Raw is available as an upgrade path for blacksmith Andre of Astora after he is given the Large Ember. Uniquely for an ascension path, Raw requires only Large Titanite Shards as upgrade materials, as well as a standard weapon +5 and the requisite souls.
Unfortunately, this upgrade path was most likely not finished:
- All upgrade paths, except Raw, end at the "same level" as Normal +15 and need a slab. Raw ends at the "same level" as Normal +10 and doesn't require a slab.
- All upgrade paths unlocked at normal +5, except Raw, have a max level of +10 and need an ember to go from +5 to +6. Raw ends at +5 and has no ember.
This may be why Raw is the weakest upgrade path in the game.
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