A guide aimed at those whom have completed the tutorial but are then not sure how to begin actually playing and improving
Whilst running you can slide which will allow you to dodge under horizontal attacks but you can cancel this early with a quick jump. This will allow you to resume running but also allow you to move faster than running if you chain these in rapid succession. This slide step will be the first thing you want to master.
Once you have a weapon you can perform a focus attack on lmb or rmb from running but then dodge out of this, if holding the dodge you will resume running. Chaining these together will allow you to move faster than the slide cancel. This weapon slide cancel will be the second thing you want to master. Once you have both movement techs down you will want to combine these together to move around the battlefield as fast as possible.
With both movement techs combined you will then be able to add grappling hooks. You can attack at the end of a grapple to keep your momentum to go further than your target, jump to initiate a second grapple or crouch to land early. You can even cancel aerial attacks with crouch to further chain attacks and not overshoot your opponent.
With the previous three movement methods down the last thing you will want to learn is how to rapidly climb and launch from surfaces. Whilst travelling up you can perform a quick LMB to climb in rapid succession or hold the attack to launch yourself in the direction you are facing.
Regular attacks are your normal lmb or rmb attacks that you will use to attack your opponent. They will clash with other regular attacks and cannot be parried. Focus attacks are blue aura attacks which will normally knock your opponent down and can be parried. These occur as either the 3rd attack in the standard chain (second on greatsword) or when you hold lmb or rmb. You will mostly only want to use a focus attack to clash with another focus attack, to attack through a normal attack or to catch your opponent as they come out of a dodge. You never want to use a focus attack unless your opponent is in an action where they cannot parry.
Parrying is when you press lmb and rmb together. This can be chained much faster than the instant parry option so we will prefer to use this. Most bad players will always go for the standard 3 hit chains so their third hit will be a free parry and a great opportunity for you to disarm then possibly kill your opponent.
Whilst attacking you will want to focus mainly to normal light attacks. You can jump or crouch after your 2nd (1st on greatsword) hits to extend these attack chains to make your own combos. You also get special lmb and rmb attacks from crouch and jump to add further to your combos. Adding in grapples or certain abilities can allow you to further extend these chains. Each weapon has a unique set of high damage custom combos that can be used but this is not within the scope of this guide.