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Elden Ring: Best Ashes of War for Greatswords

Here is our Elden Ring: best Ashes of War for Greatswords guide. Learn which AoW’s work best with all greatsword-type weapons in the game.

Getting stronger in Elden Ring is all about effective building. You grab the best items with the best weapons and hope for the best in your upcoming battles. However, choosing the best Ash of War can be confusing when it comes to weapons like Greatswords. 

Since Greatswords are used for strength-based builds in Elden Ring, you will be better off using Ashes of Wars like Lion’s Claw. Consequently, Bloodhound’s step is also extremely effective for Greatswords due to its dodging potential. 

Needless to say, the Ashes of Wars come in many shapes and sizes. Therefore, you will have to look for something that matches your build like a missing cog in a steampunk engine. 

In this guide, I will be taking you through the best Ashes of Wars you can equip with a Greatsword-type weapon in Elden Ring. With that said, let’s get started!

Elden Ring: Best Ashes of War for Greatswords

Here are the top 3 best Ashes of War for Greatswords in Elden Ring.

  • Lion’s Claw
  • Bloodhound’s Step
  • Flaming Strike

Top Greatsword Ashes of Wars

Elden Ring: Best Ashes of War for Greatswords

A couple of Ash of Wars can go well with a Greatsword – given you have sufficient proficiency in wielding the said weapon. Having said that, the main goal of these Ash of Wars is to eliminate the weaknesses that come with wielding such a heavy weapon. 

On that note, here are the best Ashes of War for Greatswords in Elden Ring:

1.) Lion’s Claw

Elden Ring: Best Ashes of War for Greatswords

The Lion’s Claw Ash of War essentially allows you to somersault forwards in a quick and fluid motion. Any foe that comes in between is sliced while bearing significant damage. It essentially counters the low mobility that tends to come with heavier weapons. 

Since the damage ratio of this Ash of War is borderline overpowered, you can use it however way you want. Having said that, using it as an escape is probably not the best scenario since you will be mission out on a ton of damage. 

The Lion’s Claw is a generally great Ash of War to have on a multitude of weapons. Since the arc is wide enough, you won’t have to worry about missing your target. 

2.) Bloodhound’s Step

Elden Ring: Best Ashes of War for Greatswords

Bloodhound’s Step is essentially similar in nature to Lion’s Claw. However, it bosses more agility when it comes to combat. Not only will you be taking advantage of an invisibility cloak, but you will also be able to utilize a free dodge that comes with its skill.

Needless to say, the best use case for Bloodhound’s Step is during boss fights. Since Greatswords are generally extremely potent when it comes to high attack damage, you will be able to land a few free hits through temporary invisibility. 

This skill is generally meant to be used to execute an assassination. However, its use cases can morph into almost every build that suffers from being susceptible to damage. 

3.) Flaming Strike

Elden Ring: Best Ashes of War for Greatswords

As the name might suggest, the Flaming Strike essentially allows the caster to emit flame in a frontward arc. Since you will be coating your weapon in fire, the skill is extremely effective on larger weapons that are known for their wide slashes. 

Having said that, the Flaming Strike is great against both single target and multiple enemies. Dealing elemental damage is rather rare in Elden Ring. Therefore, it can be extremely valuable depending on the battle at hand. 

Surprisingly, the flames still continue burning after the skill has ended, thereby allowing you to deal one more flame-coated slash to the enemy. 


In essence, there is a multitude of Ashes of Wars that can and cannot work depending on what you want to do with your Greatswords. If you’re not looking to build damage, then consider trying out a bunch of different Ashes of Wars to see what works out for you. 

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