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How to Two-Hand Your Weapon in Elden Ring

How to Two-Hand Your Weapon in Elden Ring
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Elden Ring is a difficult game, and any little bit of help that you can get could make a difference in the long run. Players can choose from single-handing and two-handing weapons, and knowing how or when to switch between these two options could be the difference between life and death.

In this guide, we show you how to two-hand your weapon in Elden Ring, which is particularly useful if you’re still trying to figure out the basics of the game.

Why Two-Hand Your Weapon in Elden Ring

Switching between single-handing and two-handing weapons in Elden Ring is mostly a matter of personal preference, and it is not necessary. Still, using both hands does have one big benefit—increased damage.

If your playing style involves a lot of attacking and evading instead of relying on defense, you will mostly make use of two-handing. However, if you feel more comfortable with a shield and a single-hand weapon, that is fine too. The best approach is to get familiar with both options and alternate based on the challenge at hand.

How to Two-Hand Your Weapon in Elden Ring

holding a weapon with two hands in elden ring
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If the situation calls for it, you can easily grab your weapon with both hands in Elden Ring, but the controls are a bit different compared to other FromSoftware games. Previously, it was enough just to hit the triangle or Y button. In Elden Ring, you need to do the following:

  • PlayStation: hold the triangle button and press L1 or R1, depending on whether the weapon you want to two-hand is in your left or right hand
  • Xbox: hold Y and hit LB or RB (depending on the hand currently holding the weapon)
  • PC: hold the E key and left-click or right-click the mouse

To avoid any confusion, if you wish to two-hand a weapon that is in your left hand, you will hit L1/LB or use the left mouse button and vice versa.

And that’s all there is to know about two-handing weapons in Elden Ring. Go ahead and make use of that increased attack power or learn how to get the Sacred Relic Sword or the Fingerslayer Blade with the help of our other guides.

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Slobodan Brkljač

Slobodan is a staff writer with more than three years of experience in writing and editing online content. He joined TouchTapPlay in late 2022 and has been writing all kinds of articles about the gaming industry, but his heart is usually in the big AAA action/adventure titles like God of War, Horizon, Tomb Raider, and Star Wars Jedi series. He has a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Cultural Studies. When he’s not gaming, you can find him at the gym or local coffee shops searching for the perfect latte.

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