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

      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. >:^)

          • 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.

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