Parrying in Elden Ring is the exact same way that you can Parry in let’s say Dark Souls 3. You need to have perfect timing and you also need to know what to do after you finally get the Parry down. It is not easy to learn, but once you get the timing down, it is totally worth it. A lot of people might question if it is possible to Parry Bosses in Elden Ring?
Yes, most bosses are Parriable and it makes all the fights much easier if you can learn how to Parry each one. It isn’t easy to get down and you need to learn the movesets of every boss you want to do it to but it is totally worth learning. You can even parry any other enemy in the game. There are some enemies that can’t be Parried, but most can.
If you do get into Parrying, just know that it is not an easy thing to learn. You need to learn perfect timing or you will fail a lot. Thankfully, you won’t have a super hard time learning it in Elden Ring because it is a little bit easier. There are a lot of enemy types in the game you need to learn though.
Can you parry bosses in Elden Ring?
Bosses are some of the most powerful enemies in Elden Ring, and they can be very difficult to defeat if you’re not prepared. One way to make things a little easier is to learn how to Parry to deflect their attacks and protect yourself from status effects. With the right gear, you can make short work of even the toughest bosses in Elden Ring.
Here are 5 ways you can parry bosses in Elden Ring:
1. You can use a Parry Shield
A parry shield is one of your best defenses against a boss’s attacks. When you see the boss’s attack, click the skill button and the shield will automatically go up. If timed correctly, the shield will reflect the attack back at the boss, dealing damage and stunning them. Make sure to use your parry shield against bosses for the best results. It can help you avoid taking a lot of damage and potentially defeat them quicker.
For most bosses, it will take a couple of Parries for you to be able to Riposte them so take that into account when trying to Parry. If you aren’t good at Parrying, try doing it a couple of times in the battle, and if you get it, Riposte and give it another try. It is all about timing and it is up to you to learn every enemy’s timing.
2. You can use a Parrying Dagger
A Parrying Dagger is a great option if you don’t want to use a shield. You can keep it in your left hand while having a better weapon in your right. When you use the skill on the Dagger, it will do what a Parry shield does and it will Parry just like normal. It is definitely more fun to use than a shield and if you pair it with another similar weapon you can get the dual-wield special attacks.
There really isn’t any other reason to use the Dagger over the Shield, so it is up to how you want your build to be. You can literally have a Parry Shield in your left hand and the Parrying Dagger in the right. It is totally up to how you want to build your character.
3. You can place Ash of War: Parry shields and weapons
If you find the Ash of War called Ash of War: Parry, you can pretty much put it on any shield or weapon that you have. It is a very cool Ash of War because if you are playing PVP, you might have a weapon that doesn’t have Parry normally, but it has it on the weapon. The people you are going up against won’t know what is happening since you can parry them with a normal weapon.
This also works very well on bosses that you fight, but obviously, the boss is an AI so you don’t really need to hide that you can Parry them. If you want to use a specific weapon that doesn’t have Parry, you can place this Ash of War on it so you don’t have to have a shield equipped. You can also place it on shields as well if your favorite shield does not have it.
4. You need to memorize the specific Boss’s moveset
To be good at Parrying, you will need to memorize any moves that a boss does. As we said before, it will take a couple of Parries for you to stun them so you need to be successful multiple times. This is not soo easy because you need perfect timing every time you want to Riposte a boss. Riposting deals a ton of damage and is the main way that Parrying does damage.
There are a lot of bosses in the game, but thankfully, a lot of them have movesets that are pretty easy to follow. You will run into that really annoying boss that has delayed attacks so when it comes to those, you really need to get the timing down.
5. You can train your Parry on normal enemies
Normal enemies are the best way to practice your Parries. There are thousands of enemies to practice on and every enemy is different on its own. The best part of regular enemies is the fact that they get revived once you rest at a Site of Grace. This allows you to go and practice on the same enemies without having a boss destroy your health.
If you want to be good at Parrying, you need to absolutely practice because it will make life a million times easier for later bosses in the game. If you don’t parry like most people who play, then good luck. If you do learn how to Parry, it will change the entire way you play this game and other games like it.