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Stance is a skill in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

While in stance, use normal attacks to break a foe's guard from below, and strong attack to slash upwards with a forward lunge.


Skill commonly seen in straight swords and some greatswords. The player holds their weapon with both hands at shoulder level and points it toward their target, then approaches slowly and culminates with a powerful upward slash capable of breaking most guards.


Hold the weapon with both hands and press and hold the Left Strong Attack button (PlayStation - L2 - 01 / Xbox 360 - Trigger Left - 01) to acquire this offensive stance. Approach the enemy and press either the Right Weak Attack button (PlayStation - R1 - 01 / Xbox 360 - Bumper Right - 01) or the Right Strong Attack button (PlayStation - R2 - 01 / Xbox 360 - Trigger Right - 01) to unleash the attack.


This skill proves useful to deal with enemies with medium poise, breaking their guard or simply to inflict more damage.

Online gameplayEdit

Useful to break the opponent's guard. The user must keep an eye on the stamina bar to avoid the risk of being counterattacked.


Straight SwordsEdit

Thrusting SwordsEdit


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