Guard Reversal

Temporarily enables you to deflect attacks and stagger opponents after guarding.
Tree Light
Gift Type Active
Required Stats
Vit Vitality B
Proficiency Requirement Defeat the enemy

Guard Reversal is an Active Gift in Code Vein. Guard Reversal is a gift found in the Atlas Blood Code. Through Gifts, players may perform unique actions such as buffing and healing themselves and their Companions, debuffing Enemies or dealing direct damage to enemies. 



Guard Reversal Information

  • Enables you to deflect attacks and stagger opponents after guarding for 10 seconds.
    • Ichor Cost: 4
    • Cooldown: 2 sec
    • Attack Type:
    • Non-Physical:

  • To max out its proficiency, players need to:
    • Kill enemies while equipping this gift or;
    • Use 3200 Haze and 5 Awake MJ212 at a Mistle.


Guard Reversal Acquisition


Builds that use Guard Reversal




Guard Reversal Notes

  • Gifts are acquired from obtaining different Blood Codes and by using the Mistle to Acquire/Inherit Gifts.
  • A certain amount of Haze is needed to unlock your preferred Gift and have required stats in order to equip these.
  • This gift has many downsides, making it very situational at best: It has very short duration and slow cast speed (making it unsuitable to cast in a heated battle), costs 4 ichor, requieres a B on vitality (which most codes don't innately have), you need to block with a weapon for it to take effect, and even then the stagger is too short to be abused properly. The final nail in the coffin is that even Gift extension doesn't make it any better since the time increase is too small to be worth it.
  • However, this gift works even on bosses (who commonly have transitions to phase 2 that last for a while), and most importantly, using it timely can interrupt combos, shaving off potential damage and/or stamina loss on repeated blocks.



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    • Anonymous

      This gift does stagger damage when you block. It does not automatically stagger; there is just a chance it will depending on how much stagger damage is already on the boss. If you commit to using this, with its cast time that's as long as the 10 ichor cost Queen spells, you are not gaining stagger and deflection. You are gaining stagger damage, which you could do with a weapon skill just as well.

      And you could do that stagger damage very quickly and assuredly with a weapon skill, instead of doing a 3-step cast to gain a pretty tiny window in which the boss has to change targets to you and launch an attack. If he was targeting you before there would've been no window in which to apply Guard Reversal, so the only situation where it would see results is one where he changes targets onto you after use.

      For the note in the article about the benefits of Guard Reversal to be of any substance, he also has to launch into a combo that would keep going if not interrupted. He then has to have enough stagger damage on him (which, not knowing about this could make the odds not seem as stupid as they are) so that Guard Reversal will actually have any effect on said combo. Giving all of these an insanely generous 50% chance each (switching targets, launching the correct attack, and having enough stagger damage on) mathematically there would be a 1/8 chance that Guard Reversal has any payoff when used. And remember it only lasts 10 seconds, so 50% is looking at lot more like 15%.

      The actual experience of using this is that you are applying and reapplying this buff constantly and nothing is coming of it, and when you would think something finally would-- nothing happens, because the stagger damage of Guard Reversal, which isn't even that astonishing, wasn't enough that time.

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