How to slide cancel in XDefiant

Nathan Warby
XDefiant player slide cancelling

Slide canceling is a useful movement mechanic in many FPS titles, but how does it work in XDefiant? Here’s everything you need to know.

XDefiant has finally arrived and it’s already being praised for how it’s handled certain features compared to Call of Duty, such as skill-based matchmaking. Ubisoft’s new FPS also features the popular slide-canceling feature, but the input is slightly different from its rival.

So, here’s how to slide cancel in XDefiant.

XDefiant: How to slide cancel on all platforms

You can slide cancel in XDefiant by pressing the jump button after initiating a slide while sprinting. This immediately stops the sliding animation and sends your character leaping into the air, giving you a short burst of speed.

MW3 and Warzone will have noticed that the input used in Call of Duty, which requires you to double-tap the slide button before pressing jump to stand again, doesn’t work in XDefiant. This is because jumping is the only way to cancel the animation early, otherwise you will just slide until you naturally stop.

Here’s an easy guide for how to slide cancel no matter which platform you play on, but remember you need to be sprinting already for it to work:

PlatformHow to slide cancel
PlayStation 5Circle + X
Xbox Series X|SB + A
PCShift + Space

You can slide cancel over and over in XDefiant to quickly dart around the map, but this will require a little practice to master the timing. To get the most out of it, you’ll need to start sprinting again as soon as your character hits the ground, before quickly going into another slide and repeating the process.

XDefiant player moving robot in Escort mode.
Getting around the map quickly is vital in XDefiant.

What is slide canceling in XDefiant?

Slide canceling is a movement mechanic in XDefiant that lets you get around the map quickly while also being extremely tough to hit. Sliding is faster than springing for the first split second of the animation, so changing them together drastically improves your mobility.

It can also be used to challenge enemies and aggressively swing corners. Quickly sliding and then jumping around cover can take the enemy team by surprise, giving you the advantage and letting you get the first shots in.

This technique has become popular in Call of Duty over the years, and it’s something you’ll need to get to grips with if you want to compete against the very players in XDefiant.

That was everything you need to know about how to slide cancel in XDefaint. For more, be sure to check out our other guides:

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