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, make sure to just experiment with all the weapon types so you feel comfortable with trying something new. It might be a little tedious to find that one weapon you like, 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. We are going by damage scaling, skills, and size when it comes to the weapons so we hope you will try these weapons out for yourselves.
Not all these weapons on this list are going to be for you so maybe experiment with each one to find out which one you probably want to use. We will go over the pros and cons of using Greatswords and then we will give the list of the 10 best Greatswords in the game.
What are the pros and cons of a Greatsword?
With a Greatsword, it deals a ton of Poise damage. It allows you to stun the enemy a lot faster than other weapons. When you stun the enemy, it allows you to go in for a riposte. This will deal a ton of damage to the enemy, especially if he is a boss. It will also allow you to wear heavier armor sets so that you can get your attacks out faster without being interrupted.
The downside to Greatswords is how slow the weapon is. The damage is high, but your attacks are pretty slow when it comes to defeating enemies. You can get parried pretty easily since it will be easier for the enemy to read when you will attack. Also, without heavy armor, your attacks can be easily halted by an enemy, so make sure you have armor with some decent poise.
What are the best Greatswords?
We have made a list of the top 10 best Greatswords in Dark Souls 3, so make sure you understand that you might like another weapon we haven’t put on this list. We have gone over the base stats, scaling, and how easy it is to use to determine which ones are the best in the game. Some are great for their skills and others are great for their scaling. They are all good in their own ways.
Here are the 10 best Greatswords in Dark Souls 3:
1. Hollowslayer Greatsword
Greatsword used for a lifetime by a masked knight. Harbors the fears that lurk within the mind of Hollows, and is particularly effective against them. Bestowed to a proper Mirrah knight long ago. Two-hand to execute special sword techniques.
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 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 itself is optional so you can miss it if you don’t know much about the area.
2. Black Knight Sword
Greatsword wielded by the Black Knights who wander the lands. Designed to face chaos demons. The Black Knights constantly faced foes larger than themselves, and this sword’s unique attack greatly reduces enemy poise. Raise sword in the name of the First Lord to temporarily boost poise. Damage reduces while activated.
Location: Found on a corpse at Smouldering Lake, inside the inner chamber right 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 it actually has very good damage scaling. Its skill is actually very good since it boosts the Poise damage that the weapon outputs. It does decrease the base damage, but the increased Poise damage allows you to riposte a lot faster than normal.
An unusually large and heavy greatsword normally wielded with two hands. This highly versatile weapon can be swung broadly or thrusted. While in stance, use normal attacks to break a foe’s guard from below, and strong attack to slash upwards with a forward lunge.
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 pretty much every game and it has basically been the same all the way through. 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 definitely is a fun weapon to use.
4. Firelink Greatsword
The Lords of Cinder linked the First Flame, and this Greatsword was wielded by their deific manifestation. This coiled sword, found thrust in the bonfire, existed long before the throneless lords themselves. The fading flame momentarily illuminates and launches itself forward.
Location: Soul Transposition using the Soul of the Lords for 1,000 Souls.
This is a weapon that you can’t get 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 literally is a sword that is in every single bonfire in the game. It has a skill that is very 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
Greatsword of a debauched executioner used for beheadings. This sword retains a keen memory of its executioner’s duty, and absorbs FP from each fallen foe. Use one’s weight to lunge forward with a low stance and increased poise, and follow with strong attack for a spinning slash.
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 goodGreatsword.
6. Moonlight Greatsword
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. Draw sword back and thrust to unleash torrential moonlight.
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 so far 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 very unique skill and is definitely worth the transposition to get it.
7. Wolf Knight’s Greatsword
Greatsword of a knight tainted by the dark of the Abyss, and master of the wolf’s blood of Farron. The wolf knight was the first Abyss Watcher, and his sword is more punishing against creations of the abyss. While in stance, use normal attack for a low spinning slash, or the strong attack to leap forward in a vertically-slashing somersault.
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 will need to stop yourself from using the Boss Soul for Souls. It is recommended that you 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
A ceremonial sword, held in Pontiff Sulyvahn’s left hand, respresenting the judgement of the moon, but with magic far closer to sorcery than any existing lunar power. Its dark blue hues, deeper than the darkest moon, reflect sorcerer Sulyvahn’s true nature. Assume stance to unleash dark magic. Use normal attack for a lunging thrust, and strong attack to emit side-sweeping wave.
Location: Soul Transposition using the Soul of Pontiff Sulyvahn for 1,000 Souls.
Most of the Transposition weapons on this list are not optional bosses, so you have to 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
Sword forged from the reunion of the inseparable swords born from the souls of Lothric and Lorian, the twin princes. Their union is rooted in a curse, and perpetuated by grief. While in stance, use normal attack to cast Sacred Lothric Light, and strong attack to cast Flame of Lorian.
Location: Requires Lothric’s Holy Sword and Lorian’s Greatsword. You will need to defeat the Twin Princes twice with one character to be able to get this Greatsword.
This is by far the hardest weapon to get on this list. To get it, you are going to have to defeat the Twin Princes twice with one character. 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
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. Enwreath blade with blackflame, born of the similarly-hued flame that smolders within her.
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 there are going to be people who just don’t have the DLC at all. It is one of the coolest-looking weapons in the game and it is totally worth playing through the Painted World of Ariandel to get it. The DLC is not great, but it does have some great gear.
Are Greatswords good weapons to use?
As we said before, there are pros and cons. There are pros and cons to every weapon so you need to know what each weapon’s weaknesses are before you start using them. You could always experiment with the different builds so you have an understanding of how most other builds work. Just make sure you do it in an easy area.
If you experiment in a difficult area, you will get frustrated since you will die a lot. You will probably have the weapons at their base damage so it is helpful to go back to the High Wall of Lothric to test out new gear. Greatswords are amazing and very fun to use. If you haven’t tried large weapons, it definitely is a whole new experience.
You will need to compensate for the slowness of the weapon which makes for an entirely new way of playing the game. Even Ultra or Curved Greatswords are fun to use, but we would recommend starting with Greatswords. You won’t regret it.