How to defeat Zhang Liang, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty first boss

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty’s first boss, Zhang Liang, is a tricky client, especially if you’ve never played Sekiro and aren’t used to the parry-centric gameplay style. He’s very aggressive, hard to dodge, and when your combat buddy says he’ll get the boss’s attention so you can heal, he just… doesn’t.

To make matters worse, Zhang Liang has a second phase where he eats some demon candy, turns really red, and grows a spiky arm that he likes to wave everywhere. There are some things you can do to make this fight easier, such as getting a podao polearm from a chest in the village elder’s hut or leveling up the wood virtues for some extra health. Anyway, here’s my best strategy for defeating the first boss Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty.

How to overcome the first phase of Zhang Liang

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Zhang Liang is coming towards you brandishing his big mace and unfortunately, if you want to finish this fight quickly, you will have to deflect his attacks (B on keyboard and controller). This will reduce his Spirit Gauge (shown below the boss’ health) and will eventually cause a Spirit Disruption, allowing you to perform a Fatal Blow (LMB + shift or Y on a controller) which takes a large chunk of his health. You’ll know when he’s open to Fatal Strike because he’ll stop moving and a red dot will light up on his chest, Sekiro style.

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