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 (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 the only Scythe that has the Frostbite effect permanently.

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

      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

                • Anonymous

                  13 May 2017 23:15  

                  This goddamn***** boss is so badly overpowerred that we've been failing with 3 ppl here. If this goes on I'll throw the controller against the wall 'n quit it.

                  • Anonymous

                    23 Apr 2017 15:31  

                    Not sure if Mugenmonkey is wrong somewhere or something, but it looks like this scythe, ignoring the weapon art, even if it's just the physical damage, is actually stronger than any other scythe, but it has no bleed. Does the physical scythe still have the frostbite or is it only the magical one that has it? because if the physical one has it then this is a totaly valid physical build scythe.

                    • Anonymous

                      21 Apr 2017 10:14  

                      People always complain of people spamming L1. It's a match so deal with it. We all have tactics and strategies. And spamming L1 is one of them.

                      • Anonymous

                        20 Apr 2017 18:13  

                        After getting hit by this weapons spam flurry weapon art while being interupted is it possible to roll to the left or right of the fried user? I know hyper armor is this weapons weakness and i use lightning spears. Havnt tested it yet but i use canvas talisman and can easily tank the first 3 hits of this weapon.

                        Just was wondering if i can "cast spear, dodge roll, cast spear, cast spear, tea bag fried user"

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