Greatsword of Judgment

110 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 50.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 30.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 40
icon_weight.png 9.0
Requirements & Bonus
D D D -
17 15 12 -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greatsword damage_type-icon.jpg Standard
skill-icon.jpg Stance of Judgment icon_fp_cost.png -(19/22)

Greatsword of Judgment is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

A ceremonial sword, held in Pontiff Sulyvahn's left hand, respresenting the judgement of the moon, but with magic far closer to sorcery than any existing lunar power. Its dark blue hues, deeper than the darkest moon, reflect sorcerer Sulyvahn's true nature.

Skill: Stance of Judgment
Assume stance to unleash dark magic. Use normal attack for a lunging thrust, and strong attack to emit side-sweeping wave. 

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Buffed or Infused. 
  • Reinforced with Titanite Scale.
  • Damage scaling soft caps at 40 for all three stats.
  • Uses Bastard Sword moveset, but with an additional thrust for the weapon skill's light attack.
  • An excellent alternative to the Moonlight Greatsword for high Intelligence builds, for this greatsword performs the same type of shockwave minus the vortex The Greatsword of Judgement also does not degrade at the same rate as the Moonlight Greatsword.
  • At 40 Str 40 Dex 12 Int (minimum) this weapon has an AR of 525.
  • At 40 Str 15 Dex (minimum) 40 Int this weapon has an AR of 545.
  • At 17 Str (minimum) 40 Dex 40 Int this weapon has an AR of 547.
  • At 45 Str, 50 Dex, and 60 Int this weapon has an AR of 612
  • At 17 Str 15 Dex 40 Int this weapon has an AR of 493.
    • Note that the above AR information is without using the Weapon Art buff.
  • WA buff gives non-scaling +80 magic AR.
  •  The pattern found on the Greatsword of Judgement is somewhat similar in style to the engraving found on the Slave Knight armor set, though they may not be connected.
  • Shares some visual designs with Ludwig's Holy Blade from Bloodborne.
  • Despite having a D scaling in both Strength and Dexterity, the damage scales better with Dexterity than Strength.


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Moveset and Videos:

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Greatsword of Judgment Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 110 86 - - - D D D - - - - 50.0 35.0 30.0 30.0 35.0
Regular +1 128 101 - - - D D D - - - - 50.0 35.0 30.0 30.0 35.0
Regular +2 146 115 - - - D D C - - - - 50.0 35.0 30.0 30.0 35.0
Regular +3 164 129 - - - D D C - - - - 50.0 35.0 30.0 30.0 35.0
Regular +4 182 143 - - - D D C - - - - 50.0 35.0 30.0 30.0 35.0
Regular +5 200 158 - - - D D C - - - - 50.0 35.0 30.0 30.0 35.0



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)

    • 21 Nov 2017 12:45  

      With these status
      40 STR
      40 DEX
      40 INT
      = 600 AR ( 349 Physic ) + ( 251 Magic )

      With [ Magic Clutch Ring ] + [ Crown of Dusk ] They add extra 63 Magic attack

      • Anonymous

        07 Oct 2017 20:52  

        Wiki stated it wrong, I believe. It actually scales better with strength than dexterity, and not the other way around as said here.

        • Anonymous

          05 Sep 2017 02:27  

          Oh how i wish this could cast Sorceresses :(
          Really with there was a Greatsword that could do it, this one seems thematically perfect for it as well :(

          That being said on my Pyro/Sorcerer character (first play through, stats a mess) this weapon is AWESOME! Very cool to use and pretty good damage, i have it at +3 at the moment. If only could make Pyro Flame or Boss weapons be infused it could be made perfect :(

          • Anonymous

            03 Aug 2017 02:38  

            Reasons why to choose this over MLG : Better Str and Dex scaling for melee mages, WA R1 is a thrust (Slightly more diverse at least, can get people who are slightly out of range, can combo into R1s).

            Reasons not to use this over MLG : You're not a melee mage and MLG has better Int scaling

            • Anonymous

              19 Jun 2017 15:16  

              if you could actually fuse this with profaned gs to make a unique weapon, i could see a mix between the Ringed Knight Paired gs, drang twinspear, and gotthard twinswords movesets, with the WA being buffing them both so you could ACTUALLY LOOK COOL

              • Anonymous

                10 Jun 2017 07:51  

                This thing has poise like no tomorrow. You'll even win against some greatweapons. Need to do a *****load of damage? Standard WA with Leo Ring, Magic Clutch, and Crown of Dusk. Hold down L1, and when they go for an R1 turn their health pool into a puddle. Has huge poise on both WA's and allows you to Battlemage like no other.

                • Anonymous

                  05 Jun 2017 09:00  

                  Anyone else bothered by the fact that, although Sulyvahn pretty much exclusively uses this sword in thrusting attacks, the only thrusting attack that it has is the skill's light attack. (Which no one uses because why thrust when you can shoot an energy wave?)

                  • Anonymous

                    02 May 2017 03:32  

                    So I got this weapon first and oh ***** I love it for my mage build because it's looks like a claymore it's easy to trick ppl to come at you n jus let them have it the MLGS degrades way to fast for my liking

                    • Anonymous

                      28 Apr 2017 15:55  

                      sry about wrong info below guys. At 40str + 40dex + 30int AR IS 586 without buff and 666 buffed. Got lost in the calc here.

                      • Anonymous

                        28 Apr 2017 15:44  

                        At 40str + 40dex + 30int AR is 675 without buff and 666 buffed. Awesome weapon and, don't know why, pretty uncommon to see ppl using on PvP.

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Apr 2017 22:28  

                          Unlocking and using the projectile version of the weapon art is seriously punishing for anyone who tries to roll behind you for a cheeky backstab. With 27s/40d/37Int, I've hit people for almost 900 when the slash and beam both connect.
                          The buff is also nothing to take lightly. I'm glad the duration was increased as it's on par with Moonlight gs...At least, with 6 attunement (warrior base) and using the sword as an actual weapon and not some offhand crutch.
                          I think the biggest issue people have with this weapon is the expectation that an int scaling means they need to be a mage. I mean, with the Darkmoon ring, you can slot snap freeze or other utility spells for an extra edge since they have low fp costs, but you don't need to be a hairy wizard for the weapon's qualities to shine. Just stat investment. (Scales pretty poorly after 27str, so that's 13 right there for int which is typically 3 per level up to 37)
                          The stab for the wa is worthless, don't use it.

                          • Anonymous

                            25 Apr 2017 14:47  

                            I really wish there was a point to using this over the MLGS. The only thing it has over it is the weapon art (which eats FP) and the buff is temporary. They should of given this weapon the same moveset as the Hollowslayer with the way the R1s work and give it thrusts. Then perhaps it would have more of a purpose for INT related builds looking for a weapon.

                            • Anonymous

                              21 Apr 2017 20:49  

                              I prefer this to the moonlight great sword. It deals more damage while buffed, works well in tandem with dusk crown and magic clutch ring, and once you get the hang of it, you can one shot people by hitting them with the side sweep at close range.

                              • Anonymous

                                13 Apr 2017 13:49  

                                Does slightly less damage than the Moonlight GS without the buff & noticeably more with the buff. Doesn't seem to have better poise or projectiles tho.

                                • Anonymous

                                  10 Mar 2017 22:58  

                                  I like the fact that while this weapon can't be infused, it magic buffs itself! A reliable weapon that packs a punch.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    25 Feb 2017 02:11  

                                    just wishful thinking, but what if you could create a paired weapon using this and the profaned greatsword similarly to how you get the twin princes greatsword?
                                    THAT WOULD BE SOOOO AWESOME
                                    however, you'd probably need a stamina bar the size of texas to use them.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      30 Dec 2016 21:22  

                                      Yeah it scales with magic clutch ring because in lore pontiff is not part of darkmoon he is an imposter of those guys and teams up with the aldirich faitfulls fof intense magick.Thats why it says in the description its closer to magic than actuall darkmoon blade or moon blade etc

                                      • Greatsword of Judgment [DKS3 Wiki]03 Dec 2016 08:58  

                                        I am a new dks3 player,i got 40 in all stats only in faith and int got 50 and luck in 7. And i get 781 ar with the weapon buffed and two handed.I think is a good weapon but the weapon art is hardly to get a shot

                                        • Anonymous

                                          03 Dec 2016 05:22  

                                          "Acts as intended" in PvE lol, how do you know that right at your feet is not the "indented" direction for PvP? I mean poise is working as intended and has been all along despite near all long-time fans protesting.

                                          • 13 Nov 2016 11:57  

                                            For people who want to go 40/40 DEX/INT for the new scythe, this sword as a second weapon or backup weapon might be a really good to consider over the Moonlight Greatsword. Judgement statistically benefits more from an even split of 40/40, comes with a buff, and in my opinion the magic wave attack feels like it hits more consistently if you learn to aim it than the moonlight wave of the MLG. Buffing a weapon only really has high value if you take Int to 50-60 too, so if one wants to keep a strict 40/40 for more stat spread in other stats, this sword is great value for that.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              07 Nov 2016 17:28  

                                              "R2 Projectile weapon skill is clunky to use in pvp and will fire right at your feet if you are locked on. It is recommended to manual aim it without lock on. In PvE the projectile acts like intended."

                                              Need some tests, but i feel if you unlock you target during the animation, move your camera up to the sky then relock your target, the projectile will fire to your target, and not at your feet.

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