Dragonscale Blade

dragonscale blade katana weapon elden ring wiki guide 200px
attack power elden ring wiki guide 18Attack
Phy 110
Mag 0
Fire 0
Ligt 0
Holy 0
Crit 100
guarded damage negation elden ring wiki guide 18Guard
Phy 35
Mag 25
Fire 25
Ligt 50
Holy 25
Boost 30
attribute scaling elden ring wiki guide 18Scaling
Str D
Dex C
attributes required elden ring wiki guide 18Requires
Str 12
Dex 20
Katana Slash/Pierce
Ice Lightning Sword FP 25
Wgt. 5.5 passive effects elden ring wiki guide 18Passive -

Dragonscale Blade is a Katana in Elden Ring. The Dragonscale Blade scales primarily with Dexterity, with reduced scaling in Strength, and is a good Weapon for dealing Slash and Pierce damage against Lightning-susceptible enemies.

 

A weapon made by sharpening a Gravel Stone scale, thought to be
the source of ancient dragon immortality, into an unclouded
blade.

Alas, the Dragonkin Soldiers never attained immortality, and
perished as decrepit, pale imitations of their skyborn kin.
 

 

Where to Find Dragonscale Blade in Elden Ring

The Dragonscale Blade weapon can be found at the following location:

 

Elden Ring Dragonscale Blade Notes & Tips

  • Weapon Skill: Ice Lightning Sword
  • This weapon cannot be infused with Ashes of War
  • Can't be enchanted with Magic nor boosted by Consumables
  • Dragonscale Blade can be upgraded by using Somber Smithing Stones
  • Guard Boost goes from 32 to 30 at +10
  • Deals +20% damage against dragon icon 40px Dragon type enemies
  • Deals +10% damage against ancient dragon icon 40px Ancient Dragon type enemies
  • Do note however, that Dragons typically have high resistance for slash-type damage. The Dragonscale Blade moveset consists almost entirely of slash attacks (except running attack and 1h heavy). As a result, this weapon is not optimal for slaying dragons and magma wyrms and may be outperformed by a regular spear or thrusting sword of the same upgrade level.
  • When the weapon skill is activated, the sword gets temporarily buffed with additional Lightning damage, and a passive Frostbite buildup. The blue lightning does regular lightning damage.
  • Ice Lightning effect from the AoW lasts 20 seconds.
  • Buff adds 130 flat Lightning Damage to weapon ar and 80 frost build up.
  • The pommel resembles the head of a Dragonkin. 
  • Sell Value:  er runes 13 500 Runes

 

Moveset & Videos in Elden Ring for Dragonscale Blade

 

 

 

Dragonscale Blade Upgrades in Elden Ring

 Please see the Upgrades page to understand the weapon bolstering process.

Requires regular reinforcement with Somber Smithing Stones

This upgrade cannot be enchanted with Magic or boosted with Consumables.

  Attack Power Stat Scaling Passive Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Dragonscale Blade Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst
Standard 110 - - - - 45 D C - - - - 35 25 25 50 25 30 15
Standard +1 125 - - - - 49 D C - - - - 35 25 25 50 25 30 15
Standard +2 141 - - - - 54 D C - - - - 35 25 25 50 25 30 15
Standard +3 157 - - - - 58 D C - - - - 35 25 25 50 25 30 15
Standard +4 173 - - - - 63 D C - - - - 35 25 25 50 25 31 15
Standard +5 189 - - - - 67 D C - - - - 35 25 25 50 25 31 15
Standard +6 205 - - - - 72 D C - - - - 35 25 25 50 25 31 15
Standard +7 221 - - - - 76 D B - - - - 35 25 25 50 25 32 15
Standard +8 237 - - - - 81 D B - - - - 35 25 25 50 25 32 15
Standard +9 253 - - - - 85 D B - - - - 35 25 25 50 25 32 15
Standard +10 269 - - - - 90 D B - - - - 35 25 25 50 25 33 15

 

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      People who say this should have faith scaling probably didn’t pass any section of school on account of the fact they can’t even read a couple of item descriptions

      • Anonymous

        This one is fun to caught people off guard with it AoW many player avoid the first strike, but the second lightning hit them as they rush to atack you

        • Anonymous

          An easy fix to the Meteoric Ore Blade, Serpentbone Blade and Dragonscale Blade Katanas would be to increase the Meteoric Ore Blade Katana's scaling to B Str, E Dex and B Int, making it the Strength equivalent of the Moonveil Katana.

          What I would do with the Serpentbone Blade katana is to make it buffable with grease or incantations(Similar to Bloodhound fang or Treespear), giving you the option to get bleed from Bloodflame Blade or more poison build up from Poison Armamanent.

          What I would do with the Dragonscale Blade Katana is give it a passive frostbite of 50, making it more viable without using its Ash of War. The last thing I would do is change the Ash of War. It's simply not a good AOW to use as a weapon buff. What I had in mind would be to give it a AOW duplicate like some of the other Katanas have, like moonveil having a better version of unsheathe and ROA having a better version of Double Slash. So my idea would be to give it a better version of Piercing Fang(Nagakiba's AOW), and what I would change about it would be to make the blade call down a bolt of ice lightning into the blade whilst holding the weapon horizontally similar to Piercing Fang, and when thrusting, bringing down the bolt of ice lightning upon a foe like the ash of war it already has, giving the 130 flat lightning damage and 30 frostbite build up instead of 80, since it already has the passive 50 frostbite.

          By making these changes, It would make them more likely to be used and be able to hold their end against the Moonveil and Rivers of Blood Katanas.

          • Anonymous

            Shame its unique moveset form the network test was removed and added to the Serpentbone blade instead of making the other weapon different. as of now the only thing this weapon has over the others is its S scaling in fashion which is more than enough to use it over the others

            • Anonymous

              I kinda wish it had intrinsic frostbite build up, either that or bleed. Kind of annoying that even Moonveil has intrinsic bleed build-up, but this one doesn't have any status effect.

              • Anonymous

                I think this is a very fun weapon, the katana pretty decent, damage is ok and I'll deal with it, but the weapon skill is so much fun to use, that initial hit on cast feels rewarding to land.

                • Anonymous

                  Dual wield with Serpentbone in the offhand. Works a treat! Most enemies will die in one or two hits - if the frostbite doesn't get them, the poison buildup will!

                  • Anonymous

                    I think all this needs for a buff is to make the skill's initial stomp hitbox a little larger, because when you get the stomp, the lighning cleave is guaranteed to hit. it's kinda annoying how you have to be in dagger range to have a decent chance at landing it.

                    I'm still gonna use it regardless since fashion > stats

                    • Anonymous

                      This could have been faith scaling considering it's lighting and dragon stuff, and the actual frozen lightning spear incantation is faith scaling. Feel like it woulda brought it all together with the other arc and int katanas.

                      • Anonymous

                        This should have had higher base damage than every other katana to compensate for the fact it has no innate bleed.

                        • Anonymous

                          This katana made me think of historical obsidian weapons, with in-game gravel stones manifesting how obsidian usually can be sharper than steel, but very fragile. Hence, no blood loss buildup. But here I am, in the middle of testing out this weapon against most unlucky enemies in my path, first of which was Blaidd. (He should've left me a Black Knife Assassin to freeze and shock, though.)

                          • Anonymous

                            I love how so many comments are pointing out that this shouldn't be a faith weapon because "lightning scales with dex", even though every lightning incantation requires faith.

                            • Anonymous

                              I am definitely not the first one to say this, but oh god, just WHY is this not a Faith-scaling Katana. Even a measly C/C in Dex/Faith with innate Frostbite and base Faith-scaling Lightning damage would have already made it truly unique and cool weapon. We would actually have a cool and effective weapon to complement any build centered around lightning-based Dragon Cult Incantations and Frozen Lightning of Dragonkin. Instead Dragonscale blade is forced to compete with the tops of their respective food chains - other Katanas like RoB and Moonveil and Dex-lightning sniper rifles like Bolt of Gransax without anything unique to offer. Yes, it looks amazing and has fantastic lore to it but that's it, sadly.

                              • I've been testing this out in PvP for the last couple days, with 14 STR and 54 Dexterity, it has exactly 500 AR (one-handed) at +10. There are definitely better options when it comes to katanas since this doesn't have any passive effects such as bleed or frost but damn does it look cool, maybe the coolest. The damage itself is enough to win your fights, in fact, this weapon has the fairest damage output in the game imo. Also it's element buff is quite a rare thing to find in the game so it has a unique feeling, plus it's nice to see some variety in PvP. ツ Cool weapon, having fun with this and the Frozen Lightning Spear combo so far!

                                • Anonymous

                                  Genuine buff idea biggest problem is it's highly telegraphed and your opponent has to genuinely screw up just for you to land it perhaps a rework perhaps a two-step Ash of War so you would have the weapon buff and then the attack as separate FP costs and perhaps the blade attack to be much faster and a damage boost overall

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This should be buffed. Adding lightning damage as default might work. Or default frost build up. Or hyper armour for weapon skill animation. Either of these 3 will make this katana useful. As of now, it's just fun but really lacking.. the AR isn't even high enough to have such handicap.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I just wish this either dealt Bleed, Frost by default, or the buff scaled with Faith. I like the idea so much but it's just so bad compared to everything else in the katana class.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Needs a small buff, either hyper armor for the weapon skill or adding lightning dmg to the weapon's physcial attack (like the bolt of gransax spear) or a default frost build up. A very fun weapon to use, but not really useful in most situations.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Should have at least had a weapon attack draw/slash like the uchi, but with the added buff and strike. The scaling makes sense, lightning scales to dex mostly. I get why everyone's complaing, but in th. End it makes sense as far a stats go.. it's just that lousy WA... Elden Bling says don't carefulness rock it till my socks fall off.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            "Please note that the sword crafted from literal gravel stone scale, infused with ice-lightning AND bonus dragon damage actually sucks against dragons."

                                            • Anonymous

                                              WA has same FP cost as blade of death for...? I imagine the flat 130 damage is crazy if you can get it early but I did not and it's very underwhelming which is a shame. I just wanted a cool katana that didn't make me feel obligated to go dex/arc :(

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I'm pairing this with the Serpentbone Blade for maximum Elden Bling, so that's two questionable katana on one Maidenless.
                                                Boy do I wish they at least give it some passive lightning damage or minimum frost build-up.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  This weapon looks pretty cool.

                                                  But man, is it lacking.

                                                  The relatively high FP cost WA with a short duration is awkward, the attack it's attached to is bad and it's necessary to make the sword not complete junk (As the 80 frost build up helps match against every other not-trash katana's 55 bleed build up)

                                                  Still, it can hit like a truck, especially if you grab it early, because the buff gives 130 flat lightning damage at all upgrade levels and is independent of stats. But it can fall off later on in the game when stat caps are being hit and things are being upgraded to +9/+10 or +24/+25.

                                                  But later on, you'd probably be better off with a Lightning Uchigatana/Nagakiba with Chilling Mist.

                                                  As they'll do more lightning damage (Which is less resisted than the slashing damage this weapon primarily does and you can boost it better with Lightning Scorpion/Lightning Tear), proc Frostbite faster and also have bleed procs to boot.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    For those saying "stop complaining about it lacking faith" or something along those lines:
                                                    - It was a Faith katana in the test; as well as having a cooler heavy attack and had passive lightning damage.
                                                    - Katanas have no faith option besides ashes, and ashes are honestly not too amazing anyways
                                                    - It literally does not go alongside it's own magical counterpart; Frozen Lightning Spear, which is a Faith based incantation.
                                                    - Lightning in general for Elden Ring has been jank with it's "I wanna be a dex element :)" while having a large portion of it being Faith.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      This weapon is actually just as good quality as it is pure dex. At 55/55, it only gets ONE less attack rating than a 20/90 dex build (one handed). It could even be seen as better quality, because of the much higher 2 handed strength scaling.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        +6 and Astel, Naturalborn of the Void was a cake walk. Nothing but arrows landing headshots and watching the health bar melt. Was an instant +10 after that and good lord the damage she puts out.

                                                        • Buff adds 130 flat Lightning Damage to weapon ar and 80 frost build up. This information is already available on some pages of the wiki and should be added here, this is the second page with this problem.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            The reason this isn't the best katana is because unlike water, ice is a terrible conductor of electricity. Miyazaki skipped science class.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              They should give this sword dance with the follow up slam doing the ice lightning explosion. Would be consistent with the dragon halberd and make it actually good

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Wasted opportunity not making this a faith scaling katana. Using this with dragon cult / dragon communion spells would be sick

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  My build is a katana user, dex-faith. Have the uchigatana, yura's katana, and a few others. The weapon art on this one is very very precise, you can easily miss of not spot-on. But when it hits it's good for shield enemies, like those golden dragon knights. Usually the are super tanky, but if you catch them even once when they start to attack they go down to half health (the frostbite procs on roughly the second hit). I tested it non-upgraded in limgrave on the heavy-shield knight in front of the gate, then on the golden dragon knight in lurnia east, and again on one in altus plateau. The altus one even melted from it. It takes some practice for the timing and reach, but it has a place in my line up. Unsheathe and piercing fang have their place as well, but the lightning ice is now a fantastic addition at +8.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    This weapon is like a better version of Keen Uchigatana with Lightning Slash skill. It has its own place. You have to be pure dex player who's skilled in using katana because it doesn't has much to do with more than just regular attacks as the weapon skill is very easy to dodge in PVP. If you can handle its conditions, you will definitely love it.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      wish it had either innate frostbite or lightning damage, especially because its so short and the buff only lasts for so long

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        The shortest katana in the game, From should add innate Frost build-up on this thing so that it can compete well with other katanas.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          This weapon already has one of the highest AR's in it's class with high stat investment. If it scaled with faith it would easily reach over 1k AR golden vow'd and ice lightning enchant, without proccing frostbite, which is insane for katana swing speed. It also does ~20% more damage against dragons. While I would love the AoW to have more utility this weapon is already very good.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Idc if it’s not a Faith Scaling Weapon. I’m still going to keep using it +10 on a Faith Build with minimal Strength and Dex. Hopefully they revert it eventually

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Imagine using this to fight against RoB users, and you can hear "Now I see. You deny your weapon its purpose." in your head already.

                                                                              • With a midgame 20str 40dex character (+12/+5 upgrade),
                                                                                Lightning infused Uchigatana/Nagakiba+12 Lightning Slash deals more damage than
                                                                                Dragonscale Blade+5 Ice Lightning Sword. 10 FP vs 25 FP. Bleed Lightning vs Frost Lightning. The former has innate bleed and innate lightning, the latter only gets frost and lightning after using the skill.
                                                                                Uchi/Naga and Lightning Slash can be obtained without defeating any boss whereas you need to defeat a couple of bosses to get Dragonscale Blade.
                                                                                I think this weapon needs a serious buff. Probably give it innate frost and buff the skill damage just a little.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Absolutely love this weapon in PVP. Best with a dex build (obviously). The WA hits hard, and the buff is awesome (Frostbite). Definitely recommend giving it a try.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Y'all gotta stop asking for faith scaling on this. It's related to dragons, so it should be an arcane weapon. I'll be hella upset if they add faith scaling, making it trash on a Draconic build :(

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I killed Mohg using this weapon before the patch that buffed the WA speed.

                                                                                      It's a legitimate nuke now, for PvP it can punishcmany moves and with the new stomp hitbox you can trade blows and win now.

                                                                                      It's still not perfect, this weapon needs baseline frost or make the buff las longer. Also probably the thunderstrike should have a wider area of impact.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        for a skill that is essentially a buf AND an attack, it sure does cost a lot, especially that you need to keep it active in pvp.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Not a big katana guy, but I gave this thing a shot and was amazed at how strong it is after seeing everyone saying that it was mediocre. So this means one of two things. Either this weapon is widely underestimated, or other katana are super mega busted

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            This weapon really needs Faith scaling and passive frost buildup. It would be glorious for Faith builds wanting to use a katana and go in line with Moonveil for Int builds. Do it fromsfoft

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              "pathetically slow weapon art that for some reason cost 25FP" Chrightt. And 20 second duration eaten up by that lengthy animation. This is not just regular bad, it's completely worthless bad.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                I don’t understand why this doesn’t have passive frost buildup, and less buildup when the skill is active, it would make it a viable weapon and more people would use it.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  I could be wrong but I swear in the network test this scaled with faith also, which I thought was so cool cause you never see that, most of the time it's katanas with int, i.e. moonveil, and made me want to use it in my playthrough. Does anyone else remember this or am I just suffering from the Mandela effect

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Discovered two things.
                                                                                                    1. This is a solid punish for slow swings.
                                                                                                    2. If you get in range to hit someone with the initial lighting bolt, you can probably ToD them.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Discovered two things.
                                                                                                      1. This is a solid punish for slow swings.
                                                                                                      2. If you get in range to hit someone with the initial lighting bolt, you can probably ToD them.

                                                                                                      • I think I know exactly what this weapon needs:

                                                                                                        1.)Give the stomp on the weapon art more range and damage, sort of like a smaller wog, aswell as giving it more poise and stagger damage. This will allow it to be more reliable against enemies surrounding you.

                                                                                                        2.) Give the lightning strike after hitting the ground more range aswell as making the ice lightning buff persist longer.

                                                                                                        3.) Probably give it a little more damage as the ice lightning buff is mandatory to make it to do decent numbers.

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