Through Marloes Valentina Stella 08 June 2021
Master Chivalry 2’s combat by learning how to rip, feint, and more.
Do you need a Chivalry 2 battle guide? Like the original, Chivalry 2 is all about dramatic medieval multiplayer battles with limbs flying in all directions. Fans of the original will recognize the Free For All, Team Deathmatch, and Team Objective modes, as well as the basic combat moves (hack, chop, stab, and shoot). However, Chivalry 2 is heavier and more realistic. For example, you can more easily anticipate enemy attacks.
And that’s good news, because it allows you to use more interesting combat techniques. If you can recognize your opponent’s attack, you can make a lifesaving countermove or make a punishing countermove. Since these moves are as crucial as they are difficult to master, I’m here to help. Here’s everything you need to know about Chivalry 2’s classes, weapons, and combat.
Chivalry 2 has four main classes: Knight, Vanguard, Footman, and Archer. Each main class has three subclasses and a choice of weapons.
A popular choice with their high health, powerful two-handed weapons and the ability to equip large shields. While this extra protection should mean that battles are more forgiving for beginners, keep in mind that knights are not the fastest.
If you’re good at fast-paced combat – in other words, lots of fast slashes and dodges – the Vanguard is for you. Depending on the subclass you choose, you can deal additional backstab damage or equip a two-handed weapon with no additional movement cost. While the versatility of this class is a huge plus, keep in mind that their low health leaves you vulnerable.
Always equipped with a bandage kit, the Footman has the highest support potential. Definitely choose this class if you prefer to set traps and barricades than fight. If you want to do a bit of both, you can also combine the Footman’s healing abilities with a high-range wrist arm.
The class, of course, for distance combat. Although they have the lowest health and stamina of all Chivalry 2 classes, they can use a longbow or crossbow at a safe distance. There’s even an option to use throwables (like spears) instead. Requires excellent aiming skills, understandable.
While this depends on your class choice and your playstyle, some weapons stand out for their high damage, speed and range:
This is the most important thing to learn in Chivalry 2: Timing. Simply running at your enemy and hacking away usually results in an untimely death. Instead, you need to gain the upper hand by timing your defensive moves and attacks well. In the game this is called ‘Initiative’.
The basics are simple: the player with initiative should attack, while the player without initiative should try to get it back. The latter can be easily achieved by blocking an incoming attack. You must then immediately counter-attack before you lose it. Always be prepared for the possibility that your opponent will successfully defend themselves, in which case they will have the initiative again and you can defend again.
Be especially careful when you and your opponent try to attack at the same time. Whoever makes the hit first interrupts the other’s attack and gets Initiative. This allows the successful attacker to continue his combo.
How to parry?
When you see an incoming attack, press block to protect yourself from damage. It is possible to hold the parry, but know that this will decrease your stamina (and shields too). You can’t block without stamina, so try to avoid this.
How to repost?
If the parry is successful, immediately respond with your own attack to perform a riposte. This is a quick attack that can protect you from damage for a short time. It is often better to repost than just parry.
How to counter?
The best way to block an incoming attack is to counter. Take a defensive stance and pay close attention to your opponent, then perform the same attack as him (a slash, stab, or revision). If you make the matching attack just before you get hit, your enemy will be the one who gets hurt.
When a player switches to another attack before landing the hit, it’s called a feint. and they are a great way to throw off your opponent. It’s also easy to do: launch a slash attack, for example. Shortly after you start this slash, use another attack. Your slash stops and smoothly transitions into a revision or stab attack.
But why do this? Feinting is especially effective against enemy counters. It may be the only way to get past an experienced player’s defense. However, feints aren’t as effective against opponents who don’t pay attention to your moves. If you’re up against an inexperienced player or you’re in the middle of an intense battle, don’t waste your time on feints.
Chivalry 2’s combat feels very different depending on how many enemies you encounter. Fighting only one enemy at a time allows you to focus on more advanced combat techniques, such as counters and feints. Winning a fight like this is worth it, but it’s usually more difficult and time consuming.
Group fights, on the other hand, are often chaotic. If you find yourself in a combat technique, prioritize your position over advanced combat techniques. You can easily get a high kill count by targeting distracted or cornered enemies. Avoid getting killed yourself by staying on the edge of the fight (always facing the enemy group). If multiple enemies are approaching from either side, a drawn horizontal slash might save you. Remember your allies: there is friendly damage in Chivalry 2!
Now you are ready to enter the Middle Ages. Don’t forget your battle cry.