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The following list is of the default controls in Dead Cells. Controls can be rebound in the settings.

It is recommended to play with a controller, but this is merely a suggestion and the game works perfectly fine with a mouse and keyboard as well.

Controller controls[edit]

Action Xbox Playstation Switch
A button.png
Cross Button PS.png
B Button Switch.png
B button.png
Circle Button PS.png
A Button Switch.png
Primary weapon
X button.png
Square Button PS.png
Y Button Switch.png
Secondary weapon
Y button.png
Triangle Button PS.png
X Button Switch.png
Left skill
LT button.png
L1 Button PS.png
ZL Button Switch.png
Right skill
RT button.png
R1 Button PS.png
ZR Button Switch.png
Lb button.png
L2 Button PS.png
L Button Switch.png
Use/Interact/Empty Backpack(if held down)
Rb button.png
R2 Button PS.png
R Button Switch.png
Leave/get back in body
R3 button.png
R3 PS.png
Rstick Press Switch.png
Start button.png
Options Button PS.png
+ Button Switch.png
View map
Select button.png
Share Button PS.png
Touchpad Button PS.png
- Button Switch.png

Non-Rebindable Controls[edit]

Action Xbox Playstation Switch
A button.png
Cross Button PS.png
A Button Switch.png
B button.png
Circle Button PS.png
B Button Switch.png
Move left
Lstick Left Xbox.png
Lstick Left PS.png
Dpad Left PS.png
Lstick Left Switch.png
Dpad Left Switch.png
Move Right
Lstick Right Xbox.png
Lstick Right PS.png
Dpad Right PS.png
Lstick Right Switch.png
Dpad Right Switch.png
Lstick Down Xbox.png
Lstick Down PS.png
Dpad Down PS.png
Lstick Down Switch.png
Dpad Down Switch.png
Drop down floor (Down smash in air) Lstick Down Xbox.png A button.png Lstick Down PS.png / Dpad Down PS.png
Cross Button PS.png
Lstick Down Switch.png / Dpad Down Switch.png
B Button Switch.png
Camera Right joystick
Rstick PS.png
Right joystick

Keyboard / Mouse controls[edit]

Action Keybind 1 Keybind 2 Keybind 3
Up W button.png Up button.png
Down S button.png Down button.png
Left A button keyboard.png Left button.png
Right D button.png Right button.png
Jump Space button.png W button.png Up button.png
Roll Shift button.png Ctrl button.png
Main Weapon Leftmouse button.png 1 button.png
Secondary Weapon Rightmouse button.png 2 button.png
Left Trigger Skill Q button.png Left Side Mouse Button Icon.png 3 button.png
Right Trigger Skill E button.png Right Side Mouse Button Icon.png 4 button.png
Use/Interact/Empty Backpack(if held down) R button.png
Heal F button.png H button.png Middlemouse button.png
Pause Esc button.png
Map Tab button.png

Non-Rebindable Controls[edit]

Action Keybind
Special Action 1
Special Action 2
Shift Right One Filter Page Down (labeled Next Page)
Shift Left One Filter Page Up (labeled Previous Page)

Advanced Maneuvers[edit]

Down + Jump: Drop through platforms (if standing on a platform), jump attack (if in mid-air and not too close to the ground)

Jump + Roll: Mid-air roll

Up or Down: While on a chain or vine, climb up or down

Special Action 1: Swap weapons (in pause menu), Change sort order (in the Collector's interface)

Special Action 2: Swap skills (in pause menu), Toggle visibility of unavailable items (in the Collector's interface)

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