Swap canceling demonstration, switching from Yuanwu to Rover in Wuthering Waves.
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What is Swap Canceling in Wuthering Waves and which Resonators can do it?

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Swap Canceling is a unique way of fighting enemies in Wuthering Waves that players have been noticing while switching between Resonators. Swap Canceling isn't new in gaming—it's also featured in Elder Scrolls Online, but it's known in the Elder Scrolls community as "animation canceling."

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What is Swap Canceling in Wuthering Waves?

In Wuthering Waves, there are two Swap techniques that players can take advantage of: Swap Canceling and Swap Back.

Swap Canceling demostration, switching from Rover to Chixia in Wuthering Waves.
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Swap Canceling is a combat feature that players can use by switching from one Resonator to another and having both attacks hit. This only happens when the first Resonator that you're using has a long animation for their skill, giving enough time for the player to switch Resonators and attack with a second one while the first animation is finishing.

For example, your first Resonator is using their Echo skill, which requires a transformation. This takes some time, allowing you to quickly switch to a second Resonator and attack with them.

You have to be quick when switching Resonators and always have your first Resonator completing an attack that takes a few more seconds than your basic attack.

Which Resonators can Swap Cancel?

Swap Cancel demostration, switching between Yuanwu and Chixia in Wuthering Waves.
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Any Resonator should be able to perform a Swap Cancel attack, provided that you have a skill to use that has a longer animation. Forte Circuit skills are the best ones to use if you're looking for a suggestion. Even though you have to press and hold the activation button when using a controller, you can still switch your Resonator and attack while the animation is finishing.

A great Resonator to Swap Cancel with is Encore. Encore's Forte Circuit attack lets you Swap Cancel at any time, meaning that you don't need to focus on her animation after you've activated it.

However, other Resonators require that you let their animation play a little before you swap. YangYang's Forte causes her to slash her enemy while in mid-air. After the first strike of her sword, swap to your second Resonator.

It requires a little trial and error to get the timing right, so I'd suggest having a core team or two that you know the timings for if you want to be able to utilize the feature well.

Personally, I Swap Cancel or Swap Back between Rover, Chixia, and Yuanwu. Yuanwu, especially, has several attacks with long animations, so he's perfect to switch from.

Note that you cannot Swap Cancel or Swap Back during Resonance Liberation skill animations (your Resonator's Ultimate skill).

The difference between Swap Cancel and Swap Back

Swap Back demostration, switching back to Rover after attacking with Chixia in Wuthering Waves.
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The only difference between a Swap Cancel and a Swap Back is what you do after your second Resonator has attacked. If you continue to attack with your second Resonator, it's a Swap Cancel.

If you decide to switch to your first Resonator again to finish out their attack animation after attacking with a second Resonator, it's a Swap Back.

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