Combat can be challenging in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, but you can go toe-to-toe with the strongest in Hyrule with some well-timed dodges and parries.

How to Dodge

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Dodging is done by locking onto an enemy using ZL and then pressing X to jump in whichever direction you’d like right when the enemy’s attack is about to land. A proper dodge will briefly slow time and prompt you to perform a “Flurry rush,” a devasting series of attacks that the enemy can’t react to.

Successful dodges and flurry rushes are a great way to deal heavy damage with little risk. You can’t dodge every move perfectly, so look out for one or two slower, predictable attacks that you can dodge consistently. Timing for dodges depends on the enemy, but the general rule is to dodge once the enemy’s attack is in motion.

How to Parry

Parries are performed by equipping a shield, locking onto an enemy with ZL, then pressing A right as the attack is about to land. Properly timed parries create a flash of blue as the shield connects and halts the enemy’s momentum. To time it correctly, ensure the shield’s swing connects with the enemy weapon during its motion. Most enemies (not including Lynels) will drop their weapons on a successful parry, giving a chance to disarm them.

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Successful parries also cost nothing against a shield’s durability. There is no prompted attack opening after a parry like there is with a dodge, making parries more situational. One such situation is fighting against Lynels; parries briefly stun them and allow for an easy headshot and mount.

Mastering dodges and parries elevates Link’s abilities to that of a master swordsman. With some practice, you’ll be scrapping with the toughest Tears of the Kingdom has to offer in no time.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available now on Switch.

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