Elden Ring is more approachable than Dark Souls in many ways, but not when it comes to parrying.
Parrying in any Souls game is not an easy thing to do. Precise timing is needed to ward off attacks making it a high-risk, high reward manoeuvre. Still, it’s the tactic of choice for many brave Souls fans. But if you’re having problems with parrying enemies in The Lands Between, you’re certainly not alone. Since the launch of Elden Ring, players, new and old, have been having difficulty pulling off the move. Comparing the parry system in Elden Ring to the one in Dark Souls 3, one fan has proven that it’s much less forgiving in From Software’s latest.
In a video on Elden Ring’s subreddit (opens in new tab), user YoruTsubasa explains that the move is more challenging to do in Elden Ring than it is in Dark Souls 3 for two reasons. Firstly, the timing for a parry in Dark Souls 3 is later, meaning you’ll have to be much more speedy if you want to pull it off successfully in Elden Ring. As the footage demonstrates, what would be a perfectly timed parry in Dark Souls 3 is too late in Elden Ring, so all that previous experience of From Software games isn’t necessarily an advantage here.
The second reason has to do with range. In Elden Ring, you have to be close enough to, as YoruTsubasa puts it, “to smell their stinky breath”, whereas parrying in Dark Souls 3 can be done from much further away.
Parrying in Elden Ring is undoubtedly tricky to master, but manage to do so, and you can make your quest to become Elden Lord a whole lot easier.
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