The Dark Moon Greatsword is a legendary armament that you can only obtain after finishing Ranni’s questline. As such, it should be viable enough considering the lengths you have to go through just to get it.
The weapon scales primarily in Intelligence with Strength and Dexterity on the side. This makes it a hybrid weapon that deals both physical and magic damage.
What makes the Dark Moon Greatsword interesting is that it has an ash of war which applies Frost to the weapon and increases its magic attack power for a short duration. It can also release a blast of moonlight which deals decent damage once it hits the target.
While not as powerful on its own, you can complement it with the right armor, stats, and talismans to make a viable build. In this guide, I’ll show you a viable build that focuses on the Dark Moon Greatsword.
Dark Moon Greatsword Build Guide in Elden Ring
To make a viable Dark Moon Greatsword build, you need to be at least level 150. However, since the weapon primarily scales in Intelligence, you’ll want to spend most of your points on Intelligence. Just allocate enough points to both Strength and Dexterity to meet its minimum requirements.
The reason why you want to do this is because the sword’s ash of war is completely magic damage, so it won’t benefit from any physical damage scaling. At level 150, you’ll want to allocate a total of 80 points to your Intelligence, 16 for Strength, 12 for Dexterity, 20 for Mind, 28 for Endurance, and the rest to your Vigor.
Armors and Talismans
Your choice of armor can be limited with this build since you don’t have tons of points into Endurance. Spending 28 points into the stat is barely enough to let you equip the weapon as well as some decent protection.
You can go with the Greathelm mixed with the Confessor armor and Spellblade’s Gloves and Trousers. This should get you within a comfortable Medium equip load. As for the talismans, you’ll want to use the following:
- Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman – For extra protection against physical attacks; also works to offset the negative effect of the Magic Scorpion Charm
- Magic Scorpion Charm – For extra magic attack damage in exchange for reduced physical damage negation
- Godfrey Icon – For increasing the damage of your charged R2 attacks
- Shard of Alexander – Provides a massive boost to the weapon’s skill
The gameplay for this build is pretty simple. Use the Dark Moon Greatsword’s ability to grant a magic-boosting buff for about a minute. This also enables the moonlight blast skill that deals heavy magic damage to your target.
Ideally, you want to charge it to full in order to maximize its damage as much as possible. Basically, rinse and repeat this tactic when fighting against groups of enemies or even bosses.
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