The Cleansing Greatshield is a greatshield in Dark Souls.

In-Game Description

The steel greatshield used by Knight Artorias, who succumbed to the Abyss. Artorias, deeply scarred by the Abyss, used this to form a barrier to protect his compatriot Sif. Although this drained the shield, its magic defense remains high.


The Cleansing Greatshield is only available in the Artorias of the Abyss DLC. Upon falling through an illusory floor in the Chasm of the Abyss, Alvina will appear momentarily. She will lead the player past Humanity Phantoms to an illusory wall which hides the room where Sif is trapped. Clear the room of all enemies, then go back to Sif, who will then be able to warp away. Upon doing so, Sif will leave behind the Cleansing Greatshield.


The Cleansing Greatshield has the weakest physical defense of any of the greatshields available. However, its defenses against magic and the other elements are all very good, even for a greatshield. This means that its effectiveness will vary considerably depending on the type of damage a particular boss will deal. It has a heavy deflection and a standard bash attack. A major downside to this shield's use is that upgrading will not raise its stability value, only the damage will be increased.

All things considered however, this is a vastly inferior version to its pristine self, the Greatshield of Artorias, as the latter, though not possessing the same high values as the Cleansing Greatshield, boasts extremely high stability, better Resistance Defenses (as it will block 100% Curse), and negates physical damage entirely, though it does require slightly more Strength and has slightly higher weight.

Resistance DefenseEdit

Along with Physical and Elemental damage reduction, weapons also have hidden stats that reduce the amount of status build-up while blocking.

Resistance Reduction
Aux Bleed 100%
Aux Poison 100%
Def res toxic 100%
Def res cur 0%


Attack Description
Weak Attack
Shield Bash.*
Strong Attack
Slams shield into the ground. Some starting lag.
Weak Attack
Same as one-hand weak attack.
Strong Attack
Same as one-hand strong attack.
Jump Attack Slams shield into the ground.
Running Attack Holds shield up and runs forward, then slams it down at the end.*
Rolling Attack Flips shield upside down and brings it down against the ground.
Kick Push away with the shield.
Weak Attack
Strong Attack
Shield Bash.*

*While shield is up the player is actively blocking


Requires: Twinkling Titanite and 5,000 souls per upgrade.
Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Para str Para dex Para int Para faith Dmgrd phy Dmgrd mag Dmgrd fire Dmgrd lght Dmgrd stbil
Cleansing Greatshield 75 D 80 80 80 70 77
Cleansing Greatshield +1
(Twinkling Titanite ×1)
78 D 80 80 80 70 77
Cleansing Greatshield +2
(Twinkling Titanite ×1)
82 D 80 80 80 70 77
Cleansing Greatshield +3
(Twinkling Titanite ×2)
86 D 80 80 80 70 77
Cleansing Greatshield +4
(Twinkling Titanite ×2)
90 D 80 80 80 70 77
Cleansing Greatshield +5
(Twinkling Titanite ×4)
93 D 80 80 80 70 77


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