AC Valhalla: How to Dodge and Parry Attacks?

AC Valhalla: How to Dodge and Parry Attacks?

Dodging attacks and parrying them are essential tactics to win a battle in the Norse themed Assassin’s Creed Valhalla; find out how!

Earlier Assassin’s Creed games used to focus more on stealth-based tactics where you sneaked in behind enemy lines to assassinate your target. As the AC series moved towards RPG elements, the combat changed too! Now facing your enemies head-on is the way to go, and when you are fighting alongside Odin on the battlefield, you should know how to dodge and repel the oncoming assault.

1. How to Parry in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla?

Parrying is to time your defensive move in such a way that you return the opponent’s strike and stun them at the same time. While dodging is a preventive move, parrying is defense and offense packed into the same dose.

To Parry in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, use the following control schemes on your respective console/ PC of choice:

  • PlayStation: L1
  • Xbox: LB
  • PC: X
AC Valhalla: How to Dodge and Parry Attacks?
Parry in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Parrying can be done with both shields as well as weapons. Though there are some times, you fail to parry no matter how hard you try!

2. How to Dodge in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla?

Dodging is the ability to move out of your opponent’s way when he/she strikes. Usually, you roll on towards the opposite from where the assault is coming.

To dodge in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, use the following control schemes combined with the direction movement on your respective console/ PC of choice:

  • PlayStation: Square
  • Xbox: X
  • PC: Alt
Assassin's Creed Valhalla - How to Fight (Dodging, Parries & Heavy Attacks)

While dodging, use one of the direction movements to control which way you roll out to. You don’t want to roll into the incoming attack itself!

3. Why Can’t You Parry in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla?

There are three different types of attacks in AC Valhalla: standard, yellow special, and the unique red type of attack. Not all of them are created equal!

AC Valhalla: How to Dodge and Parry Attacks?
Eivor cannot Parry the Heavy Red Attacks

Eivor cannot parry the Heavy Red attacks in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and no matter how you time your parry, you will always get hurt.

While dodging may sound great since it can save you from all types of attacks, AC Valhalla has some limitations on that as well.

4. Where Dodging Fails in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Players can dodge only when they have enough stamina in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Dodging and performing special attacks depletes the stamina bar, and when it runs out, you can not afford to dodge further.

AC Valhalla: How to Dodge and Parry Attacks?
Dodging fails in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

This is why I prefer light attacks to heavy ones. Light attacks only consume stamina when you miss (pretty rare) but also replenish your stamina on every registered hit! Heavy moves are not so rewarding when you factor in the fact that most enemies tend to dodge them.

5. How to Slow Down Time While Dodging in AC Valhalla?

The ‘Brush with Death’ skill in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla allows you to slow down time when you dodge timely. The ability will heighten your senses on a perfectly timed escape.

AC Valhalla: How to Dodge and Parry Attacks?
Brush with Death

I recommend unlocking this skill early on in the game from the skill tree as it gives you more time to react and position yourself after an oncoming assault.

So, being an effective Norse warrior requires you to have perfect timing and a keen eye on the stamina bar during combat. Keep the two in check, and you’ll be soon mowing down your enemies.

6. About Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Developed and Published by Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the latest instalment in the Assasin’s Creed series launched in November 2020. The action-adventure, role-playing video game is available to play on Playstation 5/4, Xbox One/ Series X/S and PC.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla takes players back to the Vikings’ glory days around the 9th century through the eyes of a Viking invader from Norway named Eivor. By playing as Eivor, gamers must represent the clan and help fellow warriors in the battle against Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms. The game brims with phenomenal main quests along with noteworthy side quests. AC Valhalla will also embrace many new features like dual-wielding of various weapons and armours.