moonlight greatsword
Moonlight Greatsword +5

physical damage dark souls - critical dark souls 100
magic damage dark souls 198 stability dark souls 38
fire damage dark souls - durability dark souls 300
lightning damage dark souls - weight dark souls 6.0
Requirements & Bonus
strength dark souls dexterity dark souls intelligence dark souls faith dark souls
16 10 28
Weapon Type Greatsword
Attack Type Regular
Enchantable No
Special Yes
 

Moonlight Greatsword is a Weapon in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered.

 

This sword, one of the rare dragon weapons, came from the tail of Seath the Scaleless, the pale white dragon who betrayed his own."
"Seath is the grandfather of sorcery, and this sword is imbued with his magic, which shall be unleashed as a wave of moonlight."

 

How to Get / Where to Find the Moonlight Greatsword

  • Acquired by cutting off Seath the Scaleless' tail.
  • Out of the three tails, player must cut the middle one, by hitting the end of the tail until it comes off. Make sure you are lightweight enough to run quickly. Run over and stand by the crystal you need to destroy in order to damage the boss at the start of the fight, and wait for him to shuffle over and do a breath attack. Wait for his attack to end in a few seconds, then shatter the crystal which will stun him giving you plenty of time to chop or Soul Spear his tail off. The tail should fall off after about 500 damage.
  • After patch 1.05, the sword gets directly transfered into your inventory, so it is no longer possibile to lose it for the playthrough, after cutting Seath's tail and leaving it's tip containing the weapon inside the boss arena. You will acquire the weapon, even without finishing off Seath.

 

Hints and Tips:

  • Can be given to Kingseeker Frampt to receive 1 Soul.
  • Moonlight Greatsword can be upgraded by using Dragon Scales.
  • The Moonlight Great Sword's heavy attacks fling ethereal blades of magic at the enemy, which explode on impact. Each swing of this ability reduces durability of the weapon by 20-40 points, depending on whether you are wielding it one or two handed. These ranged heavy attacks have heavy knock-back, sending foes flying or knocking them down upon impact.
  • Wielding the sword raises Magic defense by 40.
  • The Intelligence damage scaling has greatly reduced effectiveness past 40 Intelligence. Up to and including 40 Intelligence, each point of Intelligence adds about 7 damage with a fully upgraded Moonlight Greatsword. Above 40 Intelligence, each point of Intelligence adds about 2 damage with the fully upgraded sword.
  • Pure magic damage, useful moveset and fairly low stat requirements make Moonlight Greatsword one of the most popular PvP weapons.

 

Lore

  • This sword is part of a long line of Moonlight Greatswords, dating back to the 1994 King's Field game developed by From Software.

 

Youtube relevant videos:

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Moonlight Greatsword Upgrade Table

Dragon Upgrades may be performed by any Blacksmith, as long as you have the required materials.
Dragon Reinforcement Scales 136% for intelligence dark souls Intelligence to increase your AR.
To reach max, you need: 50,000 Souls and 10 dragon scale dark souls s Dragon Scales.

  Attack Values Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Damage Reduction (%) Stability
Moonlight Greatsword physical damage dark souls magic damage dark souls fire damage dark souls lightning damage dark souls strength dark souls dexterity dark souls intelligence dark souls faith dark souls divine dark souls occult dark souls physical defense dark souls magic defense dark souls fire defense dark souls lightning defense dark souls stability dark souls
Regular - 132 - - - - A - - - 60 10 40 40 38
Regular +1 (dragon scale dark souls sx1) - 145 - - - - S - - - 60 10 40 40 38
Regular +2 (dragon scale dark souls sx1) - 158 - - - - S - - - 60 10 40 40 38
Regular +3 (dragon scale dark souls sx2) - 171 - - - - S - - - 60 10 40 40 38
Regular +4 (dragon scale dark souls sx2) - 184 - - - - S - - - 60 10 40 40 38
Regular +5 (dragon scale dark souls sx4) - 198 - - - - S - - - 60 10 40 40 38



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    • Anonymous

      Fun fact: In polish translation, item description says, that sword was made by Seath the Scaleless scales

      • Anonymous

        Shoulda read this page ages ago. Third playthrough and I've still never gotten in despite every hit being a vertical attack on the claymore (dunno if angle of the attack matters at all in reality though), but apparently I must have been attacking too close to the base of the tail -.- oh well, hopefully run #4 will work out better.

        • Anonymous

          for anyone still having trouble here is a tip for you you want to hit the white part of the middle tail and the best way i have seen is to use gc on the tail

          • Anonymous

            The trick is to memorize where his tail lands the 4th time he swings it down. He doesn't pivot while he's attacking so you can chip at it that way if you didn't fully cut it while he's stunned from breaking the crystal

            • Anonymous

              Idk why people have difficulty cutting off the tail. Just snipe it with a CSS after baiting Seath into breaking the crystal. Because yes, he can break it himself giving you an even longer window of opportunity. Plus as long as you already have been building your wizard kit, it should only take 1 well aimed CSS to cut it. This applies to Kalameet, Priscilla and the Gaping Dragon as well.

              • Anonymous

                this weapon is gonna make me do a tanky sorcery build so i can be john dark soul, protaganist of the hit series dark souls

                • Anonymous

                  TIPS ON HOW TO CUT THE TAIL EASY AS A SORCERER

                  you will need at least soul spear spell

                  enter the room, run to the right tail (as it shoots laser from your left to right), go behind it and turn left to trigger the tail wiggle so that after you destroy the crystal, it still has the middle tail facing towards you. while it still stunned, run towards the middle tail and cast soul spear as close as you can to the middle tail without lock-on. you will cut off the tail after 2-3 shots.

                  afterwards you should never get in behind it in between of the middle and either of the side tail as it will trigger the wiggle. low hp INT build would never survive the attack nor have time to recover. so stick to the front of the right (its left) tail and attack from the right tail from that direction (again, as it shoots laser from your left to right).

                  • Anonymous

                    So much of the comments are: how to cut tale??? And me cut tail ez. So heres some helpful info for using this weapon.
                    First of all the durability cost listed for using the r2 2 handed is actually 80 not 40. Its only 40 1 handed. That being said you should keep repair powder in your hotbar and use it frequently if you want to spam blast attacks. However this isnt a mindless spam weapon, as you will find people rolling through or blocking your projectiles if not timed properly. Advanced users will lock, wind up the r2 and then unlock to free aim at targets. It is far more reliable to wind up your r2 while someone recovers from a backstab/riposte, especially 2 handed. This will often instakill most players, as they must roll/block the projectile, the blast and your sword almost all at once. You will be surprised how the moonlight blast can sneak between iframes.
                    Another approach is firing down narrow hallways or corridors, or charging the r2 around a corner to hit a target as they enter line of sight. With the proper angle you can still hit the moving host with the blast, forcing them to panic roll into a wall.
                    Then there is of course cliffs. Because this weapons r2 will often blow people backwards, you can abuse the rafters in anor londo, the bridges and ledges in places like the catacombs etc. Even if they block it they will often still get pushed back far enough to die. Since you are running int for this, i recommend logans catalyst, pursuers and if necessary power within for dealing with 3 enemies at once. When a player triggers your pursuers that is the time to start free aiming the r2 for a rollcatch. If they are stupid enough to stand and try to block the pursuers, then this will usually kill them.
                    Finally. Dont be afraid to let loose at the back of a fleeing host. Its not easy moving the camera especially on consoles. They will never see it coming and panic roll into the blast. Moonlight greatsword is more fun than meta to be honest. I see mages everywhere wielding it but they always forget the potential of the r2. I hope this reminds you.

                    • Anonymous

                      I just replayed DS1 as a sorcery build for the first time and damn I forgot how much of a pain in the ass it is to cut this mfs tail off. When he isn't just swinging around the part of the tail you need to hit clips through the wall lol. With 15 Estus it's simply a matter of persevering

                      • Anonymous

                        TRYHARD NOOB CASUL WEAPON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                        THE MACE IS SO MUCH BETTER GIT GUD TRASH CASULS!!!!!
                        HOHOHOHO IT'SA ME SANTA CLAUSE AND I USE THE MACE E V E R Y D A Y!!!!!! IT'S THE BEST WEAPON ON EARTH!!!
                        IF YOU WANNA GIT GUD AND GET AAAAALL THE PRESENTS TO CHRISTMAS USE THE MACE, JUST LIKE ME!!!

                        • Anonymous

                          Get enough stats to two-hand Zweihander (16 str and 10 dex, which is conveniently what MLGS requires to 1H) and upgrade it to Raw +5 for 379 physical damage. Then, use a gold pine resin on it to add 150 lightning damage. If you lure Seath as close to the crystal as possible and break it, he'll be stunned long enough for you to get one hit on his tail (make sure to be below 25% equip load). From there it should take only 1 or 2 more hits for the tail to come off. Hope this helps.

                          • Anonymous

                            I struggled with this **** atleast 8 times attempting to cut it off. Achieved it but I had to (as usual) strip naked to get the fast run and stamina to chase the middle tail. Still not sure if it's how much damage or how many hits to trigger the tail to fall but I managed finally with great club. Also samething with kalameet whatever its name but after dying 10 times, the 11th time his tail broke after only a single hit. I'm not sure if that was a bug or if tail HP don't reheal. Very strange but thought I mention it for those depressed each hit damage to tail is reset when you die, it doesn't.

                            • Anonymous

                              Why, oh, why would FromSoft make it require such a high intelligence score? I feel like more melee-only players would want to use this than people with high magic builds. I get it from a lore perspective, but still... I had wanted to use this with my quality build before I found out about the magic requirement, and I bet a lot of people felt the same way, too.

                              • PVP wise, this is a Top Notch weapon, amongst the absolute very best. Has a great well balanced moveset (not a single move is bad, slow, or leave you open for punishment). Good running attack, R1, great criticals, good for Dead Angles, great with One hand and Two hands, the R2 effect is one of the best weapon effects in the game (if not the best)... And the damage is just amazing (even just with the base requirements) but in a pure INT build is just plain OP. The weapon is quite fast for size and the damage output makes it kind of risky to attempt parries on it, still doable of course...
                                The only BAD aspect: requires 28 INT to wield it; so, for the most part in a correct build (let's say meta or lower) you won't be able to use other Melee weapons (you have to make a build just to use this one... and that sucks!) ALSO people tend to use it on Wizy's build (the coward way of playing this game as everyone knows) and end up fighting with Dark Beads, pursuers and Crystal Spears and all that OP crap. Whenever I face a worse player that is using this weapon, I know that if I manage to hurt him he will immediately change to "PLAN B": Magic One Shot you!

                                • Anonymous

                                  1) you need to hit the very tipity tip of the tail. it doesnt take very much damage if you do. be really light for speed and dont worry about shields or spells
                                  its very hard to die or even get hit by seath if you just watch where he is and what he is doing - so slow and predictable.

                                  2) how you will die is trying to hit the rear tail without leaving enough space behind him to run directly *away* from the tail smashes that will follow. dont put yourself behind him near a wall.

                                  so its: kite for space behind him, bait the breath attack, circle to the very tip of the tail, hit it twice, run directly away from tail smashes. repeat.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This is a random question, but how long is the moonlight greatsword, im thinking of making a prop, but i dont know how to do pixel measurements

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I have played through this game roughly ten times. Only the first time, and my 100% achievement run did i ever bother trying to cut the tail. Trying to do it with magic is even harder, and a high int character is the only one worth getting this for.
                                      Its the coolest weapon because it appears in every game but they did it dirty in this game.

                                      • Anonymous


                                        personally, i thought kusanagi is pretty similar to moonlight greatsword. especially their origin.
                                        kusanagi has been found in the tail of yamata no orochi, Same as moonlight sword that discovered from seat the scaleless's tail

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Man i removed 4k of his hp to manage to cut his tail off and i was with a crystallized halberd and gold pine resin

                                          • Anonymous

                                            ***FOR SORCERERS***

                                            For too long I have tirelessly worked to try and get a good blade to cut his tail off, since we can only lock on to the center of enemies and blind shooting didn't seem like a good idea.
                                            After getting a longsword to +5 enchanted, trying to cut the tail off and failing miserably (could deal 300 dmg max) (also couldn't use the lighting resin on it because it was enchanted), I, out of frustration in a gush of creative wisdom tried to land a Soul Spear without locking on, just aiming for the general direction of his tail. I missed the first, but the second one chopped the thing right off, like a ****ing carrot. Magic users, please try and land Soul Spear/Crystal Soul Spear on his tail instead of trying weapons. You'll get enough time (a chance) to cast 2 of them. So pretty nice. Good luck

                                            sorry for weird english

                                            PRAISE THE SUN

                                            • Anonymous

                                              **TO CUT OFF HIS TAIL:
                                              You must hit near the tip of his "MAIN" tail. His MAIN tail is the longest one.

                                              **BE AWARE: If you summon a friend, both of you may see his tail on opposite ends. This was messing me an my friend up. It's an online desync issue. Hit the HOST world tail, not the summon. My friend couldn't even see the tail that I saw, it was on the opposite side for him. Someone should add this to the article.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                By far my favorite weapon in the game but the R2/RT attacks break the sword really fast so make sure to have repair powder

                                                • To cut the tail, when you bait them blast attack on the crystal, start running as soon as you see it coming that way. Be light. Then wail on the tip. I used a zwei + 10 buffed with lightning resin while tripping on power within. Got it. Then proceeded to destroy him.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I’m seriously curious to see how Fromsoftware’s gonna make this thing look and act in Elden Ring... I’m also excited for the lore behind it cuz I’m a big f*cking nerd for some good lore.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Note that when his crystal is broken, he will always do a roaring animation. You can abuse this by getting him to destroy it himself while standing as close to him as possible, then circle around and get some free hits on the middle tail.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        NG+2. I did 4700 damage to his tail with power within + great combustion and got nothing. Over half his health. Last weapon to 100% the game. This is garbage.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Not sure why I fought seath like 10 times to get this. I'm SL80 ish with 11 in intelligence. This sword does absolutely nothing for me. I could have killed him first try with no effort. But I wanted that *****er's tail. I kind of wish I could have kept the chunk I cut off as a trophy.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            I was lucky enough to summon this absolute Chad for the fight who cut seaths tail off for me while I was distracting seath.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              am i the only one who thinks the the best weapon(or at least the funnest to use)? want to know the best root to cuting of seaths tail? get the dark bead spell, enter the area, and wait by the crystal. DO NOT POP IT! wait for him to do a breath attack. he'll pop his OWN crystal! go to the biggest tail and spam your 1-hit spell. it should come of after about two. finish him off(if sucsessful). the weapon itself is worth your $50,000 and 10 dragon scales( escpecialy if you're going for an int build). if you have any questions, i'll be here to answer them. thank for 4 listening 2 the youngest (12 year old) dark souls veteran in the world! :)

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Keep in mind that his "real/main" tail is in the middle of 2 tail-like appendages and that it is much larger than the other two. Make sure you attack that one and not make the same mistake I did. I killed him before realizing this and now I have to try again in my next playthrough

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Honestly, the most frustrating thing about trying to get this weapon, is that Seath will constantly turn around and the area you need to cut for his tail will keep clipping into the walls. I never knew how cramped that arena was until I tried to get this sword. Well worth it, though.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Can someone who is fluent in the English language please proof-read this? It's getting to the point where it's unclear in some places and causing confusion in comments.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      500 damage points is a lie. I halve his health hitting nothing but the tip of the tail and it's still on...

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        by chance does anyone on xbox have an extra i killed seath before finding out you need to cut off his tail my gt is midnite noob

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          when my friend drops this weapon (its plus 5) my level 59 character cant pick it up, any suggestions why?

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            As I like to warn anyone planning to use a dragon weapon as a phantom, beware of the durability when spamming the fully charged R2. However, things like the Repair Spell, or powder, can nullify that. Still, beware - a Broken weapon if you have no backups may as well be an invitation to be black crystalled out if the host notices. I mean, it makes sense. 85% less damage is A LOTTA DAMMMMMAGE gone.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Rip me.. I kept hitting that mofo and that tail didn't drop.. I got summoned and it dropped within seconds.. I'm a sorc.. I'm screwed.. if anyone happen to have 1 they don't want hit me up ^^

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                how do the tail weapons work anyway is it like something the dragon had in their body and was guarding or does the character somehow instantly craft a weapon out of it?

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I'm honestly not sure, about this sword, does it keep some of the same power attacks as the claymore? or are they replaced by that magic attack?

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    There's something immensely satisfying about cutting off his tail and using 2H heavy attack to blast him in the face with it

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I know this weapon is for magic but can I upgrade strength for even more damage? My strength is 16 and intelligent 40.

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