In Elden Ring you can two handing any melee weapon and thus cause more damage to your opponent. However, it’s not as easy as it should be. Guided.news author Kevin Willing now explains how you can dual-wield weapons in Elden Ring.
What has changed? Developer FromSoftware has changed the controls compared to Dark Souls. Now you’ll have to perform a short yet very awkward combination to carry your two-handed weapon in Elden Ring.
Elden Ring: Two handing your weapon – here’s how it works
On PC, Xbox and PlayStation, the combination consists of several keystrokes. Similar to calling the horse, you have to call the quick selection menu for this. Depending on which main hand you want to wield your weapon in, you press RB/LB or R1/L1 — but more on that here:
How to weapon two handing
- PC: hold E + left click / right click
- PlayStation: Hold triangle + R1 / L1
- Xbox: Keep Y pressed + RB / LB
If you don’t want to wield your weapon in both hands anymore, you can select your shield, staff, or sigil into your secondary hand from the quick slot menu. You can also enter the same key combination to hold with two hands, and you’ll be wielding your weapon with only one hand.
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What are the benefits of two-handed fighting in Elden Ring?
As mentioned at the beginning, you can do more damage to your enemies with a two-handed weapon. It also allows you to wield weapons that your character would actually be too weak to wield. In Elden Ring, you can only use many weapons when your strength attribute is high enough — not so when you wield two-handed!
One notable disadvantage, however, is that you strike slower. Also, when you hit, you use up valuable stamina that you need for dodge rolls. And you require it that sums it up very well, because, without a shield in your secondary hand, you are completely defenseless and have to rely on your timing and agility.