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.
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:
- 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.
- To parry them, I pressed the block button after they were halfway through the animation.
- Being too early or too late will result in Withered Health, or in simple words, chip damage.
- Parrying deals massive posture damage, leaving many enemies vulnerable to a riposte.
Below is another example of me parrying one of the wizard-type enemies of Lords of the Fallen.
- To parry this enemy type, I waited until he was done telegraphing his charged attack.
- In this scenario, I waited until he was done charging up his stab attack.
- As soon he poked, I pressed the block to parry his attack.
Why You Should Parry?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 WindowsEach 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 Type||Parry Window|
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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