Friede's Great Scythe

          100    20
          13.0     60
          Aux  45       
Requirements & Bonus
12 16 12 11
Reapers Slash
Elfriede's Stance -(-/18)

Friede's Great Scythe is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3. It was added in the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.

A great scythe wielded by Sister Elfriede, with a curved blade thinly coated by Painted World frost that easily breaks the guard of shields.

In the painting, the scythe is a symbol of a long-lost home, possibly explaining Elfriede's preference for it.

Skill: Elfriede's Stance

Conjure a magic bladed support scythe into the left hand while the great scythe remains in the right, a stance derived from Elfriede's former swordmanship. Use normal attack to leap forward and swing twice, or strong attack to coat the earth with running frost.

Notes and Tips

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.
  • Upgrades with Titanite Scales.
  • Has a unique, 3 cycle, light attack moveset that no other Reaper has when two-handed.
  • Has 643 split AR at 40/40 DEX/INT. The main scythe the player uses only deals the physical portion. The magic damage only comes from the Weapon Art.
  • The smaller scythe is put on the back of character when the skill isn't used.
  • On stairs in close quarters, the scythe swings low and sometimes misses the enemy.
  • This is the only Scythe that has innate Frostbite effect.
  • The larger scythe can be parried during the weapon art, the smaller scythe cannot.
  • Has innate shield pierce: 40% on all attacks and all hits from the weapon art including the magic damage from the smaller scythe but not the ice/magic explosion.
  • Has a "sweet spot" like all scythes, but functions differently. If the player hits with the shaft of the weapon, there is no effect on their damage. However, if the player hits with the blade, they deal 15% more damage.

Location / Where to Find

Moveset and Videos

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Friede's Great Scythe Upgrade Table

Requires ?? souls and 15 Titanite Scales to +4, ?? souls and 1 Titanite Slab to +5.

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 110 77 - - - E B C E - 35 - 40 25 20 20 25
Regular +1 128 89 - - - E B B E - 35 - 40 25 20 20 25
Regular +2 146 102 - - - E B B E - 35 - 40 25 20 20 25
Regular +3 166 114 - - - E A B E - 35 - 40 25 20 20 25
Regular +4 182 127 - - - E A A E - 35 - 40 25 20 20 25
Regular +5 200 140 - - - E A A E - 35 - 40 25 20 20 25


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

      26 Aug 2021 12:05  

      If the WA L2 breaks someone's guard you can then do the full WA L1 combo with the ice explosion still hitting. Almost always an instant kill.

      • Anonymous

        22 Jun 2021 18:05  

        Ah yes, lets just spam the weapon art and enjoy the free easy hits. It's getting to a point where I now equip a parry shield. I can't parry for sh*t, but at least they stop spamming the weapon art out of caution.

        • 21 Jun 2021 12:51  

          One of the most enjoyable weapons ever. It’s good for pve and many bosses. It’s a thoughtful weapon, though. You can spam the weapon art r1 in pve but don’t spam it in pvp. The real expert section on this though is the R2 weapon art. This is great in pvp as it hurts to get caught but you have to be careful. Hit them with the two handed r1, the wa r2, then if it seems advisable whip out the weapon art combo for style when they panic. Or get parried.

          • Anonymous

            20 May 2021 11:04  

            Anybody know if the damage from the ice explosion has any scaling or does it just do a set amount of damage depending on the weapon level?

            • Anonymous

              11 May 2021 21:42  

              **** i love this weapon for high dex builds. i almost never use the WA (i barely even with other weapons) but i love its moveset. somehow it complements my hyper-aggressive playstyle and is a good fill-in for when i decide not to use the corvian scythe

              • Anonymous

                05 Apr 2021 20:47  

                One of my favorite go-to weapons in the game. Handles just as nice as it looks. Very good for both PVE and PVP. Easily defeats annoying shield bearing enemies like pontiff and ringed knights. Weapon art is for the most part free allowing you to use it's move set to it's full potential with the added bonus of chaining attacks is virtually guaranteed to proc the frostbite. My only real complaints are the annoying sound it makes and that like all reapers, it's critical damage is lackluster. A truly fitting reward for having survived such a BS boss fight.

                • Anonymous

                  27 Mar 2021 17:20  

                  A favorite of low level edgelords who got their friend to drop it for them. At least I assume so, because they're baffled by the humble old caestus' perseverance 9/10 times. The salt mail is so tasty.

                  • Anonymous

                    23 Mar 2021 23:06  

                    Lmfao, this weapon is worst than shite but it's one of trash casuls' favorite ganking tools, I can give you that. However, this is not a problem for such a pro pkcs player like me. You know, I got the skill, reflex, brain, and most importantly, R1 to destroy pretty much EvErY SiNgLe scrUB who use these garbage scythes. Shiit, I dont even need to give half my effort to point down and poop on 8 or even 10 of you casuls at once thank to the ultimate weapon that is called pkcs.

                    • Anonymous

                      16 Mar 2021 11:42  

                      if you guys are having trouble going against this weapon, heres a good tip. If they use the weapon art, its best to parry, or perserverance. its hard to say how to parry with only words but ill do my best. if you dont understand the description, try to watch youtube videos, like ChaseTheBro. so the weapon art always starts with the edgy walk. then the enemy chooses to do either the wombo combo, or the edgelord sparkle AOE. the AOE is obviously not parriable, so it must be the wombo combo that is parriable. Well, your right and wrong. the combo has some parriable moves and non parriable moves. the left scythe(your right,), doesn't have a hitbox, but still does damage. it's similar to the splitleaf GS weapon art, or the sellsword twinblade weapon art. to parry, the first move in the combo is where both scythes, come from your left, and swing towards to the right. YOU CANNOT PARRY THIS. the move after this though can be parried. it is only one scythe, and it comes from the right, and swings almost like a clock. think of it like a clock to parry it easier. Once the scythe reaches somewhere between 1 oClock and 2 o clock, thats when you parry. in PvE, the timing is different than this, but in PvP, this is about the right time to push it, unless they are insanely laggy. I'll say again, it might be hard to understand from just this, but I hope this helped a little, and a tip that may help is the round iron shield. you can block that first attack, wait for the 1 o clock, then parry. I just had to learn from trial and error, and trust me, it was frustrating, especially when the crybaby saltlords make fun of your parries. good luck guys with your parries :)

                      • Anonymous

                        22 Feb 2021 13:45  

                        i met a guy in the arena using this. he kept spamming the weapon art, and the weapon art is really easy to parry. I kept parrying him, and eventually he died. I messaged him later saying that the weapon art on that weapon is easy to parry, so you should try to mix it up with light and heavy attacks too. he messaged me back saying thanks, and asked if i could help him learn how to parry this. we set up a password, and i used the weapon art, and he learned with trial and error. he seemed really happy because he messaged me asking if there was any weapon we wanted to help me parry. I know timings on almost all weapons so i replyed with a simple no. later that day, his arena honor had gone from nothing to gold. this is when i had to give this guy a friend request, and now we play modded versions of dark souls together. just had to put this out just so you guys know that not everyone is a cryaby saltlord :)

                        • Anonymous

                          15 Feb 2021 15:49  

                          genuinely cancer weapon, you cant get close because the host just combos you hell and spams it so you get stunlocked and basically cant win

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Feb 2021 18:54  


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