Basic Controls and Techniques | The Witcher 3

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This page contains information on the basic controls and settings in the game The Witcher 3. Read on to see the functions of each button when swimming, on the ground and during combat, as well as when sailing or horse riding.

Controls

Ground and Combat

PS4 Switch Function
O button.png B Jump / Climb / Dodge (Combat Only)
X button.png A Interact / Roll (Combat Only)
X button.png (Hold) A (Hold) Sprint
Square button.png Y Fast Attack
Triangle button.png X Strong Attack
Dpad up.png Up Consumable 1
Dpad down.png Down Consumable 2
Dpad left.png Left Sheathe Steel Sword / Draw Steel Sword
Dpad right.png Right Sheathe Silver Sword / Draw Silver Sword
L stick.png Left Stick Movement
R stick.png Right Stick Camera Movement
L3 button.png L3 Call Horse
R3 button.png R3 Select or Deselect Target (Combat Only)
L1.png L Quick Access Menu
L2.png ZL Counter Attack (Combat Only)
L2.png(Hold) ZL (Hold) Witcher Senses / Parry (Combat Only)
R1.png R Throw
R2.png ZR Cast Sign
Touchpad.png + Game Menu
PS button.png - Pause Game

Horse Riding

PS4 Switch Function
O button.png(Hold) B (Hold) Dismount
X button.png(Double Tap) A (Double Tap) Gallop
Hold X button.png A (Hold) Canter
Triangle button.png or Square button.png X or Y Attack / Draw Sword
O button.png B Jump
Dpad up.png Up Consumable 1
Dpad down.png Down Consumable 2
Dpad left.png Left Sheathe Steel Sword / Draw Steel Sword
Dpad right.png Right Sheathe Silver Sword / Draw Silver Sword
L stick.png Left Stick Movement
R stick.png Right Stick Camera Movement
L1.png L Quick Access Menu
R2.png ZR Cast Sign
L2.png (Hold) ZL (Hold) Witcher Senses

Swimming

PS4 Switch Function
X button.png A Interact
X button.png (Hold) A (Hold) Swim Quickly
Square button.png Y Sumberge
O button.png B Surface
Dpad up.png Up Consumable 1
Dpad down.png Down Consumable 2
L stick.png Left Stick Movement
R stick.png Right Stick Camera Movement
L1.png L Quick Access Manu
L2.png (Hold) ZL (Hold) Witcher Senses

Sailing

PS4 Switch Function
X button.png A Accelerate
Square button.png Y Stop
O button.png B Disembark
L stick.png Left Stick Movement
R stick.png Right Stick Camera Movement
R3 button.png R3 Select / Deselect Target
L2.png (Hold) ZL (Hold) Witcher Senses
L1.png L Quick Access Menu

Techniques

Switching Consumables

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Holding Up or Down on the D-Pad after opening the quick access menu switches the currently equipped consumable, giving you easy access to 2 more items without opening the Inventory.

Quick Meditation

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You can quickly start meditation without opening the Game Menu by holding L1 and pressing the Square button on PS4 or holding the L button and pressing Y on Switch. This is especially useful when you need to recover HP quickly after a battle.

Changing Bolts

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Switching Bolts for your crossbow can easily be done without opening the Invontory by accessing the Quick Game Menu and pressing the Left or Right Button while selecting the Crossbow.

Doing a Somersault

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When holding the run button, you can then jump and then press the run button right upon landing to make Geralt do a somersault. The most useful application of this is to stop-drop-and-roll when you are on fire. Somersaulting will immediately extinguish a fire.

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1 Anonymous4 months

how to swim fast?

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