She narrowly saved Kirito from Kuradeel, who had betrayed them midway through the trip, but was unable to bring herself to kill the man, despite all of her anger towards him for nearly killing someone she cared a great deal about.
Kirito alone climbed the stairs to the and, after reaching the top, Asuna came up behind him to speak with him briefly.
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Thus, she agreed to resume practicing player versus player combat in the morning before they proceeded any further with clearing the 6 th Floor.
As twilight approached, Asuna remembered how serious Kirito had looked while recounting the player killing on the 5 th Floor in the beta test, and thus she decided to request him to teach her the basics of player versus player combat.
Gently questioning her, they learned that the victim, named Kains, was one of her former guildmates who had had dinner with her just before his death.
They were stalled by a group of when they suddenly heard screams.
Around the end of February 2024, Asuna and the other Clearers spent a week attempting to determine a way to circumvent the , the Field Boss of the 56 th Floor blocking the path to the local Labyrinth, as frontal attacks against it were ineffective, while its position prevented flanking the monster.