Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword: Location & Upgrade

Elden Ring features a wealth of death-meaning weaponry that you can use to plow your enemies to kingdom come. However, this shouldn’t come as a surprise for fans of the Soulsborne franchise, given how FromSoftware has a keen habit of designing some of the meanest-looking weapons in the game. Speaking of which, one simply cannot play this latest-and-greatest RPG without ever trying the Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword. Talk about making your enemies enter a world of pain, especially if you know how to handle one of these.  

 If you’re a new player who doesn’t know how challenging this set of games can get—especially Elden Ring—consider taking a look at our best starting class guide. It’s also worth knowing the 10 best spells in the game with their respective locations if you’re opting for a high-class Sorcerer build. 

You can continue reading the guide or watch our video walkthrough regarding Grafted Blade Greatsword’s location in the game.

For now, though, let’s get into the Grafted Blade Greatsword with a quick background on this particular weapon type. 

Also read: Elden Ring Greatsword Build

What Are Greatswords in Elden Ring?

Among the different types of weapons in the Elden Ring, such as Daggers, Flails, Claws, Axes, Swords, and Katanas, there exists another unique type of accouterment that lets you go the extra mile in terms of dealing damage. A Greatsword is a special type of weapon in the game. According to what its name depicts, these are massive in size and usually require a high amount of the Strength attribute to wield. 

Greatswords are the preferred weapon type for classes like Vagabond and Hero. These two archetypes have a good level of Strength and Dexterity, especially the former. You will need these two stats to be at their level best if you want your Greatswords to scale well with your character build. 

As for this weapon type itself, a Greatsword is usually slow in terms of mobility. That is to say, a Katana or any other Sword are armaments that can deal damage in rapid succession, but the same cannot be said for a Greatsword. Although these take more time to hit the opponent, given their colossal size, Greatswords are known for being far more powerful in dealing damage. 

Elden Ring is a game where you have to be meticulous with your character’s movement. One wrong move and you’ll get caught instantly by the opposition. Best believe that the Soulsborne games are anything but forgiving. Therefore, if you can learn the attack patterns of your enemies and analyze their behavior, you can better understand when to switch to the offense and dive in for the strike.

Some foes in the Lands Between take no prisoners in terms of letting you use your shield. They’ll pounce at you whatever it takes, leaving you to rely on your dodge-and-roll skills only. This is where a Greatsword can come in and give your adversary a run for their money. Moreover, another highly nifty use-case of using a Greatsword is when you need to take care of common, free-roaming enemies in one go. 

A few swings of this massive weapon can lay waste to a batch of enemies effortlessly, cutting the whole hassle short. It bears noticing that there are several different Greatswords waiting for you to collect in the Lands Between, but the Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword is one of the bests of the bunch. Without any further ado, let us now go over everything that you need to know about this legendary armament, including how to use it and where to get it.      

What is the Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword?

Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword
Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword

The Grafted Blade Greatsword in Elden Ring has quite the backstory to it, as with most weapons in the title’s lore. Its in-game description gives us an idea that the Grafted Blade is a legendary armament. Considering its sinister design that’s reminiscent of “oceans of anger and regret,” it’s easy to see that way. The weapon boasts solid base statistics and comes with a unique skill called Oath of Vengeance.

People who prefer and prioritize making purely strength-based builds in the game can arguably comprehend how the Grafted Blade Greatsword is the best weapon for them altogether. We realize we’re making serious claims here, but let’s back that up with a straightforward fact. If you’re using the Vagabond class, you only have to level up the Dexterity trait once to get the weapon to the maximum level potentially.

In a direct comparison with other high-end Greatswords, you need to focus on other attributes as well and not just Dexterity. Combine this with the crouching stab attack of the Grafted Blade and you have at your disposal a terrific Player vs Player (PvP) weapon too. The following are the base stats of this armament that you can check out. 

  • Physical Attack: 157
  • Critical Attack: 100
  • Physical Guard: 64 
  • Magical Guard: 48
  • Fire Guard: 48
  • Lightning Guard: 48 
  • Holy Guard: 48 
  • Guard Boost: 44

It bears noticing that the Grafted Blade Greatsword requires 40 Str or Strength and 14 Dex or Dexterity. In addition, it has a 21.0 Weight and can be equipped in two hands as well. What makes the weapon so desirable is that it can be found early on into your adventure, so you can start off the game just right. With that said, you will need to have fulfilled the requirements needed to carry the Grafted Sword in order to actually use it. 

Doing that will be fairly uncomplicated if you’ve been upgrading your character’s strength here and there. In addition to that, the Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword has quite the skill to its name. Labeled as the “Oath of Vengeance,” tapping into this ability will prompt your character to power up and get a 30% increase in all of its attributes. It truly gets the motion flowing, setting the tone for the battle ahead. 

In general, you get a 5-point increase in all traits under the “Attribute Points” of the “Status” menu. There are 8 of those that get this boost, including Vigor, Mind, Endurance, Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Faith, and Arcane.  The stat-revamping ability lasts for 30 seconds until the warrior spirit gives in and you revert back to the normal state. You’ll observe a green-colored around the character while the boost is active.  

This, therefore, is what the Grafted Blade’s “Oath of Vengeance” is all about. It’s time we get into the raison d’etre of this guide then, fellow lowly Tarnished fighters. Let’s now talk about the location of the Grafted Blade Greatsword in Elden Ring and how to find it. 

How to Find the Grafted Blade Greatsword in Elden Ring

The Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword is obtained as a reward after defeating Leonine Misbegotten in Morne Moangrave. This is a fairly normal boss fight in terms of difficulty, allowing you to eventually overcome the beast even at an early stage in the game. You need to get to Castle Morne and make your way to the end of the area to find the boss. 

This was a simple explanation to get you started with finding the Grafted Blade in the Lands Between. We’re now going to walk you through the process step-by-step, so you don’t have to face too much of a challenge on your own. The following section is going to take it from here. 

Grafted Blade Greatsword Location – Detailed Walkthrough

Getting to the boss fight that leads you to the reward of the Grafted Blade Greatsword is nothing short of simple. You can even get to the Castle Morne at the very start of the game, right after you step out of the tutorial, and make it to The First Step Site of Grace. The latter comes when you go past the Stranded Graveyard and Cave of Knowledge, both of which are starting points in Elden Ring. Take a look at the following screenshot for a visual depiction of this locational trifecta. 

The First Step, Stranded Graveyard, Cave of Knowledge in Elden Ring
The First Step, Stranded Graveyard, Cave of Knowledge in Elden Ring

You would then normally go straight on from there, which would ultimately take you to areas like the Gatefront, Limgrave West, and Stormhill. However, we won’t be following the normal path, for now, to get to the Grafted Blate Greatsword. Instead, we’ll venture southeast of the Stranded Graveyard and get to a specific path that will take us toward Castle Morne.

We’ve already cleared these areas on our end, and you will have done that too if you’re further out into the game now. However, for players who have just started Elden Ring and are still busy collecting map fragments, you’ll find the majority of the sections of the map all fogged up. You’ll need to brave the unknown to get to the Grafted Blade in Elden Ring, so we do recommend leveling up from a beginner’s stature first. 

The image given below illustrates what road you have to read on to get to Castle Morne. The area inside the red rectangle shows the location of The First Step, Stranded Graveyard, and Cave of Knowledge. Make your way to the specified pathway and follow it accordingly to get to the large castle. We advise avoiding all manners of conflict and saving those Flasks of Crimson Tears up until the Leonine Misbegotten boss fight.  

Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword
Pathway to Castle Morne

Castle Morne is located at the bottom area in the whole Elden Ring map more or less. You’ll keep going south until you find the dedicated land marker for it on your map. The following screenshot depicts the location of the castle. 

Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword
Castle Morne in Elden Ring

As soon as you near the entrance of Castle Morne, you’ll be given an exceedingly sharp welcome by a bow-donning giant. Take him out quick as you do not want to overstay your welcome with this big guy. Once done, make your way inside the castle, and don’t forget to activate the Site of Lost Grace when you get in. 

Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword
Castle Morne Site of Lost Grace

Going past the Site of Grace will lead you to an elevator. Step on the tile in the middle of the lift that’s projecting outward and make your way up. Once you arrive at the upper surface and get outside, you’ll see the “Castle Morne” strip appearing on your screen. Now, this is the main courtyard section that you will need to traverse. Go straight while ignoring all present enemies and take a right at the dead end. 

This will lead you to a flight of stairs with a ladder at the end of the alley. Climb up to get to the surface and go right to proceed. You’ll soon find a bridge to cross. Go until the very end of this bridge and find a broken pathway to the right. Make your way down to find the “Behind the Castle” Site of Lost Grace. 

Behind the Castle Site of Grace
Behind the Castle Site of Grace

From here, you have to descend to lower levels by dropping down, crossing bridges, jumping gaps, and finding platforms to land on. You can basically run through this section of finding the Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword without encountering much of a challenge. Look for the following area when you’re descending to get a clear idea of where you need to go. 

At the lowest level from where you can access the boss fight, you’ll also run into another Site of Lost Grace. It’s a great idea to mark a checkpoint at this point. You’re going to need it as a quick respawn point if you’re fairly new to Elden Ring and struggle with bosses. 

Leonine Misbegotten Boss Fight Entrance
Leonine Misbegotten Boss Fight Entrance

Leonine Misbegotten Boss Fight

Enter the designated area to engage with Leonine Misbegotten—the Castle Morne boss who wields a Greatsword himself. The beast is strong and employs agile movement to put up a solid fight. He will often pick you out with a slew of aggressive attacks or maintain distance for a strong skyrise strike. Either way, if you learn to analyze his moments and wait for the perfect moment to dodge his flurry, you’ll eventually come out victorious. 

You can also use a skill called Barricade Shield to boost your defensive armament and cancel out Leonine’s vicious strikes. Doing so will allow you to land a quick hit and retreat back to your consolidated stance. It ultimately boils down to your character and how you’d wish to take on the fight. This isn’t one of the most difficult boss fights in Elden Ring, but it can surely rile you up if you’re a beginner. 

After you completely deplete Leonine’s health bar and the great enemy is “felled,” you’ll automatically receive the Grafted Blade Greatsword reward in your inventory. Pretty straightforward, right? 

Grafted Blade Greatsword Obtained
Grafted Blade Greatsword Obtained

How to Upgrade the Grafted Blade Greatsword 

Like any other weapon in the game, the Grafted Blade Greatsword is also susceptible to upgrades, allowing you to enhance the armament’s properties and capitalize on its already well-established efficiency. On a side note though, the base stats of the Grafted Blade without any enhancements are higher than two-three upgraded levels of some Greatswords, so you’re definitely looking at a capable weapon here. 

Upgrading this Colossal Sword is done through the Smithing Table. This weapon-revamping component is primarily found in the Church of Elleh, which is one of the first places you visit after completing the game’s tutorial. You would normally need Smithing Stones to strengthen armaments and increase their statistics, but that’s not the case with the Grafted Blade. 

You actually require the next step up from regular Smithing Stones, which is a Somber Smithing Stone to improve the Greatsword’s attributes. No need to fret though, since these usually come from various sources. In addition, you start getting quite a lot of Somber Smithing Stones when you start completing mainline quests and make your way to later stages of the game. 

You can also farm Somber Smithing Stones from certain areas, including boss fights. The gist of it is that as soon as you advance beyond Stormveil Castle, you start hauling these essential resources. Therefore, getting enough of Somber Smithing Stones to upgrade the Grafted Blade isn’t going to be a noteworthy problem. If you’re getting the armament at a later stage in the game, there’s a good chance that you have enough of these already.

Best Tips for the Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword 

The first tip comes off as a no-brainer but you definitely want to upgrade the Grafted Blade Greatsword as soon you gather enough Somber Smithing Stones. For this purpose, you’d want to reach the Liurnia of the Lakes region. Players will usually start gaining this resource in generous amounts from there on out. An upgraded Grafted Blade is levels above most weapons, depending on the level you revamp it to.

To give you a hint of how capable this colossal armament truly is, acknowledge the fact that the Grafted Blade Greatsword at its base level still deals more damage than the Lordsworn’s Greatsword upgraded three times. Apart from this, another tip that can allow you to use the Grafted Blade without fulfilling its requirement criteria first is the ability to two-hand weapons in Elden Ring. 

This can be quite helpful if you haven’t been able to get 40 Strength yet. However, even two-handing the Grafted Blade will require 27 Strength at the very least, so make sure you’ve got that in the bag already. Take a look at this in-depth guide to learn how to two-hand armaments. It’s a crucial skill to be wary of, especially when you’re up against monstrous enemies. 

Lastly, the Grafted Blade Greatsword is great and all (no pun intended), but it comprises hefty weight points, 21.0, to be precise. This is where things can start to go a little south since the weight system in Elden Ring is something you have to be wary of. Each armament and armor piece has a specific weight in the game. If you exceed the total amount of weight your character has, a slew of downsides will start to manifest. 

The higher the weight of the weapon you’re using, the slower its swing speed is going to be. Not only will the weapon start consuming more stamina than normal but the stamina regeneration speed will also be heavily affected. You definitely don’t want that in a game like Elden Ring where enemies are waiting for one small error on your end. 

While you can increase the total weight limit of your character by focusing on the Endurance attribute, there’s another measure that you can take for this purpose. There’s a talisman that you can acquire from an NPC called Nepheli Loux at the Roundtable in Elden Ring. This specialized item is known as Arsenal Charm and it “raises [the] maximum equipment load.” 

Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword
Arsenal Charm in Elden Ring

However, you will need to interact with Nepheli first in the Stormveil region. She’ll be in the area right before you come in contact with a boss fight. There’s going to be a giant in that specific section that you can pass by and enter a secluded room to find the NPC. From there, you can summon her to get some help in the forthcoming boss battle. 

With that said, it doesn’t matter if you summon Nepheli at that moment or not. She will meet you at the Roundtable, either way, giving you the Arsenal Charm talisman and increasing your total weight limit. This item is going to make it easier for you to carry the Elden Ring Grafted Greatsword and we highly recommend going for it. 

In this guide, we went over the Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword—an exceptionally mean-looking legendary armament that can help beginners fly past the initial stages of the game with charm and effect in equal measure. There are a couple of tips that you can employ for having a terrific time with the Grafted Blade and we encourage you to follow them. Do let us know down in the comments section if you found this guide helpful. 

As always, eXputer wishes you good luck! 

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