Friede's Great Scythe

          100    20
          13.0     60
          Aux  45       
Requirements & Bonus
12 16 12 11
Reapers Slash
Elfriede's Stance -(-/18)

Friede's Great Scythe is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3. It was added in the 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 a unique R1 moveset that no other Reaper has when two-handed.
  • Has 643 split AR at 40/40 DEX/INT (damage will be lower than it would entail due to 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 smaller 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 the only Scythe that has innate Frostbite effect.
  • The larger scythe can be parried during the weapon art, the smaller scythe cannot.

Location/Where to Find

Moveset and Videos:

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Friede's Great Scythe Upgrade Table

Requires ?? souls and 15 Titanite Scales 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)

    • Anonymous

      16 Mar 2018 09:18  

      People begging for crap, you too can get Friede's great scythe in 3 steps provided you already have the game. 1:Buy the DLC 2:kill Friede and 3:transpose the weapon. AKA play the game. I just got the scythe today and I freaking earned it and it felt good to get it after a half dozen deaths.

      • Anonymous

        09 Mar 2018 15:33  

        I am yet to find someone who doesn't spam the WA. But you won't find me complaining about free and easy parries.

        • Anonymous

          02 Mar 2018 17:06  

          If you can manage to bait an enemy player into using the stance R1, you can actually parry the third swing if they continue.

          • Anonymous

            27 Feb 2018 19:22  

            The amount of frosty princesses with this weapon is too high. Especially fun when they start dancing and believing they can trade with the big boys, only to experience the UGS space program.

            • Anonymous

              25 Feb 2018 23:23  

              Now I get why the damage was so*****ty on PVE on my 50dex/50int mage. Except by the time you're using the weapon art, the scythe have only the physical damage, wtf From?

              PS: It's still pretty good on PVP tho

              • Anonymous

                Friede's Great Scythe [DKS3 Wiki]13 Feb 2018 08:49  

                To the people saying that the scythe is bad are bad. It's a fucken great weapon if you know how to use it and time your attacks.

                • Anonymous

                  28 Jan 2018 06:11  

                  does someone have a spare friede's great scythe, i dont have the dlcs and im doing a int build, this should fit nicely.

                  • Anonymous

                    22 Jan 2018 22:09  

                    people begging here for this baby are probably planing a twink build. Makes not much sense otherwise. Tell you this just so that you realise what kind of persons you give your scythes away. To liars, gankers...criminals.

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Jan 2018 18:26  

                      Can some one help me with the Friede boss battle, I suck a$$ and keep dying. I’m Xbox One. I will be forever grateful for help or advice.

                      • Anonymous

                        19 Jan 2018 06:20  

                        I had to reset my entire pc and I lost over 300 hours of Darksouls 3 Can anyone please donate me this Sythes there my favorite weapon in the entire game

                        • Anonymous

                          18 Jan 2018 15:42  

                          Anyone willing to trade me this? I have alot of equipment, even from bosses.
                          My steam id is :)

                          • 15 Jan 2018 18:52  

                            Any1 has a spare Friede's Scythe and is willing to give it away(on PC)?
                            I don't have the dlcs but I'd rlly like to try out this weapon,looks fancy !

                            • Anonymous

                              10 Dec 2017 23:02  

                              If you ever encounter someone that spams the weapon art a crossbow is your best friend. Arbalest works, but Avelyn is better. With exploding bolts it takes about a quarter of their health out with nothing they can do about it. This also works on the RKPGS.

                              • Anonymous

                                22 Nov 2017 18:01  

                                this things WA can poise through 2 UGS hits meanwhile im getting poise broke with 44 poise from its WA....

                                • Anonymous

                                  25 Oct 2017 01:05  

                                  With most spell buffs soft-capping at ~50 int, going for 35 Dex and 45 Int makes this weapon really solid. The current build i'm using has 18 str (for immolation tinder) 35 dex and 47 Int, I do good spell damage and great damage with moonlight GS

                                  • Anonymous

                                    20 Oct 2017 16:25  

                                    Someone will probably give me a COLD shoulder for saying this, but I actually prefer using the corvian scythe over this. Yes, the weapon art is pretty COOL. but the first swing in the basic moveset feels so slow. I know I'm standing on THIN ICE, because this will probably trigger someone. But please, just CHILL. (I got no regrets)

                                    • Anonymous

                                      09 Oct 2017 01:44  

                                      weird but cool how it deals frostbite on normal attacks too and not just the weapon art. pretty much makes pontiff knight great scythe useless though, wish pontiff knight had something going for it

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