How to parry in Resident Evil 4 remake

Parry this, you filthy casual.

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Resident Evil 4 remake requires fast reflexes and cunning tactics to survive the hordes of enemies that players encounter. One of the essential skills to master in Resident Evil 4 is the art of parrying, which can be the difference between life and death in a tough battle. Parrying involves deflecting an enemy’s attack and creating an opening for a counterattack. This guide will teach you how to parry like a pro in Resident Evil 4 remake.

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Resident Evil 4 remake parrying guide

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Tips and controls to do parry in Resident Evil 4 remake

The first thing you need to understand about parrying in Resident Evil 4 remake is that it’s all about timing. You need to wait until the last possible moment before an enemy attacks you before you attempt to parry. Though keeping your eyes on the Spanish dead walker before you is safer, make sure you peep for a prompt button next to the knife icon on the lower right occasionally. Don’t get excited, though — if you try to parry too early, you’ll leave yourself open to a counterattack. When the time is right, press L1, LB, or Space to parry your enemies.

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Must-have weapon for parrying

Don’t forget to bring one or several trusty knives along for the ride. Not only can it cut through the toughest of foes, but it also doubles as a handy parrying tool. When faced with a melee attack or a thrown melee weapon, use your knife to parry and leave your enemy open for a follow-up attack. But be warned, if you don’t have a knife in your inventory or it’s already broken, you’re out of luck.

And while the knife may be a powerful parrying tool, it’s not invincible. So, don’t get too carried away with those block-and-counter moves, especially against powerful foes like the chainsaw-wielding villager in the game’s initial village assault. Sure, you can block his deadly swings with your knife, but doing so will quickly wear it down, possibly causing it to break.

So, be strategic with your knife usage, and don’t forget to keep a few spares in your inventory. After all, you never know when to parry your way out of a tight spot in Resident Evil 4 Remake.