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Dodge and counterattack in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Learn to dodge and counterattack in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, and a big step in your quest for evolution.


If you’re going to evolve in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, you’re going to have to learn to dodge and counterattack predators on a regular basis. Get it right and you’ll return to your settlement healthy, get it wrong and you’ll end up with some broken bones, bleeding, or even having been poisoned. In this guide, we’ll show you how to dodge and counterattack predators, including buttons and keybindings for PC, and button inputs for PS4 and Xbox One controllers.

Dodging Attacks

To dodge an attack, wait for the animal to move towards you. This will enter you into a slow-motion event. Hold A (Xbox One), X (PS4), Space (Keyboard). This will prime your dodge. From there, use the left stick on an Xbox One or PS4 controller, or A on your keyboard, to choose a direction. When you hear a subtle audio cue, release A, X, or Space to perform the dodge. If you dive safely out of the way, you performed the dodge correctly. If you get injured or trampled, the timing was off. The only way to get the timing correct is practice and listen carefully for the prompt, so get back at it until you master the dodge.


Before you can perform a counterattack, you’ll need a stick. If you’re not at the point yet where you know how to get a stick, you should probably be dodging instead. Once you have a stick, though, things are very similar to dodging with a small alteration.

Make sure the stick is in your hand. When the animal charges you, wait for the slow-motion event to kick in, then press and hold A, X, or Space depending on what input device you’re using. Now, instead of choosing a direction to dodge, aim for the attacking animal using left stick, or the A button on your keyboard. When you’re properly lined up, listen to for the audio cue and release A, X, or Space (depending on your input device), and you’ll attempt to strike the animal. If you get it right, you’ll spear the attacker, wounding or killing it.

The first time you try this it might take several successful strikes to kill the animal but keep at it since this action can lead to unlocking new abilities and making it easier to dodge or counterattack in the future. 

Now that you understand how to dodge and counterattack in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, be sure to check out our other content via our Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey topic.

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