Carian Greatsword

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Spell Type Carian Sorceries
FP Cost 12 Slots Used 1
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Performs sweeping slash using magical greatsword

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Carian Greatsword is a Sorcery in Elden Ring. Carian Greatsword spell creates a magic sword that slice enemies from the side. Updated to Patch 1.07.


One of the sorceries of the Carian royal family.

Conjures a magic greatsword and then delivers a sweeping blow.
This sorcery can be cast repeatedly.

Armed with this spell, sorcerers gain the strength of knights, their loyalty sworn to the moon.

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Where to find Carian Greatsword

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Elden Ring Carian Greatsword Guide

  • Carian Sorcery
  • Stamina Cost: 22
  • Inflicts (Sorcery Scaling x 2.68) magic damage.
  • Although niche, has a very useful purpose against Black Knife Assassin type enemies. Their side leaps are unable to evade the Greatsword's arc and staggers them on hit. With proper timing and enough FP/Stamina for chain casting, it's possible for a mage to stun-lock assassins.
  • Counts as 2 hits towards "Succesive Attack" Talismans. (i.e. Winged Sword Insignia, Godskin Swaddling Cloth, and Millicent's Prosthesis.)
  • Cancels out of ending animation faster if chain casting another spell afterwards. Chain casting into another spell cancels the animation faster than rolling out, jumping, back stepping, and attacking. Does not make casting time faster for other spells unless it is a "swift" spell (i.e. Carian Slicer, Swift glintstone shard, and Night shard.)
  • Can be used in conjunction with Carian Piercer to expand the moveset, by performing a thrust after the horizontal slash.
  • On successive casts, it looks like swings 3 into 4 (and any more afterwards) swing faster than swings 1 into 2
  • Note: In Patch 1.07, FP cost was reduced from 14 to 12 and damage was increased slightly, as well as stamina damage against guarding enemies.


Elden Ring Carian Greatsword Moveset and Videos





Elden Ring Carian Greatsword Note and Tips

  • Updated to patch 1.07. See Patch Notes for details.
  • Other notes and player tips go here.
Elden Ring Sorceries
Adula's Moonblade  ♦  Ambush Shard  ♦  Briars of Punishment  ♦  Briars of Sin  ♦  Cannon of Haima  ♦  Carian Phalanx  ♦  Carian Piercer  ♦  Carian Retaliation  ♦  Carian Slicer  ♦  Collapsing Stars  ♦  Comet  ♦  Comet Azur  ♦  Crystal Barrage  ♦  Crystal Burst  ♦  Crystal Release  ♦  Crystal Torrent  ♦  Eternal Darkness  ♦  Explosive Ghostflame  ♦  Fia's Mist  ♦  Founding Rain of Stars  ♦  Freezing Mist  ♦  Frozen Armament  ♦  Gavel of Haima  ♦  Gelmir's Fury  ♦  Glintblade Phalanx  ♦  Glintstone Arc  ♦  Glintstone Cometshard  ♦  Glintstone Icecrag  ♦  Glintstone Nail  ♦  Glintstone Nails  ♦  Glintstone Pebble  ♦  Glintstone Stars  ♦  Gravitational Missile  ♦  Gravity Well  ♦  Great Glintstone Shard  ♦  Great Oracular Bubble  ♦  Greatblade Phalanx  ♦  Loretta's Greatbow  ♦  Loretta's Mastery  ♦  Lucidity  ♦  Magic Downpour  ♦  Magic Glintblade  ♦  Magma Shot  ♦  Meteorite  ♦  Meteorite of Astel  ♦  Miriam's Vanishing  ♦  Night Comet  ♦  Night Maiden's Mist  ♦  Night Shard  ♦  Oracle Bubbles  ♦  Rancorcall  ♦  Ranni's Dark Moon  ♦  Rennala's Full Moon  ♦  Rock Blaster  ♦  Rock Sling  ♦  Roiling Magma  ♦  Rykard's Rancor  ♦  Scholar's Armament  ♦  Scholar's Shield  ♦  Shard Spiral  ♦  Shatter Earth  ♦  Shattering Crystal  ♦  Star Shower  ♦  Starlight  ♦  Stars of Ruin  ♦  Swift Glintstone Shard  ♦  Terra Magica  ♦  Thop's Barrier  ♦  Thops's Barrier (Spell)  ♦  Tibia's Summons  ♦  Unseen Blade  ♦  Unseen Form  ♦  Zamor Ice Storm (Spell)

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    • So, Adula costs 22, and this costs 12, but Adula is better, right?

      The damage on Adula is Sorcery Scaling x 1.33 for the slash, and Sorcery Scaling x 1.89 on the projectile, so it deals more damage than Carian Greatsword's Sorcery Scaling x 2.68, right?

      Well, Adula has to go through resistances twice, but if a boss has high magic resistance, you probably shouldn't use Greatsword either, so it's a non-issue. Plus, it has frostbite, and more range.
      But, if you've used Adula enough, you know that you don't always hit with both the slash and the projectile.

      So on "smaller" bosses, it can be better to use Greatsword, because despite the lack of frostbite, and lesser range, it deals more damage when only hitting with the sword.

      • Anonymous

        I will never respect pure casters but players that mix up melee with these sorts of spells, you're good people

        • Anonymous

          If you cast gavel of haima right after this it comes out quite quickly. I like to bait opponents into rolling towards or behind me with CGS and then trading the punish with a gavel. Also works with Adula's just cost more fp

          • Anonymous

            This spell is insanely good in pvp if you know how to use it. It punish's TF out of people who like to constantly run away and roll spam.

            • Anonymous

              Something weird and useless(?) i noticed while playing around with the "swift" spells and Carian Greatsword.

              If CG is the last spell i used, i could cast any swift spell jumping attack and follow up with CG and my character will initiate the CG from the second attack: he will start with a left-to-right swing (left-handling staff).

              Works the same with staff on either left or right hand.

              As far as i tested, i could perform any other action (other than sorceries / incantations) between the initial CG and the jumping-swift-spell > CG and it will not break this follow-up.

              I don't think there is any other way to initiate CG from the second attack so that's something.

              Not sure if there is any combat advantage in using this but i thought i will share anyway.

              • This was bad before in PvP, now with 1.10 it’s unusable. Everything staggers now, good luck getting this spell off without Hyper Armor. All it needs is a bit of speed on the follow-up swing and some Hyper Armor and it would be a good tool for mages.

                • Anonymous

                  -goes through walls
                  -goes around corners
                  -stun locks enemies
                  -arc is longer than you think it is, catches back stepping enemies

                  It's my go to for those knights in leyndell capital that usually kill my squishy mage.
                  Taken out a couple of abductors by slashing through the walls.
                  Requires radagon's icon for optimal use.

                  Oh and did i say it slashes through the walls?

                  • Anonymous

                    A possible way to make it more competitive with Adula's Moonblade and other close range AoE spells could be via combining it with Carian Piercer into 1 spell - normal press unleashing Carian Greatsword and charged press unleashing Carian Piercer. They are based on similar magic greatsword already.

                    • Anonymous

                      It's decent, I usually use this as a crowd control aoe more than anything. It usually ends up being replaced with zamor ice storm.

                      • Anonymous

                        DLC idea, what if there was Red Greatsword varient of this that haves blood loss effect and the spell would be called , "Dynasty Greatsword". Just a little idea I thought of :)

                        • Anonymous

                          Eh, I wish this was a swift skill with adjustments to balance that.

                          Shame you can't sprint into this and it does a spinning GS running attack or something.

                          • Anonymous

                            "Can be used in conjunction with Carian Piercer to expand the moveset, by performing a thrust after the horizontal slash."

                            Just tested this, it doesn't chain together. The sword disappears and the piercer creates it again. It looks like the same speed as well.

                            • Anonymous

                              Who are you? I am Adula's Moonblade but worse

                              No point of using this spell since Adula's Moonblade exist, unless they buff the damage and add hyperarmor

                              • Anonymous

                                You can follow up your first attack with Adula's Moonblade, and the animation is the same as the follow up attacks for both greatsword and moonblade. Works great for people that think you're following up with a second greatsword attack and attempt to zone the attack instead of dodging.

                                • I just noticed that this is interchangeable with Adula's Moonblade when doing successive casts. It won't do the initial cast animation again despite changing what spell is being cast. I don't know if there is any practical use to this, though; maybe if you're casting Adula's Moonblade and don't have enough FP for another cast, you could use Carian Greatsword instead?

                                  • JC, this is needlessly confusing! Why would they name the AoW the exact same thing as this spell, and then have dissimilar effects? A downward strike and a horizontal slash are very different! It's bad enough having a AoW with the same name as a spell, but then there's an another form of the AoW, which potentially adds more confusion. It took me way longer than necessary to figure out that I couldn't use the AoWs for my build at all.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      AoE minor stagger decent DMG.. grandeur better DMG better stagger single target... Slicer fast in and out... I know I'll get smoke for this but slicer is actually the least useful.. being matched in DMG and speed by a sword. With the sword(or katana) having more moves and AoW... This spell works well when adulas is unnecessary. For anything you can abuse the frost and more DMG, adulas wins no brainer

                                      • Great AOW. Easily obtainable from rogier, has good damage, range and knockdown, complementing a lot of the shortcomings of straight swords. Especially useful for bonking dragon's heads to quick stun them and deal tons of damage. Can be used to stun lock nearly all mid-size humanoid enemy that can be knocked down. A bit cheesy, but sometimes you really just don't want to deal with the same BS this game throw at you for the hundredth time.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          My only wish is that it had a dash attack as well as more forward momentum when swinging like Carian Slicer. It staggers most enemies, but the lack of forward momentum makes it had to determine whether if you're within range of an enemy or not.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            The stilted attack speed of repeated castings makes this good at stunlocking certain foes of moderate aggressiveness and bad poise, such as Knights.
                                            — Courh the Explorer

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Feels like this is the sorcery equivalent of jump+R2 spam as a strength user. You can basically just combo this and stun lock almost any mob. Only limit is FP and Stamina.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Lmao don't bother using this.

                                                One attack = 668 dmg on my char. 14 fp. Takes like one second to peform (with talisman for faster spell)

                                                Carian slicer: 3 attacks dealt 800+ damage (tested on those giant head dogs in caelid)
                                                Faster casting spell, the time you use preparing one swing, you can swing this one twice, maybe thrice
                                                Also, -2 fp wich is considerable.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Extremely satisfying to cast while on Torrent more reliable than Carian Slicer but at the cost of more fp.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Very strong spell for crowds in tight quarters and great for mixing in PVP but gets completely outclassed by adula's moonblade later. Carian Piercer is much better than this one since you can use glintstone arc for crowd clearing early without needing to be so close. Still a solid spell to have in the early-mid game.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      strong, but slow and not efficient with your FP. great from horseback and against groups of enemies, though, and it passes through walls still

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Anyone knows where to find or get the version of this that points into the air then swings downwards?
                                                        It was used by a tarnished in the first trailer and by the knight mage guy in the Academy.
                                                        I know its in the damn game but even this wiki won't show it off in its sorceries list.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          This spell is very suitable in confined areas. Goes through walls and can stun lock many small or medium sized bosses, such as black knife assassin or alabaster lord.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Decent range with great horizontal AOE, however the damage itself is very FP inefficient relative to the Carian Slicer. This is a tool for killing mobs or for horseback casting, don't use it against bosses unless you need the reach or don't have any openings to use Carian Slicer.

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