How to two-hand weapons in Elden Ring

By Fariha Bhatti


Mar 29, 2024

Reading time: 2 min

Elden Ring players who prioritize damage over defense should dual-wield. Like previous FromSoftware games, Elden Ring lets you change to a two-hand weapon stance in order to deal heavy damage. 

Power Stance is a combat mechanic in Elden Ring that enables players to wield two weapons simultaneously in a unique and often more powerful manner. This feature was first introduced in Dark Souls II and has now become a staple in FromSoftware’s Soulsborne games, including Elden Ring. 

When switching to two-hand in Elden Ring, you deal double damage but can’t defend yourself with a shield in chaotic situations. However, confident players shouldn’t hesitate to take a risk, as it’s a widely used method to crush enemies.

Here’s how to two-hand in Elden Ring

Elden Ring two hand

In previous FromSoftware, you could activate Power Stance by holding down a specific button combination. In Dark Souls II, for example, this is done by holding down the Triangle on PlayStation and Y on Xbox. But you need to use an extra key for the Elden Ring. 

  • Make sure you have a weapon that can be wielded with two hands. Large weapons like greatswords, axes, or hammers are typically two-handed
  • Now, hold Triangle and press R1 or L1 to two-hand your right or left weapon if you’re on PlayStation. Hold Y and RB or LB to switch to Power Stance for Xbox
  • This will change your stance and grip on the weapon, allowing you to wield it with both hands

You’ll now be able to deal more damage to enemies, but with a lack of a shield, it can be tricky to defend yourself. You will need some practice to learn to dodge incoming attacks with a two-hand stance in the Elden Ring.

However, the risk is worth it as two hands also allow you access to new, more powerful move sets.


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