Controls in Dark Souls 3 are mostly the same as previous Souls games, with a few slight changed due to the Weapon Arts. The Controls for Dark Souls 3 as seen in the Network Test are seen below:

Xbox One


PS4 Controls go here

Movement and Camera Control

Left stick Move character
Right stick Move camera
R3 button Lock on/camera reset
Open Menus

Touch pad button

(Left) Open Gesture Menu
(Right) Open Start Menu

OPTIONS button

Open Start Menu
Right-hand Actions

Right-Hand Actions

R1 button Attack with right-hand weapon
R2 button Strong attack with right-hand

Left-hand Actions

L1 button Guard (when shield equipped)
Use magic (when sorcerer's staff or talisman equipped)
L2 button Use battle skill
L3 button Jump


Up Change magic
Down Change items
Right Change right-hand weapon
Left Change left-hand weapon

○ button Event action
△ button Switch between dual-hand/single-hand
□ button Use item
☓ button Backstep/dash/roll

Using Battle Skills
① Set the weapon equipped in your right hand to dual-hand mode.
② In dual-hand mode, press the L2 button to unleash the battle skill for your right-hand weapon.
Battle skills consume your magic/battle skill gauge.
If you've equipped the Kite Shield or Round Shield in your left hand, you can launch your right-hand weapon's battle skill with the L2 button without switching to dual-hand mode.
The above controls are for the Network Stress Test version and may change in the retail game.
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PC Controls
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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Above is the control layout for Dark Souls 3, as it was presented in Gamescom. The official screen showed an Xbox One/PC controller, so this custom piece is a PS4 approximation for the fans. We do not know if "Pause menu" actually means you could pause as this was disabled, it may simply be options. See the Wiki Article on Gestures and Weapon Arts for more information on those mechanics.
Please note that all control schemes are subject to change by the developer before release, and there may be specific control setup customization via in-game options.
Also for Asian users, Circle and X buttons are generally inverted.

  • L2 is “Arts/Parry.” You have two stances with your shield, offensive and defensive. Selecting offensive will cause you to use a battle art, rather than parry. From the loading screen:
  • Arts are unique to a weapon held in right hand or both hands. equip a kite round shield or wield two handed to perform arts. Some arts can be followed up with a special attack
  • Parries are exclusive to small shields in left hand. Follow up with RB for riposte critical


Keyboard + Mouse Controls

Left Click Normal Attack
Right Click Block
Shift + Left Click Strong Attack
W + Shift + Left Mouse Button (Need to be pressed simultaneously) Jump Attack
W + Left Mouse Button (Need to be pressed simultaneously) Kick (a.k.a. Guard Break)
Q Camera reset / Target lock
E Interact / Pickup
R Use Item
F Two-hand right weapon
Hold F Two-hand left weapon
Press and Hold (W, A, S, D, W+A, W+D, S+A or S+D) + Space Dodge
Press and Hold one of the directions and then Hold Space  Run
Press and Hold one of the directions + Hold Space + Press Space again Jump
Left Ctrl Parry / Weapon Art
Left Shift + Right Mouse Button Weapon Art
Left Alt Walk
Left Ctrl + Right Mouse Button + Left Mouse Button Bow Weapon Art with Zoom
Left Shift + Right Mouse Button + Left Mouse Button Bow Weapon Art without Zoom



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