Pontiff Knight

Pontiff Knight patrolling the entrance to Irithyll.
General Info
Health Souls Location
~621 900 Irithyll of the Boreal Valley
Weakness Resistance Immune
Strike, Dark, Fire Frost, Bleed N/A

Pontiff Knight is an enemy in Dark Souls 3


Pontiff Knight Information

The Pontiff Knights are frigid spirits that linger in Irithyll. There are 3 different Versions in the Game:


Pontiff Knight Location


Pontiff Knight Drops


Pontiff Knight Combat Information

  • Both scimitar and scimitar/shield variants are able to spit a ranged, dark Pursuer-like orb that chases the player and has moderate tracking abilities. This is telegraphed by them pausing and making a liquid sound before bending over and shooting the orb.
  • Shields that can parry spells can parry the orbs.
  • Pontiff Knights unleash aggressive combos that can break your guard.
  • One combo includes them enhancing their weapon with magic mid-swing. The range of this attack is longer than their typical melee ones and the magic will deal damage directly to the player regardless of whether or not they have their shield up.
  • Pontiff Knights attacks deals Slash Damage or Dark Damage. May also cause Frostbite.
  • Their shields are relativily weak and they can be stunlocked with fast weapons.
  • Variation using scythe can cast a spell, that - within short range - may quickly inflict frostbite
  • Weak to Strike Damage, Dark Damage and Fire Damage.
  • Resistant to Frostbite and Bleed.
  • Can be lured.
  • Cannot be rapported


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    • Anonymous

      04 Jan 2020 22:50  

      My favourite enemies are the ones that can stare at me winding up an attack and instantly hit me out of it before I finish

      • Anonymous

        03 Jan 2020 01:49  

        Hollowslayer Greatsword destroys these guys. 1-hand R1s wreck the sword only knights and a weapon art R1 breaks defense of the shield bearers. Then strike down with more R1s.

        • Anonymous

          29 Dec 2019 23:30  

          Parrying and then using a fire weapon to riposte seems to work for me. I use a +4 fire dagger, one shots for first time playing.

          • Anonymous

            15 Oct 2019 20:51  

            I used to absolutely hate these dudes on my heavy quality build character (greatsword, heavy armor, all that), but now that I'm going through Irithyll with my pyromancer, OH the day of vengeance is upon them. Super easy to dispatch with couple of great chaos fire orbs or some other pyromancies. They're very vulnerable to fire damage, as is expected from a frost spirit, I suppose.

            • Anonymous

              27 Sep 2019 21:06  

              I like how I can beat most of the bosses in to two tries... but pontiff knights get me every *****ing time

              • Anonymous

                11 Feb 2019 23:12  

                Best enemies in the game. Especially how you fight 3 at once before you see them at all. Especially especially if you use a slow weapon. Truly fun.

                • Anonymous

                  17 Nov 2018 23:27  

                  I was just thinking that Dark Souls III had an unusual amount of actual difficulty for a Soulsborne game and then I ran into these guys.

                  • Anonymous

                    06 Nov 2018 06:27  

                    ***** these things!! Theyre bull*****know why? Infinite goddamn stamina, beyblade spin attack that doesn't *****in belong in a souls game, not easily staggered, and on top of the melee attacks...they were given a goddamn ranged spell. Did these *****ers learn those spins from the Carthus ninjas?? (Which are utter triceratops terds themselves).

                    • Anonymous

                      26 Sep 2018 17:40  

                      How I managed to get past them was by using a Black Knight Sword upgraded to +4. I had to respec since my Crystal Uchi +5 (pyro sorcerer build) wasn't doing jack $H1T and I just get stunlocked to death. Using sorcs isn't very viable since they could outrun Usain Bolt while shoving their long curved d1cks up your ass at the same time. You just have to STUNLOCK THEM FIRST, and also make sure you have enough stamina to do so.

                      • Anonymous

                        17 Aug 2018 09:49  

                        *Tries to Parry* *Misses Parry* Maybe I can roll out. *Pontiff Knight starts cartwheel spinning* Nevermind. I will just stand here and accept my fate at thy hands artificial difficulty...

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Jul 2018 05:47  

                          im really glad that the scythe one has an attack that comes out LITERALLY instantly. thanks miyazki ya fuckin dipshit

                          • Anonymous

                            31 May 2018 16:23  



                            • Anonymous

                              28 Feb 2018 17:14  

                              For the last few areas I've been feeling more and more like this game is just bull*****lazy enemy design, this area and these enemies are complete crap. Not fun to play against, the best strategy is HIT FIRST, such riveting gameplay indeed, well done From

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