Can You Lock On To Enemies In Dragon's Dogma 2
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How to lock-on to enemies in Dragon’s Dogma 2

Is lock-on locked off?

The combat in Dragon’s Dogma 2 is exceptional, but can you lock-on? If you’re looking to make Dragon’s Dogma 2’s combat more manageable, here is the deal with locking on to enemies.

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Can you lock-on to targets in Dragon’s Dogma 2?

There is no way to lock-on to enemies in Dragon’s Dogma 2. For a game with well-paced, deliberate action similar to FromSoftware’s brand of combat, which does include a lock-on mechanic, it’s a bit strange that Dragon’s Dogma 2 doesn’t have a lock-on mechanic.

How To Aim In Dragon's Dogma 2
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If you’re struggling with not being able to lock-on to enemies when fighting, I recommend using a ranged Vocation. Ranged Vocations, like Archer and Mage, automatically lock-on to enemies. They need to be within range and you need to be facing them, but your light attacks will automatically hit your target if you’re playing ranged. Luckily, you can switch Vocations whenever you want.

Ranged Vocations can also aim. For example, the Archer Vocation has Steady Shot which puts a crosshair on the screen and allows you to shoot a well-placed arrow that hits harder but you have a slower rate of fire. While you’ll need to manually land your shot since lock-on isn’t a thing, it’s a useful trick that you can use to take down enemies with ease, especially Cyclops and Harpies.

Melee Vocations, like Thief and Fighter, are naturally a bit harder than Archer and Mage since they can’t spam their light attack to automatically deal damage to enemies. That isn’t to say melee Vocations are bad — I started with Fighter and absolutely loved it, enjoyed Archer a lot, and am currently maining Mystic Spearhand.

While there may be some Vocations that are better starting Vocations than others, they are all very unique, fun, and powerful. If you want something that gives you a lock-on feeling, go with Archer or Mage. Just know that Dragon’s Dogma 2 doesn’t have a lock-on mechanic. But once you get used to it, you may find yourself loving it, like I did.


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From his early days of blog-style music, movie, and game reviews to working as the Esports Writer at Coastline Community College, Noah Nelson now works fulltime as a Staff Writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion. He has been helping gamers everywhere with Destiny 2 god rolls, Warzone 2 DMZ missions, and collectibles in any indie game for over a year and a half. His Bachelor's Degree in English Rhetoric and Composition with a minor in Journalism from CSULB has shaped him to be a strong writer and editor. His fondest gaming memory is playing Sly Cooper 2 after begging his mom (for hours) to play it before his birthday and he still cries myself to sleep remembering the time he accidentally saved over his 99% completion save file in Kingdom Hearts 2.