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. 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 


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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)



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    • Anonymous

      28 Sep 2021 01:10  

      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

        26 Sep 2021 09:15  

        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

          06 Sep 2021 21:20  

          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

            28 Aug 2021 16:34  

            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

              24 Aug 2021 11:37  

              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

              • Anonymous

                21 Aug 2021 02:28  

                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

                  20 Aug 2021 07:42  

                  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

                    01 Aug 2021 22:43  

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

                    • Anonymous

                      30 Jul 2021 23:34  

                      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

                        07 Jun 2021 10:06  

                        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

                          28 May 2021 10:11  

                          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

                            04 May 2021 20:45  

                            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).

                            • 04 May 2021 20:40  

                              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

                                29 Apr 2021 19:28  

                                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.

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