Balder Side Sword
Balder Side Sword

In-Game Description

The knights of the ancient kingdom of Balder
wielded these rock-solid, long swords which
are excellent for thrust attacks.
Balder was the home of a Knight King Rendal,
but the kingdom was reduced to ruins after
a widespread outbreak of Undead.

Availability

Dropped by side sword-carrying Balder Knight

General Information

Image Name Damage Critical
Bonus
Durability Weight Stats Needed
Stat Bonuses
Damage
Reduction %
Stability Frampt
Souls
balder-side-sword.png Balder Side Sword 80/0/0/0

(Normal)
100 120 3.0 101/14/0/0

E/B/-/-
50/10/35/35 32 50

Move Set

  • Two-handed strong attack is replaced by a strong thrust
  • Continuation to the one-handed strong attack is a second thrust instead of an upward slash
  • Rolling two-handed attack is replaced by a thrusting attack not unlike the Thrusting Swords

Notes

  • The most efficient spot to farm Balder Knights (Side Sword) is in Sen's Fortress. With 410 Item Discovery, rest at the bonfire, leave the bonfire area, head right from the top of the stairs, and kill the two Balder Knights there (previously guarding the Flame Stoneplate Ring). Homeward/Homeward Bone back to bonfire. Repeat until the sword drops. Alternatively, one can start from the Sunlight Altar bonfire (near the Altar of Sunlight in Undead Parish). There are two Balder Knights wielding the Balder Side Sword guarding the entrance of the Undead Parish church, and a third one near the wooden plank bridge outside the church. This location is accessed earlier than Sen's Fortress.
  • This is an exceptional Straight Sword for DEX builds, as its scaling can reach an A bonus when fully upgraded. Its moveset is also great, with an incredibly powerful thrust strong attack that has great range and can be followed up.

Upgrades

Basic

Standard upgrade path.
Requires Titanite

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Shard L. Shard Chunk Slab Souls
Balder Side Sword +0 80/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 200
Balder Side Sword +1 88/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 1 200
Balder Side Sword +2 96/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 1 200
Balder Side Sword +3 104/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 2 200
Balder Side Sword +4 112/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 2 200
Balder Side Sword +5 120/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 3 200
Balder Side Sword +6 128/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 1 200
Balder Side Sword +7 136/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 1 200
Balder Side Sword +8 144/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 2 200
Balder Side Sword +9 152/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 2 200
Balder Side Sword +10 160/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 3 200
Balder Side Sword +11 168/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 1 200
Balder Side Sword +12 176/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 1 200
Balder Side Sword +13 184/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 2 200
Balder Side Sword +14 192/0/0/0 E/A/-/- 3 200
Balder Side Sword +15 200/0/0/0 E/A/-/- 1 200

Crystal

Weapon durability reduced. Base damage increased
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Chunk Slab Souls
Crystal Balder Side Sword +0 176/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 1 200
Crystal Balder Side Sword +1 184/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 1 200
Crystal Balder Side Sword +2 192/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 1 200
Crystal Balder Side Sword +3 200/0/0/0 E/B/-/- 2 200
Crystal Balder Side Sword +4 208/0/0/0 E/A/-/- 3 200
Crystal Balder Side Sword +5 216/0/0/0 E/A/-/- 1 200

Lightning

Adds lightning damage. All stat bonuses removed.
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Damage Reduction Titanite Chunk Titanite Slab Souls
Lightning Balder Side Sword +0 144/0/0/144 -/-/-/- 50/10/35/35 1 200
Lightning Balder Side Sword +1 155/0/0/155 -/-/-/- 50/10/35/37.8 1 200
Lightning Balder Side Sword +2 166/0/0/166 -/-/-/- 50/10/35/40.6 1 200
Lightning Balder Side Sword +3 177/0/0/177 -/-/-/- 50/10/35/43.4 2 200
Lightning Balder Side Sword +4 188/0/0/188 -/-/-/- 50/10/35/46.2 3 200
Lightning Balder Side Sword +5 200/0/0/200 -/-/-/- 50/10/35/49 1 200

Raw

Base damage increased. Stat bonuses reduced.
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses L. Shard Souls
Raw Balder Side Sword +0 138/0/0/0 E/C/-/- 1 200
Raw Balder Side Sword +1 147/0/0/0 E/C/-/- 1 200
Raw Balder Side Sword +2 156/0/0/0 E/C/-/- 1 200
Raw Balder Side Sword +3 165/0/0/0 E/C/-/- 2 200
Raw Balder Side Sword +4 174/0/0/0 E/C/-/- 2 200
Raw Balder Side Sword +5 184/0/0/0 E/C/-/- 3 200

Magic

Adds magic damage. Moderate damage bonus from intelligence.
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Green Titanite Shard Blue Titanite Chunk Blue Titanite Slab Souls
Magic Balder Side Sword +0 90/97/0/0 E/D/C/- 1 200
Magic Balder Side Sword +1 96/104/0/0 E/D/C/- 1 200
Magic Balder Side Sword +2 102/110/0/0 E/D/C/- 1 200
Magic Balder Side Sword +3 108/117/0/0 E/D/C/- 2 200
Magic Balder Side Sword +4 114/123/0/0 E/D/C/- 2 200
Magic Balder Side Sword +5 120/130/0/0 E/D/C/- 3 200
Magic Balder Side Sword +6 125/136/0/0 E/D/B/- 1 200
Magic Balder Side Sword +7 132/143/0/0 E/D/B/- 1 200
Magic Balder Side Sword +8 138/149/0/0 E/D/B/- 2 200
Magic Balder Side Sword +9 144/156/0/0 E/D/B/- 3 200
Magic Balder Side Sword +10 150/162/0/0 E/D/B/- 1 200

Enchanted

Base damage reduced from magic upgrade path. Increased damage bonus from intelligence.
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Blue Titanite Chunk Blue Titanite Slab Souls
Enchanted Balder Side Sword +0 120/128/0/0 E/E/C/- 1 200
Enchanted Balder Side Sword +1 124/131/0/0 E/E/B/- 1 200
Enchanted Balder Side Sword +2 129/135/0/0 E/E/B/- 1 200
Enchanted Balder Side Sword +3 134/139/0/0 E/E/A/- 2 200
Enchanted Balder Side Sword +4 139/143/0/0 E/E/A/- 3 200
Enchanted Balder Side Sword +5 144/148/0/0 E/E/A/- 1 200

Divine

Adds magic damage. Moderate damage bonus from faith.
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Aux Effects Green Titanite Shard White Titanite Chunk White Titanite Slab Souls
Divine Balder Side Sword +0 81/99/0/0 E/D/-/C 0/0/110/- 1 200
Divine Balder Side Sword +1 86/105/0/0 E/D/-/C 0/0/110/- 1 200
Divine Balder Side Sword +2 91/112/0/0 E/D/-/C 0/0/110/- 1 200
Divine Balder Side Sword +3 97/118/0/0 E/D/-/C 0/0/110/- 2 200
Divine Balder Side Sword +4 102/125/0/0 E/D/-/C 0/0/110/- 2 200
Divine Balder Side Sword +5 108/132/0/0 E/D/-/C 0/0/110/- 3 200
Divine Balder Side Sword +6 113/138/0/0 E/D/-/C 0/0/110/- 1 200
Divine Balder Side Sword +7 118/145/0/0 E/D/-/C 0/0/110/- 1 200
Divine Balder Side Sword +8 124/151/0/0 E/D/-/C 0/0/110/- 2 200
Divine Balder Side Sword +9 129/158/0/0 E/D/-/B 0/0/110/- 3 200
Divine Balder Side Sword +10 135/165/0/0 E/D/-/B 0/0/110/- 1 200

Occult

Base damage reduced from divine upgrade path. Increased damage bonus from faith.
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Aux Effects White Titanite Chunk White Titanite Slab Souls
Occult Balder Side Sword +0 110/120/0/0 E/D/-/B 0/0/-/110 1 200
Occult Balder Side Sword +1 116/125/0/0 E/D/-/B 0/0/-/110 1 200
Occult Balder Side Sword +2 123/132/0/0 E/D/-/B 0/0/-/110 1 200
Occult Balder Side Sword +3 129/138/0/0 E/D/-/B 0/0/-/110 2 200
Occult Balder Side Sword +4 136/144/0/0 E/D/-/B 0/0/-/110 3 200
Occult Balder Side Sword +5 143/150/0/0 E/D/-/B 0/0/-/110 1 200

Fire

Fire damage added. All stat bonuses removed
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Damage Reduction Green Titanite Shard Red Titanite Chunk Red Titanite Slab Souls
Fire Balder Side Sword +0 104/0/104/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/35/35 1 200
Fire Balder Side Sword +1 112/0/112/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/35.4/35 1 200
Fire Balder Side Sword +2 120/0/120/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/35.7/35 1 200
Fire Balder Side Sword +3 128/0/128/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/36/35 2 200
Fire Balder Side Sword +4 136/0/136/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/36.4/35 2 200
Fire Balder Side Sword +5 144/0/144/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/36.7/35 3 200
Fire Balder Side Sword +6 153/0/153/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/37.1/35 1 200
Fire Balder Side Sword +7 163/0/163/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/37.5/35 1 200
Fire Balder Side Sword +8 172/0/172/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/37.8/35 2 200
Fire Balder Side Sword +9 182/0/182/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/38.2/35 3 200
Fire Balder Side Sword +10 192/0/192/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/38.5/35 1 200

Chaos

Base damage reduced from fire upgrade path. Damage bonus from humanity.
Requires

Name Damage Stat Bonuses Damage Reduction Red Titanite Chunk Red Titanite Slab Souls
Chaos Balder Side Sword +0 126/0/144/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/35/35 1 200
Chaos Balder Side Sword +1 133/0/152/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/35.7/35 1 200
Chaos Balder Side Sword +2 140/0/160/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/36.4/35 1 200
Chaos Balder Side Sword +3 147/0/168/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/37.1/35 2 200
Chaos Balder Side Sword +4 154/0/176/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/37.8/35 3 200
Chaos Balder Side Sword +5 161/0/184/0 -/-/-/- 50/10/38.5/35 1 200

Key

Damage: The Damage stat dictates how much damage the weapon does. The Damage stats for a weapon are W / X / Y / Z:
  • W is Physical Damage
  • X is Magical Damage
  • Y is Fire Damage
  • Z is Lightning Damage

Each weapon has one or more physical damage types:

  • Normal
  • Striking
  • Slashing
  • Thrusting

Certain enemies are weak or strong against different types of damage types.

Critical: The damage bonus for backstabs and ripostes
Durability: The durability of the weapon. The effectiveness of the weapon will severely deteriorate when the durability falls below 30%.
Weight: The weight of the weapon. Note that carrying over 50% of your Equip Burden will reduce the speed of your rolls, while going over 100% will reduce your regular speed to walking and attempts to roll or backstep will leave you momentarily stunned.
StatsNeeded: The Stats Needed determines how high various Stats must be in order to wield the weapon effectively. The Requirement stats for a weapon are W / X / Y / Z:
  • W is the Strength required
  • X is the Dexterity required
  • Y is the Intelligence required
  • Z is the Faith required

Wielding a weapon without the required Strength and/or Dexterity will incur a penalty to the Physical damage of the weapon, while lower-than-required Magic and/or Faith will reduce the Magic damage of the weapon.

Also keep in mind that your character gains a 50% bonus to Strength by wielding a weapon with both hands, thus reducing the actual Strength required. For example, a character with 18 Strength can wield a Great Axe (Requires 26 Strength) properly if the weapon is held with both hands.
(18 x 1.5 = 27)

StatBonuses: The Stat Bonuses rating indicates the level of bonus damage you do with the weapon, based on the associated Stat. This rating can be S, A, B, C, D, or E (in order from most to least bonus for the associated skill).
FramptSouls: This is the amount of souls you will receive if you feed the item to Kingseeker Frampt
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