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.
 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

 

-

 

 D

18

 D

16

-

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

 

-

 

 E

14

 E

12

D

15

D

15

 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

 

-

 

C

19

 D

13

-

0

-

0

 50

9.0

8(17/17)

Blade of Peril

Obtained via Soul Transposition from the Soul of Slave Knight Gael

 




    • Anonymous

      02 Nov 2019 18:24  

      Despite the popularity, this may be the worse weapon class in the game. This isn't to say you can't have a great amount of success and fun in terms of PvP and PvE in a casual setting. However at meta level, where a great deal of players will have optimized builds and atleast a basic understanding of PvP, I find what should be a balanced weapon between the quick weapons with no hyper armor, and the large weapons with with large amounts of hyper armor and damage... simply doesn't do anything adequately. This entire weapon class generally has straight sword range, but is notably slower. The hyper armor and poise damage make it inadequate for trading against bigger weapons. If the class interests you, I'd suggest the curved great sword class. Generally they are a tiny bit slower, nearly imperceptibly so when 2 handed. But the curved great swords also have much better ranges, hyper armor, damage, weapon arts that are unparriable, and a running R1 that is actually capable of applying pressure. However, I will point out that amongst the greatsword class, the Hollowslayer and Black Knight Great Swords are both pretty good for quality builds. The Hollowslayer has quicker hyper armor start up, making trades against smaller weapons more consistent. The Black Knights perseverance weapon art can be used tactically to trade against pretty much all everything slower than a great sword if your opponent is attack spamming.

      • Anonymous

        14 Oct 2019 15:15  

        probably the most overrated weapon class. Sure, are strong, look f*cking awesome, nice moveset and all that, but it's kinda sad i rarely ever see anything else then gs/ugs in fight clubs.

        • Anonymous

          10 Oct 2019 02:39  

          Really want to use Wolnir's for my faith build. Any build suggestions and/or tips for how to use it for max performance?

          • Anonymous

            26 Apr 2019 15:18  

            Easily the best class all around for pve melee. Hollowslayer for Friede, hollows, Gael, Wolf knight for Midir and Gael and most anything in Ringed City. BKS for everything and the demon princes. Too bad there’s not a frost bite great sword.

            • Anonymous

              24 May 2018 22:58  

              "in terms of damage output per stamina expended, Greatswords are easily the best value weapon category"
              Bullshit, Curved Greatswords expend the same amount of stamina per hit, but deal signifcantly more damage. Greatswords swing faster, however.

              • Anonymous

                14 May 2018 10:22  

                "they have less range" "they are slower"...and they are op. nailing you into the ground after one hit and killing you with the fast second hit. But hey, nice try fextra. nice try...

                • Anonymous

                  28 Apr 2018 01:02  

                  I would have loved to have a Greatsword that scales with A both in Faith and Intelligence with a chaos infusion ... ohwell I guess I'll have to just use my CHAOS ZWEIHANDER.

                  • Anonymous

                    17 Mar 2018 00:44  

                    My Onyx 2h r1 and r2 were parried...is this new? Always was under the impression that the gs while 2 handed cannot be parried...!?

                    • Anonymous

                      23 Feb 2018 06:06  

                      Possibly the best versatile and best weapon class in the game.

                      *PROS*
                      Has higher poise damage
                      Has hyper armor when two handed
                      Has longer reach than the straight swords
                      Deals more damage than the straight swords
                      1H R1s can used in a similar fashion that of a straight sword
                      Has some unique, and kickass swords such the BKS, the Twin Princes', or the Hollowslayer

                      *CONS*
                      Heavier
                      More stamina consuming
                      Slower to execute (difference is about 0.25 seconds at most)(only R1s are being compared because R2s can vary a lot in terms of moveset and execution timing)

                      • Anonymous

                        29 Jan 2018 13:23  

                        Here's the list of stat requirements for the Greatswords in alphabetical order:

                        Bastard Sword = 11/10/0/0
                        Black Knight Sword = 14/18/0/0
                        Claymore = 11/13/0/0
                        Drakeblood Greatsword = 12/16/0/0
                        Executioner's Greatsword = 13/13/0/0
                        Firelink Greatsword = 14/10/10/10
                        Flamberge = 10/14/0/0
                        Gael's Greatsword = 13/13/0/0
                        Greatsword of Judgement = 12/15/12/0
                        Hollowslayer Greatsword = 10/18/0/0
                        Moonlight Greatsword = 11/11/26/0
                        Onyx Blade = 10/12/15/15
                        Storm Ruler = 0/0/0/0
                        Twin Princes' Greatsword = 15/14/0/0
                        Wolf Knight's Greatsword = 16/18/0/0
                        Wolnir's Holy Sword = 9/13/0/13

                        • Anonymous

                          11 Jan 2018 04:39  

                          These, along with UGS, ruin the game. Poise is the real culprit, but being 100% guaranteed a hit after your swing starts is bad *****ing design. It's a slow weapon so it deserves it? What, does having the muscle to swing that hunk of iron magically make you immune to the same attacks that stagger you all over the place when you slap on a dagger? If it's slow, it's to offset the damage. Which is what it does. But DS3 decided to make these the braindead weapon class that any moron can facetank players and enemies with. "Did I get a hit? Swing again! Did I miss? SWING AGAIN! Am I out of stamina? SWING AGAIN!" It takes what little nuance was left in the series and threw it out the *****ing window. But hey, who cares. Not like Strength builds and GS/UGS builds are over 70% of the playerbase. That's just because people REALLY like big swords. OBVIOUSLY.

                          • Anonymous

                            03 Oct 2017 02:08  

                            i wish we could hold some greatswords, hollowslayer, firelink, blackkinght greatswords like the npcs hold it, or like loyce greatswords at darksouls 2, i thought they would bring it to ds3 because it was *****ing cool. but they didnt :L

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