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Elden Ring: What's The Most Powerful Curved Greatsword?

The combat in "Elden Ring" is highly adaptable. Sure, choosing a class in the beginning of the game might set you down a certain path, but players have the option to reset their character's stats by giving Larval Tears to Rennala in order to try out a different build. That said, it's best to go into the experience with a specific build in mind so that you can spend your time collecting the items and materials best suited to your protagonist's strengths. 

Magic users should search out spells while Dexterity-focused builds center on light armor and one-handed weapons. Players who want to emphasize the Strength stat will likely want to find the biggest two-handed weapon they can swing to deal as much damage to their enemies as possible. Curved Greatswords are great for this. They definitely slow you down, which isn't ideal for boss fights, but the massive amount of damage that they dish out can make quick work of slow enemies with large health pools. There are a few really good options hidden in the Lands Between, but one definitely stands above the rest.

The Bloodhound's Fang is all bite and no bark

The Onyx Lord's Greatsword and the Magma Wyrm's Scalesword are both powerful weapons in their own right, but the Bloodhound's Fang is much faster than these other options. It also possesses a few perks that make it difficult to pass up. To start, it has C Strength scaling and B Dexterity scaling once it's upgraded to Standard +7. This is significant since many of the other Curved Greatswords scale with Intelligence or Faith, which aren't skills typically associated with heavy weapon builds. It starts out dealing 141 physical damage and deals a staggering 345 when fully upgraded.

On top of all that, the Bloodhound's Fang has a couple of other abilities. It passively causes 55 Blood Loss build up and has the unique skill Bloodhound's Finesse. This upward slash deals massive amounts of damage while simultaneously allowing the player to do a backwards flip, gaining some distance from the enemy. Couple that with the higher speed and lower weight, and it becomes obvious that this is the superior weapon because it compensates for the greatest weakness of other Curved Greatswords – their sluggishness.

Best of all, players who wish to get their hands on the Bloodhound's Fang can do so very early in the game. It's dropped by Bloodhound Knight Darriwil, who is located at the Forlon Hound Evergaol in Limgrave.