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Perseverance

 

Assume an unfaltering stance of prayer to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduced while activated.

(Mace/Red Hilted Halberd/Morning Star/Blacksmith Hammer)

Anchor weapon in earth to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduced while activated.

(Dragon Tooth/Smough's Great Hammer/Great Mace/Vordt's Great Hammer)

Cross arms in front of the body to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduced while activated.

(Caestus)

Raise sword in the name of the First Lord to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduces while activated.

(Black Knight Sword)

Varies

Perseverance is a Skill in Dark Souls 3.

 

 

Weapons That Have The Perseverance Skill

 

 

Notes & Information

  • Poise and defense are raised as long as skill is in effect.
  • Seems to reduce damage by about 50%.
  • Lasts for nearly 6 seconds for Great Hammers, and 4 seconds for the others.
  • Best used to guarantee that you come out on top poise-wise in an exchange of blows. Popping it and then laying into an enemy without regard for defence is an extremely effective tactic.
  • Was previously a Miracle in Dark Souls 2.

 

 

 

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    • 10 Jun 2017 04:11  

      After nearly a year and two dlcs, I think it's generally agreed upon that this is the best WA in the game.

      I mean, you basically become a Dark Souls 1 character for a few seconds. Combine that with the fact most of the weapons with this WA skill benefit from high STR...which also grants higher defense bonuses per level, and further combine that with sturdy to heavier armor and yeah...in a game that's as trade-centric as this game is, that's big.

      The maces like Morning Star and Mace, as well as of course the Black Knight Greatsword benefit from this WA particularly well because of their great damage and solid movesets to capitalize on; but it's just a damn good option for anything that has it. It's good for PvE, and so much of the current PvP is about trades and blugeoning through crap that it particularly stands out right now.

      • Anonymous

        24 Apr 2017 04:02  

        Shouldn't this last longer? By the time the animation is over (literally) the defense boost has already fallen greatly.

        • Anonymous

          08 Apr 2017 20:35  

          This is just another reason why greathammers are literally the best weapon class in the game, at least in PVE (but in PVP too, if you can parry). They hit like a TRUCK, stagger/poise/guard-break even freaking Cathedral Knights and generally make the game jokingly easy. Try this WA with Vordt's hammer on the Abyss Watchers, it makes the fight winnable by a complete newbie. Great skill, borderline OP, even this short-lasted.

          • Anonymous

            Not 3 seconds with yhorm's?31 Jul 2016 21:10  

            I tried this buff with different shields, and it seems if you equip yhorm's greatshield the buff stays on ( you can 2h the sword and still get the buff ). I tried with some other greatshields and the buff didn't stay on as i did with yhorm's

            • Anonymous

              Perseverance22 Jul 2016 23:22  

              Didn't see it stated here and I'm too dumb to figure out how to edit the page. Many people have probably figured this out by now but for the people who haven't: Perseverance works by increasing damage absorption by 45 for all damage types and grants hyper armor. Does NOT increase poise whatsoever, despite what the description states.

              • Anonymous

                How this effects poise28 Jun 2016 09:28  

                So I'm not sure if this is already on here, but I've done some testing and it turns out that perseverance essentially 'activates' your hyper-armour meaning your poise takes effect. I originally noticed it because I had 25 poise and was still being staggered by UGS (which deal 28 poise dmg) when I activated the perseverance skill. I then changed a few things around to having 30 poise and I was unstagger-able by anything. So for anyone wandering why you don't actually see your poise increase but you do see your absorption increase, it's because perseverance doesn't increase poise but 'activates' it for a short period. (This is just from what I've tested and observed but I'm 99% sure this is what is happening.

                • Anonymous

                  Perseverance16 May 2016 23:37  

                  it doesnt seem to have an icon under the health, FP, and endurance meters... is there some general idea on how long it lasts?

                  • Anonymous

                    Description is confusing09 May 2016 21:31  

                    I'm somewhat confused by the description here (also the in-game description). Does reduced damage mean damage you take, or the is damage it deals reduced while active?

                    • Anonymous

                      Cool skill28 Apr 2016 17:29  

                      One thing not a lot of people know is that if your opponent hits you during the animation, or if you time it with their swing, their weapon will bounce off of you similar to the way it would with Iron Flesh active. Seems to only deflect if they are 1-handing, but will allow you to armor and take reduced damage from the hit regardless. Very useful.

                      • Anonymous

                        Length too short?08 Apr 2016 15:10  

                        Why does this buff last only 1-2 seconds? Is there no way to increase the duration through a specific stat?

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