Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 is an action RPG where players explore field areas and dungeons, and engage in 2D side-scrolling combat sequences during random and boss enemy encounters. The player becomes an Edge Fencer capable of crafting weapons and summoning one of four Guardian Beasts chosen at the beginning of the game which will serve as their companion for the entire journey.
Weapon crafting is an essential portion of the game, as it is the only means by which the player acquires weapons, divided into five categories: swords, spears, axes, knuckles and drills. Mysterious shapestones serve as the base for the weapons, after which materials gathered from field exploration and enemy encounters are added to determine the exact weapon produced.
The player can carry three weapons into combat, and each of the five types has their own attacks and techniques which the player executes in real-time along with other actions like moving and jumping. Each weapon has its own durability, which decreases on use; players must attack wisely and frequently switch weapons to be prevent them from breaking at crucial moments. Players may also call upon their Guardian Beast during combat for a variety of skill or spells effects, or team up with them to activate the powerful Mono Shift transformation skill.
This game is also known as Summon Night: Craft Sword Monogatari 2 in Japan.