Onyx Blade

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80 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 50
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0
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35
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0
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30
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0 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 30
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115
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35
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100 icon-wp_stability.png 35
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75
Requirements & Bonus
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14 12 15 15
E E D D
weapon_type-icon.jpg Greatsword damage_type-icon.jpg Standard/ Thrust
skill-icon.jpg Elfriede's Blackflame icon_fp_cost.png 19(-/-)

Onyx Blade is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3. It is part of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.



Elfriede, the eldest amongst her sisters and leader of the Sable Church, bestowed this sword to her knight. Only, the sword was a farewell gift, and acceptance signified the knight's resignation from Elfriede's service.

Skill: Elfriede's Blackflame

Enwreath blade with blackflame, born of the similarly-hued flame that smolders within her.

 

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Infused 
  • Cannot be Buffed, except by its own Weapon Art.
  • Upgrades with Twinkling Titanite.
  • Longest Greatsword both 1 and 2-handed
  • 2-handed light attack combos into Weapon Art
  • Damage:
    • Unbuffed, split between Physical and Dark
    • Buffed. split between Physical, Dark, and Fire
  • The weapon art Buff (Elfriede's Blackflame):
    • Adds a flat 145 Fire damage.
    • Lasts 45 seconds.
    • Consumes no stamina
    • Has no poise health
    • Does not scale with stats or weapon upgrade level.
    • Adds a black flaming aura to the weapon.
    • Makes the weapon damage affected by the Fire Clutch Ring

 

 

Scaling & Softcaps:

  • 2-Handed Stats:
    • 14/12/15/15 = 403 AR = Base Stats
    • 27/12/15/15 = 419 AR
    • 14/40/15/15 = 426 AR
    • 14/12/40/15 = 464 AR = Int Softcap
    • 14/12/15/40 = 464 AR = Fth Softcap
    • 14/12/40/40 = 526 AR = Combined Softcap
    • 27/40/40/40 = 566 AR
  • After Softcaps it gets less than 2 AR per level
    • Scales poorly with Strength & Dexterity, softcapping at base requirements
    • Scales well with Intelligence & Faith, softcapping at 40 in both stats

 

 

Lore

  • The Onyx Blade is part of a long tradition of using caduceus patterns in Souls games (read here).

 

 

Location/Where to Find

 

 

Moveset Videos:

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Onyx Blade Upgrade Table 

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Name
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Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
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Stability
Regular 80 - - - 115 E E D D - - - 50 35 30 30 35 35
+1 89 - - - 128 D D D D - - - 50 35 30 30 35 35
+2 95 - - - 137 D D D D - - - 50 35 30 30 35 35
+3 112 - - - 160 D D D D - - - 50 35 30 30 35 35
+4 126 - - - 180 D D C C - - - 50 35 30 30 35 35
+5 140 - - - 200 D D C C - - - 50 35 30 30 35 35

 


Table Key

 

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      Great sword for Miracle build, scales very well with faith. Range on this thing is just ridiculous.
      Not sure if all great swords have this, but when you one hand it and R1, you can delay the next swing since it takes a while to draw it back. It does catch a lot of spam rolls.
      My favourite weapon, even tho its a bit easy to parry.

      • This greatsword has the Claymore moveset, but fixes a critical flaw: the rolling 2H R1. Instead of a slow wind-up poke, it has the Flamberge/Bastard Sword's downward smack. It's a lot faster and has hyper armour much quicker. In addition, the thrusting R2s are preferable to the sweep of the Bastard Sword moveset, and Onyx Blade also takes the better option in that department.

        Plus, it just feels really good to play; the mix-ups you can do with a WA in the middle of a combo while buffing yourself make this a genuinely fun and effeftive weapon.

        • Anonymous

          underused = misunderstood

          things the longest gs in the game, has the same weight as the claymore and hits harder plus it has thrusts! Also has the best looking flame. best gs bar-none.

          • Anonymous

            Bruh i hate this weapon it has the strangest stats like bleed dark and 80 physical this weapon is confusing and BAD

            • Anonymous

              Okay this weapon is cool and all but I wish the stereotype attached to it wasn't super passive pyros with fire surge, black serpent, and black flame. I can't describe how happy I am when I meet an aggressive onyx blade user, because by god, I'm so tired of the other side of the spectrum.

              • Sooooo.... when going against Soul of CInder, weak to Dark, strong against fire, DON'T use the L2 that wreathes the blade in black flame? Or does that add a paltry flame stack on top of the dark?

                • So I just learned you can use this on an SL1 run (but super late game) with Carthus Milkring, Scholar, and Priestess rings.

                  It ain't practical, but damn if it doesn't sound FUN!

                  • Anonymous

                    I always feel a sense of dread when I face this thing. It slaps like an UGS, but is far faster and requiring far fewer physical stats.

                    Also screw trying to space this thing, it's one of the few times I willingly pull out a BKH because I don't wanna bother getting good against it

                    • Anonymous

                      Shiity GS that requires ridiculous amount of investment LOL. Worst part is that you casuls still gonna be owned by super ultra skilled godlike pkcs players

                      • Anonymous

                        It only weights 9, so flynn's ring might pair well with this to boost the physical damage. The amount isn't great, but it's better than the negligible amount it gets from the str and dex scaling.

                        • Anonymous

                          Running a dex/Int build, if I use priestess ring to meet faith req is it still good or am I missing out on all the damage?

                          • Anonymous

                            Im currently playin a pyro build for my first time, would it be a good move to switch my chaos uchigatana +10 for the Onyx Blade?

                            • Anonymous

                              - This weapon has a long range
                              -R2 pokes
                              -buff deals fire damage?
                              -it’s a greatsword

                              But what else does this weapon have?

                              • Anonymous

                                You would think this scales mostly with FTH like most dark powers from the Sable Church. But when has DS3 been known for internal consistency?

                                • Anonymous

                                  Pros:

                                  1. low str/dex stat requirment for a dark/pyromancer build

                                  2. good damage output higher than other dark infused weapons, because it has the advantage of being buffed with wa adding 166 fire damage with fire clutch ring

                                  3. very good moveset with thrust atacks

                                  4. longest GS in the game

                                  5. looks really cool!

                                  cons:

                                  1. cant be infused but for this weapon this is not really a con since it s purpose is meant to be used by int/faith builds. So, other than not being versatile, like a claymore for example that can be used by both physical and magic builds, this weapon does not have a con.

                                  other:

                                  A great weapon for a pyromancer or a dark build. good damage, good moveset, fire and dark damage, all these make this a great weapon for pvp and pve alike. Excells at low lvl pvp as a pyromancer needs only 5 levels investment to wield it, it is available pretty early in the game (needs only vordt and sage to be killed) but is good for a dark build at higher levels as well. A dedicated pyro with 12 dex can use both this and sunlight ss for variety and damage buff combo.

                                  Enjoy the MLGS of pyromancers!

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Bout to theory craft a dark/light faith build using this and frayed with poise casting sure hope it works out

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Love this weapon. Some might say the split damage is a detriment, but given that most foes are vurnerable to dark OR fire, with this weapon you cover both bases nicely. A Dark Claymore is better for pure damage, but doesn't have the ability to add fire damage at will.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Call me edgy, but i love everything about this weapon. It's really sad that there are so little weapons and spells with black flames.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Does anyone know if the buff is affected by the Fire Clutch Ring? I'd like to see what kind of damage comes out of stacking the Fire with the Dark Clutch Ring with this sword.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Lol basic moveset with a buff that makes the split DMG ratio very 1 sided which is good.. if you don't need an epic wa atm, they aren't resistant to dark, and you have decent faith/int.. you won't get higher ar elsewhere

                                            • Anonymous

                                              In pve I like to pair this with carthus beacon and pontiffs eye for high damage. Good to have an off hand weapon for building stacks then going for heavy damage with buffed onyx blade. Most bosses stagger easy to it and few have significant dark resistance.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                New users should note that the weapon art buff counts as a swing as well. It does good damage, isn't too slow, has a wide sweep, deals decent poise damage, has a small lingering fire effect, and costs FP instead of stamina. You can use it aggressively as a combo opener to add the buff or to add an extra hit when out of stamina.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I love and hate this weapon. At SL 40, it's an absolute beast and is fairly easy to get as long as you can handle Vilheim. The WA adding 145 Fire damage for 45 seconds is huge at that point in the game. Bundles, for example, are only 120 Damage and last 10 seconds. Great Magic Weapon and Carthus Flame Arc don't even come close at low levels. Also, Fire is the best elemental damage in PVE and most enemies that resist Fire are weak to Dark, meaning the triple split damage isn't too horrible. However, at SL 80-100, this weapon's glory days fade away. A Dark Claymore or Bastard Sword will do 20 more Phys and 70 more Dark damage then Onyx Blade at 30/30 and only require a little more STR/DEX to use, and the Fire buff only helps to keep up with infused weapons, not push it ahead due to the triple split. Unlike Dark Infusions though, this weapon still scales up to 40/40 and will gain 30 more AR over infused weapons. You have to justify 20 levels at less then 2 AR/level just to make this weapon worthwhile, meaning it's actually more for Pyro builds and not Dark builds.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    FROM did it again with this weapon: - Weapon has INNATE DARK damage. - WA called Elfriede's BLACK FLAME. - WA ADDS FIRE damage (the red, not the black/dark) making it have tripple stplit damage. Lowering output damage. - WHY WA DIDN'T IMPROVE INNATE DARK DAMAGE!!! like in other non infusable weapons! - It must be something like WA Dark Weapon Version, that will be very nice in every sense. - FTW!

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Looks cool and edgy af, but beware of its triple split damage. A dark claymore has more damage and can be obtained earlier, just saying.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Weapon is pretty good for pyromancy builds. Starting as a pyromancer you can wield it for a mere 5 point investment. That in itself is a huge selling point, as casters need many stats to come online. You can get it really early as well, the only bosses you have to beat are Vordt and the Crystal Sages. Once at the cleansing chapel, you can start the DLC, and run past everything and fight Wilhelm in 10 minutes. Bait him out of his library and kick him off a cliff for an easy victory and it's yours. So about 40 minutes of play time total if you know where to go, what to do, and run past things. The damage is kinda low to be honest, but like most good weapons, it's real strengths lay it's range and moveset. It has phenomenal reach, and the wide sweeping one handed moveset compliments the linear projectiles of the pyromancy kit. Not quite a top tier weapon like an infused lothric knight sword or gotthard's, but still a solid 8/10.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Damage is slightly less than what'd you'd get on dark weapons on a dedicated dark build, but the range is excellent, especially on the R2 poke. I use a dark claymore or longsword as a primary, and switch to this for defensive duelists or shorter UGS (zwei, BKGS, CKGS) because the reach gives a definitive edge. Also, the WA can hit people (hyper armour? not sure), making a delicious *****-slap for styling on your opponents.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            So annoying reading stuff like " It is not a good weapon" " To much spit damage better use claymore" stfu. This Weapon looks amazing ! A blade covered in black flames this is awesome ! Still using it. The damage is Ok tbh. Not everyone is into playing Meta. I can highly recommending this weapon. Really fun to use and it looks great, good range and weapon art can combo after R1.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              This weapon scales with 4 stats (better with magical stats), has dark damage and hyper armor. It can go unappreciated only by these level 120 only players.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Man Saint Riot was right I had to make a build this weapon is really fun. Like its a great sword that BURSTS INTO FLAMES. Like who tf wouldn't want that?

                                                                • I'm getting the feeling the "Darkflame" buff was suppose to actually effect "Dark" rather than flat 145AR in Fire. Meaning towards end game Carthus Arc makes this very unimpressive. At 50/30 Str/Dex my Claymore outclassed it. So basically it's a poor Scaling greatsword with innate Dark but the Fire doesn't effectively aid it. Translating to about 70 damage for 45s VS 60s from CFA. I guess it's pretty but there's been Dark Infused options.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    best greatsword choice for lowlevel PVP. well, maybe drakeblood is better with resins. but it's something else besides the stupid dark hand and dragonslayer axe builds, and who doesnt like black fire on their decorative sword?

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      This weapon is absolutely amazing on my dark/pyro character. I carry demon scar in my left hand, and use black flame, black fire orb, and whatever other spell feels necessary at the time, and in my right I use this, a dark followers saber, or a dark murky hand scythe. It’s a very well varied build with lots of ways around any defense. Hand scythe has quick step, saber has fast attacks and the guard break weapon art, and onyx blade splits between physical, dark, and fire, which is great seeing as I use the dark clutch ring and sometimes the fire clutch ring. It’s by far the most overpowered build I’ve ever used. Even capable of taking out zweihander/parry/chaos dagger builds, the most cancer of all. Quickstep of hand scythe combined with guaranteed black flame after an attack from demon scar is amazing. But onyx blade is definitely viable with the right build and the right rings, it outperforms most of the greatsword I’ve infused with dark

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        So I found Out that the WA from this is able to guarantee stunning the twin ultra ringed knights, it will interrupt them no matter what as long as it hits and, as the WA consumes no stamina, you can spam it to stunlock the ringed knight until he is knocked out of range. Not really practical, Just an interesting thing I noticed

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Anyone have this on xbox one and wouldn't mind dropping it. I don't have a lot of stuff but I'll trade for it.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            maan why do all the nicest things have to be locked behind dlc >.< anyone on pc who doesnt mind dropping this?

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I really don't care it does less damage than other great swords, it looks beautiful and therefore adds to my fun. min-maxing < creativity. Hex-blade ahoy!

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                CTRL + F: Claymore. You're welcome. Seriously, this weapon outclasses the claymore/bastard sword as a fashion item mosty. the extra range isn't absolutely to die for. The WA does count as an attack, with minimal range but good stagger. It is absolutely beautiful for a dark pyromancer build (Black flame, serpent, fire orb). Sadly, the game is too old to have Miyazaki make the buff dark damage instead of fire. TL;DR - the fashionable choice for low stat greatsword.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I really don't understand why a weapon buff literally called blackflame is fire damage instead of dark like the spell it shares it's name with. The fact that the weapon itself has innate dark damage makes me think that this weapon was developed by more than one person and they didn't communicate with each other.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Using this for PVP and PVE on a 40/40 int/faith pyro build. No problems whatsoever with damage, especially considering as a pyro your main source of damage is spells. The length catches rolls quite easily. And yes if you time the buff right you can get people with it, which they NEVER expect.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Dark claymore may be more efficent, but this thing has alot more range and it looks sexy. I'm kinda stuck on which one to use lol.

                                                                                      • Sadly, Dark Claymore for pure Dark/Pyro Build [ 40/40 Int/Fai ] will surpass Onyx Blade in damage output even after buffing this weapon with the WA. The AR number will be higher in Onyx Blade, but you will always get less damage.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          It doesn't make any sense that the weapon art adds fire damage. That definitely looks like it should add dark damage. Also... Because it's fire, and the weapon already has split damage, it ends up with triple split damage. yeah... that's not gonna do all that much. It looks hella cool though, fashion souls pyro greatsword.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            >part of a recurring caduceus theme
                                                                                            >links to that awful page on the BloodBorne Wiki

                                                                                            Why do people keep forcing those terrible lore pages into everything as though it's official?

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Kind of disappointing that my +7 dark claymore with 20 str 12 dex 30 int 30 faith does 498 AR, but +4(+8) onyx blade does 423. I know there's the +145 fire damage, but that still doesn't really make it work it. Except the sword length but that's about it.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                just an extra bit of info, it doesnt cost stamina but you can't use it if you have no stamina (cause why not)

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Hello! Maybe that's just a bug, I don't know, but it looks like this sword weapon art can hit twice people in high/mid range, one with the flame the other one with the buffed sword. I fought an invader, my heavy attack dealt him about half of his life, and I touched him with WA while he was rolling, he took two hits and it put more than half of his life on damages.
                                                                                                  Also sometime, I only touch people with the end of the weapon art and it deals them between 100/150 damages, I guess the flame deals only the buff damages.
                                                                                                  If someone has better information about how it works, it would be pretty nice for me!

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    It kicks ass in early level rush, when you get it at level 30's . The weapon art 145 flame dmg is too overpowered in early levels. Not as great in late game pvp though.

                                                                                                    • Fixed mistakes on elfriede's blackflame. It adds a flat 145 fire damage, that does not scale off stats or weapon AR, regardless of weapon upgrade level. it does not apply a % increase

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        creating builds on your own isn't that hard if you know and accept the basics. first of all you need to decide what weapon you build around. Find out what infusion, what stats pushes the damage most. Invest until you get to the hard cap. after that invest in health and stamina. Then you can fiddle arond a bit if you sacrifice a bit of health or power for a spell (ToD) or to avoid fatrole. Your build is complete now. And always keep in mind if your builds aren't viable for pvp they are not viable at all.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Nice weapon to grab for an early game pyro since it scales off your casting stats until you get Dark/Chaos infusions. You're probably not using Twinkling Titanite for anything at that point, and if Vilhelm gives you trouble at a low level just grab the Astora GS and cheese him with knockdowns/gravity.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            The weapon is cool and decent, however it have too much problems. At 14/12/40/40 this weapon have 152 physical Ar and 368 dark Ar. Too low for PvP. The buff give 145 fire ar, giving a very low buff in PvP.

                                                                                                            With dark clutch ring this weapon reach 152 + 423 + 145. Low overall damage. A damage buff Like deep protection or sacred oath is needed.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              the WA attack scales with int/fth. i upped int from 17 to 20 and the damage went from 325 to 331 against fire keeper.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Lmao, SL162 40 Str/30Dex/35 Int build, my Onyx blade is sweet af, especially against those weak to Dark, my pyro warrior build is op.

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