Golden Epitaph

golden epitaph straight sword weapon elden ring wiki guide 200px
attack power elden ring wiki guide 18Attack
Phy 85
Mag 0
Fire 0
Ligt 0
Holy 85
Crit 100
guarded damage negation elden ring wiki guide 18Guard
Phy 25
Mag 15
Fire 15
Ligt 15
Holy 40
Boost 30
attribute scaling elden ring wiki guide 18Scaling
Str D
Dex D
Fai D
attributes required elden ring wiki guide 18Requires
Str 12
Dex 10
Fai 14
Straight Sword Standard / Pierce
Last Rites FP 25
Wgt. 3.5 passive effects elden ring wiki guide 18Passive -

Golden Epitaph is a Straight Sword in Elden Ring. The Golden Epitaph scales primarily with Strength, Dexterity and Faith. It is a good Weapon for dealing Holy Damage, especially when wielded against Undead.

 

A sword made to commemorate the death of Godwyn the Golden, first of the demigods to die.

Infused with the humble prayer of a young boy; "O brother, lord brother, please die a true death."

 

Where to Find Golden Epitaph in Elden Ring

The Golden Epitaph weapon can be found at the following location:

 

Elden Ring Golden Epitaph Notes & Tips

  • Weapon Skill: Last Rites
  • This weapon cannot be infused with Ashes of War.
  • Cannot be enchanted with Magic nor buffed by Consumables.
  • Golden Epitaph can be upgraded by using Somber Smithing Stones.
  • Deals +30% damage innately to undead icon 40px Undead type enemies and prevents Skeletons from reviving.
  • Combined with it's 30% damage bonus against Undead and the potent Ash of War aura that adds (multiplicatively) 50% on top of that, this weapon can tolerate minimal Faith investment during early-to-mid game encounters, unless wielded against non-Undead and Holy-resistant enemies.
  • Sell value: runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 500 Runes.

 

Moveset & Videos in Elden Ring for Golden Epitaph

  • Videos for the Golden Epitaph Coming Soon

 

Golden Epitaph 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 (%)
Golden Epitaph Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst
Standard 85 - - - 85 45 D D - D - - 25 15 15 15 40 30 15
Standard +1 97 - - - 97 49 D D - D - - 25 15 15 15 40 30 15
Standard +2 109 - - - 109 54 D D - D - - 25 15 15 15 40 30 15
Standard +3 121 - - - 121 58 D D - D - - 25 15 15 15 40 30 15
Standard +4 134 - - - 134 63 D D - D - - 25 15 15 15 40 31 15
Standard +5 146 - - - 146 67 D D - D - - 25 15 15 15 40 31 15
Standard +6 158 - - - 158 72 D D - D - - 25 15 15 15 40 31 15
Standard +7 171 - - - 171 76 D D - D - - 25 15 15 15 40 32 15
Standard +8 183 - - - 183 81 D D - C - - 25 15 15 15 40 32 15
Standard +9 195 - - - 195 85 D D - C - - 25 15 15 15 40 32 15
Standard +10 208 - - - 208 90 D D - C - - 25 15 15 15 40 33 15

 




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    • Anonymous

      Here's a neat little thing I noticed while playing a Golden Order build, the Sacred Order and Shared Order ashes of war depict the symbol of the Golden Order itself.
      Last Rites, despite being identical to Shared Order, was produced by Miquella, so when you use that skill, you will briefly see the Haligtree symbol, the mark of Miquella himself. :)

      • Anonymous

        Miquella saw himself as just a “brother” to Godwyn despite them not sharing the same father and the latter of the two having his father exiled from the lands between. Kinda touching.

        • Anonymous

          The scaling on this sword isn't great. I prefer my regular Lordsworn's Heavy Straight Sword + Order's Blade. I can just put points into STR so my Clawmark Seal incant scaling gives me the same holy damage (+100% to undead) as Golden Epitaph and way more phys damage. At lower levels this sword makes sense, but at higher levels the scaling makes more of a difference (lvl 40 STR, B STR scaling). The Square Off ash of war that comes with Lordsworn's is too op. Did I mention I love the Lordsworn's Straight Sword?

          • Anonymous

            Now wait a damn second, a Straight Sword with 14 Faith Requirement that's good against undead? I'VE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE! (Astora's Straight Sword, Dark Souls 1)

            • Anonymous

              Best sword to fight the undead. it naturally has 30% damage increase against the undead and gets 50% more with last rites. keeps them down for good and has relatively good scaling compared to putting sacred on an ordinary straight sword with sacred order. if you are not pure faith build this sword is the best.

              • Anonymous

                This weapon is pretty good for it's sole purpose, to wreck undead.

                It has fairly low stat requirements too, 14 Fth is easy enough to splash into (If only to get 15 Fth for Flame, Grant Me Strength but also Heal is nice to have access to in order to wreck Revenants)

                Making it a decent weapon to hang onto in order to use when you encounter undead. Killing skeletons outright without needing to buff is very convenient and with the WA you can MELT Tibia Mariners and Deathbirbs due to the massive damage multiplier you get.

                The only thing that's kind of WeirdChamp about it is the fact that it's a weapon dedicated to killing undead... Yet it's not a Strike weapon while Strike damage is strong against undead.

                • Anonymous

                  The buff from this is weaker than AoW: Shared Order. Wut?

                  Like I buff and switch to my main weapon and the bonus Holy damage is lower than Shared Order.

                  • Anonymous

                    Since this weapon is so similar to Rune Sword from Demon's Souls (in appearance primarily), it would have been cool if the weapon art was something more defense based. In Demon's Souls, just holding Rune Sword gave you a hefty boost to your magic defense, and if you also used the Rune Shield or Dark Silver Shield you would see another magic defense boost added on top. My ideal version of this weapon would be to make it so that it would have a small boost to your magic defense from holding it, but have the weapon art give you Barrier of Gold, but rather affecting you and your allies, it only affects yourself and has the length of magic fortification. Defensive weapons are cool as they give such a neat way to play.

                    • Anonymous

                      This also perma-kills summoned skeletons like in black knife catacombs. Does "Those Who Live in Death" only mean skeletons or are there specific enemies that applies to?

                      • Anonymous

                        You can actually grab this on a fresh new Faith character, for an easy early Faith unique. It means grabbing the two medallions and a stonesword key, and the agonising journey all the way to the Auriza Hero's Grave, but in any case it has low stat requirements, and there are no bosses or farming standing in the way. The ability to dab on skeletons is also kinda value for low level characters.

                        • Anonymous

                          The bane of Undead and those blasted Death Rite Birds. Seriously, this thing does so much damage to those enemies types, it's totally worth holding onto just for when you encounter them.

                          • Anonymous

                            This is the Rune Sword from Demon's Souls. There are actually a lot of references to DeS in Elden Ring. More than any of the other games. Very cool!

                            • Anonymous

                              Not worth it TBH. A +25 holy imbued longsword deals slightly better damage while having the benefit of having customizable ashes of war. Only thing this one has going for it is that it perma-kills skeletons

                              • Anonymous

                                Combine with buffs and talismans and flasks that increase Holy damage?

                                Could be the new Astora's Straight-Sword?

                                • Anonymous

                                  Low AR at first glance but the thing with this weapon is that it's imbued with the power to slay skeletons. You can stack its weapon art on top of the passive and deal an obscene amount of damage on anything that is undead. As far as i can tell, this is mainly a PvE sword.

                                  • Lore dump:

                                    Like a previous commenter said, the "young boy" in the description is probably Miquella. The weapon skill is the only skill in the game that uses the Haligtree incantation icon, the same one that you get when you use Miquella's needle in the Placidusax arena. Miquella is also cursed with eternal youth, ergo "young boy" who could consider Godwyn a "brother."

                                    The skeleton-kill effect seems to be a consequence of Miquella's "humble prayer." Those who Live in Death come from Deathroot, which in turn comes from the corpse of Godwyn at the roots of the Erdtree in the Deeproot Depths. The skeleton-kill seems to be the consequence of the prayer extending out to the derivatives of Godwyn, in his role as Prince of Death.

                                    I'd be super curious to know if this weapon has any unique interaction with Fia or Lichdragon Fortissax.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      great sidearm for a pure faith build, sitting at 606 AR with minimum stats and 80 faith. The skeleton banish effect has also been super useful in certain areas

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Weapon DOEs have a special effect to it. this is so far as i've been testing the only weapon that doesnt require a weapon art or spell on it to out right kill skeletons without them getting back up. Much like holy spells and pots. but basic holy damage does not seem to out right kill them, unless it's this sword.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I think the "young boy" in the item description is miquella because of the haligtree motif that appears when you use the weapon skill

                                          • Anonymous

                                            How does it scaled compared to Sac Noble longsword? Noble gets a B at 25, while this still sticks at C. I assume Sac noble out preforms this eventually based on scaling along.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I think this weapon should at least be able to use the sacred and physical ashes of war, the fact that I cant change it is kind of a bummer seeing as the buff doesn't stack with golden vow

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Insanely good sword, quick sword, really high damage (despite it's numbers) and perma-kills skeletons. Also does greatly increased damage to undead style mobs with buff for you and friends, and looks cool to boot. A favorite of mine for sure!

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  this weapon absolutely annihilates Skeletons. Without the skill active it'll perma-kill any skeletons, even those linked to a Necromancer, and with the skill I saw a nearly 60% increase in damage. When you want to get off mr. bones' wild ride, accept no substitutes.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    FYI, Skeletons will not resurrect when killed with this sword even without the Sacred Oath self-buff active.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I feel like I'm missing something. At level 70, the same old Sacred Lordsworn's Straight Sword I've been using since Limgrave does better Holy and Physical damage, and with the Shared Order ash it can even duplicate the weapon art. So.... why would I use this?

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Any way to get to this early? I have a few str/fth weapons but all with higher stat requirements than this. It seems weird it's so far into the game and something like golden halberd is at the start.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          The page only states the weapon cannot be infused with Ashes of War but says nothing about buffs. Does anybody who has found this weapon know if it can be buffed?

                                                          • I need to actually test it, but I'm pretty sure this sword kills skeletons / reviving enemies without the extra hit on the glowing thing, as if you had Sacred Blade or some similar ability on your weapon.

                                                            • The Golden Epitaph is found on the Auriza Hero's Grace, at the top limit of the map in a castle surrounded by water.
                                                              Players will need to activate the Grand Lift of Dectus to access the area or defeat the Wyrm Lava Dragon.
                                                              It is a good weapon for Paladins build specifically, scaling of Faith and STR. Ashes cannot be use on this weapon.

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