Best Endgame Greatsword in Elden Ring

By Everett Zarnick

Elden Ring plays host to a number of hard to find, niche weaponry scattered about the world which can drastically alter the difficulty of the game, for better or for worse. One of these weapons, which makes the game substantially easier, is the Blasphemous Blade. 

The Blasphemous Blade is a late game greatsword that boasts quality scaling on strength and dexterity, as well as a nice helping of scaling on faith which translates to fire damage. In addition to the sheer power of the damage output, the Blasphemous Blade also saps HP from defeated foes, as well as HP from foes struck with the weapon’s skill, Taker’s Flame. 

Blasphemous Blade - The Best Endgame Greatsword in Elden Ring

Best Endgame Greatsword in Elden Ring
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At a standard reinforcement of +10, which can be done with somber smithing stones, this greatsword boasts nearly 300 physical damage, 191 fire damage, both of which benefit from C Strength, C Dexterity, and B Faith scaling, respectively.  This means that the weapon is absolutely something you need to put some levels around before it comes online. 

Once you do have the levels in F, STR, and DEX to scale this puppy up, you’ll be glad to know the monstrous amounts of damage will be accompanied by a strong amount of poise damage. Some players have even documented being able to stun lock certain bosses in Elden Ring using this weapon, either through its natural R1 / R2 attacks, or through its ability: Taker’s Flame.

Taker’s Flame is reminiscent of the Drake’s Sword R2 in Dark Souls 1 in that it creates a wall of damage that flies outward in a narrow path. Enemies struck by Taker’s Flame are dealt heavy damage, poise damage, and heal the player for a portion of their HP. This ability causes so much poise damage that you can actually use it and follow up with a heavy / standard attack and stun lock many opponents. 

Given the potential for stun locking opponents along with the natural HP sap given to Blasphemous Blade, this weapon is essentially just a PvE monster. At high levels, you can farm through heavy amounts of enemies with natural sustain (Who needs crimson tear flasks?) and destroy boss fights with extreme hits. 

How to Get Blasphemous Blade

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To get this great sword, you need to turn in the Remembrance of the Blasphemous to Enia at the Roundtable Hold. To get the Remembrance of the Blasphemous, you need to defeat Rykard at Mt. Gelmir. The fight itself is technically optional, but since Rykard drops 130k runes and the Remembrance required for the Blasphemous Blade, learning this fight to victory is what every player should do, at least for a first time playthrough. 

Best Build for Blasphemous Blade

The best build for the Blasphemous Blade is somewhat straightforward, but with some optional stats that can be attained to let this Blade’s passive shine. 

Firstly, a player should always push their stats to the soft cap for damage. This means that your strength, dexterity, and faith should all be leveled so that the Blasphemous Blade at +10 will stop gaining at least 1-2 damage per level for each respective stat. 

After that’s done, a player may opt for extra FP through leveling mind or extra HP for leveling vigor. This is for two reasons. First, the extra FP is going to help you get more special attacks off when farming mobs or tearing down bosses. Second, the extra HP will allows you to tank more damage and make more use of the Blasphemous Blade’s inherent sustain. In short, you can opt to tank half of your HP just to heal it back up, which is something you can’t do reliably when it only takes 1-2 swings from a standard mob to kill you. 

As a bonus, players should opt to take advantage of their inherent faith stats and run a sacred seal to pop “Flames give me strength” and “Golden Vow” for extra DPS. 

Conclusion

There are a lot of broken items in Elden Ring at the moment, but Blasphemous Blade makes a mockery out of most of them. This weapon is probably just about  the best greatsword in the game, and can even contend for the fifth best weapon in the entire game as a whole or better. If you’re looking for power, a poise breaker, and utility all rolled into one badass looking weapon, its Blasphemous Blade or bust.