One weapon isn’t always enough, sometimes it’s necessary to look big and scary — and a good way to do that is by dual wielding. Looking tough in PvP is one thing, but make sure you’ve got the stats to back it up.
It’s one thing to swing around a Greatsword but another when you roll up with your chicken legs and stick arms and claim you can wield two mighty weapons. Well, this is how to dual wield in Dark Souls 3.
While dual wielding is impressive, it can make you unpredictable and more dangerous to fight against. But it’s not only swords you can dual wield — axes, clubs, and maces are also a good combo.
Mix things up. If you’ve got some spells and a staff, use a sword and staff or any other spell casting item. That way you can swing a sword, and as they run or roll away you can launch some spells their way.
Having the relevant stats to wield your weapon will come in handy, or your attack will be about as effective as slapping a giant with a rubber chicken. Holding a weapon with both hands will make your attacks 1.5x stronger than single handed swings — but you can’t parry, and need to rely on your dodge to evade attacks.
Having a light or medium armor set on, will help you avoid those swings and spells. Light armor will always make your movement faster, but it provides less protection than medium and heavy armor.
Dual wielding won’t increase your damage or attacks speed, it only increases strength and poise damage at the cost of your stamina and movement — but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
There are some weapons that are worth dual wielding — such as the Ringed Knight Greatswords, Moonlight Greatsword, and Twin Princes’ Greatsword. Try your own combo and see what works for you.
How to Dual Wield in Dark Souls 3
Go to your inventory and equip to your right hand the weapon/s you would like to use. Do the same with your left. Ensure you have enough Estus, or other healing items equipped.
When out of the inventory menu, use the left button on the d-pad for your left hand and the right button on the d-pad for your right hand. If you have a shield or spell casting item as well as the weapon you’d like to use quickly press left on the d-pad to switch between them.
Congratulations, you’re dual wielding. Beware, having multiple weapons equipped adds weight and will slow you down. And that ladies and gentlemen is how to dual wield in Dark Souls 3.