Is vanilla Minecraft combat too boring for you? Fear not, Dynamic Sword Skills will have you parrying, dodging, and attempting to perform strategic devastating attacks on your enemies!

This mod is a standalone version providing ONLY the combat skills, for those who don’t want tons of Zelda-related items, mobs, dungeons and other things clogging up their games but still want to spice up combat.

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Basic Sword Technique

  • Activation: Default key is X; must be looking at a target
  • Effect: Locks view on to target, can no longer use mouse to free look
  • Exhaustion: None
  • Notes: While locked on to a target,
    • Tab changes to the next target
    • Rctrl may be used to block in addition to RMB
    • Up arrow may be used in addition to LMB to perform a standard attack
    • Deactivate by pressing X once more, or by killing everything in sight
    • Each attack contributes to your current Combo; as the Combo gets bigger, so does your damage!

Dash Attack

  • Activation: Attack while blocking with a sword
  • Effect: Charges towards target, inflicting minor damage and knocking the target back
  • Exhaustion: Moderate (1.0F minus 0.1F per level)
  • Damage: 4.0F + 0.5F per level plus knockback
  • Notes:
    • Standing too close to the target will not build up enough momentum to cause any damage


  • Activation: Double-tap left or right to dodge in that direction
  • Effect: Quickly dodge out of the way of incoming attacks
  • Exhaustion: Very Low (0.05F)
  • Chance to Dodge: 0.1F per level plus a time bonus of up to 0.2F
  • Notes:
    • The amount of time during which the player is considered ‘dodging’ increases with skill level
    • Can be configured to activate with a single tap only when using the arrow keys


  • Activation: Double-tap back / down
  • Effect: Parries an incoming blow when being attacked; cannot parry unarmed attacks.
  • Exhaustion: Low (0.3F minus 0.02F per level)
  • Chance to Disarm: 0.1F per level plus a timing bonus of up to 0.2F
  • Notes:
    • For players of equal parry skill, chance to disarm is determined solely by timing
    • Can be configured to activate with a single tap only when using the arrow keys

Armor Break

  • Activation: Charge up by holding the attack key; the skill will trigger when the charge is sufficient
  • Effect: This powerful blow ignores target’s armor value when inflicting damage
  • Exhaustion: Moderate (1.2F minus 0.06F per level)
  • Damage: Same as a normal attack, including enchantment bonuses, but ignoring the target’s armor
  • Charge Time: 20 ticks minus one tick per level

Leaping Blow

  • Activation: Jump while blocking
  • Effect: Upon landing, unleashes a devastating AoE attack that damages all in its path in addition to temporarily causing weakness
  • Exhaustion: High (2.0F minus 0.1F per level)
  • Damage: Base sword damage, plus 1.0F per level, plus weakness for (50 + (10 * level)) ticks
  • Notes:
    • Range and area of effect increase with level.
    • Damage caused by Leaping Blow contributes only to Combo damage, not size.

Mortal Draw

  • Activation: While empty-handed and locked on, hold the block key and attack
  • Effect: The art of drawing the sword, or Battoujutsu, is a risky but deadly move, capable of inflicting deadly wounds on unsuspecting opponents with a lightning-fast blade strike
  • Exhaustion: Very High (3.0F minus 0.2F per level)
  • Damage: Inflicts double damage when successful
  • Duration: Window of attack opportunity is (level + 2) ticks
  • Notes:
    • The first sword found in the action bar will be used for the strike; plan accordingly
    • There is a 1.5s cooldown between uses, representing re-sheathing of the sword

Spin Attack

  • Activation: Press left then right or right then left and hold both until spin attack commences
  • Effect: A devastating spinning attack hits every enemy in a 360 degree arc
  • Range: Hits enemies within 3 blocks, plus 0.5 blocks per level
  • Exhaustion: Very High (3.0F minus 0.2F per level)
  • Notes: If using the arrow keys, only one key (left or right arrow key) needs to be held to activate, and the spin will be in that direction

Super Spin Attack

  • Activation: Automatic while performing a regular Spin Attack and at full health; quickly tap attack to continue spinning
  • Effect: Same as the regular spin attack, but you can spin up to one extra time per level
  • Range: Adds an additional 0.5 blocks per level above and beyond regular Spin Attack range
  • Exhaustion: Same as the spin attack, applied each spin

Sword Break

  • Activation: Double-tap back while blocking
  • Effect: A fierce block that is capable of destroying the opponent’s blade
  • Exhaustion: High (2.0F minus 0.1F per level)
  • Damage: Up to 90 durability damage to the opponent’s held item (15 * (level + 1))
  • Duration: Time allowed before skill fails is 2 ticks at level 1, up to 8 ticks at max level


  • Only works when being attacked by an enemy holding an item
  • Has no effect other than blocking the attack if the attacker’s held item can not be damaged
  • Must release the block key in between uses

By default, each player will begin with a single Basic Sword skill orb; more orbs can be acquired by looting chests or by defeating mobs and even other players. Weapons with Looting give a much higher chance of an orb drop, and various settings can be configured in the configuration file.

How to install:

  • Download and install Minecraft Forge.
  • Download the mod.
  • Go to %appdata%.
  • Go to .minecraft/mods folder.
  • If the “mods” folder does not exist you can create one.
  • Drag and drop the downloaded jar (zip) file into it.