About Guard Counters

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Information about guard counters

About Guard Counters is an Info Item in Elden Ring. Tutorial items provide information about how to add Skills to your WeaponsCrafting advices, Combat tips, and more. They can be obtained through exploration and looting, dropped by specific Enemies or Bosses, or purchased from NPCs.

See Guard Counters for detailed information about how to use guard counters.

 

Where to find About Guard Counters in Elden Ring

  • Automatically added to inventory after concept introduction.

 

Elden Ring About Guard Counters Tutorial Guide

  • You can perform a counterattack immediately after blocking an enemy attack.
  • Guard counters make it easy to break an enemy's stance.

 

Elden Ring About Guard Counters Notes & Tips

  • You can hold up to 1 About Guard Counters.
  • You cannot store About Guard Counters.
  • You cannot sell About Guard Counters.

 

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    • Anonymous

      The fact that both basic axe and hammer guard counters (as well as normal R1s) and can miss enemies at point blank range, yet straight-swords don't have this problem at all, leads me to believe that the devs only test the game with straight-swords. It's been multiple patches, yet this problem persists. Regular axes and hammers don't have enough going for them to justify these weaknesses.

      • For PvP, Straight Swords (and torches since they share the same guard counter for some reason), Curved Swords and Daggers are fast enough to be used against big slow weapons like colossal crouch pokes. Fists and claws are also fast enough but there's not much of a reason to use those with a shield and they have abysmal blocking by themselves. Most other weapons are too slow on guard counters to effectively use but thrusting swords, small/medium shields, whips, hammers, axes, katanas, and great spears (which have strangely faster guard counters than regular spears) are probably the next best weapons to use.

        • Anonymous

          Took me 100+ hours to realize you can use guard counters while two-hand blocking with a weapon, you don't need a shield.

          • Anonymous

            doing a shield only build. would the best mainhand be the shield with the quickest guard counter that also provides the most stagger and damage?
            if so anyone know what shield would be best?

            • Anonymous

              These may have hyper armor with two handed weapons. Only 48 poise but I just poised through katana double slash with my two handed guard counter on partisan. Might be a very tight window. Further testing needed.

              • Anonymous

                Please drop the loud, damn ping every time I try to catch someone at the end of their spam. Why do I have to take the time to learn my opponent's attack pattern, what spells they're using, but they get a foghorn warning when I try out mine.

                • Anonymous

                  It would be great if guard counters would also deal bonus damage/status effects buildup depending on the shields infusion.
                  IMO could make shield infusions more viable and maybe even yield some interesting build ideas.

                  • Anonymous

                    You have to block the attack then, right after the block, press the RT/R2 button (strong attack button) to do the guard counter. Not blocking button after blocking.

                    • Anonymous

                      You have to block the attack then, right after the block, press the RT/R2 button (strong attack button) to do the guard counter. Not blocking button after blocking.

                      • Anonymous

                        You have to block the attack then, right after the block, press the RT/R2 button (strong attack button) to do the guard counter. Not blocking button after blocking.

                        • Anonymous

                          You have to block the attack then, right after the block, press the RT/R2 button (strong attack button) to do the guard counter. Not blocking button after blocking.

                          • Anonymous

                            You have to block the attack then, right after the block, press the RT/R2 button (strong attack button) to do the guard counter. Not blocking button after blocking.

                            • Anonymous

                              You have to block the attack then, right after the block, press the RT/R2 button (strong attack button) to do the guard counter. Not blocking button after blocking.

                              • Anonymous

                                You have to block the attack then, right after the block, press the RT/R2 button (strong attack button) to do the guard counter. Not blocking button after blocking.

                                • Anonymous

                                  You have to block the attack then, right after the block, press the RT/R2 button (strong attack button) to do the guard counter. Not blocking button after blocking.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Bad description on Guide part, to do Guard Counter:

                                    1. Hold block and takes the blows
                                    2. Immediately press Heavy attack button after enemy weapon struck the shield
                                    3. You will hear a ding sound and counterattack begins.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      This mechanic seems really broken. Why would you ever try to parry when you can get an easier riposte while your enemy is still in recovery frames after attacking? You could literally just do this over and over again with each attack until the enemy is dead right? Am I missing something lol

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