Raw Ascension in Dark Souls

Raw Ascension will increase the base damage of that Regular Weapon at a higher rate with reduced damage scaling for strength_dark_souls.jpgStrength and dexterity_dark_souls.jpgDexterity per upgrade level.

Raw 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.


Raw Upgrade path and Requirements:

Raw Upgrades for weapon are performed by Andre of Astora at the Undead Parish.

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


From +0 to +5

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    • Anonymous

      11 Jul 2021 11:18  

      Damage difference (base+scaling) of a Raw upgrade path is utterly negligible compared to a Standard path even at base requirements for the weapon. This is not DS3 Raw that actually does something. Divine and fire upgrades, and weapons with inherent elemental properties will get you way more damage early on, and they're almost as good as Raw with a weapon buff.

      • 09 Apr 2021 14:08  

        Raw falchion w/ heavy armor and gold pine resin is one of the best twink setups when it comes to easy accessibility, handling other twinks, handling runners, and handling ganks.

        • Anonymous

          04 Mar 2021 05:28  

          Seems like a good option for low level co-op dedicated builds to get more of an edge against twink invaders, but still stay within a reasonable weapon level range for early game summons.
          I get a kick out of helping people with gargoyles, but it sucks when the poise boys, dragon heads, or the WoG brigade shows up. I think hosts have a lot of fun when their white spirits can help them fend of you red guys.

          • Anonymous

            07 Sep 2020 10:46  

            I am on my first playthrough, and I've actually come to like using the Raw upgrade path. It lets me focus on gaining health and endurance, and will help mitigate my lower damage stats. I know it is not a long term solution, as this path will eventually be outclassed, but I think it was really cool that I could do this path and not feel like I am just scratching my opponents early game.

            • Anonymous

              07 May 2020 21:48  

              from my personal experience i would only use raw if u want to have base stats for your weapon, and still want to use a buff SLB DMB or whatever, if u dont want that i would just use lightning or chaos

              • Anonymous

                05 May 2020 22:17  

                A +0 Fire weapon gets more AR than a +5 Raw one. I just doesn't see the point of this. You can get a better infusion even sooner. If you plan on a low level build, pay a visit to Vamos and forget about this...

                • Anonymous

                  14 Feb 2020 18:47  

                  It's to get more damage out of a weapon without relying on the stat scaling (strength/dex/faith/intelligence/ etc.)

                  • Anonymous

                    27 Feb 2019 15:44  

                    The only use I could think of raw is if you want more base dmg before anor londo or at low lvl pvp and even then a 10+ isn’t far behind

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