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Weapon and armor upgrades allow you to reinforce your equipment and apply elemental qualities or specializations to them, ensuring you can make it through the game as enemies will have weaknesses. This section contains an overview of possible reinforcements and modifications as well as lists of farming locations for the Ore required to upgrade items


How do I upgrade Weapons? | How do I upgrade Armor? | What do different Upgrades do? | What is Occult and Divine? | ‍‍Weapons Upgrade Chart:‍‍ | Ore | Embers | Boss Souls: Upgrade Usage

How do I upgrade Weapons?

There are two terms used when referring to weapon upgrades: Reinforcement and Ascension.

Reinforcement refers to incremental upgrades of a weapon state whether that is normal, raw, divine, fire, etc. These incremental upgrades can be performed at any blacksmith (or bonfires provided you have the Weapon Smithbox). Depending on what type and state of weapon you are reinforcing will determine how many souls are needed and what type and quantity of Ore is required.

Ascension is the process of changing the weapon state entirely whether that is to raw, divine, enchanted, lightning, etc. Only blacksmiths can ascend a weapon and they need to have the appropriate Ember. Weapon ascension cannot be done at bonfires. Blacksmiths also give the option to downgrade or descend a weapon back to an unmodified state. This is done in the [Modify Weapon] [[#|menu]]. Once ascended, reinforcement can be continued at any blacksmith (or bonfires provided you have the Weapon Smithbox).


Note:

  • Upgrading a shield in an elemental path will increase its damage reduction for that element, to varying degrees depending on the shield, at the cost of stability.

How do I upgrade Armor?

All blacksmiths can upgrade Armor. Armor upgrades can also be done at a Bonfire after buying an Armor Smithbox.
  • All normal armors are upgraded with normal Titanite, up to a level of +10. This means no colored Titanite is needed.
  • All unique armors are upgraded with Twinkling Titanite, up to a level of +5.
  • Some armors can not be upgraded, but they either have special properties or are already at a fully upgraded level.
  • Armor Smithbox: Armor reinforcement available at bonfires (can be purchased from Andrei under keys, and you must buy each playthrough).


What do different Upgrades do?

Weapons can be reinforced by different crystals or titanite, enabling the player to change the weapon's damage type or attributes. Reinforcing a weapon can also make their damage dependent on a different character stat. See our Upgrades page for detailed information
Icon
Name
Description
Smith Availability
Ore Type
Notes
Requirements
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Normal Weapon
Normal Reinforcement
Anyone
Titanite Shard
Upgrades weapon physical base power, increases stat scaling, weapon can be enchanted with temporary weapon effects.
Any Weapon
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Raw Weapon
Physical Reinforcement
Blacksmith Andrei
Large Titanite Shard
Upgrades weapon physical base power, decreases stat scaling, weapon can be enchanted with temporary weapon effects.
+5 Normal Weapon
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Crystal Weapon
Crystal Reinforcement
Blacksmith Rickert
Giant Blacksmith
Titanite Chunk
Upgrades weapon physical base power. Durability is significantly reduced (10% of original weapon durability). Must keep in good condition as it cannot be repaired.
+10 Normal Weapon
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Lightning Weapon
Lightning Damage reinforcement
Giant Blacksmith
Titanite Chunk
Adds/Upgrades Lightning power. Removes stat scaling.
+10 Normal Weapon
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Magic Weapon
Magic Damage Reinforcement
Blacksmith Rickert
Green Titanite
Adds Magic damage that scales with Intelligence to the weapon, reduces Strength and Dexterity scaling.
+ 5 Normal Weapon
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Enchanted Weapon
Magic Damage Reinforcement
Blacksmith Rickert
Blue Titanite
Increases the Magic weapon's magic damage Intelligence scaling, but reduces the weapons Strength and Dexterity scaling even further.
+ 5 Magic Weapon
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Divine Weapon
Faith Scaling Reinforcement
Blacksmith Andrei
Green Titanite
Adds Magic damage with Faith scaling, decreases Dexterity/Strength scaling. Weapon gains 110 Divine effect. Greatly reduces scaling overall.
+ 5 Normal weapon
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Occult Weapon
Faith Scaling Reinforcement
Blacksmith Andrei
White Titanite Chunk

Adds Magic damage with Faith scaling, decreases Strength/Dexterity scaling. Weapon gains 110 Occult effect. Greatly reduces scaling overall.
+ 5 Divine weapon
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Fire Weapon
Fire Damage Reinforcement
Blacksmith Vamos
Green Titanite
Removes Stat Scaling, Adds fire effect.
+5 Normal Weapon
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Chaos Weapon
Fire Damage Reinforcement
Blacksmith Vamos
Red Titanite
Adds extra scaling with Humanity. Scaling caps at 10 Humanity.
+5 Fire weapon



What is Occult and Divine?

Occult and Divine are two different magic augmented weapon upgrades that scales with faith. Their magic properties are just magic damage, and is identical to any other magic augmented weapon. Their damage outputs are also very similar, but each of the upgrade paths have an added bonus against a select few enemies:
  • Divine weapons have increased damage against Skeletons and Harpies.
  • Occult weapons have increased damage against Black Knights, Silver Knights, Ornstein, Gwyndolin, and Gwyn.
  • Divine weapons will also prevent skeletons from re-assembling while their necromancer is still alive.
    • This is only true for hosts in their own world, meaning that phantoms can't utilize this feature. (confirm?)(True)
  • The number rating given to Occult and Divine indicates the extra percentage of damage it will deal. For example, a weapon with 110 Divine does +10% damage to enemies that take more damage from Divine weapons.

  • Divine means holy damage. Divine weapons, thus, are strong against undead creatures. Deals NO extra damage to invaders.
  • Occult is unholy damage and is strong against Living. For example against silver knights. Deals NO extra damage to hosts.
  • Some weapons have excellent faith scaling when they are Occult, here is a video showing them Occult Weapons that have A or better scaling

‍‍Weapons Upgrade Chart:‍‍


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Ore

Please visit our Titanite Farming page for ideas on where to obtain Ore
Icon
Item Name
Usage
How to Obtain it
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Titanite Shard
Reinforce standard weapons to +5
Reinforce standard armor to +3
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Large Titanite Shard
Reinforce standard weapons to +10, Raw weapons to +5
Reinforce standard armor to +6
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Titanite Chunk
Reinforce standard weapons to +14, Crystal and Lightning weapons to +4
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Titanite Slab
Reinforce standard weapons to +15, Crystal and Lightning weapons to +5, reinforce standard armour to +10
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Green Titanite Shard
Reinforce Magic, Divine, and Fire weapons to +5
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Blue Titanite Chunk
Reinforce Magic weapons to +9, Enchanted weapons to +4
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Blue Titanite Slab
Reinforce Magic weapons to +10, Enchanted weapons to +5
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Red Titanite Chunk
Reinforce Fire weapons to +9, Chaos weapons to +4
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Red Titanite Slab
Reinforce Fire weapons to +10, Chaos weapons to +5
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White Titanite Chunk
Reinforce Divine weapons to +9, Occult weapons to +4
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White Titanite Slab
Reinforce Divine weapons to +10, Occult weapons to +5
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Twinkling Titanite
Reinforces weapons that cannot normally be reinforced
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Demon Titanite
Reinforce weapons made with boss souls to +5
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Dragon Scale
Reinforce Dragon weapons
  • Blighttown bonfire near the treasure chest, etc. Various places in Ash Lake.
  • Trade: Snuggly with Egg Vermifuge
  • Rare Drop: Drakes in The Valley of Drakes.


Embers

Embers are given to blacksmiths so they can grant weapon ascension used in modifying weapons. These items are KEYS. Once you obtain an ember and hand it over to the Blacksmith, he will be able to do that upgrade to any weapon as many times as you want (as long as you have the materials of course) The embers must be acquired again each playthrough!
Icon
Item Name
Item Description
Give to
How to obtain
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Large Ember
Used to modify normal weapons to +10
Ascends +5 standard weapons to Raw weapons
Andrei
Located in the Depths, continue down the path until you reach the kitchen.
There you will find the chest which is located along the back wall behind the table.
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Divine Ember
Ascends +5 standard weapons to Divine weapons
Andrei
After defeating the Moonlight Butterfly, continue across the bridge and up to the top of the tower. A dead blacksmith is clutching it.
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Chaos Flame Ember
Ascends +5 fire weapons to Chaos weapons
Vamos
After killing Ceaseless Discharge and all the Taurus Demons after the lava flows away, you can walk all the way back to where Ceaseless Discharge was standing and roll through the lava to grab the Ember on a corpse.
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Enchanted Ember
Ascends +5 Magic weapons to Enchanted weapons
Rickert
Located at the heart of the Darkroot Garden second area where there are mushrooms. It is stored inside a treasure chest guarded by big mushrooms in shallow water. If you attack a small mushroom it will lead you to the big mushrooms.
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Very Large Ember
Used to modify and reinforce +15 weapons
Andrei
New Londo Ruins: After lowering the water level, go up the staircase found in a corner of the room with the big slime enemy closest to Valley of Drakes. Ember is on the third floor.
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Dark Ember
Ascends +5 divine weapons to Occult weapons
Andrei
This item is found on a stone statue in the Painted World of Ariamis.
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Crystal Ember
Ascends +10 Standard Weapons to Crystal Weapons
Giant
Behind bookshelf in Archives in room with stairs leading down to Crystal Cave
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Large Magic Ember
Ascends Magic Weapons to +10
Rickert
After defeating Seath the Scaleless, return to the area where you first confronted it and open the chest.
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Large Divine Ember
Ascends Divine Weapons to +10
Andrei
Obtained from a dead blacksmith who is among several giant skeletons in Tomb of Giants.
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Large Flame Ember
Ascends Fire Weapons to +10
Vamos
In the Demon Ruins, after descending the great stairs, taking the left path before walking up to the fog-gate will ultimately lead to the Ember.


Boss Souls: Upgrade Usage

These Boss Soul weapons will be available for creation at the +10 upgrade point in their respective weapon types (e.g., the Moonlight Butterfly Spear can be created once a normal spear, such as winged spear or short spear, reaches +10 in their basic upgrade path).
You can craft Boss Soul weapons only in Anor Londo at the Giant Blacksmith.
Name
Details
Soul of the Moonlight Butterfly
Moonlight Butterfly Horn (Upgraded from +10 Spears)
Crystal Ring Shield (Upgraded from +10 Shields)
When consumed: 1200 souls
Soul of Quelaag
Quelaag's Furysword (Upgraded from +10 Curved-swords)
Chaos Blade (Upgraded from +10 Katanas)
When consumed: 8000 souls
Core of an Iron Golem
Dragon Bone Fist (Upgraded from +10 Fists)
Golem Axe (Upgraded from +10 Axes)
When consumed: 12000 souls
Soul of Gwyndolin
Darkmoon Bow (Upgraded from +10 Bows)
Tin Darkmoon Catalyst (Upgraded from Sorcery Catalysts)
When consumed: 16000 souls
Soul of Ornstein
Dragonslayer Spear (Upgraded from +10 Spears)
When consumed: 12000 souls
Soul of Smough
Smough's Hammer (Upgraded from +10 Hammers)
When consumed: 12000 souls
Soul of Sif
Greatsword of Artorias (cursed) (Upgraded from +10 Swords/Great Swords/Daggers)
Greatsword of Artorias (Upgraded from +10 Sword hilt/Broken Sword) (Official strategy guide names this sword True Greatsword of Astoria, and says this one is cursed, and can hit the Ghosts in New Londo ruins)
Greatshield of Artorias (Upgraded from +10 Shields)
When consumed: 16000 souls
Soul of Priscilla
Lifehunt Scythe (+10 whip and halberd based upgrades)
When consumed: 12000 souls
Soul of Gwyn, Lord of Cinder
Great Lord Greatsword (Upgraded from +10 greatswords)
When consumed: 20000 souls
Soul of Artorias
(AotA only)
Abyss Greatsword (Upgraded from +10 greatswords)
When consumed:16000 souls
Soul of Manus
(AotA only)
Manus Catalyst (Upgraded with Sorcery Catalysts)
When consumed:18000 souls

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