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The Old King's Great Hammer is a unique great hammer in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

Great Hammer of the Old Demon King.
This weapon has survived since old Izalith, and is imbued with remnants of the Chaos Flame.
Skill: Molten Perseverance
Anchor weapon in earth to temporarily boost poise, and use strong attack to repeatedly stab earth to trigger molten explosions.

AvailabilityEdit

Obtained by transposing the Soul of the Old Demon King with Ludleth of Courland.

CharacteristicsEdit

Despite being a Great Hammer with no particularly interesting moveset, having the same one as the majority of that of its class, it is one that is capable of great damage and comes with great versatility for both PvE and PvP due its surprisingly useful and quite powerful skill, a certain modified version of Perseverance that fits a weapon wielded by an old demon born of chaos.

When Molten Perseverance is activated, it uses a regular Perseverance, it does not even require more FP when compared to any other weapon with the same skill. However, following it up with a strong attack makes the player hit the hammer into the floor again, causing a small explosion that deals a lot of damage, followed immediately afterward by yet another explosion. Both explosions leave a small pool of lava which deals some extra damage but it lingers only for a short moment.

This means that players can use this skill to suit their needs, using only the regular version of Perseverance or follow up explosions when they see fit. Many players in PvP might not expect a second explosion, and those that roll toward you will be harmed by the pool of lava, so it is a great mean to distance yourself when needed.

It is, however, impossible to not compare this weapon to another that shares similar traits and is truly easier to upgrade, has less requirements, better range, much longer range, and slightly less damage with a similarly powerful skill: the Gargoyle Flame Hammer. It even has a rather powerful skill; however, it doesn't have a lingering Perseverance effect on it like most great hammers, it just activates that effect when using the skill, which granted interrupts incoming attacks, but unless you follow up the attack, you will be staggered.

In the end, though, the Gargoyle Flame Hammer is a weapon for players who aren't really making Strength builds, is versatile when it comes to wielding it, and is definitely a much more powerful choice for eliminating enemies weak to Fire, whereas in any other case, the Old King Great Hammer always wins in damage and versatility in combat.

MovesetEdit

Attack Description
One-handed
Weak Attack
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One-handed
Strong Attack
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Two-handed
Weak Attack
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Two-handed
Strong Attack
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Jump Attack ???
Running Attack ???
Rolling Attack ???
Kick ???
Off-handed
Weak Attack
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Off-handed
Strong Attack
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TriviaEdit

  • The weapon itself, as well as the boss that wields it, seem both like a reference to Dark Souls II's boss, the Old Iron King. He too was a boss that resembled a demon, he dealt mostly Fire damage, and when transposing his soul, you'd obtain a great hammer that when its strong attack was used, it left behind a pool of lava; the one in that game was named Iron King Hammer.
  • The weapon itself obviously resembles the aforementioned Iron King Hammer, only much more withered and molten by heat. Up to a point that it almost resembles bark.

UpgradesEdit

Reinforced with Titanite Scale.

Great Hammers
Dragon ToothGargoyle Flame HammerGreat ClubGreat MaceGreat Wooden HammerLarge ClubMorne's Great HammerOld King's Great HammerPickaxeQuakestone HammerSmough's Great HammerSpiked MaceVordt's Great Hammer

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