Combat in Elden Ring is the main way you interact with the world around you. You will face many challenging fights as you journey through the Lands Between, but you'll also have all the tools you need to triumph.
Elden Ring Combat
Attacking in Elden Ring
Melee attacks are the bread and butter of Elden Ring combat for all but the most dedicated spellcaster classes. Choose from a huge variety of weapons, each with its own characteristics and style of play, and go toe-to-toe with the fiercest warriors who dwell in the Lands Between. Two-hand your weapon for extra strength or wield two weapons of the same type for special power attacks.
Magic in Elden Ring
Magic flows through the Lands Between, ready to be wielded by those who seek to become Elden Lord. Tarnished of great Intelligence can equip a Glintstone Staff to cast Sorceries, while the Faithful use Sacred Seals to cast Incantations. Spells can have any manner of effects: most damage enemies, but they can also increase your power, heal you, or grant special boons and abilities. Choose carefully which spells you want to memorize when resting at a Site of Grace to give yourself the power and flexibility you need.
Skills in Elden Ring
Every weapon in Elden Ring has a special skill you can use. Many of these skills are special attacks, although some can help you endure hits, do a special dodge, or power you up in various ways. In addition, you can use Ashes of War that you find throughout the Lands Between to change many weapons' skills. Mix and match to find the perfect build for you!
Jumping in Elden Ring
Elden Ring's jump button isn't just for exploring the world, it also adds an extra layer of play to combat. Powerful jump attacks allow you to close distance and do large amounts of stance damage. You can also use jumps to dodge low-to-the-ground attacks—your legs and torso are invulnerable most of the time you're in the air. Be careful, though: if you get hit while you're in the air, you'll be sent sprawling!
Summoning Spirits in Elden Ring
Throughout your journey you will come across the ashes of spirits which you can summon to aid you in battle. These spirits usually take the form enemies that you can find and defeat in the Lands Between. You'll meet a fellow Tarnished who can improve your spirits, and with her help they can become powerful enough to accompany you in even your most fearsome challenges.
Guarding (Blocking) in Elden Ring
Equip a Shield and bring up your guard to block incoming attacks. How much damage gets blocked depends on your shield's stats, but with a little determination you can find a shield that will protect you at least from all incoming Physical Damage. Be careful, though: each attack you block will consume some Stamina, and if you run out you'll be rendered immobile and vulnerable for a few precious seconds.
Dodging in Elden Ring
The best way to survive combat is not to get hit. Dodge roll in any direction to get out of the way of danger, or use your brief invulnerability while rolling to dodge straight through oncoming attacks and set yourself up to punish the attacker for daring to think they could hurt you. Beyond the humble dodge roll, Elden Ring features a number of additional ways to avoid attacks, including jumping over them and using special skills.
Note: Since Patch 1.06, rolling distance when the player has a light equip load has been increased.
Parrying in Elden Ring
With an appropriate Skill, you can parry incoming attacks, canceling them entirely, and making your enemy vulnerable to a critical hit. Unlike in previous Souls games, some bosses in Elden Ring must be parried multiple times in order to land a single critical hit. However, there are a great variety of different parry skills that can be used to improve your parrying, allowing you to parry at a distance or even to parry spells.
Stealth in Elden Ring
Not every encounter needs to be approached head-on. Elden Ring's stealth mechanics allow you to sneak around fights you may want to avoid. Crouch low to the ground to reduce your noise, hide in tall grass or behind large objects to remain unseen, and discover spells, skills, and equipment throughout the Lands Between to keep your presence concealed. When you're ready to reveal yourself, get behind an unsuspecting enemy to deliver a powerful critical hit. You'll always get a damage boost against enemies who don't know you're there!