Square Off

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This Skill starts with a horizontal sword stance.
Slash up through enemy guards with a normal attack, or run and
thrust with a strong attack.

Square Off is a Skill in Elden Ring. Square Off is a regular skill that can be found in Ashes of War and applied to compatible weapons.

 

How to get Square Off in Elden Ring

 

Elden Ring Square Off Guide, Notes & Tips

  • This is an Ash of War Skill, associated with the Ash of War: Square Off.
  • FP Cost: 8 / 12
  • This Skill is not Chargeable
  • Upon activation, the user will hold their armament (weapon) in a horizontal sword stance. 
    • This does not cost FP
    • The user must keep holding the Weapon Skill button to mantain this stance.
    • Stamina regeneration is reduced by approximately 80% while this stance is active.
  • Inputting a light attack while in the stance will cause your character to do a upward swing in front of them.
    • This attack inflicts a large amount of stance damage (30), and heavily damages stamina to enemies that are blocking, usually breaking their guard.
      • The attack is effective at making blocking enemies susceptible to guard breaks. The player can capitalize on this with different talisman loadouts if they wish.

  • Inputting a heavy attack while in the stance will cause your character to do a running forward thrust in a single direction.
    • This attack deals a considerable amount of damage, almost equivalent to two heavy attacks while two handing from the same weapon.
      • Be wary of the windup and tracking, as it can be hard to land to enemies extremely close to you. The player does not stop moving until the actual thrust is made.
    • The attack also heavily damages stance(40), making stance breaking enemies extremely easy and effective.
    • As it counts as a thrust attack, this attack benefits from the Spear Talisman.
    • This can also catch people rolling away after a riposte if timed well in PVP.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Square Off Demonstration

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      This and flame of the redmanes are the best ashes of war to break poise, bothe dealing 29 poise damage. If you use the poise breaking crystal tear both will deal 38 poise damage, that's the biggest poise damage currently available in the game. It's great for stunlocking bosses and swapping to a misericorde for highest crit damage possible. Really really good and satisfying to use.

      • Anonymous

        I saw a dude swinging the Banished Knight sword with this ash, I thought it might have been a stealth buff but sadly I think he was just cheating

        • Anonymous

          I wish this could be used on greatswords.. I wanted to put it on the flamberge. Flamberge has square off in ds3 :(

          • Anonymous

            For inexperienced Tarnished new to weapon Skills, Square Off is a fine introduction to the system, both in basic mechanics and in how disgustingly strong the vast majority of them are. Like most Skills, Square Off deals more damage than even a mighty critical riposte or backstab, while simultaneously being far less time and resource-intensive to pull off. There is little reason not to throw out this move again and again in place of normal attacks, if you have the ability to get away with it.

            As for comparing this Skill to others in its class, Square Off is tied with Kick for having the strongest poise damage of any attack. It excels at interrupting foes out of attacks, and can slot itself right at home in any warrior's arsenal.
            — Courh the Explorer

            • Does anyone else think maybe this is a reference: You find the ashe of war right next to a hill looking at a waterfall. This could be a reference to many "sword training" montagues in movies where the character takes the stance. I believe Highlander was the movie that popularized the trope?

              • Anonymous

                A fantastic skill, and a sleeper for sure. With how strong it is, it might actually be a good thing it isn’t on a greatsword, for instance. The damage to posture is immense, and the lunge range on the R2 follow up is further than you’d normally expect.

                • Anonymous

                  Imo, sleeper amazing AoW for PVP. Both R1/R2 do surprisingly high poise and fatigue damage. R2 works well like a mini Giant's Hunt, hits nearly as hard and can roll catch with it. R1 hits decently hard and comes out fast.

                  -You can also dodge and backstep out of stance while holding down L2
                  -Benefits from Shard of Alexander and Spear Talisman
                  -Does NOT benefit from Axe Talisman

                  • Anonymous

                    This ashe of war has really amazing stance damage and damage on its heavy attack, the light attack is amazing against guarding ennemies. You can easily stance break large ennemies and bosses in 2 heavy, its really nice.

                    • Anonymous

                      This deals so much posture damage that I am afraid of what would came off if it could be used by heavier weapon types

                      • Anonymous

                        The heavy attack from using this ash knocks rune bears down in 2 hits and dragons in 3. For instance humble straight sword it's pretty good. It is also good at knocking off mounted units.

                        • Anonymous

                          This AoW is pretty good for early game, I managed to destroy the Warden Duelist in Murkwater with no upgrades on my broadsword and any stat investment because of this AoW, the Heavy Thrust Attack covers a good distance and has a lot of poise damage.

                          • Anonymous

                            Opinions re: Square Off vs. Flame of the Redmanes for breaking stance? Compared to Square Off R2, FotR deals the same poise damage, only costs 2 more FP, and is much easier to land. I think Square Off R2 comes out quicker but does that outweigh the advantages of FotR?

                            • Anonymous

                              Regular R1s for weak enemies, weapon art R1s for stance break, weapon art R2 for a surprisingly good range roll catch and/or stagger... this ash of war makes the straight sword the best weapon class in the game as long as you have FP. Most versatility of any weapon and damage and stagger that rival even colossals.

                              • Anonymous

                                I liked this ash of war, but it's sadly locked to straight swords - personally feel if this ash of war was available for other weapon types, they'd open up some interesting builds for PVE/PVP.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Does anyone know if it can do stamina damage to the great fingerprint shield when used with the guard-boosting talisman?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Heavy attack does far more posture damage than i thought. Two of these as a starting vagabond's unupgraded longsword will stagger the tree sentinel.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Underrated ability for PVP, overshadowed by all the crazy weapon arts and bleed builds right now. Really easy to catch people off guard with this and it's a massive nuke on an otherwise fairly fast weapon. It can even trade with some things very well.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Underrated ability for PVP, overshadowed by all the crazy weapon arts and bleed builds right now. Really easy to catch people off guard with this and it's a massive nuke on an otherwise fairly fast weapon. It can even trade with some things very well.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          The R2 on this absolutely SHREDS enemies' posture. Even bosses. Makes my Longsword feel like a greathammer

                                          • On early-game weapons like the "Lordsworn's Straight Sword", which has Square Off by default (and) 110 Critical for poise-broken stabs (and) an enjoyably flexible moveset, you'll be crushing poise like no tomorrow while flitting between the quick (light) AoE swipe, the long (heavy) precise thrust-poke, and everything inbetween, without forgetting the usual jumping attacks, good guard-counter swipes, and charged R2 lunges. A joy to play during the early game while working towards you weapons of choice.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              This skill was a HUGE letdown once I got the Ash of War version, the fact that it can be used on Greatswords was a HUGE blow to the skill (the Claymore and Flamberge had it in DS3), plus it's not the guaranteed PvE guard-break that it was in DS3.

                                              Part of the reason that I considered the Claymore the best general purpose Greatsword in DS3 was because it had the Stance Weapon Art, which is what Square-Off is.

                                              The fact that it's a Strait Sword exclusive skill was such a dumb idea when in the previous game it was also available on select Greatswords as well.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                What is the best sword to have with square off? I dont wanna commit to leveling up lordsworns straight sword if there is one that is better.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  The reason, no matter the effort, I can't pick another weapon over the longsword since DS3. From breaking the guard of a shield user to closing the gap, nothing beats the versatility of this skill. Does good damage, too.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    The heavy attack from the Square Off stance is an excellent boss-fighting skill. It does an incredible amount of additional damage. It's also effective at damaging enemy poise. This skill carried me through Margit by not only being the single most damaging attack in my arsenal, but also breaking his poise several times, setting up several critical attacks.
                                                    I pretty much use it all the time now. It was particularly useful in Stormveil Castle against Banished Knights where you can use its reach and heavy damage to deal with them safely.

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