Moonlight Greatsword +5

- critical_dark_souls.jpg 100
198 stability_dark_souls.jpg 38
- durability_dark_souls.jpg 300
- weight_dark_souls.jpg 6.0
Requirements & Bonus
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16 10 28
Weapon Type Greatsword
Attack Type Regular
Enchantable No
Special Yes

The 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.
  • Player must cut the middle tail off, you must hit the end of the tail for the tail to come off. The best way to do this is to make sure you are as light enough to run quickly. Run over and stand by the crystal you need to destroy in order to damage him at the start of the fight, and wait for him to shuffle over and do a breath attack. His attack will take 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 and after patch 1.05 it gets directly transfered into your inventory, so there no longer is the possibility of losing the weapon for the playthrough, when cutting Seath's tail, while it's tip containing the weapon is inside the wall. You acquire the weapon, even without finishing off Seath.

Hints and Tips:

  • Give to Frampt to receive 1 soul.
  • The Moonlight Great Sword's heavy attacks fling blades of magic at the enemy, which explode on impact. This useful ability, however, cannot be used too often, as each swing reduces the durability of the weapon by 20 or 40 points, depending on if 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.
  • It also 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 a fully upgraded Moonlight Greatsword.
  • Pure magic damage, useful moveset and fairly low stat requirements make moonlight greatsword one of the more popular PvP weapons.
  • The moonlight sword has been found in almost every single From Software game, all the way back to the first King's Field game. 


  •  The sword is part of a long line of moonlight greatswords.

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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.jpg Intelligence to increase your AR.
To reach max, you need: 50,000 souls and 10 dragon_scale_dark_souls Dragon Scales 

  Attack Values Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Damage Reduction (%) Stability
Moonlight Greatsword 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 divine_dark_souls.jpg occult_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 - 132 - - - - A - - - 60 10 40 40 38
Regular +1 (dragon_scale_dark_soulsx1) - 145 - - - - S - - - 60 10 40 40 38
Regular +2 (dragon_scale_dark_soulsx1) - 158 - - - - S - - - 60 10 40 40 38
Regular +3 (dragon_scale_dark_soulsx2) - 171 - - - - S - - - 60 10 40 40 38
Regular +4 (dragon_scale_dark_soulsx2) - 184 - - - - S - - - 60 10 40 40 38
Regular +5 (dragon_scale_dark_soulsx4) - 198 - - - - S - - - 60 10 40 40 38

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    • 05 Jun 2021 16:24  

      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

        15 Mar 2021 02:22  

        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

          14 Mar 2021 08:02  

          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

            09 Mar 2021 23:38  

            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

              15 Oct 2020 20:44  

              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

                01 Oct 2020 12:30  

                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

                  24 Sep 2020 04:20  

                  ***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

                    17 Sep 2020 14:36  

                    **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

                      16 Sep 2020 21:04  

                      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

                      • 31 Jul 2020 03:54  

                        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

                          20 Jun 2020 10:16  

                          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.

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