executioners greatsword

Executioner's Greatsword

icon wp physicalAttack
131 physical defense shield icon 50
icon magicbonus
-
magic defense shield icon
35
icon firebonus
-
fire defense shield icon
30
icon lightningbonus
- lightning defense shield icon 30
icon darkbonus
-
dark defense shield icon
35
icon wp critical
100 icon wp stability 40
icon weight 9.0
icon durabilitiy
85
Requirements & Bonus
icon strength 22
icon dexterity 22
icon intelligence 22
icon faith 22
C E - -
19 13 0 0
weapon type icon Greatsword damage type icon Strike
skill icon Stomp icon fp cost 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.
  • The Executioner's Greatsword has a range of 34.1712xl on the 1h R1 and 36.9511xl on the 2h R1.

 

 

 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

 

 

 Buffing:

  • 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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Moveset and Videos:

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Executioner's Greatsword Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Name
icon wp physicalAttack
icon magicbonus
icon firebonus
icon lightningbonus
icon darkbonus
STR
DEX
INT
FTH
icon wp poisonbld
icon wp frost
icon wp bleed
icon wp physicaldef
icon wp magicdef
icon wp firedef
icon wp lightningdef
icon wp darkdef
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

 Weight

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
 Stability
   
    Spell Buff Spell Buff
     
     Range      

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

      A few tricks to this thing:

      1: the mana collection triggers even if you're an invader. Keep an eye out for the little blue circles- if none are showing up, well... chances are the host is camping somewhere. But once they do show up, it means the host has started moving out again.

      2: if you can't catch the blue circles, try doing a singular stomp, and take occasional glances at your FP bar. If it's refilled, that means the same thing as before.

      3: respawning enemies will refill this as well. This doesn't apply to much, but it's most useful in Cathedral of the Deep, as the graveyard hollows and the Deacons boss all respawn.

      4: as a personal recommendation, don't try to use the passive FP for offense. Use it as support, allow it to keep you on your toes. I've found this work by far the best with warmth, as it only takes 9 kills before hou have a full heal primed and ready to go.

      5: if there's a lull, or if you get lost, or any other scenario, try carrying this. It'll give you some easy FP while your allies(or enemies) kill things, and once you return to the fray you can remove it.

      6: PVE wise, treat the charged R2 on this as your bread and butter- it'll almost always stagger anything it hits. PVP requires a lot more depth, though.

      • Anonymous

        I literally use this weapon to **** every boss and it works wonderfully I mean it could use some work on the collecting manna thing after each kill but overall good weapon good damage and also good for slapping ***** ass bosses across the face

        • Anonymous

          favorite great sword for looks alone
          I love my blocky swords, but not many games like having them. Only other one I can think of is the durandel from final fantasy 12. This thing just feels powerful to use because of its hefty design.
          I mained this on a sorcery Str build, even though there were way better options like the literal sword designed for str sorc builds like the moonlight great sword. Eh, anyways cool weapon. Neat effect that is kinda useful, getting FP on kills. Better options for sure, but it has a special place in my heart for one of my first ever playthroughs in this game.

          • Anonymous

            Funny thing, I believe this sword, and the fact that it’s wielder Gael, who wears and is later referred to as Red Hood, is a reference to Jan Mydlár. He was an executioner in the 1600’s who famously wore a red hood as he executed 30 or so rebels.

            • Anonymous

              Literally just change the crit animation on this to a greataxe's and I would be fine with this weapon, that stab just don't look right

              • Anonymous

                Something that bothers me about this weapon: why is it Strike? This is a sword for executions is it not? Shouldn't it be Slash to help with cutting of heads?
                Or is the implication here that the executioner didn't maintain it properly, causing it to go dull, metaphorically reflecting his corruption?

                • Anonymous

                  came here to check out that FP leech effect, and im not sure its super useful to have on the offhand for a pure caster build. at least not on my miracle build where most of my spells are pretty expensive, i imagine its the same for pyromancy and maybe less so for sorcery, it can help mitigate the cost of some spells (assuming you're one-shotting enemies) but unless you're killing multiple enemies with one cast you're not going to recover more fp than you lost, so i don't think this is better than a saint-tree bellvine or a morion blade on the off-hand.

                  • Anonymous

                    personally my favorite greatsword, good scaling, has the passive FP regen, a useable moveset, can be buffed and on top of all of it deals strike damage.

                    • Anonymous

                      Shame most beginners won't probably use this... this + Gentle Prayer chime = back to full health after a battle with no estus use and very low FP use, if any

                      • Anonymous

                        How the hell its quality weapon? D scaling in dex dont give much its a strength weapon with a few more dex requirements.

                        • Anonymous

                          that this thing scales so well to just 27 strength, is buffable, does blunt AND gives the passive 6 fp, meaning unlimited buffing and vastly deepened healing on area traversal, is Just Wild To Me

                          Elden Ring best be having something like the EGS passive on at all times cause god damn do I hate having to carry this thing in my offhand for bottomless heals as a helpful phantom when I stoop to wielding some other, lesser tool

                          least it's sick as hell to look upon but cmon From I wanna use somem else some time without feeling so diminished god damn

                          • Anonymous

                            This weapon is a quality weapon if you dont want to waste a lot of points, is a strike weapon so you'll have bonus damage on some enemies and players.

                            The AR difference with Claymore is imperceptible and even more by the fact that you'll have bonus damage that the claymore don't.

                            The only real con is the lack of thrust damage.

                            Overall is a great weapon.

                            • Anonymous

                              The reason why from made the durability stat almost non existent is because this would become OP Gael's great sword if broken otherwise every one could have it in early game.

                              • Anonymous

                                Pros:
                                1. dose strike damage
                                2. Great on the strength builds
                                3: deals more stamina damage on sheids(I might be wrong)
                                4: stomp WA can help when trades
                                5: WA can reset your poise(I might be wrong about this)

                                6: can be buffed

                                Cons:
                                1: can’t be infused
                                2: Doesn’t have a thrusting R2
                                3: does a less damage than the Claymore on a strength build.
                                4: the 6 FP recovery is useless.

                                Honestly this weapon isn’t that bad, it dose solid damage and it specializes in strength builds, it’s just that most people would rather pick the Claymore or gaels over this.

                                • Anonymous

                                  The FP restoration is out of place though. IDK why they would put that on a sword or any non-INT/FTH equipment. It's great people use it for the FP, but I think we should have gotten this as a ring, or at least, an FP counterpart to Sun Princess Ring.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    The unbroken version of Gael tryhard ballerinas' sword. aka, trash casuls' wholesome ganking tool. Oh well both got wrecked by mega skilled pkcs players anyway so I don't really need to hold your hand and lead you to the path of the pro. Casuls will learn it the hard way and pick up the god sword pkcs to git gud.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I kinda only used this as passive on my caster mage build, handy for clearing full areas since you get access to it way earlier than simple infusion. You don't need to meet the wielding req to get the FP on kill, just sword in offhand or on the back is enough.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        This weapon is honestly great in invasions for at least one reason: as long as the level is still somewhat full of PvE, you won't need as much Ashen Estus, especially if you pair it with a Simple Infused item.
                                        I could find this especially useful for Caster builds, or any other weapon that relies heavily on it's WA.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          So this sword deals strike and is for executions? Yikes... I don't want to be the person who gets decapitated by that.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            one of the best weapons against shields imo, breaks normal shields in 1 hit and greatshields in either 2 or 3 + most people think it's a normal sword when they see it in pvp

                                            • Anonymous

                                              The only assumption i can make for why a greatsword made for beheadings deals strike damage is that the sword has been dulled over time from countless beheadings, but then wouldn't it be also terribly stained with blood?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                "BUT YOU CAN'T USE WA YOU ARE NO MAGE YOU SHOULD BE OUT OF FP THIS ISNT HOW YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO PLAY THE GAME!!11!11!" "ahah sword goes woosh woosh"

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I used this on my first playthrough, and wielded absolutely nothing else once I found this. Good times. Pure casters might balk at using this because of its relatively high stat requirements. That's fair, but I can heartily recommend this for hybrid, spellsword builds. I don't recall FP being a problem while using this. (Carthus Flame Arc for the win.) Physical builds should of course also take a look at this, since you can make use of the weapon art without worrying about ashen estus flasks.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Honestly, this great sword is pretty good with the only major downsides being that it can’t be infused and it does not have a thrust attack, but these weaknesses are countered by its strike damage and its stomp which does fairly good damage with a large aoe. Personally, this greatsword is one of my favorites.

                                                    • Hello Gael's Greatsword but not worn down to the nubs :D Also, recommend this for pve due to 1.) strike damage which nearly everything is weak to 2.) Stomp is good if you're cornered or against multiple mobs 3.) Can be buffed 4.) Reall among the few good strengh greatswords cons - cant be infused - no thrust attacks - fp recovery is not very good, just take a simple shield (literally) - claymore exists but hey, finally something different

                                                      • This restores FP regardless of if you kill something or not. That includes enemies attacking eachother (like the Darkwraiths and Ghru) and other people killing enemies regardless of if you're on the host's side or an invader. You know, combine this and other FP gaining items with a healing miracle and you will wind up with some really good level sustain.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Surprised no one's mentioned that this is also a possible reference to Terminus Est, the sword wielded by the character Severian in "The Book of the New Sun" series of novels. When wielded in-game, there are etchings along the center blade and sides, which is how the sword is described in the books.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Is there a grace time for replenishing FP? Like if I engage a mob of enemies and kill them all at once, will it give me FP equal to the number of kills or will it allow just one instance of FP replenishment at a time?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              now its my favorite pve weapon - start as deprived so you have 10 int/10 fth, equip this and buff if with carthus flame arc, free +100 ar without any int/fth investment, plus fp is always at full ;)

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                This is a decent greatsword for a PvE quality build. Pity it cant be infused. Can however be buffed, and if you pair it with the Evil Eye ring you can have a very solid infusion of hp and fp over time. Also, for those playing fashion souls, the cross-stitching on the scabbard kind of matches the stitching on the Assassins chestpiece, and the metal of the blade looks decent against the Black Iron helm/gauntlets/leggings.

                                                                • A weapon that really holds it's own. Its passive ability to absorb FP per kill really adds up over time when going through stages. Phantoms can kill enemies for you and you still get FP, which is handy. It fairs pretty well against many enemies in the game being a strike weapon, and can also be buffed which is a nice touch. If it didn't have a slightly strict strength requirement, I would recommend it for any character. From a fashion perspective, it has a weared surface, and its sheath is rugged, perhaps armor pieces that's followed suit would be good? I would also have preferred a two-handed greataxe like vertical R2 to fit the theme of the sword, but it's a minor nitpick.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I stumbled across this God tier weapon in my first playthrough and was IMMEDIATELY enamored by it. It got me through most of the game, but it came back to me in SK Gael's fight where I used it to whack the***** out of that boi.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      This is actually really convenient to just have equipped with a full caster setup. The passive and a dusk crown ring combined saves a ridiculous amount of FP.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        lol I used this in my first run up to the Dancer and I had no idea that it restored FP. Would've been nice if I had noticed that.

                                                                        • Anonymous

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

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            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

                                                                              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.

                                                                              • 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

                                                                                  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

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

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      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

                                                                                        "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

                                                                                          Stunlockstunlockstunlockstunlockstunlockstunlock *deep breath* stunlockstunlockstunlockstunlockStunlockstunlockstunlock

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            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

                                                                                              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

                                                                                                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

                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                      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

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

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Hurr burr hurr gael weapon broke better than gael not borked weapon.

                                                                                                          Clearly we're getting the version that got upgraded to +10

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            I don't get it, Gael's sword is the broken blood rusted version of this but its just far better.

                                                                                                            They both deal strike damage

                                                                                                            Gael's has a better moveset and weapon art

                                                                                                            Gael's has better reach and damage

                                                                                                            They both deal strike damage

                                                                                                            Only difference Executioner's have is that useless fp drain thingy when you kill people. Why Fromsoftware WHY

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              W/ 66 Strength and 24 dex the 2h AR is 527, 1h 495. +10 of course.
                                                                                                              Been having a lot of fun with this sword. Love the look of it and that it does strike damage. Strike is very nice against other heavy armored players as those kinds of armors tend to lack strike defense. The moveset is nice and quick, weapon art is badass. You can buff it too. Only drawbacks to this sword are it's range is a bit subpar compared to other weapons, and you cannot infuse it. The FP regen is actually nice if you enjoy using the weapon art a lot when playing through a level, but overall I would have prefered to have it be an infusable weapon instead of this little special ability. I also noticed that when invading as a mad dark spirit, when enemies die in the hosts game you will get the 6 fp. Not sure if thats for dark spirits too or not, but it is a thing.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                This and gael's sword have similar damage. This has the passive FP leech and an ordinary moveset and cool WA while gael's oddly has slightly more range, an notable follow up R2 (2nd R2), and a godly WA that generates some delicious salt.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  this was original Tarkus sword. (look up his concept art). If you cosplay him and find him wielding the Greatsword too goofy (like me) the Executioner Greatsword is your weapon.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    The executioner's greatsword is always worth wielding if you're struggling for FP as a caster. A pyro can, with GCFO, almost get their entire FP pool back with a decently aimed shot during the deacons fight. Since the buff to 6FP/kill this is a real game changer.

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