How to Use Reversal Influence in MultiVersus and Beat the Interrupted Tutorial

character brawler MultiVersus is inspired by Super Smash Bros. in many ways. Even casual gamers can recognize Smash Bros. Directional Influence Mechanic – the ability for the affected person to influence the direction in which his character navigates on the screen. A simplified version appears in Multiverse called recoil influence. Like its Smash Bros. counterpart, it allows players to survive potentially lethal hits. This guide will tell you why the knockback influence is so important and how to use it to not die so much in the game.

[Ed. note: MultiVersus also has a knockback influence tutorial, but at the time of publish, it appears to be glitched and won’t recognize player input. Some players have brute-forced a completion by pressing the PlayStation or Xbox home button in addition to the directional stick movements indicated. We tested this on PC, where the solution is pressing Alt+Tab, and it worked. The rest of our guide explains how to actually use knockback influence.]

Just like in Smash Bros, when your character is damaged in MultiVersus, this causes a number to increase next to the character’s name at the bottom of the screen. Different attacks increase this number by different amounts; the higher it is, the more your character is knocked back and stunned by attacks. When your damage percentage hits the mid or late hundreds, you’ll start to see yourself being thrown off-screen – but there’s a way to survive a high percentage and avoid cruising to your demise.

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How to Use Directional Influence to Survive

Players heavily damaged in MultiVersus have some influence on how they move when flying across the screen. Reacting fast enough during air time allows players to choose a direction for their trajectory; they can aim for a wall to stop their momentum, or simply aim for a spot that won’t mean certain doom. With enough practice, timing and the right direction can turn a likely death into a second chance, even if your fighter’s percentages are in the danger zone, glowing red.

To do this, you must first pay attention and react to the direction in which you have been thrown. After you take the hit and get airborne, hold the stick in the direction you want to travel.

It’s not as simple as holding the control stick in the opposite direction, like holding the control stick to the right if you were thrown to the left. You’re going to want to properly influence your trajectory in a way that allows the recoil to fade, then allowing you to point in that opposite direction. For example: if you are thrown straight left or right, you will most likely go straight into the blast area of ​​the wall and die. To survive this, hold down your control stick if you’re lower to the ground, or hold the stick down if you’ve been hit in the air. This can buy you some time while the knockback stun wears off. Once you survive, hold your stick in front of the attack that threw you and you should be able to get back on stage.

Batman, Harley Quinn, Jake the Dog and Arya Stark face off in a MultiVersus screenshot

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Other uses of directional influence

Like its platform fighter sibling Smash Bros, Multiverse also has other forms and uses of directional influence. The combo directional influence is the one you will use as much as the recoil influence. This involves moving the control stick in a certain direction to evade combos. Many times you’ll use it in tandem with the directional influence of knockback to survive as long as possible instead of losing early lives to combos that ignore directional influence.

As with Smash, the directional influence of the combo you want to go for will vary from combo to combo. However, the proven formula that can save you from many situations – especially in this very early beta meta – is to simply stand clear of your attacker. This will slowly get you out of the attacker’s assault, especially if it’s a simple hit combo.

Directional Influence is one of your main defensive mechanics in platform fighters, and this holds true in MultiVersus. If you master it, you’ll quickly notice that you’re doing a lot more surviving than exploding. Sometimes well beyond the 100% mark.

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