Lords of the Fallen: How To Parry [Explained]

Learn everything there is on how to parry in Lords of the Fallen, along with risk and rewards that come with it.

Parrying has always been one of the central mechanics in Action-RPGs and even more so in Soul-like games. Parrying in Lords of the Fallen is a high-risk, high-reward move that staggers the enemy in their steps and opens them for a riposte. That is why learning how to parry in Lords of the Fallen is essential if you want to survive the harsh and brutal lands of Mournstad.

Key Takeaways
  • Parrying is an important mechanic in Lords of the Fallen that staggers enemies and leaves them open for a devastating blow.
  • Press block right before the enemy attack hits you to parry an attack successfully.
  • Parrying helps reduce the difficulty of the many challenging encounters that await the player in Lords of the Fallen.
  • Daggers have the largest parry window, while shields have the smallest.

How To Parry In Lords of the Fallen

To parry an enemy attack, press L1/LT/Shift or Block right before the enemy hits you in Lords of the Fallen.

The basics of parrying are the same here; if you have played souls-like before, you won’t have much trouble nailing down this mechanic. The only difference, however, is that there is a dedicated button for deflecting. You just need to time your block correctly to trigger the parry animation.

Here is an example of me parrying one of the starting enemies in Lords of the Fallen:

  1. In the image below, you can see one of the starting undead-esque enemy types that limp around and attack with a wooden church stick.
    enemies in Lords of the fallen
    undead enemies [Image grab by me]
  2. To parry them, I pressed the block button after they were halfway through the animation.
    Telegraphed undead attack
    Enemy halfway through his attack animation [Image captured by me]
  3. Being too early or too late will result in Withered Health, or in simple words, chip damage.
  4. Parrying deals massive posture damage, leaving many enemies vulnerable to a riposte.
    successful parry
    Ripsote! [Image taken by me]

Below is another example of me parrying one of the wizard-type enemies of Lords of the Fallen.

  1. To parry this enemy type, I waited until he was done telegraphing his charged attack.
    Telegraphed wizard attack
    Enemy Monk is telegraphing/charging his stab attack. [Image grab by me]
  2. In this scenario, I waited until he was done charging up his stab attack.
  3. As soon he poked, I pressed the block to parry his attack.
    successful parry
    Successfully parrying an attack. [Image captured by me]

Why You Should Parry?

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Why parry in Lords of the Fallen [Image taken by me]
Parrying is a high-risk, high-reward mechanic that rewards aggressive playstyles and deals massive posture damage.

Parrying usually is a tough mechanic to nail, and most players would prefer dodging attacks rather than risking damage, which makes sense for a tough game like Lords of the Fallen. However, many of its toughest challenges can be eased with a mastery of just one simple mechanic. Otherwise, many encounters result in an endurance test where a simple mistake can be your downfall because you will mess up a dodge sooner or later.

So, learning how to parry in Lords of the Fallen is something I highly recommend. Most starting enemies have heavily telegraphed attacks, making for a good training spot.

Weapon Parry Windows

Medium Shield
Medium Shield [Image taken by me]
Each weapon in Lords of the Fallen has different parry windows. Meaning it’s easier to parry with some weapons while it’s difficult with others.

Below is a table that can give you a good idea of weapon parry windows in Lords of the Fallen:

Weapon TypeParry Window
Heavy Weapons/ShieldsSmall
Normal WeaponsMedium
Small Weapons/DaggersLarge

Shields are the safest weapon for parrying since even messing up will result in small chip damage due to its own damage negation. Daggers, while risky, are the best weapon types for learning parry. However, remember that daggers will also leave you defenseless against attacks you are unsure about parrying, so considering the risk factors of these weapons is very important.

If you want to learn and implement parry throughout your playthrough, I highly recommend using Daggers.

This concludes my guide on how to parry in Lords of the Fallen. If you want to learn about its various classes, I recommend reading Obaid and Irfan’s guide on the best class and best starting class in Lords of the Fallen. For our thoughts on the game, I recommend reading the Lords of The Fallen review by our souls-like expert, Haris Umer.

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Syed Hamid Ali Shah


Hamid Ali is a Guides Writer & Editor on eXputer, who also occasionally covers Game Codes. He is a huge Doom fanatic and loves to melt his stress away in titles such as God of War games and Elden Ring. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Hamid’s been writing and updating about the majority of games for several years. Hamid's gaming experience can be verified on his Steam profile, where he has spent more than 250+ hours playing Elden Ring. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelors in Journalism || Published 150+ Guides 

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