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How to get the Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana in Elden Ring Shadow Of The Erdtree

Here's how to find the Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana in Shadow Of The Erdtree

A Tarnished holds the Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana, standing by a decapitated dragon's head.
Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun/Bandai Namco

Looking for the Dragon Hunter's Great Katana in Elden Ring: Shadow Of The Erdtree? Great Katanas are a new weapon type in Elden Ring's new expansion Shadow Of The Erdtree, and they're perfect for any Tarnished who wants a Katana with a bit more oomph. The Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana is one of these new blades that's accessible at the start of Shadow of the Erdtree, and as its name might suggest, its anti-dragon effect makes it the perfect weapon to hunt a winged reptile or three. In order to obtain this razor-sharp sword, you'll need to take a deep dive into the Dragon's Pit, a brief dungeon full of some annoying enemies.

If you're struggling to find the Dragon's Pit or defeat the enemies within, read on. In this guide we'll outline everything you need to do to unlock the Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana in Elden Ring: Shadow Of The Erdtree.

How to get the Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana in Shadow Of The Erdtree

An annotated Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree map showing the entrance to the Dragon's Pit.
Look here, alongside the cliffs, for the Dragon's Pit entrance. | Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun/Bandai Namco

You'll need to head to the Dragon's Pit and vanquish the Ancient Dragon-Man boss in order to acquire this blade. This small dungeon is located amongst the cliffs to the southeast of Castle Ensis and the Castle Front Site of Grace. For more on navigating all of the challenges within the dungeon and defeating its enemies, check out our Dragon's Pit walkthrough.

Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana description and stats

A screenshot reading "ENEMY FELLED" from Shadow of the Erdtree, showing that the player has obtained the Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana.
If you like Katanas, the Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana is worth its weight in gold. | Image credit: Rock Paper Shotgun/Bandai Namco

The Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana slices and dices with its special skill Dragonwound Slash, which deals extra damage against - you guessed it, dragons. This anti-dragon effect is infinitely useful in the Jagged Peak region of Shadow of the Erdtree's map, which has dragon enemies ready for slaughtering.

Aside from Dragonwound Slash, the Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana deals an impressive base Physical damage of 152 that surpasses the regular Great Katana, which you'll likely find earlier in your trek through the Shadow Realm. If you haven't found the Great Katana yet and are only used to normal Katanas from the base game, like the Nagakiba or the Hand of Malenia, get ready for a much more powerful weapon - albeit one that might feel a smidgen slower at times.

Despite this, the Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana is well worth the trouble, and aside from draconic foes, it's perfect for attacking multiple groups of enemies at once with its impressive range and quick slicing arcs. As with most Katanas, its also great for a bleed-focused character build.

Great Katana stats:

TypeDragon-Hunter's Great Katana
ScalingStr D, Dex D
Requires15 Str, 20 Dex
Attack TypeSlash/Pierce
Can Change Skill?No
Upgrade TypeStandard
Attack (Standard):152 Physical
Passive:Blood loss buildup (55)

That's all we've got on finding the Dragon-Hunter's Great Katana in Elden Ring: Shadow Of The Erdtree. For a look at top gear in Elden Ring's base game, check out our guide to the 24 best weapons in Elden Ring and how to get them. We've also got tips on how to start Shadow Of The Erdtree, so you can dive right into the Shadow Realm and start collecting new weapons of war as quickly as possible. Alternatively, if you need help with the new quests added with the DLC, we've also got walkthroughs for the Leda, Ymir and Thiollier questlines.

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