Cleansing Greatshield
Cleansing Greatshield +5

physical_damage_dark_souls.jpg 93 icon_dmg_cbonus.png 100
magic_damage_dark_souls.jpg - stability_dark_souls.jpg 77
fire_damage_dark_souls.jpg - durability_dark_souls 300
lightning_damage_dark_souls.jpg - weight_dark_souls 14.5
Requirements & Bonus
strength_dark_souls.jpg dexterity_dark_souls.jpg intelligence_dark_souls.jpg faith_dark_souls.jpg
31 -
Weapon Type Greatshield
Attack Type Strike
Enchantable Yes
Special No

"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."

Acquired from:




  • Upon falling through an illusory floor in the Chasm of the Abyss, you will see Alvina appear momentarily. She will lead you past giant Humanities 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, he will leave behind the Cleansing Greatshield.
  • You can still free Sif and obtain the shield after defeating Manus father of the Abyss.
  • Upgrading this shield will not raise Stability, only its Attack.
  • Upgrades with Twinkling Titanite to +5.
  • Artorias has a sect of strong followers that took upon his combative techniques and ways of fighting the Abyss named The Abyss Watchers in DS3.



Cleansing Greatshield Upgrade Table

Unique Upgrades are performed by any Blacksmith or by using the Weapon Smithbox.
To reach max, you need: 25000  souls and 10 twinkling_titanite_dark_souls Twinkling Titanite.

  Attack Values Parameter Bonuses Damage Reduction (%) Stability
Great Shield of Artorias physical_damage_dark_souls.jpg magic_damage_dark_souls.jpg fire_damage_dark_souls.jpg lightning_damage_dark_souls.jpg strength_dark_souls.jpg dexterity_dark_souls.jpg intelligence_dark_souls.jpg faith_dark_souls.jpg physical_defense_dark_souls.jpg magic_defense_dark_souls.jpg fire_defense_dark_souls.jpg lightning_defense_dark_souls.jpg stability_dark_souls.jpg
Regular 75 - - - D - - - 80 80 80 70 77
Regular +1 (1xtwinkling_titanite_dark_souls) 78 - - - D - - - 80 80 80 70 77
Regular +2 (1xtwinkling_titanite_dark_souls) 82 - - - D - - - 80 80 80 70 77
Regular +3 (2xtwinkling_titanite_dark_souls) 86 - - - D - - - 80 80 80 70 77
Regular +4 (2xtwinkling_titanite_dark_souls) 90 - - - D - - - 80 80 80 70 77
Regular +5 (4xtwinkling_titanite_dark_souls) 93 - - - D - - - 80 80 80 70 77 





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    • This shield is pretty ass. It's horrible physically and it's stability is low for a greatshield. It's got pretty good elemental and magic defense but there are better shields for those.

      The Blacknight shield has way better fire defense and the Greatshield of Artorias has equal fire defense and more stability.

      The eagle shield has better stability upgraded, better weight requirements, and better magic defense.

      The stone greatshield also has equal magic defense and better stability.

      Havels is good at everything of course

      Really the only situation you'd use this is where you need higher stability than the crest shield and high magic defense smd you don't care about physical defense. but you also only have enough strength for this grestshield but not the stone greatshield.

      That's incredibly specific

      • Anonymous

        this is actually better than the greatshield of artorias because of decent stats round the board instead of high fire and physical at the expense of ltng and mag def

        • Anonymous

          This shield also interacts with ghosts, much like the cursed version of the Greatsword of Artorias, making it quite useful, despite its other shortcomings compared to the Greatshield of Artorias version.

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