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Weapon Arts or Sword Fighting Arts in Dark Souls 3 are a new feature that allows the player to use special attacks with existing Weapons. These may be Stances or special attacks like Spin or Rush In. More information will be added as it becomes available.

  • "Arts are unique to a weapon held in right hand or both hands. equip a kite round shield or wield two handed to perform arts. Some arts can be followed up with a special attack

  • Parries are exclusive to small shields in left hand. Follow up with RB for riposte critical"

  • A Gamescom Interview Confirmed that there will be Magic Arts, or stances for Magic. More will be revealed soon!


Weapon Arts


Dark Souls 3 Weapon Art details from TGS/JP demos
Weapon
Consumes Gauge
Art Effect
Longsword
Yes
Press and hold L2 to enter Poise StancePress R1 or R2 to perform a special attack.
Battle Axe
Yes
Press L2 to temporarily increase your attack power
Greatsword
Yes
Press L2 to perform a step.Press R1 or R2 to perform a special attack
Undead Troop Scimitar(Legion Scimitars)
Yes
Press L2 to perform a rotating maneuver.Press R1 or R2 to perform a special attack
Sorcerer Wand
Yes
Press L2 to temporarily increase your Magic Attack power.
Talisman
Yes
Press L2 to cast miracles without being affected by enemy attacks.
Standard/Medium Shield
Yes
Press L2 to instantly trigger your right-hand weapon Battle Art.
Small Shield
Yes
Press L2 to parry enemy attacks.



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