Greatswords are heavy close combat weapons that inflict slashing damage. They can be found by exploring, rewards from quests, bought from merchants, or looted from defeated enemies.
There are a total of thirteen greatswords in Baldur’s Gate 3. Below are our top picks for some of the best ones from our time with the game.
Well-rounded Greatsword with +1 enchantment.
Applies Silence status on enemies, preventing them from casting verbal spells.
Sword of Justice:
Defensive-oriented Greatsword with +1 enchantment.
Features Tyr’s Protection, allowing the casting of a level 1 abjuration spell for increased Armor Class.
Githyanki Greatsword with 2d6+1 slashing damage.
Inflicts additional 1d4 psychic damage when playing as a Githyanki.
Sword of Chaos:
It’s a very rare Greatsword with 2d6 slashing +2 enchantment damage.
Inflicts additional 1d4 necrotic damage and has a Rush Attack skill.
Regains health (1-6 hitpoints) on a successful hit.
Legendary Greatsword with +3 enchantment.
Unique proficiency: Topple The Big Folk, causing extra damage against giant creatures.
It grants an advantage on attack rolls against large enemies and allows casting Giant’s Form spells.
Best Greatswords Compared
Pommel Strike, Cleave, Lacerate
2d6+ 1d4 fire
Pommel Strike, Cleave, Lacerate and Ever-Burnin
Pommel Strike, Cleave, Lacerate
Pommel Strike, Cleave, Lacerate, and Silence
Sword of Justice
Pommel Strike, Cleave, Lacerate and Tyr's Protection
Pommel Strike, Cleave, Lacerate and Psyhcic Damage
Sword of Chaos
Pommel Strike, Cleave, Lacerate, Chaos, Rush Attack and Necrotic Damage
Regain 1-6 hitpoints
Pommel Strike, Cleave, Lacerate and Topple the big folk
Greatswords Comparison Table.
I have spent weeks honing his skills in Baldur’s Gate 3, which has allowed him to compile this list of the best Greatswords. You can always reach out if you have any confusion during the campaign.
– Ahmed Raza
A greatsword is a common weapon in the game. It can be found in many places, Underneath the toll house is a hidden room with shields and weapons, including great swords.
Additionally, it is found at the bottom of the well in Blighted Town. It is also dropped upon defeating Anders at The Risen Road. Only the Githyanki in my party could wield the Greatsword during my playthrough.
Pommel Strike, Cleave, and Lacerate
Description of Proficiencies are as follows:
Pommel Strike: Attack an enemy in a way that doesn’t cause serious harm to make them Daze potentially.
Lacerate: Slashing an enemy has a chance of causing Bleeding, which makes Enemies take 2 slashing damage at each turn.
Cleave: Swing your weapon in a big curve to hit up to 3 enemies together.
Greatsword also comes in a different skin known as Reinforced Greatsword. Valued at 330gp and found to the north of Riverside Teahouse, in the water. Coordinates: X:-4 Y:277.
Best Early Game Greatsword
Why did I Choose Everburn Blade?
The Everburn blade has precisely the same stats as Greatsword, except it has an additional feature. This feature is Ever-Burning. It causes 1d4 fire element damage to the enemy.
You may find the Everburn Blade from Commander Zhalk, who can be an extremely hard enemy to defeat.
To receive the weapon, move when Zhalk and the Mindflayer fight. I recommend using this opportunity to stack Nautiloid tanks close to them. Then, move safely and use fire spells to blast the tanks and inflict damage.
In addition, you can utilize Shadowheart to cast Command and force Zhalk to drop his Everburn Blade. You can then pick up the greatsword and leave.
Easy to Obtain.
Limited to Shadowheart.
Best Uncommon Greatsword
This weapon is an upgrade on the Greatsword. It has the same stats, except it is uncommon and has the Weapon Enchantment. Weapon enchantment adds +1 to your attack and damage roll, making it 2d6+1 slashing.
Brem found in Zhentarim Hideout.
Grat the Trader found in Goblin Camp.
I have ranked this sword higher than Everburn Blade because it has more damage and fewer chances of missed attacks due to +1 Enchantment. So, if you are looking for a hunk of steel that hits hard, this is a great choice.
Access to Enchantment.
Limited Potential with Builds.
Best Well-Rounded Greatsword
Why did I Choose Sussur Greatsword?
The Sussur Greatsword is precisely the same as Greatsword+1 but has an extra feature. This feature applies for Silenced status upon impact, preventing the target from casting verbal spells.
To gain this weapon, you must complete the Finish The Masterwork Weapon quest found in Blighted Village.
However, I would not consider going through all the efforts for the Silenced effect on this sword. This is because the silence effect is situational and useless on enemies who don’t cast spells.
Same as Greatsword +1.
Silenced Status is highly situational.
Sword Of Justice
Best Defensive Greatsword
Why do I Prefer a Sword of Justice?
The Sword of Justice is another upgraded Greatsword+1 but features an extra skill, Tyr’s Protection. As a bonus, you can cast a level 1 abjuration spell once per battle. This spell increases a creature’s Armor Class by 2 using magic.
This weapon is given to you by Anders upon defeating Karlach. However, I used a sneaky, Disarming Attack on Anders to take his Sword of Justice forcefully.
Sword of Justice is ranked higher than the above greatswords due to its extra feature despite having similar qualities. The Tyr’s Protection is extremely useful as you can use it during battle to protect allies.
Upgraded Greatsword +1.
Easy to acquire.
Offers benefits limited to skill.
Best Githyanki Greatsword
Why did I Choose Soulbreaker?
The Soulbreaker, known as the Githyanki greatsword, is a rare weapon with 2d6+1 slashing damage. Its proficiency skills are the same as the Greatsword.
In my opinion, what truly makes this a deserving sword on this list is the additional feature that lets you inflict 1d4 psychic damage when playing as the Githyanki race.
It is obtainable from Kith’rak Therezzyn in the Captain’s Quarters of the Githyanki Creche.
Soulbreaker is ranked highly because its additional feature is pretty useful. Psychic damage further increases the already significant damage of greatswords, thus making it a highly desired weapon.
Best slashing damage weapon.
Githyanki Race Requirement.
Sword Of Chaos
Best Healer Greatsword
Why did I Choose Sword of Chaos?
The Sword of Chaos is a very rare weapon that does 2d6 slashing +2 enchantment damage. It has four proficiency skills. Out of which are the same as the Greatsword.
The fourth proficiency skill is the Rush Attack. This lets you dash ahead and hit the first enemy, causing damage and maybe knocking them off balance.
This greatsword also does additional necrotic damage of 1d4. Additionally, it has the Chaos Action, which regains health 1-6 on a hit. This health regeneration skill is why I placed the Sword this high on the list. I do not mind gaining health while reducing the enemy’s.
The Sword of Chaos is dropped upon defeating Sarevok Anchev. To get to Sarevok Anchev, you would be first required to take out a killer named Dolor. This will reward you with the hands of 4 innocent victims.
The Sword of Chaos earns its rank as the second-best greatsword due to its more significant enchantment damage, surpassing all other greatswords except Giantslayer.
High Damage Output.
Best Overall Legendary Greatsword
The Balduran’s Giantslayer is the only Legendary Greatsword in Baldurs Gate 3.
Balduran's Giantslayer Stats
Pommel Strike, Cleave, Lacerate and Topple The Big Folk
Balduran’s Giantslayer Sword stats.
Why did I Choose Balduran’s Giantslayer Sword?
Baldurans Giantslayer’s Topple, The Big Folk, lets you cause extra damage matching your proficiency bonus. When you hit more giant creatures (Large, Huge, or Gargantuan), they take an added 2-12 slashing damage and must succeed in a Strength Saving Throw or Fall Prone.
It grants you an Advantage on Attack rolls against Large, Huge, or Gargantuan enemies. Balduran’s Giantslayer also allows you to cast the Giant’s Form spell. When you use this spell, you can transform into a humanoid, more enormous creature.
To locate the Balduran’s Giantslayer, your first task will be to discover the hidden entrance to the Wyrm’s Rock Fortress.
Inside Wyrm’s Rock Prison, go straight and take the first left.
Walk to the end, where you’ll see Dragon Head Torches on the wall. Extinguish them by interacting.
Once the torches are out, use the Witch Bolt spell on one of the torches. This should create an electrical connection between you and the torch.
Walk towards the other torch to connect it as well. When both are lit, the wall will reveal itself as a hidden passage.
Explore the passage until you find the Iron Door, the entrance to Wyrmway, where the trials of Balduran will start.
The Chamber of Justice, Strategy, Courage, and Insight are these trials to solve.
The door leading to Dragon’s Sanctum will unlock upon completing these trials.
Upon entering the last chamber, you will see Ansur’s remains on the floor.
When you interact with Ansur, the latest wave of enemies will appear.
Once you defeat them, you can loot Ansur’s body, and the Giantslayer will be there to claim it.
I would consider this Greatsword overpowered and a great addition as an end-game weapon. It has the highest enchantment damage.
Additionally, unique proficiency like Topple, the Big Folk, increases your damage immensely.
Best Skill Proficiency.
Advantage on Attack Rolls.
Complex Acquisition Process.
My Pick For Greatsword
I think Balduran’s Greatsword is the best in Baldurs Gate 3.
Baldurs Gate 3 has some of the best weapon variety in an RPG I recently played. I was always excited to get my hands on a newer weapon. However, I was even more excited to try these weapons against the enemy. Nothing is more satisfying than landing a for-sure hit on your enemy that does real damage.
Therefore, I have listed some of the best Greatswords I came across. There is a Greatsword for every playstyle; still, if you talk about an overall best weapon, there is no better Greatsword than the Balduran.
I recommend players try to get most of these Greatswords in their arsenal and use them according to their current situation.
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