Wailing Havoc           |  44  | > | None  | Pyre Havoc
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Lone Wolf Charge        |  48  | v | None  | Lone Wolf Storm
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Wailing Blast           |  52  | > | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Rending Wolf Charge     |  56  | v | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
Shining Eagle           | None | ^ | None  | None
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------
*Final Gale             | None | > | Wind  | Frigid Blast
------------------------+------+---+-------+------------------------------------

ALTERED ARTES

Arte Name                FS  Element       Learned With Skill
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
*Azure Storm            | > | Wind        | Chain
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
Azure Blast             | v | None        | Crucible
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
Cerberus Blast          | > | None        | Alembic
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
*Shining Fang Drop      | v | None        | Athenor
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
*Guardian Field         | ^ | Light       | Bastion
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
Pyre Havoc              | v | Fire        | Hell Fire
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
Lone Wolf Storm         | > | Wind        | Gale
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
*Frigid Blast           | > | Water, Wind | Great Deluge
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
*Dhaos Blast            | > | None        | None, Dhaos' Cape must be equipped
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------

BURST/MYSTIC ARTES

Arte Name                FS  Element       Use with Skills
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
Divine Wolf             | > | None        | None
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
*Divine Wolf - Blaze    | > | Fire        | Chain, Hell Fire
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
*Divine Wolf - Flood    | ^ | Water       | Dispersion, Great Deluge
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------
Divine Wolf - Storm     | > | Wind        | Alembic, Gale
------------------------+-----------------+-------------------------------------
Divine Wolf - Crush     | ^ | Earth       | Crucible, Athenor
------------------------+-----------------+-------------------------------------
*Savage Wolf Fury       | ? | None        | Special
------------------------+---+-------------+-------------------------------------

RECOMMENDED ARTES

The best Artes are really depend on opinions, but these are the ones that most
people like most. I've seen people who like Severing Fang + Dragon Buster, but
these are the ones I like, and work great. Try different combinations! These are
merely pointers and such.

Name:      Azure Edge
TP Cost:   5
Element:   Wind
Hits       1
FS Symbol: Green
Why?: This is a fast, long range attack. This can be used if you need to deal
      some damage without risk of Yuri getting hit as often. Works best against
      slow moving enemies. The TP Cost is low, so spamming can be ever so 
      useful.


Name:      Destruction Field
TP Cost:   12
Element:   Fire
Hits       1
FS Symbol: Red
Why?: This is a very powerful elemental attack. One of the toughest bosses in 
      the game is weak to fire, as well. But, the main draw is when you have
      access to Overlimit. That grants you the power to chain all forms of artes
      together. Destruction Field over and over again will do TONS of damage.
      Simply because it's so powerful, and fast, it's recommended.


Name:      Shining Fang
TP Cost:   15
Element:   None
Hits       5-6
FS Symbol: Blue
Why?: This is a fast, powerful, and high-combo attack. For the same reasons as
      Destruction Field, this arte is DEADLY in Overlimit. Basically, this arte
      can net you tons of hits in a single overlimit. But, when paired with 
      Yuri's Tension skills does this arte get powerful. This, without fail, 
      will get you 28-52-72 hits and bring Yuri up to his Level 3 Overlimit when
      spammed during Overlimit. Plus, this arte chains well with almost all 
      other artes. (Except for ones like Azure Blast and Crushing Eagle).


Name:      Dragon Swarm
TP Cost:   16
Element:   None
Hits       7
FS Symbol: Green
Why?: This is a powerful arcane arte which does good damage, but also has a high
      hit ratio. Yuri also pushes the enemy during the attack animation, so he
      has less chance of getting hit during his combo. Plus, the animation is
      just plain awesome. But most important is the hit ratio, of which I will
      explain later in the FAQ.


Name:      Shining Dragon Swarm
TP Cost:   25
Element:   Blue
Hits       8
FS Symbol: Green
Why?: This arte is useful for Yuri's infinite combo, on certain conditions that
      are usually the case. See, during Yuri's combo, when the enemy isn't 
      pinned against the wall, some artes can push the enemy farther back than
      how far Yuri can reach. This arte remedies that, and bring Yuri back to 
      the enemy, up close. Plus, the hit ratio is high, so this can be a great
      substitute for some arcane artes, if not for the high TP cost. But, this
      is also remedied by a Faerie Ring.


Name:      Brutal Fang
TP Cost:   23
Element:   None
Hits       7-107
FS Symbol: Green
Why?: Yes, you are reading that Hit number right. Brutal Fang can do up to 107
      hits. It gets more hits with use, but there's one condition, you must be
      able to press the Attack button in unison with each punch. This will cause
      Yuri to keep attacking. You can't just mash it either and expect results,
      too. This will not do as much as pressing in unison. Brutal Fang has a 
      high hit ratio, which is important, and also explained later. This arte 
      has only one weakness, and it is the TP cost. This is remedied by, guess
      what, a Faerie Ring.


Name:      Final Gale
TP Cost:   30
Element:   Wind
Hits       4
FS Symbol: Green
Why?: For the same reasons as Azure Edge, a ranged attack. But, this arte also 
      is very powerful. Despite being costly, this arte can rip away chunks of
      HP from enemies no problem. Equip a Faerie Ring and bosses like Poseidon
      are a breeze.


Name:      Azure Storm
TP Cost:   7
Element:   Wind
Hits       2
FS Symbol: Green
Why?: For the same reasons as Azure Edge. But, it has two attacks, so fire away.


Name:      Shining Fang Drop
TP Cost:   14
Element:   Wind
Hits       7-8
FS Symbol: Red
Why?: This is a high hit ratio altered arte, a rarity. This arte is just like
      Shining Fang, but adds another hit to the combo and draws the enemy in.
      Not too useful against lighter enemies since the attack draws them in too
      high and far. But against human type enemies this arte is perfect. The 
      most important part of the arte is the hit ratio. I'll explain later.


Name:      Guardian Field
TP Cost:   26
Element:   Light
Hits       4
FS Symbol: Blue
Why?: This is Yuri only healing arte. That should be reason enough, but this 
      arte also deals Light damage, an element that Yuri is limited in. If Yuri
      is in a sticky situation, use Guardian Field a lot and raise his HP up 
      again. But equip a Faerie Ring, this arte is costly.


Name:      Frigid Blast
TP Cost:   35
Element:   Water, Wind
Hits       4-9?
FS Symbol: Green
Why?: It's a long range attack, which is nice. Plus, this is Yuri's single
      non Burst Arte water Arte, so that's a nice plus. This attack can vary
      on hits depending where you are. I've seen Frigid Blast get lots of hits
      one time when the enemy was pinned up against the wall, but others when in
      the middle of the battlefield. There's one catch. This is Yuri's most 
      expensive arte. So Faerie Rings do lots of good here.


Name:      Dhaos Blast
TP Cost:   12
Element:   None
Hits       1
FS Symbol: Green?
Why?: It's a huge range explosion-like attack. Perfect for getting Yuri out from
      inside a crowd of monsters. It sends the enemies far back, that's good,
      too. Not only that, but it's pretty low in TP cost and high in power. The
      closer the enemy is to Yuri, the more damage Dhaos Blast does. Too bad 
      Yuri didn't get DHAOS RAYZAR as a Burst Arte... ah... a man can dream...


Name:      Divine Wolf - Blaze
TP Cost:   0
Element:   Fire
Hits       8+
FS Symbol: Green
Why?: This is a high power, high hit ratio burst arte. This, at Overlimit Level
      3 and up, knocks the enemy down. This is very important, for reasons I 
      shall explain later. This works best against human-size goes.


Name:      Divine Wolf - Flood
TP Cost:   0
Element:   Water
Hits       4
FS Symbol: Blue
Why?: For nearly the same reasons as Divine Wolf - Blaze, but the nature is 
      different. Some of the heavier foes in the game don't get affected by  
      Divine Wolf - Blaze that much, so Divine Wolf - Flood is a worthy 
      substitute. This arte also knocks the enemy down--which is also important.


Name:      Savage Wolf Fury
TP Cost:   0
Element:   None
Hits       15+
FS Symbol: Unknown
Why?: This is a Mystic Arte, nuff said. This is an extremely powerful attack, 
      and can get even more powerful with the Hit Plus skill. Not only is this
      attack just plan AWESOME, but it is a great finisher. "SAVAGE WOLF FURY!"
      MAN. I love that. Same with Karol's Overlord Reign Impact, and Rita's
      Ancient Catastrophe.

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     4.5: RECOMMENDED SKILLS                                             [Faq05]
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I shall go over the skills that are essential to combos, skills that are great 
for most situations as well. Most of the information for skills can be found in
the wonderful skill FAQs on GameFAQs. As this FAQ was being written, a skill
FAQ by Rena Chan was posted. Be sure to check them out if you want a full, 
comprehensive list of skills in Tales of Vesperia.

ATTACK TYPE SKILLS

Name   : Strength 1-4  
Effect : Increases Yuri's strength by a set amount (up to +50% for all)
Why    : This makes Yuri deal more damage! This should be easy to understand!

Name   : Combo Plus 1-3
Effect : Adds 1, 2, or 3 more hits to Yuri's normal combo depending on skill
Why    : Another hit to Yuri's normal combo is great, this will save TP, and 
         may sometimes be crucial to continue a combo.

Name   : BA Force
Effect : Increases effectiveness of Burste Artes
Why    : You will be using Burste Artes a lot with combos, this makes them do
         more damage

Name   : Special
Effect : Ability to trigger a Mystic Arte is available
Why    : Mystic Artes deal loads of damage, and can possibly turn the tide of
         battle. Plus, they're awesome. AWESOME, I SAY!

Name   : Chain and Hellfire
Effect : Changes an Arte, and Changes Divine Wolf to Divine Wolf - Blaze
Why    : Divine Wolf - Blaze is crucial to getting huge combos with Yuri. Which
         will be explained later.

Name   : Hit Plus
Effect : Tap the attack button to add hits to Savage Wolf Fury
Why    : Adds hits to an already powerful attack. Easy...

Name   : Assassin
Effect : Increases attacks and decreases damage received from humanoids
Why    : Most of the enemies in the game are humanoids. This increases the 
         damage dealt to them, and decreases the amount dealt to you. You do the
         math.

Name   : Dragon Buster
Effect : Performs the before mentioned Dragon Buster Attack
Why    : If you like Severing Fang and plan to use it in a combo, this is 
         essential to continue a combo on a regular basis. But this only works
         in overlimit, so be warned.

Name   : High Tension, Hyper Tension, Ultimate Tension
Effect : Automatically puts Yuri into overlimit depending on the amount of hits
         Yuri has done in a combo
Why    : THIS IS EXTREMELY CRUCIAL TO A YURI INFINITE COMBO. THIS DEFINES YURI.
         These are the skills that you WANT. This makes Yuri capable of doing an
         infinite combo.

DEFEND TYPE SKILLS

Name   : Defend 1-3
Effect : Increases defense by a set amount depending on skill (up to +30%)
Why    : Any damage reduced is A-okay in my book. 

Name   : Resist 1-3
Effect : Increases magic defense by a set amount depending on skill (up to +30%)
Why    : Any magical damage reduced is A-okay in my book. 

Name   : TP Condition 1-4
Effect : Increases defense or magic defense depending on skill and TP amount.
Why    : Reduces damage. Most of the time. Plain simple.

Name   : Defend Artes 
Effect : Avoid staggering when hit during a Base Arte
Why    : For the same reason as Step Away, but for a Base Arte. Also rendered 
         obsolete when Yuri gains Glory.

Name   : Glory
Effect : Avoid staggering for any kind of attack (while on the ground)
Why    : AVOID STAGGERING. 'nuff said. Renders most other "non stagger" skills
         obsolete.

MOVE TYPE SKILLS

Name   : Evade 1-3
Effect : Increases agility by a set amount depending on skill (up to +30%)
Why    : It makes Yuri go faster. This is ALWAYS a plus in a game like this.

Name   : Item Thrower
Effect : Yuri can use items on party members.
Why    : This should be on everyone... just for an occasion where you get rocked
         by a Mystic Arte (Brilliant Cataclysm is an example) so you can heal.

Name   : O.L. Boost
Effect : Increase the duration of Overlimit
Why    : Yuri's whole game depends on Overlimit, this makes his combos last 
         longer until he needs to use Divine Wolf - Blaze.

Name   : Item Pro
Effect : Decreases the amount of time you are unable to use items after using an
         item.
Why    : For the same reason as Item Thrower. Just in case.

Name   : Super Chain 1-5
Effect : Able to link different artes together, depending on which skill.
Why    : This will help start up an infinite combo with Yuri. VERY recommended.

Name   : Ability Plus, High Ability Plus, Hyper Ability Plus
Effect : Able to link a second arte of the same type per combo depending on 
         skill.
Why    : This will also help start up an infinite combo with Yuri. This is also
         very recommended.

SUPPORT TYPE SKILLS

Name   : Vitality 1-3
Effect : Increases HP by either 200, 400, or 800, depending on skill.
Why    : This is useful until you reach 9999 HP without skill augments. This 
         will make it tougher for enemies to kill Yuri.

Name   : Spirits 1-3
Effect : Increases TP by either 20, 50, or 100 depending on skill.
Why    : This will make Yuri able to use more artes. Use this until you reach
         999 TP without augments. 

Name   : Dispersion, Great Deluge
Effect : Changes artes, most notably Divine Wolf to Divine Wolf - Flood
Why    : This allows Yuri to use one of the two essential Burst Artes to do an
         infinite combo. More explained later.

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     4.6: HOW TO EFFECTIVELY CONTROL YURI                                [Faq06]
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Now that all the boring stuff is out of the way, let's get to the main draw of
this FAQ--how to use his abilities well in a battle. 

First off, you're going to need to know how to do an INFINITE COMBO. In order to
infinite combo, you will essentially need these skills:

High Tension
Hyper Tension
Ultimate Tension
Super Chain 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5
Ability Plus, High Ability Plus, or Hyper Ability Plus
Hellfire and Chain, or Dispersion and Great Deluge

The reason for this is that Yuri goes automatically goes into Tension without
using the Overlimit bar up with the Tension skills. Going into overlimit allows
any character to chain any arte to any arte. Karol can chain artes together well
in overlimit! All you need to do is get a 28 hit combo. Now, this is possible 
with the above mentioned Super Chain and Ability Plus skills. You can use one or
the other. Or, my recommendation, all of them! This will allow Yuri to chain
different artes together once per combo. For example, you can chain two Base 
artes together with the Ability Plus skill. 

To do an infinite combo, follow these steps

1: Equip the skills needed.
2: Head into Battle 
3: Attack and chain artes together to get a 28 hit combo
4: Chain together all the artes you want, make sure you get a 50 hit combo 
   before your first overlimit gauge empties, and make sure you get a 72 hit
   combo before your second overlimit gauge empties
5: Near the end of overlimit level 3's gauge, activate either Divine Wolf Blaze
   or Divine Wolf Flood.
6: The enemy will be knocked to the ground. Use a Free-Run Attack on it quickly
   so you can get it back up
7: Chain artes together to get another 28 hit combo 
8: Repeat Step 4
9: Rinse and Repeat

And that's all there is to it to execute an infinite combo! Hopefully this helps
you, but if you need a video example, there's one right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmC7jgAAQW4

You see how I do it? Well, that's how you do it. It's as easy as it looks when
you get all the necessary skills. Happy combos!

Here is one combo that will get you 28 hits always (unless the enemy somehow 
falls out of the combo) and requires a minimal amount of skills.

Shining Fang + Dragon Swarm + Brutal Fang + Shining Fang Drop

That only requires two skills. You could replace Dragon Swarm with Shining 
Dragon Swarm, whetever you want. Just make sure if you don't have many skills 
that allow to chain different artes, you use high hitting artes like Shining 
Fang and not ones like Azure Edge. If you have lots of skills, go crazy on which
ones you want. 

And that's all you're going to need to know in a guide. You'll need to develop
skills in which to use Yuri most effectively in situations. Good lucK!

NOTE: Do not use any artes that knock down enemies, push them far away, or just 
      plain do not make combos easy to do. Artes such as Lone Wolf Charge. There
      are other artes that aren't recommended, such as Ghost Wolf. It's hard to
      combo with, and the motion is awkard, which could lead to broken combos.
      Please, help yourself on this one. Please!

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     4.7: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS                                          [Faq07]
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Q: The combo counter resets on some bosses... how do I stop this so I can go
   into overlimit?
A: You can't really stop it... but, when the counter resets, the combo tension 
   counter doesn't until Yuri stops attacking, so you can go into Tension if
   the combo counter is a 7 or something. The deal with the bosses attacking 
   while getting hit is another story.

Q: What's Yuri's best title?
A: Titles don't have any affect in this game, save for the costumes. I like
   Dark Enforcer the best, but others like different ones. 

Q: What's Yuri's best weapon? 
A: Blazor Edge: Abyssion is his best weapon. You get it after you beat the
   Radiant Winged One (Secret Final Boss)

Q: Awww I don't want to use Fell Arms. What's his other best weapon?
A: His Last Fencer is the other one. You can get it two ways: accomplishing 
   Secret Mission 23 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) or synthesizing 5 of each Star Gem,
   which takes forever. So don't use the Star Gem method.

Q: Why use the Fell Arms?
A: They have tons of potential. For every kill you get in the game with the
   corresponding character, the power increases by 1. So, they can have a power
   of 9999, compared to the most powerful non-fell arm weapon in the game, 
   Infinity, which has only 888 attack.

Q: But I don't want to kill that many enemies!
A: The kill count starts at the very beginning of the game. If you played the
   game through as Yuri, his Fell Arm will have TONS of power already. Around
   1500-3000 power, probably on a normal playthrough.

Q: What about Low-Level games and the Speedrun challenges?
A: That's another story, you won't be killing enough enemies to get the Fell
   Arms strong enough to do much. So the normal weapons are recommended for 
   those.

Q: Agh, they have elements... what's Yuri's best non-elemental weapon?
A: I know, sometimes the elements can be a pain. Blazor Edge: Abyssion has a
   fire element and the Last Fencer has a light element. Which could sometimes
   mean 1 damage. The Claiomh Solais is Yuri's best non-elemental weapon.

Q: Raven has SEXUALITYYYAH! Why use Yuri?
A: Yuri has "Remember? Prepare to die, Eggbear!".

Q: How do I use Este--
A: This is a Yuri FAQ, go somewhere else. Kthnxbai

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     4.8: RECOMMENDED ARTE BUTTON LAYOUTS                                [Faq08]
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Here, I will recommend arte button layouts. But, in a different sense. There is 
not any "best" combination, but there are combinations that you should go by, 
just to make your life easier. 

First off, assign artes depending on how you remember them most. For example,
Severing Fang. I would recommend either ^A or Left Stick (Up) for that, since
Yuri jumps high in the air, basically, he goes up. Or Dragon Swarm, >B. The 
motions of artes are easier to remember if you have some kind of reminder, kind
of like acronyms for remembering lists. So, in Tales of Vesperia, you may do the
same sort of thing.

For example, here's my arte setup.

A  : Tiger Blade
^A : Shining Fang
vA : Dragon Swarm
>A : Brutal Fang

^  : Shining Fang Drop
>  : Dhaos Blast (Destruction Field)
v  : Shining Dragon Swarm
<  : Azure Edge / Frigid Blast

Now, some artes don't follow the formula I have above. I simply made that 
suggestion so it would be easier to remember your arte setup. You don't have to
follow my example, you can make your own, or you could just do whatever you 
want. For example, my Dragon Swarm is like that because I like it that way, and
from the previous game, Tales of the Abyss, my favorite Luke combo was Rending
Thrust followed by Light Spear Cannon. Rending Thrust was placed there due to 
it's upwards attack motion, and Light Spear Cannon because I didn't want to 
replace Havoc Strike and Fang Blade Havoc. My favorite combo in Tales of the 
Abyss was transferred into Tales of Vesperia, Shining Fang followed by Dragon 
Swarm. 

In other words, do what you want, as I said before. Just make sure you don't do
any dramatic changes before a big fight, there's nothing that will screw your
game up more than a screwed up Arte button layout.

Here's a list of recommended motions to assign artes. Note that you do not have
to follow my examples. You will probably want to use multiple artes that I 
recommended a forward motion in your setup, so just keep that in mind. But 
before I list the artes, here's a legend so you don't get confused.

Legend:

Up           : Up + A, Up with the Right Stick
Down         : Down + A, Down with the Right Stick
Forward      : Right + A, Left + A, Left and Right on the Right Stick
No Direction : Only A

Now with that over with, 

Arte Name                Recommended Stick Motion
------------------------+-----------------------+
Azure Edge              | Forward, No Direction |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Cerberus Strike         | Forward               |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Fang Strike             | Up                    |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Wolf Strike             | Forward               |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Destruction Field       | Down, No Direction    |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Shining Fang            | Up, No Direction      |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Ghost Wolf              | Forward, No Direction |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Tiger Blade             | Up, No Direction      |
------------------------+-----------------------+

ARCANE ARTES

Arte Name                Recommended Stick Motion
------------------------+-----------------------+
Azure Wolf Strike       | Forward               |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Crushing Eagle          | Down, No Direction    |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Dragon Swarm            | Forward               |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Severing Fang           | Up                    |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Shining Dragon Swarm    | Up, Down              |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Raging Blast            | Down                  |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Brutal Fang             | Forward, No Direction |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Wailing Havoc           | Up                    |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Lone Wolf Charge        | Forward               |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Wailing Blast           | Up                    |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Rending Wolf Charge     | Forward               |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Shining Eagle           | Up                    |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Final Gale              | Forward               |
------------------------+-----------------------+

ALTERED ARTES

Arte Name                Recommended Stick Motion
------------------------+-----------------------+
Azure Storm             | Forward               |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Azure Blast             | Down                  |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Cerberus Blast          | Forward               |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Shining Fang Drop       | Up, Down              |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Guardian Field          | Up, No Direction      |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Pyre Havoc              | Up                    |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Lone Wolf Storm         | Forward               |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Frigid Blast            | Forward               |
------------------------+-----------------------+
Dhaos Blast             | No Direction          |
------------------------+-----------------------+

Hope that helps you!

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     5: LEGAL STUFF                                                      [Legal]
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     6: CONCLUSION                                                       [Concl]
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And that about sums it up for this FAQ. I hope this helped you!

Thanks goes to:

GameFAQs, for hosting this FAQ on the site
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Namco Bandai for making Tales of Vesperia, a wonderful game
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You, for reading this FAQ!

So yeah... I guess this is the end.

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