Gargoyle's Black Axe

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attack power elden ring wiki guide 18Attack
Phy 100
Mag 0
Fire 0
Ligt 0
Holy 120
Crit 100
guarded damage negation elden ring wiki guide 18Guard
Phy 49
Mag 27
Fire 27
Ligt 27
Holy 54
Boost 37
attribute scaling elden ring wiki guide 18Scaling
Str D
Dex E
Fai D
attributes required elden ring wiki guide 18Requires
Str 24
Dex 8
Fai 22
Greataxes Standard
War Cry FP 16
Wgt. 8.5 passive effects elden ring wiki guide 18Passive -

Gargoyle's Black Axe is a Greataxe in Elden Ring. The Gargoyle's Black Axe scales primarily with StrengthDexterity, and Faith and is a good Weapon for heavy attacks that deal holy damage.. 


Bronze greataxe wielded by Valiant Gargoyles, mended with blackened corpse wax.
Deals holy damage.

Such is the mark of those who serve Maliketh, the Black Blade.


Where to Find Gargoyle's Black Axe in Elden Ring

The Gargoyle's Black Axe weapon can be found at the following location:


Elden Ring Gargoyle's Black Axe Notes & Tips

  • Weapon Skill: War Cry
  • This weapon cannot be infused with Ashes of War
  • Gargoyle's Black Axe can be upgraded by using Somber Smithing Stones
  • Sell Value:  er runes 13 200
  • NOTE: As of Patch 1.09, the scaling values of this weapon were changed. Please refer to the Upgrades Table of this weapon below. Additionally, speed, range, recovery time and guard counter speed of Greataxe weapons has increased.
  • Other notes and player tips go here


Moveset & Videos in Elden Ring for Gargoyle's Black Axe


Gargoyle's Black Axe PvP Poise Damage Values in Elden Ring

Patch 1.10 adjusted PVP Poise Damage of all Weapons including some Spells and Incantations. Please take note that these adjustments are exclusive to PVP.

One-Handed Attacks

  • 1H R1 (1/2/3/4 Attacks): 203.5/101.75/101.75/110
  • 1H R2 (1/2 Attacks): 330/330
  • 1H Charged R2 (1/2 Attacks): 990/990
  • 1H R1 Jumping: 203.5
  • 1h R2 Jumping: 660

Two-Handed Attacks

  • 2H R1 (1/2/3/4 Attacks): 264/132/132/143
  • 2H R2 (1/2 Attacks): 363/363
  • 2H Charged R2 (1/2 Attacks): 1089/1089
  • 2H R1 Jumping: 264
  • 2h R2 Jumping: 726


Gargoyle's Black Axe Upgrades in Elden Ring

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

Requires regular reinforcement with Somber Smithing Stones

This upgrade can be enchanted with Magic or boosted with Consumables.

  Attack Power Stat Scaling Passive Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Gargoyle's Black Axe Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst
Standard 100 - - - 120 75 D E - D - - 49 27 27 27 54 37 18
Standard +1 114 - - - 137 82 D E - D - - 49 27 27 27 54 37.37 18
Standard +2 129 - - - 154 90 D E - D - - 49 27 27 27 54 37.74 18
Standard +3 143 - - - 172 97 D E - D - - 49 27 27 27 54 38.11 18
Standard +4 158 - - - 189 105 C E - D - - 49 27 27 27 54 38.48 18
Standard +5 172 - - - 207 112 C E - D - - 49 27 27 27 54 38.85 18
Standard +6 187 - - - 224 120 C E - D - - 49 27 27 27 54 39.22 18
Standard +7 201 - - - 241 127 C E - D - - 49 27 27 27 54 39.59 18
Standard +8 216 - - - 259 135 C E - D - - 49 27 27 27 54 39.96 18
Standard +9 230 - - - 276 142 C E - D - - 49 27 27 27 54 40.33 18
Standard +10 245 - - - 294 150 C E - D - - 49 27 27 27 54 40.7 18


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    • Anonymous

      Aside from the great sword, there is almost no reason to use these over the normal, they should of given us the HP drain attacks on every black wax gargoyle weapon. which is a shame since I do like how these look over the normal ones

      • Anonymous

        A lot of people complain about this weapon, but I honestly like it quite a lot. It's great for Roar builds, and this thing hits like Mike Tyson. At just level 6 you can break the poise of the Dragon Knight outside Maliketh's boss area in two R2's.

        • Anonymous

          I accidentally upgraded this to +10 and can 1 hit most NPC's in the game, no regrets! Actually an excellent weapon for a Paladin build and matches perfectly with the tree sentinel armor and greatshield

          • Anonymous

            All the other black blade weapons got done dirty in terms of the ash of war. Why should the sword be the only one to get the cool Destined Death skill?

            • Anonymous

              Decent in pvp at 30 str 45 fth one handed, 82 poise. Synergizes with icon shield or erdtree great shield and blessing of the erdtree buff, lords talisman. No one knows when they can punish a miss without eating hyper armor war cry r2. Two handing it is ok, but for that I would just use the Golden Halberd. This shines on a shield build or tanky bestial caster.

              • Anonymous

                The biggest crime committed against this thing is that it is locked to war cry, which only buffs the PHYSICAL damage, and it has more base Holy. If it was an 80/20 split it wouldn't be terrible but we're looking at a 50/50 after scalings. Gargoyles black blade got a unique destined death version of an existing ash, why didn't the others?

                • Anonymous

                  It's disappointing that you can't change the ash of war on the weapon despite the default ash being a generic one you can buy for 800 runes.

                  • Anonymous

                    I understand the salty complaints about this weapon but I'm using it on my Faith character and it's great

                    • Anonymous

                      I've read a lot of comments and it doesn't always have to be about the best scaling or monster AoW that can kill bosses with minimal skill needed, a lot of players s**ting on ROB in one comment section are in another saying how spamming flame of the Redmanes shredded this or that boss.
                      I have at either +10 or +25 bolt of gransax, godslayer's greatsword, blasphemous blade, sword of milos and serpentbone blade. Obviously I am not running any kind of optimised build with the spread of requirements those weapons need. But I literally couldn't give less f**ks, I'm enjoying the game in my own way, and if I really need to I can easily respec to a more optimised biuld around the godslayer's greatsword and blasphemous blade with Rennala if NG+ is kicking my arse.

                      • Anonymous

                        It says mountaintop of the giants but the gargoyle that drops this is in the forbidden lands between you and the lift, unless the forbidden lands are part of MotG?
                        If I avoided fighting the gargoyle the first time I used the lift then activated a grace checkpoint at mountaintop of the giants will I have to wait until NG+ to fight it? I have been back there a couple of times for it but Milicent's gold summon sign isn't there and the gargoyle doesn't spawn.

                        • Anonymous

                          So From seriously looked at this weapon, saw how the Gargoyles have a slam attack, and still said “yeah, let’s give is generic Way Cry”. Ffs man, talk about lazy.

                          • Anonymous

                            I don't understand why they decided that a weapons Affinity should determine whether you can put a Skill on it. Has magic, fire, lightning, or holy damage, no creativity for you. Almost every weapon that has a pre-built skill that isn't unique isn't worth using. I've been scratching my head on this decision since day 1.

                            • Anonymous

                              All the str/fth weapons have absurdly high base damage. But bad scaling. That is their niche. 20 str and golden halberd will win trades against collosals at lvl 125 with tree sentinel armor and literally 99 vigor. No 99 vigor is not a meme and it’s a lot of fun with every life boost and blue feather. Gargoyle black axe lets me run erdtree great shield, 60 vigor, tree bro armor and all the best buffs at 125. No compromises to damage and war cry is perfect. Golden vow on golden halberd will buff spell damage. And gargoyle black greatswords ash will do % based DoT on bosses and has low stats for casters. Give these weapons another look and think of the build possibilities. Even eclipse shotel/tree spear will do solid dmg on base stats in pvp... and tree spear can be buffed by orders blade

                              • Anonymous

                                somberstone weapon, high stat requirements, s**t scaling, holy damage, bad aow that cant be changed and uninfusable. what a sad weapon.

                                • Anonymous

                                  This weapon has the highest AR with 55 str, 50 fth of the GA class and utilizing heavy infusions. If it cant be buffed then the other ones might win but if youre looking for a Savage axe for your Beast incant build this is it.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Should’ve had a variation of Troll’s Roar, where you scream, then slam the axe into the ground and creating a shockwave. War Cry is such a lazy skill to put on an otherwise interesting weapon.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      All the Black Blade Kindred weapons are very dissapointing.

                                      They have high faith requirements despite scaling poorly in said stat and were given generic ashes of war we can't change.

                                      It's weird they put effort in the greatsword (despite being a recolor of vacuum slice with a health drain added) but didn't bother with the others, especially when taking into account the fact that the gargoyles have very characteristic Destined Death attacks with all their weapons (roar+earthshatter with the axe and the tornado attacks with the halberd and twinblade).

                                      Wish they would have spent a bit more time in makint these.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Have this in my off hand with gargoyles great axe in my main with golden vow, best looking and fun to play power stance for me so far, just remember it’s much better to look good than to feel good

                                        • Anonymous

                                          elden rings weapon choices suck when choosing a build to make forcing people to all use the same weapon for a small selection of what feels like preplanned builds just to do damage, darksouls 3 had a smaller selection of weapons with a wider variety of different build possibilities making each one feel more personalized to you

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Can't be infused so unless you really like War Cry I don't see why you wouldn't just put a Holy Ash of War on an Infusable Axe. This is definitely one of those "why does this exist" weapons.

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