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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?

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 Andre under keys, and you must buy each playthrough).

 

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

 

Weapons Upgrade Chart:

Weapons Upgrade Guide



Ore

 

Ore

 

Ore are Items used in the upgrading of weapons and armor. Some ores can be fed to Kingseeker Frampt, and then broken down into smaller variants.
Please visit the Titanite Farming page for ideas on where to obtain Ore.

 

Icon & Name Usage How to Obtain it
Titanite Shard
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

 

Embers are given to blacksmiths so they can grant weapon ascension used in modifying weapons. These items are listed as keys. Once you obtain an ember and hand it over to the qualified 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 & Name Details Blacksmith
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Large Ember
Depths. Found in a chest behind the first Butcher in the kitchen.
  • Modify +5 Normal weapons into +10 Normal.
  • Modify +5 Normal weapons into +5 Raw.
Andre
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Very Large Ember
New Londo Ruins. After lowering the water level, go up the staircase found in a corner of the room with the Mass of Souls closest to Valley of Drakes. Ember is on the third floor.
  • Modify +10 Normal weapons into +15 Normal.
Andre
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Divine Ember
Darkroot Garden. After defeating the Moonlight Butterfly, continue across the bridge and up to the top of the tower. The ember is held by a petrified Blacksmith.
  • Modify +5 Normal weapons into +5 Divine.
Andre
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Large Divine Ember
Among several giant skeletons inside a tomb, in Tomb of Giants, above the first bonfire. The ember is held by a petrified Blacksmith.
  • Modify +5 Divine weapons into +10 Divine.
Andre
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Dark Ember
Found after unlocking the Annex in Painted World of Ariamis. The ember is held by a petrified Blacksmith.
  • Modify +5 Divine weapons into +5 Occult.
Andre
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Large Magic Ember
The Duke's Archives. After defeating Seath the Scaleless, return to the archives where you first confronted it and open the chest.
  • Modify +5 Magic weapons into +10 Magic.
Rickert
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Enchanted Ember
Located at the heart of the Darkroot Garden, between the cats and Alvinas' tower. It is stored inside a treasure chest, in shallow water, guarded by big mushrooms. If you attack a small mushroom it will lead you to the big mushrooms.
  • Modify +5 Magic weapons into +5 Enchanted.
Rickert
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Crystal Ember
The Duke's Archives. Behind some bookshelves in the archives, in the room with stairs leading down to the garden and the Crystal Cave.
  • Modify +10 Normal weapons into +5 Crystal.
Giant Blacksmith
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Large Flame Ember
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.
  • Modify +5 Fire weapons into +10 Fire.
Blacksmith Vamos
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Chaos Flame Ember
Demon Ruins. After killing Ceaseless Discharge, and then all the Taurus Demons after the lava flows away below. The Ember is on a corpse in the former lava bed.
  • Modify +5 Fire weapons into +5 Chaos.
Blacksmith Vamos

 




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