Lightning upgrade

General Information

Normal +10 weapons and shields can be ascended to Lightning +5 by the Giant Blacksmith using Titanite. The Large Ember is required.

  • Adds Lightning damage equal to base damage for standard weapons
  • Lightning and base damage is increased with each upgrade level
  • Slightly lowers base damage from Normal path
  • Removes scaling from Dexterity and/or Strength stats
  • Adds Lightning defense for shields per upgrade level

Upgrade Path

Normal +0
to
Normal +5
Upgrade to Normal +5 using nine Titanite Shards at any Blacksmith or with a Weapon Smithbox
v
Normal +5
to
Normal +6
1. Give the Large Ember to Andre of Astora in order to ascend Normal +5 Weapons or Shields to Normal +6

2. Ascend a Normal +5 Weapon or Shield to Normal +6 by giving one Large Titanite Shard to Andre of Astora
v
Normal +6
to
Normal +10
Upgrade from Normal +6 to Normal +10 using eight Large Titanite Shards at any Blacksmith or with a Weapon Smithbox
v
Normal +10
to
Lightning +0
Ascend a Normal +10 Weapon or Shield to Lightning +0 by giving one Titanite Chunk to the Giant Blacksmith
v
Lightning +0
to
Lightning +4
Upgrade from Lightning +0 to Lightning +4 by using seven Titanite Chunks at any Blacksmith or with a Weapon Smithbox
v
Lightning +4
to
Lightning +5
Upgrade from Lightning +4 to Lightning +5 by using one Titanite Slab at any Blacksmith or with a Weapon Smithbox

Required Materials

  • The Large Ember is required to modify Normal weapons above +5
  • Most Lightning Weapons and Shields cost 200 souls per level to upgrade. The cost can vary however between 100 and 800 souls, depending on weapon size.
Upgrade level Titanite Shard Large Titanite Shard Titanite Chunk Titanite Slab
Normal +1 1 - - -
Normal +2 1 - - -
Normal +3 2 - - -
Normal +4 2 - - -
Normal +5 3 - - -
Normal +6 - 1 - -
Normal +7 - 1 - -
Normal +8 - 2 - -
Normal +9 - 2 - -
Normal +10 - 3 - -
Lightning +0 - - 1 -
Lightning +1 - - 1 -
Lightning +2 - - 1 -
Lightning +3 - - 2 -
Lightning +4 - - 3 -
Lightning +5 - - - 1
Total 9 9 8 1
Titanite Shard Large Titanite Shard Titanite Chunk Titanite Slab

Notes

  • The base damage is significant. Lightning is useful for low level PvP or an initial New Game playthrough. Elemental damage, such as Lightning, Fire, or Chaos, benefits lower-level characters. Stat-scaling upgrades outclass elemental weapons at higher soul levels.
  • Gold pine resin provides a limited duration lightning buff on some weapons
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