MultiVersus, a character brawler, takes its inspiration from Super Smash Bros. in many ways. Even casual players may recognize the Smash Bros. mechanic of directional influence, which allows for the person getting hit to control the direction in which their character sails across the screen. A simplified version appears in Multiversus, called knockback influence. It allows players to survive potentially fatal hits, and this guide will show you why knockback influence is important.
[Ed. note: MultiVersus has also developed a knockback influence tutorial, but it appears to be glitched at the time of its release. Some players have pressed the PlayStation or Xbox home key in addition to the directional stick movements indicated. This worked on PC. The rest of our guide explains how to effectively utilize knockback influence.
When your character is damaged in MultiVersus, a number will appear next to the character's name at the bottom of the screen, causing the number to increase in different amounts; the higher your character gets thrown back and stunned by attacks. There is a way to outlast a large percentage and avoid becoming immortal.
How to use directional influence to survive
Heavily damaged players in MultiVersus have some control over how they move during their flight across the screen. They can aim at a wall to hold their momentum, or aim toward a spot that will not spell certain doom with enough practice. Even if your fighters percentage numbers are in the danger zone, they will give you a second chance.
To do this, you must first pay attention and react to what direction youve been sent in. After receiving the hit and being sent flying, hold the control stick in the direction you would like to go.
Holding the control stick in the opposite direction isnt as easy as launching it directly to the left. This will most likely save you some time in the event that you get hit in the air. For example, if youre launched directly to the left or right, you will most likely go straight into the wall blast zone and die. Hold your control stick in the opposite direction until the knockbacks wear off.
Other uses of directional influence
Multiversus, unlike its sister platform fighter Smash Bros, has other directional influences as well. One youll find yourself using as much as knockback influence is combo directional influence. This involves moving the control stick in a certain direction to avoid combos. Many times youll be using this in conjunction with knockback directional influence to survive as long as possible.
The direction you want to go for in a combo will vary from combo to combo. However, the proven method that may save you from many situations especially in this very early beta meta is to simply stay away from your attacker. This will slowly remove you from the attackers' assault.
In platform fighters, directional influence is one of your most important defensive mechanisms, and that applies to MultiVersus. If you master it, you'll quickly notice yourself doing a lot more surviving than exploding. Sometimes well beyond the 100% mark.