Farron Greatsword

125 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 500 AR.
  • 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.
  • Most of the attacks can be parried.
  • The Parry seems to have a very small amount of parrying frames.
  • The L1/LB attack is not affected by the weight value.
  • The offhand dagger is not compatible with Legion Etiquette gesture regardless whether it is wielded in one hand or two handed. One may consider carrying Brigand Twindaggers on the left hand. 


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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 125 - - - - D C - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
+1 145 - - - - D C - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
+2 166 - - - - D B - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
+3 186 - - - - D B - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
+4 207 - - - - C B - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
+5 228 - - - - 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)

    • 07 Jan 2017 23:42

      Been doing an Abyss Watcher cosplay exclusively for a while now. Compared to other ultra greatswords, the weapon appears mediocre as it to loses the benefits of other ultra greatswords as it has low damage for its class, is parryable, and weaker hyper armor (Although the hyper armor issue might be due to using the abyss watcher armor set) while retaining the weaknesses in slow speed and high stamina consumption. If one of those issues was changed, i would be satisfied with the weapon (Preferably hyper armor while you are in the air of the L1 or running L1 as it would make the weapon very approach heavy).

      That being said, I do admit the weapon has strength in its mobility and mind game potential.

      The L1 is parryable, but you can divert the dive so it goes around the parry and slices around (If you put free aim on). It may suck not to get the 1st dagger damage in, but I would advise never L1ing on top of someone and instead pivot yourself on the ground around at them to avoid the parry risk.
      L1 L1 L2 works surprising well for baiting people into getting parried.
      If you keep spamming L1's and they pull out a parry tool, mix in a jump attack. Although typically ill-advised, the L1 and jump attack look similar in start up and usually works at least once.
      The R1's have hyperarmor but will not out trade any other ultra class weopon. They do, however, out trade most smaller classes so use those too. Use L1's to approach and use R1's to fight off small weapon approaches (Or just parry them).

      That being said, I do think the weopon is pretty bad as is. You could basically get the same effect with a claymore and parrying dagger, but have more damage and speed (Although you do lose the dive).

      ...It is pretty fun though, just not very practical given other options you could be doing.

      • 06 Jan 2017 09:07

        the whole weapon is a *****ing joke. two handed R1 moveset is kinda (looks) cool but absolutely useless in PvP and less efficient in PvE as it drains your stamina bar in just seconds without breaking any serious defense and furthermore opens you for the backstab attacks. with other words this weapon is tons of wasted potential.

        • 23 Nov 2016 00:36

          This weapon is so much wasted potential. For one, the fact that the L2 becomes a parry is lame when the boss gets cool fire moves with it.

          The L1 should be left as is but the L2 should be swapped for the flame dash or flame smash the boss does and make it use FP, the WA for this not using FP is ridiculous when every other weapon in the game uses FP for WA even for terrible ones.

          • 13 Nov 2016 05:52

            The key to using this imo is knowing that you can use the spin move for untargeted movement as well as attack. You don't have to ALWAYS do the full 3 hit combo too. That and this thing's synergy with great shields that have weapon skill is a pretty strong niche, as it essentially give you a great shield with parry. It's not the strongest ultra great sword but it has very notable utility.

            • 05 Nov 2016 22:23

              I absolutely loathe trying to parry with this weapon. I can catch medium and parry shield as well as caestus parries, but I just don't know what this one is doing.

              • 25 Oct 2016 17:15

                I feel like this sword is a massive waste of potential. It's only useful attack is the l1 combo and honestly the r1&r2 are worthless. They don't do as much damage as other greatswords' 1 hand r attacks and they're slow on a skill based weapon! I wish this sword's attacks were more acrobatic like the abyss watchers moves. I love this sword but it's nerfed tbh

                • off-hand dagger appearance20 Sep 2016 13:44

                  The off-hand dagger does bear some resemblance to both the rotten Ghru dagger and Corvian greatknife, and keep in mind that all three weapons are from the same region. It is possible that the three daggers are the same, the Legion dagger being well-maintained, the Ghru and Corvian daggers being rusted and wearing away over time without proper maintenance, and the Ghru dagger is coated in the filth surrounding Farron Keep

                  • The offhand dagger looks suspicially like the Rotten Ghru Dagger.16 Sep 2016 06:52

                    No, not really. They're just both kinda curved daggers, absolutely nothing suspicious there even if you try to imagine a non rotten dagger. <br/><br/>The Ghru dagger looks suspiciously like the Corvian Greatknife, in fact I'm fairly sure it would look the exact same if they were both "new".

                    • Hyper armor11 Sep 2016 23:55

                      In the I frames this weapon does it get hyper amor I mean I fight people all the time with the his weapon? Though they have never activated it which leads me to assume no hyper armor?

                      • Popular on high level?11 Sep 2016 06:02

                        Somehow I get a farron greatsword user literally every 3rd time I do PvP at sulyvahn, why is it that popular lately?<br/>To be honest, it's kinda ***** if you know how to deal with it.

                        • Two handing is one handing...?27 Aug 2016 13:18

                          When you two hand the farron great sword, does it still benefit from hype armour (can't be stunned/parried when activating an attack, I may have used the wrong term) and the +50% to strength as other ultra-great swords do when two handed? Also, does the dagger share its damage scaling and increased damage from reinforcement with the main sword?

                          • parrying is dissapointing....23 Aug 2016 12:22

                            parrying with this weapon almost impossible, i tested out this weapon with the hollow enemies in Cemetery of Ash. Annnnnnd the spear hollow is almost impossible to parry

                            • "Most attacks can be parried. Surprisingly few players try parrying in PvP."17 Aug 2016 07:04

                              That's because it is rigged as f. Went to Anor Londo yesterday to practice parrying at the popular fight club spot and couldnt get it to happen a single time despite parrying at the right moments. And no, they werent performing jump attacks. I also used a parrying dagger wich supposedly has the most frames.

                              • Useful in pvp14 Aug 2016 12:51

                                Ive been using this weapon heavily in pvp, especially against those that play like its DS1 and block everything. The LB ability is great for slidding right on behind the shield. And also helps with dodging high attacks or very precise attacks both in pve and pvp. Great sword (bah dumm tis!)

                                • a useful Combo14 Aug 2016 01:05

                                  you can actually L1/LB and then R2/RT to do a little more dmg and get further range (because sometimes when you hit them with the first L1/LB they get knocked out of range from your second L1/LB) this also allows you to do the first L1/LB again because the R2/RT resets the combo pattern. <br/>a really aggressive combo that lets you threaten your opponent into panic rolling, really only works in 1v1 though.

                                  • Endurance potential03 Aug 2016 02:00

                                    How many swings can you get off i have 30 endurance i can get 4 l1 spams in no one sees the fourth coming is it possible for a fifth at maybe 40 45 endurance

                                    • Addition for the trivia01 Aug 2016 07:41

                                      - Heavily resembles Artorias Greatsword, but cleaner and of slightly bigger size<br/> - Unique fighting style of Abyss Watchers heavily utilises weapon's own weight, which explains extreme dexterity scaling

                                      • Am I bad???27 Jul 2016 15:54

                                        I just got this thing, and I can't seem to use it for the life of me. Every time I use it I end up trading blows with pretty much anything that takes more than one shot. While this thing has a long reach, it takes more stamina than my Hollowslayer GS, and does less damage. Am I just dumb???

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