Curved Swords are a Weapon type in Dark Souls 3. Curved Swords are a generally a Dexterity-based weapon class with fast swing speeds, decent damage and range, and a excellent roll-catching abilities. These traits allow a player to quickly and easily finish a fight, especially since most Curved Swords can be buffed with spells or Pine Resins. However, there are some negatives to Curved Swords. Players with high Poise and heavier weapons like Greatswords, Ultra Greatswords, and Great Hammers will be able to tank and out-trade hits from a Curved Sword if the user is just swinging mindlessly. Additionally, if players can easily be parried if they swing without caution. The positives of this weapon class seem to outweigh the negatives, and Curved Swords attract new players and experts alike, and are popular choices in PvE and PvP.

With the exception of the FalchionCarthus Curved SwordStorm Curved SwordCrescent Moon SwordFollower Sabre, and the Dancer's Enchanted Swords, all Curved Swords have a backflip swinging attack that replaces the kick. The kick also has a strangely high amount of Poise, being able to tank through a fully charged Ultra Greatsword R2.

There are three types of Curved Swords in the game:

  • Light: Scimitar, Pontiff Knight Curved Sword, Painting Guardian's Curved Sword, Rotten Ghru Curved Sword, Demon's Scar
  • Heavy: Crescent Moon Sword, Falchoin, Shotel, Storm Curved Sword, Carthus Curved Sword, Carthus Shotel, Follower Sabre
  • Paired: Sellsword Twinblades (Light), Warden Twinblades (Light), Dancer's Enchanted Swords (Heavy)

Light and Heavy Curved Swords have the same moveset for the most part, but the heavier variant has a slower moveset and less active frames, making the lighter variant better for roll-catching. The Heavy Curved Swords tend to have more range and stronger however. Paired Curved Swords can be held in two-hands by pressing Tringale/Y. They have unique L1 attacks that deals excellent damage on top of being fast.

 Name & Icon   Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Requirements

Param Bonus

Durability / Weight - Attack Type - Skill
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Focus Cost

Skill


Acquired From

Scimitar

90

40.0

0

30.0

0

25.0

0

25.0

0

30.0

100

25

 

-

 

 7

E

 13

B

 0

-

-

 60

2.5

4

Spin Slash

Sold by Shrine Handmaid

Pontiff Knight Curved Sword

123

45.0

0

30.0

0

25.0

0

25.0

0

30.0

100

30

 

-

 

12

D

 18

D

 10

-

 -

-

 90

3.5

8 ( -/14)

Frost Blade 

Sold by Greirat/ Dropped by Pontiff Knights at Irythill of the Boral Valley 

Falchion

117

45.0

0

30.0

0

25.0

0

25.0

0

30.0

100

35

 

-

 

9

D

13

D

0

-

0

-

70

4.0

 6 ( -/ 12)

Spin Slash

Dropped by the Skeletons wielding it at Catacombs of Carthus

Sellsword Twinblades

 

99

40.0

0

30.0

0

25.0

0

25.0

0

30.0

100

25

 

-

 

 10

E

 16

C

 0

-

 0

-

 55

5.5

4( -/12)

Spin Slash 

Mercenary starting weapons/ Looted at Road of Sacrifices

 

Warden Twinblades

 

93

40

0

35

0

25

0

25

0

35

100

30

 

33

 

10

D

18

D

0

-

0

-

70

6.5

Spin Slash

 Dropped by Grave Wardens at Cathedral of the Deep and Untended Graves

 

Shotel

 

104

40.0

0

30.0

0

25.0

0

25.0

0

30.0

100

25

 

-

 

9

E

14

C

 0

-

 0

-

 55

2.5

5 (-/12)

Spin Slash

Sold by Unbreakable Patches

 

Dancer's Enchanted Swords

79

50

62

40

62

35

0

25

0

30

100

35

 

-

 

12

D

20

D

9

D

9

D

80

8.5

6 ( -/ 17)

Dancer's Grace 

Soul Transposition using Soul of the Dancer

 

Storm Curved Sword

110

50.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

35

 

-

 

14

D

20

C

0

-

 0

-

 85

5.0

7

Tornado

Soul Transposition using Soul of the Nameless King

 

Carthus Curved Sword

115

55.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

35

 

33

15

D

18

D

 0

-

0

-

80

5.5

6 (-/12)

Spin Slash

Dropped by the Shield Skeletons wielding it at Catacombs of Carthus

 

Carthus Shotel

106

40.0

0

35.0

0

25.0

0

25.0

0

35.0

100

30

 

33

 12

E

19

C

 0

-

0

-

 55

3.0

5 ( -/ 12)

Spin Slash

 Dropped by Kukri-throwing Skeletons wielding them at Catacombs of Carthus

 

Rotten Ghru Curved Sword

103

40

0

30

0

25

0

25

0

25

100

0

 

33

 

10

E

13

C

0

-

0

-

0

2.0

 6 ( -/ 12)

Spin Slash

Dropped by Ghrus wielding them at Farron Keep.

 

Painting Guardian's Curved Sword

88

35

0

25

0

25

0

25

0

25

100

25

 

33

 7

E

19

B

0

-

0

-

55

1.5

5( -/ 15)

Chained Dance

 Looted below the Prison Tower bonfire near Anor Londo.

 

Crescent Moon Sword

78

40

78

30

0

25

0

25

0

30

100

25

 

-

 

 10

-

16

C

 0

D

 0

-

 70

2.5

15 ( -/ -)

Crescent Blade

 Dropped by Ringfinger Leonhard

 

Follower Sabre

112

40

0

30

0

25

0

25

0

30

100

30

 

-

 

 9

D

14

D

 0

-

 0

-

 70

4.0

9 ( -/ 9)

Prying Wedge

Ashes of Ariandel DLC: Halfway down the path of roots to the depths of the Painted World.

 

Demon's Scar

0

25

-

35

99

65

-

30

-

35

110

30

 

-

 

0

-

 16

E

17

D

17

D

 70

0.5

7( -/20)

Spin Slash

Obtained via Soul Transposition with the Soul of the Demon Prince

 




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    • Anonymous

      01 Jun 2021 11:00  

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      • Anonymous

        12 May 2021 05:34  

        Can someone classify the swing speed of all Curved Swords? I heard PKCS is the fastest while Falchion is the slowest? Anyone have a list?

        • Anonymous

          26 Mar 2021 10:19  

          I do not understand the running attacks on these weapons. It seems like I have to be directly in front of someone in order to land it, meanwhile other people manage to pull it off while they are nowhere me.

          • Anonymous

            05 Mar 2021 19:36  

            Curved swords suck ass! and those who use them are trash scrubs. Especially the retarded, unskilled, **** for brain pkcs huggers

            • Anonymous

              21 Jan 2021 00:00  

              I don't think the wiki specifies this but there are actually sort of 3 categories of curved swors (I know this is very well known but I couldn't find a goop place that shows this so I thought it could go here)

              Fast Curved Swords:
              - Scimitar
              - Pontiff Knight Curved Sword
              - Painting Guardian's Curved Sword
              - Rotten Ghru Curved Sword
              - Demon's Scar

              Slower Curved Swords:
              - Crescent Moon Sword
              - Falchoin
              - Shotel
              - Storm Curved Sword
              - Carthus Curved Sword
              - Carthus Shotel
              - Follower Sabre

              Paired Curved Swords
              - Sellsword Twinblades
              - Warden Twinblades
              - Dancer's Enchanted Swords

              Note: The wiki does say how some have flips and some have kicks but this not not what determines the category. The category is about r1 speed (except for paired ones). For example, the shotel and the carthus shotel have the flip but are in the slow category.

              • Anonymous

                25 May 2020 15:01  

                Here's why curved swords are one of the top 3 best weapon classes in the game. -Small curved swords' 2h r1 is the fastest attack in the game, beating out even daggers in startup. If you have a good connection to ultra users, you can reaction r1 their attacks and punish it before their hyperarmor kicks in. -Great counter to straightsword users as your attacks come out faster than theirs, and they have no hyperarmor to speak of. Your only losing matchup is a RKSS cancelling player, which are rare to come by. and in fairness, RKSS cancelling is probably the only tactic/weapon in the game that has no losing matchup, and almost every weapon has a losing matchup to it, not really a fault of curved swords. -Surprise hyperarmor on the Weapon art. -despite being "small" weapons, they don't make much of a sacrifice for damage, particularly for the scimitar and PKCS. Scimitar has comparable damage to Longsword and LKSS, while having the infusion compatibility of the LKSS, it literally works with almost any build. Dark infusion of the scimitar btw has A/A/A. -good curved sword users will be impossible to fight as their attacks come out faster than yours, making it impossible for you to attack them. if they read you they will always stagger you before you can even pull an attack out. -large curved swords are not used because they have on the contrary, slower attacks than even longswords. With the only thing they get in return is a slight buff to damage and range, which doesnt matter as much as having the fastest attack in the game. conclusion, they have both speed and power, allowing for unimaginable pressure if you're good enough. I personally like straightswords more since they're more applicable to invasions than duels. Curved swords are meant to capitalize on the mistakes of your opponents, but doesnt really open up opportunities to punish by itself, on the contrary, straightswords can't do as much pressure as curved swords, but they can allow you to control the match better than a curved sword could. Also you can keep an offhand with the straightsword.

                • Anonymous

                  24 Dec 2019 07:22  

                  Alot of people don't know, but with most curved swords you can actually parry if they are in your left hand. Rapiers to.

                  • Anonymous

                    02 Oct 2019 20:47  

                    I just love hoppin into gank city and whippin out my shotel to spam backflips. It's funny because people think they can parry it but the flip is too fast for them. Then they dont learn that you can't nail the timing on it and eventually get murked

                    • Anonymous

                      13 Sep 2019 03:42  

                      After the Carthus Curved Sword nerf (which both reduced the range by 10% and added one frame of attack speed to all effected curved swords), I now believed the longest curved swords that still have the old attack speed are (in order of length): The Storm Curved Sword The Pontiff Knight Curved Sword The Demon Scar The Scimitar (weapon art on the PKCS has a ridiculous hit box that is almost twice it's 2 handed R1 length in all directions)

                      • Anonymous

                        26 Jul 2019 05:23  

                        Curved sword. My only favorite weapon in curved swords are sellsword twinblades High damage with sharp gem!

                        • Anonymous

                          21 Jul 2019 00:42  

                          Man I hate curved swords. I cannot play with a curved sword for the life of me. If I tried to use a curved sword, I would lose every time. I dont know what it is, but I can't do curved swords.

                          • Anonymous

                            29 Oct 2018 18:49  

                            Twin Blade WA cant be parried, .... MAKES *****ING SENSE OF COURSE YOU CANT PARRY IT ITS SUCH AN HEAVY MOVE WTF

                            • Anonymous

                              08 Jun 2018 22:23  

                              Just to clarify: Falcion has the highest AR out of all of them (422 with refined infusion +10 on a quality build), regardless of 40/40 quality or 60 dex build (only about 5 or so AR in difference).

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