Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity: Complete Controls Guide

Here are all of the controls that you need to know to take on Calamity Ganon in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

While we await the arrival of the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo deployed developers Omega Force to bring us a prequel, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

Taking place a century before the events of the highly-rated 2017 release, Age of Calamity has you play as legendary characters like Link, Impa, Princess Zelda, and the Four Champions to lead Hyrule’s battalions against the armies of Calamity Ganon.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity offers you a vast array of controls to help you conquer each battlefield, all of which are detailed below.

For the purposes of this controls guide, (L) and (R) refer to the left and right analogues, with L3 and R3 denoting the button activated when you press either analogue. Controls on the d-pad are shown as Up, Right, Down, and Left.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity controls list

While the attacks and moves that each character performs will differ, the basic input to initiate attacks and use items remain the same throughout. Here’re the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity controls that you need to know:

Warrior ActionSwitch Controls
Run(L) + B (hold)
Move Camera(R)
Regular AttackY
Strong AttackX (press or hold and release)
Special AttackA (when yellow bar is full)
Midair AttacksY / X (in midair)
Weak-Point SmashX (when enemy’s weak-point gauge is depleted)
Flurry RushB (dodge at the last moment), then press Y
GuardZL (hold)
Unique ActionZR
Open CratesY
Change CharacterUp / Down
Items WheelL (hold) – will slow time
Use Healing ItemL + B
Use Fire RodL + Y
Use Ice RodL + X
Use Lightning RodL + A
Sheikah Runes WheelR (hold) – will slow time
Throw Remote BombR + Y
Use CryonisR + A
Use MagnesisR + B
Use StasisR + X
Wall JumpB (off of a vertical surface)
Use ParagliderB (while in the air)
Safe LandingB (after launched into the air by an enemy)
Escape Freeze(L) (shake side-to-side)
Lock-On to EnemyR3
Switch Lock-On Target(R) (while locked-on)
Cancel Lock-OnR3 (while locked-on)
Change Map ViewL3
Give OrdersPress +, select ally, command on the map
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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity map controls

When you return from the battlefield, you’ll be taken to the Map Overview screen, from which you can see all of Hyrule, your quests, and scenarios.

Map ActionSwitch Controls
Move Cursor(L) / D-pad
Zoom in / out(R) (upwards / downwards)
Next BattleR3
Navigate Services, Map, Chapters, Challenges, QuestsL and R
Initiate Two-PlayerL3

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity two-player controls

To play Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity as a couch co-op game, you need to begin two-player mode from the Map Overview screen by pressing L3.

You can then sync two full handset controllers or two separate Joy-Cons to play Hyrule Warriors in two-player mode. When you enter a scenario or battle, the game will go into a split-screen view, with Player 1 on the top screen and Player 2 on the bottom screen.

If you’re playing the two-player mode of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity with two dual Joy-Con controllers, both players can use the warrior controls detailed above. If you’re using one Joy-Con each, these are the Joy-Con controls that you need to know:

Two-Player Warrior ActionJoy-Con Controls
Activate Two-Player ModeL3 (from Map Overview screen)
Lock-On to Enemy(L3)
Regular AttackLeft / B
Strong AttackUp / Y
Special AttackRight / X
DodgeDown / A
GuardSL (hold)
Unique ActionSR
Sheikah Runes / Items WheelSL + SR
Menu / System+ / –

How to use Sheikah Runes

Each of the Sheikah Runes can be used by your Hyrule Warriors, with the wheel that shows all four of the runes being brought up by holding R. The four Sheikah Runes have their own controls and are suited to tackling different types of enemies, as detailed below:

Sheikah RuneControlsUse Versus…
StasisR + XEnemies using spinning attacks to stop their move and make them lose balance.
Remote BombR + Y, aim with (L)/(R), ZR to detonate, B to cancelDefensive enemies to break their guard or floating enemies out of reach of standard attacks.
CryonisR + A, aim with (L)/(R), X to fire, ZR to detonate pillarsEnemies that surge towards you with an attack by spawning a massive ice block.
MagnesisR + B, ZR to launch magnetised objectEnemies wielding metal weapons and equipment.

How to use Rods

Located on your Items wheel, which is brought up by holding L, you can use three different Rods with the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity controls. Each of the Fire Rod, Ice Rod, and Lightning Rod can cause massive amounts of damage to a large area and induce an elemental effect.

Fire RodL + YUse in grassy areas to cause additional burning damage to enemies.
Ice RodL + XThe ice can freeze enemies in their place and freeze bodies of water.
Lightning RodL + ABursts of electricity can electrify metal boxes. Struck enemies will also be stunned.

How to heal in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

At the top left of your screen, you can see a bar of hearts, which represents your health. If that health bar is low, you can heal your warrior by holding R to bring up the items wheel, and then press B.

You’ll often find yourself healing while foraging around the battlefields. Sometimes, when you smash boxes and crates, apples will fall out. These apples can be consumed by walking over them, which will either heal your warrior or add the apple to your inventory so that you can heal later.

How to give orders in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

While you can change character by pressing Up or Down, you’ll sometimes find that you just want one of your other warriors to do a job themselves. To give orders in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, you need to:

  1. Press + to bring up the menu;
  2. Under the ‘Allies’ tab, hover over the character that you which to give an order;
  3. Press A;
  4. Navigate the mini-map using (L) to move, R3 to zoom-in, and A to give an order.

While your allies are following orders, you’re free to carry on as you wish with the character that you’re controlling. After giving orders, you’re still free to change to the other character by pressing Up or Down.

How to save the game in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity utilises an auto-save feature; whenever you see the small blue sword in the bottom right corner, the game is saving.

While you’re on the battlefield or in the middle of a quest, you can’t manually save the game. However, when you’re back on the Map Overview screen, you can press – to bring up the System menu and then select the ‘Save’ option.

From initiating a two-player game to using the Sheikah Runes, you now know the controls needed to command your Hyrule Warriors in Age of Calamity.

Ben Chopping

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