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Control schemes for all platforms for Dark Souls 2 are listed on this page. Click on the tabs to see the one you're interested in.

 

Controls Layout

 

Playstation 3
Xbox 360
PC

Playstation 3

  • Left Stick: Player Controls.
  • Right Stick: Camera Controls.
  • D-Pad: Selected Items and Equipment
    • Up: Cycle remembered spells.
    • Down: Cycle equipped items.
    • Left: Swap left hand weapon.
    • Right: Swap right hand weapon.
  • TRIANGLE:
    • Press to two-hand right hand weapon.
    • Hold down to two-hand left hand weapon.
    • Hold down with weapons of the same category; It will change your stance to dual wielding. (Only if you have 1.5x the strength/dexterity parameter requirement of each weapon)
  • CROSS (X): Action.
  • SQUARE: Use selected item.
  • CIRCLE:
    • Run: Left stick forward + hold Circle
    • Jump: Run forward + press L3 (PS3 has a setting in the Options menu where you can switch jumping to the circle button instead of the L3 button)
    • Backstep: Tap Circle
    • Slide down ladder: Hold down on the left stick, and hold Circle
    • Fast climb Ladder: Hold up on the left stick, hold Circle
    • Fall off ladder: Tap Circle
    • Roll: Left Stick Forward/Back/Right/Left + Tap Circle
  • R1 / L1 : Attack.(L1 Attacks when weapon is equipped in off-hand)
    • Forward + R1/L1: Guard Break.
    • While falling + R1/L1 Takedown.
    • Behind Foe + R1/L1 Backstab (must not be blocking).
    • Tap Circle + Double Tap R1/L1 : Dash Attack
  • R2 / L2 : Heavy Attack.
    • Forward + R2/L2: Jumping Attack.
  • R3: Target lock/release.
    • Swap target by moving the Right Stick. Move it in the direction of the preferred target, from its current position.
  • L1: Guard (shield), Attack (weapon, catalyst).
  • L2: Parry (small shield), Bash (large shield), Parry (weapon).
    • After successful Parry: R1 to riposte when enemy is on the ground.
  • L3:
    • Hold Circle + Left Stick + L3: Jump.
  • On ladder:
    • Slide down ladder: Hold down on the left stick, and hold down Circle
    • R1/R2: Upward attack.
    • L1/L2: Downward attack.
    • Hold Circle + Left stick: Climb faster.
  • Select: Gestures.
  • Start: Menu.

Xbox 360

  • Left Stick: Player Controls.
  • Right Stick: Camera Controls.
  • D-Pad: Selected Items and Equipment
    • Up: Cycle remembered spells.
    • Down: Cycle equipped items.
    • Left: Swap left hand weapon.
    • Right: Swap right hand weapon.
  • Y:
    • Press to two-hand right hand weapon.
    • Hold down to two-hand left hand weapon.
    • Hold down with weapons of the same category; It will change your stance to dual wielding. (Only if you have 1.5x the strength/dexterity parameter requirement of each weapon)
  • A: Action.
  • X: Use selected item.
  • B:
    • Run: Left stick forward + hold B
    • Jump: Run forward + press L3 (Xbox has a setting in the Options menu where you can switch jumping to the B button instead of the L3 button)
    • Backstep: Tap B
    • Slide down ladder: Hold down on the left stick, and hold B
    • Fast climb Ladder: Hold up on the left stick, hold B
    • Fall off ladder: Tap B
    • Roll: Left Stick Forward/Back/Right/Left + Tap B
  • RB: Attack.
    • Forward + RB: lunge guard break(can be used with any weapon)
    • While falling + RB: Takedown.
    • Behind Foe + RB: Backstab (weapon, must not be blocking when you press RB).
    • Tap B + Double Tap RB: Dash Attack
  • RT: Heavy Attack.
    • Forward + RT: Jumping Attack.
  • R3: Target lock/release.
    • Swap target by moving the Right Stick. Move it in the direction of the preferred target, from its current position.
  • LB: Guard (shield), Attack (weapon, catalyst).
  • LT: Parry (small shield), Bash (large shield), Parry (weapon).
    • After successful Parry: RB to riposte when enemy is on the ground.
  • L3:
    • Hold B + Left Stick + L3: Jump.
  • On ladder:
    • Slide down ladder: Hold down on the left stick, and hold down B
    • RB/RT: Upward attack.
    • LB/LT: Downward attack.
    • Hold B + Left stick: Climb faster.
  • Back: Gestures.
  • Start: Menu.

PC

  • W/A/S/D: Player Controls.
  • I/J/K/L: Camera Controls.
  • ↑/←/↓/→: Selected Items and Equipment.
    • Up: Cycle remembered spells
    • Down: Cycle equipped items.
    • Left: Swap left hand weapon.
    • Right: Swap right hand weapon.
  • LMB: Attack with left-hand weapon.
  • RMB: Attack with right-hand weapon.
  • Shift+LMB: Interact.
  • E: Use selected item.
  • Z: Toggle walk/run,
  • X: Toggle run/sprint.
  • Space: Sprint.
  • F: (While sprinting) Jump.
  • M: Toggle Block
  • O: Reset Camera/Target Lock/Release
  • N: Equiv to "Y" can press or hold.

 

Using a Controller on PC

If you are having a hard time getting your controller to work on Steam, you need to:

Go to Start menu/Control Panel/Device Manager
Open the Human Interface Device menu
Right click on any HID-compliant game controller and select Disable.
Re-start Dark Souls

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