The Dark Souls Remastered Switch version has now finally launched, but parrying on the go can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. In this Dark Souls Remastered Parrying guide, we'll be walking you through how to parry in Dark Souls Remastered on Switch, so you can repel attacks in all forms, as easily as possible.
If you instead need help with anything else to do with Dark Souls, you’ve come to the right place. Head over to our complete Dark Souls Remastered guides hub for information on how to get to grips with the full combat mechanics of the game, as well as how to save using the Bonfire system.
How to Parry in Dark Souls Remastered
The ability to parry is ingenious in Dark Souls, because it flies in the face of everything you’ve been taught. The game teaches you to dodge out of the way as quickly as possible, completely removing yourself from danger, but parrying wants you to stand your ground, deflecting an attack at the last possible second in an all-or-nothing move.
If you can successfully parry in Dark Souls Remastered, you’ll negate absolutely all damage from an enemy attack. It’s a great method to have tucked away in your arsenal, as you’ll want to use it when you find yourself faced with impossible odds.
The parrying ability is tied to the left trigger on either the PS4 or Xbox One controller, and only works if you have a shield equipped. The quality of the shield doesn’t affect your ability to parry whatsoever, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a weak wooden shield or a heavy knight’s shield equipped—their ability to parry is both the same.
To parry in Dark Souls, you need to time your shield bash so it collides with the attacker’s weapon right when it’s about to hit you. For controllers, the parry mode is tied to the left trigger, and need to execute this move right when you’re a split second away from being hit.
Keep in mind that you can only parry human-sized attacks from weapons, and not something bigger than you. For example you can’t hope to parry the Asylum Demon’s club, and the attack needs to be physical, not magical. It’s definitely one of the hardest parts of Dark Souls, but you can elevate your gameplay to new heights if you can master the art of parrying attacks.
When you successfully parry an enemy attack in Dark Souls Remastered, you’ll temporarily stagger them. If you then tap the button for a quick, light attack straight away, you’ll perform a Visceral attack, dealing out massive damage in an animation that can’t be interrupted by another enemy attacking you. It’s the perfect way to get yourself out of trouble in the most difficult spots, and parrying is something you should make sure you master very early on in Dark Souls.
This might be the end of our guide on how to parry enemy attacks in Dark Souls Remastered, but we’ve got plenty more guides on the game here at USgamer. Head over to our Dark Souls Bonfire guide for information on how to save the game, or our Dark Souls Taurus Demon boss guide for how to take down the second boss in the game.