How To Upgrade Your Weapon In Dark Souls 2

Dark Souls 2 Guide

Upgrading your weapon in Dark Souls 2 is done through the blacksmith in Majula. The old hag sells you his key for 1000 souls in the Forest of Giants if his shop is still closed. For a small fee and the materials required he will upgrade your weapon anywhere from +1 to +10. No Embers needed.

Here you can find a quick run-down of all materials used in upgrading your weapons. Remember that the Stone-trader initially found in the Harvest Valley will at some point sell all the materials you need. (A limited supply of Twinkling Titanite, Petrified Dragonbones, and Titanite slabs though). If you want to learn about scalings and base damage increases when infusing or upgrading a weapon I would recommend checking out the Dark Souls 2 Weapon Scalings and Infusion Calculations post.

Titanite Shard

Used for ascending weapons from unupgraded to +3

Locations

  • Armor Salesman home in Mejula
  • 3 of them can be found together in the Manor’s second floor in Mejula
  • 2x gemlizard near room near elevator near first boss
  • Treasure chest at beginning of No-man’s Wharf
  • Farmable by killing the Green Ogres in The Mines

Large Titanite

Used for ascending weapons from +3 to +6

Locations

Found in several chests hidden in The Lost Bastille, or The Mines in Harvest Valley
Farmable by killing Dwarfs in Gyrm’s Respite

Titanite Chunk

Used for ascending weapons from +6 to +9

Locations

  • Found in several chests in high level areas.
  • You can join or fight the Bell Keepers to earn Titanite Chunks

Titanite Slab

Used for ascending weapon to +10

Locations

    • Found in a chest near the bonfire in the Shaded Ruins
    • Found in a chest in The Forest of Giants near Patey the Mild-Mannered
    • Found on the Stone Pikemen in Drangleic Castle

Petrified dragonbone

Used for upgrading Boss Soul weapons

Locations

  • Found in a chest near the bonfire in the Shaded Ruins
  • Looted from giant Basilisks and other mini-bosses
  • Dragons in Dragon Aerie

Twinkling Titanite

Used for upgrading weapons that can not be normally upgraded

Locations

  • Mostly high-level areas or Gem Lizards.

Infusing Your Weapon in Dark Souls 2

In Dark Souls 2 you can now imbue your weapon on top of the normal Titanite upgrades. This means that you can turn your +10 Greatsword in a +10 Lightning Greatsword. You will need to visit McDuff the blacksmith in The Lost Bastille and give him a Dull Ember. After you have given him the Ember he will allow you to turn certain Stones into enchantments for your weapons.

The Blacksmith Stones

Bolt stone
Used for infusing a weapon to deal extra Lightning damage; however, this will decrease all the stat modifiers currently on the weapon, but it will add a Lightning modifier.

Pale stone
You can use the Pale Stone to restore an item by removing its enchantments.
Found on Basilisk in the Shaded Ruins

Raw stone
Used for infusing a weapon to deal extra physical damage; however, this will decrease the stat modifiers.

Firedrake Stone
Used for infusing a weapon to deal extra Fire damage; however, this will decrease all the stat modifiers currently on the weapon, but it will add a Fire modifier.

Poison Stone
Used for infusing a weapon to deal extra Poison damage; however, this will decrease the stat modifiers.

Darknight Stone
Used for infusing a weapon to deal extra Dark damage; however, this will decrease all the stat modifiers currently on the weapon, but it will add a Dark modifier.

Faintstone
Used for infusing a weapon to deal extra Magic damage; however, this will decrease all the stat modifiers currently on the weapon, but it will add an intellect modifier as well.

Bleed Stone
Used for infusing a weapon to apply the bleeding effect; however, this will decrease all the stat modifiers currently on the weapon.

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  • Zsarch

    If you use a pale stone, will it reduce the times you upgraded the weapon to 0?

    • Qyntius

      You will keep your upgrades so a +6 weapon will stay a +6 weapon. It will only remove the elemental part.