For players who chose the Hikari path in Octopath Traveler 2, Ritsu is their first real test. Hikari only has a couple of useful skills at this point, and new players would have only a small amount of time to learn the game's battle mechanics. As it turns out, there's one skill that Hikari learns right before this battle which can be the difference between victory and defeat.
Tips and Tricks to use against Ritsu in Octopath Traveler 2
A big key to success here, not only in this fight but throughout Octopath Traveler 2, is preparation. Players should be well stocked on Healing Grapes before trying to fight Ritsu. When I fought Ritsu, Hikari had eight Healing Grapes, and I used every single one. Ritsu and his henchman can chunk Hikari's health very quickly, and of course players won't have a healer in their party at this point.
As for the battle itself, what makes Ritsu such a formidable character is that he has five shields to break through. Fortunately, players will have just learned the Double Slash skill after dealing with the rowdy soldier in the Tavern. Since it attacks twice, Hikari can use it to burn two shields away. Aggressive Slash will burn the remaining three shields, fully breaking Ritsu in two turns.
From there, it's all about using the strongest attacks Hikari has in his arsenal. Boosting as much as possible is a quick way to deplete Ritsu's health when he is broken. After a certain point in the match, Hikari will get access to his latent ability anyways, which takes out the majority of Ritsu's health bar.
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