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Not to be confused with Weapon Augmentation.

Weapon modification is a gameplay mechanic of Dark Souls.

Weapon modification allows weapons (including shields) to be reinforced in power and/or endowed with special elemental damage, improving their performance against tougher enemies.

Weapon AscensionEdit

At certain reinforcement levels, specific blacksmiths can ascend a weapon. There are numerous ascension paths to choose from. They can change the stat scaling of the weapon, altering its base statistics dramatically, and sometimes add an elemental damage type and/or an auxiliary effect.

The weapon must be at the required level in order to be upgraded down a specific path and some require specific Embers that can be found throughout the world.

StandardEdit

Upgrade Path Standard

Andre of Astora - Undead Parish

Standard +6 requires Standard +5 Weapon and Large Ember
Standard +11 requires Standard +10 Weapon and Very Large Ember

Upgrade Materials

Titanite Shard from +1 to +5
Large Titanite Shard from +6 to +10
Titanite Chunk from +11 to +14
Titanite Slab to +15

RawEdit

Upgrade Path Raw

Andre of Astora - Undead Parish

Raw requires Standard +5 Weapon and Large Ember

Upgrade Materials

Large Titanite Shard from +1 to +5

DivineEdit

Upgrade Path Divine

Andre of Astora - Undead Parish

Divine requires Standard +5 Weapon and Divine Ember
Divine +6 requires Divine +5 Weapon and Large Divine Ember

Upgrade Materials

Green Titanite Shard from +1 to +5
White Titanite Chunk from +6 to +9
White Titanite Slab to +10

OccultEdit

Upgrade Path Occult

Andre of Astora - Undead Parish

Occult requires Divine +5 Weapon and Dark Ember

Upgrade Materials

White Titanite Chunk from +1 to +4
White Titanite Slab to +5

FireEdit

Upgrade Path Fire

Vamos - The Catacombs

Fire requires Standard +5 Weapon
Fire +6 requires Fire +5 Weapon and Large Flame Ember

Upgrade Materials

Green Titanite Shard from +1 to +5
Red Titanite Chunk from +6 to +9
Red Titanite Slab to +10

ChaosEdit

Upgrade Path Chaos

Vamos - The Catacombs

Chaos requires Fire +5 Weapon and Chaos Flame Ember

Upgrade Materials

Red Titanite Chunk from +1 to +4
Red Titanite Slab to +5

MagicEdit

Upgrade Path Magic

Rickert of Vinheim - New Londo Ruins

Magic requires Standard +5 Weapon
Magic +6 requires Magic +5 Weapon and Large Magic Ember

Upgrade Materials

Green Titanite Shard from +1 to +5
Blue Titanite Chunk from +6 to +9
Blue Titanite Slab to +10

EnchantedEdit

Upgrade Path Enchanted

Rickert of Vinheim - New Londo Ruins

Enchanted requires Magic +5 Weapon and Enchanted Ember

Upgrade Materials

Blue Titanite Chunk from +1 to +4
Blue Titanite Slab to +5

LightningEdit

Upgrade Path Lightning

Giant Blacksmith - Anor Londo

Lightning requires Standard +10 Weapon

Upgrade Materials

Titanite Chunk from +1 to +4
Titanite Slab to +5

CrystalEdit

Upgrade Path Crystal

Giant Blacksmith - Anor Londo

Crystal requires Standard +10 Weapon and Crystal Ember

Upgrade Materials

Titanite Chunk from +1 to +4
Titanite Slab to +5

Boss and DemonEdit

Upgrade Path Demon

Giant Blacksmith - Anor Londo

Boss Weapon requries Standard +10 Weapon and corresponding Boss Soul

Upgrade Materials

Demon Titanite from +1 to +5

Weapon ReinforcementEdit

Weapons can be reinforced by any blacksmith NPC, increasing their damage statistics and stability. The player may also do this at any bonfire after purchasing a Weapon Smithbox.

The Weapon Smithbox and all blacksmiths can upgrade any intermediate level of any path not "requiring ascension".  (1 to 5, 7 to 10, 12 to 15).  To upgrade (on any path) past +5 (to +6) requires a blacksmith.  To upgrade (on any path) past +5 (to elemental "+0") requires a blacksmith (see above).  To upgrade (on any path) past +10 (to +11) requires a blacksmith.  (See the list above if you are unsure of which blacksmith specializes in which elemental qualities.)

The Dragon and Unique upgrade paths are not ascension paths and do not require a specific blacksmith.

UniqueEdit

Unique Weapons

Upgrade Materials

Twinkling Titanite from +1 to +5

DragonEdit

Dragon Weapons

Upgrade Materials

Dragon Scale from +1 to +5

DowngradingEdit

Downgrade Weapon

Weapons can be downgraded at any blacksmith, including ones unable to ascend the weapon to its present state (e.g. Andre can downgrade Lightning weapons to +10 base weapons, but he cannot ascend to Lightning.)

A +6 to +10 regular weapon can also be downgraded to a +5 regular weapon, and a +11 or higher weapon to a +10 weapon.

Please note:  Downgrading any weapon to its previous state destroys the upgrading materials in the process.  For example, if you downgrade a Divine Longsword back to its previous state (Longsword +5), you lose the green titanite shard that you spent to upgrade it in the first place.

In other words, the green titanite shard used to upgrade the Longsword can't simply be removed at will, and will never be refunded to you.  It's "spent forever".

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