Parry

Overview

A parry is the act of countering an enemy's hit through the use of a parry-enabled shield or weapon (e.g. the Farron greatsword). The parry frames, i.e. the frames of your parry animation that will fully parry an opponent's parryable attack, are not necessarily at the beginning of the parry animation.

Additionally to the parry there is also a partial parry, meaning if you fail to time your parry frames to the opponents attack you will take reduced damage and won't be staggered.

Frame data

Parrying tool Starting frame Parrying frames Earliest attack frame
Fists and Claws 8th 10 14th
Shields 8-12th 6-12 24-28th
Daggers 12th 10 22nd
Curved swords 12th 6 18th
Thrusting swords 12-36th 6-8 0-24th
Straight swords 32-36th 2-4 0
Katanas 32-34th 4-6 0-6th
Halberds 40-42nd 6-8 10-12th
Ultra Greatswords 48-52nd 4 12-18th
Greatswords 38th 4-10 8-10th
Axes 34th 4 6-8th

Source:12

Player's attacks

  • Running and Rolling R1 : Can be parried on every weapon except Whips.
  • Unlocked, "dead angled" attacks of normally parryable attacks: Cannot be parried3
Weapon class Unparryable attacks
All weapons Running R2 / Jumping attack
All Ultra Great weapons 2H R1, 2H R2, fully charged 1H R2 (?)
Whips All attacks
Fists Leaping Slash (Claw)
Flame Whirlwind (Demon's Fist)
Halberds Spin Sweep and follow-up R2 (Lucerne, Black Knight Glaive)
Chain Spin and follow-up R2 (Winged Knight Halberd)
Pikes and Spears Spin Sweep (Partizan)
Curved Swords Spin Slash and follow-up R2
Tornado and follow-up R2 (Storm Curved Sword)
Crescent Blade (Crescent Moon Sword)
Frost Blade and follow-up R2 (Pontiff Knight Curved Sword)
Chained Dance (Painting Guardian's Curved Sword)
Hammers Spin Bash (Drang Hammers)
Katanas Onislayer (Onikiri and Ubadachi)
Straight Swords Spin Slash (Gotthard Twinswords)
Stomp (Dark Sword)
Greatswords Stomp (Executioner's Greatsword)
Curved Greatswords 2H R2, fully charged 1H R2
Spin Slash and follow-up R2 (Murakumo, Exile Greatsword)
Wolf Leap (Old Wolf Curved Sword)
Great Hammers Spin Bash and follow-up R2 (Spiked Mace)
Warcry follow-up R2s (Great Club, Large Club)
Molten Perseverance follow-up R2 (Old King's Great Hammer)
Kindled Flurry and follow-up R2 (Gargoyle Flame Hammer)
Greataxes Demonic Flare (Demon's Great Axe)
Warcry 2H follow-up R2s (Black Knight Greataxe)
The first hit of Warcry 1H follow-up R2 (Black Knight Greataxe)
Ultra Greatswords Stomp
Flame of Lorian (Lorian's Greatsword)
Profaned Flame (Profaned Greatsword)

Source:4

Parryable enemies

Parryable bosses:5

Name Notes
Iudex Gundyr Both phases.
Crystal Sage -
Deacons of the Deep -
Abyss Watchers Both phases.
Champion Gundyr -
Pontiff Sulyvahn -
The Twin Princes Both phases. Cannot be riposted.
Soul of Cinder Curved sword phase only. Cannot be riposted.
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