Melee combat in Remnant: From The Ashes works a little differently to most games. You will need to swing your weapon a lot to conserve ammo for when you need it, so in this guide, we will run through the ins and outs of melee combat.
Remnant: From The Ashes – How To Melee
Melee combat is a little confusing at first because the melee is bound to the button you usually use to shoot. The thing to understand is that Remnant: From The Ashes has no hip-fire. When you are in normal third-person view, the button will melee, but when you ADS, it will become the fire button.
The game makes a concerted effort to force the choice between melee or shooting and leaves the interesting middle-ground that is hip-firing out completely. It takes just a little while to get used to, but it does make a lot of sense, as you can rapidly switch between shooting and clobbering stuff without the need to change weapons. Fights in this game are often won just with your ability to react to threats, and being able to smash something with an axe rapidly is a good thing.
You can also hold the melee button to do a charge up melee attack, which will hit a little hard. You can also sprint, then melee, to do a type of lunging attack that will have some extra range. The final part of melee you need to understand is dodging. A rolling dodge will give you what is called I-frames, which is a brief period of invincibility to account for the awkwardness and punishing nature of hitboxes in games.
If you hit the dodge button while moving in any direction, you will do a rolling dodge. If you hit the dodge button while not pushing in any direction, you will do a quick backstep that does not give you any I-frames but does not drain any of your Stamina. Most normal-sized enemies in the game will be staggered when you melee them, so it is perfectly to commit to a flurry of blows, as long as the first shot will land before your enemy’s attack does.
That’s everything you need to know about melee combat in Remnant: From the Ashes. Best of luck in your battles with the Root!