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Elden Ring’s freedom of choice in building out your Tarnished is extraordinary. But, at the end of the day, you should make an ultimate decision on what weapons and gear work best for you and stick to it. One of the best options for greatsword users is the weapon at the heart of this particular Blasphemous Blade Elden Ring guide.
The Blasphemous Blade is one of the best great swords in the entire game. If you like slightly slower, bulkier melee weapons in Elden Ring, this is the one for you. If you prefer to guard a lot of times rather than focus on speedy attacks and dodging, this is likely the weapon to pick.
For everything you need to know, including where to find this weapon, check out our Blasphemous Blade Elden Ring guide below.
Bottom Line Up Front
The Blasphemous Blade is one of the best greatswords in all of Elden Ring. This weapon is a special one, requiring players to take down one of the most challenging bosses in the game, Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy. If you are able to take down this demigod Shardbearer, you’ll get a unique item.
This item can then be taken to the Roundtable Hold where you’ll be able to acquire the Blasphemous Blade or another weapon that is modeled after the demigod boss. Though the Blasphemous Blade has some limitations, such as not being able to use Ashes of War, its stats and abilities are fantastic.
Blasphemous Blade Elden Ring Quick Facts
When it comes to Elden Ring, one of my favorite parts of the game is learning and experimenting with all of the various features and options.
I will often pick up new weapons, try out their unique skills, and mesh them with the gear that I currently have on hand to see what works best for me.
Here are the quick facts you need to know about the Blasphemous Blade in Elden Ring:
- Core Stats: Strength, Dexterity, and Faith. It is best to use a balance of these since they each boost this sword.
- Soft Cap Recommendations: Level 60 per stat or as high as you can go for each of them.
- Attack Types: Standard sword attacks, pierce attacks
- Additional Buffs: It grants additional fire damage against enemies for every swing (perfect for fighting foes already weak to fire)
- Negatives: You are unable to use Ashes of War while you have this sword equipped.
- Taker’s Flame: Weapon skill. Costs 30 FP to use and deals pure fire damage, while also healing the player. It uses the Faith stat.
Where to Get the Blasphemous Blade
Before we dive any deeper into the Blasphemous Blade, you need to get your hands on this greatsword, first and foremost. To do this, you can’t actually get the blade itself as a drop anywhere. Instead, you have to get another item first that then allows you to get this greatsword.
The item that you need for this task is none other than the Remembrance of the Blasphemous. You might know these types of drop items as the unique ones that drop from certain significant bosses in the world of Elden Ring. This one is necessary if you wish to get this wonderful greatsword.
How to Get the Remembrance of the Blasphemous
Here’s how to get the Remembrance of the Blasphemous. Unlike the sword itself, this is an actual drop item that you can get in the world of The Lands Between. To do that, you’ll need to take down one of the strongest bosses in the entire game, an actual demigod that is a tough battle.
That battle is against none other than the Shardbearer Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy. This is, technically, an optional boss fight in Elden Ring, but one that every player should aim to take on at some point in their time playing this game.
To find the Shardbearer Rykard and, therefore, get the Remembrance of the Blasphemous, you’ll need to find Rykard in the Mt. Gelmir region of The Lands Between. There, you’ll find the iconic Volcano Manor dungeon, where Rykard is the final boss of it all.
How to Defeat Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy
Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, is a giant fiery serpent boss enemy you can take down in the Volcano Manor. There are two phases to this boss fight, much like many of the other enemies in the game. What you should note, though, is that since it is a fiery enemy, you shouldn’t fire-based attacks here.
Instead, the general elements and weapons that Rykard is the weakest to are standard attacks, slash attacks, pierce attacks, and for the more magically-inclined users out there like myself, frostbite attacks. These are the four elements and styles you should mainly use in this fight if you can.
During the first phase, Rykard appears as the God-Devouring Serpent, which has more than 30,000 health. There is a Serpent Hunter Great Spear weapon that is near the start of this boss fights area. You can use it to stun the enemy well and give yourself an advantage.
Other than that, it is all about staying out of the pool of lava that surrounds the boss. This is why ranged attacks and the spear that you find in this area are necessary, as they will allow you to damage the foe from afar without getting too much damage yourself.
It is possible to dodge most of his attacks relatively easily since he is a slow enemy. His attacks have rather vast windows of time for you to avoid or interrupt him, so that shouldn’t be a problem so long as you are constantly moving and attacking.
What to Do With the Remembrance of the Blasphemous Item
Once you defeat Rykard, you’ll get some drops for the boss fight, including the Remembrance of the Blasphemous item. This is the crucial drop item that you need for getting the whole purpose of this guide, which isn’t to take down this Shardbearer necessarily but to get one of the best greatswords in the game.
To do that, there are a few things you can do with the Remembrance of the Blasphemous item. It is a consumable item you can waste on getting 50,000 Runes if you use or sell it. That is a waste, though, so I don’t recommend doing that.
Instead, what you can do is take the item to one of the Walking Mausoleums. There, you can duplicate this item once and have two of them in your possession. And, no, don’t use both of them to gain 100,000 Runes instantly, as there are much better ways to get those Runes.
Instead, you can then take the two Remembrances of the Blasphemous that you gained to Roundtable Hold. There, speak with Enia, and you’ll be able to trade one for the unique Rykard’s Rancor sorcery and another for the Blasphemous Blade that you have been vying for this whole time.
Taker’s Flames Explained
A huge part of why some players want to use the Blasphemous Blade is its extra weapon skill known as Taker’s Flames. It costs 30 FP to use this skill each time, which is one of the slowest skills.
With it, the player takes the greatsword, raises it up as it lights afire, and then brings it down for a considerable slash that goes back some.
Not only does this deal some intense damage, but it also heals the player for a portion of the damage that is dealt. In general, it deals purely fire damage and nothing else, so keep that in mind. But every hit it lands gives the player back 150 health points plus 10% of their max HP.
This skill is relatively slow, but it is a great way to recover some health in the middle of an intense fight while, hopefully, dealing some significant damage at the same time. It scales using only the Faith stat, though, so this is something you should focus on if you want to deal the most damage possible.
How to Upgrade the Blasphemous Blade
Like other weapons, it is possible to upgrade the Blasphemous Blade to bring out even more of its potential. You only need to use Somber Smithing Stones as the upgrade material to do this. You can get these from the Smithing Master Iji, which will help you to upgrade this weapon further.
It takes a single Somber Smithing Stone to upgrade the Blasphemous Blade at each level. Since there are usually only so many of these you can find or buy in a single playthrough; you should think carefully if this is the weapon you want to use for the rest of the game and, if so, then go for it.
Blasphemous Blade Build Recommendation
If you want to make the most out of the Blasphemous Blade weapon, here is the build you should consider using:
- Right Hand Weapon: Blasphemous Blade
- Left Hand: Golden Order Seal
- Sorceries and Incantations: Flame, Grant Me Strength and Golden Vow
- Talismans: Alexander’s Shard, Carian Filigreed Crest, and Fire Scorpion Charm (Ritual Sword Talisman is optional but recommended as well)
- Tears: Flame Shrouding Cracked Tear and Spiked Cracked Tear
- Strength: Low (roughly level 20 or so)
- Dexterity: Low (also roughly level 15-20 or so)
- Faith: This is your core stat. Put as many points into it as possible.
The goal here is to make a build that focuses on Faith mostly, with Strength and Dexterity playing second fiddle as your stats. The reason for this is to essentially make a build that entirely relies upon the Taker’s Flame ability for this sword.
You’ll want to constantly use this power in battle to burn up foes and make them suffer, while also keeping your HP looking fantastic. This is a fun and solid build, especially since Taker’s Flame is exciting to use.
Best Alternatives to the Blasphemous Blade in Elden Ring
If you like the idea of Blasphemous Blade in Elden Ring but are ready to try out another sword, instead, here are three solid alternatives and why I like them:
The Winged Scythe is another Faith, Strength, and Dexterity weapon that limits your build like the Blasphemous Blade. But there is something majestic about its holy-based light skill that is gorgeous and powerful.
Magma Wyrm‘s Scalesword
This is a curved greatsword that uses similar stats to the Blasphemous Blade. It is quite similar in practice with its Magma Guillotine ability, which also deals fire damage. If you want a heftier, slower, but more powerful weapon, this is a solid one.
Flaming Strike Halberd
This can be essentially any halberd in the game you like, but you want to add the Flaming Strike Ash of War to it.
Flaming Strike is an immensely powerful Ash of War that can essentially make almost any halberd into a Blasphemous Blade-like weapon, but without the health recovery. You can use it on other weapon types, but halberds work the best.
Question: How do I get the Blasphemous Blade in Elden Ring?
Answer: The only way to get the Blasphemous Blade in Elden Ring is to first get the Remembrance of the Blasphemous. That item drops from the Shardbearer Rykard, one of the most challenging optional bosses you’ll find in the game. Once you have that, trade it at the Roundtable Hold for the blade.
Question: What does Blasphemous Blade Scale Best with?
Answer: The Blasphemous Blade scales best with the Strength, Dexterity, and Faith stats. These are the three stats you should focus on the most if you want to make the most out of this sword. Better yet, Faith is extremely important for the Blasphemous Blade’s weapon skill.
Question: Is the Blasphemous Blade good in Elden Ring?
Answer: Yes, the Blasphemous Blade is more than good in Elden Ring. I would argue that it is potentially the best greatsword in the entire action RPG. If you prefer using greatswords or fire melee attacks, you should undoubtedly consider the Blasphemous Blade. It makes for one of the best greatswords builds in Elden Ring.
Learn More About Greatswords in Elden Ring
Blasphemous Blade is one of the best weapons you can find in Elden Ring. It is among the best melee weapons in the entire game, and it could be argued that it is the best greatsword you can find in The Lands Between. This is for a number of reasons.
The Blasphemous Blade is the weapon modeled after Shardbearer Rykard, one of the most challenging optional bosses in the game. As such, it is flame-oriented and powerful, with an impressive unique weapon skill that can heal the player back for a healthy amount of HP. As such, I recommend anyone who likes greatswords to get this weapon.
If you like greatswords, it is high time you learn more about the various greatswords that exist in Elden Ring. Blasphemous Blade may be among the best of the entire weapon category, but it is far from the only one.
There may be others that are better suited to your build that you should consider before sticking to only this one.
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