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Crucifix of the Mad King

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124 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 45
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0
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30
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0
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25
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0 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 25
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74
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30
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100 icon-wp_stability.png 25
icon_weight.png 12.0
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80
Requirements & Bonus
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D - E D
19 0 10 14
weapon_type-icon.jpg Halberd damage_type-icon.jpg Standard/Strike
skill-icon.jpg Mad King's Folly icon_fp_cost.png -(-/17)

Crucifix of the Mad King is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3. It was added with The Ringed City DLC.



A cross spear hung with a malformed corpse. 

Once, a mad king was born to the pygmy royalty and Shira, knight of Filianore, put him to rest. But Shira's cross spear, unable to kill the undying king, only pinned itself to him. Shira delivered them together to the darkroom, where she stayed and held them close.

Skill: Mad King's Folly
Slam malformed corpse into the ground to briefly awaken it, then fillet with strong attack to trigger a roar, a blessing, or vexation.



Notes and Tips:

  • Upgrades with Twinking Titanite. Cannot be Infused.
  • This weapon IS buffable, despite having scaling dark damage. It performs exceptionally well with the Dark Blade buff.
  • Both the physical and dark damage scale with Faith. This means that each point in Faith is effectively worth twice what its D scaling would imply, and the weapon's AR will benefit more from it than from Strength.
  • Its R2s are the same as the Great Club's, and are good for dealing with groups of enemies or catching rolls.
  • True to the weapon's description, any time the weapon art is performed it will randomly trigger one of the three effects mentioned: The roar is kind of an AoE blast that covers your front and sides, the blessing gives an effect similar to that of Perseverance, and the vexation will spawn a small floating sphere that will follow you around, then explodes, dealing Dark damage to anything caught in its blast, including you. The blast can be dodged with a timely roll.
  • Interestingly, it seems that Shira never triggers the vexation effect when she's using this weapon.



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Crucifix of the Mad King Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Name
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Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
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Stability
Regular 124 - - - 74 D - E D - - - 45.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0 25
Regular +1 138 - - - 83 D - E D - - - 45.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0 25
Regular +2 147 - - - 89 D - E D - - - 45.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0 25
Regular +3 172 - - - 104 D - E D - - - 45.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0 25
Regular +4 194 - - - 117 C - E D - - - 45.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0 25
Regular +5 216 - - - 130 C - E D - - - 45.0 30.0 25.0 25.0 30.0  25 


Table Key

 

Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison

 Weight

icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
 Stability
   
    Spell Buff Spell Buff
     
     Range      

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)






    • Anonymous

      09 Aug 2017 00:35  

      Gets decent physical at +5, the faith scaling does very good for miracles or pyromancies so it's a good weapon to keep in your arsenal

      • 01 Aug 2017 14:46  

        Literally the worst weapon to use in invasions.
        1) It scales poorly with STR and doesn't scale with DEX, so it is purely a caster weapon;
        2) As a caster this weapon is insanely bad, because your damage would come from spells and this thing have pretty terrible scalings of INT and FTH;
        3) WA is random and literally the worst these is. You can get either tiny weak AOE, perseverance or kill-your-self bomb. The most horrid thing is that you usually never get what you need at that moment;
        4) Kill-your-self-bomb is just that: you get this random effect and you kill yourself: either you get killed by the bomb or you roll and get punished by the opponent and you die. You better of just jumping to your death than using this weapon;
        5) Can't be infused and buffs does not make it any better, you are better off using any other weapon (Onyx blade for example);
        6) Weak physical damage despite requiring 19 STR. If you are a caster, then STR is the most useless stat you could get;

        Overall, if you like suiciding with style, then pick this weapon. If you want a good weapon - avoid this one like plague.

        • Anonymous

          06 Jul 2017 00:36  

          They gave this thing Greatsword hyper armor. Which means I can wear heavy armor and actually poise through larger weapons. Yet I still can't be full Gundyr and poise through Greatswords with Gundyrs Halberd.

          I wonder what goes through their heads when they make these decisions.

          • Anonymous

            22 Jun 2017 12:58  

            Use this thing with dark hand as a backup for those pesky dagger users, and you'll basically just be able to outdo almost everything in speed, damage, and range. Add in lightning arrow for versatility.

            • Anonymous

              22 Jun 2017 12:53  

              I have been using this weapon recently and honestly, it might be one of the best weapons out there. I don't even have enough attunement slots for lightning arrow at SL125, and still it's very versatile and does huge damage. This weapon seems to have more hyperarmor than the other glaives, because at 39 poise I sometimes through through the hits of ultra great weapons, and I can poise through the ringed knight paired greatswords by spamming l2. Contrary to popular belief, the r2 follow up of the weapon art is not advised. The 3 blessings make little to no difference for glaive users, as we already have poise, already do more damage than the roar with the followup r1 roll catch instead, and the bomb is practically a suicide bomb for Hail Marys. Ultra great weapons get outspaced, even Leo ring trades with spears are in your favor because of the huge AR, and all straight sword and curved sword users can do is roll around and pray they land a backstab (which is avoided simply by walking in the opposite direction of the backstab). The only real counter would be daggers, as I've tested with a friend and one handed daggers can do 1 hit in between glaive strikes and they can quickstep right before the glaive hits them.

              • Anonymous

                22 Jun 2017 04:41  

                Insanely good weapon. L2 comes out really fast and has a ton of hyper armor, standard halberd R1's with the range of halberds, Great Club R2's, and the poise health/damage of greatswords. Also buff with Dark Blade for obnoxious AR.

                • Anonymous

                  31 May 2017 20:52  

                  Wouldn't Darkmoon Blade be better for this? since u get a higher AR or am i missing something why people choose Dark Blade over it.
                  Also, how much STR/FTH should I run for this weapon? I'm currently 40STR/50FTH.

                  • Anonymous

                    27 May 2017 02:27  

                    To avoid the vexation explosion, watch for the orb growing and shaking/pulsing, and roll right as it blows up- roll too early and the explosion hits you despite your roll as the explosion signifies when it's not stuck to you anymore.

                    • Anonymous

                      23 May 2017 20:59  

                      Two topics to cover, one for countering the Crucifix, another for maxing the Crucifix.

                      First: To the whiners who think this thing is OP:

                      Use your eyes. Halberds telegraph their movesets like few other weapons do. Is the Crucifix being raised overhead? Then it's a vertical lunge and dodging to the side, or BEHIND your opponent, foils the attack. Is the Crucifix being swung outwards and wide? Then it's a horizontal sweep, and dodge rolling back, or BEHIND your opponent, foils the attack.

                      This weapon is stupidly predictable, and surprisingly easy to exploit backstabs on your opponent, should you time your rolls BEHIND the the wielder. Another thing: OP AR?

                      Please, my Great Mace with Lightning Weapon buff hits WAY harder than this thing. And that's just the Great mace. Don't even get me started on the Greatsword's miracle buffed AR.

                      Finally, on meta build notes?

                      Seems that the STR hard cap for this weapon is 40, while the Faith scaling shares a similar hard cap (Faith scaling on this weapon is weird, and apparent hard caps aren't actually hard caps). Testing with 50 STR/40 FTH netted 560 AR one handed. 40 STR/50 FTH netted 562 AR one handed. The INT scaling isn't even worth the investment, as the hard cap for INT appears to be 12.

                      Given that miracles (Dark Blade) also scale with Faith, anyone looking to specialize in the Crucifix should focus on Faith over Strength, and completely forgo the Intelligence stat as anything other than a prerequisite investment.

                      • Anonymous

                        19 May 2017 14:03  

                        This is *****ing broken.
                        -a halberd and a greathammer in one from(good for mixing up)
                        -a close quarter attack that decimates your opponent's hp which makes mixing up moves even stronger
                        -its buffable
                        -since its dark/faith based weapon you can use back up tools like lightning arrow to become more annoying

                        • Anonymous

                          14 May 2017 19:28  

                          APPARENTLY Its weapon art can break the giant door shields weapon art at full stamina with 50 poise. It's kinda broken if the games perfect shield can't stop it.

                          • Anonymous

                            09 May 2017 14:47  

                            As much as I hate this weapon, it's rather fair from what I've seen. But really, what I've seen mainly consists of people lagging so hard I get backstabbed in the front. Mid roll. It does solid damage, but I'm not a faith kinda guy.

                            • Anonymous

                              08 May 2017 22:53  

                              This thing is nowhere close to being overpowered lol. It's just a viable weapon, there's many counters to it and one being the one and almighty weapon class; straight swords.

                              • Anonymous

                                08 May 2017 00:43  

                                Around 70% of the commenters here are just whining about how unfair and op this weapon is, while the remaining 30% try to defend it and I'm just sitting here wondering if the Pygmy is still sane enough to tell me all about the
                                L O R E

                                • Anonymous

                                  07 May 2017 14:41  

                                  This weapon is an absolute pain to fight. It hits harder than most the weapons in the game while being far faster than anything stronger. . If you see any opponent using it, just give up. It's bullshit

                                  • Anonymous

                                    27 Apr 2017 20:14  

                                    Use this in conjunction with dark blade, offensive miracles, and a talisman with good hyperarmor and you got yourself a godly combo bait opponents with the Crucifix and use Sunlight spear or stake once they get close or vice versa it's a really fun build finally faith builds have a good weapon

                                    • Anonymous

                                      26 Apr 2017 18:44  

                                      So since it's physical damage scales with Faith as well, is it safe to say I should do a 20 Strength/60 Faith build?

                                      • Anonymous

                                        23 Apr 2017 01:44  

                                        "This thing can be outranged"

                                        No it really cant, it has SHOCKWAVES, meaning without HA you are not going to outrange it ever, just like Yhorms.

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