Executioner's Greatsword

131 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 50
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 30
100 icon-wp_stability.png 40
icon_weight.png 9.0
Requirements & Bonus
C E - -
19 13 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greatsword damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Stomp icon_fp_cost.png 12

Executioner's Greatsword is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Greatsword of a debauched executioner used for beheadings.

This sword retains a keen memory of its executioner's duty, and absorbs FP from each fallen foe.

Skill: Stomp
Use one's weight to lunge forward with a low stance and increased poise, and follow with strong attack for a spinning slash.

Notes and Tips:

  • Can be Buffed, but not Infused.
  • Reinforced with Titanite.
  • Deals Strike damage unlike most other Greatswords.
  • Leeches 6 FP (as of patch 1.11) from enemies killed regardless if the wielder gets the kill.
  • Based on an actual swords used by Executioners in the Middle Ages of Europe.
  • Used by Slave Knight Gael (NPC) when summoned.
  • Gael's Greatsword is, in fact, Executioner's Greatsword, but heavily damaged after excessive use.



Location/Where to Find

Moveset and Videos:

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Executioner's Greatsword Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 131 - - - - C E - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
+1 144 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
+2 157 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
+3 170 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
+4 183 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
+5 196 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
 +6  209 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
 +7 222 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
 +8 235 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
 +9 248 - - - - B D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
 +10 262 - - - - B D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35


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

      11 Jan 2018 04:51  

      In PvE, this is a fantastic sword. Lets you regen FP on the fly, especially in areas where enemies are in close proximity to each other. Much more reliable than depending on solely simple equipment.
      However in PvP, it seems to struggle against other greatswords, ultra greatswords, great hammers, etc. as it has a lower range, only being able to challenge daggers, straight swords, other Executioner's Greatswords, or really anything shorter swords.

      • Anonymous

        04 Jan 2018 10:10  

        fashion tip: if doing an Iron Tarkus cosplay use this sword instead of the tree trunk Final Fantasy style GS from the swamp area. It has the right size and was even once Tarkus sword in the DS1 concept art.

        • Anonymous

          11 Nov 2017 20:52  

          very nice to swap to on my faith build during invasions as you can still get fp from the host killing mobs

          • Anonymous

            08 Oct 2017 21:00  

            Hurr burr hurr gael weapon broke better than gael not borked weapon.

            Clearly we're getting the version that got upgraded to +10

            • Anonymous

              10 Sep 2017 02:01  

              I don't get it, Gael's sword is the broken blood rusted version of this but its just far better.

              They both deal strike damage

              Gael's has a better moveset and weapon art

              Gael's has better reach and damage

              They both deal strike damage

              Only difference Executioner's have is that useless fp drain thingy when you kill people. Why Fromsoftware WHY

              • Anonymous

                13 Aug 2017 02:31  

                W/ 66 Strength and 24 dex the 2h AR is 527, 1h 495. +10 of course.
                Been having a lot of fun with this sword. Love the look of it and that it does strike damage. Strike is very nice against other heavy armored players as those kinds of armors tend to lack strike defense. The moveset is nice and quick, weapon art is badass. You can buff it too. Only drawbacks to this sword are it's range is a bit subpar compared to other weapons, and you cannot infuse it. The FP regen is actually nice if you enjoy using the weapon art a lot when playing through a level, but overall I would have prefered to have it be an infusable weapon instead of this little special ability. I also noticed that when invading as a mad dark spirit, when enemies die in the hosts game you will get the 6 fp. Not sure if thats for dark spirits too or not, but it is a thing.

                • Anonymous

                  04 Aug 2017 04:42  

                  This and gael's sword have similar damage. This has the passive FP leech and an ordinary moveset and cool WA while gael's oddly has slightly more range, an notable follow up R2 (2nd R2), and a godly WA that generates some delicious salt.

                  • Anonymous

                    15 May 2017 18:26  

                    this was original Tarkus sword. (look up his concept art). If you cosplay him and find him wielding the Greatsword too goofy (like me) the Executioner Greatsword is your weapon.

                    • Anonymous

                      04 May 2017 18:10  

                      The executioner's greatsword is always worth wielding if you're struggling for FP as a caster. A pyro can, with GCFO, almost get their entire FP pool back with a decently aimed shot during the deacons fight. Since the buff to 6FP/kill this is a real game changer.

                      • Anonymous

                        29 Apr 2017 15:22  

                        Could be the sword that Black Iron Tarkus from DS1 was supposed to have when you look at his concept art.

                        • Anonymous

                          25 Apr 2017 00:52  

                          This sword in the right hand slot + Astor Spear + Aldrich Ruby and Sapphire + Evil Eye Ring+ left hand parrying weapon/shield= Optimized HP/FP regen per kill.

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Apr 2017 01:01  

                            This is one of the best weapons for PvE players.
                            Just get pyromancers parting flame by yourself or let a friend give it to you. (its located in the ashes of ariandel dlc)
                            kill 12 enemys and use the pyromancers parting flame weapon art (25 fp) to get 1 estus back.
                            And after 5 kills (6 fp from the executioner greatsword if an enemy dies) you have already recovered the fp cost of the parting flames weapon art.
                            And with the random estus you get sometimes you'll never run out of estus again! (if you dont take ridiculous dmg by a single enemy)

                            • Anonymous

                              31 Mar 2017 04:49  

                              This is the ultimate co-op weapon. You get FP back for every enemy that is killed by you or a teammate. Throw this on with a chime for healing and you wont need to use your estus until you get to the boss.

                              • 28 Dec 2016 01:35  

                                Yesterday i tried this baby for my Executioner Miralda cosplay and i must say... It rocks! I destroyed almost everybody in PVP, even R1 spammers with Dunk Swords. Even with C scaling in strength, damage for +6 sword was soooo gud.

                                • Anonymous

                                  18 Dec 2016 07:28  

                                  I can't believe this weapon despite looking like it should be a str weapon gets more damage on a 40str/40dex quality build than on a 66str build. From should either buff this weapon's str scaling to A, or allow it to be infused, because the FP leech thing is really not such a big game changer that it deserves to be neutered by not being infusable.

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