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How to get Moonlight Greatsword in Elden Ring

Here’s how to get the Moonlight Greatsword in Elden Ring. This is the unique weapon skill of the Dark Moon Greatsword. In this article, we’ll see how to obtain the skill (that means obtaining the Dark Moon Greatsword itself) and how good it is.

Ranni’s Questline

Ranni's Questline

By pursuing Ranni’s questline, you can get the Dark Moon Greatsword. I won’t be explicitly explaining how to complete this questline, because it’s the most complex and longest questline in the game.

You can find the greatsword below the Cathedral of Manus Celes. That location is inaccessible at the beginning, and you’ll need to progress Ranni’s questline nearly to the end to get there.

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The Moonlight Altar is the plateau where the Cathedral of Manus Celes is located. In order to get there, you must first traverse the underground cities of the Lands Between. Namely, the Ainsel River area. There will be a Well with a lift that takes you up to the plateau.

How good is the Dark Moon Greatsword?

How good is the Dark Moon Greatsword?

You might’ve recognized the appearance of the greatsword. In all the Dark Souls games, a sword that looks very similar to this can be found. Its name is the Moonlight Greatsword. While the sword in Elden Ring is called the Dark Moon Greatsword, its unique skill is called Moonlight Greatsword. It’s clearly a nod to the Dark Souls franchise.

This is a Legendary armament. Collecting all the Legendary armaments unlocks an Achievement.

When it’s fully upgraded to Level 10 with Somber Smithing Stones (Unique Weapons can only be upgraded with Somber Smithing Stones and there are ten levels instead of the 25 levels of non-unique weapons), it deals 200 physical damage, 240 Magic damage and it has the passive effect that deals 55 Frost buildup. It stacks with each hit and frostbites the enemy, lowering their stamina regen rate and reducing their health. It also makes the enemy 20% weaker to your attacks. Unfortunately, upgrading the greatsword doesn’t increase the Frost buildup.

Its Scaling levels are D in Strength, D in Dexterity, and C in Intelligence at the start (when not upgraded). When you upgrade it to level 10, the Intelligence scaling will increase to the B rank. This is one of the best weapons for an Intelligence/Strength build.

Moonlight Greatsword Skill

Moonlight Greatsword is a unique skill that deals 65 Magic damage and 15 Frost buildup. It costs 32 FP to use. It’s a good skill that can reach enemies that are in the close-to-medium range.

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