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.
  • 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

      20 Dec 2019 00:05  

      Does anyone know if the WA True Combos with anything? I don't know if its my connection but Sometimes R2 Into Full WA is a true combo sometimes its only the first part of the WA and occasionally the Full WA doesnt even combo

      • Anonymous

        23 Nov 2019 03:42  

        Hidden true combo: If you happen to live on the moon with dial-up connection like half of the active players today, an r1 will combo into like 20 more r1s

        • 18 Nov 2019 05:43  

          1. Yes, it is possible to beat someone who is using this weapon. 2. It is still cancer. 3. If you are winning against someone who is using this weapon, they will 9 times out of 10 swap to a lothric straight sword and exploding crossbow tactic so be ready. 4. ALT+F4 is good chemotherapy if you are too much of a ***** to fight it

          • Anonymous

            18 Oct 2019 20:44  

            I'm such a god with this weapon I think I'm actually the best pvp player ever I haven't lost in 2 months with this weapon 1v1 me if you think I'm lying

            • Anonymous

              27 Sep 2019 09:54  

              Hey you ! You suck at PvP ? you are garbage and looking for cheap easy wins ? YES ? Alright today you can become a "Pro" by using this weapon and play totally passive aggresive never attack only punish with R1 and dont forget to point down at them !

              • Anonymous

                18 Sep 2019 16:01  

                This weapon might be good at nooby soul levels. Maybe I'm just that good or my competition is garbage at the SL300 and SL450 meta but I waste players who are supposed to be "elite duelists" like rickymarou and PlOnK on the reg. Great magic shield + havel's greatshield + darkmoon gotthards and their entire r1 gameplan is nullified. LoL see you guys at pontiff

                • Anonymous

                  16 Sep 2019 19:36  

                  Using this on my NG+ play though turned my knight into a dishonorable wretch. Nothing like a roll catch dinner topped off with a stalk dung pie desert to any invader I face or host I invade.

                  • Anonymous

                    20 Aug 2019 23:05  

                    The most all or nothing weapon I face in PvP. If I’m against someone who uses this without roll catch skill I win every time but if it’s someone who knows exactly what they’re doing I lose every time, no exceptions. It’s remarkable being roll caught every attempt no matter how much I vary my dodge timing. I swear these people are like robots, big GG.

                    • Anonymous

                      01 Aug 2019 19:38  

                      Demonico, people dont "cry" about the pkcs because they lose and they dont call it the best for that reason either... it is actually the best pvp weapon in the game based on statistics. If you're losing to LKS while using this its because you were outplayed, pkcs is a direct upgrade to the LKS playstyle due to its longer reach.

                      • 12 Jul 2019 00:12  

                        Omg you kiddies are real cancer. It's just spamming r1 and doesn't need skill. First of all I wanna have fun and second, I wanna win! I don't care wich weapon or strategy is needed. I can win with it, so you have to learn how to parry and you haven't to cry if you loose. You know how often I loss against, lothric, dark and so on? And I don't cry and say it's the best weapon. It's the best weapon for some. Everyone has his best weapon and you can win with every weapon. So cmon stop crying. Just play the game. Your kids are the worst cancer. If you can't handle to loose then play an other game in easy mode. And I hate how y'all act! I play dark souls and I am the best gamer now and has the most skill. Cmon?! What's wrong with you kiddies, it's a game. YOU CAN'T ALWAYS WIN! There are always better players like you. I would say start to God gut like YOU ALL say it. But you don't giht gud, you cry if you loose. So bad that I have to say things that my mom told me with 6 years. (can't always win, if you loose it's not bad, stand up and try again) So: You kiddies aren't cool cause you're good in a game. And it isn't the goal - the goal is to have fun. So just have fun. Don't cry like babies? Are you babies? Oh wee wee he destroyed me with no skill, only pressing r1 wee wee.. Tz this community is the worst I've ever seen. of course not all of you, but those who are meant or not meant, know it ;) Stop crying, startto have fun. I have a lot of fun in a good fight, even if I loose against someone who only r1.. It was a goo fight, next time I will parry it and you'll loose, then you find a new way and I loose again. And it's always fun. I'm aso happy to have friends who are grown up and give respect even if they loose.. Cause we had fun, and that's all about!

                        • Anonymous

                          03 Jul 2019 01:23  

                          Only inexperienced players die to this weapon. Good players using this have one of two playstyles and they're easy to counter. Nothing in this game is OP. There are just too many brain dead people unwilling to learn how to git gud and instead cry, "nerf!"

                          • Anonymous

                            26 Jun 2019 09:37  

                            This weapon isn’t very good as people say it is. I think people just get salty when they lose against a weapon that loses to anything with range

                            • Anonymous

                              13 Jun 2019 05:53  

                              Really don't understand the hate for this weapon. If something gives you trouble, use it yourself. A good spear user can counter this easily. That being said, it has been my favorite since the game came out.

                              • Anonymous

                                27 Apr 2019 20:27  

                                Thought I'd post some actual counters: Ringed Knight Straight Sword WA, Millwood Axe WA, Lucerne WA, Onikiri and Ubadachi WA (while close or you'll be spaced). These allow you to not get spaced. Pseudo-counters (reach will help you get hits, but you can still be spaced) are Lothric Knight/Gotthards (twin)Sword(s) and spears (pkcs r1 can interrupt your r1s, so space wisely). These are the best I've found.

                                • Anonymous

                                  18 Apr 2019 13:34  

                                  Hey guys ive the perfect counter: Alternatively if your opponent is good, you might aswell just go cry, but luckily 90% of people using this wep suck ass anyways.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    09 Mar 2019 03:12  

                                    Gross, there's a defensive pkcs user spamming the comments with "this r1 spam sword actually takes skill to use" comments... just stop. It's a widely known fact that this is pvp easy mode. Also, quit trying to deflect hate of this weapon onto the lothric knight sword, lks isn't on the same tier as this... it doesn't have as much reach, which is everything on a spacing weapon and it's slower. If a pkcs user loses to a lks user, it isn't because the lks is a good counter to pkcs, it's because the pkcs user wasn't as good at spacing. Pkcs is a direct upgrade to the lks's playstyle. Also, Gaels isn't nearly as easy to use as pkcs, it's WAY easier to dodge a greatsword r1 than a pkcs 2hr1... hyperarmor does not equal easy mode, if you feel so then the problem is your skill.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      06 Mar 2019 20:57  

                                      My favorite weapon, I'd kill all of you with this. All i need is my own 2h ands. I love to out reach anything with this, my wins are the only proof 8 need that I'm gud you stupid invaders. >:^)

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