FromSoftware’s latest game, Elden Ring, has been making waves in the soulsborne community and on the internet at large. This title is very different from all its successful predecessors because this is FromSoftware’s first take on an open-world game, which is partially why it has garnered the most players the developers have ever seen! If you’ve played any open world game, such as the infamous Assasin’s Creed series, you know just how vast such games are. You will also be well-familiar with how difficult it is to make the overall experience (not just the main story progression) genuinely exciting. Instead of resorting to the easy cop-out of re-skinning enemies and repeating several bland side-quests, FromSoftware has ground so much unique content into their game that it simply never gets boring!
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A big chunk of their unique content is constituted with Elden Ring weapons, the diversity of which has always been an outstanding priority of FromSoftware’s games. Coming at you with a vast arsenal of weaponry, ranging from greatswords, scythes, colossal weapons, curved greatswords to the less frightening crossbows, great bows, and regular bows, you can find something that suits you! Even if you’re not a fan of physical armaments and have always been on the magical side of things, Elden Ring has you covered there too! With the introduction of Ashes of War, FromSoftware has been able to mix weapon arts and magic, allowing powerful techniques in Elden Ring like Carian Greatsword to exist in both forms.
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.
If you’re a sorcerer-main, you should first choose a suitable class in the character creation menu so that you start with at least an adequate amount of Intelligence. Keeping this in mind, I would recommend running Astrologer, which comes with 16 intelligence along with an Astrologer’s Staff and two basic sorceries (Glintstone Arc and Glintstone Pebble). However, as far as melee weapons go, Astrologers come with just a measly Short Sword.
So if you’re more interested in a melee-sorcery hybrid class, you can go for Prisoner, which comes with 14 intelligence along with a Glintstone Staff, one elemental sorcery (Glintblade), and an Estoc! Now that you’ve made your character and are well into the game, you must constantly be leveling up your Intelligence amongst vigor, endurance, and a little bit of strength and dexterity while being on the lookout for newer, more powerful sorceries to harness.
Other than that, as a sorcerer, you must always have a melee weapon by your side to assist you when you run out of FP (Focus Points) and can no longer cast spells. In addition, your melee weapons must have a high affinity with magic to suit you best since melee weapons usually scale with Strength and Dexterity as opposed to Intelligence which you will invest most in. Lastly, always remember that even if your melee weapon isn’t naturally leaning towards magic, it can be induced through infusions with Ashes of War, such as the Carian Greatsword in Elden Ring.
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.
Being classified as a Greater Foe, Margit can be quite the challenge for new players, although, as is the case with every other boss, his moveset is readable and can be adapted to through repetition. Furthermore, you can also summon multiplayer phantoms of ashes spirits for this boss fight to make this fight easy, but that’s for another guide. Regardless, this is the Carian Greatsword location in Elden Ring from start to finish!
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.
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.
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.
Resting upon the Site of Grace outside the Gatefront Ruins (or generally on the third Site of Grace you encounter) will trigger a cutscene with Melina, your to-be maiden who will grant you your horse mount, Torrent and the ability to level up. After getting Torrent, you can quickly clear out the camp next to you or take the more stealthy route if you’re feeling extra quiet. All in all, don’t forget to take the West Limgrave map fragment that rests on the pillar.
Gatefront Ruins to Stormveil Castle
Enter Stomgate, whose entrance is heavily guarded although left wide open, not only by Godrick Soldiers. You’ll see a giant Troll standing on a significantly elevated height in the distance – upon entering Stormgate; he will be aggro’d, causing him to leap down and defend the fortress along with the soldiers that have enslaved him. While you can gallop past these enemies on Torrent, if you wish to fight them, then first lure the Troll out of the Castle outside of the range of his supportive archers before dealing with the rest.
Once past these waves of enemies, make your way up to Stormhill, a very windy area where distant vision is somewhat impeded. You should see luminous yet faint rays of light converging up the hill, signaling towards another Site of Grace. But before you rush over it, don’t forget that getting close will trigger several Direwolves to spawn, so take care of them first. Afterward, you may rest at the Stormhill Shack Site of Grace up ahead for your valiant efforts and even talk to Roderika to trigger her questline.
While there is much to explore up on Stormhill, that should be for another day; right now, we want to obtain the Carian Greatsword in Elden Ring. Moving onwards, you will be greeted by another wave of well-fortified Godrick Soldiers – although they won’t be assisted by an enslaved Troll this time, they’ll be backed up by a mortar. This mortar can potentially one-shot you on direct impact, so mount Torrent and swiftly take care of that first.
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!
Stormveil Castle to Rampart Tower
Going from Stomveil Castle to the Rampart Tower Site of Grace will be the most dangerous trek of this walkthrough to the Carian Greatsword in Elden Ring – so stay with me! Upon defeating Margit, make your way to the gates of Stormveil Castle – from here, you can do two things to breach the Castle. Either infiltrate from the heavily guarded front entrance (a suicide mission, to be frank) or take a hard left where Gatekeeper Gostoc will redirect you to a safer route. Don’t question why he’s helping you despite being the gatekeeper, and go with the flow.
Make your way to the large hole on the left and tread forward towards Stormveil Cliffside. Here, you will encounter Bladed Talon Eagles for the first time – these are ferocious giant Eagles who have been enslaved and forcefully fitted with sharp blades. They will shove these blades straight into you if you don’t roll out of the way timely, keep that in mind. However, should you choose to head straight to the Cliffside Site of Grace, you need only to kill one such Eagle, so don’t worry too much about that!
Now it’s time to head into the left wing of Stormveil Castle, so stock up on all your flasks, potions, and spirits beforehand! The first enemy you’ll see is a Castle Guard covered in a red cloak – this one, in particular, will be on scouting duty, so be sure to stealthily sneak up on him lest he sounds his loud horn. After that, you can treat this area as a normal hostile area, carefully progressing and killing enemies. Furthermore, you will encounter a locked wooden door, which will require a Rusty Key to open.
To obtain the Rusted Key, make your way up to the upper level of the chamber, where you’ll find a dark room whose door has been left wide open. If your spider senses tingle when seeing this scenario, you’re on the right track: it is a dangerous room. However, you’ll find the Rusty Key inside it, which a Banished Knight will guard – don’t panic, for you can quickly get around his backside to deliver a visceral backstab! But if you’re still struggling due to, for instance, being underleveled, you can take the Rusty Key, die, and come back. This way, you won’t have to deal with the menacing 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.
After dealing with the Banished Knight in the best way you know, sprint up the staircase on the right. Do not engage with any of the Castle Guards nearby, for the Rampart Tower Site of Grace is within arm’s reach, and you’re probably one little HP with zero Flasks of Crimson Tears right now!. Ascend only by one floor and take a hard left, where the lifesaving Site of Grace will greet you with open arms as you are only several more steps away from getting your hands on the Carian Greatsword in Elden Ring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
How To Infuse The Carian Greatsword
The only pre-requisite to infusing Carian Greatsword to any sword except Colossal Weapons (which you won’t be wielding anyways) is to have a Whetstone Knife. If you don’t have it, you won’t be able to access the Ashes of War menu when you rest at any Site of Grace. To obtain the Whetstone Knife, make your way to the Godrick base near the Gatefront Ruins Site of Grace I mentioned earlier, although you should preferably clear it out this time or at least be stealthy. You’ll find an underground path in this camp which will lead to a door, behind which there will be a chest containing the Whetstone Knife and the Storm Stomp Ash of War.
After getting the Whetstone, rest at the nearest Site of Grace (i.e. the Gatefront Ruins if you just got the knife), and open the Ashes of War menu. Here, you will be able to select your weapons/shields and infuse them with an Ash of War, the Carian Greatsword in this case. Choose any wieldable melee weapon you have, including the Short Sword or Estoc you get at the beginning, and infuse it with the Carian Greatsword, making sure both the weapon art and affinity changes go through. And there you have it, you have successfully converted your melee weapon into a magical greatsword!
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.