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Friede's Great Scythe is a soul-transposed reaper in Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel.

In-Game Description

A great scythe wielded by Sister Elfriede, with a curved blade thinly coated by Painted World frost that easily breaks the guard of shields.
In the painting, the scythe is a symbol of a long-lost home, possibly explaining Elfriede's preference for it.
Skill: Elfriede's Stance
Conjure a magic bladed support scythe into the left hand while the great scythe remains in the right, a stance derived from Elfriede's former swordmanship. Use normal attack to leap forward and swing twice, or strong attack to coat the earth with running frost.

Availability[]

Obtained by transposing the Soul of Sister Friede with Ludleth of Courland for 10,000 souls.

Characteristics[]

Whereas most reapers are designed to keep foes at arm's length away, Friede's Great Scythe breaks the mold by allowing its wielder to employ an aggressive playstyle, making it one of the most unique weapons in the game.

Unlike most reapers, which do full damage when hitting the target with the blade and incur a damage penalty when the target is inside of its arc, Friede's Great Scythe instead does full damage at any range and inflicts increased damage when striking the target at its maximum reach. Additionally, the blade is imbued with Frost, making it the only reaper in the game that builds up Frostbite without having to buff it, as well as one of only four weapons in the game with innate Frost build-up on all of its attacks.

These advantages do not come without drawbacks, however. In order to wield the weapon, players must first invest a non-negligible amount of levels in Faith, which makes the weapon more difficult to build for. Additionally, despite what is listed in the weapon's information, with its normal moveset it cannot inflict Magic damage at all. As such, in regular situations this reaper is little different from the Pontiff Knight Great Scythe.

However, all of this changes when utilizing the weapon's skill, which is what truly sets this weapon apart from its peers. Entering the skill stance brings the support scythe to bear in the off-hand, allowing the completed weapon system to function like paired weapons. The primary scythe will inflict purely physical damage, scaling primarily with the wielder's Dexterity, while the conjured support scythe will inflict purely Magic damage, scaling purely with the wielder's Intelligence. While in this stance, the wielder gains Hyper Armor on all attacks, allowing them to take to the offensive against foes.

In the right hands, Friede's Great Scythe is a powerful and well-balanced weapon that combines range, damage, Frostbite buildup and strong aggressive options into a single package. Care must be taken to utilize it properly, however, as any mistakes made using the weapon can have disastrous consequences.

Moveset[]

Attack Description
One-handed
Weak Attack
Downward slash from left to right, followed by downward slash from right to left.
One-handed
Strong Attack
Brings the scythe around for a roundhouse counter-clockwise slash, followed by a horizontal slash from left to right.
Two-handed
Weak Attack
Horizontal swipe from left to right, followed by swipe in the opposite direction, then brings the scythe around for another swipe from right to left. Further input continues from the first attack in the chain.
Two-handed
Strong Attack
Upward swipe from left to right, followed by horizontal slash from right to left.
Jump Attack Leap into horizontal swipe from left to right.
Two-handed
Jump Attack
Same as one-handed, but holding the weapon in both hands.
Running Attack Brings the weapon around for a fast horizontal swipe from right to left.
Two-handed
Running Attack
Fast downward slash from left to right.
Rolling Attack Quick slash from left to right at waist level.
Two-handed
Rolling Attack
Fast horizontal swipe from right to left.
Kick Standard kick.
Off-handed
Weak Attack
Block.
Off-handed
Strong Attack
Mirrored version of one-handed weak attacks.

Upgrades[]

Upgrade Level Attack Values Aux. Effects Bonuses
Physical Magic Fire Lightning Dark Bleed Poison DSIIIWFrost Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith
Friede's Great Scythe 110 77 45 E B C E
Friede's Great Scythe +1 (Titanite Scale ×1 & 1210 souls) 128 89 45 E B B E
Friede's Great Scythe +2 (Titanite Scale ×2 & 1936 souls) 146 102 45 E B B E
Friede's Great Scythe +3 (Titanite Scale ×4 & 2662 souls) 164 114 45 E A B E
Friede's Great Scythe +4 (Titanite Scale ×8 & 3388 souls) 182 127 45 E A A E
Friede's Great Scythe +5 (Titanite Slab ×1 & 4840 souls) 200 140 45 E A A E

The data displayed above are current as of Patch App 1.15 Regulation 1.35.

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Great Corvian ScytheGreat ScythePontiff Knight Great Scythe
Ashes of Ariandel
Friede's Great Scythe
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