moonlight greatsword

Moonlight Greatsword

icon wp physicalAttack
69 physical defense shield icon 55.0
icon magicbonus
130
magic defense shield icon
60.0
icon firebonus
-
fire defense shield icon
35.0
icon lightningbonus
- lightning defense shield icon 35.0
icon darkbonus
-
dark defense shield icon
40.0
icon wp critical
100 icon wp stability 40
icon weight 10.5
icon durabilitiy
75
Requirements & Bonus
icon strength 22
icon dexterity 22
icon intelligence 22
icon faith 22
E - C -
16 11 26 -
weapon type icon Greatsword damage type icon Standard
skill icon Moonlight Vortex icon fp cost 18 (-/-)

Moonlight Greatsword is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

Legendary dragon weapon associated with Seath the paledrake.

Charge strong attack to its limit to unleash moonlight wave.

Oceiros, the Consumed King, was infatuated with the search for moonlight, but in the end, it never revealed itself to him.

Skill: Moonlight Vortex
Draw sword back and thrust to unleash torrential moonlight. 

 

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Buffed or Infused.
  • Reinforced with Titanite Scale.
  • Fully Charged Strong attack fires a projectile:
    • Costs 4 Durability
    • Parriable
  • Weapon Art Moonlight Vortex:
    • Very high poise health
    • Parriable
  • Older versions of the Moonlight Greatsword did no physical damage and were entirely transparent, implying this version may be "fallen" in some sense.
  • The Moonlight Greatsword has a range of 34.5338xl on the 1h R1 and 37.0742xl on the 2h R1.

 

Softcaps & Scaling:

  • 2-Handed Stats, STR/DEX/INT:
    • 16/11/26 = 483 AR = Base Stats & Str Softcap
    • 27/11/26 = 491 AR
    • 40/11/26 = 493 AR
    • 16/11/40 = 553 AR = Int Softcap 
    • 16/11/60 = 577 AR = Caster Stats
  • After Softcaps it gets less than 2 AR per level
  • When 1-handed it scales well with Intelligence up to 41 Int
  • Scales very poorly with Strength
    • Softcaps once you meet the bare minimum Strength
    • Gains 8 AR from 16-27 Strength 
    • Almost nothing after 27 Strength

 

 

Location/Where to Find

 

 

Moveset and Videos:

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Moonlight Greatsword Upgrade Table

Requires ?? souls and 13 Titanite Scale to +4, ?? 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 69 130 - - - E - C - - - - 55.0 60.0 35.0 35.0 40.0
Regular +1 80 152 - - - E - C - - - - 55.0 60.0 35.0 35.0 40.0
Regular +2 91 173 - - - E - B - - - - 55.0 60.0 35.0 35.0 40.0
Regular +3 103 195 - - - E - B - - - - 55.0 60.0 35.0 35.0 40.0
Regular +4 114 216 - - - E - B - - - - 55.0 60.0 35.0 35.0 40.0
Regular +5 126 238 - - - E - B - - - - 55.0 60.0 35.0 35.0 40.0

 

Table Key

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      this weapon is supposed to be used on PURE intel builds I think, don't know what y'all talking about this weapon slaps

      • Anonymous

        What the hell... this... this one sucks... The one from Bloodborne blows it outta the water! My disappointment is immeasurable and my day is ruined. Waste of a good titanite slab...

        • Anonymous

          This is the worst rendition of the mlgs in the entire series, but as a weapon it has everything besides raw power, by a small margin. The wa has a lot of hyper armor, damage and decent speed. The charged attack beams deal great damage, and durability is almost a non issue. So if you are planning to just press r1, this weapon ain't gonna fit your style.

          • Anonymous

            The weapon hits like a truck and is my fallback option when the fight gets too hard, BUT.
            This isn't moonlight greatsword, it's foken frost hunk of rock sword. I don't know what were they thinking. It doesn't have the feel, the color, the effect, the look, the sound, the fidelity and the OOMF of the MLGS, DS3 version was much more satisfying and I liked the moveset much more as well.
            My sacred wish is to get Bloodborne's version in other From Software games, it was... so... good... there...

            • Anonymous

              Is anyone else kind of disappointed by the B scaling in Intelligence when it's fully upgraded? In Dark Souls 1 it starts out with A scaling and gets S scaling after only upgrading it ONCE, lol. In Dark Souls 2 it ALSO starts out at A scaling in Intelligence, but only goes to S scaling in Intelligence if you infuse it with a faintstone (magic infusion). Why does this version only go to B scaling in Intelligence? Someone else mentioned that this version of the MLGs does physical and magic damage, unlike the DS1 version & DS2 version (they both do pure magic damage), so that maybe this is a knockoff MLGS. Especially since in the weapon description it says that the "true moonlight" never revealed itself to him. So what if he made this imitation to cope with never seeing the "true moonlight"?

              • Anonymous

                As the description says Ocerios was never revealed to the true moonlight, plus this is the only moonlight greatsword with physical damage, you remember the fake “mlgs” bluemoon greatsword of ds2? It also deals physical damage, implying that this may very likely be a knockoff.

                • Anonymous

                  "Oceiros, the Consumed King, was infatuated with the search for moonlight, but in the end, it never revealed itself to him."
                  this implies that the MGS we wield in the game is just how Oceiros thinks the sword would be, explain why this version of MGS is significantly weaker than those in the previous games

                  • Anonymous

                    i don't really understand why some people say its a good weapon even though its easily outclassed in damage even by starter weapons

                    • Anonymous

                      Is there Moonlight Reference anywhere in Sekiro? I thought it was an easter egg in every fromsoftware game. Haven't been able to find it in Sekiro, though.

                      • Anonymous

                        It's super interesting for me how this version of the Moonlight looks deteriorated compared to the DS1 version

                        • Anonymous

                          There are a bunch of conflicting opinions about this weapon. But at 60 INT, 22 DEX, and 18 STR, is this better than the GOJ or is it worse?

                          • Anonymous

                            Want a weapon that can spam projectiles? While holding parry shield in your left hand?! That's it, baby. That's the weapon.

                            • Anonymous

                              A pure caster can two hand this with the knight’s ring. Are there better alternatives? Yes, but this requires no stat investment.

                              • Anonymous

                                been using this weapon a lot. i have no complaints about this weapon except its look. i wish it has that 'glowing' look like the one in bloodborne.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Hilariously, a Crystal Flamberge will have a higher AR, and with bleed on the side.
                                  Hopefully you're better in Elden Ring, my guiding moonlight.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    If you want nostalgia, use this. If you want true damage, infuse the greatsword (the ultra) in crystal and enjoy the practically double damage.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Honestly one of the best Greatswords in the game.

                                      It's longer than most. It universally deals more magic damage than any other greatsword. It shoots moon beams. The weapon art has insane hyper armor and stupid damage.

                                      You might need high Intelligence to get the most out of it, but even low intelligence builds can understand it's strengths. 9 Seath the Scaleless's wearing Big Hats out of 10.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Just tumblebuff it with crystal magic weapon and fck whoever says that would be op, because that damage is what the moonlight gs should have by default like it's predecessors did.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Can anyone else make out faint floral patterns on the blade, if the light hits it just right? Or is it just me?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            The next iteration of this iconic weapon in elden ring better split the fkin mountains in two with it's attacks if fromsoft ever wants to make up for this embarrassing excuse of a magic greatsword.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Let there be god tier MLG like in bloodborne in Elden Ring otherwise I will never sleep easy knowing that the abominable Ds3 MLG is the final one.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                If Elden Ring doesn't do the MLGS justice I'll break into Miyazaki's home and steal his entire stash of feet pics

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  It's cute that everyone here wants to cope so hard with the fact that this weapon is bad and is only in the game to continue legacy.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Oh, how we had such high hopes for you after Bloodborne. How you could've been so good. But, alas. 'twas not to be.

                                                    • This weapon deals 413 to 430 dmg to lothric knights with full upgread with 60 INT
                                                      You can kill them in 3 hits
                                                      Not recommended for pve tho u are better off with crystal soul spear

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        There is a big difference between "balancing" and "nerfing" that ppl doesn't seem to get.

                                                        Balancing a weapon requires not only testing from the devs's part, but also comparing with the weapon's counterparts or similar weapons. And after that data testing, either tweak the weapon accordingly by increasing or reducing it's properties in order to put it at the same ground to the other options available in the game, or buff their respective counterparts to give whoever confronts the weapon a chance to fight back.

                                                        Nerfing a weapon is reducing it's properties without even a proper reason. 3 or 4 ppl complains about it, it gets nerfed to oblivion and then utterly forgotten by both the devs and the community. No testing, no real changes aside from damage, nothing. 3 complains and right into the trash can. The worst thing abput nerfing is the meta they generate, like the absurd magic damage from a crystal infused flamberge, wich is ultra tier and obtainable way sooner in the game.

                                                        What this weapon got with the split physical damage (69 physical, wich is 69 less of magic damage) was a huge nerf. If you ever think this is balanced, your senses are in worse shape than oceiros's.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          This weapon is useless it never does good damage and all you guys that use it are scrubs because oh boy it’s the moonlight great sword but the truth is you should be using pkcs if you git Gud I mean seriously

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            In ds2, i got the bluemoon greatsword and upgraded it to max with a magic stone on it to infuse that thing in enchanted. Despite being a fake not even intended to fight with, it did a surprisingly good job.

                                                            Can't say something like that with this one here. The supposed og moonlight greatsword in ds3 being surpassed by a damn fake in ds2 should give you an idea about the fact that this weapon is nothing but filler. Like, just put fromsoft's signature weapon here and don't even bother to check if it's a decent weapon.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Don't understand why Miyazaki gave this thing's WA such high AR and superb hyper armor only to let any random idiot with a caestus be able to just up and parry it.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Also im surprised why nobody mentions i just realised that this sword blocks better than greatsword of judgment

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  im using it for ng+4 and i dont understand why people dislike it. the wa is really fast and powerful and the charged r2 attacks are devastating if the blade and projectile hit. magic clutch ring makes it even stronger and the damage absorption penalty is neglegible. repair powder allows you to use the charged attacks projectile infinitely. i think the downsides would be pvp performance and the looks (i miss my glowing popsicle :(

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Shut your Mouth Anonymous 3 The Moonligth or blue moon (not the fake) Great Sword is greatest and will remain the greatest great sword in all souls games there are no cons only pros casual trash!

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      pros:

                                                                      1. highest magic damage for a weapon in the game! The damage can also be buffed with magic clutch ring and crown of dusk

                                                                      2. very good WA, high magic damage, very good hyper armor, good range

                                                                      3. very good range and roll catch ability, high damage with full charge r2s if the atack and projectile hits the target

                                                                      4. good looks!

                                                                      cons:

                                                                      1. magic damage is good for pvp but most of the times low to average for pve

                                                                      2. cant be infused or buffed

                                                                      3. moveset is average and projectile accuricy is bad

                                                                      others: a very good weapon for a mage build or any kind of high int build, even without spells. Excels in pvp due to range, type of elemental damage and WA that hits like a truck and can trade with UGS for example with just 14 poise. Low to average in pve because most enemies are either resistant or neutral to magic damage with very few enemies acctually weak to magic.

                                                                      A very good option for pyromancers that want a different elemental than fire and dark. The best option possible for a sorcerer. Can also work with high int or/and faith build without attunement. Weaker than DS1 version but still strong enough for it s purpose.
                                                                      Enjoy the Moonlight GS!

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        One of the most underrated greatswords in DS3. Split damage doesn't matter when the VAST majority of your damage is magical. In general, it will deal around the same amount of damage as other unbuffed greatswords at endgame stats. The beams are very weak compared to DS1's, but they are also incredibly spammable and take next to no durability to fire, giving you a reliable midrange damage option, especially in one hand. And Moonlight Vortex is one of the best greatsword weapon arts in the game - a trading tool with excellent hyperarmor values and fantastic damage. As a whole this thing ain't as good as its BB iteration but i would actually compare it to DS1 MLGS in terms of general viability for slightly different reasons. Both of them are way better than the overnerfed abomination with vertical UGS moveset that is the DS2 MLGS, or DeS MLGS that could barely climb to 300 AR.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Use this if you want to look cool, or infuse a cathedral knight gs with crystal if you want to do damage. And trust me, it hurts me to watch how they massacred my boy.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            The listed damage values on this page are always 5 off. 16/11/40 gives 548 AR not 553, 16/11/60 gives 572 AR not 577, etc.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I feel like they tried to do what Bloodborne did with the MLGS split damage, but didn't account for the fact that the bb version was basically 2 different weapons swapping back and forth, with the magic/physical damage modifiers changing dramatically between the transformed/regular version.

                                                                              This one just has wonky split damage that throws out the appeal of the MLGS, which is the huge magic damage output. On top of that, magic as a damage type is already fairly nerfed in ds3, so why they needed to extra-kill this iconic weapon is beyond me

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I usually love the MLGS, but compared to other games, this one is ****.

                                                                                Just use a Crystal Astora GS if you want a sword for your magic build.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Not sure if it effects the damage or not but, according to character status at least if you equip the dusk crown and the magic clutch ring while wielding this the damage claims to increase. o: my character status says that this sword is at 648 AR with those on and at least testing damage vs mobs in the painted world at the Corvian settlement bonfire it did actually seem to effect the damage of both the swings and the power attacks.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Comparing this to ds1 moonlight greatsword and ds2 moonlight greatsword makes this iteration look so pitiful.

                                                                                    It has split damage, worse scaling, and unlike ds2 iteration you can't even infuse it to make up for the lack of buffing.

                                                                                    It's still a good weapon just not at all as good as ds1 or 2.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      It only useful for low lvl pvp. Which is a shame. Greatsword of Judgment is the real moonlight in this game.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        This weapon is underwhelming against magic resistant bosses in ng+. I was on ng4 once and fighting Alderich was a huge pain, did no damage whatsoever.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          This should've had 'A' scaling in int to make up for the fact that it has split damage and is outdamage by most other weapons unless used with a high int build with clutch ring, plus it is the moonlight greatsword, which as the lore states moonlight is magic, so a magic sword should not be ourclassed by almost any crystal infused weapon in terms of scaling

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Makes killing big serpent-men in Archdragon peak trivial... 2-hit stagger with this sword for... reasons...

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              remember when this had an S in Int? back in the Olden Dark Souls Days? And when Dark Magic was Good? and When Poise was a Thing?

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Highest magical damage on a weapon, but trashed away by split damage for that lousy physical damage that could perfectly not be there.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Probably my favorite weapon in the entire game, fun to use too, went 25str/50int and was able to annihilate bosses like the twin princes & Gravetender, but bosses like midir and gael were still a good challenge, couldn't do***** to friede with it though, too slow.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    If you look closely on the blade, you will notice patterns of lines across it, very similar how the heads of the Amygdalas look in bloodborne. A very subtle detail that's way too striking in similarity to be coincidence. D e e p e s t l o r e

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      This is without a doubt one of the best magic weapons in the game. It looks slick, its fun to use and its got some killer WA.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Every souls game I try to make a build for this. After using this sword almost exclusively for years, I gotta say... People are way too cocky. So many people like to try and trade with the weapon art and get blasted into dust.

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