Being a Strength player has never been more rewarding than it is right now. It has always been a viable strategy in previous games developed by From Software; however, Elden Ring raises the stakes by providing a larger and more diverse selection of high-Strength weapons than ever before. These include greatswords, glaives, hammers, and other similar Elden Ring items.
Even though there are a large number of options to select from, this does not mean that there are not some Strength weapons that are superior to others. The Grafted Blade Greatsword can be found near the very top of the list. However, in order to get your hands on it and achieve the stats necessary to wield it, you will need to put in some effort.
The explanation of the Grafted Blade Greatsword
The Grafted Blade Greatsword is a legendary blade that gives the impression of being composed of… various other swords of varying sizes. It deals 162 base Physical Damage, but this number increases proportionally with the user’s Strength. The damage that can be dealt by the weapon per hit can easily exceed one thousand points when it is used with two hands and when it has been leveled up to the maximum possible of +10.
It also has a very potent Skill called “Oath of Vengeance,” which increases your poise and gives you an additional five points across all of your attributes for a period of thirty seconds. Although it might not be the most visually impressive weapon skill in the game, its effect is deceivingly powerful. It is especially useful in boss fights, where you need all the stat increases you can get at that point in the fight.
Having said that, there is a catch:To effectively wield the Grafted Blade Greatsword, an incredible 40 Strength is required. It is not an easy task, especially when one considers how quickly one can acquire the weapon in the game. You can get there faster than you might think if you put in the necessary amount of time grinding, farming, and possibly respeccing after you have defeated Rennalla.
Locating the Greatsword with the Grafted Blade
Behind Castle Morne in Weeping Peninsula is where you’ll find the Grafted Blade Greatsword. This is the most southern point on the map. Take the main road to the south out of Limgrave until you reach the Golem archer who is guarding the entrance to the castle. Fight your way up to the top of the castle using only brute force. There, to the south of you, you will discover a breach in the wall. Descend to the Site of Grace at the bottom of the page.
Continue to make your way down to the beach from here by descending onto the various rock ledges, rooftops, and rafters along the way. The final step is to leap off the skinny wooden bridge into the water below, which is infested with jellyfish. The Grafted Blade Greatsword is located just beyond the fog door that lies ahead, but in order to obtain it, you will need to first defeat the boss that stands in your way.
Beating Leonine Misbegotten
In the early game of Elden Ring, Leonine Misbegotten is one of the bosses that will challenge you the most in terms of speed and aggression. The battle is an exercise in stamina conservation; parrying sword swipes or panic rolling can leave you depleted and open to attack. A more strategic approach is required if one is to prevail over him.
In order to begin, you are going to want to have a summon by your side for this fight so that you have some breathing room. This is of utmost significance when considering the fact that you are utilizing a long-range strategy. You can get the Lone Wolf Ashes early on, which makes it a great option, but you can use any Spirit Summon that has decent toughness instead.
In addition, if you need assistance during the battle, you can call on the NPC Edgar. You will first need to have a conversation with his daughter, Irina, who can be found by the main road in the northern part of the Weeping Peninsula. You can find Edgar sitting on the roof of Castle Morne, and you should deliver her letter to him. After that, you should look to the left of the fog door to find his summon sign there.
If you intend to make use of a shield, it is strongly suggested that you pick up the Barricade Shield Ash of War, which is dropped by the Night’s Cavalry that you can find patrolling during the night near the Castle Morne Rampart Site of Grace to the north. You can also use the Great Turtle Shell Shield, which already has the Skill equipped. You can find it on top of the tower that is directly to the east of the same Site of Grace (you can get there by taking the Spiritspring). Because of this effect, the amount of Stamina you lose when blocking attacks will be significantly reduced. Protection and BlockingYou have the option of defending yourself against Leonine Misbegotten’s attacks, but without Barricade Shield at this stage of the game, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll have the stamina to do so successfully.
This boss deals significant damage, but his moveset is rather straightforward, consisting primarily of a variety of sword slashes and slams combined in a variety of different ways. You should be able to roll away from the majority of his melee attacks relatively easily if your build does not include a shield. Gaining some distance will allow you to tempt your opponent into using his jump attacks, which will then leave him defenseless for a few seconds, giving you the opportunity to deal some damage to him. Don’t get greedy! You should only enter the swing when it is secure to do so. Again, Stamina management is key.
After you have successfully eliminated Leonine Misbegotten, you will receive the Grafted Blade Greatsword in addition to 3,800 Elden Ring runes as a reward. Put those points into Strength, and you won’t have to wait long before you’re able to wield the legendary weapon.