Farron Greatsword

141 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 55.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 40.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 45
icon_weight.png 12.5
Requirements & Bonus
D C - -
18 20 - -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Ultra Greatsword (Unique) damage_type-icon.jpg Standard/Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Parry icon_fp_cost.png -

Farron Greatsword is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Greatsword of the Abyss watchers which is atypically paired with a dagger.

The dagger is utilized as a wedge in the left hand while the greatsword is held in the right, a unique technique that was synonymous with the Undead Legion. Confounds foes the manner of wolves hunting prey. 

Skill: Parry
Deflect an attack when timed properly and follow up with a critical hit, executed with the dagger.

Notes and Tips: 

  • Can't be Buffed or Infused.
  • At +5 with 40 STR/40 DEX, this weapon has 566 AR (Update v1.14). 
  • Does 20% bonus damage against Abyssal foes.
  • Upgraded with Titanite Scales.
  • The moveset when dual wielding has attacks similar to the Abyss Watchers, and has a 3-attack cycle like all other dual weapons.
  • You can chain R1 and L1 attacks. For example: If you do two R1 attacks and then an L1 attack, you'll do the third L1 attack.
  • The Parry seems to have a very small amount of parrying frames.
  • The L1/LB attack is not affected by the weight value.
  • Since it doesn't require FP to be used, it can be handy for low level builds without any investment on Attunement.
  • Has an A scaling in DEX when fully upgraded which is odd for an Ultra Greatsword.
  • Regardless of being wielded by either "one-hand" or "two-hands (with off-hand dagger)," weapon attacks will be treated as being "one-handed" along with any of the associated properties of "one-handedness" (i.e.: attacks can still be parried, attacks will still be deflected by shields, no bonus AR from STR, etc.).
  • Has an unused Weapon Skill in which the wielder poses a stance and thrust similar to the Stomp skill, this is replaced by the Parry.


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Moveset and Videos:

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Farron Greatsword Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 141 - - - - D C - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
Regular +1 165 - - - - D C - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
Regular +2 188 - - - - D B - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
Regular +3 211 - - - - D B - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
Regular +4 234 - - - - C B - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
Regular +5 258 - - - - C A - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0



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

      20 Jan 2018 09:49  

      I can't figure out how to master this weapon. The lowest NPCs just kill me if I spam L1 and only using R1 and R2 doesn't give me this Abyss Watcher vibe I want to feel. Any suggestions?

      • Anonymous

        13 Jan 2018 05:50  

        So..why did they buff this thing? For how easy it is to land hits it does too much damage. Can DumbSoft get anything right?

        • Anonymous

          12 Jan 2018 00:57  

          Every attack from the Farron Greatsword can be parried, even the WA.
          Although the WA is very hard to parry (it actually matters on space between you and the enemy), and pretty much the only move used is the WA, so you don't have to worry about being parried.

          • Anonymous

            09 Jan 2018 02:49  

            If you really want to fight like the Abyss Watchers, keep your equip load below the 30% threshold. L1, L1, roll+R1 is a killer combo if you've got low enough weight, considering players will often panic roll in anticipation of the third L1, but rolling after them and stabbing almost always catches them again. Another R1 swing while they're still stunned, and their tears pop. Throw a shiv or two, and it's over before it even begins.

            • Anonymous

              18 Dec 2017 13:38  

              Whenever someone uses the on me, I'm not sure if I should hate it because the range and stagger, or if I should love it because the (oddly satisfying) clinking sound.

              • Anonymous

                25 Oct 2017 13:13  

                Am i the only one who'd like to see the dagger in the attacks rather than the super simple 3 l1's?
                As the abyss watchers themselves used the dagger as a stabbing tool and a combo tool, not just for their signature moves,
                But that's just my opinion.

                • Anonymous

                  19 Oct 2017 07:12  

                  this weapon is SO fun, but its surprising how many people spam the L1 combo. a lot of people underestimate the rest of this weapon's kit, such as the parry, or cycling between the L1 combo and R1 combo

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Oct 2017 22:20  

                    I really wish this thing had slightly higher critical rating, seeing how it comes paired with a dagger in the offhand that can parry.

                    • Anonymous

                      28 Sep 2017 00:48  

                      A *****ing dagger can break the poise of this***** any time. A *****ing dagger.

                      "Dark Souls 3 poise system is actually gud"

                      • Anonymous

                        02 Sep 2017 03:29  

                        They straight up made it overpowered as ***** after the latest buff.
                        -360 degree protection during L1
                        -no longer parryable
                        -hits like a truck
                        -fast wind up for an UGS
                        -can parry
                        It is just ridicilous now

                        • Anonymous

                          14 Aug 2017 17:00  

                          I still think it should have been a greatsword. There is no paired GS weapon, and UGS class has 2. I'm so jealous the Watchers can swing it so fast and recklessly. I'm not saying put their quick ass spinning moveset up as the R1, but I was hoping for a bit of Bloodborne flourish when '2-handed,' like the MLGS horizontal swing in non-trick form. And the wedge could be better too. They already have very little parry frames, so I'd like it to be 2 parries in quick succesion, like the Watcher's double whiff with the wedge in their boss battle that also deals damage. I also want their wicked roll attack. Much better than the run-of-the-mill UGS poke.

                          • Anonymous

                            09 Aug 2017 15:10  

                            I'm still not quite at the Abyss Watcher (new player there, playing since 4 days), but I'm thinking on using it with a 30 Vigor - 40 DEX - 20/25 STR build, and I think it can be pretty montruous combined with a shield like the Shield of want. The two-hand allows for parry while the shield allows for 100% phys def, is quite stable, and still allows for sword arts.

                            • Anonymous

                              23 Jul 2017 14:37  

                              It's very hard to get titanite scales considering I only found 8 in my first playthrough. Anyone know how to get more

                              • Anonymous

                                16 Jul 2017 20:28  

                                one of my favourite weapons in the game.
                                i really regret taking the wolf knights greatsword on my second char, this thing is my favourite pvp weapon.
                                i mean it's easy to counter if you fight people who know how to press l2 with a parry shield/weapon, but it's really a lot of fun if the enemy has a greatsword as well and he can't do***** about that.

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