Dragonslayer Swordspear

128 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 55
34 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 30
100 icon-wp_stability.png 25
icon_weight.png 14.5
Requirements & Bonus
D C - D
16 22 0 18
weapon_type-icon.jpg Spear damage_type-icon.jpg Standard/Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Falling Bolt icon_fp_cost.png 20 (-/-)

Dragonslayer Swordspear is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

A dragon hunting weapon from the age of the gods. The earliest form of the cross spear, serving as both a sword and a spear.

Its owner was the Nameless King, a deific hunter of dragons. The swordspear is imbued with lightning, of which he was the heir.

Skill: Falling Bolt

Hold swordspear high in the air to summon fierce lightning that descends upon distant foes. 

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed. 
  • Reinforced with Titanite Scales.
  • The weapon is based on line of sight, meaning that if any object stands between the player and the target the lighting will strike there instead
  • Weapon art can be parried, however, this is risky because the lighting still hits.
  • Its moveset is a mix between the Spear and Glaive movesets.
    • When one-handed:
      • Light attacks are spear
      • Running attacks are spear 
      • Rolling attacks are spear/glaive (They share one-handed rolling attacks)
      • Heavy attacks are glaive
      • Leaping attacks are spear
    • When two handed:
      • Light attacks are glaive
      • Running attacks are spear
      • Rolling attacks are spear
      • Heavy attacks are spear
      • Leaping attacks are spear


Softcaps & Scaling:

  • 16/22/18 = 403 AR = Base Stats
  • 28/22/18 = 439 AR = Str Softcap
  • 16/40/18 = 466 AR = Dex Softcap
  • 16/22/28 = 412 AR = Fai Softcap
  • 28/40/28 = 511 AR = Combined Softcaps



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Moveset and Videos:

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Dragonslayer Swordspear Upgrade Table

Requires ?? souls and 15 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 128 - - 34 - D


- D - - - 55 35 30 30 35
Regular +1 149 - - 39 - D C - D - - - 55 35 30 30 35
Regular +2 170 - - 45 - D C - D - - - 55 35 30 30 35
Regular +3 191 - - 50 - D C - D - - - 55 35 30 30 35
Regular +4 212 - - 56 - D C - C - - - 55 35 30 30 35
Regular +5 234 - - 62 - D C - C - - - 55 35 30 30 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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    • 20 Mar 2020 06:33  

      I was rolling at Archdragon Peak and decided to pick this bad boy to kill some pesky serpent dudes, but suddenly my WA was swapped to Spin Sweep (like Partizan) for a moment. After this it became the hazardous Falling Bolt again and i came here for answers. Is this glitch common? Ps.: I googled for this and the videos i saw about people glitching weapon's animation worked way different from what happened to me (warped to Great Belfry bonfire, equipped some rings, held this babe with both hands, ran and pressed the WA button).

      • Anonymous

        18 Feb 2020 23:52  

        Fun weapon, my main problem with it is that it's weapon art takes forever, and has no hyperarmor, and the lightning bolt isn't able to strike far enough away from you that it can make up for the time to charge up. You have to be careful while using it.

        • Anonymous

          07 Feb 2020 16:13  

          Ppl feel like this weapon s damage is underwhelming, but it s wa is probably the strongest pure lightning damage attack in the game. It s not a heavy weapon, so dont expect a crazy amount of damage and be patient in your battle.

          • Anonymous

            10 Dec 2019 01:25  

            Dragonslayer spear is better FOR ME. Its 2 poky pokes deal decent damage and can weapon art combo while this thing can't because of its massive windup, and that if your opponent does dodge it (npc or pvp) your left open to an attack or maybe 2, which can be fatal if they are packing an ultra. Also I know, weapon buff after lightning, useful but of course, havel monsters exist. And that buff lasts 60 seconds, so if you main this weapon, just discard that lightning blade/ any other buff away, because all those int/ faith points are useless. It's moveset is glaive which is good but has a lot of recovery times that those backstab fishers will abuse. PvE this bad boy will deal some damage though. Pokey poke ornstein spear for the win!

            • Anonymous

              04 Oct 2019 18:16  

              I forged the curved sword because i overlooked that you can forge three items from his soul -_- I wanted the Spear so badly...

              • Anonymous

                08 Jul 2019 07:05  

                This may be a dumb question, but does the WA gain any benefit from Morne's Ring and Ring of the Sun's First Born?

                • Anonymous

                  12 Jun 2019 08:14  

                  Just going to put this here: the link to the weapons page on this goes to "fallout+76+weapons", making the page error out. To fix this, remove the fallout+76+, and it will work again.

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Mar 2019 16:47  

                    I based my whole build around this weapon. With a lightning clutch ring and high faith, there are a whole lot of good combos you can use with this. Good for both PVP and PVE. Just make sure you time the weapon art correctly!

                    • Anonymous

                      26 Feb 2019 16:05  

                      The weapon art actually scales pretty well with faith, but it'll be a wasted investment for your standard attacks. Altogether, a very strange weapon. Not really good, but not bad either.

                      • 18 Feb 2019 17:30  

                        Oh, D.S S.S is the first Cross Spear and wielded by the Nameless King? That first born who was banished and removed from history? Nah! He must be the guy with a name, all over the games Lore and not banished at all in DkS1. The one guy people thought was an illusion from some reason despite the fact I've killed him after killing Gywndolin. His Leo Ring references him as the first Knight of the Nameless King? That's really odd it says "Ornstein" then says "of the eldest born" but wouldn't it be "and" instead of "of" if they're the same. Really wierd to say Ornstein but not the eldest borns name and reference them as seperate... Reading and logic is for people who want to make sense.

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Feb 2019 01:26  

                          I played around with it a lot in both PvE and PvP (Dex/Faith build) and I've found the weapon isn't bad, but it's not great. It's very slightly above average overall, and here's why: the moveset is actually very satisfying as it can handle a lot of situations, with 1H R1 and running 1H R1 spear pokes great, the 1H R2 excellent for horizontal roll catching/cleaving (hitting multiple targets in a cone in front of you), 2H R1 for fast, off-timed (player having difficulty gauging when they need to dodge it), and solid range blows, 2H R2 nothing special; the WA can absolutely annihilate players who don't know how to dodge it yet and even catches players d*cking around and running everywhere (it'll hit your opponent even if they're sprinting), but becomes nothing more than a long-winded weapon buff (WA gives a lingering +80? lightning buff to weapon) for everyone else; and in PvE, it's moveset and WA shine as it's very flexible. However, my major criticisms are: the weapon is absurdly heavy, seriously hampering your options for back up weapons or good armor (you may be strained for points to get full damage out of this weapon, enough endurance to not gas out, and enough vigor for good armor); the damage could use a minor buff as it's a demanding weapon stat-wise, preferably in the range of 550-600 AR with all soft caps excluding the WA buff; and the 2H R1 BADLY needs a poise boost (you can't possibly convince me a 14.5 Unit weapon should be knocked out MID-sequence while Splitleaf with 13.5 Unit weight can bulldoze through 1-2 hits with similar armor). Overall, it is a fun weapon, really fun actually, definitely worth playing with, but just needs that little extra juice.

                          • Anonymous

                            22 Jan 2019 18:28  

                            At least it's DkS1 varient had the benefit of being the only scaleble Lightning damage on a weapon in the game. This one is bad, damage low, scaling bad and misleading. It could've been saved if it actually had a Sword/Spear moveset seperated by 1 or 2 handing. It doesn't, Lore wise it doesn't measure up, game wise it's poor and mechanically it's doesn't.

                            • Anonymous

                              18 Oct 2018 03:42  

                              This thing is NOT a powerful weapon early game. Now, i have a knack for being invaded by the most Ganky cancerous players alive and they wield weapons like this at low level. This one player invaded and full R1 spammed, like any player would. Two handed it and i***** you not, didn't even do 200 DMG to me at base level. Mind you i did have like 1300 HP at cathedral OTD level, but that is no excuse. This is just a bad weapon. Completely reinforced. About 330 if your lucky.

                              • Anonymous

                                09 Sep 2018 17:57  

                                So about the strength softcap. When 1h you get more 5 points when you go from 26 to 28 in strength, but when 2h you only get 2 points. So is this a waste of 2 levels or not. I can't decide.

                                • 11 Aug 2018 17:15  

                                  This weapon on dex&faith build is awesome. Has its own buff that can surprise some players and mob is unaware allready. The lightning can kill 60% of the mob instantly on NG and NG+.It deals around 400 to 600 to players depending on their resistances. Its awesome weapon on levels after 100 and high levels with 50 in str,dex and faith it rends bosses and invaders alike. All in all its great weapon. I made my char around it. Added other lightning spells to have more options. I go around and smack everything with lightning. Storm Lord FTW!

                                  • Anonymous

                                    17 Jul 2018 01:34  

                                    After making a build for Dragonslayer Spear in DS1/Remastered and then realizing it is like a 100 SL minimum weapon, I encourage mid level use of this weapon. The lightning damage is minimal, so this is basically a Dex weapon with the lightning weapon art thrown in. I don't know the numbers for the base weapon before buff but to invest in this weapon too heavily for lightning damage is kind of asking for an ass kicking. It does have stats for normal damage before the faith requirement, which is pretty good but of course the weapon art is going to be why you use this weapon. Cheers.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      11 Jun 2018 23:54  

                                      This weapon only shines if you use all it can do and you’re smart enough to obey Piccolo and DODGE. Also, works best with the buffs you can get from faith since by then you already have high faith and dex and probably decent strength. By then it is a powerful weapon even without buffs. Then you buff it and buff yourself and maybe also have pyromancy buffing and go to town with its moves.

                                      Also, this website is not an online market, people.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        23 May 2018 04:13  

                                        This weapon is cancer, you kill nameless king for it and discover that its default dmg, is...... 128..... that is garbage.... and a D scaling in strength bra!!!

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