I am using a Claymore +3 and a Grass Crest Shield with the Thorn Armor set (Before, had Starting Class Knight armor) < > It's a good sword among many really good swords. STR gives it more AR up to 40, but then you'll get more AR from leveling DEX than leveling STR past 40. astora's isn't that great. View Entire Discussion (7 Comments) More posts from the darksouls3 community. Broken ss is hardly a 'sword' so I'm not including it XD So outside of those two just pick one that you like the moveset of and level stats (and infuse if you can) accordingly. Astora Straight Sword is really good when you give it a raw infusion during the lower levels, and it goes nicely with low Str/Dex builds that can buff it. 5.0k. Posted by 5 days ago. I haven't gotten the Astora straight sword yet, how does that compare? Plus it's a straight sword so it has R1 spam capabilities. I know the best weapon is the one you like best but I want to make sure that I am not wasting my titanite to upgrade. My SS Sword is at a +5 and my old Refined Longsword is a +9, but they're so close in damage right now, that I feel if I get the RL to a +10, it'll out damage the SS Sword. The Astora Greatsword is a sword that generally favors the stamina bar. Is the Barbed Straight Sword any good? The two most common answers for what's the best straight sword I've seen are the Dark Sword infused with Heavy, and the Sunlight Straight Sword. It's my favorite weapon, but I'd only suggest using it for the whole game if you think it looks awesome. If anything, you CAN just put the sword on only for the sacred oath art, then switch to a different weapon. Astora is probs the worst of the lot since it gets crap scaling and its raw infusion got nerfed but it still has a good moveset. Holy crap yeah that's a great AR but that takes a boatload of points! It can be buffed, and any type of buff with Sunlight Sword stacks with it's weapon art, sacred oath. I can sort of see luck being a fun stat though for farming cool gear. Pretty much every ss is good. +10 Raw Longsword dmg = 275, no + +10 Refined Longsword dmg with 40 str / 39 dex = 198 + 228 That refined is about 100 more damage than Raw +10 Astora Straight Sword. How much is a good scaling weapon's bonus damage then late game? Video. I think Irithyll Straight Sword is a quality weapon. Is it really worth the 59 stat points?