Pontiff Knight Curved Sword

123 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 45
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 25
100 icon-wp_stability.png 30
icon_weight.png 3.5
Requirements & Bonus
D D - -
12 18 10 -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Curved Sword damage_type-icon.jpg Slash
skill-icon.jpg Frost Blade icon_fp_cost.png 8 (-/14)

Pontiff Knight Curved Sword is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Curved sword wielded by the Pontiff’s knights, frigid spirits that linger in Irithyll.

The large blade appears to be eaten away by insects, making it lightweight but also brittle.

Skill: Frost Blade
Execute large spinning motion to embue blade with frost, and follow through with a strong attack that slashes with a giant blade made of frost.

Notes and Tips:

  • Infusable: No
  • Buffable: No
  • Reinforced with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Highest Durability of all curved Swords
  • Parrys in left hand
  • Kick animation is replaced with a Slash & Backflip
  • Longest range 2-handed moveset of all Curved Swords.
  • 2-handed moveset was not reduced in range or speed by curved sword nerf patches (unlike Carthus Curved Sword etc)

Softcaps & Scaling:

  • Pontiff Knight Curved Sword +5:
    • 2 Handed stats 
    • 12/18/10/0 = 273 AR = Base Stats 
    • 26/18/10/0 = 319 AR = Str Softcap
    • 12/40/10/0 = 347 AR = Dex Softcap
    • 26/40/10/0 = 392 AR = Overall Softcap
    • 40/40/10/0 = 403 AR
  • After Softcaps it gets less than 2 AR per level
  • 2-Handed Quality Weapon:
    • Scales well with both stats
    • Gains more from Dexterity than Strength

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Pontiff Knight Curved Sword Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 123 - - - - D D - - - - - 45 30 25 25 30
Regular +1 136 - - - - D C - - - - - 45 30 25 25 30
Regular +2 146 - - - - D C - - - - -  45 30 25 25 30
Regular +3 171 - - - - D C - - - - - 45 30 25 25 30
Regular +4 192 - - - - D C - - - - - 45 30 25 25 30
Regular +5 214 - - - - D C - - - - - 45 30 25 25 30


Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)


    • Anonymous

      13 Mar 2018 18:38  

      Oh this sword looks really nice and it has such a cool weapon art. Also it fits my build because- Blah blah blah...
      Now these things might actually be true, but let's just face it, you use this weapon because it's pretty much the best PvP weapon in the game and your build is the exact same quality build as everyone else's with minor to no variations. Your gameplay style is two-handed passive aggression that mostly consists of running attacks and a volley of R1 if someone doesn't back up afterward. Might throw a weapon art out there once you got overwhelming advantage over your opponent. Now there's nothing wrong with that, but there's something wrong with your brain if you actually believe that using it is somehow "difficult" or "unique".

      I'm waiting for people to downvote the sh*t out of this comment in their denial over a meta weapon being a meta weapon, but that's okay. Salt is tasty on a warm meal.

      • Anonymous

        19 Feb 2018 22:07  

        Interesting how people now like " oh it is my favourite weapon" " such a nice weapon" such hyprocrits. After the Carthus cancer sword got nerfed this weapon become some kind of popular....hmmmmm....
        Just sad that this competitive bs is spreading out like cancer. DS is not competitive and never will be so stop abusing OP and cheap bullshit. This weapon is like SS+ Tier. Best weapon in game no daubt. But cmon guys it is dark souls not a competitive fighting game so just play what you like and enjoy the game. I miss the good old times. People just picked up a nice weapon a played with it. But now i see almost everythere dark LKSS or this weapon or the demon scar. Truely cancer without any counterplay if the opponent plays passive reactive

        • Anonymous

          05 Feb 2018 19:24  

          Goes well with Friede's Great Scythe. While the scaling might not be perfect, it deals a ton of frostbite buildup with the WA and a decent amount of base damage. Once it ticks. Black Flame with Parting and mix up. All of this is possible on SL 120 without sacrificing any points at all.

          • Anonymous

            30 Jan 2018 12:54  

            One of my favourite weapon. It may not have the highest AR, but has long reach, high durability, awesome WA and fast as hell. Very useful in both PVP and PVE.

            Not to mention the fashion potential.

            • Anonymous

              31 Oct 2017 02:37  

              Roll-WA is a demon, and I'm surprised less people use this method. The WA's followup can also be used to clip through walls with ease, and becomes highly dangerous in narrow spaces. Though I hardly use the followup otherwise, since it's typically expected and mostly just wastes FP.

              • Anonymous

                30 Sep 2017 05:23  

                Poor Pontiff Knights. We get the frost blade of the weapon art on both hits, but they still have it on only the 2nd swing.

                • Anonymous

                  07 Sep 2017 12:25  

                  I think that the weapon is fragile in that it loses durability faster than other weapons. Just a theory, though.

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Jun 2017 09:57  

                    So fun whipping this out on people who do nothing but roll. Then proceed to roll catch their ass to death. Boy do I miss the Carthus Curved Sword.

                    • Anonymous

                      17 May 2017 19:32  

                      All curved are fucting stupid, i mean if a good player is good at spacing you absolutely have no way to win. They are pretty much the fastest wp class in the game (you can roll catch for days), and the damage is no joke. From plz nerf! Just kidding its just sad that Curved swords outclass every wps :'(

                      • Anonymous

                        23 Apr 2017 09:06  

                        It's not top tier Carthus still is since you can use bundles & resins with it. Not with this. The reach and attack speed is the same but this one is weaker.

                        • Anonymous

                          13 Feb 2017 23:08  

                          While you have this sword equipped your kick is replaced with a backwards cartwheel and swipe, it's a good option for dodging

                          • Anonymous

                            07 Feb 2017 02:45  

                            Honestly I find the weapon art to be fantastic for frost build-up, since a single hit fills half the bar instantly. Use it after applying more frost from other sources to finish off the proc and rush down your opponent, and you'll win most duels.

                            • Anonymous

                              01 Feb 2017 21:22  

                              The weapons arts is what truly makes this weapon lethal. I use it as a secondary weapon and only pull it out as my final trump card, it's almost impossible to escape it's weapon arts once the opponent is in range.

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