Guide to Special Attacks
While jumping, press [R1/RB] / [R2/RT] to perform a jump attack. The jump attack can easily break the enemy’s stance, and you can also aim to make a mounted enemy fall.
While falling, press [R1/RB] / [R2/RT] to attack enemies from above.
While going up or down a ladder, press [R1/RB] to attack the enemies above you, and [R2/RT] to attack the enemies below you.
Pressing the [R2/RT] button immediately after guarding against an enemy attack will create a guard counterattack that can easily break the enemy’s stance.
Pressing the [L1/LB] button when both hands are equipped with a weapon of the same category will trigger a special attack.
A critical hit is an attack that causes massive damage to the enemy. Pressing the [R1/RB] button after parrying, when behind an enemy, or against a fallen enemy will cause a critical hit. Some enemies can’t be parried, and some enemies can’t be struck with a critical hit even if you are behind them.
Using Magic and Incantations
If you want to use magic or incantations, you need to equip the corresponding catalyst (staff or seal). You will also need to have FP to use them. After selecting the magic or incantation you want to use by pressing the ↑ key, press the [R1/RB] button (right-hand equipped) or [L1/LB] button (left-hand equipped) to use it.
The magic/incantations you obtain can be used by memorizing them at a site of grace via the Memorize Spell option.
Attacking with a Bow Weapon
Bow weapons can be used when equipped with arrows and bolts. There are two types of bow weapons — bows and crossbows — and each has a specific type of arrow that can be used.
When two types of arrows or bolts are equipped, press [R1/RB] to shoot the arrow equipped to the first slot, and [R2/RT] to shoot the arrow equipped to the second one.
Press the [L1/LB] button while holding the bow to enter precision aiming mode. While in precision aiming mode, use the ↑ key to zoom in and the down ↓ key to zoom out.
You can use the spectral steed whistle to summon a spectral steed. You cannot summon it in some areas or dungeons.
If the spectral steed dies, it can be summoned again by consuming a flask of crimson tears.
You can get down from a mount using the [L3/L] button or the spectral steed whistle while riding. If you do this while moving, you’ll be able to jump off.
The player moves in the direction you tilt the left stick. Tilt it slightly to walk, or tilt it fully to run.
Hold down the [⭘/B] button and tilt the left stick to dash.
Press the [✖/A] button to jump. Press the [✖/A] button twice to double jump.
Spirit Spring Jump
When on horseback near a spirit spring, press the [✖/A] button to ride its current high into the air.
You won’t take damage from jumping into a spirit spring while on horseback, even from a great height.