From first glance, Boneloaf’s gelatinous beat-‘em-up game Gang Beasts is quite simple: batter your opponents until you can chuck them off a ledge, push them into the road, or a cast them into the fire.
However, while the basic controls are quite easy to grasp, there are many combinations that you can pull to catch your opponent off-guard or deal an instant knockout blow.
In this Gang Beasts controls guide, we’ll detail the basic controls for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC players as well as the more advanced moves that you can deploy.
Gang Beasts Basic PS4, Xbox One, and PC Controls
From moving around to attacking and taunting, these are the basic controls that you need to know to play Gang Beasts.
Left Stick and Right Stick on either console controller are denoted as L and R. When two buttons need pressing at once, a + will be used to indicate as such.
|Xbox One Controls||PC Controls|
|Run||X (hold while moving)||A (hold while moving)||Space (hold while moving)|
|Sit||X (hold while still)||A (hold while still)||Space (hold while still)|
|Lay Down||Square (hold)||X (hold)||M (hold)|
|Crawl||O (hold, then move)||B (hold, then move)||Ctrl (hold, then move)|
|Lean Back||Square (hold)||X (hold)||M (hold)|
|Left Punch||L1||LB||Left Click / ,|
|Right Punch||R1||RB||Right Click / .|
|Headbutt||O (tap)||B (tap)||Ctrl (tap)|
|Left Grab||L1 (hold)||LB (hold)||Left Click / , (hold)|
|Right Grab||R1 (hold)||RB (hold)||Right Click / . (hold)|
|Two-Handed Grab||L1+R1 (hold)||LB+RB (hold)||Left+Right Click / ,+. (hold)|
|Lift||Triangle (while grabbing)||Y (while grabbing)||Shift (while grabbing)|
|Taunt||Triangle (hold)||Y (hold)||Shift (hold)|
|Change Camera Angle||D-Pad||D-Pad||Left Arrow / Right Arrow|
|Switch Spectating||R2||RT||< / >|
There are also some additional PC controls for Gang Beasts that are exclusive to the platform. The PC-exclusive controls are as follows:
|Fast Motion||+ (tap for faster)|
|Slow Motion||– (tap for slower)|
|Toggle Scoreboard||Tab (hold)|
|Toggle Nametags||Q (hold)|
|Toggle Day and Night||F1|
|Spawn Opponents||Shift/Ctrl + 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, or 8|
|Spawn Props||3,4,5,6, or 7|
|Spawn Forces||1 or 2|
Gang Beasts Combos: Advanced PS4, Xbox One, and PC Controls
With those basic controls locked down, you can start to combine them to create tricks such as new movements, special attacks, and some actions that combine the two.
The general description of each of these advanced combo controls will be detailed in their PS4 controller form, but after each description, there’ll be an Xbox One button and PC key guide.
Credit to Reddit user Amos0310 for discovering some of the more intricate Gang Beasts combinations listed below.
Gang Beasts Alternate Movement Controls
Handstand: To perform a handstand in Gang Beasts, you need to duck (hold O), grab the floor (L1+R1), and then press jump to keep the legs up (X).
- PS4: hold O, L1+R1, X
- Xbox One: hold B, LB+RB, X
- PC: hold Ctrl, Left Click+Right Click, Space
Backflip: Nailing the backflip takes a fair bit of practice because you have to get the timing just right. It involves laying down (hold Square), pressing jump (X), and releasing the lay down button at just the right moment.
Just as your character starts to lean back, quickly tap jump and release the lay down button. You can barely lean backwards before pressing jump, so the timing for a Gang Beasts backflip does take some perfecting.
- PS4: hold Square, X, release Square
- Xbox One: hold X, A, release X
- PC: hold M, Space, release M
Zombie Waddle: To walk around the arena with a floppy head and a bit of a waddle, like a zombie, you need to hold headbutt (O) and kick (Square) while moving around (L).
- PS4: hold O+Square, L
- Xbox One: hold B+X, L
- PC: Ctrl+M, WASD
Body Slam: For this move, you’ll need a good amount of height and a ledge to fall from – and preferably an enemy to land on underneath.
The Body Slam may also result in you knocking yourself out or breaking the environment objects.
To perform the Body Slam in Gang Beasts, you need to get to a ledge and then hold jump (X) and headbutt (O) at the same time.
- PS4: find a ledge, X+O
- Xbox One: find a ledge, A+B
- PC: find a ledge, Space+Ctrl
Gang Beasts Sliding Controls
Powerslide: To perform a powerslide in Gang Beasts, you need to move in the direction of your choice (L) while also holding the kick (Square) and crawl (O) controls.
- PS4: L, hold Square+O
- Xbox One: L, hold X+B
- PC: WASD, hold M+Ctrl
Slide Tackle: To perform this high-paced move that’ll sweep your opponent off of their feet – if timed correctly – you’ll need to run (hold X while moving in a direction), and then hold kick (hold Square) at the right moment.
- PS4: L, hold X, hold Square
- Xbox One: L, hold A, hold X
- PC: WASD, hold Space, hold M
Dropslide: To perform the dropslide in Gang Beats, you’ll need to run at your opponent (L, hold X), press jump (X), quickly press kick (Square), and then hold both jump and kick (X+Square).
- PS4: L, hold X, X, Square, X+Square
- Xbox One: L, hold A, A, X, A+X
- PC: WASD, hold Space, Space, M, Space+M
Gang Beasts Climbing Controls
Regular Climbing: To perform a regular climbing action to scale a ledge in Gang Beasts, grab onto a ledge or lip (L1+R1), and then hoist yourself up (hold X).
- PS4: hold L1+R1, hold X
- Xbox One: hold LB+RB, hold A
- PC: Left Click+Right Click, hold Space
Leap-up Climb: You can also scale a large object or wall with a bit more oomph by grabbing on (L1+R1), and then jump upwards from the grab (double-tap X).
- PS4: hold L1+R1, double-tap X
- Xbox One: hold RB+LB, double-tap A
- PC: Left Click+Right Click, double-tap Space
Swing-up Climb: When you’ve got your grip on a surface, you can swing your legs around and up.
Once you’ve grabbed on (L1+R1), swing your legs by kicking and headbutting at the same time (hold Square+O), and directing your legs to where you want them to go.
- PS4: hold L1+R1, hold Square+O, L
- Xbox One: hold LB+RB, hold X+B, L
- PC: Left Click+Right Click, hold Space+Ctrl, WASD
Gang Beasts Super Punch Controls
Super Punch: The Super Punch is one of the greatest weapons in Gang Beasts if you get the timing right. The attack is all about improvising a grab with the swing of a headbutt.
To do a Super Punch in Gang Beasts, you need to press headbutt (O), and then immediately press one of the grab buttons (L1 or R1), depending on which hand you want to punch with.
This will see your avatar flick their head back and then suddenly throw their fist. Performing the Super Punch in Gang Beasts can result in an instant knockout.
- PS4: press O, quickly press L1 or R1
- Xbox One: press B, quickly press LB or RB
- PC: press Ctrl, quickly click the left or right mouse button
Gang Beasts KO Headbutt Controls
Knockout Headbutt: The knockout headbutt is the move that everyone wants to pull in Gang Beasts, and while it gives you ample time to pick-up and chuck any foe, it does take some exact timing to pull off.
You need to be able to grab – either with both hands at the same time or each limb one at a time (L1+R1) – your foe’s shoulders.
You can grab them from the front or while standing behind them.
Once you have a grip of their shoulders with either hand holding either of their shoulders, press headbutt (O) until they’re out cold.
- PS4: hold L1+R1 to grab their shoulders, O
- Xbox One: hold LB+RB to grab their shoulders, B
- PC: Left Click+Right Click to grab their shoulders, Ctrl
Charged Headbutt: While the standard headbutt and the KO Headbutt are very potent in Gang Beasts, there’s also a Charged Headbutt that you can utilise.
For a Charged Headbutt, you need to press jump (X), press headbutt (O), and then hold the headbutt button (O).
- PS4: X, O, hold O
- Xbox One: A, B, hold B
- PC: Space, Ctrl, hold Ctrl
Gang Beasts Dropkick Controls
Standing Dropkick: This is just your regular dropkick – where you’re in front of your opponent and quickly pop a kick to their upper-body while in midair.
To perform a dropkick in Gang Beasts, simply jump (X) and then hold kick (Square) while in midair.
- PS4: X, hold Square
- Xbox One: A, hold X
- PC: Space, hold M
Flying Dropkick: This dropkick has a little more zing to it and can easily catch your opponent off-guard, and maybe even to the extent that they tumble backwards to their doom.
For the flying dropkick in Gang Beasts, you need to run towards your opponent (L, hold X), and then quickly tap jump (X) and then hold kick (Square) in midair.
- PS4: L, hold X, tap X, hold Square
- Xbox One: L, hold A, tap A, hold X
- PC: WASD, hold Space, tap Space, hold M
Super Dropkick: Like the Flying Dropkick, the Super Dropkick entails you running towards your foe (L, hold X), quickly tap jump (X), hold kick (Square), and then, in midair, press headbutt (O).
- PS4: L, hold X, X, hold Square, O
- Xbox One: L, hold A, A, hold X, B
- PC: WASD, hold Space, Space, hold M, Ctrl
Mega Dropkick: The Mega Dropkick is an even greater version of the Super Dropkick. To perform this Gang Beasts combo, you’ll need to run (L, hold X), tap jump (X), quickly press lift (Triangle), hold kick (Square), and while in midair, press headbutt (O).
- PS4: L, hold X, X, Triangle, hold Square, O
- Xbox One: L, hold A, A, Y, hold X, B
- PC: WASD, hold Space, Space, Shift, hold M, Ctrl
Flipkick: The Gang Beasts Flipkick looks like a continual Backflip, but is actually much simpler to perform. All you have to do is hold the kick button (Square) and then tap jump (X) repeatedly.
- PS4: Square, X, X, X, X, X…
- Xbox One: X, A, A, A, A, A…
- PC: M, Space, Space, Space, Space, Space…
Gang Beasts How To Throw Controls
Throwing Foes: Once you’ve knocked out an opponent or found a foe who’s absent, for some reason, the best thing to do is to pick them up and throw them into a hazard or out of the arena altogether.
All you have to do is approach the opponent, grab them (L1+R1), lift them up (Triangle), walk right up to where you wish to throw them, move towards it and then release the grab buttons.
- PS4: L1+R1, Triangle, L, release L1+R1
- Xbox One: LB+RB, Y, L, release LB+RB
- PC: Left Click+Right Click, Shift, WASD, release Left Click+Right Click
Gang Beasts may look superbly silly, but there are some intricate controls to add to your repertoire which will give you the advantage in the absurdly dangerous arenas.