Dark Souls III is not an easy game, but if you understand how its deep weapon system works you will be well on your way to getting the best weapon in the game, or on a path to reinforcing the weapon to the max stat. Here is a guide to the weapon system and how scaling, reinforcing, and infusing are all factors which you need to take into account when playing the game.
So you have found a weapon which you like, now you need to upgrade it. Weapons all fit into certain categories: unique, soul-transposed, and basic. Always look out for the Crystal Lizard as they drop most of these materials we discuss below.
Unique Weapons – Twinkling Titanite
Unique weapons bare a rare design. Some of these look different and might have special abilities to them. Unique weapons cannot be infused (see below) so adding fire elements or any of the kind to them will not improve their damage and elemental attack.
Soul-Transposed – Titanite Scale
Soul transposed weapons are weapons which have been created using souls. When you defeat a boss, he will drop a soul which can be fused into a weapon. These weapons need Titanite Scales to be upgraded. Soul-Transposed weapons can only be upgraded to +4, which means
Basic – Titanite Shard / Chunk / Slab
Anything that is not unique or soul transposed is a basic weapon. These weapons are the most versatile type of weapon in the game and can be infused with any type of gem (see below). Basic weapons go up to +10 when reinforced, and along the way they will require more of a set Titanite material, and when they reach a set point, a completely different material.
Equipping a weapon for the sake of it in Dark Souls III is a waste. You need to understand that even though the attack might be more, after you have upgraded it, it will not be as strong as say, the greatsword you got an hour ago.
This is where scaling comes in. When you equip a weapon you will see letters at the bottom of the screen. these represent various stats: Strength, Intelligence, Dexterity, Faith etc. The higher the letter, the better the weapon scales to that stat. So if you have a broadsword with a “B” in strength, this means that although it has a set attack for the level, the higher your strength stat, the better the attack. If the sword had a “C” in strength, then it will not scale as well as the “B”.
The best thing to do to invest in a weapon that has a high scaling when first found. This means that when you upgrade it by using materials, it will improve its scaling and in the end be better than that weapon that appears strong right now. The same goes for staffs and shields that all scale to a certain stat.
Other than scaling, a weapon is useless if not reinforced. Head to the blacksmith in the Firelink Shrine and select the weapon you want to upgrade. There will be a set number of Titanite chunks, shards, or whatever you need to improve the weapon. If you love a weapon, you need to consider a few things before investing all those materials into it. Scaling, which we have already covered, and element of the weapon.
Some weapons have elements attached to them like the Deep Battle Axe which has the Deep element. In order to use these gems, you will need to find the appropriate Coal to give to Andre the blacksmith in order for him to gain the ability to make the weapon.
Here are all the gems and elements found in game:
|Fire Gem||Infuse to create Fire Weapons||Fire damage / No Scaling|
|Refined Gem||Infuse to create Refined Weapons||Scaling on Strength and Dexterity|
|Heavy Gem||Infuse to create Heavy Weapons||Scaling on Strength|
|Crystal Gem||Infuse to create Crystal Weapons||Magic damage / Scaling on Intelligence|
|Hallow Gem||Infuse to create Hollow Weapons||Scaling on Luck stat|
|Deep Gem||Infuse to create Deep Weapons||Dark damage / No Scaling|
|Blessed Gem||Infuse to create Blessed Weapon||Health Leech / Scaling on Faith|
|Poison Gem||Infuse to create Poison Weapons||Poison Damage / No Scaling|
|Sharp Gem||Infuse to create Sharp Weapons||Scaling on Dexterity|
|Lightning Gem||Infuse to create Lightning Weapons||Lightning Damage / Scaling on Faith|
|Chaos Gem||Infuse to create Chaos Weapons||Fire Damage / Scaling on Intelligence and Faith|
|Blood Gem||Infused to create Lacerating Weapons||Bleed/Lacerating Damage / No Scaling|
|Simple Gem||Infused to create Simple Weapons||Magic Damage / Scaling on Intelligence|
|Raw Gem||Infused to create Raw Weapons||Higher attacks / No Scaling|
|Dark Gem||Infused to create Dark Weapons||Dark Damage / Scaling on Faith|
Now that you know what gems make what weapons, it is important to know that certain weapon types DO NOT scale to the level stat as we previously mentioned, while some scale even better when reinforced and infused. Always consider what stat you use and if it is worth losing the scaling to be infused with fire or poison.
In general, all that matters is that you know how to wield the weapon which you are upgrading. It is all fun to have a giant hammer, but if you cannot fight with it, it is a waste to invest materials into it. Some gems for example are extremely rare, and we have only found one in our entire playthrough of the game, so choose wisely before making the final decision.
We will have more on Dark Souls III in the coming weeks, with a final review on the game too. Dark Souls III is out on PS4, Xbox One and PC