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:

PS4
Xbox One
PC

 

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


Shortcuts

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

Actions
○ 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.
*credit to http://imgur.com/user/Spudzikka
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

 

 


 

Controls


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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

WASD Move
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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    • Anonymous

      Hello DS3 player, I am come to you for a little favour, and I will carry this message to everywhere in DS3 community.
      There is a glitch that allows you to summon white sign mad phantom in Gael’s Arena (Credit to Dashingsaint), if you keep Shira alived while she invade you (you can escape her simply sprint out her aggro range), you won’t trigger gael boss cutscene, and then you could put down you purple summon white sign or summon other white purple.
      Thus, a new fight club is founded, an arena in a long lost dessert under the sunset sky which sprinkle with fainted galaxy.
      If you’re watching this, kindly please help me share this and invite any ds3 enthusiast you known to this new fight club, your little effort would be much appreciated.
      SL25+2, SL40+4, SL60+6, SL72+8, SL90+10, SL125 Meta, SL 351++, all SL range are acceptable.
      Welcome to the Gael’s Sunset Arena, the most beautiful map in the entire series, the last arena at the End of World.
      I will await you there, in the End of the World, and we shall fight eternal, shiny and incandescence.
      LONG MAY THE DARK SOULS COMMUNITY LIVE

      • Anonymous

        is there any mod that allows me to use my additional mouse buttons? I have an 11 button mouse but I can only bind about 5 of them.

        • Anonymous

          okay, so i looked through the controls on PC, and tried them in game, but i cant do my second weapon art! i can do it on controller, but i really prefer keyboard. help!

          • Anonymous

            How do you switch menus on keyboard? Specifically I mean when you see people go directly from one armor slot to another without going out then back in.
            btw, you can press c to get rid of all the stuff on the right, you can press r to remove stuff quickly, and press f to change which info is being showed. Lastly if you press esc instead of q in any menu you will fully escape rather than just go back.

            • Anonymous

              Thank You! i had so much trouble with the controls as a PC player, and a noob to the DS series starting on 3

              • Anonymous

                This is actually pretty damn useful when considering how there is a lack of help in the game for a keyboard user...

                • Anonymous

                  My camera Just look left and right but i cant look down and up whit PC controller, i open the settings and i cange the y look on but nothing sorry i dont speak english Just a lite bit

                  • Anonymous

                    Alternatively, if you're like me and use keyboard but not mouse for the Dark Souls series, you can use weapon arts by: 1) Two-handing the weapon (right hand) 2) Tapping your LEFT-HAND WEAPON STRONG ATTACK KEY 3) Profit.

                    • Anonymous

                      How to make this game show PC buttons instead of xbox's?(e.g Press Space to roll instead of Press B to roll)

                      • Anonymous

                        For anyone wondering how to two-hand your off-hand weapon, just hold F or whatever you two-hand button is for couple seconds.

                        • Anonymous

                          What's the name of the attack you perform when pressing simultaneously Spacebar + LMB? (For right hand weapon)

                          • Anonymous

                            how do I know my controller is malfunctioning? After a hit I need 2sec to be able to run again. pressing the button as hard as I can...2secs. sometimes even longer. (enough stamina is there). It's a nightmare in pvp. Then I have troubles sometimes to get my shield up. And to keep it up. is this shieldspecific or is my L1 defect? The point is this is the 3rd(!) xbox360 controller. 1 and 2 were already broken and I thought this was finaly okay. Is it?

                            • Anonymous

                              Im using bananas on xbox 1 and when i open the game i get stuck on the title screen and none of the bananas work but in the home menu they do, help?

                              • Anonymous

                                On PS4 Target auto lock is on but not working I've verified in settings I want it. Anyone having same issue?

                                • Anonymous

                                  What the fuk is dash used for when the game is so fuk ed that when I run away I still get fuk in hit when there swing isn't near me

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Looking forward to the day when you would be able to bind your consumable on 1,2,3,4,5 etc... on keyboard...

                                    • Anonymous

                                      PC controls would normally indicate the use of a keyboard and mouse. It is absurd that you have to spam buttons to find out how to play a game.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        On PC how do you use the +10 function on sliders? Like in the character creation or while handling multiple items in the inventory, I can only move 1 unit a a time, it says "RB +10" and "LB-10" or something like that, but I haven't found a key to actually use that feature.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          In this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfoJkKp6YSI, the character moves to the side and backwards while continuing to face the boss. How do you do that? Whenever I move left, right or back, my character turns and is no longer facing the enemy.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I use anitech pc joystick not the xbox one but its look live PS joystick.
                                            I don't want to use keyboard&mouse, so how can I use joystick? how to setting?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              maestro,en la configuracion con teclado y mause!! si no quiero pelear con escudo y quiero atacar con 2 armas en las dos manos no se puede?en dark souls 2 se podia, porque aca no?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Hello!I start the game but I stuck on the "press any button" title menu I pushed the keyboard and the mouse even tried it with DS4 controller but can't pass the title menu.I get windows mouse cursor instead of the DS mouse cursor I just write this down because someone can help.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  In my human interface devices menu is only usb input device there is no HID-complitant game controller in the menu

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    If you're having trouble jumping with the K+M controls just rebind the key for Dash/Backstep/Roll to something different. Start moving in a particular direction, start dashing, and then press space to jump. That is how I have been doing it. I don't think you can jump unless you being the dash anyway.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I can think of very few games that have such convoluted and illogical controls. It's like the devs live in a parallel universe, where mineral-cows drive butter-coconuts and reality is backwards, and controls like these are OK. Oh, wait, this world exists, it's called Japan.

                                                      • ITs very possible and playable on mouse + K keyboard. I use it comfortably since dk1 but AHK i necessary for things like kick or jump attack. You switch items and for with CTRL/SHIFT + mouse whell up or down.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          i know how to parry but i see people/players with the most ridiculous three hit reposte. how do i perform that?

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Does anyone know how to switch between your 2 arrows and/or bolts inventory using K+M (default)? Also is there a way to cycle your target lock among different enemies easily? Right now I just keep pressing 'Q' and hope it locks on to the enemy I want but it's random and depends on camera and position...

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              hello I downloaded darksouls, but I don't have a controller, I said it's OK I can do it with keyboard, but in the darksouls, there's no "translation" from Xbox to keyboard only (X A Y B RB RT etc....) Only in the options, what is ehm...NOT PERFECT.when I try to change a key (jump is in the space,but the evade button aswell, soo I don't really jump in the game...) from space to tab it wont work..(tried it a lot of times,with different keys). But the biggest problem, is that I don't know how to equip items! I checked that little "translation" what the game gave, and pressed literally all possible key in all possible situation in the menu, and nothing happend .

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                i play on pc. somehow i made it so that both left shift and left contr does parry, i had both on weaopon art witch i prefer much more. how do i change back?

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Bonjour, voila etant donner que j'arriver pas a sauter avec mon clavier .. du a je ne sais quel bug .. j'ai essayer toute les touches pr faire sauter pas moyen .. pourant mon clavier et en parfaite etat de fonctionnement. j'ai voulu mettre le saut de mon personnage sur la souris ( pour essayer si sa marche , je devais absolument sauter dans le jeux) et sa a pas marcher... seulement maintenant je suis blocker.. j'ai plus de click gauche sur ma souris.. et pas moyen d'aller dans les paramettres du jeux car rien que pour aller dans "configuration" il faut un click gauche... .. voila l'histoire.. j'espere que cest pas grand chose. merci

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    "Parries are exclusive to small shields in left hand." - I was asking myself about this because i had a big shield and couldnt parry... lol

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      For some reason they have bound the jump key to the same key we use to dash. You need to be dashing in order to jump so the default for jumping is completely broken. I changed the key binding and moved my jump to the number 0 on the number pad, that way I can press w and hold the space bar down with my left hand and press 0 with my right when I need to jump. I hope this helps

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I use a keyboard and I can't jump no matter what I change the control to, it just won't register and I have no clue why. Stuck at the high wall of lothric and can't get any further as I think I need to jump somewhere

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Hi All, I found that running (holding Z) and pressing space you can jump. If you are not running, you will roll pressing space. Anyway, the first boss is killing me a lot...

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            why the ***** i can't jump?!, i mean cmon, at least put a message on startup that says "you can play on keyboard, but its very *****ty, buy a controller instead"

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I am playing with keyboard and mouse. At the beginning I could not jump or roll. After some tries this is what I understand:1) for jumping, move to any direction (with A-S-D-W) while pressing run (space), then when running unpress and press immediately space and you may get a jump.2)for rolling, you need to move to any direction (with A-S-D-W) and press space to get a rolling movement. You need to coordinate very well the order: first move and then without unpressing A-S-D-W, press space. At the beginning this was not straightforward for me, the rolling only happened in some cases, not every time I wanted. The explanation I have is that in some cases I unpressed A-S-D-W just before hitting space.

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