Greatswords are a high damage, long reach weapon class. Plan to put a decent amount of points into Strength if you plan to use these weapons. They have various weapon Skills ranging from Stomp to Stance to unique Skills.

In terms of damage output per stamina expended, Greatswords are easily the best value weapon category, and they are a good choice for PvE builds as a result. Things to keep in mind when using these in PvP:

  1. They have less range compared to Spears/Halberds, Greataxes, and Ultra Greatswords.
  2. The startup to their attacks is markedly slower compared to Straight Swords, Axes, and other smaller weapons.
  3. Despite the visual being a thrusting attack, the weapon art heavy deals standard damage (slash for the Flamberge) unless the Greatsword has a thrusting neutral heavy. 
 Name & Icon   Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Requirements

Param Bonus

Durability / Weight - Attack Type - Skill
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Focus Cost

Skill


Acquired From

Claymore

138

50.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

35

 

-

 

16

D

13

D

0

-

0

-

75

9.0

- (17/20)

Stance

In High Wall of Lothric.

Beneath the living dragon.

Dropped by enemies wielding it in Irithyll

 bastard_sword

Bastard Sword

138

50

0

35

0

30

0

30

0

35

100

35

 

-

 

16

D

10

D

0

-

0

-

75

8.0

12 (-/15)

Stomp
Sold by
Greirat of the Undead Settlement

Hollowslayer Greatsword

145

50.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

35

 

-

 

14

D

18

C

0

-

 0

-

70

8.5

- (17/20)

Stance

Soul Transposition using Soul of Rotted Greatwood for 1,000 Souls

 

Executioner's Greatsword

131

50.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

40

 

-

 

19

C

 13

E

 0

-

 0

-

85

9.0

12 (-/-)

Stomp

Looted at Cathedral of the Deep

 

Black Knight Sword

173

55.0

0

40.0

0

40.0

0

35.0

0

40.0

100

40

 

-

 

 20

D

18

D

 0

-

 0

-

 100

10.0

10 (-/-)

Perseverance

Looted at Smouldering Lake

 

Flamberge

158

50

0

35

0

30

0

30

0

35

100

35

 

33

15

D

14

D

0

-

0

-

100

8.5

- (17/20)

Stance

 
 Dropped by the thieves wielding the sword at Undead Settlement

 

Wolf Knight's Greatsword

126

55.0

0

40.0

0

35.0

0

35.0

0

40.0

100

40

 

-

 

 24

C

 18

D

 0

-

 0

-

 95

11.5

-(19/23)

Wolf Sword

Soul Transposition using Soul of the Blood of the Wolf

 

Wolnir's Holy Sword

151

45.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

45.0

100

30

 

-

 

 13

D

 13

E

 0

-

 13

D

 70

7.5

 30( -/ -)

Wrath of the Gods

Soul Transposition using Soul of High Lord Wolnir

 

Greatsword of Judgement

101

50.0

67

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

40

 

-

 

 17

D

 15

D

 12

D

 -

-

 85

9.0

Stance of Judgment Soul Transposition using  Soul of Pontiff Sulyvahn

 

Moonlight Greatsword

 69

55.0

 130

60.0

 0

35.0

 0

35.0

 0

40.0

 100

40

 

-

 

 16

E

 11

-

 26

C

 0

-

 75

10.5

 18(-/-)

Moonlight Vortex

Soul Transposition using Soul of Consumed Oceiros

 

Storm Ruler

110

50.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

35

 

-

 

 0

D

 

0

D

 

 0

-

 0

-

 10

8.0

-(20/20)

Storm King

Found in the boss room for Yhorm the Giant/ Completing Siegward of Catarina's questline

 

Firelink Greatsword

119

55.0

0

35.0

80

40.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

40

 

-

 

 20

D

 10

D

 10

-

 10

-

 105

9.0

 25(-/-)

Ember

Soul Transposition using Soul of the Lords

 

Twin Princes' Greatsword

118

55.0

0

35.0

73

30.0

0

30.0

0

35.0

100

40

 

-

 

22

D

14

D

0

D

0

D

95

9.5

22 / 22

Sacred Light and Flame

Trading Lothric's Holy Sword and Lorian's Greatsword at Ludleth of Courland

 

Drakeblood Greatsword

83

50.0

65

35.0

0

30.0

65

30.0

0

35.0

100

35

 

-

 

 18

D

 16

D

0

-

0

-

 75

6.0

- (17/20)

Stance

Dropped by knight NPC in Archdragon Peak.

 

Onyx Blade

80

50.0

0

35.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

115

35.0

100

35

 

-

 

 14

E

 12

E

15

D

15

D

 75

9.0

19 (-/-)

Elfriede's Blackflame

Ashes of Ariandel DLC: Dropped by Sir Vilhelm

 

Gael's Greatsword

147

50

0

35

0

30

0

30

0

35

100

40

 

-

 

19

C

 13

D

0

-

0

-

 50

9.0

8(17/17)

Blade of Peril

Obtained via Soul Transposition from the Soul of Slave Knight Gael

 




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    • 24 Apr 2021 16:08  

      i saw a 'gesture' (might've been a mod) where someone was holding gael's greatsword and held it up with one hand with the blade pointing up almost like the way you do havel shield WA and then swung it behind them in a kind of anime style

      which one is this or is it a mod?

      • Anonymous

        19 Apr 2021 04:37  

        It really feels like greatswords can beat anything if you know what your doing, proper spacing and out damaging smaller weapons while still having enough speed to avoid getting crushed by larger weapons and the hyper armour makes them even better. I may be stuck as a forever greatsword main

        • 28 Feb 2021 15:19  

          Here is the range of all Greatswords from shortest to longest :
          *1 Hand R1 :
          1- Bastard Sword : 15
          2- Drakeblood GSW : 15
          3- Firelink GSW : 16
          4- Hollowslayer GSW : 16
          5- GSW of Judgement : 16
          6- Storm Ruler : 16
          7- Claymore : 17
          8- Executioner's GSW : 17
          9- Black Knight Sword : 17
          10- Flamberge : 17
          11- Moonlight GSW : 17
          12- Twin Princes' GSW : 17
          13- Wolf Knight's GSW : 18
          14- Wolnir's Holy Sword : 18
          15- Onyx Blade : 18,5
          16- Gael's GSW : 18,5

          *2 Hand R1:
          1- Bastard Sword : 18,5
          2- Drakeblood GSW : 18,5
          3- Firelink GSW : 19
          4- GSW of Judgement : 19
          5- Storm Ruler : 19
          6- Hollowslayer GSW : 20
          7- Claymore : 20
          8- Executioner's GSW : 20
          9- Black Knight Sword : 20
          10- Flamberge : 20
          11- Moonlight GSW : 20
          12- Twin Princes' GSW : 20
          13- Wolf Knight's GSW : 20,5
          14- Wolnir's Holy Sword : 20,5
          15- Gael's GSW : 20,6
          16- Onyx Blade : 21

          • Anonymous

            19 Jul 2020 13:14  

            Seems like most greatswords are divided into two categories. Those that are labeled as having thrust damage have the claymore moveset (notable for the thrusting R2's), while those that aren't labeled as such have the bastard sword movesets composed entirely of slashes. The exceptions, as far as I can tell, are the Black Knight Sword, which has a unique moveset like every other black knight weapon, and the Hollowslayer and Drakeblood greatswords, which have a flashier, DS2 inspired moveset.

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