farron greatsword

Farron Greatsword

icon wp physicalAttack
141 physical defense shield icon 55.0
icon magicbonus
-
magic defense shield icon
45.0
icon firebonus
-
fire defense shield icon
40.0
icon lightningbonus
- lightning defense shield icon 40.0
icon darkbonus
-
dark defense shield icon
45.0
icon wp critical
100 icon wp stability 45
icon weight 12.5
icon durabilitiy
90
Requirements & Bonus
icon strength 22
icon dexterity 22
icon intelligence 22
icon faith 22
D C - -
18 20 - -
weapon type icon Ultra Greatsword (Unique) damage type icon Standard/Thrust
skill icon Parry icon fp cost -

Farron Greatsword is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.



Greatsword of the Abyss watchers which is atypically paired with a dagger.

The dagger is utilized as a wedge in the left hand while the greatsword is held in the right, a unique technique that was synonymous with the Undead Legion. Confounds foes the manner of wolves hunting prey. 

Skill: Parry
Deflect an attack when timed properly and follow up with a critical hit, executed with the dagger.



Notes and Tips: 

  • Can't be Buffed or Infused.
  • Does 20% bonus damage against Abyssal foes.
  • Upgraded with Titanite Scales.
  • The moveset when dual wielding has attacks similar to the Abyss Watchers, and has a 3-attack cycle like all other dual weapons.
  • You can chain R1 and L1 attacks. For example: If you do two R1 attacks and then an L1 attack, you'll do the third L1 attack.
  • The Parry has identical parry frames to a medium shield. Same Startup, 2 more active, and 2 less recovery than medium shield (30fps).
  • The L1/LB attack is not affected by the weight value.
  • Since it doesn't require FP to be used, it can be handy for low level builds without any investment on Attunement.
  • Has an A scaling in DEX when fully upgraded which is unusual for an Ultra Greatsword.
  • Regardless of being wielded by either "one-hand" or "two-hands (with off-hand dagger)," weapon attacks will be treated as being "one-handed" along with any of the associated properties of "one-handedness" (i.e.: attacks can still be parried, attacks will still be deflected by shields, no bonus AR from STR, etc.).
  • Has an unused Weapon Skill in which the wielder poses a stance and thrust similar to the Stomp skill, this is replaced by the Parry.
  • Both the dagger and the greatsword can be parried.
  • The farron greatsword is ironically not compatible with the legion etiquette emote, meaning the dagger will disappear when it is performed 

 

Softcaps & Scaling:

  • 18/20 = 375 AR = Base Stats
  • 40/20 = 449 AR = Str Softcap
  • 18/40 = 492 AR = Dex Softcap
  • 40/40 = 566 AR = Quality Build 

 

Location/Where to Find:

 

Lore



Moveset and Videos:

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Farron 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 141 - - - - D C - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
Regular +1 165 - - - - D C - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
Regular +2 188 - - - - D B - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
Regular +3 211 - - - - D B - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
Regular +4 234 - - - - C B - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0
Regular +5 258 - - - - C A - - - - - 55.0 45.0 40.0 40.0 45.0

 

 

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

      This makes regular enemies in PvE such a breeze. A single press of L1 closes the distance, baits attacks, gets around shields, and interrupts the attacks. And it works on mobs too.

      • Anonymous

        Fighting Gael with this feels pretty badass, ducking under some of his attacks and pulling out your own little flips. 10/10 would recommend dunking on Gael

        • Anonymous

          This thing is just great. Super duper good against slow moving enemies, especially turtle builds in PvP.

          In PvE, it's pretty great. Good scaling with modest requirements and a true Swiss Army Knife for dealing with anything. You've got your big bonk, fast attacks, damn good moveset and a parry for good measure.

          Probably one of, if not the best early game weapons. Way better than Wolf Knight with similar stat requirements.

          • Anonymous

            This thing is just great. Super duper good against slow moving enemies, especially turtle builds in PvP.

            In PvE, it's pretty great. Good scaling with modest requirements and a true Swiss Army Knife for dealing with anything. You've got your big bonk, fast attacks, damn good moveset and a parry for good measure.

            Probably one of, if not the best early game weapons. Way better than Wolf Knight with similar stat requirements.

            • Anonymous

              This + curseward greatshield is devilish. You never know if the other is gonna turtle, parry or simply trade blows, and the only thing you can telegraph is two-handing the weapon.

              • Anonymous

                Quality weapon and super fun on 6-phantom invasions. If you see a moundmaker wielding this you know it's gonna be a laugh

                • Anonymous

                  I was vibing with someone just outside demon princes and did a few L1 jiggles at him, he tried to return the motion

                  I'm guessing he forgot which weapon he was using, but we all got a laugh as they straight launched themself off a cliff

                  • Anonymous

                    I fought the phaser skelly on the bridge at the catacombs, I accidentally pushed the spinning attack for this on a corner, I almost fell but the dagger plant saved me

                    • I fought Pontiff in my NG+ run and absolutely clowned him with it on my first try. It's very good against a lot of the tall-dude-with-sword-type bosses because most of their attacks will breeze right over your head during the L1/LB combo.

                      • Fought the Pontiff in my NG+ run and absolutely clowned him with this weapon. This weapon is really strong against a lot of the large-dude-in-armor-type of enemies because most of their attacks will just breeze right over your head while you're in the L1/LB combo.

                        • Anonymous

                          Did this thing get buffed in some update? I swear, like 2 years ago in my first playthrough I used this and besides cool moveset it seemed pretty underpowered. Recently I tried this at Pontif metalords and it absolutely CRUSHES. Plus, L1 is supposedly easy to parry, but as of now I have yet to see someone to manage that.

                          • Anonymous

                            Perseverance is bane of this thing. People who use it focus so much on L1 combo, that when you show em you can tank it and stop it, they don't know what to do and try again and again. Kinda funny.

                            • Anonymous

                              The amount of times I seen people use their L1 out of range and presented their butthole for me to poke lmao.

                              • Anonymous

                                A important note, this is the ultra greatsword requiring the secound least amount of strength, however it requires the most dexterity

                                • Anonymous

                                  This weapon gets a bad rap in the community, but if you take time to learn how to use it well you can keep pace even with metalords. Most important tips for a newer player: 1) Never, ever, unless absolutely 1000% certain it will work, never commit to the 3rd L1. 2) pretty much all of your attacks can be parried, so be especially unpredictable when you see a parry shield or caestus.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Blocking against this weapon is really weird. You HAVE to have some distance from the L1 or you will get hit from behind. Hugging them with a shield is not effective but keeping distance will help space them out.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      "The farron greatsword is ironically not compatible with the legion etiquette emote, meaning the dagger will disappear when it is performed"

                                      Lmao this game is so ****ing stupid.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Been using this since launch in PvP. Going through every meta with have been weird since it's stayed the same for all these years. The way you fight other people and the way they fight you haven't changed, it's the classic off-meta pick at this point. They either know what to do to get the parry or backstab, get tossed and pull out the crossbow/magic/metawhatever, or get blended with the L1 L1 R1 L1.
                                        So in PvP is it actually good? If you have insane patience and can bait parries by safely acting stupid, then yes. Of course, there are also newer players that don't know and can get styled on with beyblade into R1 rollcatch L1 for a pseudo combo that deals over 1000 damage. And in certain invasion scenarios, it can prove to be extremely potent, usually groups. If you get summoned for Spears it's INSANELY fun because of the buffs you get.
                                        Put straight it's fun on a quality build because of its truck status + beyblade combos, but it's a difficult weapon to master. Once you figure it out though, the only things that can stop you are parry gods and exploding bolts

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Dis da weapon of the gods, idk what's wrong with all of you but I've only been parried a few times playing from release lol, don't be predictable same as any weapon

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Is there any way to fight people who use this without parrying or hyper armor? Been trying to space the l1s but it's weird

                                            • Anonymous

                                              My first successful parry instakill in pvp was against someone using this. I usually can’t parry for sh!t. This is not a very good pvp ugs lol

                                              • Anonymous

                                                There is a mod for the PC version of DaKS3 called "Bosses Original Weapons," which basically has all the boss weapons, but you have the moveset of each boss that you ever fought in the Dark Souls games, Such as the folllowing,
                                                Abyss Watchers, Artorias, Gael, DS Armour, etc.

                                                The mod basically shows you that boss movesets are 100% better than the players'.
                                                For those who play it on Steam, feel free to give it a try, just set your game offline so you don't get banned. You can find the mod on
                                                YouTube.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  This greatsword has the coolest attack animation in the entire game. The only one to come close is Gael's Greatsword frontflip attack, but that requires FP.

                                                  I wanna make a quality build JUST to use this bad boy lmao.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    What is this? a super unique weapon that is actually very viable and is not nerfed to the ground with patches? I cannot believe FS actually did that

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      i canonically see abyss watchers as artorias fanboys\fangirls with extremely impressive breakdancing skills

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Use this and offhand an avelyn. 1 l1 to get behind, triangle, 3 shots in the back and rollcatch with r1. At least 60% of the hp bar gone if you pull this off

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          This is kinda the best pve ugs in the game. It absolutely annihilates everything with the unique moveset except bosses, and it still does well against some of them as a normal sword because of the bonus damage against abyssal enemies

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Actually a solid weapon. Once you get a feel for the L1s, you can mix them up with R1s as they combo into each other; this makes you harder to parry due to the fact the L1 is far slower to connect fully than the R1, but covers more distance, has a melee dagger slash that catches parries too close, and better roll-catching ability.

                                                            Some gankers/noobs also simply don't know how to counter it and stand dumbly while they get hit by it. Just DON'T do the 3rd L1, it's easy to parry with no skill required and anything from a Caestus to a medium shield. If your opponent doesn't have a parry tool ready, it is still easy to roll away from or backstab punish. If you want to put the pressure on and have plenty of stamina left, follow up L1 -> L1 -> R1. It'll be too fast to parry if they were stunlocked by the first 2 L1s, so they'll either get hit or roll away.

                                                            While this weapon can't really trade with other ultras, not least because dex leaves fewer stat points to invest into vitality due to the higher softcap, it's not really meant to. With good timing, you can actually use an L1 to hit an overhead attacking ultra while also dodging their R1 from the spin. Play it more like a regular greatsword, going for trades against smaller weapons, and whiff punishes against larger ones. Yeah, it's no meta weapon, but this thing is reasonably powerful as long as you don't just mindlessly spam L1.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Now hear me out:



                                                              Fanart of a wolf girl abyss watcher using this. It's also kemonomimi, so no furry ****(i have nothing against furries it's just not for me).

                                                              • Decided to give this weapon a go recently... Yah **** that this weapon is absolute trash for a UGS so im going back to my claymore crying over not transfusing my Wolf Knight Sword

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Is this weapon viable? Is it even just barely usable? I don't give a single ****. Watch me as i sweep the floor while beyblading into oblivion. ****ing oceiros sent me straight to the shadow realm for the 20th consecutive time. Did i ever stop thinking about how cool those moves were? Not one second.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    if i dont have 18 str and i 2 hand this weapon will i be able to wield it properlly? since technically you cant 2 hand it

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      TONIGHT IN LOTHRIC DANCE SHOW, THE AHSEN ONE AND THE DANCER OF THE BOREAL VALLEY ARE GONNA CONFRONT IN A BREAKDANCE WHICH WILL LEAVE THE ENTIRE KINGDOM ASTONISHED, THE WINNER WILL GO AGAISNT GAEL IN THE FINALS. the transmition will reach lordran and drangleic!

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        When people actually know how to use this weapon in PvP, I swear it is one of the most annoying things to fight

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I heard this weapon was bad cause le L1 spam can get easily parried, the thing is I just mix up my attack with alot of heavy and people just try parry me while they understood the mistake with the fairly good damage on it, very good weapon for pvp in my opinion as long you just use your brain, like with all the weapon

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Have problems with gael? Spam L1 with this troll. He mostly swings horizontally, which youll dodge while swinging on the ground. But on pontiffs and a old wolf curved sword on your back and you heal like crazy, since the little dagger stab counts to the ugs hit counter.
                                                                            Thank me later.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Pkcs is sht compared to this. Parries with hornet ring are delicious in this greatsword, and try to get away from the l1 after that.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                This thing has saved me on Dragonslayer Armour more times than I'd like to admit. You can duck under most attacks with the L1, and the attacks that can hit are usually misses due to the speed and turning curves.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  LOVE IT. So fun to use, awesome combos ability, I know people prefer other parrying tools but I never landed that many parries in my life with anything else (im definity not good with parries overall) - ppl are more predictable against UGS cause they think you're slow and always out of stamina after 3 swings. Also I like that its not overpowered by any means and there's a big difference between a good Farron GS user and a bad one. Of course the biggest weakness is that it can be parried, so dont swing it mindlessly guys.

                                                                                  If there's anything i would change, I'd like riposte animation to look just like the one from the Abyss Watchers cutscene.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Ya'll might want to check the Farron GS wiki where it says he's an abyssal boss and the weapon does extra damage.... Just found it funny how ya'll say you don't know where that comes from but in this same wiki ya'll say he's abyssal

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      A really fun PVE build i found for this weapon was on my quality dual wield build, one L1 triggers the buffs of the Old Wolf Curved Sword+Pontiff Right eye if all the hits connect, which helps offset its initially mediocre AR. It's also good because the decay of the buff for ultra class weapons is really generous, about 10 seconds. Slap on power within or carthus beacon and you can get a max buff of +40% of your physical AR. It's a great backup for when the Gottards and Drang Hammers can't cut it.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        This is easily my favorite weapon for PvE and PVP, simply for the L1 spam that confuses enemy AI most of the time, and absolutely wrecks in PVP against players who haven't learned how to parry properly, or who rely on turtling. Mixing in the occasional R1 attack helps shake things up to confuse players.
                                                                                        It being parryable during the L1 is a downside, but I personally use the Crow Talons with a Simple infusion simply to use its Weapon Art to punish parry-happy players.
                                                                                        While not being a perfect combo, it's definitely been the best loadout I've had in this game.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          It gets a lot of flak but it really is a very good weapon. Unique moveset, high stagger/hyperarmor, good scaling. The parry is about the same as a regular small shield, but still quick. When you use the L1 don't go for the 3rd attack (overhead jump) because it can be parried, and it's not hard.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            If you use manual aim with the L1 you can avoid the parry. Just won a fight where the dude just couldn't stop parry spamming. I was a real helicopter man that day.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Invader: noooo you can't just use Farron Greatsword!! It doesn't does as much damage as other UGS and it's 3rd L1 attack is very easy to parry!
                                                                                              Me: hahaha farron greatsword goes spin

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                I love this weapon, it has a creative move set, does a ton of damage, staggers, looks insane, and very useful for people who have a ton of dexterity, and can parry. And Abyss Watchers is by far my favorite boss in the series.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  alright is it just me who thinks the spinny l1 attack should be the weapon art rather than a parry, that way I think it would be a cool weapon since the move would be balanced by the FP cost but as is this is the only weapon in the entire series which I genuinely despise

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Too easy to dodge and doesnt do enough damage in 1v1, in groups this thing is great for causing a ruckus and splitting up the other team's cooperation but I regularly own people who use this. Counter with BKGS or any long range overhead smash to **** up their day.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      it has the coolest moveset of all the greatsword but be careful with using R1 on boss because it has a long animation.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        With this weapon and a weapon art shield you can suprise people with a parry because the weapon art is a parry so you can parry with a weapon art great shield like Pursuer shield

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          40 STR 40 DEX and +5 farron. right click until you die baby, easy rekt human or something can be stagger real quick. For me its one of the best UGS that I used, easy rekt dragonslayer armored too :D

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            You need to have 20 strength minimum to use this weapon, you can not "two hand" it like with other weapons to increase your strength by 1.5x

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