[Top 5] Final Fantasy XV Best Greatswords

Just Gladio and the moonlight. Brooding over how to defeat his weakness in “Episode Gladiolus.”

We’ll be talking about the 5 best greatswords in-game since we already talked about the best swords, bows and axes as well as maces present in the world of Eos. Time to embrace your inner Tank.

The great thing about this category of weapon is that Noctis, as well as Gladiolus both, can equip this weapon but it’s up to you to see which sword would fit which character with more betterment or ease.

So, let’s get this started, shall we?

5. Iron Duke

Presenting the Duke of Iron, First of his Name in servitude to the Royal Reagent of the Kingdom of Lucis … as a BAT!

How to get Iron Duke Greatsword

Starting off our list with the greatswords, we’ve got the Iron Duke first in our list. You can get this bad boy via two routes both of which are present in Chapter 15.

First, one is placed as a treasure item at the south edge of the southeastern valley of the Three Valleys. Second, you get this weapon as a reward for completing Randolph’s “A Legend Is Born” sidequest.

Personally speaking, it’s a good weapon. It’s got great attack damage but that is just about it. Certainly, amongst the highest too. Like all greatswords, they’re slow to use as well but it makes up for the insurmountable destruction that it offers. It would certainly look good on both Gladio and Noct given that it’s a greatsword.

Why Iron Duke is average:

  • Offers devastating damage to enemies with 581 attack which can be useful against larger enemies such as Behemoth, Bennu or Iron Giants and Red Giants.
  • Slow movement which can hamper the damage given to the enemy and susceptible to health drain via HP reduction.
  • Can be used on a horde of enemies as well which can be great for crowd control.

Iron Duke full details:

  • 581 ATK
  • 2 CRIT
  • Max HP: +153

4. Dominator

Well, well, well. If it ain’t the Dominator. Really not talking Gladdy here.

How to get Dominator

This Sword is surely a familiar face if you’ve read my previous articles before. Why, it’s the Dominator, of course. Infused with the power of all that is holy, you can get this weapon via two ways. First is via getting in the building West of Coernix Station – Alstor. The sword will be lying there. Second is via Keycatrich Trench Menace Dungeon which is the tougher route. Keep in mind, this sword is available post-game only.

It’s a pretty neat sword, I must say. Great for fending off against Daemons and has a VERY deadly attack damage and unlike most greatswords, it’s not that all slow, either. All in all, if you’re thinking of making Gladio a Paladin-themed Tank, this may be good to go. Or on Noct if you want to give his forearms a workout as well.


Why Dominator is great:

  • One of the highest damage dealers with 583 Attack which can straight up pummel enemies.
  • Comparatively, faster speed than most greatswords making for a great weapon to use regularly.
  • Infused with Holy light making Daemons weaker against this sword.

Dominator full details:

  • 583 ATK
  • 2 CRIT
  • Max HP: +298
  • Dark Resistance: 32%
  • Light-Elemental

3. Apocalypse

Oddly similar. That’s all I’m going to say.

How to get Apocalypse

Another familiar sword that I wrote about in my previous article. This one’s a recurring weapon from the Final Fantasy franchise with its first appearance being in Final Fantasy V (although it looks EXACTLY like the Dominator sword. Why? I do not know.)

This one’s another post-game sword which you can get in Chapter 15 and go to the Balouve Mines Menace Dungeon where you’ll get this weapon lying near the Cobbitrice Haven campsite.

It’s a must-have for all Final Fantasy veteran fans as well as new ones. It has the highest attack stat in the greatswords category, what else do you want?

Why Apocalypse is great:

  • Has 597 Attack damage which is the highest in the greatsword category.
  • Gives off bonus damage when the player has low HP or is near death.
  • Perfectly usable for hordes of enemies as well as giant enemies.

Apocalypse full details:

  • 597 ATK
  • 2 CRIT
  • Max HP: +403
  • Damage bonus when the wielder has low HP: Damage + (30 + 9n% where n is every percentage point reduction under 30% HP.)

2. Pain of the Vortex

For some reason, Gladio is looking oddly stiff in this one. And look, it’s glowing green!

FFXV x FFXIV All New Weapons

Another trip down memory lane. This here’s the Greatsword variant of the FF14 Collaboration event, which you can get from the weapons shop/ trading post once you have completed the collaboration quest.

This one is a must on the list. Really of the deadliest greatswords in the game and one of the fastest as well. If not, THE fastest. Plus, it’s got buffs and perks as well which can help you pummel enemies in a swift and quicker way.

Why Pain of the Vortex is great:

  • Inflicts great aerial damage which can prove useful to players in aerial combat.
  • Reduces Aerial MP consumption and can perform deadly Warp Strikes as well.
  • High damage rate and buffs make it a weapon worth using throughout the game.

Pain of the Vortex full details:

  • 572 ATK
  • 100 CRIT
  • Max MP: +60
  • Strength: +31
  • Vitality: +31
  • Magic: +31
  • Spirit: +22
  • Deals 50% more damage with aerial attacks
  • Aerial warping MP cost halved
  • Always inflict a critical hit
  • Glows green in battle

1. Genji Blade

AW HELL YEAH! Show them your way of the Bushido!

Genji Blade in action

Old-time veteran fans like me would recognize the name right away and its owner as well. Gilgamesh sure does ring a bell, no? (Not the Fate series one.) This weapon here is Gilgamesh’s iconic trademark weapon. (Well, basically anything Genji.)

To get this weapon, you just need to complete Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus. And that’s it. It’s gonna be in your inventory.

Having this weapon is pretty self-explanatory, it’s fast, strong, durable, and deals a lot of damage. I’d recommend equipping this to Gladio only as he comes up with a special move with this sword known as “Dual Master”.

Why is Genji Blade great:

  • Fast moveset animation which helps in eliminating hordes of enemies.
  • Dual master moveset unlocked when equipped with Gladio
  • Deadly attack strikes helping enemies get eliminated faster.

Genji Blade full details:

  • 426 ATK
  • 2 CRIT
  • Max HP: +357

And that concludes our list of greatswords. Make sure to pick up those heavy babies and CLANG your way out of battle. (Another Berserk reference. If you know, you know.)
Well, I did hear that the season finale for House of the Dragon just got leaked. Gotta go check that out.

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