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For the Dark Souls variant, see Painting Guardian Sword.
For the Dark Souls II variant, see Monastery Scimitar.

The Painting Guardian's Curved Sword is a curved sword in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

A weapon described in legends passed down amongst heretics, wielded by the Painting Guardians.
A uniquely shaped weapon with a flat tip.
Skill: Chained Dance
Execute relentless consecutive attacks while tracing a circle in a unique dance of deadly grace.


Found in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley, on a corpse in the tower of the Church of Yorshka. After unlocking the Prison Tower bonfire, drop into the tower and navigate a series of drop-downs. The Painting Guardian Set is also found in this same area.


The Painting Guardian's Curved Sword is a low-weight curved sword (the second-lightest in its class, beat only by the Demon's Scar) that uses the "light curved sword" moveset of the Scimitar and requires little stamina to swing. However, it has a reach more akin to that of a dagger than a curved sword. It also possesses high dexterity scaling, despite being a standard Titanite weapon, as well as a respectable amount of Bleed build-up.

What makes the Painting Guardian's Curved Sword unique is its weapon art. Unlike the Spin Slash of other curved swords, the Chained Dance unleashes a combo of several strong slashes with the strong attack, which can be devastating on exposed foes due to the Bleed build-up.

Like other curved swords, its potential is best unlocked by infusing it with a Sharp Gem. At very high levels of Dexterity, a Painting Guardian's Sharp Sword is capable of dealing tremendous amounts of damage, comparable to a Carthus Curved Sword.


Attack Description
Weak Attack
Right-to-left slash with slight downward angle, followed by horizontal left-to-right slash.
Strong Attack
Downward right-to-left slash followed by jumping circular motion into another slash. Further input results in horizontal slash with slight delay.
Weak Attack
Two-handed horizontal slash, followed by horizontal slash in the reverse direction.
Strong Attack
Two-handed horizontal slash into jumping circular downwlard slash. Further input yields delayed upward slash.
Jump Attack Jumping horizontal slash.
Jump Attack
Same as one-handed.
Running Attack Very fast upward slash, short range but almost no telegraph.
Running Attack
Same as one-handed, only gripping sword in both hands.
Rolling Attack Fast horizontal slash from left to right.
Rolling Attack
Same as above, but puts whole body into rotation.
Kick Quick horizontal slash followed by backwards cartwheel.
Weak Attack
Mirrored version of one-handed weak attacks.
Strong Attack


Reinforced with regular Titanite.



Dark Souls 3 Painted Guardian's Curved Sword - Weapon Arts Showcase


  • When infused, the "Curved" part of the sword's name will be replaced with whatever infusion is applied. For example, a raw infusion will rename it to "Painting Guardian's Raw Sword."
    • Additionally, some infusions, such as lightning, will exclude the "Sword", instead showing up as "Painting Guardian's Lightning", from the name when viewing a reinforced variant through Andre's reinforcement or infusion menu.
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