Executioner's Greatsword

131 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 50
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 30
100 icon-wp_stability.png 40
icon_weight.png 9.0
Requirements & Bonus
C E - -
19 13 0 0
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greatsword damage_type-icon.jpg Strike
skill-icon.jpg Stomp icon_fp_cost.png 12

Executioner's Greatsword is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Greatsword of a debauched executioner used for beheadings.

This sword retains a keen memory of its executioner's duty, and absorbs FP from each fallen foe.

Skill: Stomp
Use one's weight to lunge forward with a low stance and increased poise, and follow with strong attack for a spinning slash.

Notes and Tips:

  • Can be Buffed, but not Infused.
  • Reinforced with Titanite.
  • Deals Strike damage unlike most other Greatswords.
  • Leeches 6 FP (as of patch 1.11) from enemies killed regardless if the wielder gets the kill.
  • Based on an actual swords used by Executioners in the Middle Ages of Europe.
  • Used by Slave Knight Gael (NPC) when summoned.
  • Gael's Greatsword is, in fact, Executioner's Greatsword, but heavily damaged after excessive use.



 Softcaps & Scaling:

  • 2-Handed Stats
    • 19/13 = 396 AR = Base Stats & Dex Softcap
    • 19/40 = 440 AR
    • 28/13 = 454 AR = Str Softcap
    • 40/13 = 474 AR
    • 28/40 = 498 AR
    • 66/13 = 509 AR = Str Hardcap
    • 40/40 = 518 AR
    • 66/40 = 553 AR
  • After Softcaps gets less than 2 AR per level
  • 2-Handed Quality Weapon
    • Scales well with both stats
    • Scales better with Strength
    • Gets about 1.6 AR per level from 13-40 Dex




  • No stat investment:
    • Gold Pine Bundle
      • 11 Seconds
      • 120 Lightning AR
    • Charcoal Pine Bundle
      • 11s
      • 110 Fire AR
    • Human Pine Resin
      • 60s
      • 95 Dark AR
    • Gold Pine Resin
      • 60s
      • 95 Lightning AR
  • Spells:
    • 60 Faith Darkmoon Blade
      • 60s
      • 235 Magic AR
    • 60 Int Crystal Magic Weapon
      • 60s
      • 226 Magic AR
    • 40/40 Carthus Flame Arc
      • 90s
      • 188 Fire AR
    • 15 Faith Blessed Weapon
      • 45s
      • +7.5% Physical AR
        • 40/40 = +39 Phys AR
        • 66/13 = +38 Phys AR



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Executioner's Greatsword Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 131 - - - - C E - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
+1 144 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
+2 157 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
+3 170 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
+4 183 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
+5 196 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
 +6  209 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
 +7 222 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
 +8 235 - - - - C D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
 +9 248 - - - - B D - - - - - 50 35 30 30 35
 +10 262 - - - - B D - - - - - 50 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)



    • Anonymous

      19 Nov 2018 07:34  

      Crushes Havel fags and onion wannabees I stopped using the weapon because victory is practically guranteed

      • Anonymous

        16 Oct 2018 14:53  

        My favorite weapon. I didn't start using it until Carthus, but after the knockdown effect on the enemies there and the AR & FP regeneration, I've got it at +9 and it just massacres everything at 40 STR and 25 DEX.

        • Anonymous

          05 Oct 2018 20:51  

          I use this with a fashion soul I came up with, not very good with It, but I'll take any normal weapon over a meta weapon any day.

          • 19 Sep 2018 14:36  

            One of the best weapons in the game by far. I remember that this was not supposed to be my main weapon during the first cycle I ever finished on this game, but it still ended up being my most used weapon of said cycle, helping me smash through enemies and bosses until the very end, before the DLCs got out. It was a discovery run on Twitch, but I didn’t record it sadly and I don’t really Twitch anymore, and there is nothing on this chanel, so this is not a shameless plug, just nostalgia and telling you this is one of the greatest weapon.

            • Anonymous

              10 Aug 2018 13:08  

              Why this page has info on buffing? Buffs give the same amount of damage regardless of weapon, except for Blessed Weapon, and even then it's just percentage based

              • Anonymous

                02 Aug 2018 11:53  

                You still get the FP from kills when it's sheathed. Great for maintaining your weapon skills for Twin weapons.

                • Anonymous

                  29 May 2018 02:27  

                  Everyone says that this is inferior to Gael's greatsword, but if you buff it with dark pine resin, it's much better, and if you use the Wolf ring +3, it lets you poise through most weapons, even ultra greatswords, and since it has great damage, you can basically stunlock anyone who messes with you. What people don't understand, is that this is a trading weapon, and when people underestimate its size and damage, they get f*cked.

                  • Anonymous

                    27 Apr 2018 23:56  

                    "Miyazaki-san, the Executioner's Greatsword is the perfect weapon for casters with FP on kills and simple infusion for FP regen!"

                    "What?!? We accidentally created a perfect weapon for caster-scum? I must think... Quickly, prevent ANY infusions on that weapon!!"

                    • Anonymous

                      24 Mar 2018 00:41  

                      Stunlockstunlockstunlockstunlockstunlockstunlock *deep breath* stunlockstunlockstunlockstunlockStunlockstunlockstunlock

                      • Anonymous

                        21 Mar 2018 23:06  

                        I like to call it the Weebslayer because it catches rolling katana users and oshko's all of them before they can r1 at all. Die weebs!

                        • Anonymous

                          11 Mar 2018 16:03  

                          This weapon is completely necessary for fight club if tou want to live past no estus. It's regen is amazing because even though you regain estus when a phantom dies, for certain builds fp is everything and the ashen estus flask doesn't cover the amount you need for fight club and, through lack of fp, you die. This sword helps you sit through fight club without dying because you get fp from fallen enemies, even if your friend Pedro killed them, not you.

                          • Anonymous

                            17 Feb 2018 01:20  

                            Apparently the only option for a "No Bonfire"-Run, because you can get Estus back through the Pyromancers Parting Flame and the FP needed for that is gained by this sword. It got me through today, 3hrs 59minutes until My little Niece had the dark pigment, 7hrs in total until all bosses were down (cuz a lot of running...).

                            Had a lot of fun using this badass weapon. My Tip: Reach the Softcap of 28str/13dex and pump all other points in vig/end/vit. Sure you couzld get 30AR, but you could also have very high health and resistances as well as fastrolling with fat armor and seemingly infinite stamina. This weapon isn't designed for high dmg combos. It's designed to whittle down your opponent with every hit until you can execute them... :)

                            Very underestimated. Much Fun. Such Weapon. Wow.

                            • Anonymous

                              08 Feb 2018 11:43  

                              I've been having a lot of fun with this in PvP. People underestimate it and, more importantly, they don't understand how it works. This can be your ultimate game winner, because it can really throw your opponent off his game. He doesn't know where your swings are gonna come from and he may not know the weapon art. You can use this advantage to blitz him before he knows what is going on.

                              While the AR is lower, attacks are significantly faster and have more tracking, and the weapon is excellent for roll catches as you can steer the strike almost to the last second. The FP leeching is also pretty fun, especially in areas where there are lots of squishy nuisance enemies you can harvest, e.g the Ringed City swamp or the Cathedral of the Deep's graveyard. I run a battle cleric build and tend not to carry much blue drank, so it can sometimes end up being helpful.

                              Also, the weapon itself is pretty. It has an unusual flat tip and there are runes or words engraved in the blade near the hilt.

                              • Anonymous

                                11 Jan 2018 04:51  

                                In PvE, this is a fantastic sword. Lets you regen FP on the fly, especially in areas where enemies are in close proximity to each other. Much more reliable than depending on solely simple equipment.
                                However in PvP, it seems to struggle against other greatswords, ultra greatswords, great hammers, etc. as it has a lower range, only being able to challenge daggers, straight swords, other Executioner's Greatswords, or really anything shorter swords.

                                • Anonymous

                                  04 Jan 2018 10:10  

                                  fashion tip: if doing an Iron Tarkus cosplay use this sword instead of the tree trunk Final Fantasy style GS from the swamp area. It has the right size and was even once Tarkus sword in the DS1 concept art.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    11 Nov 2017 20:52  

                                    very nice to swap to on my faith build during invasions as you can still get fp from the host killing mobs

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