Stamina is everything in combat, and determines how much action you can take. There is strategy involved in every second of gameplay: do you go wild and slam the opponent with everything you have? The more you spend in rapid succession the more chance you have for a critical strike, but if the enemy survives, you may not have enough stamina to protect yourself when he counters. Do you chain together light attack combos or hurl yourself into one decisive power attack? Don’t spend too long thinking about it, because this monster won’t hesitate to chomp on you.