Greatsword (weapon type)

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Psaro wielding a greatsword in Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below

Greatswords (両手剣, Ryotetsurugi) are a recurring type of weapon in the Dragon Quest series, being first introduced in Dragon Quest X. Although swords have appeared since the very beginning, greatswords are differentiated from them by requiring the usage of both the wielder's hands, which prevents the use of a shield in the offhand. In order to compensate for the lack of defence provided by a shield, greatswords are typically more powerful than their one-handed cousins and even allow the wielder to parry enemy attacks.

Due to their size and weight, greatswords are typically only usable by the most physically powerful characters, such as Gladiators.


Dragon Quest X[edit]

Greatswords can be equipped by Gladiators and Monster Masters.

Dragon Quest XI[edit]

The Hero and Hendrik can both use greatswords.

List of greatswords:

  • Cobblestone greatsword
  • Copper chopper
  • Broad sword
  • Cast-iron claymore
  • Broader sword
  • Black blade
  • Carbon steel claymore
  • Banishing blade
  • Hendrik's greatsword
  • Razer-wing
  • Platinum powersword
  • Nightcleaver
  • Demonsbane
  • Wyrmfang
  • Lord's sword
  • Brimstone blade
  • Sword of shadows
  • Berserker's blade
  • Metal king gooreatsword

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below[edit]

Greatswords are wielded exclusively by Psaro.

List of greatswords:

  • Bronze greatsword
  • Broad sword
  • Gooreat sword
  • Sizeable scissors
  • Nightcleaver
  • Conqueror's sword
  • Wyrmfang
  • Lord's sword
  • Skysteed sword
  • Metal king greatsword

Dragon Quest Heroes II: The Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End[edit]

Cesar has taken over duties as the main wielder of greatswords.