How to Use Heatwave Final Fantasy 16

If you don’t know how to use Heatwave in Final Fantasy 16, you’ve come to the right place. This ability can be very useful when handled properly, allowing you to deliver some devastating blows while protecting yourself from magic. In this guide, we are going to explain how to unlock the Heatwave Ability in FF16, how to equip it, and what the best way to use it is.

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how to use heatwave final fantasy 16
How to Use Heatwave Final Fantasy 16

How to Use Heatwave in FF16 – Final Fantasy XVI

To use the Heatwave Ability in Final Fantasy 16 or FF16, you first need to unlock it. This shouldn’t be that much of a problem, since it’s costs only 160 Ability Points. You will find it in the Phoenix ability tree, as shown in the screenshot above. The next step is to actually equip Heatwave. Remember, you can only have two slots per Eikon, three if you count the default one. So, tab over to Gear and Eikons, then place Heatwave into one of the slots. Once that’s done, all you need to do is press and hold R2, then hit the button corresponding to the slot you’ve placed Heatwave in. You can do it at any time, but proper timing can be pretty important. Why? Well, let’s talk about it, shall we?

The ideal moment to use the Heatwave Ability in FF16 or Final Fantasy 16 is when an enemy throws a magic attack at you. The description of Heatwave describes it as “a projectile-dispelling wall of liquid flame” which then launches “several deadly shockwaves.” The wave force becomes more powerful after dispelling magic. That’s why it’s better to use Heatwave as a counter of sorts. When an enemy casts a spell at you, respond with the ability to both avoid getting hit and deal more damage. Again, Heatwave can be used at any moment, but for optimal effect, use it defensively rather than offensively. For more info on abilities in general, check out our Final Fantasy 16 Best Abilities guide.

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