Repel an attack at the right time to follow up with a critical hit. Works while equipped in either hand.


Parry is a Skill in Dark Souls 3 that allows you to deflect most melee attacks if timed properly, leaving your opponent in a vulnerable state and allowing you to follow up with a Riposte for incredible damage. The exact timing varies depending on the parrying tool being used and the opponent's weapon.


Shields That Can Parry

Weapons That Can Parry

Parryable Bosses

Notes & Information

  • Jumping/Plunging attacks performed by players cannot be parried under any circumstances.
  • When two-handed, R1 and R2 attacks from Ultra Greatswords, Greataxes, and Great Hammers cannot be parried.
    • Two-handed rolling and running R1 attacks from these weapons can still be parried.
    • Curved Greatsword R2 attacks cannot be parried.
  • Whips cannot be parried in any way.
  • The Parrying Dagger is the only dagger that allows you to parry while in either hand.
  • The weapons with shortest wind up before parry frames are active are fist weapons and your bare hands Bare-handed parries can only be used when the player has no weapons equipped in either hand.
  • Fist weapons have a small number of instability frames after their parry frame window ends, causing you to take extra damage from attacks if you parry too early.
  • When parrying with a shield, there is a small window of time before and after the active parry frames, during which you will still be partially protected from attacks that hit your shield. If you are hit by an attack during this window, you will suffer damage and stamina loss as if you had blocked the attack normally, but you will not be staggered. This is often referred to as a Partial Parry. These can also be achieved if an attack that cannot be parried - such as a projectile - hits your shield during either this window or the active parry frames.
  • It is possible to parry an attack that hits you from behind, but the timing and positioning required to do so is far more precise.




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    • Anonymous

      12 Dec 2019 15:14  

      In case you find yourself in an invasion while on an icy floor, be sure to parry your opponent, in order to generate enough salt to make sure you don't slip and fall

      • Anonymous

        24 Nov 2019 03:51  

        I went from novice to expert for parrying in Dark Souls 3, I started with the buckler on glass canon mage. He saved my life several times. And now I can parry even weapon arts or bosses, with standard Shields, katanas, etc. Despite being a huge user of parrying, I agree with the post. When you know this move, and notably if you have high health, big defense, the risk to try a parry becomes low and the reward is really high, even without hornet ring. It's almost an automatic win, it breaks the game honestly. And to be fair, this is the only easy-to-win skill in the game. Builds with big weapons or high magic spells required a particular allocations in stats to deal huge damages. Glass canons build are really risky. Conversely, parry requires no particular stat, a caestus in left hand for example and you can parry anything and anyone : this is game Breaking. I try myself to reduce my use of parry, to be fair with the opponents, and the fights are way funnier since i do this. The same goes with rolling, when you know the rolls, youre almost invincible specially in PVE (in PVP not, "thanks" to lag). I think that parry frames and i-frames of rolling (why not also the amplitude of the angle allowing backstab) should have been Under he influence of your luck points or dex maybe. It would have been more balanced. Hope Fromsoft will think about that for Elden ring.

        • Anonymous

          01 Nov 2019 00:53  

          I just had some guy hate mailing me as a cheater because I kept parrying his attacks with the spiked great mace over and over again. He was two handing it, but my target shield parried him straight up 4 out of 5 times that he swung it at me. I'm on the PC but I don't even know how to cheat if that's even a thing. I've never used the spiked mace before and I think he might be the first PvP player I have faced that was using it. He said it is considered a great hammer and therefore cannot be parried with 2 handed attacks. But I got pretty good at parrying over the last 4-5 months and I have my timing down for most common weapons. I definitely am not cheating, but this man is insanely angry with me because he's like 0-20. I told him to just stop invading me, but apparently he does not see that as an option. Oh well

          • Anonymous

            25 Aug 2019 22:51  

            A few weeks ago, got a poise break in Lorain w/ a spiked mace and performed a reposte. Guide says U can’t reposte. It’s probably new,but,I can never seem to find current patch notes for console.

            • Anonymous

              02 Jun 2019 10:44  

              Parrying is a bad mechanic, probably one of the biggest design flaws in Soulsborne. Why? Because it utterly trivializes some fights to the point that they resemble quicktime events. Watch a video of the Champ Gundyr or Suly fights without parrying, then watch them with parrying. It's also utterly cancerous for PVP; a SINGLE well-timed input should not automatically hand you the win, ESPECIALLY in a multiplayer environment as laggy as DS. We would be better off if parrying was reworked for a more balanced risk/reward ratio, because***** is wack. I'm sure some half-literate dolt will be butthurt that I'm daring to insult such an integral mechanic which they rely on as a crutch and tell me to 'git gud'.....when my entire point is that parrying makes the game way too cheesy/easy.

              • Anonymous

                02 Jun 2019 00:01  

                I think they mean that if Lorian is parried then you can't follow with a riposte. You can riposte Lorian only if he's poise broken

                • Anonymous

                  22 Dec 2018 09:14  

                  Okay 1st of all I like to meet good players. But this is deferentially something broken. I don't mind good parrying but you basically can parry everything even when you use ultra great swords you just get stubbed in the back...... So ya either way you f....d. Just a tip if you see player with parrying shield they typically do nothing and wait for you to attack them..... So much fun Okay. I mean parrying is OKAY but stabbing in the back during skill move or swinging ultra sword is pure bs. And also what kind of PvP players load their stats before battle lmao. You load it in fight NOT before of course it be easy kill when you boost like 3 thing lmao PvP my a.. I rather invade.

                  • Anonymous

                    06 Dec 2018 03:08  

                    Why do so many people send hate mail after they get back stabbed for parry spamming? In short try git gud.

                    • Anonymous

                      27 May 2018 05:08  

                      How to master parrying in 3 steps:
                      starting with the assassin,
                      1. Parry/Riposte the grave warden without getting hurt, there is one by the first bonfire
                      2. Parry/Riposte the tutorial gundry without getting hurt until it starts its 2nd phase. 2nd phase is optional.
                      3. Parry/Riposte the sword master without getting hurt
                      Once you master that, you should be able to parry anything and begin your journey to parry perfection.

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