Poise is an in-game statistic that increases your resistance to being staggered or stun-locked as an effect of taking hits from opponents.

Staggered: an enemy's attack interrupts your action. High poise will allow you to perform an action to completion despite being hit by enemies in their course (example: swinging a slow weapon, or casting spells).
Stun-locked: an enemy's attacks causes you to temporarily be paralyzed, leaving you vulnerable to consecutive hits. Poise will allow you to soak up heavier hits and increase the number of consecutive hits you can take before getting stun-locked.

How it works:

  • Poise is a passive trait that is raised by wearing armor that gives you poise, equiping the Wolf Ring, casting Iron Flesh and/or using the Havel's Greatshield stoneskin buff. Note, however, that both Iron Flesh and the stoneskin buff are personal buffs and cannot be used concurrently.
  • Increases resistance to staggering and stun-locking.

Where to view Poise:

  • You can view your Poise on the Character Stats screen, and is located on the far right.
  • Also viewing the stats of armor by pressing Square will show how much Poise that specific item will give you.

Staggered:

  • Becoming staggered is a very serious situation, and can become very difficult when surrounded by numerous enemies.
  • Being staggered means that you will not be able to control your character after taking a heavy blow from an opponent.
  • Note that some opponents cause instant staggering, and is not dependent on your Poise count.


Poise Break Points
It has been found that certain weapon classes will stun people at very specific poise amounts. For example Ultra Greatswords, when used 2 handed, will stun anyone at 75 poise or less. So a poise of 76 will prevent you being stunlocked by a hit from an UGS. However these values will only save you from 1 hit. If you are hit again before your "poise bar" empties completely you will be stunned.

The amount of poise needed to resist an R1/RB attack:
Weapons:
1-handed
2-handed
Other
Ultra Greatswords
51
76

Great Hammers
51
76

Great Axes
51
76
2h Black knight great axe: 61, 1h: 41
Greatswords
36
53
1h running attack: 41, 2h: 56
Claymore 1h R2: 42
Curved Greatswords
36
53

Hammers/Axes
36
53

Straight swords
21
31

Curved Swords
21
31

Katanas
21
31
1h running attack: 22, 2h: 32
Spears
21
31

Halberds
21
31
2h Black knight halberd 46, 1h: 31
Whips
21
31

Fist weapons
21
-

Piercing swords
6
8

Daggers
6
8

Bolts/Arrows
21


Spells:



Great Fireball
81


Black Flame
61


Great Combustion
41


Wrath of the Gods
21

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Always stuns, less than 21 poise gets you knocked down
Sunlight Spear


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