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.

Location/Where to Find

Moveset and Videos:

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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)

    • 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

          • Anonymous

            05 Oct 2017 03:47  

            this works well as a caster's alternate in pvp if you're a pyro/sorcerer. If your opponent is good at dodging your ranged attacks and they move in close, a quick swap to this surprises most opponents. It's not overpowering on its own but if you can switch between it and other forms of combat quickly it's a solid choice for pvp, since the counters for the scythe tend to be weak to casting builds in my experience. Of course others might disagree but I enjoy the weapon art, and since it doesn't use fp unless you use the ice attack, it's perfect for someone trying to save estus for spells (granted MLG has a similar effect with fp...)

            • Anonymous

              08 Sep 2017 03:45  

              If ur a mage or spellsword (like me) you would use the MLGS which has a r2 that absolutely makes Frieda's l2 unusable stay at a range and you will win

              • 07 Aug 2017 18:12  

                If anyone's feeling generous I'm willing to trade a $25 steam card in exchange for this scythe on pc. It has to be at max +1 since the highest weapon upgrade level I have is 3 atm, lost my save file and am definitely not going to run through Ariandel again

                • Anonymous

                  30 Jul 2017 22:47  

                  Man people are bashing this wepon but ive seen people wreck others on pvp. The art is a killer to shields.

                  • Anonymous

                    06 Jul 2017 05:43  

                    The only downside for me is that snowy sound effect when wielding it. I cannot stop myself from splitting my focus on that twinkling sounds effect. OMG help.

                    • Anonymous

                      03 Jul 2017 18:20  

                      an OP weapon which is used by non-skilled players.If you are farming something or looking for easy cheesy win that's ok,but if you are looking for a manly fight drop this thing.

                      • Anonymous

                        26 Jun 2017 07:09  

                        After some testing, I've come to the conclusion that the faith scaling only applies to the physical component (most easily seen by meeting every stat requirement except for faith, since only the physical damage is reduced in that situation. Conversely, only the magic damage is reduced if you fail everything except the int requirement.)

                        • Anonymous

                          14 Jun 2017 01:51  

                          The best use of the light weapon art attack is to do it when not locked on to your opponent. Nice coverage and good flexibility when turning yourself around.

                          • Anonymous

                            04 Jun 2017 19:36  

                            The Corvian Great Scythe wrecks this thing with spacing the hyper armour on this one doesn't even matter if the Corvian scythe is still hitting it while being well out of the weapon arts range.

                            • Anonymous

                              01 Jun 2017 18:45  

                              from what i've tried so far this is really good for PVE especially the weapon art light attack and it's only weapon art heavy attack that uses FP

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