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:






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

      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

                  • 06 Sep 2017 23:33  

                    I mean, one on one they are pretty easy to kill, just taunt one knight so she separates from the rest (I say she cuz I think they are female), dodge her first running attack then hit her till she dies, they get staggered after the first hit. Now, if they group up you're pretty much dead, you cannot out-stagger them, nor outrun them either.

                    • Anonymous

                      27 Jul 2017 20:55  

                      The drinking noise they make makes me literally insane. Its such an infuriating, sickening noise - it makes my stomach lurch every single time i hear it. One of them once spammed it repeatedly for every step it took and it was the first time i ever felt close to throwing my controller.

                      What is commendable on the other hand is that these are the first enemies that forced me to change my weapon and playstyle. Turns out they dodge-spam the dual scimitars easily, but i found out that my thorned whip, which just so happens to be my favourite anti-invader weapon, is also extremely, extremely strong against them. The range allows you to hit them even if they dodge, you are not staggered if striking their shield and they are staggered with each hit from it.

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Jul 2017 18:52  

                        They are an absolute joke quickstep first swing then hit them 4-5 times with the dagger and they die. Thyre easily stun locked. Why does no one use daggers? Still useing my bandits dagger and wrecking everything

                        • Anonymous

                          19 Jun 2017 08:36  

                          the swordsman are laughable easy to parry with the caestus. bait the shield knights by hitting their shield, then immediately parry their next attack. not one of the most reliable strategies, but it worked for me.

                          • Anonymous

                            16 Jun 2017 12:17  

                            This page is largely decent, but it contains an error. The shieldless curved sword variant only has one sword, not two. Their offhand is empty.

                            • Anonymous

                              10 Jun 2017 02:07  

                              For some reason, the one that is located in the distant manor leading to the Irithyll Dungeon is much much more aggressive.

                              • Anonymous

                                07 Apr 2017 18:50  

                                If you are a pyromancer/knight use great combustion on your left hand and a weapon with a fire infusion or use a fire reinforced pyromancer spell to your weapon. Great combustion is a good spell to stun and guardbreak their shields, also I recommend using a bleed weapon like katanas or use straight swords just to kill them a little quicker.

                                • Anonymous

                                  04 Apr 2017 03:54  

                                  They are broken, if you can't initiate the fight and land the first hit then you have about one chance to parry (even I can pull it off most of the time, which is strange), after that you are pretty much dead. There are two openings if you can survive that long: their ranged attack takes forever, and they have a charge slash attack which also provides a window to stagger them. 99% of the time there is no fight just instant death for them or for you. The problem is that you have to fight about 4 to 6 of them between bonfires and you only have to **** up once.

                                  During my first and second playthrough I tought they were easy, as a pyro I had range and they don't like fire, and before 1.06 there was the Estoc bestoc, but today I learned that the 1h longsword is less than an ideal.

                                  And the Pontiff is the ultimate version. In the end I gave up and waited till the RNG smiles at me and the two NPC phantom kill him for me.

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