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For a list of weapons that start on the standard path, see Standard Weapons.
For the Dark Souls II version, see Standard (Dark Souls II upgrade path).

Standard is an upgrade path in Dark Souls.


The Large Ember grants access to Standard +6

The Very Large Ember grants access to Standard +11

Intermediate standard upgrades (+0 to +5, +6 to +10, and +11 to +15) are available through all blacksmiths and the Weapon Smithbox item.

Andre of Astora is the only blacksmith who has the ability to ascend standard items from +5 to +6 and from +10 to +11, after being given the Large Ember and the Very Large Ember, respectively.


Most weapons can be upgraded on the standard path, but not all. Standard upgrades cannot be performed on weapons which are by default bound to special paths, such as Unique or Dragon weapons, or on (former) standard weapons that have been ascended to another upgrade path. However, a blacksmith can downgrade some ascended weapons back to standard (souls and materials previously expended are permanently lost).


Upgrading to +11

Standard upgrades improve the weapon's base damage as well as the scaling it receives from Strength and/or Dexterity, unlike Raw Upgrades. For Strength and Dexterity builds, standard upgrades are the best choice in the long run for this reason. Although the Crystal path technically creates weapons with greater damage output, crystal weapons cannot be repaired and are therefore only effective in the short term; normal weapons can be used indefinitely as long as they are repaired.

All standard weapons (minus certain categories that are never enchantable, such as Bows and Crossbows) may be augmented.