When it comes to choosing a weapon in Dark Souls 3, it can be extremely confusing since there are soo many to choose from. If you don’t know what to use, just experiment with all the weapon types so you feel comfortable trying something new. Finding that one weapon you like might be a little tedious, but it is worth it when you do.
We have gathered 10 of the best Greatswords in Dark Souls 3. We have gone through a bunch of subreddits and also tried weapons a bunch of the weapons so we can make this list.
Not all these weapons on this list will be for you, so maybe experiment with each to find out which one you probably want to use. We will review the pros and cons of using Greatswords, then list the 10 best Greatswords in the game.
1. Hollowslayer Greatsword
Location: Soul Transposition using the Soul of the Rotted Greatwood for 1,000 Souls.
This is a Greatsword that you can get pretty early on in your playthrough. Not only is it one of the best Greatswords in the game, but it is extremely easy to get.
All you have to do is transpose the soul of the Curse Rotted Greatwood and get this amazing weapon. The boss is optional, so you can miss it if you don’t know much about the area.
2. Black Knight Sword
Location: Found on a corpse at Smouldering Lake, inside the inner chamber next to the Old Demon King boss arena.
This is a sword that you get about halfway through your playthrough. It has a pretty unique look and very good damage scaling.
Its skill is very good since it boosts the Poise damage that the weapon outputs. It decreases the base damage, but the increased Poise damage allows you to riposte much faster than normal.
Location: Found on the plateau where the fire-breathing Dragon rests in the High Wall of Lothric.
The Claymore is one of the most famous weapons in the Dark Souls series. It has shown up in almost every game, and it has been the same throughout.
Doing a normal attack will make the sword come down on the enemy. You can then do a heavy attack that will make the sword slash upward. It is a fun weapon to use.
Location: Soul Transposition using the Soul of the Lords for 1,000 Souls.
You can’t get this weapon until you defeat the final boss of the base game. It is by far one of the coolest-looking swords in the game, though, since it is a sword in every bonfire in the game.
It has a skill similar to a few of the Soul of Cinder’s moves. It is by far one of our favorite Greatswords in the game.
5. Executioner’s Greatsword
Location: Looted from a corpse at the graveyard near the Cleansing Chapel at Cathedral of the Deep.
This weapon is cool because it is the weapon that the Executioner’s Sword in Elden Ring was based on. It doesn’t have that cool spinning move in Dark Souls 3, but it still has some great qualities.
It allows you to lunge forward and deal a ton of Poise damage, and it also gives you a bit of FP per enemy that you defeat. It is a very good Greatsword.
6. Moonlight Greatsword
Location: Soul Transposition using the Soul of Consumed Oceiros for 1,000 Souls.
This weapon is probably the most recognizable out of all the weapons in the Dark Souls franchise. It has shown up in every game, and it still has one of the coolest looks of any weapon in these games.
Not only does it hit pretty quickly, but it also has a skill that lets you throw moonlight at your enemies. It is a unique skill and is worth the transposition to get it.
7. Wolf Knight’s Greatsword
Location: Soul Transposition using the Soul of the Blood of the Wolf for 1,000 Souls.
This is another Greatsword that you can get around the halfway mark. You will have to defeat the Abyss Watchers to get it, and you must stop yourself from using the Boss Soul for Souls.
You should use the Boss Souls for items on your first playthrough. If you go into NG+, then use them for Souls. Always check to see what they give you.
8. Greatsword of Judgement
Location: Soul Transposition using the Soul of Pontiff Sulyvahn for 1,000 Souls.
Most Transposition weapons on this list are not optional bosses, so you must get the Souls to progress further. This one is no different. You will have to defeat Pontiff Sulyvahn to even get this weapon so if you don’t defeat him, you aren’t going to beat the game.
This boss is where most players will quit because it is an insanely hard challenge for a new player.
9. Twin Princes’ Greatsword
Location: Requires Lothric’s Holy Sword and Lorian’s Greatsword. You must defeat the Twin Princes twice with one character to get this Greatsword.
This is by far the hardest weapon to get on this list. You will have to defeat the Twin Princes twice with one character to get it. You can’t get this Greatsword on your first playthrough.
You will have to go into NG+ to get it unless you have someone else give you the other sword you need. It wouldn’t feel right if you do that, though. Just make sure to know which sword you already have.
10. Onyx Blade
Location: Dropped by Sir Vilhelm in the Painted World of Ariandel.
This is the only DLC weapon we put on this list. We wanted to keep most of the DLC weapons off since some people just don’t have the DLC at all.
It is one of the coolest-looking weapons in the game, and it is worth playing through the Painted World of Ariandel to get it. The DLC is not great, but it does have some great gear.