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Best Greatswords In Elden Ring Ranked

Massive yet powerful, Greatswords have great potential as one of the strongest weapon types as we explored the five best Greatswords to own in Elden Ring.
Best Greatswords In Elden Ring Ranked

Becoming the mighty Elden Lord requires great Strength, Intelligence, and the right equipment to guide you along the treacherous path throughout The Lands Between. Not all weapons are created equally, as some weapon types find the right balance between speed, power, and precision, like the Greatsword.

Being the most widely used and popular weapon type, the Greatsword has incredible durability against formidable foes, but only a few can stand up to being considered the best to wield. This guide explores all Greatswords available to determine the five best Greatswords and their known locations in Elden Ring.

Five Best Greatswords Ranked In Elden Ring

Greatswords are one of the many weapon types available to players in Elden Ring, which deals massive Physical Attack damage and possesses great Guarded Damage Negation. Unfortunately, like with colossal weapons, it does come at the cost of mobility and equipment load weight which can leave you vulnerable to enemy attacks if you're not careful.

Most Greatswords allow Ashes of War to be applied to fit your build and playstyle; however, in the case of a few Greatswords, this can be mitigated using various Talismans to find the right balance for you. Knowing which Greatsword will work for you can decide how successful you can wield it and how to use its potential to your advantage in PvP and PvE situations.

Let's look at the best Greatsword options you should consider acquiring and adding to your build in Elden Ring:

5. Golden Order Greatsword

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You can use the Ash of War: Establish Order to knock back enemies before inflicting Physical and Holy damage with the weapon and the Ash of War. (Picture: YouTube / RageGamingVideos)

This versatile Greatsword primarily scales with Faith and Dexterity, making it quite a powerful weapon to incorporate into melee Faith builds as it deals terrific Physical Attack damage. What makes this weapon incredibly significant is its Ash of War, Establish Order, which raises the weapon before unleashing an explosion with a follow-up wave inflicting Holy damage.

The damage dealt using this Ash of War can be greatly valuable against enemies and bosses weak to Holy damage and excellent knockback potential, which you can close the gap by dealing pierce damage. As for finding this Greatsword, you'll need to track down the Misbegotten Crusader inside a cave nearby the Cave of the Forlorn Site of Grace located north of the Consecrated Snowfield.

4. Ordovis's Greatsword

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Ordovis's Vortex can knock back enemies and destroy shields if timed correctly. (Picture: YouTube / RageGamingVideos)

Ordovis's Greatsword, which scales with Strength, Dexterity, and Faith, has been buffed in recent updates, thus improving its damage output and viability. Its Ash of War, Ordovis's Vortex, inflicts both Physical and Holy damage and has great Poise damage, which can be helpful when trying to bring down much larger and stronger enemies or enemies utilizing shields.

However, its winding-up time can make you slightly prone to quick attacks, but if timed correctly, this should be fine for players. This Greatsword is dropped by the Crucible Knight Ordovis, who can be found inside Auriza Hero's Grave east of the Capital Outskirts.

3. Marais Executioner's Sword

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The Marais Executioner's Sword has a Weapon Skill that launches a corkscrew attack, dealing Physical and Stance damage to enemies. (Picture: YouTube / RageGamingVideos)

This massive Greatsword, scaling in Strength and Dexterity, may deal less Physical Attack damage than Ordovis's Greatsword but has a Heavy Attack, which slams the weapon down and can be utilized to knock back enemies or inflict damage to larger enemies. Its Attack Power can be increased when paired with certain Talismans that can improve the Skill damage of its Ash of War, Eochaid's Dancing Blade.

This Weapon Skill imbues it with energy which launches a corkscrew attack as it violently spins and inflicts Physical and Stance damage which can be increased should it be charged up. Head to the Altus Plateau and locate The Shaded Castle, where you must defeat Elemer of the Briar to gain this weapon.

2. Dark Moon Greatsword

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The Dark Moon Greatsword is one of the best Intelligence weapons for Magic builds. (Picture: YouTube / RageGamingVideos)

A weapon that has seen many iterations across Soulsborne games found its way into Elden Ring, albeit under a different title, the Dark Moon Greatsword. This weapon scales with Intelligence, Dexterity, and Strength and is considered one of the best Intelligence weapons to acquire due to it dealing Physical and Magic damage.

This Greatsword can cause Frost build-up and has a unique heavy Attack that summons and launches a projectile that deals Stance damage and can be enhanced using various Talismans. Luckily, you don't have to defeat any enemies to acquire it; however, you'll need to progress and complete Ranni's questline, for which she'll drop this Greatsword beside her dead Two Fingers.

1. Blasphemous Blade

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The Blasphemous Blade is the best Greatsword and the best Faith-scaling weapon in-game. (Picture: YouTube / RageGamingVideos)

We have previously detailed this Greatsword, but it's worth giving it another mention just on how powerful this weapon is, scaling in Strength, Dexterity, and Faith, dealing colossal Physical Attack damage. The Blasphemous Blade is a better Faith-scaling weapon to get over the Golden Order Greatsword, the Coded Sword, or any other Faith-based weapon on its base and maxed stats alone.

However, acquiring it is extremely difficult as you must defeat Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, at the Volcano Manor in Mt. Gelmir. You'll gain his Great Rune, but his Remembrance allows you to get the weapon once you've exchanged it with Enia at the Roundtable Hold to acquire the Blasphemous Blade.