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).



Location/Where to Find



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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

      02 Sep 2020 20:14  

      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

        10 Aug 2020 12:59  

        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

          16 Jul 2020 06:26  

          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

            25 Jun 2020 19:32  

            Beside the fire buff (which is for show), This weapon is garbage and those who use this....well... of course, trash casuls. Greatsword suck shiit

            • Anonymous

              20 May 2020 08:03  

              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

                20 Jan 2020 17:40  

                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

                  18 Jan 2020 15:51  

                  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

                    03 Dec 2019 21:27  

                    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

                      27 Jun 2019 11:28  

                      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.

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