Crafting and upgrading gear in Like A Dragon: Ishin is the best way to get your hands on some of Japan’s most valuable weapons. Besides the inherently strong attack ratings that many weapons have, the best option uses seals, which are perks that enhance the abilities of a weapon or piece of armor.
Seals are rare items that are most often obtained by farming rare enemies such as Golden Sneaks. Or, if you’re lucky, you may find a random Sigil from a bandit roaming the map.
10 Kiwami Seals
Kiwami Seals work much like the Kiwami hammers used to craft the highest quality equipment, in that they are very limited. You can get a few of these seals with the Digital Deluxe Edition, but once you’ve exhausted the limited number available, you can only get them via microtransactions.
This seal is not required to level up other seals, but guarantees that the potency of that seal is increased by one level. Each seal has a Bronze, Silver, and Gold tier, with the latter offering the most powerful bonuses. meIf you don’t have a Kiwami Seal, you’ll need to use another copy of the same Seal you want to enhance to upgrade your rank.
9 Old Seal: Fighting Spirit
If you’re not sure which seal to use and simply want a generic option, the fighting spirit seal should prove to be of great value in a variety of builds. fighting spirit Charge Heat by 3, 5 or 7% depending on your upgrade level..
The hit action is a very powerful finisher that can deal a lot of damage with the press of a button. These QuickTime Events (QTEs) give you a chance to further increase your damage by pressing the right button.
8 Spherical Seal: Crush
Crush Seal is an excellent option for late game katana builds, especially if you want to chain attacks to do more damage. Each attack has a 10%, 12% or 14% chance of breaking an enemy’s defense.
Blocking is a very useful maneuver as it prevents further damage to your opponent and gives you a chance to block, parry, or counterattack. Crush allows you to break through desperate attempts to stop the bleeding and instead continue to damage the enemy’s HP bar.
7 Sphere Seal: Fierce Strike
An older cousin of the regular Attack Seal, this upgraded version is even better because it has a higher percentage boost. Furious Strike gives the weapon an additional 3, 6 or 9% that counts directly in Attack Rating. The number marked on the weapon.
Using this seal will increase your overall Damage Per Second (DPS) without any stipulations or downsides. Despite its simplicity, there’s always a place in your arsenal for higher damage and this seal won’t disappoint.
This is a fantastic all-around option if you need something to complete your build.
6 Square Seal: Reversal
Like other Square Seals, Reversal is only used to upgrade armor, not weapons. Reversal is by far the best armor-enhanced seal. Can reflect 3, 4 or 5% of all damage taken from an attacker..
Visually, this effect can be difficult to notice as the enemy staggers or doesn’t react very much to damage, but keep an eye out for the little white numbers that appear when hit. This is because the reflected damage value is displayed. when they harm your enemies. You certainly don’t want to get hit and run around, but it’s good to know that mistakes aren’t punished too harshly.
5 Sphere Seal: Element
Arguably one of the best damage increasing seals available, the Elements Seal Increases elemental damage by 25, 50 or 75%. Elemental weapons like Okanehira and Thunderstop can do wonders with this seal, as they almost double the damage of a given element.
With a second Elements Seal, the damage bonus can be stacked multiple times, allowing for very efficient damage dealing potential. Some weapons, like the Blade Of The Shogun and Futsu-no-Mitama, have Elements Seals inherent in their katanas, so you don’t even need to add them yourself.
However, if you want to lean into elemental damage, don’t be shy about adding an extra elemental seal to your weapon.
4 Gun seal: double shot
The Gunman style, when properly configured, provides the most efficient DPS to take out the toughest bosses when dealing dozens of rounds of damage at a time. The best way to increase this damage is Double Shot Seal with a 10%, 15% or 20% chance to fire an extra bullet each time the trigger is pulled.
A very high chance to double your damage without changing your playstyle at all is very useful and will change the way you view this fighting style. You can choose to do damage via elemental bullets, but it takes a lot of crafting to maintain your ammo supply.
Repeated shots with double rounds are probably the most reliable way to attack, as regular shots don’t require ammo.
three Spherical Seal: Enchantment
The Bewitched Seal is a very powerful upgrade that gives you essential tools to capture the arena. Each hit with your weapon restores HP based on the damage dealt to the opponent. Bewitched Seals can provide 4, 6 or 8% HP per hit..
The effect scales with a fraction of the damage, so if you inflict massive pain on your opponent, you’ll be rewarded with HP proportionally. This is very valuable because in the arena you have to fight against multiple opponents without rest or healing methods, and regenerating health while attacking is your only means of survival.
2 Spherical Seal: Pierce
Pierce Seal narrowly misses the pinnacle of Seal supremacy, but still has a legitimate claim to being the most useful Seal in general play. Piercing will deal 10%, 15% or 20% more damage to armored enemies than normal..
Given the way armor works, this effect essentially completely negates any challenge from armored enemies. The silver HP bar on armored enemies was meant to double their effective health, but this perk completely negates the effect of armor, essentially rendering the mechanic meaningless if you’re using a piercing seal.
However, another effect offers far more value than this incredible enhancement.
One Old Seal: Greed
All seal effects can be used for some effects, but the most important step to using these powerful seals is to acquire them first. Seals are very rare drops, so finding all of them will take time, not to mention having to acquire replicas to upgrade your seal tier.
Greed helps this, increasing all enemies’ item drop rates by 1, 2, or 3%.. These numbers look small, but stacking Greed Seals can help make the drops more noticeable.
If you want to grow Golden Sneaks, I recommend using a weapon with Greed to defeat them. Remember: you must defeat the enemy Greed uses equipped weapons. If you use Wild Dancer and have a katana with Greed, but no pistol, the Greed effect only applies to katana kills.
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