5 Best Greatswords in Elden Ring, Ranked

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With the release of Elden Ring, Blade & Soul became one of the most popular MMORPGs to date. The game and its world is filled with opportunities for players looking to get their hands on some really cool weapons. With a plethora of great swords available in-game, we’ve compiled our list below showcasing 5 blades that are sure to be top tier among your fellow warriors.-

The “elden ring weapon tier list” is a ranking of the 5 best greatswords in Elden Ring. The ranking includes stats, pros and cons, and more information about each item.

Greatswords have been a fixture of FromSoftware games since the first Dark Souls. They are hard-hitting yet slow-moving. Many players are attracted to these weapons because of their ability to do massive damage and stun their opponents in only a few blows. There are a broad number of playstyles to consider when constructing a character around this subset of weapons, thanks to the diversity of weapon skills and the recent inclusion of replaceable abilities through Ashes of War. While they are sluggish to swing, nothing beats chopping down your foes with a massive sword. So, which Greatswords in Elden Ring are the best? Take a look at it.

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The Top 5 Greatswords of Elden Ring

We’ll go through the top 5 greatest Elden Ring Greatswords, where to locate them, and how to use all they have to offer in this guide. We’ve ranked them from least to most enjoyable.

5/5

Greatsword of the Banished Knight

1652215700_434_Banished-Knight-Greatsword-1024x576 Banished Knight Greatsword Image: FromSoftware & Bandai Namco Entertainment via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

The Greatsword of the Banished Knight is an excellent all-around weapon for those working on a quality build. Its high Physical attack stats and ability to be imbued with Ashes of War makes it a very versatile weapon.

Stats

This Greatsword has the second highest basic Physical attack stat of any Greatsword, with 142. You’ll need 17 Strength and 9 Dexterity to handle this weapon, which is a realistic demand for a weapon of this magnitude. Because of the low entrance barrier to utilizing a weapon with such a high damage stat, it ranks fifth on this list.

Additionally, the Greatsword of the Banished Knight has a D grade in damage scaling for both Strength and Dexterity. This means it benefits from investments in both Strength and Dexterity stats, which you likely have already been doing if you are focusing on a quality build.

Where to Find the Greatsword of the Banished Knight

This Greatsword may be obtained quite early in the game, which means you can use it right away. It may drop from a defeated Banished Knight, who you’ll meet for the first time at Stormveil Castle. While these foes are difficult to defeat, the prize is well worth the effort.

If you’ve been consistently investing in Strength up to this point in the game, you’ve probably already met the prerequisites to wield it, making it a viable purchase if you have the patience to farm these monsters. Farming these foes is an excellent method to acquire the runes needed to level up and hit the 17 Strength barrier if you don’t quite satisfy the Strength criteria.

How to Make Use of It

The default skill the Greatsword of the Banished Knight comes with is Stamp (Upward Cut). This skill has a twofold effect of bracing and absorbing an enemy hit, then striking upward in retaliation. While this skill is decent, the ability to infuse this Greatsword with Ashes of War means we have a range of better options we can use with it.

We suggest using the Lion’s Claw Ash of War which allows you to perform a somersault that deals heavy damage with the ability to stagger or break the enemy’s stance when it connects. This Ash of War is especially useful on the Greatsword of the Banished Knight because it provides the Heavy affinity to the weapon, making the damage scaling with Strength even higher. To find this Ash of War, you must defeat the Lion Guardian in Fort Gael located in western Caelid. While this foe is fearsome, the reward is well worth it.

4/5

Greatsword of Dark Moon

1652215702_285_Dark-Moon-Greatsword-1024x576 Greatsword of Dark Moon Image: FromSoftware & Bandai Namco Entertainment via HGG / Devin Dornbrock

If you’ve played previous FromSoftware games, you might already be familiar with this weapon as it has had an incarnation in one form or another in almost every FromSoftware game. This staple of a weapon is almost always worth your time as it tends to be one of the stronger weapons in the games it has appeared in. Its appearance in Elden Ring as the Greatsword of Dark Moon is no different.

Stats

With a base Physical attack of 82 combined with a base Magic attack of 98, the Greatsword of Dark Moon is the perfect choice for players who are playing a Strength/Intelligence hybrid build. It has a D grade in damage scaling for both Strength and Dexterity which is bolstered by a C grade in damage scaling for Intelligence.

This Greatsword was designed for Intelligence-based builds that are sick of casting Sorceries. As a result, it has a somewhat high Intelligence need of 38, in addition to the 16 Strength and 11 Dexterity requirements. However, if you’ve met those prerequisites, you’ll have a weapon that can deliver huge magical damage while also forcing your foes to freeze.

Where to Find the Greatsword of Dark Moon

Acquiring the Greatsword of Dark Moon can be quite the task as it is the reward for completing Ranni the Witch’s questline. While fascinating from a story perspective, Ranni’s questline is quite long and complex, meaning it will take some time and patience if your goal is grabbing the Greatsword of Dark Moon.

The good news is that you’ll have more time to improve your Intelligence so you can utilize the Greatsword right away. After fighting Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, the Greatsword may be discovered underneath the Cathedral of Manus Celes.

How to Make Use of It

The Greatsword of Dark Moon comes with its own unique skill: Moonlight Greatsword, named after the form this weapon took in the Dark Souls trilogy. This skill adds 65 Magic damage and 15 Frost build up to the Greatsword when used. It also allows the player to fire a magic projectile when using the heavy attack button.

Aside from the tremendous magic damage potential, the frost build-up is what makes this Greatsword so valuable. Frosting your adversaries and inflicting Frostbite on them may assist players cope with more difficult enemies by providing an additional layer of damage from the status condition.

To take full advantage of Frost’s potential, try dual-wielding the Greatsword of Dark Moon with another weapon that inflicts Frost build up, like the Helphen’s Steeple Greatsword or Death’s Game and watch how fast your enemies get Frostbite.

3/5

Death’s Game

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If you like the idea of having a weapon that can deal magic damage, but lean more to the Dexterity side of things, then Death’s Game may be the best choice for you.

Stats

Coming in with a respectable 123 base Physical attack stat that is complimented by a base 36 Magic attack stat, Death’s Game deals out pierce damage with its wide swings making it a great option for keeping your enemies at a distance.

To wield this Greatsword, you will need 15 Strength, 17 Dexterity, and only 11 Intelligence making it significantly easier to wield than the Greatsword of Dark Moon at the cost of lower magic damage. As such, it scales best with Dexterity with D grades for damage scaling in both Dexterity and Strength, in addition to an E grade in Intelligence.

Where to Find Death’s Game

Death’s Game can be claimed by defeating a Death Rite Bird boss in southern Caelid at night, just to the southeast of the Southern Aeonia Swamp Bank site of grace. This boss, and Caelid in general, can be a dangerous place for those who are unprepared so we recommend waiting until you are at least level 30 before attempting to grab this weapon.

How to Make Use of It

While this Greatsword is a fine weapon for a Dexterity/Intelligence hybrid build in and of itself, its greatest claim to fame is its unique weapon skill: Ghostflame Ignition. The player may use this talent to conduct a sword thrust that culminates with ghostflames enveloping the blade’s tip.

Enemies caught in the flame take damage over time, and the lingering flame can be burst in one of two ways depending on the player’s follow-up attack. A horizontal slash spreads the flame along the ground causing it to damage grounded enemies in front of the player, while a downward strike causes the flame to explode, dealing damage to any enemy in range. The ghostflames inflict frost build-up in addition to the base frost build-up Death’s Game inflicts without having used Ghostflame Ignition.

2/5

Sword of Sacred Relic

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The Sword of Sacred Relic is an incredible Faith-based weapon that suits a hybrid Faith/Dexterity-centric build.

Stats

The basic Physical attack of this Greatsword is 118, while the base Holy attack is 76. It needs a little investment in both Dexterity and Faith to wield, requiring a Dexterity of 24 and a Faith of 22, but it scales damage with a D grade in both.

It also has a low Strength requirement of 14 and scales damage with Strength at an E grade. Overall, this is a very strong and distinct Greatsword. Expect to utilize this weapon on your first playing, however.

Where to Find the Sword of Sacred Relic

In order to acquire the Sword of Sacred Relic, you must trade the Elden Remembrance to Enia, the Finger Reader in Roundtable Hold. The only problem is that the Elden Remembrance is the Remembrance you obtain by defeating the final boss of the game. As such, this weapon is recommended primarily for postgame PvP or a New Game + run.

How to Make Use of It

As you may have guessed, this Greatsword excels at inflicting Holy damage. This is particularly true when considering its one-of-a-kind weapon skill, Wave of Gold. This talent lets the player to throw a wave of golden, holy aura that harms foes in its path, as the name indicates. The wave’s range and breadth are fairly vast, making it ideal for dealing with big groups of adversaries.

 If you are looking for a fast, efficient way to farm runes, take the Sword of Sacred Relic over to Mohgwyn Palace. Just past the Palace Approach Ledge-Road site of grace you will encounter a large group of unassuming Albinaurics. Use Wave of Gold to take them all out in one go and reap your rune reward.

1/5

Blade of Blasphemy

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The gnarly Blade of Blasphemy only just tops the Sword of Sacred Relic for the best Faith-based, and best overall, Greatsword in the game.

Stats

The basic Physical attack value of this terrible sword is 121, while the base Fire attack number is 78. It takes 22 Strength, 21 Faith, and 15 Dexterity to wield, making it ideal for Strength/Faith hybrid builds. Damage is likewise scaled with a D grade across those three metrics.

Where to Find the Blade of Blasphemy

To get the Blade of Blasphemy, you will have to progress far enough in the game to reach the Altus Plateau region and head west towards Mt. Gelmir and the Volcano Manor. Completing this area will see you facing off with Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy.

Upon his defeat, you will receive the Remembrance of the Blasphemous which you can take to Enia, the Finger Reader at Roundtable Hold and exchange for the Greatsword that belonged to Rykard: the Blade of Blasphemy.

How to Make Use of It

Taker’s Flames, the weapon’s unique weapon talent, is what makes this weapon so powerful. When an adversary hits you, this talent restores 10% of your maximum HP plus a base of 150 HP. When you combine this with the sword’s extra Fire damage, you have a weapon that has the potential to turn you into a Tarnished juggernaut.

As an added bonus, this sword heals 4% of max HP plus a base 40 HP on hit when held without even having to use Taker’s Flames. We recommend equipping the Fire Scorpion Charm when using the Blade of Blasphemy in order to boost the Fire damage output of Taker’s Flame. It can be found in Fort Laiedd on the western side of Mt. Gelmir. Use these two in conjunction to become a fire-spewing, health-taking behemoth!

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Have fun gaming!

Further Reading

The “best colossal sword elden ring” is a weapon in Elden Ring that has high damage and a large swing radius. The best weapons are the ones with the highest DPS (damage per second).

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