Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge through Hogwarts Legacy – blocks & parries too!
Updated: Feb 28, 2023 5:16 pm
Learning how to dodge roll in Hogwarts Legacy is a key factor when it comes to being successful in combat. That’s why we’ve put together this useful guide to help you out in your quest to evade as many enemy spells, projectiles, and troll’s clubs as possible. It’s not just dodge rolling which will keep you unscathed though. Blocking and parrying attacks will come in clutch if you want to defeat any mighty foe roaming the open Wizarding World.
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So, let’s get straight down to the details and show you exactly how to master the art of defense in Hogwarts Legacy.
Learning how to dodge roll in Hogwarts Legacy
Learning how to dodge in the most simplest form is the simple matter of a key or button press. The best way for dodging attacks in Hogwarts Legacy is by using the dodge roll – which doesn’t require any additional magic or wizardry to perform. The default bind for common input devices are below.
Of course you are free to rebind this input, just look for ‘dodge roll’ action bind in settings menus. A well-timed dodge roll means you can evade many projectiles heading your way, unless they can track your movement.
Upgrade your dodge roll with Swift talent
If you’re already finding great success with the dodge roll in Hogwarts Legacy, it’s a great idea to take it’s effectiveness a step further. The ‘Swift’ talent is part of the Core skill tree and will allow you hold down the dodge roll key to quickly vanish and reappear. This makes it harder for enemies to lock you down. On top of that, it is one of talents that only has a Level 5 requirement.
How to effectively block & parry in Hogwarts Legacy
Now with dodging taught, it’s time to talk a little bit about blocking and parrying attacks in Hogwarts Legacy. Through the tutorial-like phase of the beginning quests, you’ll learn about defending yourself effectively with the Protego spell. This forms a blue shield around you and is one of the essential spells at your disposal in Hogwarts Legacy. Despite that, there are always unblockable spells to worry about. You also can’t sit and shield forever if up against an adept spellcaster that will control you.
The parry system is much like those in similar games, so the combat may feel nice and familiar to many of us. Timing your Protego block to perfection (immediately before the attack strikes you) will perform a parry on the incoming attack and return damage. There is an indication to look out for – the yellow circle around your character’s head – which indicates a hit is about to land on you. There is even a button prompt to help you out on Easy or Very Easy difficulty settings.
Here’s how to cast Protego (with default binds) for the most popular input devices:
- Keyboard: Q key
- PlayStation controller: Triangle button
- Xbox controller: Y button
Holding down the Protego key following a successful parry with perform Stupefy on your target. This will cause the enemy to be stunned/staggered and opened up for additional hits. Enemies which are currently Stupefied (so to speak) take increased damage, making it the perfect time to strike.
Is dodging an effective strategy in Hogwarts Legacy?
Sometimes all you need for a good defense is a good offense. Well, in the case of Hogwarts Legacy, it isn’t as simple as that. Sure, you can go all out and try to one-shot your foes, but this usually isn’t good enough against tankier enemies. There’s a nice range of defensive mechanics to master in this game, and you are truly rewarded for doing so. To answer the question, yes! Dodging, blocking, and parrying are all effective strategies in Hogwarts Legacy.
At first glance, the game may seem quite defensive in nature. When you first start out, correctly using Protego and Stupefy are some of the key mechanics you’ll learn first. Later down the line though, the game becomes much more freestyle as you unlock more damage and control spells to open up your opponents and combo them – which is lots of fun.
How to dodge in Hogwarts Legacy : Final word
That’s our comprehensive guide to dodging in Hogwarts Legacy. Using your dodge roll, blocking, and parrying are key mechanics you’ll want to master if you want to leave each battle with hardly a scratch. It’s nice to see there are plenty of defensive options to take advantage of, giving you some nice variety in both offense and defense. Talents only enhance the experience too.
Now you know all about evasive maneuvers, it’s time to put them to use in some difficult battles: