By pressing the triangle button, the active character will take up a defensive stance, allowing him or her to reduce damage and avoid knockback from enemy attacks.
By pressing the guard button just as an enemy attack hits, you can execute a Flash Guard. A successful Flash Guard negates all damage the attack would have dealt, and temporarily makes all attacks from the player character deal critical damage and earn additional Skill Points. Mastering the Flash Guard is a must for advanced players, and is the key to surviving at higher difficulties.
By pressing the X button, players can roll forward to avoid enemy attacks and facilitate quicker movement on field maps. Knowing when to evade and when to guard is a key skill for surviving boss battles.
By evading just as an enemy attack hits, you can execute a Flash Move. A successful Flash Move negates all damage the attack would have dealt, in addition to making the party invincible for a short time and temporarily slowing enemy movements significantly. When used effectively, the Flash Move has tremendous offensive and defensive value alike.