Dragonslayer Greataxe

203 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 55.0
74 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 40.0
- icon-wp_stability.png 40
icon_weight.png 20.0
Requirements & Bonus
D E - D
40 0 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greataxes damage_type-icon.jpg Standard
skill-icon.jpg Falling Bolt icon_fp_cost.png 35 (-/-)

Dragonslayer Greataxe is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Melted iron greataxe that once formed part of the Dragonslayer Armour.

Thickly imbued with the power of lightning. Use skill to draw upon the techniques used to slay the archdragons.

Skill: Falling Bolt
Hold axe high in the air to gather fierce lightning, and smash ground to whip the bolts to the ground.


Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be infused or buffed.
  • Reinforced using Titanite Scale.
  • At +5 and 60 FTH it only gets 58 more Lightning damage, resulting in 194 (136 + 58) Lightning damage.
  • The heaviest Greataxe weapon.

Location/Where to Find

Moveset and Videos:

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Dragonslayer Greataxe Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 203 - - 74 - D E - D - - - 55 45 40 40 45
+1 236 - - 87 - D E - D - - - 55 45 40 40 45
+2 270 - - 99 - D E - D - - - 55 45 40 40 45
+3 303 - - 111 - C E - D - - - 55 45 40 40 45
+4 336 - - 123 - C E - D - - - 55 45 40 40 45
+5 364 - - 136 - C E - D - - - 55 45 40 40 45


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


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
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

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

      17 Jan 2018 13:15  

      can it's rolling r1 not be parried? i went up against it twice fishing parries with pyromancies and twice the parry didn't work. two different opponents, two different days, two different parry tools

      • Anonymous

        16 Jan 2018 05:30  

        Something I'd like to point out to those complaining about this weapon. While slow and predictable, if combined with the shield you can transpose from the Dragon Slayer Armour's soul it becomes a one shot pancake maker. The shield has an art that stagger larger foes and completely knocks smaller, human sized enemies (like other players) to the ground allowing for a quick follow up with its weapon art. As a current user of this weapon and shield I can truly say this is a great PvP weapon. I've one shot 3 invaders using this method

        • Anonymous

          17 Dec 2017 14:24  

          So I just read the comment section and how noone ever looses to this weapon and I have to say I'm surprised.
          I'm ranked up every single covenant in this game, including Spears of the Church and I used this weapon +5 or a Refined Longsword +10 (switching to the longsword when facing fast build users or casters) and I think I have around 80% winrate with the dragonslayer greataxe. This weapon sure is slow, heavy, has no real fancy moveset, but you can do some real good moves with it. You can spam R1 until you have only enough stamina to do one more hit and stop, repeat multiple times since your enemy will think you deplete all your stam, then when he gets greedy follow up with a L2 and trust me there is no weapon that can trade with this weapon art. Yes it is bad against fast weapons, which is why I always carry my longsword, but against UGS users I guarantee you, this weapon can wreck havoc.
          It has low range, so this weapon is a waiting game and a bait game, but it heavily punishes greed, and that's what I like with it. Every time I face greedy players swinging Ledo's or BKA at me I ended up with a pancake. I'm not claiming this is the "best" weapon, it is far from it, but it is a decent weapon in capable hands. Of course since Dark Souls 3 PvP mostly revolves around people spamming R1 with UGS they must be pretty unsettled by the brain requirement of this weapon, which may explain the lack of love.

          • Anonymous

            21 Nov 2017 23:20  

            as far as high damage for low investment goes, this is pretty good, but outclassed by most things that can be resin'd, especially the Greataxe which is probably the strongest weapon in the game when buffed.

            • Anonymous

              30 Sep 2017 03:18  

              I was dumb enough to use the Armours Soul for a couple extra levels :/
              Would someone be willing to trade the Axe?

              • Anonymous

                07 Aug 2017 06:32  

                Easily the most physically powerful weapon in the game. Easily the ugliest weapon in the game. Why can't fromsoft make an incredible weapon at least look cool, A shame.

                • 29 Jun 2017 06:31  

                  Even if you only meet the minimal requirements for this weapon it's L1 can do 500+ AR at +5. Used it's special on a tank using a jump attack and got a crit of 1500 dmg and was able to follow up with an additional 1000. Total tank killer.

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Jun 2017 13:41  

                    This weapon is ridiculous for early level PVP, because most players start by pushing damage and health and not vitaly, by Crucifixion Woods about the best armour you'll come up against is Lothric Knight's. The moveset is sadly very limited, but you only need to punish poor spacing twice to either kill your opponent or get them down to panic-levels of health, and you can usually outtrade most weapons in this area, making it perfect to PVP for Tongues or Swordgrass. Just cap yourself to around level 30 and don't upgrade any weapon above +1/+3 for non-boss weapons and you'll get matchups fine. If you build to about 26 strength you can use this weapon two-handed with no penalty, and if you've built for it, then you can use Vordt's Greathammer which makes mincemeat of the Dragonslayer Armour even at just +1 (weak to strike and frost).

                    • Anonymous

                      16 Jun 2017 20:12  

                      Well maybe it's god like op in pvp. but only if my target doesn't move for 3secs/is afk... no seriously. I understand that people are having fun with the weapon they like but all the hype here is over my head. One on one I never lose against this Greataxe. (And I'm far from beeing a pvp pro...) So what's so great about it?

                      • Anonymous

                        16 Jun 2017 18:54  

                        Successor to the similarly devastating AoE delivering Dragon King Greataxe (except that one was even more OP since it could be enchanted).

                        • 10 Jun 2017 03:52  

                          If I had a cent for how many times I've seen this damn thing in PvP over the past few months, I could probably buy a new computer by now.

                          It's all around an amazing weapon, obviously; I just can't not see it as the symbol of what the general PvP in this game is at the moment. Giant people running around with this thing pressing buttons.

                          Sorry I've just...seen it so damn much. It's a great weapon.

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