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Where to Find the Moonlight Greatsword/Dark Moon Greatsword in Elden Ring

We've compiled a complete guide into where to find the Moonlight Greatsword/Dark Moon Greatsword as well as how to best wield it in Elden Ring.
We've compiled a complete guide into where to find the Moonlight Greatsword/Dark Moon Greatsword as well as how to best wield it in Elden Ring. / Photo courtesy of FromSoftware/Bandai Namco

We've compiled a complete guide into where to find the Moonlight Greatsword/Dark Moon Greatsword as well as how to best wield it in Elden Ring.

From Software's legendary Moonlight Greatsword has made yet another appearance in its latest release, Elden Ring. Fans may remember this weapon from its multiple cameos in every game the studio has released—aside from Sekiro. In this guide, we'll go over what this weapon does and how to go about adding it to your arsenal.

What is the Moonlight/Dark Moon Greatsword?

The Moonlight Greatsword, also called the Dark Moon Greatsword, is a unique Greatsword weapon in Elden Ring. It does standard/piercing damage when used in combat and weighs 10 units. Its passive ability causes a frost buildup.

When equipped, players are instantly able to cast the Moonlight Greatsword spell which temporarily boosts "magic attack power and imbues the blade with frost." Each charged attack releases bursts of moonlight energy.

Its description reads:

"A Moon Greatsword, bestowed by a Carian queen upon her

spouse to honor long-standing tradition.

One of the legendary armaments.

Ranni's sigil is a full moon, cold and leaden, and this sword is but a beam of its light."

To wield this weapon, players must have the following stats:

  • Strength: 16
  • Dexterity: 11
  • Intelligence: 38

It has the following Attack stats:

  • Physical: 82
  • Magical: 98
  • Fire: 0
  • Light: 0
  • Holy: 0
  • Critical: 100

It's Guard stats are as follows:

  • Physical: 42
  • Magical: 63
  • Fire: 31
  • Light: 31
  • Holy: 31
  • Boost: 36

It cannot be imbued with Ashes of War or enchanted with magic/consumables. It can, however, be upgraded regularly with Somber Smithing Stones.

Where to Find the Moonlight Greatsword/Dark Moon Greatsword

To get this sword, players will have already had to get far enough in Ranni's quest to pick up the Dark Moon Ring. This will eventually culminate in them needing to visit the Cathedral of Manus Cele to find Ranni's corpse in a pit below the building.

They may need to vanquish a dragon first but, knowing Elden Ring, this shouldn't be surprising.

Using the ring on Ranni's corpse will have her appear and thank the player before disappearing and leaving the sword at their feet. Picking it up will add the Moonlight/Dark Moon Greatsword to their inventory and leave it available for use.