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The PC port of Dark Souls shows Xbox 360 game controller buttons on its in-game messages and the UI. However, I'm playing with a mouse and a keyboard. This makes learning the controls a bit awkward.

What are the equivalent (default) PC keyboard keys and mouse buttons of the Xbox 360 game controller buttons shown on the screen?

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  • Not having the game myself I can't help directly, but a lot of these ports will usually have something in the options menu. Is there nothing there for Dark Souls? Aug 28, 2012 at 10:52
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    @MatthewScharley it is, reputedly, a god-awful port.
    – kotekzot
    Aug 28, 2012 at 11:10
  • @MatthewScharley There is none, AFAIK. You can configure the keys, but it doesn't say the Xbox 360 controller equivalent. Aug 28, 2012 at 11:14
  • @galacticninja: You may be best looking in that list whenever you see a new control explanation popping up. Aug 28, 2012 at 11:22
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    @galacticninja: oh goodness, kotekzot wasn't kidding then... good luck... :( Aug 28, 2012 at 12:04

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PC — Xbox 360

  • W, A, S, D - Forward, Back, Left, Right.

  • I, J, K, L - Camera controls (Second analogue stick)

  • C, X, V, B - D-pad

  • Page Up, Page Down - RB, LB

  • Insert, Delete - X, Y

  • Menu / Stats pages, etc: End

  • Q - A

  • E - B

  • Lock on: O

  • Gesture menu: G

  • Controls your rolling, dashing, diving, etc: Space

  • Toggle 1H/2H Grip: Alt

  • Right Weapon Attack, Heavy: U, LMB

  • Right Weapon Attack, Light: H, RMB

  • Left Weapon Action / Block: Shift

  • Left Weapon Action / Parry: Tab

  • Confirm: Enter

  • Cancel: Backspace

Note: If the Xbox 360 controller button is not written, it is not known what the equivalent button is. Please consider suggesting an edit to this answer, or commenting about it, if you know them.


Source(s): I've got Dark Souls. The keyboard controls are really not intuitive but all of the above are what you get. The in-game hints system is pretty much useless as it lists the keys for the 360 controller. For example, when telling you to do a critical attack it was listed as "when falling, press RB" - menus didn't say what that was but it's easy to work out when you start playing.

My advice is - get a controller. The game is very fun and playable with the keyboard and mouse but you will probably start to hate life, especially with the lock on if you're using a mouse since it is highly sensitive and just pressing one of the attack buttons can switch targets so your attack misses and you die.

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    Upvote for saying get a controller. It's really horrid without. Aug 31, 2012 at 15:58
  • Some of the PC keyboard keys still don't have Xbox 360 game controller equivalents written. Also, I am not sure if the 'second analog stick' is the left or right analog stick (I don't have a 360 controller). If anyone knows these, please suggest an edit or comment about it. Oct 31, 2012 at 13:47
  • Steam actually explicitly suggests getting a controller...
    – Zommuter
    Jul 19, 2013 at 13:16
  • and what is the equivalent of "rs" for the pc-keyboard? thanks
    – franco1206
    Nov 9, 2013 at 22:01
  • In menus, neither q nor e work for the on-screen "A" or "B" keys – Enter and Baskspace, respectively, do. May 27, 2017 at 19:07
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The mouse really isn't all that useful when playing this game, it mostly just messes with your camera, unless you're a serious gamer and got one of those gaming mouses with all the fancy knobs and buttons. I've been playing this for about 3 hours now, but being I've found some things that aren't on here (I like lists)

Ctrl+WASD allows you to walk instead of run

In the menu, Alt=Y; E=X; Space=B; Q=A; Backspace=Cancel; and switching between various menus and such is accomplished by use of the arrowkeys

galacticninja is correct in that there are a bunch contoller buttons that don't have key equivalents, but I'm pretty sure that there'll be updates that'll help

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