Onyx Blade

80 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 50
0 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 30
100 icon-wp_stability.png 35
icon_weight.png 9.0
Requirements & Bonus
14 12 15 15
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greatsword damage_type-icon.jpg Standard/ Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Elfriede's Blackflame icon_fp_cost.png 19(-/-)

Onyx Blade is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3. It is part of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.

Elfriede, the eldest amongst her sisters and leader of the Sable Church, bestowed this sword to her knight.

Only, the sword was a farewell gift, and acceptance signified the knight's resignation from Elfriede's service.

Skill: Elfriede's Blackflame

Enwreath blade with blackflame, born of the similarly-hued flame that smolders within her.

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused but can be Buffed by using the Weapon Art.
  • Upgrades with Twinkling Titanite.
  • This is the longest Greatsword weapon.
  • Without using the skill, the base damage is increased by the Dark Clutch Ring only.
  • The weapon art (Elfriede's Blackflame) increases the damage by 25% (base damage*1.25) when held in one hand and 26% (base damage*1.26)  when held with both hands. 

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Onyx Blade Upgrade Table


  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 80 - - - 115 E E D D - - - 50 35 30 30 35 35
+1 89 - - - 128 D D D D - - - 50 35 30 30 35 35
+2 95 - - - 137 D D D D - - - 50 35 30 30 35 35
+3 112 - - - 160 D D D D - - - 50 35 30 30 35 35
+4 126 - - - 180 D D C C - - - 50 35 30 30 35 35
+5 140 - - - 200 D D C C - - - 50 35 30 30 35 35


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)

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    • Anonymous

      18 Nov 2017 14:13  

      The weapon is cool and decent, however it have too much problems. At 14/12/40/40 this weapon have 152 physical Ar and 368 dark Ar. Too low for PvP. The buff give 145 fire ar, giving a very low buff in PvP.

      With dark clutch ring this weapon reach 152 + 423 + 145. Low overall damage. A damage buff Like deep protection or sacred oath is needed.

      • Anonymous

        09 Nov 2017 01:05  

        the WA attack scales with int/fth. i upped int from 17 to 20 and the damage went from 325 to 331 against fire keeper.

        • Anonymous

          16 Oct 2017 03:38  

          Lmao, SL162 40 Str/30Dex/35 Int build, my Onyx blade is sweet af, especially against those weak to Dark, my pyro warrior build is op.

          • Anonymous

            05 Oct 2017 00:51  

            With its poor scaling and relatively low damage, I feel like this weapon is best used with higher SL builds that can spare heavy investment into 4 stats, getting the most out its potential. I have a sick SL 300 Spellsword Elric of Melnibone fashion that literally slays with this weapon.

            • Anonymous

              16 Sep 2017 16:31  

              At 14 Str, 12 Dex, 40 Int, 40 Faith this weapon has 520 dmg and buffed with WA its has 665 dmg. I do a Vilhelm cosplay and use it with dark hand (rarely land it) and Filianore Chime or Canvas Talisman with Vow of Silence and Great Geal. Perfect for invasions (because you can stay alive with the heal) and 3vs3 are a win everytime.

              • Anonymous

                12 Sep 2017 10:03  

                You can hit enemies with the activation of the WA, in a short distance in front of you. If they are just within range, it'll do a small amount of damage, I'm assuming fire damage, and if close up it hits with almost a full buffed R1 strike worth of damage. I mainly use it to KO a charging weaker enemy while buffing my weapon at the same time.

                • Anonymous

                  10 Sep 2017 22:48  

                  I really want to like this weapon, but i just cant. The damage buff doesnt last long enough and its damage just seems kinda low. Sure its not upgraded but i do better damage with a Dark Buff and other weapons which also offer the option for different buffs. The weapon looks cool, but thats about it.

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Sep 2017 18:28  

                    For easy Vilhelm kill, get astora gs, with leo ring and fully charge heavy attack. Knocks his ass to the ground and you can just repeat with out letting him even get a move in. You have to time while he gets up

                    • Anonymous

                      30 Aug 2017 17:10  

                      Higher stat investment, still lower damage than a Dark Claymore. And claymore's moveset has more variety thanks to WA stance.

                      Only thing that is good about Onyx is the range being same as Wolf Knight's

                      • 25 Aug 2017 21:45  

                        Awesome Weapon for a Pyromancer.
                        Bonus Points for Fashon Souls.
                        For People like me who struggle with Vilhelm, because they want to get the Weapon early on:
                        I usually complete the game to the point untill you are under the Smouldering Lake (Izalith-Area), where you can grab Sacred Flame and Toxic Mist in the lava.
                        Both works for me with Vilhelm. Poison him first, kite and poke him outside of the building, and grab him with Sacred Flame when he trys to heal himself.
                        The Weapon itself deals really good damage in PvE.
                        Only some bosses are resistant against dark damage, like Twin Princes, where a Chaos infused Drakeblood Greatsword would be a better choice.

                        • Anonymous

                          08 Jul 2017 18:55  

                          My character is at 40 intelligence and 40 faith but I want to up the physical damage, should I invest souls into dexterity or strength? Which one ups the physical damage more?

                          • Anonymous

                            26 Jun 2017 07:51  

                            Is this good on a pure Pyromancer build? Or should I invest in some Dex or Str, based on which one scales better?

                            • Anonymous

                              16 Jun 2017 21:45  


                              Is it:
                              + 145 Flat Fire damage
                              + 25% Base Fire damage

                              • Anonymous

                                10 Jun 2017 18:15  

                                Im mean, why r1 spam when you can r2 spam and outspace nearly any other weapon in the game often getting counter hits with already massive damage XD gotta love it man

                                • Anonymous

                                  02 Jun 2017 04:48  

                                  Has anyone just stopped, got close to a wall so the camera zooms up on this sword? It's so beautifully made, the the weapon art is just *****ing amazing. I think it is possibly one of the best looking weapons in the entire game, and the damage is insane.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    27 May 2017 12:36  

                                    hi guys i dont owe these dlc and i am wondering if anyone is up for a trade for these if he has a spare pair my psn acount is Gandalf The Gray

                                    • Anonymous

                                      28 Apr 2017 18:22  

                                      At 40/40 int/faith with dark clutch ring, Dark claymore +10 deals more damage (after defenses are applied) than this thing even with it's fire buff.
                                      Just let that sink in for awhile...

                                      • Anonymous

                                        23 Apr 2017 15:26  

                                        The way the sword has interlocking rings as a blade is reminiscent of Ostrava's sword from Demon's Souls.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          13 Apr 2017 14:49  

                                          lot of people seem to say the 'triple split damage' for this weapon. The chart above seems to only say two - physical and dark. What is the third kind? Buff seems like it would buff the dark damage portion of it

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