Pontiff Knight Shield

63 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 73
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 69
100 icon-wp_stability.png 42
icon_weight.png 3.5
Aux None    
Requirements & Bonus
- - - -
8 12 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Standard Shield damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Weapon Skill icon_fp_cost.png -

Pontiff Knight Shield is a Shield in Dark Souls 3.

Shield of the Pontiff's knights, frigid spirits that linger in Irithyll.

This blue-gray shield, shrouded in a thinly cold air, is light and brittle.

Skill: Weapon Skill
Equipping this shield in the left hand allows one to perform the Skill of the right hand weapon.

Notes and Tips:

  • Can NOT be Infused.
  • Reinforced with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Provides an average damage block of 72.4%. It's unfortunate that the sheild's stability is so low, as it provides fantastic, well rounded damage block for its weight. A reliable choice to take into any situation.
  • Unfortunately, a large portion of the damage one takes is physical, meaning this shield suffers compared to 100% physical block shields of equal weight.

Location/Where to Find

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Pontiff Knight Shield Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 63 - - - - D - - - - - - 73 79 69 69 72 42
+1 70 - - - - D - - - - - - 73 79 69 69 72 43
+2 75 - - - - D - - - - - - 73 79 69 69 72 44
+3 88 - - - - D - - - - - - 73 79 69 69 72 45
+4 99 - - - - D - - - - - - 73 79 69 69 72 47
+5 110 - - - - D - - - - - - 73 79 69 69 72 48


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)

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    • Anonymous

      27 Aug 2020 16:32  

      It's a great shield even though the damage block isn't 100%, but the stability makes it less desirable. It gains only 6 stability compared most other medium shields that gain 10.

      • Anonymous

        05 Jan 2020 03:28  

        Such a nice looking shield but the damage reduction kills me as a shield user... maybe I'll give it a shot

        • Anonymous

          28 Jun 2018 20:13  

          What is the purpose of this shield? I get that it is relatively light, but there are better weapon skill shields

          • Anonymous

            01 Oct 2017 12:01  

            Naturally, this is a great match with the Pontiff Knight Curved Sword. The sword requires 10 int, which is enough for magic shield. With magic shield this shield has high 90's damage reduction across the board and greatshield-like stability. The sword can't be buffed, so you don't lose that opportunity using magic shield. And of course, you have access to that sweet sweet weapon art whenever you want it.

            • Anonymous

              09 Mar 2017 22:17  

              Arguably one of the best shields in the game. I have done many many builds in this game and have found that for builds focusing purely on casting with no STR/DEX (pure miracle & sorcery builds in particular) this is a top tear shield.

              • Anonymous

                28 Dec 2016 20:39  

                I have been preferring weapon skill shields with my red hilted halberd. This one is especially fashionable with the Alva set. I dont mind the twinkling upgrade but is it worth it for slightly more stab?

                • Anonymous

                  Needs a special ability03 Jul 2016 05:06  

                  Like giving ehat ever wep you have s frost dmg buff...and frost bite..atm it has nothing special. Or make it shield bash with ice dmg and frost bite

                  • Anonymous

                    Mixed feelings29 Apr 2016 04:23  

                    The low weight is really nice for low Vit builds that hunger for a decent defensed shield. However, the twinkling upgrade cost, inability to infuse, and lack of parry really hurt this shields viability in my eyes.

                    • Anonymous

                      Looks cool but bad shield20 Apr 2016 07:19  

                      Its very light and might be useful against pvp magic users but definitely a bad pve shield, the 3 crest shields are much better

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