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Shank 1 final boss "Cesar" headbutt combo strategy
By mxup
I had so much trouble finding the right controls to do the headbutt combo that I decided to record it when I found it. The info I found on the net was not helpful as it was contradictory and also talking about playstation/xbox controls which I did not have a clue what they signify (square triangle L1 anyone?). All console versions seem to indicate the button you have to press, while the PC version uses an icon (as you can bind the controls yourself, I guess).
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Shank 1 final boss "Cesar" headbutt combo strategy
I had so much trouble finding the right controls to do the headbutt combo that I decided to record it when I found it. The info I found on the net was not helpful as it was contradictory and also talking about playstation/xbox controls which I did not have a clue what they signify (square triangle L1 anyone?). All console versions seem to indicate the button you have to press, while the PC version uses an icon (as you can bind the controls yourself, I guess).

So here it goes:
1. do some damage until you get the icon. I usually let him engage, dodge past him and attack with the shanks in the back.
2. press the BLOCK button. yes, that's the key to success! :) It will perform a nice headbutt taking a rather big chunk out of Cesar's health. The success of the move seems to depend though on your position (=distance) to Cesar. Also, sometimes, he'll react right away, leaving no room to attack, and sometimes it will go in slow motion, no idea why.
3. (optionally) You can finish him in glory after the headbutt, by moving towards him right away and pressing the GRAPPLE button BEFORE Cesar lands on the ground. This will make Shank pick him up in the air and throw him in the ground.

Once you know it, defeating cesar is (almost) peanuts, on normal at least :)
6 Comments
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guillermosali Sep 28, 2013 @ 2:21pm 
Just use block key and rapidly press the grapple key
c44x-Coliber Jul 7, 2013 @ 6:10pm 
Thanks man, I was really confused about what button I should push, to do a combo.
Akarin~ Jun 27, 2013 @ 3:21pm 
Thank you for this, I just bought the game and not only did it allow me to actually beat Cesar, but it cleared up a mechanic I was encountering throughout the entire game.
Timewarp May 22, 2013 @ 2:07pm 
Oh... well that explains it. Haha. Thanks for the upload!
mxup  [author] Feb 8, 2013 @ 12:11pm 
you're welcome :)
Smashing Dashing Feb 7, 2013 @ 6:26pm 
This strategy works really well, especially on Hard Mode. I didn't know that one could grab Cesar after the headbutt! Thanks, mxup!