While playing Like a Dragon: Ishin you may notice that some abilities are locked, and you might be wondering how to unlock these extra skills. Well, there are training dojos across Kyo that will train you, which in turn, unlocks said abilities. There is a dojo for each style, although Swordsman and Wild Dance are both trained by the same person. This page will guide you through every ability you can unlock for the Brawler Style.
Where to Find Brawler Training Dojo
This is the first Dojo you will most likely encounter, and it can be accessed after helping the Shinto Priest during Chapter 2. The Dojo you’re looking for is Komaki Dojo, and you can find it directly east of the Teradaya Inn. When you first approach it, you’ll get a short scene where the sensei is shouting at his student. This will be your introduction to the dojo and after the scene ends, you’ll be able to start training.
Brawler Training 1 - Dragonwing Sortie
The first ability you’ll learn is the special ability “Dragonwing Sortie”. One could say that this ability packs a punch (pun intended). When you have accumulated enough Heat (blue flames around you), hold / , and repeatedly press / () then unleash a Finishing Blow with / . The only downside to this attack is you have to be close to the enemy to perform it which can get you hit, especially in groups. This ability is automatically unlocked, and you won’t have to purchase it from the Ability Wheel.
Brawler Training 2 - Komaki Dharma Tumbler
This next ability is an extension to your regular dodge which allows you to roll away after evading. To do this, press / to evade like normal, then press / again during the dodge to roll away. If you add a direction to it with your left stick, you’ll roll in that direction. Once you complete the training, you’ll unlock the seal where you can find it in the northeast of the Ability Wheel.
Brawler Training 3 - Komaki Knock Back
Now you’ll get a counter ability where you’ll knock back the enemy after guarding. This ability is aptly named “Komaki Knock Back”. To perform this ability, hold / to Guard, and then just as the enemies attack hits your guard, quickly press / to repel the attack, and knock the enemy back. Once you’ve completed the training, you’ll unlock the seal on the Ability Wheel where you can find the seal in the southwest part of the wheel.
Brawler Training 4 - Komaki Evade and Strike
Another evasive ability this time. Komaki Evade and Strike allows you to attack an enemy during your evade which will move you nearer to the enemy. This is a great addition to the Brawler arsenal as it allows you to step away from danger, evade an attack, and get back in where you left off. To perform this ability, simply press / during an dodge. Once you’ve completed the training, the seal will get unlocked on the Ability Wheel where you can find it in the southwest section of the wheel.
Brawler Training 5 - Komaki Tiger Drop
Komaki Tiger Drop is a very potent ability once you get a hang of the timings. Performed by holding / , and pressing / you’ll need to time the counter just as you’re about to get attacked. This can be tricky at first, but once you master it, you’ll be using it all the time. Once you’ve completed the training, you’ll unlock the seal on the Ability Wheel where it can be found in the southeast section of the wheel.
Brawler Training 6 - Komaki Cat-Like Reflexes
This ability is sorely missed until you get it. Have you been stabbed, and have to wait on the floor for what seems like an eternity? Well, Komaki Cat-Like Reflexes saves you from that frustration as it’ll allow you to get back to your feet almost instantly. To perform this ability, simply press / just before you hit the ground. Once you’ve completed the training, you’ll unlock the seal on the Ability Wheel where it can be found in the southeast section of the wheel.
Brawler Training 7 - Komaki Shadow Bind
Another evasive ability, but this time it’ll end up in a grab. Evade an enemy attack with / then press / during the evade to latch on to the enemy and grab them. From here, you can either throw them on the floor/at another enemy, punch them a few times with / () or knock them down to the ground with / . Once you’ve completed the training, you’ll unlock the seal on the Ability Wheel where it can be found in the east section of the wheel.
Brawler Training 8 - Essence of Reverse Throw
Essence of Reverse Throw is your first proper parry ability, and it’s a good one at that. Press / just as the enemy is about to attack you to parry their blow, then press / to grab, and throw them away from you. This ability will only work with Heat. Once you’ve completed the training, you’ll unlock the seal on the Ability Wheel where it can be found in the northeast section of the wheel, near the center.
Brawler Training - To Become Stronger
This is a mastery that can only be achieved by reaching at least Rank 25 with the Brawler Style, and purchasing every Brawler ability. Once you have this, return to Komaki where you’ll need to defeat both him, and his student. Defeating them will increase the maximum level the Brawler Style can reach to 50 while also resetting the grid. You’ll keep everything you’ve earned, but when you use your orbs on it again, they’ll do increased damage.