Elden Ring - Guard Counter
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Every FromSoftware game features a rich combat system with various tricks. One of these is the Guard Counter in Elden Ring. In this guide, we will show you how to use this technique in Elden Ring to help you on your journey throughout the Lands Between.

What is Guard Counter?

This is a technique in Elden Ring which is similar to the deflection technique in Sekiro. Moreover, learning how to use the Guard Counter can help players as they fight against strong enemies in Elden Ring.

Elden Ring - Guard Counter 1
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Guard Counters are also similar to parries in other fighting games you may have played before this. If you successfully use a guard counter, you can break your enemy’s stance and give yourself an opening to attack them.

This technique is first taught to players at the start of the game. If you went into the Cave of Knowledge, you can play through a tutorial and one of the techniques the game teaches you is the Guard Counter. However, you also have the freedom to not walk into the Cave of Knowledge if you’re eager to start your journey across the Lands Between.

Elden Ring - Guard Counter 2
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How do I use this technique in Elden Ring?

To perform this combat technique, you need to be attentive to your enemy’s movements. Once they strike, you must block their attack immediately to perform this technique. However, you can only perform a guard counter if you wield a shield. Also, performing guard counters require enough stamina. If you attempt a guard counter and your stamina decreases, you will get damaged instead of blocking the attack.

Here are steps on how to perform this combat technique in Elden Ring.

  • First, equip a shield in your off-hand. Then, block a melee attack using your shield.
  • After blocking the attack, perform a heavy attack. Guard counters don’t work if you opt to use a light attack on your enemy.

Guard counters are successful if you hear a twinkling sound effect and if you see a faint light appear around your character’s head. Moreover, attacks from guard counters can deal more damage than a regular heavy attack. So you may want to master this technique early on since it can help you out a lot.

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However, you need to perform more than one of these techniques for Elden Ring bosses before you successfully break their stance. Check out our complete guide on Elden Ring bosses here.

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