Elden Ring Carian Greatsword Location & Tips

Here's everything you need to know about the Carian Greatsword in Elden Ring, and how it allows weak sorcerers to wield a greatsword!

Elden Ring Carian Greatsword
Elden Ring Carian Greatsword

Carian Greatsword Location

In Elden Ring the Carian Greatsword can be obtained quite early, though it would require you to beat one boss, Margit the Fell Omen. He is the first non-optional boss you encounter in Elden Ring, and he is what stands between you and the entrance to the Legacy Dungeon, that is Stormveil Castle, where you obtain the Carian Greatsword.

How To Get The Carian Greatsword In Simpler Steps:

  1. Start at “The First Step” site of grace.
  2. Defeat Tree Sentinel (optional boss).
  3. Find a new site of grace at the Church Of Elleh.
  4. Head to Gatefront Ruins in the forest.
  5. Obtain the Torrent.
  6. Defeat the giant Troll in Stormgate.
  7. Rest at a site of grace in Stormhill.
  8. Go to the Castleward Tunnel.
  9. Defeat Margit The Fell Omen.
  10. Reach Stormveil Castle.
  11. Rest at the Cliffside site of grace.
  12. Eliminate Bladed Talon Eagles.
  13. Get a Rusty Key from the upper chamber.
  14. Unlock a door in the left wing of the Castle.
  15. Access Rampart’s site of grace.
  16. Ascend the Bell tower on the roof.
  17. Jump into a hole.
  18. Purchase the Carian Greatsword from the Rogier Sorcerer for 2500 runes.

Magic in Elden Ring

While soulsborne fans are familiar with the idea of having three different kinds of spells, each having their respective types of catalysts for casting, Elden Ring has simplified the system. But don’t worry, as a combat mechanic, magic is still the same – something that allows players to expend FP (Focus Points) to use spells that either have offensive, defensive or supportive capabilities.

Albeit, Elden Ring has its spin over the magic system by dividing magic into two big categories: Sorceries and Incantations. While we’re all familiar with sorceries from previous soulsborne games, you can think of incantations as a combination of pyromancy and miracles. With that in mind, it makes more sense to see that Sorceries require a Staff to use and their potency depends on the Intelligence stat, while Incantations need a Sacred Seal to use and are conversely dependent on the Faith stat.

Elden Ring Magic
Did you know that in Elden Ring, magic is classified into Sorcery and Incantation?

Class RecommendationElden Ring Astrologer

“A scholar who reads fate in the stars. Heir to the school of glintstone sorcery.” (Courtesy: Elden Ring)

To excel as a sorcerer in Elden Ring, consider choosing the Astrologer class during character creation, offering 16 intelligence, an Astrologer’s Staff, and two basic sorceries (Glintstone Arc and Glintstone Pebble). If you prefer a melee-sorcery hybrid, opt for the Prisoner class with 14 intelligence, a Glintstone Staff, one elemental sorcery (Glintblade), and an Estoc. As you progress, prioritize leveling up Intelligence alongside vigor, endurance, and some strength and dexterity while seeking more potent sorceries.

Always keep a melee weapon handy for situations when you run out of Focus Points (FP) and can’t cast spells. Choose a melee weapon with a strong affinity for magic since they often scale with Strength and Dexterity, which you won’t heavily invest in. Remember that even non-magical weapons can be infused with Ashes of War to imbue magic, like the Carian Greatsword in Elden Ring.

When facing the Greater Foe Margit, adapt to his readable moveset through practice. You can also summon multiplayer phantoms of ashes spirits for an easier boss fight. This concludes the Carian Greatsword’s location in Elden Ring, from start to finish.

Elden Ring Prisoner

“Studied in glintstone sorcery, having lived among the elite prior to sentencing.” (Courtesy: Elden Ring)

The First Step to Gatefront Ruins

Upon making your way out of the tutorial area i.e., Stranded Graveyard into the first, large continent of Limgrave, you will be greeted with a Site of Grace right in front of you. This Site of Grace is known as The First Step and is, quite frankly, your first step into the fantastical world of the Lands Between, the country that Elden Ring is set in. You will meet White-Faced Varre here, an interesting NPC who is also the first you meet in the game.

Elden Ring The First Step
Are you excited to explore the vast area of the Lands Between?

Regardless, make your way down the hill, and in front of you, you will see a golden-armored knight wielding a large halberd on horseback; this is the Tree Sentinel, the first (optional) boss you encounter in the game. He is a challenging foe and the only reason you should maybe consider spending over an hour on him right off the bat is if you’re feeling rusty (which is why I did it). But if you harbor no such ambitions, make your way past him (stealthily) into the Church of Elleh, resting in its Site of Grace before treading onwards into the forest ahead.

Elden Ring Church of Elleh
What if I told you there are three more Churches of Elleh scattered across Limgrave?

The forest will be patrolled by Godrick Knights, who will be equipped with a shield and a straight sword. You don’t need to fight them head-on and can easily sneak around them through the surrounding patches of grass and bushes, stealthily taking them out one-by-one. Furthermore, once you make your way out of the forest, you will see a relatively big camp of Godrick military in plain sight. Before proceeding forward, make your way to the Gatefront Ruins on the outside perimeter of the base.

Elden Ring Gatefront Ruins
Ignore the camp for now and go rest at the Site of Grace right outside the perimeter!

Rest at the third Site of Grace near Gatefront Ruins for a cutscene with Melina. She’ll give you your horse, Torrent, and the ability to level up. Afterward, you can clear the nearby camp or use stealth. Also, grab the West Limgrave map fragment from the pillar.

Elden Ring West Limgrave Map
Mount Torrent, get the map fragment and get out – sounds easy, right?

Gatefront Ruins to Stormveil Castle

Enter Stormgate, where the entrance is guarded but left open. A giant Troll in the distance will become aggressive when you enter, leaping down to defend the fortress alongside the soldiers. You can ride past them on Torrent, but if you choose to fight, lure the Troll out of the castle to avoid archer support before tackling the others.

Elden Ring Stormgate
Don’t be deluded into thinking the troll will just sit back and watch….

Proceed to Stormhill, a windy area with somewhat limited visibility. Look for faint rays of light leading up the hill, indicating another Site of Grace. Approach cautiously, as getting close will spawn several Direwolves. Deal with them before resting at the Stormhill Shack Site of Grace. You can also speak to Roderika here to trigger her questline.

Elden Ring Stormhill Shack
Stormhill Shack, not the most comfortable place to live in…

For now, we’ll focus on obtaining the Carian Greatsword in Elden Ring, so save Stormhill exploration for later. Continue forward, and you’ll encounter more well-fortified Godrick Soldiers. This time, they’re not supported by a Troll but backed up by a mortar. The mortar can one-shot you on direct impact, so ride Torrent and prioritize taking it out swiftly.

Elden Ring Mortar
Kill this guy before doing anything else, understood?

Lastly, head over to the Castleward Tunnel past the mortar and rest on the Site of Grace, for what is up ahead is Margit the Fell Omen himself. As mentioned before, he is a demanding boss, but now that you have unlocked the checkpoint right before the boss room, you may go back to farming and level up your character. Do whatever you can to prepare for this fight – good luck!

Elden Ring Castleward Tunnel
Getting a good rest before heading out to battle Margit the Fell Omen…

Stormveil Castle to Rampart Tower

For now, we’ll focus on obtaining the Carian Greatsword in Elden Ring, so save Stormhill exploration for later. Continue forward, and you’ll encounter more well-fortified Godrick Soldiers. This time, they’re not supported by a Troll but backed up by a mortar. The mortar can one-shot you on direct impact, so ride Torrent and prioritize taking it out swiftly.

Dark Souls 3 Gatekeeper Gostoc
This man is a 100% right, just saying.

Head towards the large hole on the left and proceed to Stormveil Cliffside. Here, you’ll face Bladed Talon Eagles for the first time—giant Eagles with blades attached to them. They can attack you with these blades, so be ready to roll to avoid them. However, if you’re heading straight to the Cliffside Site of Grace, you only need to defeat one Eagle, so it’s not too challenging.

Elden Ring Stormveil Cliffside
The Stormveil Cliffside Site of Grace – it really is next to a cliff…

Prepare yourself with flasks, potions, and spirits before heading into the left wing of Stormveil Castle. The first enemy you’ll encounter is a Castle Guard in a red cloak who’s on scouting duty. Approach him stealthily to prevent him from sounding an alarm. Afterward, proceed cautiously, treating the area as hostile, and eliminate enemies. You’ll also come across a locked wooden door that can be opened with a Rusty Key.

Elden Ring Black Locked Door
Finding doors that are locked 80% of the time – so nostalgic of Dark Souls.

To get the Rusted Key, head up to the upper level of the chamber where you’ll find a dark room with an open door. Be cautious, as it’s a hazardous area. Inside, you’ll find the Rusty Key, guarded by a Banished Knight. You can sneak behind him for a backstab. If you’re having trouble, you can grab the Rusty Key, die, and return. This way, you won’t have to face the formidable Banished Knight.

Elden Ring Rusty Key
Seconds before I got obliterated by the Banished Knight.

After having unlocked the wooden door, climb up the stairs to ascend into the next level of Stormveil Castle. Carefully progress through the eerie chamber above, and always check your corners beforehand, for Castle Guards love the element of surprise. Regardless, you’ll eventually encounter another Banished Knight, this time with a spear and a shield, unlike the last one who had a sword and a shield. You may choose to ignore him, although a cheesy way to kill him is pushing him off the edge of the stairs into the never-ending abyss below.

Elden Ring Banished Knight
Pushing the Banished Knight off the staircase is actually pretty doable!

Once you’ve dealt with the Banished Knight, sprint up the right staircase. Avoid engaging nearby Castle Guards, as the Rampart Tower Site of Grace is very close. You might be low on HP with no Flasks of Crimson Tears. Ascend one floor, then take a sharp left to reach the Site of Grace, just a few steps away from obtaining the Carian Greatsword in Elden Ring.

Elden Ring Rampart Tower
That moment when you’re one HP but then you find a Site of Grace.

Rampart Tower to Sorcerer Rogier

Now, the only thing that stands between you and the Carian Greatsword is many dangerous Bladed Talon Eagles. While I’ve usually given the option to ignore or fight any enemies you’ve come across in this entire journey, I would highly recommend against fighting this many Bladed Talon Eagles, as they will make quick work of you if you’re not extra sharp. Hence, do what you do best – repeatedly roll through them, and watch out for the explosive barrels those eagles like to hurl at you.

Elden Ring Bladed Talon Eagles
Run and don’t look back – trust me.

Once past them, you must run down the staircase on the right. Move along the tiles lined on the rooftop into the bell tower with a large, gaping hole in the middle. Make sure none of the previously aggro’d Balded Talon Eagles are following you at this point, and if they are, feel free to quit out of the game and join back in. With that out of the way, drop down the hole in the middle of the bell tower, but not directly; first, drop down on the small ledge and then descend below. You will now find yourself in front of a small chapel entranced with a royal red carpet.

Elden Ring Bell Tower
Make sure none of the aggro’d Bladed Talon Eagles have followed you up to this point!

Make your way inside this small room, and besides the tombstone ahead, you will meet a friendly-looking fellow with an oversized wizard hat known as Sorcerer Rogier. Talk to him, and you will see that he is a vendor that sells several sorceries, one of them being the Carian Greatsword for 2,500 runes. You should save them up from 9,000 runes you get from defeating Margit the Fell Omen.

Elden Ring Chapel
Sorcerer Rogier at the Chapel under the Bell Tower.

In the event that you don’t find Sorcerer Rogier in this location, don’t panic – this means you’ve beaten Godrick the Grafted, which has caused him to move. Rogier’s AI is designed so that he will reallocate to the Roundtable Hold after you have defeated Godrick. So, make your way back to the Roundtable Hold (which you get access to after beating Margit), and head straight ahead towards the balcony up ahead. Instead of jumping down the terrace, turn right, and you should find Rogier sitting on the floor, his back against the wall.

Elden Ring Roundtable Hold
Sorcerer Rogier at Roundtable Hold, albeit in bad shape…

An Overview on The Carian Greatsword

Now that you’ve gotten your hands on the Carian Greatsword in Elden Ring, here’s everything you need to know about it and what makes it so good. Being one of the skills passed down the Carian royal bloodline, using this weapon art allows you to materialize an energy-driven, spectral greatsword that strikes down your enemies much like your physical greatsword.

Name Spell Type Damage Type FP Cost Slots Faith Int Arc
Carian Greatsword Sorcery Magic 14 1 24 0 0
Carian Greatsword

As sorcerers primarily invest their attribute points into Intelligence, Vigor, and Endurance, leaving a few for Strength and Dexterity, it becomes complicated for them to have the Strength and Dexterity needed to wield a viable greatsword without completely butchering their build.

Therefore, it is essential to have a light melee weapon sheathed on you to use such weapon arts to make it do what it usually wouldn’t be able to.

Elden Ring Carian Greatsword
The Carian Greatsword in all its glory!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between the Carian Greatsword sorcery and ash of war?

Both are, in action, very much similar but are utilized differently. First, the Carian Greatsword sorcery is much more expensive than its ash of war counterpart, sold for 10,00 Runes by Miriel, Pastor of Vows at the Church of Vows. Additionally, unlike its ash of war counterpart, which can be infused onto most swords, the sorcery requires you to have a staff catalyst as well as 24 Intelligence.

How do I infuse multiple weapons with the Carian Greatsword?

While the Carian Greatsword can only be infused with a single sword at any given time, it is possible to duplicate it so that you can use it on multiple swords. This can be achieved by providing the Blacksmith with the Lost Ashes of War and exchanging it to duplicate an already existing Ash of War in your inventory. Lost Ashes of War can be found in various locations and can be purchased from several Isolated Merchants located across the Lands Between.

Is the Carian Greatsword a chargeable weapon art?

Yes! The Carian Greatsword is a chargeable weapon art. Chargeable weapon arts are those whose potency can be increased the more you hold down L2/LT, causing a delayed but more powerful execution. In the case of the Carian Greatsword, holding down L2/LT causes the spectral greatsword to get bigger and bigger, delivering a very damaging blow at longer ranges.

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