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Greatswords are a high damage, long reach weapon class. Plan to put a decent amount of points into Strength if you plan to use these weapons. They have various weapon Skills ranging from Stomp to Stance to unique Skills.

In terms of damage output per stamina expended, Greatswords are easily the best value weapon category, and they are a good choice for PvE builds as a result. Things to keep in mind when using these in PvP:

  1. They have less range compared to Polearms, Greataxes, and Ultra Greatswords.
  2. The startup to their attacks is markedly slower compared to Straight Swords, Axes, and other smaller weapons.
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Damage Reduction (%)
Requirements

Param Bonus

Durability / Weight - Attack Type - Skill
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Focus Cost

Skill


Acquired From

Claymore

138

50.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

35

 

-

 

16

D

13

D

0

-

0

-

75

9.0

- (17/20)

Stance

In High Wall of Lothric.

Beneath the living dragon.

Dropped by enemies wielding it in Irithyll

Bastard Sword

138

50

0

35

0

30

0

30

0

35

100

35

 

-

 

16

D

10

D

0

-

0

-

75

8.0

12 (-/15)

Stomp
Sold by
Greirat of the Undead Settlement

Hollowslayer Greatsword

145

50.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

35

 

-

 

14

D

18

C

0

-

 0

-

70

8.5

- (17/20)

Stance

Soul Transposition using Soul of Rotted Greatwood for 1,000 Souls

 

Executioner's Greatsword

131

50.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

40

 

-

 

19

C

 13

E

 0

-

 0

-

85

9.0

12 (-/-)

Stomp

Looted at Cathedral of the Deep

 

Black Knight Sword

173

55.0

0

40.0

0

40.0

0

35.0

0

40.0

100

40

 

-

 

 20

D

18

D

 0

-

 0

-

 100

10.0

10 (-/-)

Perseverance

Looted at Smoldering Lake

 

Flamberge

158

50

0

35

0

30

0

30

0

35

100

35

 

33

15

D

14

D

0

-

0

-

100

8.5

- (17/20)

Stance

 
 Dropped by the thieves wielding the sword at Undead Settlement

 

Wolf Knight's Greatsword

126

55.0

0

40.0

0

35.0

0

35.0

0

40.0

100

40

 

-

 

 24

C

 18

D

 0

-

 0

-

 95

11.5

-(19/23)

Wolf Sword

Soul Transposition using Soul of the Blood of the Wolf

 

Wolnir's Holy Sword

151

45.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

45.0

100

30

 

-

 

 13

D

 13

E

 0

-

 13

D

 70

7.5

 30( -/ -)

Wrath of the Gods

Soul Transposition using Soul of High Lord Wolnir

 

Greatsword of Judgement

101

50.0

67

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

40

 

-

 

 17

D

 15

D

 12

D

 -

-

 85

9.0

Stance of Judgment Soul Transposition using  Soul of Pontiff Sulyvahn

 

Moonlight Greatsword

 69

55.0

 130

60.0

 0

35.0

 0

35.0

 0

40.0

 100

40

 

-

 

 16

E

 11

-

 26

C

 0

-

 75

10.5

 18(-/-)

Moonlight Vortex

Soul Transposition using Soul of Consumed Oceiros

 

Storm Ruler

110

50.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

35

 

-

 

 0

D

 

0

D

 

 0

-

 0

-

 10

8.0

-(20/20)

Storm King

Found in the boss room for Yhorm the Giant/ Completing Siegward of Catarina's questline

 

Firelink Greatsword

119

55.0

0

35.0

80

40.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

40

 

-

 

 20

D

 10

D

 10

-

 10

-

 105

9.0

 25(-/-)

Ember

Soul Transposition using Soul of the Lords

 

Twin Princes' Greatsword

118

55.0

0

35.0

73

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

40

 

-

 

22

D

14

D

0

D

0

D

95

9.5

22 / 22

Sacred Light and Flame

Trading Lothric's Holy Sword and Lorian's Greatsword at Ludleth of Courland

 

Drakeblood Greatsword

83

50.0

65

35.0

0

30.0

65

30.0

0

35.0

100

35

 

-

 

 D

18

 D

16

-

0

-

0

 75

6.0

- (17/20)

Stance

Dropped by knight NPC in Archdragon Peak.

 

Onyx Blade

80

50.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

115

35.0

100

35

 

-

 

 E

14

 E

12

D

15

D

15

 75

9.0

19 (-/-)

Elfriede's Blackflame

Ashes of Ariandel DLC: Dropped by Sir Vilhelm

 

Gael's Greatsword

147

50

0

35

0

30

0

30

0

35

100

40

 

-

 

C

19

 D

13

-

0

-

0

 50

9.0

8(17/17)

Blade of Peril

Obtained via Soul Transposition from the Soul of Slave Knight Gael

 




    • Anonymous

      02 Aug 2017 19:48  

      Almost all greatswords have the same bland moveset. Mainly R1s except for a few and half of them share the same R2, be it a thrust or horizontal slash. Thier hyper armor and most of WAs are gems though.

      • Anonymous

        15 Jul 2017 03:41  

        In my opinion, this class of weapon needs a bit more love. They just can't really stand up against all of the other weapon classes because of some of the limitations they have: no hyper armor for rolling/running attacks or 1H attacks in general, parry-able weapon skills. Everything else seems fine, but these limitations I feel are holding them back from being endgame PvP material. For example: anyone smart would be able to avoid -or parry- the telegraphed standard R1/R2 hyper armor trade attempts, and the also telegraphed running R1's which are easily countered by prodding them with a stick they just picked up off the ground.

        • Anonymous

          24 May 2017 20:40  

          I dunno...

          For all you guys who played LotF, do you think that the claymore or the drakeblood sword looks more like the Peacemaker Greatsword? Im trying to make a Harkyn Cosplay.

          • Anonymous

            07 May 2017 06:48  

            why would you use any of these when the dark sword does 50 damage less than the best greatsword and costs way less stamina

            • Anonymous

              03 May 2017 09:37  

              easy to get stunlocked in a R1 combo. you need longer to recover from one hit than the GS user needs to hit you again. What makes them a good choice for new players but I fail to see "the greatness" so many people talking about here. It's just plain cheap. So cheap that even the Drakenblood knight NPC will kill you if you are unlucky and get cought in the combo because you thought he just wields a long sword.

              • Anonymous

                20 Jan 2017 08:25  

                clicking on the icon, not the text, of the onyx blade links to the drakeblood greatsword page instead of to the onyx blade page.

                • Anonymous

                  Anyone else for dual wield greatswords in the dlc?13 Jun 2016 18:24  

                  I was thinking they could scale the demon great machete down to a greatsword and then give you the Capra Demon's move set while dual wielding.

                  • Anonymous

                    so, do standard Great swords count has a 2 hander or do you need to use Ultra Great swords to break through parries?07 May 2016 23:22  

                    title is the question.

                    • Anonymous

                      Counter argument for pvp use.28 Apr 2016 17:37  

                      As a pvp fanatic i have found that many matchs are decided by parrying, the greatsword is one of the best pvp weapons imo due to dead angling. Dead angling is feasible with almost any weapon that has a horizonal swing but it is much easier to connect with longer weapons like the greatswords, great curved swords, and ultra great swords. For new players greatswords may not be ideal but with advanced techniques they are high tier pvp weapons.

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