I have an ultra greatsword named Greatsword. I have enough stamina to do few swings, but it takes too much time to swing the sword or to recover from the swing animation, leaving me vulnerable to attacks.

Is there any way to increase the swing speed/recover ratio for ultra greatswords?

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No, there is no way to increase swing speed. It was thought that raising Adaptability increased swing speed but this theory has been thoroughly dis-proven.

NOTE: expending your Stamina through attacking actually puts it into a negative value, increasing the recovery time.

A few tips to help you with your stamina management:

  • The lower your equip % the faster your stamina recovers
  • Try raising your Endurance to get more stamina to begin with
  • Eating Green Grass will increase your stamina regen along with the Cloranthy Ring but they do not stack
  • The Cloranthy Ring does however stack with this shield

It is also possible to change your attack direction mid-swing with greatswords/ultra-greatsword with the Left-stick

  • Please reword "Eating Green Grass will increase your stamina regen along with the Cloranthy Ring" as this gives the idea that Green Blossom stacks with the Cloranthy Ring - when in fact it does not. See: reddit.com/r/DarkSouls2/comments/20qtr0/…
    – brain56
    May 3, 2014 at 11:16
  • @brain56 Thanks for that, I've made some changes to improve the answer
    – Fred James
    May 3, 2014 at 12:32

Don't listen to them!

Power stance a Lion's greataxe, a bandits greataxe, or a gyrm greataxe (i recommend lion's) with your greatsword and you will have a long-sword moveset. In other words, you will be swinging massive sword and axe around like there wooden sticks. Have fun!

  • This is one to try out.
    – 3ventic
    May 3, 2014 at 12:32
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    What? You can't power stance different weapon types as far as I am aware
    – Fred James
    May 8, 2014 at 0:49
  • This is the real answer
    – Josef E.
    Jun 27, 2014 at 18:51

No, there is no way to increase swing speed for weapons. Each weapon type has its strengths and weaknesses, ultra greatswords in particular revolve around a high risk, high reward playstyle. The safest way to play using an ultra greatsword is to simply watch your enemies and only attack at a moment of weakness, this minimizes your chances of being hit during your comparatively large recovery window.

Don't try to get multiple hits as you aren't using a fast weapon like a curved sword. Ultra greatswords are better suited for a one-shot hit-and-run tactic.

  • 1
    More like hit-and-hope-you-have-enough-stamina-to-run
    – 5pike
    Apr 29, 2014 at 14:22

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