Onyx Blade

80 physical_defense-shield-icon.jpg 50
0 lightning_defense-shield-icon.jpg 30
100 icon-wp_stability.png 35
icon_weight.png 9.0
Requirements & Bonus
14 12 15 15
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




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



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Onyx Blade Upgrade Table 

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Strength Bonus
Dexterity Bonus
Intelligence Bonus
Faith Bonus
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


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)




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    • Anonymous

      17 Jul 2021 13:33  

      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

        29 Apr 2021 19:21  

        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

          10 Apr 2021 18:16  

          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

            04 Apr 2021 04:04  

            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

              18 Mar 2021 12:27  

              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

                08 Mar 2021 20:02  

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

                But what else does this weapon have?

                • Anonymous

                  08 Mar 2021 05:02  

                  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

                    10 Feb 2021 08:35  


                    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!


                    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.


                    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

                      29 Jan 2021 11:58  

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

                      • Anonymous

                        22 Jan 2021 06:57  

                        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

                          05 Jan 2021 00:31  

                          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.

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