Shadow of the Tomb Raider Controls

This page provides information about the controls used in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It includes tables with the buttons used in the console versions of the game, as well as information about additional control settings, such as sensitivity when looking around and facilities for people with disabilities.

  • PlayStation 4 controls for Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Xbox One controls for Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Controls settings in Shadow of the Tomb Raider

PlayStation 4 Controls

Character Movement

Sprint / Change Camera Position (only when aiming)

Look Around / Aim

Toggle Survival Instinct – only possible up to normal difficulty level; on high difficulty, the option will be blocked. Additionally, survival instinct is disabled shortly after Lara moves.

Camera Zoom (only when aiming)

Crafting Herb Mixtures – you need to hold this button and press another button representing the specific mix you want to craft (at the beginning of the game, only the standard healing mix is available)

Note – on high difficulty levels, you cannot craft them in combat.

Aim / Swim Faster

Dodge or Jump to the side / Drop Down / Dive

Interaction / Use Climbing Axe (in some instances, Lara can throw it) / Reload Weapon

Melee Attack / Takedown (you need to be close to the enemy and remain unseen)

Jump / Climb / Swim to the Surface (hold)

Fire Selected Weapon / Throw Item (bottles, grenades, Molotovs) / Craft Silent Arrows for the Bow (you need to hold the button and have all the necessary components)

Fire using Special Ammo / Craft Special Arrows for the Bow (you need to hold the button and have all the necessary components)

Select Bow / Select Arrow Type

Select Shotgun

Select Rifle

Select Handgun

Display Map / Browse Tabs with Side Missions, Challenges, Collected Artifacts, and Survival Diary (Tutorials).

Pause Menu – you can load a previous control point, toggle photo mode, open the options menu, check the controls, change the save game slot, and exit to the main menu

Xbox One Commands for Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Character Movement

Sprint / Change Camera Position (only when aiming)

Look Around / Aim

Toggle Survival Instinct – only available up to normal difficulty level; disabled after a short period of time after Lara moves.

Camera Zoom (only when aiming)

Crafting Herb Mixtures – hold this button and press another button for the specific mix you want to craft (only standard healing mix available at the beginning of the game)

Note – cannot craft during combat on high difficulty levels.

Aim / Swim Faster

Dodge or Jump to the Side / Drop Down / Dive

Interaction / Use Climbing Axe (can throw in some instances) / Reload Weapon

Melee Attack / Takedown (remain unseen and close to the enemy)

Jump / Climb / Swim to the Surface (hold)

Fire Selected Weapon / Throw Item (bottles, grenades, Molotovs) / Craft Silent Arrows for Bow (hold button and have all necessary components)

Fire using Special Ammo / Craft Special Arrows for Bow (hold button and have all necessary components)

Select Bow / Select Arrow Type

Select Shotgun

Select Rifle

Select Handgun

Display Map / Browse Tabs with Side Missions, Challenges, Collected Artifacts and Survival Diary (Tutorials).

Pause Menu – Load Previous Control Point, Toggle Photo Mode, Open Options Menu, Check Controls, Change Save Game Slot, and Exit to Main Menu

Settings for Controls in Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Additional control settings for Shadow of the Tomb Raider can be found in the Accessibility tab. Some of these settings are generally applicable, while others are designed for people with varying degrees of disability. These settings can allow you to press a button once instead of holding it down or turn off the need to make full turns with the analog stick. The list of settings shown in the picture above is for the PS4 version but should also be available on Xbox and PC.

The following are the different options available in the game settings: Invert Y Axis, Vibration, Reduce Camera Shake, Center Camera Horizontally, Aim Mode, Weapon Aim, Repeated Button Presses, Crank Control, and Aim Sensitivity. Invert Y Axis allows for the camera to move opposite to the direction of the stick. Vibration can be toggled on or off. Reduce Camera Shake can be used to decrease the shakiness of the camera. Center Camera Horizontally is enabled by default. Aim Mode can be set to toggle or hold. Weapon Aim can be changed to the left analog stick. Repeated Button Presses can be turned off by selecting the hold option. Crank Control can be used to only tilt the analog stick instead of fully rotating it. Aim Sensitivity can be adjusted to preferred settings.

FAQ

1. What are the basic controls in Shadow of the Tomb Raider?

The basic controls in Shadow of the Tomb Raider include moving Lara Croft with the left stick, aiming with the right stick, and jumping with the A button. Players can also interact with objects by pressing the X button, crouch with the B button, and melee attack with the Y button. The LB button can be used to show the Survival Instincts and the RB button can be used to throw objects.

2. How do I swim in Shadow of the Tomb Raider?

To swim in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, players need to approach a body of water and press the A button to jump in. Once in the water, players can use the left stick to move and the right stick to look around. Pressing the A button will allow Lara to swim faster, while holding the B button will make her dive underwater. Players can also use the LB button to show the Survival Instincts while swimming.

3. What are the combat controls in Shadow of the Tomb Raider?

The combat controls in Shadow of the Tomb Raider include using the left stick to move and the right stick to aim. Players can shoot their weapons with the RT button, while holding the LT button will allow Lara to aim more precisely. Players can also use the Y button for melee attacks and the RB button to throw objects. The LB button can be used to show the Survival Instincts during combat.

4. How do I use the grappling hook in Shadow of the Tomb Raider?

To use the grappling hook in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, players need to find a white rope coil or a wooden beam with a rope attached to it. Players can then approach the rope and press the Y button to attach the grappling hook to it. Players can use the left stick to swing back and forth and the A button to jump off. The grappling hook can also be used to pull objects or open doors by attaching the hook to them and pulling the left stick.

5. What are the stealth controls in Shadow of the Tomb Raider?

The stealth controls in Shadow of the Tomb Raider include using the left stick to move and the right stick to look around. Players can also use the LB button to show the Survival Instincts and the B button to crouch. Players can perform stealth kills by approaching enemies from behind and pressing the Y button. Players can also distract enemies by throwing objects with the RB button. Moving slowly and staying in the shadows will help players remain undetected.

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