Pontiff Knight Great Scythe

100 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 40.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 20.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 20
icon_weight.png 7.5
Aux 30    
Requirements & Bonus
E A - -
14 19 0 12
weapon_type-icon.jpg Reapers damage_type-icon.jpg Slash
skill-icon.jpg Frost icon_fp_cost.png 15

Pontiff Knight Great Scythe is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Great scythe 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
Create a bone-chilling frost with each swing of the greatscythe that causes a temporary frost effect.


Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.
  • Reinforced with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Despite the S scaling in DEX, it is weaker than a Sharp Great Corvian Scythe  and is only slightly stronger than a Sharp Great Scythe with 60 DEX and 20 STR.
  • Prior to regulation 1.33, the weapon stats did not show that the weapon inflicted Bleed. This left many players wondering whether the scythe dealing Bleed damage was a glitch or not.


Location/Where to Find

  • Dropped by the Pontiff Knight wielding this weapon in front of the Pontiff Sulyvahn boss room.

Moveset and Videos:

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Pontiff Knight Great Scythe Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 100 - - - - E A - - - - - 40 25 20 20 25
+1 111 - - - - E A - - - - - 40 25 20 20 25
+2 119 - - - - E A - - - - - 40 25 20 20 25
+3 139 - - - - E S - - - - - 40 25 20 20 25
+4 156 - - - - E S - - - - - 40 25 20 20 25
+5 174 - - - - E S - - - - - 40 25 20 20 25


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

      03 Dec 2017 01:56  

      yes it does less damage than corvian scythe, but it easily procs frost, and frozen ennemies become weaker to all source of damage by 20%, so once frost is applied, this beauty will whoop some ass

      • Anonymous

        09 Nov 2017 06:27  

        WA now is very powerful. It adds 65 frost buildup(frost weapon is 48),and the aoe inflicts 220 frost build up instantly with high HA.

        • Anonymous

          18 Sep 2017 15:57  

          Why did someone bother to put in comparisons like that? Infos at least byist at best and misleading at worst. High Dex gets great use out of this. Not to mention Dual Aux buildup including the "rare" innate ability to inflict Frost on normal movesets with no self Bleed like Corvian.

          • Anonymous

            09 Aug 2017 09:32  

            This scythe is actually the best for a pure DEX build that plans to invest highly in said stat. I know people like to "herp-derp sharp corvian scythe is better", but that's only if you apply points in STR beyond that 16 requirement. If you're a DEX build, why put points in STR? Just go quality then. The Pontiff Knight Great Scythe doesn't even stop scaling at 60 DEX, S grade DEX scaling is affected the same as Sharp Gems now. That being said, Chaos Blade, this scythe and any other S grade DEX weapon is better beyond 60 DEX. This thing is better that Friede's overall as you don't have to rely on the gimmicky weapon skill to kill people and this scythe has the stronger PHYSICAL damage.

            • Anonymous

              06 Aug 2017 21:16  

              I think it's a great weapon, ppl are just obsessed with AR, a frost weapon don't need great AR due to frostbite and frostbite debuff, like the blood ones.

              With 40/40 Str/dex this sexy lady hits 1h/402 and 2h/405 AR, ppl complain about "why use this when you can use the Friede Scythe" well, if you are going to use Friede scythe you'll have to allocate more points in STR to get more damage due to that A on dex, and INT, with pontiff scythe you save lots of stat points that can be spend on Luck to boost up the bleed aux.

              Haven't tried out but i think a minimal imvestment in STR and 40 DEX brings a decent AR and can build up frost and bleed nicely, scythes have an incredible range and speed 1H AND pontiff scythe gives a nice area WA that nearly frostbite anything instantly.

              But like always, in the end is just how comfortable you feel with your playstyle but this weapon is far from being a total disaster, no need to say that is the most sexy scythe.

              • Anonymous

                07 May 2017 17:23  

                Sometimes I wonder why is it required to use the weapon art for it to have frost when the weapon itself has pretty low damage. Using Frozen weapon spell on sharp corvian scythe is a direct upgrade in damage with the only disadvantage of the buff having higher FP cost.

                • Anonymous

                  08 Apr 2017 03:30  

                  This is probably one of the weirdest weapons in the game.

                  The weapon art was sped up in a recent patch and is now much faster and easier to use mid-combat without just asking to be executed. The weapon art still inflicts massive frost buildup in a large radius around you (enough to insta-Frostbite pretty much anything in range). And also adding substantial Frostbite buildup with each hit, enough to Frostbite most enemies in just two swings.

                  Despite this apparent focus on heavy frost buildup, the weapon still boasts S-rank dex scaling, although this is hampered by the relatively low base damage, so pretty much anything Sharp infused will end up outclassing it, including the Great Corvian Scythe.

                  The weirdest aspect of the weapon however is definitely the hidden Bleed aux effect the Scythe has. It doesn't show up in the weapon info but it is definitely there. It is lower than most weapons however, and even with 40 LUK it will still take 6 or so swings to bleed most enemies, so whilst it isn't exactly something to focus on when considering this weapon it is still something to take note of.

                  This weapon isn't really worth using all things considered, but it is a real oddity.

                  • Anonymous

                    02 Apr 2017 12:35  

                    on a pure dex build 13/60/12/12 (str/dex/int/fth) both +5, 2 handed
                    Pontiff scythe has 417 phys dmg
                    friede's scythe has 414 phys dmg, plus 163 magic dmg

                    • Anonymous

                      27 Feb 2017 22:43  

                      Does anyone know why this weapon bounces of the armor of some enemies? So far I've experienced this with gargoyles and winged Knights, and this isn't even when they're blocking. I haven't experienced this with any other weapon

                      • Anonymous

                        23 Oct 2016 22:16  

                        I love this weapon but the weapon art should be faster and ha hyper armor. Right now using it close to someone is just asking to get backstabbed

                        • Anonymous

                          Bleeding29 Sep 2016 08:14  

                          This weapons seems to have a hidden bleed parameter maybe it's a bug if someonce can confirm it it would be nice on tougher enemies I was able to proc bleed after some hits

                          • Anonymous

                            At least 85 dex recommend.21 Aug 2016 13:04  

                            The two handed r2 is really fast one handed r2 does almost 360 swing. The both r2s pierce great shields. And the running attack has a crazy range. Awesone wepon

                            • Anonymous

                              an interesting but less than useful weapon13 Aug 2016 06:49  

                              This is one of those weapons that makes the Soulborne series what i love, unfortunately, this is more of a show weapon than anything else, it gives up it's neck swipe ability in exchange for buffing frost, which almost immediately wipes it out from use in the vast majority of PVE scenarios. where this weapon seems to excel, is fending off invaders. frost, while generally makes this weapon a formidable threat to verse or use against the never ending onslaught of invaders with no honor, setting up your foe for a one shot ejection with a stronger weapon (like the Fume sword). <br/><br/>unless you're playing fashion souls or attempting to finish Darkmoon rank 2, i'd give this one a miss, it's a beauty of a scythe, but is better off in the hands of your npc opponents than in your mits

                              • Anonymous

                                Laceration22 Jul 2016 14:15  

                                I'm not sure if it's mentioned anywhere (might have overlooked), but upon testing the scythe it also seems to be stacking bleed damage per hit.

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