Dying Light 2: Controls Guide for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Tips for Beginners

Find out how to traverse the city and evade the Biters with the Dying Light 2 controls.


Dying Light 2: Controls Guide for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Tips for Beginners explained

After several, perhaps tactful delays, Dying Light 2 has arrived with all of the post-apocalyptic, zombie-fleeing, parkour action that made its predecessor such a huge hit.

Not featuring a traditional set of controls for an action RPG or even a horror title, it can take some time to get used to combat and traversal in Old Villedor. So, here are the Dying Light 2 controls that you need to know.


Dying Light 2 PS4 and PS5 controls list

Dying Light 2 complete PS4 and PS5 controls list guide

Here’s how the Dying Light 2 controls are laid out for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players:

  • Move: (L)
  • Look: (R)
  • Jump: R1
  • Climb: Look at a ledge, R1 (hold)
  • Climb Upwards: (L) upwards while grabbing (R1) a ledge or drainpipe
  • Strafe: (L) left or right
  • Quick Turn: Triangle
  • Crouch: O
  • Vault: R1 while moving towards the obstacle
  • Grab Zipline: R1 (tap)
  • Drop: Look down, R1 (tap)
  • Dive (Swimming): O
  • Surface (Swimming): R1
  • Pickup, Use, Open: Square
  • Use Consumable (Heal): X (hold)
  • Heavy Move or Open: Square (tap multiple times)
  • Block: L1 (hold)
  • Perfect Block: L1 (hold) just as the enemy’s attack is about to hit
  • Quick Attack: R2
  • Vault Kick: Perfect Block (L1), Vault (R1), Kick (R2)
  • Kick: L1 + R2
  • Use Equipment: L2
  • Use Survivor Sense: R3 (hold)
  • Cycle Consumables: Up
  • Toggle Torch: Down
  • Accessories: Left
  • Cycle Weapons: Right
  • Skip Discussion or Scene: O (tap or hold)
  • Select Dialogue: (L) towards option, X
  • Player Menu: TouchPad
  • Pause Menu: Options

Dying Light 2 Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S controls list

Dying Light 2 complete Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S controls list

If you’re using the Dying Light 2 controls on Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S, these are the inputs that you need to know:

  • Move: (L)
  • Look: (R)
  • Jump: RB
  • Climb: Look at a ledge, RB (hold)
  • Climb Upwards: (L) upwards while grabbing (RB) a ledge or drainpipe
  • Strafe: (L) left or right
  • Quick Turn: Y
  • Crouch: B
  • Vault: RB while moving towards the obstacle
  • Grab Zipline: RB (tap)
  • Drop: Look down, RB (tap)
  • Dive (Swimming): B
  • Surface (Swimming): RB
  • Pickup, Use, Open: X
  • Use Consumable (Heal): A (hold)
  • Heavy Move or Open: X (tap multiple times)
  • Block: LB
  • Perfect Block: LB (hold) just as the enemy’s attack is about to hit
  • Quick Attack: RT
  • Vault Kick: Perfect Block (LB), Vault (RB), Kick (RT)
  • Kick: LB + RT
  • Use Equipment: LT
  • Use Survivor Sense: R3 (hold)
  • Cycle Consumables: Up
  • Toggle Torch: Down
  • Accessories: Left
  • Cycle Weapons: Right
  • Skip Discussion or Scene: B (tap or hold)
  • Select Dialogue: (L) towards option, A
  • Player Menu: View
  • Pause Menu: Menu

For the purposes of the above Dying Light 2 controls lists on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, (L) and (R) denote the two analogues, while R3 and L3 show the button that’s activated when you press either analogue.

How to sneak in Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2 sneaking controls

To sneak in Dying Light 2, you need to press O/B to crouch, and then move around slowly by never pushing the left analogue all of the way forward. This allows you to move slowly and quietly.


You’ll want to use this technique at night and in dark buildings, particularly around Sleeping Beauties. Not moving slowly and quietly around these will almost certainly result in death.

However, you can still use R1/RB to vault up and jump on objects. Doing this will stir the Biters, but if you move on quietly, they won’t wake up.

Dying Light 2 vault up and jump objects controls

While out in the city at night, particularly if you’re being chased, you can use hiding spots to stay out of view. To spot them, look for a gold aura or the eye symbol. Then, press O/B to sneak and move into them. Your character will automatically adjust to hide under a bench or crouch lower in tall grass to remain shrouded.


How to save in Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2 uses an auto-save feature and doesn’t allow you to save manually. During a quest, it will save at each checkpoint.

If you’re out and about, quitting the game and then returning will revert you back to your last visited or nearest Safe House. So, it’s always best to reach a Safe House before you quit if you want to save in Dying Light 2.

How to lockpick successfully in Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2 lockpick guide controls

Lockpicking is a key part of Dying Light 2, both in the story and in the open world to be able to open up special areas. You’ll always need Lockpicks, so be sure to pick up any Scrap that you see (use R3 to show resources to scavenge) and craft them within the Player Menu’s Crafting tab.

To make sure that you can get through Lockpicking challenges with ease, always use a light touch. First, turn the left analogue left or right along the top to set a place to attempt to turn. Then, slowly turn the right analogue in the opposite direction to the top Lockpick’s placement to see if it’ll turn all of the way. If it jams, quickly release the right analogue, adjust top placement, and try again.

With the Dying Light 2 controls and tips above, you should have your footing to explore the dangerous world of power-hungry people and people-hungry Biters.


Ben Chopping

Will give almost any game a chance, particularly those that include wildlife, monsters, or prehistoric creatures of any kind.

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