hollowslayer greatsword

Hollowslayer Greatsword

icon wp physicalAttack
145 physical defense shield icon 50.0
icon magicbonus
-
magic defense shield icon
35.0
icon firebonus
-
fire defense shield icon
30.0
icon lightningbonus
- lightning defense shield icon 30.0
icon darkbonus
-
dark defense shield icon
35.0
icon wp critical
100 icon wp stability 35
icon weight 8.5
icon durabilitiy
70
Requirements & Bonus
icon strength 22
icon dexterity 22
icon intelligence 22
icon faith 22
14 18 - -
D C - -
weapon type icon Greatsword damage type icon Standard / Thrust
skill icon Stance icon fp cost - (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:

  • The Hollowslayer Greatsword has thrusting R2s when 2h.
  • The Hollowslayer Greatsword has a range of 33.6794xl on the 1h R1 and 37.3562xl on the 2h R1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frame Data:

  • Greatswords are a weapon class that utilizes Hyper Armor on the 2h R1, R2, Rolling R1, Rolling R2, Running R1, and Jumping Attack. Hyper Armor prevents you from being staggered during its active frames.
    Note that this information is all measured in 60 frames per second (FPS).
    Less FPS means a faster action. If you play on console at 30 FPS, the displayed values will be halved.
    It is also important to note that while this is not the frame data for attack speed and recovery, those values are fairly similar to the ones listed.
Attack Type Attack Startup Poise Startup Poise End Recovery
First R1 36 20 68 0
First R2 (Thrust) 44 24 77 0
Charged R2 28 8 60 0
Rolling R1 (Thrust) 36 12 44 24
Rolling R2 46 32 80 0
Running R1 36 20 56 18
Jumping Attack 60 30 70 38
Weapon Skill R1 46 20 76 16
Weapon Skill R2 48 20 79 12




 

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

 

 

Location/Where to Find:



 

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 (%)
Name
icon wp physicalAttack
icon magicbonus
icon firebonus
icon lightningbonus
icon darkbonus
STR
DEX
INT
FTH
icon wp poisonbld
icon wp frost
icon wp bleed
icon wp physicaldef
icon wp magicdef
icon wp firedef
icon wp lightningdef
icon wp darkdef
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

 Weight

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
 Stability
   
    Spell Buff Spell Buff
     
     Range      

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

      has probably the best moveset in the series, shame the knight's gs in elden ring doesn't have the thrusts

      • Anonymous

        Greatsword used for a lifetime by a Havel Monster. Harbors the fears that lurk within the mind of R1 spammers, and is particularly effective against them.

        Bestowed to a proper gamer long ago. Two-hand to execute special poise 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.

        • Anonymous

          Solid poise (knight armor, lothric knight armor) and this at lower levels like SL25-35 make this weapon a verified noobslayer

          • Anonymous

            so i did some screwing around whith this sword and if you r1 wait a second and whille still holding the stance r1 agin you will roll cach every time, i liked to follow up with a chasing slice wpa to make it stylish.

            • Anonymous

              only way how to trade with this bullshit is to use perserevance. i get stunned with it all the ****ing time

              • Anonymous

                I really like the moveset of this weapon, best in the game imo, although I would've really liked a greatsword that has the same moveset as that of the loyce greatsword in ds2 in this game

                • Anonymous

                  Why don't all the greatswords have r1s that are as cool and fancy looking as this sword does like in dark souls 2

                  • Anonymous

                    Change : Even with 0.5 weight more than the bastard sword, the HSGS has less stamina cost than any other greatsword. Plus the 2h animation is way faster. I don't know HOW it wasn't noted in this wiki since 2016 tho.

                    • Anonymous

                      Currently doing a "Knight of Mirrah" build using this and a rapier in the off-hand and it's honestly the most fun I've had with this game

                      • Anonymous

                        Lucatiel you hoe! Your tiny greatsword has nothing on the massive giiiiiirrrrrth of my ultra greatsword. You'll realize what a true knight is ENDOWED with after I'm through with you.

                        • Anonymous

                          Can someone enlighten me - is there a poise damage/hyperarmor values differences between Hollowslayer Greatsword and Claymore? Hollowslayer 2h R1 cost less stamina, 3rd attack in the chain (horizontal one) sets up for good stunlocks in both pve and pvp, it weights less, it seems to scale better with Dex at +3 vs +6 Sharp Claymore. Am I missing something, aside of HGS being un-buffable?

                          • To the person who keeps spamming about PKGS, you are a neckbeard living in your mom's basement. I will keep deleting your braindead comments, get mad son.

                            • Anonymous

                              After some testing (black knight sword +4 vs HGS +4 with some rings to adjust scaling damage so they hurt roughly the same), they happen to deal around the same damage (230~240 with 32 str and 20 dex), so HGS is not considering them hollows, sadly

                              • Anonymous

                                God I love the Hollow slayer great sword it’s honestly amazing and can carry you throughout the entire game at max level

                                • Anonymous

                                  I used to hate this weapon's awkward moveset in DS2, but I hate the vertical moveset in DS1 more. Swords aren't meant to cut dirt why do they slam it to the ground like that? Anyway it has my favorite moveset in DS3 now

                                  • Anonymous

                                    never underestimate the hyperarmor on this thing. you might be tempted to start attacking after your opponent has thrown out a couple R1's with the hollowslayer but if they decide to keep swinging you will trade and you will probably lose that trade

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I feel like it was a waste for only a couple of greatswords in the game to have this type of 2 handed moveset. Only this one and the Drakeblood Greatsword has it. I get that it's a nod to them both being weapons from DS2 but more variety would have been nice. The Flamberge could have worked with this moveset since it's the DS2 version.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        weirdest thing I just found about this sword and wanted to share.

                                        When you sprint forward and strafe backwards 180 degrees, the animation that leaves you vulnerable does not happen/

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Is it just me or does this weapon make Lothric Knight farming supremely easy? Jog from Vordt's bonfire up the stairs, taking out both spear hollows and the flaming bolt shooting hollow in one hit, drawing out the sword knight in a 1v1, killing his spear-wielding friend, running up the stairs to the right and killing that knight, and then backstabbing the blue knight, all while stun-locking them and (at least with +1) killing them all (except blue) in three hits? I was grinding them for levels to wield this sword, only for the grind to become way easier once I could.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            exact list of enemies that suffer from the addition 20%?? wouldnt that be the most important info about this weapon?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              This sword has become my favorite greatsword when I just need to get through an area. Most greatswords feel heavy when you're attacking, but the moveset of this sword feels smooth, and personally, I prefer this over all other Straight Swords as well. I get 570 AR with 65/65 STR/DEX, but you could easily just do 40/40 and then allocate the points, but I like my other refined builds. If you're having a difficult time deciding which sword to use go through DS3, use this one. This sword is also great for PvP. I don't see people using it too much, but when I run into invaders, it has good tracking and stagger potential. After 3 R1's, it does a vertical slash, then horizontal, but don't just press R1 if they're trying to parry you.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                why is there so much random poise info on this page? Not complaining, in fact I'd like to see it on the rest of the weapon pages, but why just this one??

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Best greatsword! And heres why: 1. Its easy to obtain it in the very beginning of the game! 2. It deals 20% damage against hollows, which is EXTREMELY good due to the fact that almost every enemy is hollow. 3. Its weight is 8.5, pretty light for a greatsword. 4. Its amazing 2 hand ability can stagger enemies and can kill its enemies quickly (very satisfying lol) 5. Its attribute requirement is: 14 Strength and 18 Dexterity... not to bad if you ask me... 6. Once you have it, the game will become so much easier. I call this weapon the easy mode sword ;) lol

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    hollows were pieces of sh*t in dark souls 1 and they're twice as annoying in this one, thank miyazaki for this sword

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I swear if you turn the camera to the side when swinging this 2H the first R1 stretches out like a spring. I was constantly wondering how I keep hitting opponents who seem out of range

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        It came down to this or Gael’s for my final GS upgrade and I’m happy I chose this to complement the Black Knight Sword with its unique move set

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Moveset is really fun, especially since it's unique and fast (we don't talk about the triple split dmg wet noodle sword) and the fact that your character isn't smashing a sharpened blade into stone flooring every 3 seconds

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            sweet Little piece of work for a low level dex invasion builds. 1h R1s are quick and great for catching pursuing phantoms. Two hand R1 combos well against groups and has a great third attack sweep for roll catching. Be careful with the rolling poke, it’s a bit slow to wind up in comparison with similar roll pokes. Both 1h and 2h R2s have a decent ranged poke and is great for stopping aggressive attackers. Really fun weapon to try out for pvp and pve alike

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I really like this weapon. I always thought the horizontal attacks of other GS were too sluggish, so when I first tried out the moveset I was really intrigued by the weapon. The AR never held me back with a regular quality build, its a beautiful sword, and the extra dmg vs. undead helps alot with a bunch of enemies and gael on his second phase. I am also pretty garbage at PvP, and catching people with the 3rd horizontal sweep always feels awesome when they aren't expecting it :D

                                                              • The true CHAD’S Weapon. Using just this and Wolf Knight GS just about DESTROYS all PvPers and bosses. Nameless King is trivial af with this maxed out with a Quality Build

                                                                • Anonymous

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

                                                                  • Anonymous

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

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      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

                                                                        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

                                                                          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

                                                                            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

                                                                              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

                                                                                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

                                                                                  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

                                                                                    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!

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Once I saw comments on here complaining how this sword's moveset is alien to the souls series. Now here's my question. How is it alien to the souls series if it is already part of the souls series!? It's like saying a dog is alien to earth, even tough it was part of earth in the first place.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I´ve been thinking about using this for my NG+4 run. Its a great weapon and its moveset looks really nice! Should i be using this weapon or the Estoc tho...

                                                                                        • Another weapon I'm sort of surprised doesn't have more comments. I sort of thought the benefit of its two handed R1 animation was well known. A fair number of youtubers and streamers splurge all over it, and maybe rightfully so with how combat tends to go in this game.

                                                                                          It's a really good, solid sword with one of the best attack styles in the game in that R1. Good length, easy and early to get, and its Lucatiel's sword.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Fun Fact: The hitbox of this weapon is your entire body. Spam R1 in PvP, they won't be able to get close since it's fast, has huge damage and it's hitbox is Your Entire Body.

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