Assume an unfaltering stance of prayer to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduced while activated.

(Mace/Red Hilted Halberd/Morning Star/Blacksmith Hammer)

Anchor weapon in earth to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduced while activated.

(Dragon Tooth/Smough's Great Hammer/Great Mace/Vordt's Great Hammer)

Cross arms in front of the body to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduced while activated.


Raise sword in the name of the First Lord to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduces while activated.

(Black Knight Sword)


Perseverance is a Skill in Dark Souls 3.



Weapons That Have The Perseverance Skill



Notes & Information

  • Perseverance on Great Hammers last for 6 seconds, adding 45% absorption to all damage types for first 5 seconds then 15% for the last second, the Dragonhead Greatshield also last 6 seconds but grants no absorption. All other weapon last 4 seconds with 45% increased absorption for the first 3 then 15% for the last second.
  • Best used to guarantee that you come out on top poise-wise in an exchange of blows.
  • If the player uses perseverance again while they still have the 45% absorption boost it will not reset the buff or further increase damage absorption, however, if the player uses perseverance again while the absorption boost is 15% it will reset the buff and for a short period (the one second the 15% lasts) stack both absorption boost.
  • Was previously a Miracle in Dark Souls 2.




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    • Anonymous

      07 Oct 2018 16:44  

      Full Cathedral Set + Perseverance, and the Black Knights in Untended Graves still stagger me with their 2nd attack. What is this heresy?!

      • Anonymous

        02 Aug 2017 05:15  

        For anyone struggling against weapons with this, there are three options: Either keep your distance and only swing once per opportunity so that they cannot punish (will be a little more difficult with slower weapons), predict them using the weapon art while at close range and quickly run around for a backstab, or predict an R1 after the weapon art and parry it (unless its an unparryable attack).

        • 10 Jun 2017 04:11  

          After nearly a year and two dlcs, I think it's generally agreed upon that this is the best WA in the game.

          I mean, you basically become a Dark Souls 1 character for a few seconds. Combine that with the fact most of the weapons with this WA skill benefit from high STR...which also grants higher defense bonuses per level, and further combine that with sturdy to heavier armor and a game that's as trade-centric as this game is, that's big.

          The maces like Morning Star and Mace, as well as of course the Black Knight Greatsword benefit from this WA particularly well because of their great damage and solid movesets to capitalize on; but it's just a damn good option for anything that has it. It's good for PvE, and so much of the current PvP is about trades and blugeoning through crap that it particularly stands out right now.

          • Anonymous

            24 Apr 2017 04:02  

            Shouldn't this last longer? By the time the animation is over (literally) the defense boost has already fallen greatly.

            • Anonymous

              08 Apr 2017 20:35  

              This is just another reason why greathammers are literally the best weapon class in the game, at least in PVE (but in PVP too, if you can parry). They hit like a TRUCK, stagger/poise/guard-break even freaking Cathedral Knights and generally make the game jokingly easy. Try this WA with Vordt's hammer on the Abyss Watchers, it makes the fight winnable by a complete newbie. Great skill, borderline OP, even this short-lasted.

              • Anonymous

                Not 3 seconds with yhorm's?31 Jul 2016 21:10  

                I tried this buff with different shields, and it seems if you equip yhorm's greatshield the buff stays on ( you can 2h the sword and still get the buff ). I tried with some other greatshields and the buff didn't stay on as i did with yhorm's

                • Anonymous

                  Perseverance22 Jul 2016 23:22  

                  Didn't see it stated here and I'm too dumb to figure out how to edit the page. Many people have probably figured this out by now but for the people who haven't: Perseverance works by increasing damage absorption by 45 for all damage types and grants hyper armor. Does NOT increase poise whatsoever, despite what the description states.

                  • Anonymous

                    How this effects poise28 Jun 2016 09:28  

                    So I'm not sure if this is already on here, but I've done some testing and it turns out that perseverance essentially 'activates' your hyper-armour meaning your poise takes effect. I originally noticed it because I had 25 poise and was still being staggered by UGS (which deal 28 poise dmg) when I activated the perseverance skill. I then changed a few things around to having 30 poise and I was unstagger-able by anything. So for anyone wandering why you don't actually see your poise increase but you do see your absorption increase, it's because perseverance doesn't increase poise but 'activates' it for a short period. (This is just from what I've tested and observed but I'm 99% sure this is what is happening.

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