Crystal Ascension in Dark Souls

Each upgrade level will increase the base damage of Crystal Weapons, damage scaling (strength_dark_souls.jpgStrength/dexterity_dark_souls.jpgDexterity) and stability of crystal shields. Crystal weapons durability cannot be repaired and is only restored through upgrading at a maximum +5. Once, it reached the limit of upgrade, it will break when durability runs out.

Crystal Upgrades are a type of Upgrade in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. They enable players to "Ascend" weapons and shields in a specific path.


Crystal Upgrade path and Requirements:

Crystal Upgrades for weapon and shield are performed by the Giant Blacksmith at Anor Londo

Crystal weapon upgrades often deal more damage than their alternatives, however crystal weapons only be repaired by upgrading them further. Crystal weapons actually break, when their durability becomes 0.

The Repair spell cannot be used to repair crystal weapons and they cannot be reverted back to Regular +10 weapons at a blacksmith unlike other upgrade paths.

Note that each upgrade level requires a number of soul that varies depending on the weapon.


From +0 to +4

From +4 to +5

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    • Anonymous

      i personally think that crystal shields are very worth it, even with the durability loss you will have to try really hard to get it to break, usually you only block one attack here or there, it wont break nearly as fast as a weapon would. also having more stability makes a huge huge difference, it depends on the shield ofc, but some shields get really good if turned crystal.

      • Anonymous

        There is a Crystal Halbert on a mimic chest guarded by 2 sentinels next to the smough statue in anor londo, to the left from the bonefire. You can use that weapon to get the achievement instead of wasting materials in a +10 weapon.

        • This is one of those things that you hate the fact that it exists. I don't want to use it because I feel it isn't worth the trade off but I don't want to fight it because of all the extra damage

          • Anonymous

            I imagine people have been abusing this upgrade since the remastered came out as you can rewrite your save file as often as you want

            • It should be added that the Crystal Straight Sword and Crystal GreatSword you can purchase from Domhnall of Zena are technically not Crystal weapons and cannot be reinforced. It must be a +10 weapon or shield that's been upgraded to Crystal. I'm trying for the max reinforce achievement and it took me awhile to figure out why it wasn't showing up when I spoke to the Giant Blacksmith.

              • Anonymous

                With Crystal Weapons you want to limit their use and finish enemies as efficiently as possible.

                Try Crystal with weapons with high AR such as Crossbows, weapons with higher durability such as the 3 heavy Demon weapons, any weapon you have in massive stock or weapons you only bring in for occasions such as boss fights and pvp.

                Most Shields can do well with Crystal, but do not use them in your main hand since attacking and blocking together will consume their durability fast.

                • Anonymous

                  So putting crystal upgrades on weapons such as the estoc, claymore or halberd is a really dumb f*cking idea since you can only get one of these weapons? Got it.

                  • Anonymous

                    This doesn’t say anything about how much the durability decreases, which is why I came here. I want to do a Quality/Dex build, and I want to know if I should one or two weapons along this path, and how much durability is lost in exchange for the (also unspecified) damage increase. Plz Help.

                    • Anonymous

                      The fact this page doesnt mention the specific handicap crystal weapons give you as a trade off for their strength really turns me off of this website.

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