As their name implies, curved greatswords are very similar to their non-curved counterparts. They’re still large swords that deal heavy damage at the cost of mobility, so the main difference lies in their playstyle. While greatswords tend to focus on thrusting and slashing, curved greatswords favor fluid, sweeping slices that flow a bit more elegantly.
They also scale with Dexterity, so if your favorite Elden Ring build relies on DEX as your primary damaging attribute, you might want to pick up a curved greatsword. They can still be used in a variety of other builds, however. With that in mind, here are our picks for the top five curved greatswords in Elden Ring, where to find them, and how to use them.
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5 Best Curved Greatswords in Elden Ring
Here’s our list of the five best curved greatswords in Elden Ring, ranked from good to best.
Morgott’s Cursed Sword
The weapon used by Morgott, the Omen King just made the ranking on our list of best curved greatswords. It cuts fast and deals Blood Loss damage, making it a deadly weapon for those with the skill to wield it.
It’s not the most powerful curved greatsword, coming in with a respectable 120 base Physical damage. However, it does have great scaling potential with a base C grade in Dexterity damage scaling, a D in Arcane, and an E in Strength. As you can probably tell, this weapon scales best with Dexterity, but also has some room to scale with the Arcane attribute.
The requirements to wield this sword are quite hefty. You need 35 Dexterity, 14 Strength, and 17 Arcane in order to use it. If you have a Dexterity-based build, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem by the mid to late game, even if you still need to drop a few levels into Arcane.
To grab this sword for yourself, you’ll have to first defeat its wielder: Morgott, the Omen King. You fight him at the Elden Throne on your first trip to Leyndell, Royal Capital. Defeating this Shardbearer nets you the Remembrance of the Omen King. Take this Remembrance to Enia the Finger Reader at Roundtable Hold and exchange it for Morgott’s Cursed Sword.
How to Use Morgott’s Cursed Sword
Few status ailments are more powerful in Elden Ring than Blood Loss. A good weapon that can build up Blood Loss on an opponent is invaluable. Once the Blood Loss meter is filled, the target will lose a large chunk of their HP that can wind up fatal in the heat of combat. Morgott’s Cursed Sword is an excellent weapon for this, as it passively builds up the enemies Blood Loss meter on each hit.
Additionally, its Weapon Skill, Cursed-Blood Slice, can pack a powerful punch on top of this. Cursed-Blood Slice has the user charge forward, delivering two bloody slashes that end in a burst of flame. The blood trails left by these slices inflict additional Blood Loss. The combination of Blood Loss and the following burst of flames, along with the sweeping slices of a curved greatsword, makes this weapon able to dish out high amounts of damage over a wide area of effect.
Another weapon of the Omen, the Omen Cleaver offers excellent damage potential across balanced damage scaling. This weapon is ideal in the hands of a build with high Strength, but can also benefit from solid Dexterity as well.
With a whopping base 142 Physical damage stat, the Omen Cleaver boasts the second highest base Physical damage of any curved greatsword. To wield this behemoth, you will need 19 Strength and 16 Dexterity. While this sword has balanced damage scaling across Strength and Dexterity — having a base D grade in each — it’s at its best in a Strength-oriented build.
The Omen Cleaver has a 4% chance to drop from Omen enemies. These enemies can be found in a variety of places, but the earliest you will encounter them is at Stormveil Castle. One is in the courtyard of the castle, just outside the Liftside Chamber site of grace. Omens can be tough enemies early in the game. This one in particular is surrounded by other enemies guarding the castle courtyard. If you want to farm this Omen for its sword, just be aware of the other enemies laying in wait nearby.
How to Use the Omen Cleaver
With its high Physical damage, this sword is a juggernaut when paired with the right skills. Its default Weapon Skill, Spinning Slash, is a great place to start. This skill allows the player to perform a full body swing finishing with a final downward slash. It hits at a wide range, making it good for hitting a group of enemies.
If you’re planning to go all-in on Strength, try equipping the Omen Cleaver with the War Cry Ash of War. This Ash of War adds the Heavy affinity to the sword, giving it an increase in Strength damage scaling. It also allows the player to perform the War Cry skill which gives a 10% damage boost for 20 seconds. This is a great pairing if you are looking to maximize your damage output.
Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword
Looking to add some Fire to your build? The Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword is a heavy-hitting, fire-spewing, beefy Strength/Faith build’s dream.
This monster of a weapon may only have a base 114 Physical attack stat, but it’s supplemented by a base 74 Fire attack stat. It has excellent scaling in Strength with a base C grade, while still having a decent base D grade scaling in both Dexterity and Faith. The requirements to wield this weapon are a bit hefty, as you’ll need 24 Strength, along with 15 Dexterity and 18 Faith to do so.
The Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword is dropped by the boss Magma Wyrm Makar. The beast is in the Ruin-Strewn Precipice in the very northern reaches of Liurnia of the Lakes. To reach this boss, you’ll want to follow the narrow, northern finger of the lake through a ravine until you reach the Ravine-Veiled Village. From here, follow the path that ascends the cliffside until you reach the Ruin-Strewn Precipice site of Grace. Just ahead is the boss. Defeat it and claim your sword.
How to Use the Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword
Imbued with magma, this weapon is excellent for dealing Fire damage to foes. You’ll get the most out of this sword as a hybrid Strength/Faith build, as its Fire damage scales with Faith. Not only does it hit hard on its own, its Weapon Skill, Magma Guillotine, adds an extra fiery punch. When used, this skill has the player grip the sword horizontally with both hands, then leap forward and slam it into the ground. On impact, it creates a burst of magma around the area of impact and leaves a pool of it behind. Enemies caught in the pool take additional fire damage.
For an additional boost in fire damage, try using the Flame, Grant Me Strength Incantation. This Incantation raises both Physical and Fire attack power for 30 seconds. This is a fantastic combo with the Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword since it already deals high Physical and Fire damage.
Onyx Lord’s Greatsword
Strength and Intelligence builds rejoice! One of the best curved greatswords in the game is perfect for you. It also has a passive ability that can be deadly to certain enemies.
Much like the Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword does with Fire damage, the Onyx Lord’s Greatsword adds an extra punch of Magic damage to its base attack. It starts with 118 Physical attack damage, plus a base 76 Magic attack stat. This makes for a powerful Strength/Intelligence hybrid weapon!
It does require a bit of investment to wield — 20 Strength, 16 Dexterity, and 16 Intelligence, to be precise — but that’s a small price to pay, all things considered. It scales best with Strength and Intelligence, having a base D grade in both, as well as a base E grade in Dexterity.
You won’t be able to find this weapon until later in the game, after you have access to the Altus Plateau. Once you access this area, head to the southwest of Leyndell, Royal Captial. Here, you’ll find the Sealed Tunnel. Make your way through the tunnel and eventually you’ll encounter the boss of the area, the Onyx Lord. Defeat this boss and he will drop his weapon, the Onyx Lord’s Greatsword.
How to Use the Onyx Lord’s Greatsword
This is an excellent weapon for keeping your enemies at a distance. The unique Weapon Skill of the Onyx Lord’s Greatsword, Onyx Lord’s Repulsion, utilizes Gravity magic to keep enemies at bay. Using the skill has the player thrust the sword into the ground, creating a gravity well that both damages enemies and sends them flying back. Combined with its long reach as a curved greatsword, this weapon can easily hold off hordes of enemies.
There is an additional passive effect this weapon has which sets it apart from its counterparts. The Onyx Lord’s Greatsword deals a bonus 20% damage to Gravity-type enemies. These enemies include:
- Onyx Lords
- Alabaster Lords
- Astel, Naturalborn of the Void
- Astel, Stars of Darkness
- Fallingstar Beast
- And the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast
Most of these enemies are late game bosses. So, if you want to have an easier time in the late game, we suggest picking up the Onyx Lord’s Greatsword.
By far the best curved greatsword in the game is the Bloodhound’s Fang. Not only is it capable of causing Blood Loss buildup, but it has a great base damage stat and high damage scaling. Best of all, it can be acquired pretty early in the game, meaning this sword can carry you through your entire playthrough.
With 141 base Physical attack damage, the Bloodhound’s Fang has one of the highest base Physical attack stats of any curved greatsword. It is best suited for a Strength/Dexterity hybrid build. While it needs 18 Strength and 17 Dexterity to wield, it actually scales best with Dexterity, given its base C grade while having a base D grade in Strength. Regardless, it is an overall fairly balanced weapon between Strength and Dexterity. The ideal for a curved greatsword.
The Bloodhound’s Fand can be found fairly early on in your journey if you’re bold enough to take on a tricky boss. Head towards the southern portion of Limgrave, just to the south of Lake Agheel. Here, you will find the Forlorn Hound Evergaol. Enter the Evergaol and you will face off against Bloodhound Knight Darriwil. This can be a tough boss for players in the early game because of its fast movements, long reaching attacks, and Blood Loss buildup. However, defeating this boss nets you the amazing Bloodhound’s Fang. If you have the perseverance, this is definitely a worthwhile endeavor.
How to Use the Bloodhound’s Fang
For being a greatsword, the Bloohound’s Fang is incredibly fast and allows for an agile playstyle. Its sweeping light and heavy attacks are supported by an awesome Weapon Skill, Bloodhound’s Finesse. This skill has the player perform an upward slash followed by a backward somersault that puts distance between the player and the enemy. Follow up this attack with another heavy attack and you’ll perform the Bloodhound’s Step, allowing you to warp to the enemy’s position and perform another slash.
The other boon the Bloodhound’s Fang offers is its ability to inflict Blood Loss on the enemy. Blood Loss is one of the best status effects in the game because it allows you to take off a substantial chunk of your enemy’s HP once the buildup meter is maxed out. This is great for tough boss fights as it allows you to chip away at their HP until that meter fills and you inflict Blood Loss, ripping away a bonus portion of their HP. Having this ability on a weapon from an early point in the game is invaluable.
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