Pontiff Knight

Pontiff Knight patrolling the entrance to Irithyll.
General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
~621 900 Irithyll of the Boreal Valley
Physical Defense vs blunt vs thrust --
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Bleed Resistance Poison Resistance Frost Resistance Curse Resistance
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Pontiff Knight is a NPC in Dark Souls 3.

Pontiff Knight Information

The Pontiff Knights are frigid spirits that linger in Irithyll. There are 3 different Versions in the Game:






Combat Information

  • Both scimitar and scimitar/shield variants are confirmed to spit a ranged, dark Pursuer-like orb that chases the player and has moderate tracking abilities. This is telegraphed by them pausing and making a liquid sound before bending over and shooting the orb.
  • Pontiff Knights unleash aggressive combos that can break your guard. Their shields are relativily weak and they can be stunlocked with fast weapons.
  • Weak to Strike Weapons (Clubs)
  • Weak to Dark & Fire


"Sorry for this ugly page, feel free to change the layout, pictures, descriptions, tags - I just wanted to put down some informations I wrote down on peeve's playthrough." greetz valinov.

    • 04 Mar 2017 01:49  

      I was using a blessed mail breaker and I think they might be resistant to bless but I also tried the pyromancy black serpent and it seemed to be rather effective on them.

      • 04 Jan 2017 19:00  

        Maybe these are irrelevant to gameplay but I think they are the only variety of female knights. We can clearly hear the sound of high heels when they are walking and their moveset and attack pattern highly resembles The Dancer. Hell, I think they are a lesser version of Dancer.

        • 10 Nov 2016 11:30  

          Have notice that in NG+ they seem to have a new art attack? CanĀ“t be sure, as my first playtrough was way back, but recently been playing in NG+ and I cant recall seeing that art before.

          • Easiest Knight Variety04 Jul 2016 17:21  

            They have been the easiest kinds of enemy knights in the game. They stagger very easily and pyromancy also seems to do quite some damage.

            • Tips17 May 2016 17:21  

              They are relatively easy to backstab if you have a weapon with quickstep. Especially when they do their sword slash thing where they hit the ground over and over again. Then just bash them while they are in stun lock until they are done for.

              • Weaknesses03 May 2016 16:26  

                Their initial sword swing has a bit of a delay which you can use to hit them and score a stagger, you should be able to finish them with a couple more hits as they stagger quite easily.<br/>Also their ranged attack takes a while to come out so you can goad them into using that and then dodge it while rushing them to take them out safely

                • Sorcery Tactic01 May 2016 05:59  

                  Slumbering dragon ring, lingering dragon and along with hidden body spell is very effective when fighting these enemies.<br/><br/>The best projectile magic I use and/or recommend is Great Deep Soul or Deep Soul due to its fast cast and low FB cost.<br/><br/>While invisible, cast either one of the orbs until the foe goes down. Be sure to have the daughter of chaos staff (cannot spell it's true name) due to its dark aliment.<br/><br/>Cation - Don't get too close, keep a great distance at all times or else they will figure where you are and your cover will be blown until you or it dies.<br/><br/>Great Heavy Soul arrow is also great but the time to cast it is too long in my opinion. If you have a maxed out Court Sorcerers staff then happy hunting! You will one shot them each time.<br/>

                  • Farron Greatsword22 Apr 2016 07:28  

                    This may or may not qualify as cheesing them, but if you have the Farron Greatsword, you can initiate your sweeping attacks out of their range and stunlock them.<br/><br/>For ideal results, start off by facing them w/o targeting on, then do your first sweep attack. During the animation, lock on and do the second sweep. Then stop (they almost always dodge the third, delayed attack). Repeat. <br/><br/>This even works against multiple knights too, since you stunlock them all. Also, this further works against the shield-bearing knights as well, since your knife+sweep breaks their guard (not to mention that if you're locked on, your sweep comes from behind, and is thus unblockable).<br/><br/>Finally, if you're feeling ballsy, parry them for style points!

                    • Possible weakness19 Apr 2016 01:04  

                      Dark and fire seem to do a good amount of damage to them. I can usually chuck two black fire orbs at them before they can get close enough to attack, which is enough to kill them at 30/30.

                      • Hate these bastards16 Apr 2016 23:18  

                        These guys baffle me.<br/>They hit like a truck and can quickly combo you to death. Their spin attacks even act like they're timed to land right when a roll ends.<br/>They don't even need the frost effect, you'll be dead before the bar fills.<br/>As a DEX player, the only strategy I can use is to doing a running attack, one more attack, and back away or risk death, and even that doesn't always work.

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