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The Parry attack, also called the Reaction Command, is one of several moves that Link learns from Orca on Outset Island in The Wind Waker. It can be performed by L-Targeting certain opponents, then hitting the A button when the corresponding button icon flashes. This will make Link perform an automatic counterattack, but it is important to note that the Parry attack cannot be used while Link has his shield raised.
Parrying is particularly effective against Darknuts, as it can remove their protective armor and expose them to more fundamental attacks.
Types of Parry Attacks
Link's in-game movement depends on the opponent, and the attack it's attempting to use. One motion consists of Link rolling sideways to reach his opponent's back, then jumping up and slashing with his sword; this motion is usually used to evade vertical-striking attacks. The other involves him leaping over his adversary, slashing their head in the process; this is often used to counter horizontal sweeps. These movements are similar to two Hidden Skills in Twilight Princess: Back Slice and Helm Splitter, respectively.
- Despite its name, it is actually a counterattack.
- ↑ "Next is harder! This is a parry attack. [L]-target until you see [flashing icon], then quickly press [A] to perform a defensive strike!" — Orca (The Wind Waker)