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Dark souls 3 quality weapons. What is the best quality weapon for ds3 that doesn't require heavy stat investments (edited by Git gud kid) Dark Souls III. VIEW OLDER REPLIES. Destiny 2 Review / Gamplay by Mtashed: I had to mass edit all of my descriptions due to an annoying copyright claim. Sorry I can't provide accurate info for. Been ages since I played DkS3 but if I recall correctly, the Longsword and Claymore are two of the best. You can gem infuse (Refined?) and transform Dexterity and Strength weapons into Quality weapons though.

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The Dark Souls series has reached a steadfast conclusion with the release of The Ringed City for Dark Souls 3, set to be the last downloadable expansion and additional chapter added to the franchise for quite some time. While it’s true that we’ll certainly miss all the challenging boss encounters, beautifully detailed environments, and fan-interpreted lore Dark Souls has brought us over the years, the good news is that Dark Souls 3 went out with a bang. It brought a new set of weapons for players to dig into over the coming months.

Like the first downloadable expansion Ashes of Ariandel, The Ringed City introduces some pretty unique weaponry into Dark Souls 3 which can be used by players on existing character builds or inspire entirely new builds. Here are some of our favorites from the DLC, along with how you can obtain them for yourself.

Needless to say, but there are minor spoilers beyond this point.

Frayed Blade

Easily one of the best weapons added to Dark Souls 3 in The Ringed City expansion, the Frayed Blade is now considered to be one of the best main weapons for players interested in pursuing a pure dexterity build revolving around katanas. Since the Frayed Blade shares the same basic moveset as most katanas available in Dark Souls 3, it retains the damage potential and speed needed for PvP while being able to dish out plenty of damage against bosses in PvE combat. Plus, thanks to its weapon art, it can tear into enemies with a series of quick slashes or a shockwave that travels in a linear path in front of you.

Obtaining this weapon is one of the most difficult things to do in The Ringed City DLC since it requires you to defeat Darkbringer Midir and transpose his soul into the weapon. You’ll find him behind an illusionary wall off the elevator near the Ringed Inner Wall bonfire and down a massive pit that leads into a lake.

Ringed Knight Paired Greatswords

If you’re planning to build a completely new character for The Ringed City, these are the weapons you’ll want to grab for yourself due to the insane amount of damage potential they offer if your character attributes line up with the requirements. These paired ultra greatswords focus on combo attacks, building up ludicrous amounts of damage with each successful hit, much like the dexterity-based Farron Greatsword from the base game. The weapon art also allows you to cross them together, igniting a short flame bonus which can be paired with a regular attack for additional damage. Keep in mind though that these weapons are easy to predict due to their slow movement, so you’ll have to get creative in PvP engagements.

Unlike most of the other Ringed Knight equipment which you must farm from enemies, the Ringed Knight Paired Greatswords can be found as a drop from the Ringed Knight carrying them right before the cathedral housing the Halflight, Spear of the Church boss encounter.

Gael’s Greatsword

The weapon of the final boss you’ll ever cross paths with in the Dark Souls series, Gael’s Greatsword is a powerhouse designed for players who are interested in a strength-based weapon with the potential for quick attacks that catch your enemies off guard. While it shares a few of the same basic moves with your average, everyday greatsword, Gael’s Greatsword gives you access to a series of quick, overhead and sweeping slashes which can catch your opponent by surprise while you swing away at them in the meantime. What’s great about this weapon is that you’ll also get access to a weapon art Blade of Peril, giving you the ability to perform Gael’s signature leap and slam attack to deal massive amounts of damage. It may be difficult to land, but the tradeoff is worth it.

To get a hold of Gael’s Greatsword for your own collection, you’ll actually have to complete The Ringed City entirely and obtain his soul from the final boss fight. Then, simply head back to Firelink Shrine and transpose his soul for the weapon.

Repeating Crossbow

Despite being a relatively weak ranged weapon, the Repeating Crossbow serves as one of the more interesting weapons in Dark Souls 3 because of the potential it has in the hands of a good player. While many might dismiss it due to the basic attacks doing little more damage than the standard Short Bow, the weapon art Repeat Fire offers a dangerous damage opportunity for those who use it correctly. When paired with Lightning or Exploding Bolts, Repeat Fire allows you to throw a barrage of bolts which can build up bleed and stun to lock your enemies down with. Even though it consumes ammunition like a wood chipper, it’s a unique ranged weapon for those interested in giving it a shot.

Like Gael’s Greatsword, the Repeating Crossbow requires you to complete the final boss encounter of The Ringed City and obtain Gael’s soul as a reward. Then, head back to Firelink Shrine and transpose his soul to receive the weapon.

Harald Curved Greatsword

Even though it may be relatively easy to dismiss the Harald Curved Greatsword at first glance because its damage potential doesn’t surpass the Exile Greatsword you can obtain outside of Farron Keep, this beauty has a few tricks up its sleeve worth spending some time with. It may be slower and have less damage potential from a statistical standpoint, but this decorated blade has a much longer range and more useful weapon art which can give you an edge in combat against enemies or other players. Provided you have a decent amount of stamina, you can use Sever to continuously slash at your enemy like the warriors of the Harald Legion you encounter throughout the Ringed City. Not only does it lock enemies down, but it intimidates them too since it’s difficult to hit you from the front while using this chain attack.

To find the Harald Curved Greatsword, head to the Earthen Peak Ruins bonfire and then into the poison swamp through the broken castle. On the back-right end of the swamp, look for a small area with a member of the Harald Legion standing guard. The greatsword will be on a corpse nearby for the taking.

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If you’re interested in seeing any additional weapons added within the DLC or the movesets of the weapons on this list, you’ll find them above.

Aside from the most hardcore players, equipment choice will greatly affect your Dark Souls 3 experience.

Fortunately the game gives us lots of gear to mix and match according to our preferences. Lego ninjago snake sets.

These choices ultimately combine with stat distribution, infusions, buffs, and weapon upgrades to form what we like to call “builds”. Many players will opt into a melee playstyle to defeat their enemies by wielding swords, spears, axes, and more.

While you can reasonably use any number of weapons to complete the game, there are some picks that just stand a cut above the rest.

In this article I’ll focus on what I think are the best choices for players who want to get down and dirty in melee.

The weapons considered here will generally perform well in one or more of the following areas: solo/cooperative play against AI and bosses (PvE), player versus player combat (PvP), or a combination of both.

Now here’s my list of the best weapons you’ll want to “git gud” playing Dark Souls 3.

NOTE: Some of the listed weapons require Soul Transposition, which you access through Ludleth at Firelink Shrine. To get this option you’ll need to acquire the Transposing Kiln by defeating the Curse-Rotted Greatwood optional boss in the Undead Settlement.

15. Farron Greatsword

How to get: Craft via Soul Transposition with the Soul of the Blood of the Wolf, which you get after defeating the Abyss Watchers.

This unique ultra greatsword comes in the form of a dagger and greatsword pair.

It has one of the most aesthetically pleasing movesets with combos that let you flip and twirl between swings.

The Farron Greatsword works best with quality builds(which allocate 40 points in both Strength and Dexterity), though it performs well enough with pure Dexterity builds too.

For PvE its exaggerated sweeping attacks let you take on multiple enemies with ease.

However, the moveset often leaves you vulnerable to parries in PvP, making it a comparatively lackluster option.

14. Dark Sword

How to get: Dropped by Darkwraiths which you can easily find at High Wall of Lothric and Farron Keep.

Next up we have a straight sword that swings and hits like a greatsword.

This weapon was notoriously overpowered at the game’s release but has since received adjustments.

Even with these changes, the Dark Sword is still potent in both PvE and PvP. It works best with a Heavy infusion for Strength builds but also performs well with a Refined infusion for quality builds.

13. Black Knight Greataxe

How to get: Dropped by Black Knights wielding a Greataxe.

A fantastic choice for PvE, the Black Knight Greataxe features high damage, wide range, and a varied moveset.

It works best with a Refined infusion on quality builds due to its Strength and Dexterity scalings.

On top of that, its Weapon Art (Warcry) gives you another 10% damage boost for even more hurt! Like other Black Knight weapons, it also deals a bonus 20% damage to demons which is pretty nice.

12. Estoc

How to get: Characters that start as the Assassin class automatically get the Estoc. Others can purchase it for 3,000 souls from Greirat in Firelink Shrine after releasing him from his cell in High Wall of Lothric.

A great choice for sword-and-board—that is, fighting with a sword and shield.

Of all the straight swords, the Estoc boasts the best thrusting attacks and high damage output.

In PvP its fast moveset combines with deceptively long range to make you a truly terrifying opponent.

For the best results, infuse with either a Sharp or Refined gem, for a Dexterity or quality build respectively.

11. Moonlight Greatsword

How to get: Crafted via Soul Transposition using the Soul of Consumed Oceiros and 10,000 souls. You’ll need to defeat Oceiros, the Consumed King first.

A greatsword for Intelligence builds.

Characters should have enough Strength to comfortably wield it, but for best results make sure to pump up that Intelligence.

The Moonlight Greatsword cannot be infused or buffed, though this weapon already does split physical and magic damage.

With enough practice you can even weave its Weapon Art skill with normal swings to spike your damage output.

10. Long Sword

How to get: Characters that start as the Knight class automatically get this weapon. Others can get it as a drop from Hollow Soldiers at High Wall of Lothric, or you can purchase it from Greirat in for 1,000 souls.

From start to finish, the Long Sword can last you through most any PvE and PvP situations.

Best used with a shield, it has good attack range and a quick moveset that lets you dodge and weave between hits.

The Long Sword’s versatility lets it work well with many builds, though a Refined infusion would make the most of its base stats.

I personally start my characters with a Long Sword when I can. And I only ever switch it out in favor of one other weapon for sword-and-board.

9. Fume Ultra Greatsword

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How to get: Dropped by Knight Slayer Tsorig, located under the Smoldering Lake.

Slow and steady wins the race.

That’s the story of this weapon which has the honor of being the heaviest ultra greatsword in the game.

Each swing boasts massive power and range, and it has a thrust attack that doubles as a knockdown for smaller enemies.

It even lets you block to passable results even without a shield.

Unsurprisingly the Fume Ultra Greatsword works best with a pure Strength build (though it cannot be infused).

8. Yhorm’s Great Machete

How to get: Crafted through Soul Transposition using the Soul of Yhorm the Giant, acquired after defeating Yhorm the Giant.

The big daddy of big daddy weapons!

Yhorm’s Great Machete has the highest damage of all great hammers and greataxes.

What makes it so great compared to other heavy weapons is that it has an obscenely large hitbox on top of a relatively quick swing speed despite its size.

Yhorm’s Great Machete makes for a monstrous choice in both PvP and PvE. It’s practically a must-have for any Strength-focused build.

7. Sellsword Twinblades

How to get: The Mercenary class gets the Sellsword Twinblades as a starting weapon. For everyone else, head over to the Halfway Fortress bonfire in the Road of Sacrifices; the Twinblades will be in a hallway past the Black Knight near the entrance to the keep.

These blades combine quick strikes with a fluid moveset, making them one of the best weapons for a pure Dexterity build.

Make sure to infuse it with Sharp for the best results so you can just slice and dice your way through any PvE content.

The short range may prove disadvantageous in PvP, but you can still shred opponents with a thorough understanding of your hitbox and timing your dodges precisely.

6. Profaned Greatsword

How to get: After defeating Pontiff Sulyvahn, crafted via Soul Transposition using the Soul of Pontiff Sulyvahn and 3,000 souls.

The Profaned Greatsword is a personal favorite of mine for both PvE and PvP.

It hits super hard and has a moveset that combos very nicely with dodge rolls and thrust attacks.

Unfortunately you can’t buff or infuse this weapon, but its Weapon Art Profaned Flame offsets that by giving it a significant fire damage buff for about a minute or so.

The Profaned Greatsword reaches peak damage levels with a quality build, though it can still perform fine with pure Strength builds too.

5. Ringed Knight Paired Greatswords

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How to get: In The Ringed City DLC, defeat the Ringed Knight near the cathedral.

What’s better than one greatsword?

Two greatswords!

The Ringed Knight Paired Greatswords are notoriously effective in PvP, especially against anyone who lacks experience with the pair’s moveset.

Potential users are highly encouraged to stack enough poise to keep stagger chains going, though many non-greatsword matchups will already be in your favor.

Understanding hit range and windows for opponents to dodge your attacks will be crucial to using these swords effectively.

4. Claymore

How to get: Found at High Wall of Lothric, on the plateau with the perched fire-breathing dragon. Also dropped by enemies wielding claymores in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley.

The Claymore is a versatile weapon that works with Strength, Dexterity, and quality builds—just make sure to infuse it with the right gem.

Out of all the greatswords I’d say it arguably gives the most balanced mix of range, damage, and speed, along with a great moveset.

In PvP its thrust attacks make it potent for wearing down a foe and dodging.

The Claymore also swings quickly enough for a greatsword while potentially staggering enemies, making it a great choice for most PvE content.

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3. Astora Greatsword

How to get: Loot it off a corpse in the graveyard near the Cleansing Chapel in the Cathedral of the Deep area.

The Astora Greatsword holds the title of lightest ultra greatsword in the game, which inherently gives its users more flexibility in allocating attributes and equipment choice.

In combat, expect lower stamina consumption compared to other ultra greatswords while benefitting from similarly long reach.

It works best with a Sharp infusion for Dexterity builds, although quality build players can still get a lot of mileage from infusing this weapon with Refined.

In PvP its charge Weapon Art can be a source of devastating damage so make use of it when you can.

2. Hollowslayer Greatsword

How to get: After defeating the Curse-Rotted Greatwood, crafted via Soul Transposition with the Soul of the Rotted Greatwood and 1,000 souls.

The Hollowslayer is a personal favorite in the greatsword category.

It deals an additional 20% damage against hollowed enemies, which makes it particularly fantastic in PvE since most creatures in the game are, in fact, hollow.

This weapon works marvelously with quality builds and is arguably the best greatsword for it.

However, pure Strength and Dexterity builds would have better options earlier in this list(like the weapon right above this one).

Dark Souls 3 Quality Weapons

Due to its surprisingly quick moveset, players can comfortably wield it 1-handed with a shield for some extra defense, or just go 2-handed for maximum damage; the former setup can be very potent in PvP.

1. Lothric Knight Sword

How to get: Dropped by Lothric Knights found in the High Wall of Lothric, the Grand Archives, and Lothric Castle.

This is my weapon of choice for most of my Dark Souls 3 experience (and my go-to replacement for the Long Sword).

The Lothric Knight Sword has been a reliable pick since the game first released, and for good reason.

It has great scaling for Sharp, Refined, and even Blessed infusions, though it marginally performs best with pure Dexterity builds.

In combat, the Lothric Knight Sword’s thrust attacks give it a longer reach compared to other weapons in the category.

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Sword-and-board is the typical loadout for it, though you’ll have some choice here. The moveset encourages a fast attacking, calculated playstyle of wearing down opponents. Though some may go with the option of getting a bit more reckless while wielding it two-handed.

The icing on the cake: it even has an above-average critical modifier.

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Overall the Lothric Knight Sword is a fast, powerful, and versatile sword that will serve anyone well in both PvE and PvP.

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