Pontiff Knight Curved Sword

123 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 45
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 25
100 icon-wp_stability.png 30
icon_weight.png 3.5
Requirements & Bonus
D D - -
12 18 10 -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Curved Sword damage_type-icon.jpg Slash
skill-icon.jpg Frost Blade icon_fp_cost.png 8 (-/14)

Pontiff Knight Curved Sword is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Curved sword wielded by the Pontiff’s knights, frigid spirits that linger in Irithyll.

The large blade appears to be eaten away by insects, making it lightweight but also brittle.

Skill: Frost Blade
Execute large spinning motion to embue blade with frost, and follow through with a strong attack that slashes with a giant blade made of frost.

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Buffed or Infused.
  • Reinforced with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Highest durability of all Curved Swords.
  • Can parry if held in the left hand.
  • Kick animation is replaced with a slash & backflip
  • Has the longest 2-handed range out of all the Curved Swords



Softcaps & Scaling:

  • Pontiff Knight Curved Sword +5:
    • 2 Handed stats
      • 12/18/10/0 = 273 AR = Base Stats 
      • 26/18/10/0 = 319 AR = Str Softcap
      • 12/40/10/0 = 347 AR = Dex Softcap
      • 26/40/10/0 = 392 AR = Overall Softcap
      • 40/40/10/0 = 403 AR
  • Gets less than 2 AR per level after the softcaps, as expected from D scaling.



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Pontiff Knight Curved Sword Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 123 - - - - D D - - - - - 45 30 25 25 30
Regular +1 136 - - - - D C - - - - - 45 30 25 25 30
Regular +2 146 - - - - D C - - - - -  45 30 25 25 30
Regular +3 171 - - - - D C - - - - - 45 30 25 25 30
Regular +4 192 - - - - D C - - - - - 45 30 25 25 30
Regular +5 214 - - - - D C - - - - - 45 30 25 25 30


Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)



    • Anonymous

      19 Nov 2018 07:15  

      Second most cancerous weapon next to spitleaf GS All people do is spam the R1. Only use the weapon art when R1 spam isn’t working.Every time. When I beat these people I throw dung pies where their scrub ass laid it’s on par with darksword pre nerf r1 spam

      • Anonymous

        24 Oct 2018 18:35  

        This weapon is NOT OP. Curved swords require skill because of terrible 1H R1 which forces you to 2H. If you didn't know 2H are slower than 1H. If you want some kind of easy more get Splitleaf greatsword or LKS.

        • Anonymous

          27 Sep 2018 21:35  

          Can someone please explain what's so good about this weapon? I tried it out casually for about 20 matches and from what i've seen it's just like any other curved sword I used. I'm not really sure where this shines over every other curved sword enough to call it meta while CCS "isn't" anymore. Even though they're mechanically the same from what I can tell.

          • Anonymous

            21 Sep 2018 00:10  

            It was the dank sword, the bestoc, the ccs, the rkpgs, now coming back to this game from DSR it’s apparently the pkcs. People are always going to ***** about the “meta” weapon of the month.Just STFU and play the game

            • Anonymous

              19 Sep 2018 22:47  

              As a very good PKCS user myself (Varzire PvP on YT) I can safely say that spears are the best things to use against this weapon. The longer the better. If you have really good spacing, it's literally impossible to get punished by this while using a FPP (Four-Pronged Plough) or LKS (Lothric Knight Spear). The only real way to fight spears with a PKCS is to bait rolls and rollcatch. The running attacks of spears like Plough or Dragonslayer Spear can easily outspace and punish both R1s and running R1s of the PKCS. Another good way to counter PKCS with a spear is to R1 bait. Spear R1s have enough poise, depending on your attack timing, to successfully trade with, and punish PKCS running attacks, making it an uphill battle for anyone that isn't Bdubzs using this weapon. A good spear user is a nightmare for anyone using PKCS.

              • Anonymous

                26 Aug 2018 07:02  

                Alright mai dudes. Ppl say “where did the RKPGS touch u?” But NAY! Now it is where did this weapon touch u? Reply ur answer bc ppl complain how how good this weapons is. And then I say “you ever met my good friend the demon scar!?HE WILL ***** U UP”

                • Anonymous

                  24 Aug 2018 07:02  

                  This is easily in my top 3 best weapons ( others are demon scar and LKSS) The , speed, and damage are superb. The WA allows you to outrange ultras and do about 320 DMG per WA. The backflip gives infI-poise while doing damage. R1 spam can work but it’s perfect for roll catches.

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Jul 2018 03:11  

                    Seems like everybody hates this weapon... a lot. I just started using it today on my quality build and basically everyone I summoned for duels would chug on me or run away once they started losing, basically throwing a dark souls temper tantrum. It was pretty pathetic... I'm not even that good at pvp lol.

                    • Anonymous

                      03 Jun 2018 12:48  

                      It looks as short as a bread knife, but it reaches as far as a washing pole. And I can only imagine how many R1/RB buttons this thing has broken. I'm ready for the dislikes so get going.

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Jun 2018 12:42  


                        • Anonymous

                          25 Apr 2018 21:03  

                          I wish the cartwheel motion that the pontiff knights do, was also included in the WA as well. I know this thing has potential 4 it and maybe, just mabye becomes a reality within ds3 4 the foreseeable future! Peace everybody.

                          • Anonymous

                            13 Mar 2018 18:38  

                            Oh this sword looks really nice and it has such a cool weapon art. Also it fits my build because- Blah blah blah...
                            Now these things might actually be true, but let's just face it, you use this weapon because it's pretty much the best PvP weapon in the game and your build is the exact same quality build as everyone else's with minor to no variations. Your gameplay style is two-handed passive aggression that mostly consists of running attacks and a volley of R1 if someone doesn't back up afterward. Might throw a weapon art out there once you got overwhelming advantage over your opponent. Now there's nothing wrong with that, but there's something wrong with your brain if you actually believe that using it is somehow "difficult" or "unique".

                            I'm waiting for people to downvote the sh*t out of this comment in their denial over a meta weapon being a meta weapon, but that's okay. Salt is tasty on a warm meal.

                            • Anonymous

                              19 Feb 2018 22:07  

                              Interesting how people now like " oh it is my favourite weapon" " such a nice weapon" such hyprocrits. After the Carthus cancer sword got nerfed this weapon become some kind of popular....hmmmmm....
                              Just sad that this competitive bs is spreading out like cancer. DS is not competitive and never will be so stop abusing OP and cheap bullshit. This weapon is like SS+ Tier. Best weapon in game no daubt. But cmon guys it is dark souls not a competitive fighting game so just play what you like and enjoy the game. I miss the good old times. People just picked up a nice weapon a played with it. But now i see almost everythere dark LKSS or this weapon or the demon scar. Truely cancer without any counterplay if the opponent plays passive reactive

                              • Anonymous

                                05 Feb 2018 19:24  

                                Goes well with Friede's Great Scythe. While the scaling might not be perfect, it deals a ton of frostbite buildup with the WA and a decent amount of base damage. Once it ticks. Black Flame with Parting and mix up. All of this is possible on SL 120 without sacrificing any points at all.

                                • Anonymous

                                  30 Jan 2018 12:54  

                                  One of my favourite weapon. It may not have the highest AR, but has long reach, high durability, awesome WA and fast as hell. Very useful in both PVP and PVE.

                                  Not to mention the fashion potential.

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