What Does Poise do in Elden Ring

Find out what Poise does to know if it's worth it or not.

Umer Cheema
Umer Cheema
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What Does Poise do in Elden Ring

Elden Ring features stats that the player can assign points to. Each stat has its own use and can allow you to equip certain weapons or equipment. Depending on your build, you might want to prefer one stat over the other. That is why this guide will show you what does Poise do in Elden Ring.

Poise is a stat that is defined by your armor. Having high amounts of Poise will allow your character to be resistant to getting staggered easily.

If you want to know more about Poise and the types of stagger in Elden Ring, continue reading to find out. Without further ado, let’s jump right in and get started.

Elden Ring: What Does Poise Do?

Poise is an invisible stat that determines how easily your character will get staggered. Just like HP and FP, it also has a bar that cannot be seen. While you cannot increase your Poise by putting points into it, you can equip strong armor and various Talismans instead.

Items like the Bull-Goat’s Talisman will increase your Poise stat which is a great thing. So, if you are having issues with getting staggered easily, make sure that you equip strong armor and items. Plus, if you upgrade your equipment, it will naturally increase all the stats – including Poise.

Types of Stagger

Depending on your Poise, you might get staggered in a number of ways. Elden Ring features three primary methods of getting staggered that might affect you during PvE or PvP.

  • Weak Stagger: This type of stagger happens if you get hit by a Standard type weapon. It makes your character flinch slightly.
  • Heavy Stagger: This effect happens if you get hit by a Great or Colossal type weapon. Your character will get stunned and you will be open to getting backstabbed.
  • Knock Down: This effect happens if you get hit by a strong boss attack or with a Colossal-type weapon. As the name suggests, you get knocked down. However, this effect does not take place in PvP.


That’s everything you need to know about what does Poise do in Elden Ring. Having a high amount of Poise will allow you to take more damage before getting staggered. Otherwise, you’ll easily get staggered in PvP or PvE fights and be prone to get backstabbed.

Which build is your favorite? Have you tried the Poise build? Let us know your thoughts and if this build is worth it or not.

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By day, Umer loves writing about games and talking about them; by night, he is an avid gamer that loves playing League of Legends and RTS games. Being a massive fan of Metal Gear Solid, you'll find Umer always praising the legendary Hideo Kojima.
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