"The knights of the ancient kingdom of Balder wielded these rock-solid, long swords which are excellent for thrust attacks."
"Balder was the home of Knight King Rendal, but the kingdom was reduced to ruins after a widespread outbreak of Undead."
balder_side_sword.png
Weapon Type:
Straight Swords
Critical:
100
Weight:
3.0
Attack Type:
Regular/Thrust
Auxiliary:
-
Durability:
120
Left Hand:
Block
Enchantable:
Yes
Special Attack:
No

Upgrade cost: 200 Souls + Titanite.

Acquired from:
  • Rare drop from Balder Knights (with the sword)

Hints and Tips:
  • Drop rate is very low for this, so it's preferable to farm it with the Covetous Gold Serpent Ring. If you do not have the ring, farming up 10 Humanity from the rats beneath the Drake bridge also increases drop rate.
  • Appreciated by players for its adaptability and effectiveness in both PvE and PvP, due to its good reach, balanced moveset, and low stamina cost.
  • A good alternative to any other straight sword, or even some greatswords such as the claymore.
  • Low weight and stat requirements mean the sword is viable with nearly any build. It receives an A rating in Dexterity at +14/15 along the regular reinforcement path, making it excellent for Dexterity builds, and may also be buffed. The Enchanted elemental path grants an A scaling in Intelligence, making it a good option for mages unwilling to invest in the additional Strength and weight requirements of the Moonlight Greatsword. Other elemental paths such as Lightning or Fire/Chaos are also effective for other builds, particularly when using the powerful R2 thrust attacks.
  • Has a similar move set to a longsword or shortsword, and the same base damage as a longsword, but generally greater range at similar stamina cost. The one-handed R2 (strong attack) is a thrust attack both the first and second attacks in a combo, instead of a upswing on the second attack. The second R2 thrust is faster than the first, making it particularly dangerous if the target is staggered by the first thrust or otherwise using a slower weapon. It also tracks independently of the first thrust, enabling an experienced user to punish moving targets with or without target lock.
  • Thrust attacks have excellent range, good speed, and good tracking, even when used without target lock.
  • Thrust attacks do significantly more damage than the slashes, and can also benefit from the Leo Ring.
  • Greater range of the sword enables users to better distance themselves from targets, and reduces the likelihood of being parried provided one does not get too close. The powerful R2 thrust attacks are also very difficult to parry at range, similar to the thrust attacks of spears.


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Required in Build:



Requirements
icon_strength.png
Strength
icon_dexterity.png
Dexterity
icon_intelligence.png
Intelligence
icon_faith.png
Faith

10
14
-
-


Attack Values
Parameter Bonuses
Auxiliary
Damage Reduction (%)
Stability
Balder Side Sword
icon_dmg_phy.png
icon_dmg_magi.png
icon_dmg_fire.png
icon_dmg_lightn.png
icon_strength.png
icon_dexterity.png
icon_intelligence.png
icon_faith.png
icon_res_divine.png
icon_res_occult.png
icon_prot_phy.png
icon_prot_magi.png
icon_prot_fire.png
icon_prot_lightn.png
icon_prot_stab.png
Regular
80
-
-
-
E
B
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Regular +5
120
-
-
-
E
B
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Regular +10
160
-
-
-
E
B
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Regular +14
192
-
-
-
E
A
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Regular +15
200
-
-
-
E
A
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Crystal
176
-
-
-
E
B
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Crystal +4
208
-
-
-
E
A
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Crystal +5
216
-
-
-
E
A
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Lightning
160
-
-
160
-
-
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Lightning +4
188
-
-
188
-
-
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
???
32
Lightning +5
200
-
-
200
-
-
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
49
32
Raw
138
-
-
-
D
D
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Raw +5
184
-
-
-
D
D
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Magic
90
97
-
-
E
E
C
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Magic +5
120
130
-
-
E
E
C
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Magic +9


-
-



-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Magic +10
150
162
-
-
E
E
C
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Enchanted
120
128
-
-
E
E
C
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Enchanted +4
139
143
-
-
E
E
A
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Enchanted +5
144
148
-
-
E
E
A
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Divine
81
99
-
-
E
D
-
C
110
-
50
10
35
35
32
Divine +5
108
132
-
-
E
D
-
C
110
-
50
10
35
35
32
Divine +9
129
158
-
-
E
D
-
B
110
-
50
10
35
35
32
Divine +10
135
165
-
-
E
D
-
B
110
-
50
10
35
35
32
Occult
110
120
-
-
E
D
-
B
-

50
10
35
35
32
Occult +4
136
144
-
-
E
D
-
B
-
110
50
10
35
35
32
Occult +5
143
150
-
-
E
D
-
B
-

50
10
35
35
32
Fire
96
-
96
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Fire +5
144
-
144
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
50
10
36.7
35
32
Fire +9
182
-
182
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
50
10
38.2
35
32
Fire +10
192
-
192
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
50
10
38.5
35
32
Chaos

-

-
-
-
-
-
-
-
50
10
35
35
32
Chaos +4
@ 10 Humanity

-

-
-
-
-
-
-
-
50
10
37.8
35
32
Chaos +5
@ 10 Humanity

-
-

-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
50
10
38.5
35
32

Requirements /
Parameter Bonus
Attack Values
Damage Reduction (%)
Reducing the elemental damage taken in %
Auxiliary Effects
Others
icon_strength.png
Strength
icon_dmg_phy.png
Physical
icon_prot_phy.png
Physical
icon_res_bleed.png
Bleeding
icon_other_dura.png
Durability
icon_dexterity.png
Dexterity
icon_dmg_magi.png
Magic
icon_prot_magi.png
Magic
icon_res_poison.png
Poison
icon_other_weig.png
Weight
icon_intelligence.png
Intelligence
icon_dmg_fire.png
Fire
icon_prot_fire.png
Fire
icon_res_divine.png
Divine

icon_faith.png
Faith
icon_dmg_lightn.png
Lightning
icon_prot_lightn.png
Lightning
icon_res_occult.png
Occult


icon_dmg_cbonus.png
Critical
icon_prot_stab.png
Stability



icon_dmg_magi_adj.png
Magic Adjustment



Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost useless. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped.
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has.
Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)