Ruins Greatsword

ruins greatsword colossal swords elden ring wiki guide 200px
attack power elden ring wiki guide 18Attack
Phy 124
Mag 37
Fire 0
Ligt 0
Holy 0
Crit 100
guarded damage negation elden ring wiki guide 18Guard
Phy 82
Mag 56
Fire 50
Ligt 50
Holy 50
Boost 56
attribute scaling elden ring wiki guide 18Scaling
Str B
Int E
attributes required elden ring wiki guide 18Requires
Str 50
Int 16
Colossal Sword Standard
Wave of Destruction FP 25 ( - 25)
Wgt. 23.0 passive effects elden ring wiki guide 18Passive -

Ruins Greatsword is a Colossal Sword in Elden Ring. The Ruins Greatsword scales primarily with Strength and Intelligence and is a good Weapon for its additional magic damage. 

 

Originally rubble from a ruin which fell from the sky, this surviving fragment was honed into a weapon.
One of the legendary armaments.

The ruin it came from crumbled when struck by a meteorite, as such this weapon harbors its destructive power.

 

Where to Find Ruins Greatsword in Elden Ring

The Ruins Greatsword weapon can be found at the following location:

 

Elden Ring Ruins Greatsword Notes & Tips

  • Weapon Skill: Wave of Destruction
  • This weapon cannot be infused with Ashes of War
  • Cannot be enchanted with Magic nor boosted by Consumables
  • Ruins Greatsword can be upgraded by using Somber Smithing Stones 
  • Wave of Destruction: The weapon skill damage scales primarily with weapon level. There are minor increases in damage from STR levels, and the least increase from INT levels.
  • Charged strong attacks cause a small burst of gravity magic upon slamming the ground. This slam causes additional damage, as well as staggering enemies in close proximity. This doesn't cost FP, but consumes more Stamina than normal charged heavy attacks.
  • If the player doesn't meet the stat requirements to wield the weapon, the following penalties are applied:
    • They will become unable to use the Weapon Skill.
    • Their stamina cost on each attack is increased.
    • They cannot benefit from the weapon's magic scaling.
    • However, meeting the STR requirement allows the physical damage and scaling of the weapon remain the same. The base magical damage also remains unaffected.
      • This could prove useful for pure Strength builds if the player manages to acquire it early in the game, provided they can find the Somber Stones to upgrade it.
  • Sell Value:  er runes 13 1000
  • Normally you can rotate to attack in any which direction during the final stages of the animation but with this weapon the 1H R2 is seemingly locked into whatever direction you were facing when pressing R2. (This bug been patched as of 1.07).
  • Note: As of Patch 1.08, the Speed of Crouching and Rolling Attack has been slightly increased.
  • Other notes and player tips go here

 

Moveset & Videos in Elden Ring for Ruins Greatsword

  • Videos for the Ruins Greatsword Coming Soon

 

Ruins Greatsword Upgrades in Elden Ring

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

Requires regular reinforcement with Somber Smithing Stones.

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

  Attack Power Stat Scaling Passive Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Ruins Greatsword Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst
Standard 124 37 - - - 84 B - E - - - 82 56 50 50 50 56 28
Standard +1 141 42 - - - 92 B - E - - - 82 56 50 50 50 56 28
Standard +2 159 47 - - - 100 B - E - - - 82 56 50 50 50 57 28
Standard +3 177 53 - - - 109 B - E - - - 82 56 50 50 50 57 28
Standard +4 195 58 - - - 117 B - D - - - 82 56 50 50 50 58 28
Standard +5 213 63 - - - 126 A - D - - - 82 56 50 50 50 58 28
Standard +6 231 69 - - - 134 A - D - - - 82 56 50 50 50 59 28
Standard +7 249 74 - - - 142 A - D - - - 82 56 50 50 50 59 28
Standard +8 267 79 - - - 151 A - D - - - 82 56 50 50 50 60 28
Standard +9 285 85 - - - 159 A - D - - - 82 56 50 50 50 61 28
Standard +10 303 90 - - - 168 S - D - - - 82 56 50 50 50 61 28

 

 

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      This weapon is too amazing in PVE. Together with good spirit summon, you can beat bosses easily by spamming skill.

      • Anonymous

        Anon 27 Dec 2022 03: 55... TRUE, the weapon itself has horrible range and its ash of war is the weakest ash of war, with no buff "waves of destruction" deals less than 600 damage in pvp... it's s.a.d. and extremely disappointing that "FROM" only thinks about Faith & Dexterity, while not even looking at Intelligence & Arxane & Strength are at a huge disadvantage compared to Dex and Faith...

        • Anonymous

          1000+ hours in and had no idea this thing left a gravity explosion after a charged r2. (Never used it and invaders just spam L2.) Shout out to that summon who actually used a weapons full move set as I'm finna make a graviturgy warrior because of you.

          • Anonymous

            I initially didn’t want to use this weapon because I thought it looked dumb but after I gave it a try I can safely say: this weapon ****s

            • Anonymous

              66 str, butt-ass naked, flynn's ring (super valuable 5% ar), axe tali, charge attack physick, and shart of alexander. Time to turn every living creature in the lands between into a red streak on the floor

              • htf r u supposed to figure out all this stuff!!! oh yeah just add a big boss fight and great sword in case i just wander back to redman caste for no reason!!?!?!

                • Anonymous

                  Went from using the GUTs to this recently. Made life so much easier! Such a cool weapon and that wave of darkness rips!

                  • Anonymous

                    Always love surprising invaders with a couple waves of destruction to the face to make them second guess dropping in

                    • Anonymous

                      This sword does a bit more damage with most attacks than a heavy greatsword at high strength levels (all light attacks and jumping, rolling, back-step heavy attacks) thanks to its extremely high strength scaling and added magic damage. However, its basic R2 attacks seem to have low attack modifiers and do less damage uncharged. When the heavy attacks are charged, they will out-damage the greatsword's charged R2s only if the gravity burst hits, otherwise the sword alone does less. Though the gravity effect will hit most of the time when the sword does, the range is extremely short, so if the sword knocks the target back even a little it may miss. Just something to be mindful of.

                      • Anonymous

                        Ds1:Dragon ultra greatsword
                        Ds2 Fume ultra greatsword
                        Ds3Fume ultra greatsword
                        Elden ring: Ruins greatsword
                        Truly a legendary weapon

                        • Anonymous

                          this weapon is truly legendary. pretty much every other legendary weapon is unremarkable apart from its weapon art

                          • Anonymous

                            Even better than the extra damage of the charged heavy's gravity burst is the high poise damage of it. Anything stunned by the sword itself from the charged R2 will be stunned again, and that extra few seconds of vulnerability makes landing a second charged R2 much more realistic. It's one of the slowest attacks in the game that can actually stun-lock an enemy, even some of the toughest ones.

                            • Anonymous

                              using this on a build with tons of charged attack buffs and landing the heavy deletes pretty much anything off the face of the earth

                              • Anonymous

                                I was unable to get this weapon on my first playthrough since I did the festival and missed the boss, then did sellen's quest before talking to Jerren, and killed him so now im unable to revert redmane castle

                                • Anonymous

                                  Finished the game with ruins on left and and ultra greatsword on my right arm dual wield. I almost melt everything late game with mimic teat except ofc melania. She took 20 times to master.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Odd how it doesn't do strike damage, like just look at it, sure it'll definitely turn dudes into jam on contact, but it sure as hell won't be cutting anything.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Hello? Where's the AR at 60 str?
                                      I want to know if this would be an upgrade and here I am with no useful information

                                      • Anonymous

                                        A the Albinuriac bow summon got me through this boss.

                                        I killed the misbegotton then summoned her at one end of the arena then drew the knight across the arena and she peppered his back with arrows. Eventually the knight slowly walks over to her and some strong attacks to his back re draws his aggro and resets the tactic.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          If you’re trying to do it this fight at a relatively low enough level, I heavily recommended flame of the redmanes. Spam it for the poise break and you should be able to sneak in a jump attack into a repoiste.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Wave of Destruction is one of the best rune-farming weapon skills in the game. It requires a little skill to line up your shot correctly. Using target lock can help with that.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I don't like how this looks but how much does INT come into play with its scaling? It says here the weapon skill scales to whatever upgrade level the sword is at and a little from STR, I only have 17 INT so what about the base damage from the sword itself does that scale to INT?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Kinda cool how most fromsoft games have atleast one ultra greatsword thats just a gigantic piece of rubble/rock/steel etc. fashioned into a weapon vaguely resembling a sword.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Vertical r1s would've made more sense than the default r1's considering it doesn't even have a blade, its just a massive chunk of meteorite fashioned into something that hardly resembles a sword afterall.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Haven't played since doing 2 playthroughs right after launch, with the patch that buffed speed and guard for colossal weapons, is this one more viable (as in you can actually get away with doing something other than jump R2 spam) and fun than it used to be?

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Are you tired of armored enemies with shields blocking all of your attacks and being annoying? No worries! Hit them with the weapon art with their shield down and you can laugh as they are violently tossed in the air with no way of recovering!

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Another tip: if you're using this two-handed, offhand something like the Sacrificial Axe. Offhand passive bonuses apply even when two-handing the main weapon, so if you cast Wave of Destruction and kill 5 weak enemies then you'll regenerate 20 FP, which is actually more than the skill's cost if you have the carian talisman (19 FP). So it really helps you use the skill constantly.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I had trouble getting this weapon at first, but finally succeeded (easily) by using the greatshield ashes +3. Basically this fight obviously should not be done before killing Radahn since the festival makes it so trivial to get to the site of grace, and also makes it much easier to do non-festival castle since you're already inside, working backwards.

                                                          Anyway, with Radahn dead, go into Nokron. You'll face very weak easy enemies and will come across the greatshield ashes very quickly (no boss fights). Get them, upgrade to +3, and it will do wonders to help with this fight. I was level 60 using a grafted dragon +4.

                                                          As for this weapon, it's awesome. Its range is much longer than you'd expect, and wide, and a single cast can wipe out a ton of ordinary enemies, and knocks down most that survive. For the latter reason, I found it very helpful against NPC invaders as well. I've also used it on bosses to great effect; it doesn't knock the large ones down of course but it does heavy damage from range and the cast time is very fast. And the effects just look awesome.

                                                          It's also surprisingly good for blocking when two-handed.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            good luck swinging that tards, by the time you finish your R2 you won't even see what struck you with madness and owned you (gonna give you a tip, it starts with "Vyke" and ends with "Spear")

                                                            • This is the only page that mentions exactly how you get the weapon, which isn't very helpful, because that way you have to know it exists to look for how to get it.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Flame of the Redmanes makes the fight very trivial FYI so this weapon can be acquired quite early if desired. You need 34 natural strength (and 16 int) to two-hand it, but the +5 strength talisman, and +3 radagon talisman, can both be acquired early pretty easily too, so then you need just 26 natural strength to two-hand it which isn't a big deal.

                                                                For damage numbers, I tested it with 35 strength and 25 int against the stagecoach trolls in Limgrave, and I don't count the first hit due to its 25% bonus. I tested the weapon skill beyond melee range so these numbers are purely of the ranged attack.

                                                                At +0 it was 246 damage.
                                                                At +6 it was 668 damage.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  This is dumb. Like imagine if yhorms greatshield required luck to use or something. Or if isshin needed faith to use his glock 19 (also f*ck those two you need to fight in order to get this. Its a poorly designed duo boss that dosent work well together)

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I find it curious that this thing doesn't have the "Gravity" bonus.

                                                                    Given, that it's clearly using Gravity magic for it's minor innate magic damage as well as for the special abilities (The WA and unique R2 effect)

                                                                    It's not a big deal, given how infrequently "Gravity" enemies are fought (And then, how much it impacts given their typically high magic resistances), but it's still kind of odd.

                                                                    • 1H R2 seems to be bugged.. once activated the attack direction can't be altered at all. Normally you can rotate to attack in any which direction during the final stages of the animation but with this weapon the 1H R2 is seemingly locked into whatever direction you were facing when pressing R2

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Anyone str build has stacked points in faith for erdtree greatshield should honestly respec for 16 int and go with this as a utility weapon for invasions. The AoW is immensely good for the unsuspecting and my invasions success rate has improved because of this.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          must have in toolkit for STR invaders. AoW is an absolute host stomper if used in the right situations.

                                                                          I always used this during ambushes when host and phantoms are occupied with npcs. Close in with your normal str weapons like UGS after

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I can imagine some archaeologist studying some ruins, and his friend is like, “Hey, this is cool and all, but what if we made it into a sword?”

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Despite the rolling R1 being a sweeping attack, it still uses the same attack data as normal Colossal Swords, meaning it does thrust damage.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                What is the damage when str:80 int:80? I’m not upgrading int to 80 for the D scaling. I’m doing that for something else, but just wanted to know in case it changes it a little.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  For Any melee user like me... this is a must. Equip it with fingerprint shield and u will be breezing through the toughest bosses. The skill of this awesum OP weapon can be used on mohgwyn palace rune farm point for easy runes of 50000 in 20 seconds.

                                                                                  • The weapon skill absolutely scales more off of Strength, not Intelligence, as you can test easy enough.
                                                                                    With Ruins Greatsword +9 and Shard of Alexander, it hits the red spinny Albinaurics in NG for...
                                                                                    1710 with 67 Strength, 16 Intelligence
                                                                                    1717 with 67 Strength, 21 Intelligence
                                                                                    1753 with 72 Strength, 16 Intelligence, which is enough to one-shot them.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Could this have come from pieces of Farum Azula? And if so, what meteor broke it apart? Could it be Astel or something?

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Incredible defensive / crowd control weapon against any human-sized enemy in PvE . Its weapon art has good range,good tracking, knock up , massive armor while charging even when you're naked, the heavy attack also leave a small explosion after impact. Being a colossal sword, all of this happens while stance break is building in the background.

                                                                                        This thing doesn't just beat people up , it totally dominates the fight. I don't upgrade it for the sole purpose of prolonging my enemies's destruction and humiliation . 10/10

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Stats-wise this thing looks like the best choice for most things, and the art is impressive. However, if you're using the guts sword until now, this one is peculiarly short. You'll whiff lots of jump attacks and roll or squat pokes. Really turned me off of it.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            FS has really screwed up Str weapons.... why 16 Int on a PURE Str Great Sword? I assume they must have had a BattleMage Build in mind for this weapon.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              ruins greatsword is unbalanced weapon art has too little cooldown, it deals colossal damage and the fight with a malenna turns into a joke, if a weapon requires a nerf, it's just that stone crap

                                                                                              • I have found this boss fight before defeating Radahn, even before the festival, meaning I snuck past all those Redmane Knights while being underleveled. Also, being underleveled, meaning I couldn't actually beat them first time I met them. After beating Radahn tho, exiting Redmane Castle, passing time, resting at Grace then returning made all the Redmane Knights returned along with the boss fight.

                                                                                                On another note, this looks like Gravity's version of Taker's Flames. Wonder how it hold up against it?

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Confirmed your can left-hand the Serpent-God's Curved Sword, then two-hand this weapon, and you get the heal on kill.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    The Wiki is just wrong. You don't need to go through Radahn Festival to fight the Misbegotten and Crucible Knight combo. Radahn Festival only starts if you do Ranni's quest or enter Altus Plateau. Before that you just have to make your way through the regular Redmane Castle and defeat the boss duo there.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Had a hard time justifying using this over the Starscourge greaswords, but eventually I was seduced by the big bonk.

                                                                                                      After that my Tarnished went about the Lands Between, trying to find the original owner of this weaponized piece of a temple, but none would claim ownership. Then there were a lot of deaths and then some people started calling him Elden Lord. Weird, lemme tell y'all. WEIRD.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Article should be updated, you do not need to beat Radahn to get this, the fort is available before the festival. I should know, I've done it on all three of my characters! And I've beaten the duo countless times as a support. For anyone struggling, the crucible knight can be flinched with 1 attack from something strong like Lion's Claw on a colossal weapon. So you can just dodge (easy if you aren't doing anything else, but beware the debris on the field), and after it attacks just Claw without worrying about them attacking back after, run away and repeat. Big tail sucks but if you're flinching him regularly you should only see it once or twice a fight, and it's easier to dodge than it looks if you dodge through it.

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