Warface: Complete Controls Guide for Nintendo Switch

Here’re the Warface controls and settings adjustments that you need to know to play the first-person shooter on the Nintendo Switch.


Originally released in 2013 for PC, in 2020, Warface completed its console leap, arriving on the Nintendo Switch having had just under two years on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

On the Switch, the Crytek-developed game comes with some extra controls features for a unique experience that can be taken on the go.


Here, we’re going through all of the Warface controls set-ups, how to adjust some of the controls features, and how to remap the controls to your preferences.

For the purposes of this Warface controls guide, the left and right analogues are listed as (L) and (R), with the buttons activated by pressing the analogues shown as L3 and R3. The buttons of the d-pad are denoted as Left, Right, Up, and Down.

Warface controls on Nintendo Switch

The Warface controls set-up below is the button layout that you’ll encounter when you first enter the game. There’s another controls option to alter the stick layout, with these Default Warface controls running alongside the Default stick layout option. We’ve also excluded the Warface motion controls, which you can learn how to turn off below.

ActionSwitch Controls
Move(L)
SprintL3
Look(R)
AimZL
ShootZR
Use GrenadeR
Cook and Throw a GrenadeR (hold and release)
Melee AttackR3
Reload / Pick-Up Weapon / InteractY
Change WeaponX
Switch HeavyX (hold)
Jump / Vault / ScaleB
SlideL3, A
Shoot while SlidingL3, A, ZR
CrouchA
Go ProneA (hold)
Restore Self (with Medikit)ZL (hold)
Restore Teammate (with Medikit)ZR (hold)
Replenish Ammo (with Ammo Pack)ZL (hold)
Replenish Teammate Ammo (with Ammo Pack)ZR (hold)
Select Special 1 SlotL
Select Melee AttackUp
Select Mines or Special 2 SlotRight
Select GrenadeDown
Drop BombDown (hold)
Add Attachments to WeaponLeft
Quick Chat MenuL (hold)
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Medic!”X
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Armour!”A
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Ammo!”B
(In Quick Chat) Call “Follow Me!”Y
Menu+
See Scoreboard

Warface Alternative controls on Nintendo Switch

The key difference between the Alternative and Default Warface controls is the switching of the bumper controls.


ActionAlternative Controls
Move(L)
SprintL3
Look(R)
AimZL
ShootZR
Use GrenadeL
Cook and Throw a GrenadeL (hold and release)
Melee AttackR3
Reload / Pick-Up Weapon / InteractY
Change WeaponX
Switch HeavyX (hold)
Jump / Vault / ScaleB
SlideL3, A
Shoot while SlidingL3, A, ZR
CrouchA
Go ProneA (hold)
Restore Self (with Medikit)ZL (hold)
Restore Teammate (with Medikit)ZR (hold)
Replenish Ammo (with Ammo Pack)ZL (hold)
Replenish Teammate Ammo (with Ammo Pack)ZR (hold)
Select Special 1 SlotR
Select Melee AttackUp
Select Mines or Special 2 SlotRight
Select GrenadeDown
Drop BombDown (hold)
Add Attachments to WeaponLeft
Quick Chat MenuR (hold)
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Medic!”X
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Armour!”A
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Ammo!”B
(In Quick Chat) Call “Follow Me!”Y
Menu+
See Scoreboard

Warface Lefty controls on Nintendo Switch

The Lefty Warface controls switch around the key assault buttons, flipping them from the left side of the Switch controller to the right. However, unless you change the Stick Layout to Southpaw, the analogues will remain in their Default setting.

ActionLefty Controls
Move(L)
SprintR3
Look(R)
AimZR
ShootZL
Use GrenadeL
Cook and Throw a GrenadeL (hold and release)
Melee AttackL3
Reload / Pick-Up Weapon / InteractY
Change WeaponX
Switch HeavyX (hold)
Jump / Vault / ScaleB
SlideR3, A
Shoot while SlidingR3, A, ZL
CrouchA
Go ProneA (hold)
Restore Self (with Medikit)ZR (hold)
Restore Teammate (with Medikit)ZL (hold)
Replenish Ammo (with Ammo Pack)ZL (hold)
Replenish Teammate Ammo (with Ammo Pack)ZR (hold)
Select Special 1 SlotR
Select Melee AttackUp
Select Mines or Special 2 SlotRight
Select GrenadeDown
Drop BombDown (hold)
Add Attachments to WeaponLeft
Quick Chat MenuR (hold)
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Medic!”X
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Armour!”A
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Ammo!”B
(In Quick Chat) Call “Follow Me!”Y
Menu+
See Scoreboard

Warface Tactical controls on Nintendo Switch

The Tactical Warface controls don’t change much from the Default set-up, but the quick-action stance change does suit fast-paced players

ActionTactical Controls
Move(L)
SprintL3
Look(R)
AimZR
ShootZL
Use GrenadeL
Cook and Throw a GrenadeL (hold and release)
Melee AttackA
Reload / Pick-Up Weapon / InteractY
Change WeaponX
Switch HeavyX (hold)
Jump / Vault / ScaleB
SlideL3, R3
Shoot while SlidingL3, R3, ZL
CrouchR3
Go ProneR3 (hold)
Restore Self (with Medikit)ZR (hold)
Restore Teammate (with Medikit)ZL (hold)
Replenish Ammo (with Ammo Pack)ZL (hold)
Replenish Teammate Ammo (with Ammo Pack)ZR (hold)
Select Special 1 SlotR
Select Melee AttackUp
Select Mines or Special 2 SlotRight
Select GrenadeDown
Drop BombDown (hold)
Add Attachments to WeaponLeft
Quick Chat MenuR (hold)
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Medic!”X
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Armour!”A
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Ammo!”B
(In Quick Chat) Call “Follow Me!”Y
Menu+
See Scoreboard

Warface Lefty Tactical controls on Nintendo Switch

These Warface controls offer quite a big switch from the Default controls, with several key buttons swapping sides or being moved around.


ActionLefty Tactical Controls
Move(L)
SprintR3
Look(R)
AimZR
ShootZL
Use GrenadeL
Cook and Throw a GrenadeL (hold and release)
Melee AttackA
Reload / Pick-Up Weapon / InteractY
Change WeaponX
Switch HeavyX (hold)
Jump / Vault / ScaleB
SlideR3, L3
Shoot while SlidingR3, L3, ZR
CrouchL3
Go ProneL3 (hold)
Restore Self (with Medikit)ZR (hold)
Restore Teammate (with Medikit)ZL (hold)
Replenish Ammo (with Ammo Pack)ZL (hold)
Replenish Teammate Ammo (with Ammo Pack)ZR (hold)
Select Special 1 SlotR
Select Melee AttackUp
Select Mines or Special 2 SlotRight
Select GrenadeDown
Drop BombDown (hold)
Add Attachments to WeaponLeft
Quick Chat MenuR (hold)
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Medic!”X
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Armour!”A
(In Quick Chat) Call “Need Ammo!”B
(In Quick Chat) Call “Follow Me!”Y
Menu+
See Scoreboard

How to remap Warface controls

To remap the Warface controls, you need to do the following:

  1. Open the menu (+);
  2. Select ‘Options;’
  3. Switch tab to ‘Button Layout;’
  4. Change the ‘Button Layout’ option to ‘Customised;’
  5. Select (A) the Warface control that you want to change;
  6. On the pop-up screen, either press the existing button to exit or a new button to remap Warface controls.

How to turn off Warface motion controls on Switch

To turn off the motion controls for Warface on the Nintendo Switch, you need to:

  1. Press + to open the menu;
  2. Select ‘Options;’
  3. On the ‘Controls,’ ‘Basic Controls’ tab, untick the ‘Use Gyroscope’ box.

How to play with friends on Warface

To add friends, known as Contacts, on Warface, you need to:

  1. Find their name on the ‘My Clan’ page or the lobby screen of a game;
  2. Click on the name and then select ‘Show Profile;’
  3. On the pop-up page, select ‘Send Friend Request;’
  4. If they accept your friend request, the player will be added to your Contacts list.

Your Contacts list is comprised of your Nintendo profile’s friends list. To invite friends to a game, you need to:

  1. Start a game by pressing ‘Play’ from the menu;
  2. Navigate to the ‘Contact List’ in the bottom right of the first ‘Play’ screen;
  3. Select (press A) on the friend that you’d like to invite;
  4. Click on ‘Invite to Game’ to offer them a place in your next Warface game.

Now you know the Warface controls for the Nintendo Switch, as well as how to remap the controls to suit your style of play.

Warface FAQ

Here are some quick answers to some of the more common questions about the Warface gameplay.

How do you sprint in Warface on the Switch?

For most Warface controls set-ups, you’ll need to press L3 to sprint. If this doesn’t make you sprint, you’ll have a different controls set-up selected.

How do you use voice chat in Warface on the Switch?

While in handheld mode, you can find the voice chat controls in the Settings.

  1. Press + to open the Settings menu
  2. Use R to switch tabs to the ‘Social’ menu
  3. Click the tick box to ‘Enable’ under the VOIP heading
  4. Connect your headset to the Switch via the 3.5mm headphone jack at the top of the console
  5. Press the ‘Test’ button to test that your voice chat is operational

How do you crawl in Warface on the Switch?

Using the Default Warface controls, you need to hold the A button to go prone, and then use the left analogue to crawl along the floor.

How do you slide in Warface on the Switch?

To slide in Warface, you’ll need to sprint and then press the crouch button. With the Default Warface controls, you need to sprint with L3 and then press A mid-sprint to slide.

How do you add weapon attachments in Warface on the Switch?

While in a game, you can add several of your earned or unlocked attachments to your weapon by pressing Left on the d-pad. You’ll then see several slots pointing to the areas of your weapon that can take attachments. Move the cursor with the left analogue and select (press A) on any area that you want to augment with an attachment.

How do you play Warface split-screen on the Switch?

At the time of writing, the Nintendo Switch version of Warface doesn’t have a split-screen or couch co-op gameplay option.

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