Preparation is a basic Defence ability that requires a shield to use. When activated, each attack the player receives within the next ten seconds reduces the remaining cooldown of Resonance by three seconds. Like all shield abilities, if the shield is taken off while Preparation is still active, the effect will be cancelled. Hard, typeless hits do not contribute to Preparation reducing Resonance's cooldown.
- Preparation used to have a cooldown time of five seconds. This was later changed to 20 seconds, making it much less effective.