Combat is a major gameplay component in Salt and Sanctuary. By using equipment and upgrading stats, players can engage enemies and NPCs in a combat sequence and obtain materials, equipment and salt as a reward.
Combat in Salt and Sanctuary
Movement and Actions
The Controls page has the button layout of the game. However there's more to it than meets the eye. Players will want to consider tailoring their builds to allow for sufficient armor whilst also balancing Equipment Load so they are not overencumbered or extremely slow. The key stats that determine your movement are Endurance and Will. The former will increase your equipment load, whilst the latter will buff your Stamina, allowing you to perform more actions before becoming exhausted.
Player movement is also affected by enemy stagger, and can be further modified by obtaining Brands, which give special effects such as the ability to double-jump.
If you have a shield, use it constantly. If not, learn how to roll like a champ.
Spend your salt on level up as soon as you have enough, so you minimise the amount of salt that can be lost to (two deaths).
Practice the "perfect parry" timing with weaker enemies. It is really useful when you are good at it.
Don't panic when getting beat up with a boss. Keep your healing potion ready, save grenades to use on them, and keep that shield up.
Learn their pattern, then you know good timing when to strike. Don't button mash because they can hurt you a lot quicker than you can hurt them.
Don't do mid-air heavy strike against birds etc. Your jump is cut short and you fall to your death. Although, with some weapons, the heavy strike will hit enemies above you, even through platforms. Just don't do it when jumping from one platform to another.
Lure enemies into booby traps.
Sell off gear you don't need so you don't get too heavy.
Use up your healing potions before you start using prayers to heal because it lowers your max stamina. (Spiced mead will renew that)
When surrounded, roll to the side of the group immediately, before you get gang beat. (Don't jump!)
Keep your shield up until an enemy is finished thier combo. Don't try to parry until thier last strike.
You can hit poison blobs off of the trees. If you kill them before they jump you, then you get a salt reward.
You can keep your shield up while jumping; if an arrow is headed toward you.
Buy items that give a temporary buff for those difficult fights. Equip them on your quick slots (purse icon) to be ready.
Unequip items you don't need in the middle of a fight (from your quick slots), so you don't have to cycle through a long list to the items you do need.
Be aware of your weapon range. The spears etc. are very useful to hit enemies before they even see you are there. Start with a heavy attack when being aggressive.
Charms have to be equipped onto the charm slot to work. You will see them on your weapon. Same thing with rings.
Save up red shards (use them last); use the full potions instead because they are free and are replenished at the sanctuary. You can even sell your shards.
Try to spend your gold, because if you're rich, the cleric will take a lot of gold when you die (corrupt bastard).
Upgrading gear is very useful. Just make sure you intend on keeping that (weapon etc.) for a while; upgrade costs can add up quick.
If you're walking very slow, unequip an armor item from your body. You're too heavy. You can still carry it. (cause f*** logic) You need endurance upgrades (the camel icon in the tech tree)
If an enemy is winding up to strike you, then your first attack should not be a heavy, because they can hit you faster.
Don't spend upgrade points on unnecessary things, like ability to use weapons you won't be using anyway.
Falling is an automatic death. Hold upwards to catch those ledges. Also, you can look farther away, using the right joystick.
You don't have to be right on the edge to go down a ladder. And you can also slide down, using the right trigger.
Divide and conquer. Approach dangerous mobs, when they see you, retreat, fighting them one on one, instead of all of them at once.
You can cheese play tough enemies with arrows from a ledge etc. , if you want.