Farron Greatsword

141 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 55.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 40.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 45
icon_weight.png 12.5
Requirements & Bonus
D C - -
18 20 - -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Ultra Greatsword (Unique) damage_type-icon.jpg Standard/Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Parry icon_fp_cost.png -

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.
  • 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.


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 


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Farron Greatsword Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
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


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

      18 Jan 2019 04:21  

      The dagger appears to have about 20% of the sword's AR. That's a lot. Considering anything you hit with the dagger is absolutely getting hit by the sword, you maximize the DPS of this weapon by being aggressive and staying close to opponents. The aggressive leaping of the L1 attack chain makes this pretty easy.

      • Anonymous

        20 Dec 2018 06:38  

        This is by far my favorite weapon. Everything from the weapon art to the clinking of it chopping your opponent’s ankles off. Top tier weapon but easy to parry. I recommend rolling and attacking or just regular attacker’s when faced with a good parrier (if that is a word). Very fun weapon and I love how it fits my play style, I can really PvP with it.

        • Anonymous

          15 Dec 2018 12:53  

          Great when you want to use a Weapon Skill shield like the [Shield of Want] or a Greatshield. Big bonus against Abyssal enemies too including a few bosses! Top tier PVE weapon in my opinion.

          • Anonymous

            12 Dec 2018 10:49  

            the weapon skill is great in PvE, especially effective against deacons of the deep, dragonslayer armorer, lothric princes, as well as most low poise enemies.

            • Anonymous

              19 Nov 2018 23:26  

              Stupid question about parring with this: it remarks about the critical hit being "executed with the dagger" (might be the standard poor translation and it means the parry itself), does this have a special critical when you're powerstancing it or am I just being dumb? (I'm using it onehanded with a WA shield)

              • Anonymous

                14 Nov 2018 22:25  

                That lore statement really should be changed or removed. There is little evidence that Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne are connected in any way.

                • Anonymous

                  20 Oct 2018 01:52  

                  Most comments are either using shields, dex ugs, or breakdancing, I'm just weirded by the fact the dagger doesn't show in the Farron Legion Etiquette gesture.

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Oct 2018 01:40  

                    if you use this, you can use the weapon art to parry with greatshields, i personally use this and the greatshield of artorius along with his armor for a badass cosplay

                    • Anonymous

                      17 Oct 2018 10:55  

                      My confusion is why it has an A scaling in dex while fully upgraded, when the lore says that these swords were known to be forged with Heavy gems, which annihilate all dex scalings.

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Oct 2018 03:55  

                        I love seeing other players flop around and breakdance all over with this super cool weapon; it totally looks not stupid at all when they do that. As soon as I see someone breakdance with this weapon I feel like I've played enough Dark Souls 3 for the night. I feel like maybe Dark Souls is over for me. That's how great this weapon is. If you encounter this weapon in PvP, don't git gud and learn how to fight against it. Just turn off the game and do something more meaningful with your life.

                        • Anonymous

                          29 Sep 2018 13:05  

                          Just started using this weapon and I always hated fighting against it when I was new but after a while I figured out the moves, and it’s easy to bait and get quick hits in, tried it out for the first time today and it destroys in pve and in pvp if the other person doesn’t parry and has no hyper armor from a larger weapon, then it is a death sentence for them to fight you as long as you don’t mess up ( although I must admit, dark souls 3 being more of a skill based game there’s probably someone out there who can flawlessly kill anything butt naked and bare handed so nothing’s set in stone)

                          • Anonymous

                            18 Sep 2018 15:18  

                            It's important to note that this IS a paired weapon. The dagger does its own damage to supplement the greatsword (more than extra strength damage from two-handing it would be), and if you're close enough for both weapons to hit this is the best UGS for stun-locking opponents. Its stamina efficiency contributes greatly to this. I find most opponents in both PVE and PVP are easily overwhelmed by it. With maximized stamina it is relentless and hard to break away from. You can certainly parry it, but its timing is clearly hard for people to anticipate. In two years playing this game, I just had someone parry and riposte it for the first time yesterday. Also, its low to the ground 360° swipes often duck underneath enemy counter attacks, making them missentirely. The only weakness it has is a lack of hyper armor frames compared to other UGSs. Hate it if you want, but this weapon is effective, unique and very fun. Also the most fun weapon to fight Gael with. Can you say "break dance fighting"?

                            • Anonymous

                              13 Sep 2018 01:33  

                              Why does everyone gotta look at the "glaring obvious stupidity of a Dex UGS"? Why not just be pleasantly surprised, like me? My first thought was, "A Dex Bigsword, cool:)"

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