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Zweihander (Dark Souls III)

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The Zweihander is an ultra greatsword in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

Ultra greatsword with a large, long blade. Wielded with two hands, yet still requiring great strength due to its weight.
Execute powerful attacks that take advantage of its weight, or utilize its sharp blade in thrust attacks.
Skill: Stomp
Use one's weight to lunge forward with a low stance and increased poise, and follow with strong attack for an upward slash.


Sold by Greirat for 6,000 souls once he returns from scavenging in the Undead Settlement.


The Zweihander is tied with the Astora Greatsword and the Profaned Greatsword for being the lightest of the ultra greatswords, weighing in at 10 units. When upgraded, its Scaling quickly becomes C/C in Strength/Dexterity, and at +10 and only +10 has a B/C.

The Zweihander is a very good weapon choice for both PvP and PvE. While it does not have any special abilities or innate elemental damage, has average damage for its class and may seem to have mediocre scaling at first, this weapon is very light for its class and features one of the longest reaches of all ultra greatswords (compared to the Greatsword, it has lower damage but much lighter weight and near-equal reach). And, being an ultra greatsword, it shares the same high poise damage and the wide swing arc moves unique to the weapon class, being able to strike and stun multiple targets in just one swing. However, this in turn, also gives the Zweihander the same slow swing movesets of the weapon type, even if the weapon is one of the lightest among its class. Caution must still be taken when using it, especially against enemies that move very fast.

Because of this weapon's weight advantage, players who have not invested much in Vitality are able to wield this weapon properly and still avoid fat-rolling, and, when it comes to PvP, having low weight means it is easy to maintain your Equip Load, and thus allows you to retain your Stamina regeneration. Another thing is that, because it has a C scaling in DEX, characters that have a DEX build can also use this weapon effectively (the Zweihander's scaling stays at C/C for STR/DEX throughout upgrade levels +1 to +9). Adding all these traits together makes the Zweihander a very usable weapon, allowing it to be wielded by a wide variety of character builds and be used in a wide variety of situations.



Zweihänder is a German word which means "Two-Hander", referring to the need to hold the sword in both hands to wield it effectively.


Reinforced with Titanite.


Dark Souls 3 Zweihander - Weapon Arts Showcase00:40

Dark Souls 3 Zweihander - Weapon Arts Showcase

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