Waterfowl Dance

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Perform a series of one-footed leaps in the manner of a waterfowl to unleash a swift yet graceful slashing combo. Repeated inputs allow for up to two follow-up attacks

Waterfowl Dance is a Skill in Elden Ring. Waterfowl Dance is a Unique skill that is only available for the Hand of Malenia, and cannot be added to any other weapon by Ashes of War.

 

How to get Waterfowl Dance in Elden Ring

 

Elden Ring Waterfowl Dance Guide, Notes & Tips

  • This is a Unique Skill
  • FP Cost: 12 ( - 7)
  • This Skill is not Chargeable
  • On use, you hover in the air for a split second before dashing forward in a flurry. Repeat inputs of the weapon skill button extend the skill for up to three flurries total.
  • The skill can be extended while in midair, and its forward momentum for each flurry lets you cross gaps that you normally cannot jump over.
  • The wind-up animation for this skill can be interrupted.
  • The skill is parryable.
  • The repeated attacks from this skill do scale with Winged Sword Insignia, Rotten Winged Sword Insignia, and Millicent's Prosthesis, and trigger Godskin Swaddling Cloth.

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      What is the timing for the two follow up attacks? I haven't used it on any enemies yet but I have messed around with it to see if I like it. But I'm not seeing the same thing shown in this video clip. The part in the video where it shows the player leap and travel forward a second time I haven't been able to do that.

      • Anonymous

        First saw this being used by Millicent with her Shamshir in the Aeonian Swamp. Was disappointed to find out later that it was locked to Malenias Prosthetic Sword and that Millicients Shamshir was a inaccessible custom weapon.

        • Anonymous

          Giving this skill i-frames during the rise of the jump would make it a good counterattack, as it’s not much of an offensive WA given its poor poise and forward distance. It’s a small change, but it’d make weapon much more capable

          • Anonymous

            If this had I-frames during the jump, it would be a respectable counterattack. Not great as a offensive art, as it doesn’t have much poise or distance, but could make for a great counteroffensive with this small change

            • Anonymous

              Great skill! I'm really enjoying using it. It does NOT activate easy mode though, some enemies can dodge it and/or interrupt you. Its a lot of fun though and paired with Melanias armor set its kinda nice to cosplay as her :)

              • Anonymous

                If you use this you should stack a ton of poise, I'm talking like over 100. You can actually tank though some heavy hits during the startup.

                • Anonymous

                  This attack is a reference to Rei's technique from Fist of the North Star. Nanto Suichu-Ken ("Waterfowl Fist") was a series of graceful motions with mostly cutting attacks.

                  • Anonymous

                    Not sure why the last comment didn't get through, but as of V.1.04 This moved is bugged if using the ashes of war "Golden vow" or "Commanders standard: Rallying cry"

                    If you are expericing that your Waterfowl is doing close to no damage, this would be why.
                    Spells of Golden vow and Fire grant me strength still works with it.

                    • Anonymous

                      This is currently bugged as of 1.04 if you use Golden vow (ash of war) or Battle standard. Causes Waterfowl to do less damage than barehanded.

                      • Anonymous

                        dont be scared, if its close your attacks can easily knock the person out of the starting animation. (peeler running r2 does it easily) if its far, you either run away since it has really poor tracking, or punish with a spell to knock out of it

                        • is it just me who can't get the attack to extend? Doesn't matter if I press LB again or press RB, it will only do the ''default'' attack

                          • Millicent, when she invades you in the Caelid, has a weapon with the same attack, I couldn't figure out which it was tho. What I can say is that this weapon was definitely not the Hand of Malenia, maybe this could be a little hint that all weapon arts are/will be obtainable for all weapons (Maybe in a DLC), although I believe also they just gave her this because she's related to Malenia, idk.

                            • Anonymous

                              Fun Fact: In German it is called Dance of the cranes.
                              Quite Interesting when you consider how often Malenia stands on one leg and has the other bend like one.

                              • Anonymous

                                Everyone thinks this is op but in reality its easily countered/punished. The wind up and attacks have very low poise. A jumping r2 or a halberd r1 will usually always knock them out of it. Bloodhound step, raptor rise and some of the other mobility ashes of war can also do the trick. Its great for shredding brainless coop/gankers but anyone with pvp experience will make waterfowl useless

                                • Anonymous

                                  could i have this weapon art on my hand of malenia right hand, but have a sepukku uchi in my left and still use the weapon art?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Human hands aren't even physically capable of these moves. Malenia acts like she's soooo skilled. She has one attack, Waterfowl, that makes her OP, and she can only use it because she has a prosthetic hand.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Is it just me who thinks this WA needs a bit of nerf? Not in term of damage, but the FP cost. A lot of powerful spells or WA such as Unsheathe eats through FP, but this WA has so low FP cost and yet it has a massive amount of DPS. I know that its huge windup essentially meant that you become extremely susceptible to bosses' attacks while other players can run away unless cornered, but it doesn't deny the fact you could spam the WA. Just my opinion though, could be stupid.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Does anyone know what talismans and buffs (like wonderous physic) effect this? given the proximity to malenia both location and lore wise, and the fact that milicent herself uses Waterfowl dance, i want to beleive the talismans from milicents quest, the Rotten Winged Insignia (Greatly increases attack power with successive attacks) and Millicents Prothesis ( increases dex and increases attack power on successive attacks) work with with this Weapon Art. on that note, what about the wonderous physic flask that increases damage on successive attacks, and the one that increases stance breaking. can we assume that they work for this as well?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          This will get nerfed in the first round of rebalancing. WA is way too damaging, esp for PVP. If you get your target into a corner or a hallway or something where he doesn't have completely free movement to roll away, congratulations: you just got a free kill for holding down L2. Dude stunlocked me and one shot me, melting away 1,600 HP.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Pretty sure the name is a reference to Rei from Fist of The North Star, and his South Star Waterfowl Fist.

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