Controls for Salt and Sanctuary refers to the bindings on gamepads and keyboards / mice that allow for player input and manipulation of the game and the player character. The controls for this game are rather simple and easy to follow, but if you need you can reassign keys by using the provided in-game menu or your console's settings.


Controls for Salt and Sanctuary


PS4 Controls:

Additional Controls:

  • Holding R2 (default) while descending a ladder will allow your character to slide down the ladder.
  • To parry, press Square (Attack) while holding L2 (Blocking). When parry is successful a red Circle icon will appear infront of the enemy, press Circle before it dissapears to deal major damage.
  • Press X and R2 to perform a longer jump, use joystick in direction to jump even further.  Be careful, if you don't do this correctly, it is easy to accidentally roll off a ledge!
  • Circle (O) opens secret doors.

Gameplay Tips:

  • Practice dodge rolling with the R2 to take advantage of invincibility frames similar to the Dark Souls franchise.
  • Using your Creed's health restore item is a very quick animation, don't hesitate to use it during an intense fight.
  • You are able to jump and stay mid-air for as long as you are attacking which can create new combat strategies.

To change the key mapping on PS4

  1. Setting Menu
  2. Accesibility
  3. Button Assignments
  4. Enable Custom Button Assignments (Checkmark)
  5. Once you put the checkmark there will be a new option called: Customize Button Assignments
  6. You are now able to make all changes needed. Don't forget to confirm changes.

PC Controls:

 Default PC Key Mapping

To change the key mapping on the PC

  1. Setting Menu (or on launch of game before resuming start of play)
  2. Options
  3. Game
  4. Controls
  5. Remap Keys

Keep in mind these changes will apply to all games.


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    • Anonymous

      16 May 2021 05:53  

      There is a technique that should be added to Gameplay Tips.
      Using the launcher attack (Heavy after Light attack) You will gain the same height from a normal jump but with the option to jump even farther.
      You will be lunged into the air and if holding the same direction you will travel at a faster speed than with a normal jump. This helps you jump larger gaps and occasionally make jumps safer.
      Attacking against an edge will not make your character fall over but will hold you in place making this technique very safe.

      • Anonymous

        22 Jan 2019 04:35  

        you map tow moves to one button. if you map rolling and jumping to one button. you can preform a long jump by pressing the direction you face after you press the combo

        • 18 Dec 2018 00:29  

          I don't understand why there is no option on ps4 to remap the buttons without screwing it up for every other game you own. Like why didn't the developers make this option? It's not that hard to program and you can do it on the PC simple enough...

          • Anonymous

            23 Oct 2017 08:30  

            Anyone else think these controls are better than Dark Souls? I could never get Dark Souls controls, but after playing this I remapped them to the Salt and Sanctuary layout and suddenly the game made sense.

            • Anonymous

              14 Feb 2017 19:32  

              I reassigned controls so it's like Dark Souls. I don't get why it's not like that by default.
              Y to switch loadout, L1 to block, Rb light attack, Rt heavy attack, O to roll, X to use estus

              I kept A for jumping and put action on L2.

              • Anonymous

                Controls22 Mar 2016 01:32  

                Was really that hard to include an option to customize the controls the way the player wants it WITHOUT needing to change the mapping of the controls itself from the setting?? There needs to be a patch about this. Highly unacceptable.

                • Anonymous

                  Intuitive to Souls Players?15 Mar 2016 15:23  

                  The controls may be simple to follow and but controller layout is different from the Souls games and therefore not intuitive to Souls players.

                  • Anonymous

                    Remap15 Mar 2016 01:56  

                    Is there a way I don't know about to remap the controls? I prefer using the d-pad for side scrollers.

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