Hollowslayer Greatsword

Hollowslayer Greatsword

145 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 50.0
- lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 30.0
100 icon-wp_stability.png 35
icon_weight.png 8.5
Requirements & Bonus
14 18 - -
D C - -
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greatsword damage_type-icon.jpg Standard / Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Stance icon_fp_cost.png - (17/20)

Hollowslayer Greatsword is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Greatsword used for a lifetime by a masked knight. Harbors the fears that lurk within the mind of Hollows, and is particularly effective against them.

Bestowed to a proper Mirrah knight long ago. Two-hand to execute special sword techniques.

Skill: Stance
While in stance, use normal attack to break a foe’s guard from below, and strong attack to slash upwards with a forward lunge.


Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused or Buffed.
  • Reinforced with Titanite Scale.
  • Deals 20% bonus damage against Hollows;
    • effective against a wide number of hollowed enemies, and even some bosses, throughout the game.
    • This weapon's bonus damage does not affect hollowed players in PvP.
  • When two-handed executes the same moveset as in Dark Souls 2.
  • The weapon of Lucatiel of Mirrah, a NPC in Dark Souls 2 whose mask and armor set are also available in Dark Souls 3. The Sunset Shield available ingame also matches the appearance of Lucatiel's shield from Dark Souls 2 exactly.
  • Hyper Armour begins earlier each consecutive 2 handed R1, up until the first animation repeats. 



Softcaps & Scaling: 

    • 14/18 = 339 AR = Base Stats
    • 40/18 = 412 AR = Str Softcap
    • 14/40 = 442 AR = Dex Softcap
    • 40/40 = 516 AR = Quality Build


  • After Softcaps it gets less than 2 AR per level
  • 2-handed Quality weapon
    • Scales well with both stats
    • Gains more from Dex than Strength
    • Gains 1 AR per level from 40-60 Dex & from 79-99 Dex



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Moveset and Videos:

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Hollowslayer Greatsword Upgrade Table

Requires 7,600 souls and 15 Titanite Scale to +4, 4,000 Souls and 1 Titanite Slab to +5 (upgrade information here)

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
Regular 145 - - - - D C - - - - - 50.0 35.0 30.0 30.0 35.0
Regular +1 168 - - - - D C - - - - - 50.0 35.0 30.0 30.0 35.0
Regular +2 192 - - - - D C - - - - - 50.0 35.0 30.0 30.0 35.0
Regular +3 216 - - - - D C - - - - - 50.0 35.0 30.0 30.0 35.0
Regular +4 240 - - - - D C - - - - - 50.0 35.0 30.0 30.0 35.0
Regular +5 264 - - - - D C - - - - - 50.0 35.0 30.0 30.0 35.0

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

      07 Mar 2019 01:09  

      Anyone else disappointed that it doesn't deal extra damage to hollow players? I wanna destroy those raisin bastards

      • Anonymous

        11 Feb 2019 23:05  

        PvE is fantastic, but it’s even better catching people off guard with the third strike of a 2-handed r1 in PvP

        • Anonymous

          05 Jul 2018 12:58  

          This is honestly one of the best PVE weapons.. It has a good moveset, lots of thrust attacks, that sweet 50% damage bonus is REALLY useful as half the enemies in the game are hollows and even a couple bosses, you can get it super early on in the game, and even without the damage bonus it does almost as much damage as the BKGS, when using it on a quality builld (40STR/40DEX) which I'd say makes it bright the most... Although If you want a greatsword for a full strength build I'd recommend the claymore instead..

          • Anonymous

            18 Jun 2018 22:49  

            Running two handed sweep is THE MOST EFFECTIVE ATTACK MOVE in PVE. There are countless situations with mobs of baddies that this sword will simply simmer everything down in one fell swoop. Hits in like a 270 arc, stuns everything and only sips stamina. Best. Weapon. Ever. for PVE.

            • Anonymous

              12 May 2018 14:31  

              excellent pve weapon since 60% of the enemies in game are hollows,together with astora gs,black knight sword and wolf knight/farron greatsword you can deal with any situation in game.

              • Anonymous

                24 Jan 2018 10:13  

                Don’t underestimate this weapon! It is insanely powerful AND obtainable early on. Not only this but it is surprisingly quick for it’s look!!!

                • Anonymous

                  19 Jan 2018 16:15  

                  The weapon art lacks any real use in PvP because the lack of range.

                  Range is important because you typically want to be close enough to hit the enemy, but too far for the enemy (basic spacing). The heavy attack can be used to catch up to someone who is running when invading or being invaded as it covers a large amount of distance in a short amount of time.

                  The light and heavy attacks of the Hollowslayer Greatsword moves you up by about 2 and 3 feet respectively.

                  The light and heavy attacks of a straight sword moves you up by about 6 and 12 respectively.

                  To clarify, when taking about the light and heavy attacks, I am referring to the Stance weapon art.

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Jan 2018 02:41  

                    Awesome weapon, although lacking the range and damage of some other greatswords, the unique moveset makes up for it. It's like an overgrown straightsword, actually. For PVE, it's fantastic, the extra damage against hollows affects the majority of PvE enemies, bosses included. Can guard break shield turtling knights simply with R1s, altough it has a guard breaker WA, I did not find it very reliable. has enough hyperarmor to trade with smaller weapons, but not much else. Again, it's like an overgrown straight sword. The one handed moveset is often overlooked, but has its uses, the R1s have a wide arc, which can cut through hordes of enemies, and make dead angling very much possible in PvP. Thrust attack R2s mean that the classic R1 R1 rollcatch R2 combo can be pulled off. Also worth noting that the two handed roll attack is delayed, making it ideal for roll catching, while the one handed is not, making it ideal for quickly smacking someone as you finish your roll.

                    The downside is the lack of an actually useful WA: there's no way you're gonna hit and guard break anyone even slightly skilled, and the PvE enemies often just tank through it as well, or smack you with their straight swords or spears before you can finish the WA. Furthermore, attack variety is somewhat lacking, one reason is the aforementioned lack of an actually useful WA, and the other one being that the R2 thrust attacks look very differently from the R1 attacks, so they aren't going to fool a seasoned parry fisher. Speaking of parries, all attacks of this weapon are very easy to reaction parry. There is a remedy tho. dead angling with one handed R1's does wonders, you just wouldn't believe the amount of people facetanking an endless chain of sword swings as they are desperately swatting the air for no effect.

                    This sword also drains relatively low amount of stamina, at 40 END, 7 R1 attacks can be made in a row.

                    • Anonymous

                      08 Jan 2018 16:07  

                      This weapon Is amazing. Great move set, used for many bosses, and great weapon overall. Can last you from early game to mid game, but the greatsword is a great alternative, for its great range, though it has a significant strength requirement.

                      • Anonymous

                        25 Oct 2017 03:01  

                        Great weapon, nearly unstoppable in a poise monster build, but god damn that hitbox on 1st r1 is broken as hell, the range is insane!

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