Friede's Great Scythe

Base Stats
Focus Power Cost 
   Aux     35  
Requirements & Bonus
12 16 12 11
Reapers Slash
Elfriede's Stance -(-/18)

Friede's Great Scythe is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3. (Ashes of Ariandel DLC)

A great scythe wielded by Sister Elfriede, with a curved blade thinly coated by Painted World frost that easily breaks the guard of shields.

In the painting, the scythe is a symbol of a long-lost home, possibly explaining Elfriede's preference for it.

Skill: Elfriede's Stance

Conjure a magic bladed support scythe into the left hand while the great scythe remains in the right, a stance derived from Elfriede's former swordmanship. Use normal attack to leap forward and swing twice, or strong attack to coat the earth with running frost.

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.
  • Upgrades with Titanite Scales.
  • Has 643 split AR at 40/40 DEX/INT (real AR is much lower due to the split damage). The main scythe the player uses only deals physical damage. The magic damage only comes from the Weapon Art's light attack.
  • The other scythe is put on the back of character when the skill isn't used.
  • On stairs in close quarters, the scythe swings low and sometimes misses the enemy.
  • This is currently the only Scythe that has the Frostbite effect permanently.
  • Upon activating (and holding down) the ability, the player pull's the second scythe out and generates the blade made out of magic. This stance seems to have a very feminine form, most noticeable when standing still. This is possibly due to the weapon's previous owner.

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[Friede's Great Scythe] Upgrade Table

Requires ?? souls and ?? Titanite Scale to +4, ?? souls and 1 Titanite Slab to +5.

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 110 77 - - - E B C E - 35 - 40 25 20 20 25
Regular +1 128 89 - - - E B B E - 35 - 40 25 20 20 25
Regular +2 146 102 - - - E B B E - 35 - 40 25 20 20 25
Regular +3 166 114 - - - E A B E - 35 - 40 25 20 20 25
Regular +4 182 127 - - - E A A E - 35 - 40 25 20 20 25
Regular +5 200 140 - - - E A A E - 35 - 40 25 20 20 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


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)

    • 14 Mar 2017 13:14  

      Good weapon has poor accuracy on the combo though and damage isn't the greatest, far from the best in the game and doesn't need a "fix". So stop asking for it because it will made awful if it does, it's a good weapon, any bleed weapon combo is more deadly

      • 26 Feb 2017 05:12  

        The info of the unparryable first stance RB is not correct. It seems that the magic scythe is unparryable and that the physical one is the parryable part. I fought someone and was parried multiple times on the start of the stance combo. And every time i was parried I noted that it was the physical scythe that he connects with

        • 23 Feb 2017 14:19  

          The AR on character screen is wrong for this weapon (similar to dancer blades). When not using the second scythe it deals only physical damage (normal R1s and R2s) easy to check with magic clutch ring. Only the second scythe deals magic damage.

          • 15 Feb 2017 15:45  

            Its not unbalanced as you think, you can actually parry the weapon art/stance r1, more specifically the second swing (from the actual scythe). So when you see someone using the stance and r1, just try to parry the second swing. Or you know, have a weapon that has a weapon art perseverance and tank it.

            • 14 Feb 2017 06:16  

              I agree with people who refer to this as a balanced weapon. I love it for its aesthetic purposes, albeit I agree that it looks more like an extended Kama or pick, but it's being able to pull out the second ice scythe and stalk around menacingly. I speak merely from a PVE perspective, but I use it on a character that I have pretty much balanced stats on. I like to be able to change up my play style at a whim based on my moods, and it is an excellent weapon for a build like that.
              Overall I am pretty pleased with it.

              • 06 Feb 2017 22:28  

                Anyone else notice how the 2h R1s do the exact same damage as the 2h uncharged R2s? Why is this so? Bug, or intended? If it's intended then the uncharged R2s are pretty much useless, since they consume more stamina than R1s.

                • 20 Jan 2017 12:17  

                  I'm into reapers but this one does not do it for me. Staff is far too long compared to the short blade what makes it look really awkward. I would give it a second thought if the weapon art wouldn't give an opponent, if he wasn't hit and that happens more often than not, enough time to prepare a well placed counterattack.

                  • 14 Jan 2017 12:58  

                    Its only me or its almost impossible to hit people with R1 in PVP??? R1s just passes through the air without hiting anybody...they even dont need to roll to escape from the attack . I'm really disapointed I'm having sucess only spamming the Weapon Art. If I could get that slab back at least...

                    • 27 Dec 2016 19:05  

                      When holding the scythe and talking to yuria a unique line of dialogue is heard. only heard it once, she didnt say it more than once, more of a statement greeting.

                      • Friede's Great Scythe [DKS3 Wiki]27 Dec 2016 17:00  

                        I have a feeling that the reason this DLC is catered so much towards Dex builds is because the next DLC will be just as focused on Strength builds. Hopefully it will introduce big buffs to the viability of pure Faith and Faith/Str builds as well.

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