The Weapon: Monastery Sword
[Damage] 95/0/0/0/0 - (Slash)
[Stats Needed] 9/22/0/0
[Stats Bonuses] E/B/-/-/-/-
[Start at frame] 7
[Effective start] 11
[Recovery start] 49
[Last animation frame] 67
This means that the frames where your parry hits is between frame 11 and 49. Which is a good range, losing only to small shields.
When you click to parry, the animation starts at frame 7, it will be active at frame 11, end at 49, and during until frame 67. You will be vulnerable in the frames where it will not be active.
In Dark Souls 2 all parrying have to pass 3 phases when you press the button to parry.
- Start - The moment when you press the button until the parry is
active indeed - Vunerable
- Active - The sweetspot where the magic(parry) happens - Profit
- Recovery - After the active phase end until the end of the animation - Vulnerable
In this graph you could compare the frames of a few weapons.
Note that this is the frames for the weapon you are holding, not the enemy is attacking.
And to the parry happens you need to be in the red phase when the enemy attack hits you.
For enemy parry attacks timing see this guide:
from the youtuber Juutas1988.
Parrying With the Monastery Sword (And Curved Swords)
The Monastery Sword was the best and favorite pvp and pve parry sword, it used to block as soon you press the button.
start at 1(parrying) with a longer active time.
Now it was nerfed and put under the Curved Swords parrying frames.
strat with 0, a few frames change to 1, and then come back to 0
It will parry when its blade barely passes your right hand (perpendicular to your body)
And will endure until it passes your left hand(holding it) parallel your body.
Definitions and source
Damage Type Physical Damage / Magical Damage / Fire Damage / Lightning Damage / Dark Damage
Stats Needd Str/Dex/Int/Faith
Poise is used to stagger calc.