Hold is a skill in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

Assume a holding stance to rapidly execute a lunging slash with normal attack, or a deflecting parry with strong attack.


When held, the player sheathes the weapon and prepares to use one of two special attacks. Using a normal attack while in Hold will cause the player to bring the katana out in a powerful horizontal slash. Using a strong attack will cause the player to perform a parry with the blade, giving them blocking frames in the process.



Use of this skill can be quite powerful in the hands of a good offensive-minded player, depending on the specific enemy. The normal attack allows the player to get in a powerful attack inside a short window, useful against enemies whose attacks have small recovery times. The strong attack allows the player to parry without the need to equip a shield in the off-hand, which can be handy depending on the equipment loadout, though in order to conserve FP simply carrying a parrying tool in the off-hand can be more economical.

Online gameplayEdit

It should be noted that while entering the Hold stance is an easy telegraph of your intentions, the strong attack has the same startup and a similar number of parry frames as a dedicated parrying shield, meaning that under the right circumstances it is possible to parry another player on reaction. As well, most people will not expect to get parried by a katana so the surprise factor works in your favor.