Backstabbing is a mechanic that has been in SoulsBorne since the inception of the series. While it requires a bit of practice, it can be incredibly useful for dealing a lot of damage fairly quickly, especially lesser enemies. These are, however, not that useful against larger enemies, bosses, etc. But how does one land a successful backstab in the game? In this Elden Ring guide, we have detailed all there is to know about how to effectively backstab.

Elden Ring Backstabbing Tips

The way backstabbing works in the game has not changed since Dark Souls. The player simply needs to get behind an enemy and press R1/RB. Backstab has a distinct animation during which the player is invulnerable to all the damage. More often than not, a backstab can one-shot most enemies.

There are a few things that need to be kept in mind while going for a backstab:

  • While trying to sneak behind an enemy, crouch to create less noise. Do note that enemies can hear the footsteps which is why crouching can be very helpful.
  • In combat, lock onto an enemy and strafe around to easily get behind for a backstab.
  • It is a good idea to practice this on weaker enemies.
  • Another thing to keep in mind is that not all enemies in Elden can be backstabbed. It all comes down to practice and knowing which enemies can be backstabbed. Harder enemies like bosses cannot be backstabbed.
  • While it is a personal preference, we found it relatively easier to strafe using a controller than KB/M.
  • It is also a good idea to see what type of attack an enemy is doing while trying to strafe. However, it requires a lot of practice.

And this is all we have got in how to backstab in Elden Ring. For more help on the game, be sure to check out our detailed Elden Ring wiki page.

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