Controls for Scarlet Nexus features the input methods for the player to interact with the game. Listed below are details on the default configuration for each platform such as the Xbox Series X, PlayStation┬«5, as well as the Xbox One, PlayStation┬«4, and PC. These control tutorials can be accessed anytime from the menu Library tab then Help. Button controls can also be modified at any time from the Options menu, Controls.


Scarlet Nexus Controls

 Name Controls
Weapon Attack x-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Jump a-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Strafe / Dash b-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Special Attack y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Activate SAS Menu rb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Enable Combo Vision Menu lb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Action (Check/Talk)  y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Action (Shop)  x-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Item Select (left)  dpad-left-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Item Select (right)  dpad-right-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Use Item  dpad-down-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Main Menu  Menu Button
Local Map Map Button
World Map/ Revive  dpad-up-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Brain Message Screen  rb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + dpad-up-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Name Controls
Change Lock-On Target rb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + r5-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Psychokinesis Field rt-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min  + lt-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Assault Vision  y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + b-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Brain Field Development (LS) + (RS) 
Move Forward ls-up-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Move Back  ls-down-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Move Left  (LS left)
Move Right  (LS right)
Move Camera Up  (RS up)
Move Camera Down  (RS down)
Move Camera Left  (RS left)
Move Camera Right  (RS right)
Reset Camera (LS) Left stick
Lock On (RS) Right stick
PK Attack rt-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Special Object / Brain Crush  lt-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
 Name Controls 
SAS Activation [1] rb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
SAS Activation [2] rb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min  + x-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
SAS Activation [3] rb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + b-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
SAS Activation [4] rb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + a-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Cancel SAS rb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min  + (RS)
Activate Combo Vision [1] lb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Activate Combo Vision [2]  lb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + x-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Activate Combo Vision [3]  lb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + b-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Activate Combo Vision [4]  lb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + a-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min
Change SAS/ Combo Vision Menu lb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min lb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min or  rb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min rb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min



Scarlet Nexus Game Control Tutorials 



Move/Camera Controls

Move with (LS) Control camera with (RS). Reset camera with LS.

To change camera settings, open the main menu and navigate to the configuration screen.


While pressing (LS) to step forward, you can dash with b-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min.


Jump with a-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min.

b-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min to step forward. You can also evade enemy attacks by inputting b-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min and (LS) at the same time.

Perfect Dodge

If you dodge an enemy attack at just the right time, you'll perform a Perfect Dodge. This grants you temporary invulnerability, giving you an advantage in battle. Learning certain skills will allow you to recover your psychokinesis gauge by pulling off a Perfect Dodge or follow one up with a deadly attack.


Pressing rt-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min after dodging any object or projectile hurled at you by an enemy with the right timing will activate an Intercept and send those projectiles or objects back to the enemy.


Lock-on to an enemy with (RS). Press again to disengage. When you are not locked-on, attacking an enemy will cause you o automatically lock-on to them. You can switch targets by pressing (RB) + (RS) when locked-on to an enemy.

*Automatic Lock-on and Target Switching can be changed from the Config/ Controller section in the main menu's options.

Weapon Attacks

(X) to perform a weapon attack, Push it repeatedly to execute a combo attack. 

Jump and attack with a-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + x-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min.

Use Item

The item menu is displayed on the bottom left of the screen during battle.
D-pad left & right to switch items, down to use item.

You cannot use an item immediately after another. You will be able to use another item after a certain amount of time has passed.

System Log

A system log is displayed on the right of the screen when you defeat an enemy. You can see how much EXP and money kin-currency-icon-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide you earned, as well as any items you received.


When your team member's HP is reduced to 0, approach and hold down (Up on d-pad), and wait for the gauge to fill up completely to revive them.

When your HP is reduced to 0, an ally will sometimes revive you. An ally that you have a higher bond level with will have a higher chance of reviving you.


SAS is a brain-to-brain connection with a virtual cable that allows you to temporarily use allies' powers. SAS menu is displayed in the lower right of the screen during battle. Pressing (RB) + b-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min a-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min x-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min will activate the SAS entered into each slot.



Combat Controls

Combat Title


Yuito's Battle Style

Yuito fights using his power, psychokinesis, and his sword. The attack range of his sword is short, but he can overwhelm enemies with his fast attack. He attacks enemies one-by-one at close range.

Yuito's Special Attack

Press y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min while moving to perform a sweeping Moving Spin Attack in the wide area. The psychokinesis gauge will recover greatly, so adding this to combos allows you to fight while sustaining the gauge. It can only be used once per combo, but learning other skills can increase the number of times it can be used.

Kasane's Fighting Style

Kasane fights using her power, "Psychokinesis" to attack with objects and by attacking with the multiple "Knives" she has equipped. She is good at using area of effect attacks when surrounded and fighting mid-air.

Kasane Special Attack

Using y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min, you can activate a Back-step Attack where Kasane makes a weapon attack while stepping back to a suitable distance. The psychokinesis gauge will recover greatly, so adding this to combos allows you to fight while sustaining the gauge. It can only be used once per combo, but learning other skills can increase the number of times it can be used.

Psychokinesis Attack

Attack with main character's psychokinesis. Hold rt-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min to consume the psychokinesis gauge and control surrounding objects to damage the enemy.

The psychokinesis gauge will recover over time, but x-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min weapon attacks will restore the gauge a little bit. y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min special attacks will restore it a lot more.

Rush Follow-Up Attack

Perform Rush Follow-Up Attack by following up with x-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min weapon attack when landing a psychokinesis attack  (Hold rt-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min) and get close to the enemy. Use rt-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min for a psychokinesis object attack to combo into a Psychokinesis Follow-Up Attack. Repeat to strengthen Rush Follow-Up Attack for more damage.

Psychokinesis Follow-Up Attack

When a x-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min or a y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min attack lands, performing a psychokinesis attack by holdingrt-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min will result in a powerful psychokinesis. follow-up attack.

It consumes a lot of the psychokinesis gauge, so restore it by usingx-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min ory-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min attacks. This will allow you to combo longer.

Enhancing Rush/Psychokinesis Follow-Up Attacks

Learning the rush follow-up attack and psychokinesis follow-up attack skills increases the number of times they can be used consecutively.

Chaining together a rush follow-up attack, a psychokinesis follow-up attack, and then another rush follow-up attack in succession allows you to deal heavy damage.

Special Object Attack

Hold down lt-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min to consume the PK guage and attack with special objects. After hitting the enemy, input the follow-up command shown on screen to control the special object for additional attacks. Follow-up command changes based on the type of special object.

SAS: Clairvoyance

By borrowing the Clairvoyance power, you can detect invisible enemies and see-through poor visibility conditions such as fog, Additionally, perfect dodges are easier to execute, allowing you to trigger a powerful read attack by performing a weapon attackx-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min immediately after. 

Additional effects will be added as you strengthen your bond with Tsugumi.

SAS: Sclerokinesis

By borrowing Sclerokinesis, you harden your entire body and render enemy attacks ineffective. The effective time shortens with the number of enemy's attack. Additional effects will be added as you strengthen your bond with Gemma.

SAS: Teleportation

By borrowing the Teleportation power, b-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min steps become teleportation moves, allowing you to attack dangerous close-range enemies with quick strikes before retreating to a safe distance. Additionally performing a weapon attackx-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min while in range of a target teleports you next to the enemy for a slash attack. It also allows you to move through the walls. Additional effects will be added as you strengthen your bond with Luka.

Move to the other side with SAS Teleportation.

There are walls you can pass through with SAS teleportation, which will be indicated by a glow. You can pass through by getting close and performing b-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min.

SAS: Velocity

While borrowing Hypervelocity, you can move at a pace that makes it feel as if time slowed down. Use it when confronting fast enemies or those you want to finish off quickly. Additional effects will be added as you strengthen your bond with Arashi.

SAS: Duplication

By borrowing the Duplication power, you can duplicate objects to use for psychokinesis. While active, enemy shells are easier to break and it allows you to attack with multiple objects. Extremely effective when you want to finish off multiple enemies at the same time. 

Additional effects will be added as you strengthen your bond with Kyoka.

SAS: Invisibility

By borrowing the Invisibility power and vanishing, you will go undetected by enemies. You can sneak to the enemy's weak point and attack. Attacks x-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min , a-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + x-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min, special attacks y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min, and PK attacks rt-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min when enemy does not detect you are always critical hits that apply massive physical and crush damage.

Using multiple SAS simultaneously. 

After learning certain skills, you will be able to activate 2 or more SAS simultaneously. * Some SAS cannot be activated together.
You can use rb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min+(R5) to disengage all active SAS at once, or you can inputrb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + b-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-mina-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-miny-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-minx-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min again to disengage one at a time.

Assault Vision

Your allies can call to you during battle once you strengthen your bonds with them. If you reply with y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min +b-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min, they will appear as a VISION and will execute a special attack. The stronger the bond, the more often they will call to you.

Brain Crush

An attack that destroys the enemy's weak point and defeats it in one hit. Chip down the enemy's crush gauge located below its health gauge and an icon will appear.  When it does, press lt-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min to execute a brain crush. Crush gauge can be reduced greatly with rush follow-up attacks and psychokinesis follow-up attacks. However, quick action is required as the enemy recovers over time.

Brain Drive

Brain drive is a state of increased focus, temporarily granting various buffs such as an increased attack, movement, and psychokinesis speed. The brain drive gauge fills up by performing actions such as defeating enemies or receiving damage and will activate automatically when completely filled.

Brain Drive Effect

Activating brain drive comes with many additional effects such as increased attack speed, reduced psychokinesis gauge consumption, and reduced lifting time for psychokinesis objects allowing for a more expeditious fight. The brain drive gauge will be displayed while it is active, and after a certain amount of time, it will automatically deactivate. When outside of battle, the brain drive gauge will deplete more slowly.

EXP Bonus

While brain drive is active, active actions like executing brain crushes, psychokinesis follow-up attacks, and perfect dodges will increase an EXP bonus. Defeating enemies will further increase the EXP in relation to the bonus value from these actions.

Knocked Down

Enemies can be knocked down by continuous attacks or hitting them with specific objects. They are defenseless when down, making it easier to finish them off. Some enemies can be knocked down easily by a specific attack.

Weak Points

Some Others have weak points. Attacking them in their weak points will allow you to knock them down more easily.

Weak points protected by shells. 

Some Others have a hard shell that protects their weak points. If you come across an Other like this, you'll have to break its shell to reveal its weak spot in order to defeat it. Attacking their weak spots will greatly reduce their crush gauge.

Organize Party

You can choose battle members besides the main character and reserve members from "party" in the main menu. You can set members' powers in the SAS menu. If you use battle member's power through SAS, there will be a bonus added to the duration, and SAS gauge recovery speed.

Changing Tactics

Different tactics designate which enemies your allies should target or whether they should prioritize healing. You can change tactics by pressing y-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min in the party screen. Directing your allies according to the situation can give you an advantage in battle.

Brain Points (BP)

You gain Brain Points (BP) when you level up. You can learn various skills by spending BP on the brain map screen in the menu.

Brain Map

The brain map shows you what skills you have learned and allows you to learn new skills by using BP. Skills are split into categories. Some routes only have a single path to learn the entire skillset, while other skillsets branch into adjacent categories.

Brain Message

You will receive messages from various people as you progress through the story. You can view messages in the main menu library screen. You can also open the Brain Message screen directly with rb-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min + up.

Reply to Brain Messages

There are messages that you can reply to. If you reply with  a-button-controls-scarlet-nexus-wiki-guide-min, you may receive a reply as well. Some messages will have a time restriction on the reply.

Bond Level 

Deepen the bond with your allies by progressing bond episode, fighting with them, and giving gifts (after standby phase 2). After doing so, your bond level with them will increase when you speak to them at the hideout.

As the bond level with your allies increases, SAS effects are added and they will perform support actions on you such as healing and reviving more regularly.

Minimap/Location Map

The mini-map is displayed on the e upper right of the screen. You can check your surroundings and the objective direction. You can turn it on or off in Options, opened with from the main menu.

Data Point/ Resource Reading

There are locations where you can get items.

  • Eenvironmental data points. Obtain Other and environmental data.
  • Resource reading. You won't know what the item is until you obtain it.

They can be claimed again after a certain amount of time passes but their locations will be randomized.

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