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What Is the Poise Stat in Elden Ring?

What Is the Poise Stat in Elden Ring?

Poise in Elden Ring is a stat that determines your character’s resistance to being staggered or interrupted while performing an action, such as attacking or casting a spell.

It also has an impact on how effectively you land attacks.

For instance, if you and an enemy attack at the same time, your Poise stat will determine whether your attack succeeds or whether it will be negated and lead you to be staggered.

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What Does Increasing Poise Do?

Increasing Poise makes your character more resistant to being staggered or interrupted while performing certain actions.

When a player has a high Poise stat, they will be able to take more hits from enemies before becoming staggered, allowing them to continue attacking.

If you want to check your Poise stat, you’ll find it in the menu where all of your character’s stats are. Specifically, you’ll find it under the Equip Load stat in the middle.

Elden Ring Poise Stat Menu
Your Poise stat can be found below Equip Load in the Status menu

Poise Breakpoints

Poise Breakpoints in Elden Ring are the thresholds of Poise that will prevent you from being staggered by certain types of attacks.

Here are some of the most important Poise thresholds in Elden Ring:

  • 51 Poise: This is the minimum Poise required to resist most standard PvE attacks
  • 61 Poise: This is the minimum Poise required to resist most heavy PvE attacks
  • 83 Poise: This is the minimum Poise required to resist most charged attacks from enemies
  • 100 Poise: This is the maximum Poise that can be achieved with armor alone

So, if you have 51 Poise, you will not be staggered by most standard PvE attacks, but you will still be staggered by heavy attacks and charged attacks.

Here are the three types of stagger in Elden Ring:

  • Weak Stagger: This is the most common type of stagger. It will briefly interrupt your movement and prevent you from performing actions
  • Heavy Stagger: This is a more severe stagger that will prevent you from moving or performing actions for a longer period of time
  • Knockdown: This is the most severe stagger. It will knock you to the ground and prevent you from moving or performing actions until you complete your get-up animation

How to Increase Poise

Poise is mainly connected to the weight of a player’s armor rather than being a separate stat that you can level up.

There are a few different ways to increase your Poise:

  • Leveling up your Endurance stat will naturally boost your Poise
  • Equip heavier armor sets
  • Specific items

Endurance Stat

Since Endurance is an important stat in Elden Ring, you will naturally level it up anyway. Doing so will also increase your character’s Poise.

Read More: How to Reset Your Stats in Elden Ring

Equip Heavier Armor

Equipping heavier armor sets is the most effective way to increase Poise.

However, keep in mind that heavier armor sets may also reduce mobility and increase stamina usage.

As a result, you’ll need to balance the benefits of increased Poise with the drawbacks of heavier armor.

The Bull-Goat’s Set is a great example of armor that boosts your Poise significantly. It grants you 100 Poise which is the highest you can get from an armor set.

Elden Ring Bull-Goat Armor
Bull-Goat Armor equipped in Elden Ring

Specific Items

In addition to the Endurance stat and equipping heavier armor, there are items you can equip that will also increase your Poise.

The best examples of these items are as follows:

  • The Bull Goat’s Talisman can be found in Dragonbarrow Cave in northeastern Caelid. It increases Poise by 33%
  • Fia grants the Baldachin’s Blessing after hugging her in the Roundtable Hold. It increases your Poise by +50% for 15 seconds.
  • The Radiant Baldachin’s Blessing is received from Fia after giving her the Cursemark of Death in Deeproot Depths. It boosts your Poise by +81% for 70 seconds.
  • Ironjar Aromatic are consumable items that you can craft. It boosts not only your Poise but also resistance and damage negation.
  • Endure Skill increases your Poise once it’s equipped to a weapon. You can buy it at Knight Bernahl at Warmaster’s Shack.
Elden Ring Bull-Goat Talisman
Bull-Goat Talisman in Elden Ring

Is Poise Important?

Whether Poise is important depends on how you play Elden Ring.

It is more effective to master dodging to avoid enemies’ attacks as opposed to simply tanking them (allowing them to hit you).

However, if you do the latter, then Poise does become a more important attribute.

It’s noteworthy that Poise doesn’t stop you from being staggered 100% of the time.

Sometimes, even if you are wearing heavy armor, some specific powerful attacks from certain enemies and bosses can still break your Poise no matter what.

That’s why you will need to balance all your defensive methods with your offensive ones in order to succeed in the challenging combat encounters that Elden Ring offers.

Mastering all these techniques, such as dodging, stamina management, and leveling up your stats accordingly will all help you in your journey in Elden Ring.