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A list of all Dynasty Warriors 5 controls for the PS2 console system.

On Foot[edit]

PlayStation 2 Xbox Action
Cross button
  • Jump
  • Mount Horse
Square button Regular Attack; press repeatedly for more attacks
Circle button
  • Charge Musou Gauge (Musou gauge must be empty)
  • Use Musou Attack (Musou gauge must be filled)
Triangle button Use Charged Attack
Hold R1 button Equips Bow
R1 button+Square button Use regular arrow.
R1 button+Triangle button Use charged arrow.
R1 button+Circle button Use arrow Musou (Musou gauge must be filled).
Hold L1 button Guard
L2 button Display/Hide Target Life and Name
Start button Opens Stage Information and pauses game
Neutral lstick Controls character movements
R3 button Use Musou Rage (a Musou rage token must have been acquired)

Horseback[edit]

PlayStation 2 Xbox Action
Cross button Dismount Horse
Square button Use Mounted Regular Attack; press repeatedly for more attacks
Triangle button Use Mounted Charge Attack
Circle button Use Mounted Musou (Musou gauge must be filled)

Mounted an Elephant[edit]

PlayStation 2 Xbox Action
Cross button Dismount Elephant
Square button Use Regular Elephant Attack
Triangle button Use Elephant Stomp Attack
Circle button Use Elephant Musou Attack (Musou gauge must be filled)

Advanced Techniques[edit]

These attacks and special techniques are for people who are familiar with the Dynasty Warriors franchise. While a player new to this game can use them, they would be, for the most part, difficult to perform.

PlayStation 2 Xbox Action
During Square button attack, press Triangle button Perform unique Charge Attack
While being knocked to the ground, press both R1 button and L1 button simultaneously Somersault back onto your feet
After Jumping, press Square button in midair Performs regular midair attack (most characters require being close to the ground to hit the enemies during a regular midair attack)
After Jumping, press Triangle button in midair Performs charged midair attack (most characters require being close to the ground to hit the enemies during a charged midair attack)
While Guarding, press Triangle button before enemy attack makes contact Perform a parry attack, momentarily stunning the enemy
During Musou Attack, hold the Circle button button Perform longer Musou attack
Select button Change the state of the bodyguard (offensive, defensive or hold her position)