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Pressing Esc will take you to the main menu where you can configure most controls. If your mouse has a scrollwheel, be sure to use it to zoom out a bit too — this resets after every load game though. Most players find it easier just to use the keyboard though.

You can play Gothic with mouse+keyboard, but the game can also easily be controlled with just the keyboard. This is especially useful when playing on a laptop without a regular mouse. When not in combat, left and right make you turn left and right, and the camera follows, similar to Tomb Raider. Looking up and down is rarely if ever required anyway.

There is no in-game explanation of the controls. You're supposed to read the manual for that, or StrategyWiki of course. Some new players who don't read manuals can get very frustrated by this because the most basic controls are not explained in-game. Interacting with the world is done with the ACTION key, also known as USE key (by default Ctrl) plus a direction. For most actions, the direction is up.

Pick up an item? Ctrl+ ↑ 
Attack with a melee weapon? Ctrl+ ↑ 
Parry? Ctrl+ ↓ 
Punch? Ctrl+ ↑ 
Fire an arrow? Ctrl+ ↑ 
Use magic? Ctrl+ ↑ 
Talk to an NPC? Ctrl+ ↑ 
Open a door? Ctrl+ ↑ 
Pick a lock on a door or chest? Ctrl+
Drop an item from inventory? Ctrl+ ↓ 
Move 1 item to/from inventory? Ctrl+
Move 10 items to/from inventory? Ctrl+a d
Move 100 items to/from inventory? Ctrl+Shift+a d
  • When picking a lock, hold down USE throughout the lockpicking process. You'll need a Picklock. If both left and right fail, the lock can't be picked and you need a key.
  • To select items to equip, open your inventory Tab and use to browse the categories. Weapons, magic and artifacts can be equipped with Ctrl+ ↑ . To un-equip an item, press Ctrl+ ↑  again.
  • Writings, food, potions, torches, joints and the Lute can be read/consumed/used with Ctrl+ ↑ . The torch can be put away again with Ctrl+ ↑ , but you need to have at least two torches in your inventory to do that.
  • To punch, assume fighting stance first with ~. To attack or parry with a melee weapon, equip your weapon first with 1. To fire an arrow, equip your bow first with 2. To cast spells, equip the magic spell first using 3 through 9 and 0.
  • The process when dealing with looting chests, defeated foes or merchants is mostly the same. To move through categories, press without the USE key. The only difference with merchants is that you move items from the merchant (left) and items from your inventory (right) to the middle of the screen until you're happy with the exchange and the value you offer equals or exceeds the value of the goods from the merchant, then press Enter to finalize the deal.

When using weapons, there is a form of automatic lock-on. Not to make an action game easier for console players (Gothic was never released for any console), but because Gothic isn't an "action" game, at least, not of that kind. Gothic is not like an FPS that tests your reflexes, it's more like Dungeons & Dragons, or more accurately, a hybrid between the two. This style also heavily contributes to the game being easy to play without a mouse.

Have a fiddle with the settings in the game and get a feel for whatever works for you. Jump only works when either moving and pressing jump or if you are standing against a wall/cliff and press  ↑  at the same time. If you want to climb something, stand close to it and hold down the jump button Alt. The camera angle will now change, as if the protagonist is looking up. If you now press  ↑  once, you will hang off the ledge. If you press  ↑  again (or held it down), you will climb onto it. If the slope is less than (say) 80°, you may not be able to grab it even if it looks like it'd be a cakewalk.

If you'd rather play using a gamepad, you can use a third-party utility such as Joy2Key (don't confuse the Linux and Windows versions, as they are different programs with the same name, though they share a similar purpose) to map the gamepad controls to keyboard key presses. This works pretty well, as there are only about a dozen important controls in the game in total.

In any case, be careful, as certain key combinations (such as Ctrl+Esc) may cause the game to crash if accidentally pressed.

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Fists
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1
Melee Weapon
@
2
Ranged Weapon
#
3
Last
Spell
$
4
Spell 1
%
5
Spell 2
^
6
Spell 3
&
7
Spell 4
*
8
Spell 5
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9
Spell 6
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0
Spell 7
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-
+
=
Backspace
Tab
Inventory
Q
W
E
R
T
Y
U
I
O
P
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\
Caps Lock
A
S
D
F
G
H
J
K
L
:
;
;
'
Enter
Shift
Toggle Run/Walk
Z
X
C
V
B
Char
Sheet
N
Quest
Log
M
Map
<
,
>
.
?
/
Shift
Ctrl
Action
Key
Alt
Jump
Space
Toggle Movement/Combat Mode
Alt
Ctrl
Insert
Delete
Strafe Left
Left
Move Left
Change Target / Transfer
Home
End
Up
Move Forward
Interact / Attack
Down
Move Backward
Page Up
Page Dn
Strafe Right
Right
Move Right
Change Target / Transfer
NumLk
7
Home
4
Left
1
End
/
8
Up
5
2
Down
0
Ins
Look Around
*
9
PgUp
6
Right
3
PgDn
.
Del
-
+
Enter
Esc
Main Menu
F1
F2
Console
(Marvin)
F3
F4
F5
Quicksave
F6
F7
F8
F9
Quickload
F10
F11
F12
SysRq
PrtScr
ScrLk
Break
Pause
Win
Win
Menu
Legend
Cap key
Caption
Shift
Ctrl
Alt
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