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For the Dark Souls variant, see Bastard Sword.

The Bastard Sword is a greatsword in Dark Souls II.

In-Game Description

A standard greatsword.
Heavy greatswords are designed to be wielded two-handed.
Normally swung in large arcs and effective against multiple foes, be wary that such attacks leave the wielder wide open.



The Bastard Sword is a fairly strong greatsword that is available near the start of the player's journey.

The low stat requirement and ease of access generally gives the Bastard Sword the role of an early-game weapon that is only used until it can be switched for a stronger weapon. Despite this, it can still hold its own in the late-game due to its relatively high damage output. This is especially true for Intelligence/Faith-focused builds, if they cannot handle heavier weaponry.

It has the same moveset as the Claymore, save for the strong attacks, which are overhead swings instead of thrusts. The fast attacks combine with the high Poise break to allow the weapon to stagger most enemies, including PvP opponents, with ease.

Although the Claymore may be considered better, the Bastard Sword's only true weakness is the absence of any easy-to-use thrust, being limited to the rolling attack.


Attack Description
Weak Attack
Sweeping slash from right to left, further input sweeps left to right.
Strong Attack
A strong downward slam
Weak Attack
Faster sweep from right to left, additional input sweeps left to right.
Strong Attack
Stronger, faster sweep from right to left, further input sweeps left to right.
Jump Attack Leaps into the air and stabs the sword into the ground.
Running Attack Swings sword in a full circular sweep, from left to right.
Rolling Attack Thrusts the sword forward.
Kick Guard Break
Weak Attack
Guard. Same as right hand.
Strong Attack
Guard. Same as right hand.


  • Upgraded with Titanite.
  • Bastard Sword+10 has 280 base damage and C/C/-/-/-/- scaling.


Dark Souls 2 Bastard Sword Tutorial (dual wielding w power stance)03:39

Dark Souls 2 Bastard Sword Tutorial (dual wielding w power stance)

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