Black Widow

Attack 16.0 / 16.0
Weight 11.0
 Strength Scaling D
Magic Scaling B
Class 2 Greatsword / 2 Magic
Flags Arcane
Special -

 Black Widow in Salt and Sanctuary is a Greatsword type weapon.


Regalia of the Kingdom of Liven. Originally carried by the country's founding matriarch, Gandra the Warrior, and handed down through generations of her successors until finally reaching the hands of Queen Lenaia. The rivers of blood spilled by this cursed sword over the ages are said to have swallowed its prior owners, all of whom descended into violent madness after falling under its influence.


Notes and Tips:

  • Probably the earliest attainable melee weapon with good Magic scaling, so it's very good for caster hybrids. If you took the Amber Idol as your starting gift, you can make it straight after the Queen of Smiles at any alchemist. The Stone Roots alchemist should be the one easiest to get to.
  • At 50 Strength and 50 Magic this weapon has an Attack of 61.3/85.5 at tier VII.
  • Two-handing a weapon increases Strength by 50% for damage scaling, meaning you only need 34 Strength to reach the 50 Strength soft cap when two-handing a weapon.

Location/Where to Find

Moveset and Videos:

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Black Widow Upgrade Table


  Attack Str Scale Mag Scale Material

Black Widow

16.0 / 16.0 D B --

Black Widow I

16.7 / 16.7  D B Drowned Idol x1 

Black Widow II

17.6 / 17.6  D B Drowned Idol x2

Black Widow III

18.5 / 18.5 D B Drowned Locket x1

Black Widow IV

19.4 / 19.4 D B Drowned Locket x2

Black Widow V

20.4 / 20.4 D B Drowned Censer x1

Black Widow VI

21.4 / 21.4 D B Drowned Censer x2
Black Widow VII 22.5 / 22.5 D B Drowned Tome x1




Blade of Envy  ♦  Chitin Obelisk  ♦  Jaws of Death  ♦  Kureimoa  ♦  Northern Cross  ♦  Scharfrichter  ♦  Seawolf Cutlass  ♦  Shrouded Bulwark  ♦  Trinity Greatsword


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    • Anonymous

      Loving this on 50 magic 34 strength(two handed bonus hits 50 strength soft cap) with the shroud charm for added arcane damage and the arcane weapon incantation. Does great damage for me currently on NG+2, very good way for me to conserve a little focus. Could swap out for mossy charm if you would like more speed, but I really like stacking the arcane damage. Good range too. Big recommend.

      • Not just for Hybrid Strength + Magic builds at all. Even if you ignore the Strength scaling entirely for your first/only NG play this weapon has everything working in its favor for a pure Mage to use. It swings very fast, has excellent damage, buffs well with consumable/faction items, isnt very heavy, and you get super early and easily by the time you reach and convert/use the first Alchemist. Black Widow and a Staff weapon are my go to Mage default.

        I suppose the downfall is the rarity of the Drowned upgrade path and sometimes being a hard choice late game for people wanting Northern Cross if they didnt choose a faction early enough that sold an extra base Great Sword.

        • Anonymous

          i did some math, and Arcane weapon should, in theory, add an extra 176.16 damage, sounds pretty stronk to me!

          • Anonymous

            I wish I knew about this sword much sooner.
            It is a very good weapon for magic users, that don't want to use up all their ammo for any regular mob.
            The damage output in a regular new game is very good, even if you don't invest any points into strength. Just focus on magic and the weapon will still get better and better anyway.

            Since you do need Class 2 Swords for this one, pick up any strength node you'll encounter on the way, just for some litle extra whoomp.

            I'm not sure if Northern Cross is better than this one, though.
            However, Black Widow is much easier to obtain.

            • Hello,
              Is there another limitation to use it ? My cHaracter is class 3 swordfighter and class 2 magus, but the black widow always keep the 2 red lines ? What the matter? Thanks for your help.

              • Anonymous

                I got this and I am a level 3 magic user and level 2 greatsword user, yet, it still has 1 red line. My equipment load is 23,4/42,5. I don't understand why I can't 1 hand it.

                • Anonymous

                  Great for a hybrid "Crusader" type Mage build and scales well with Magic; transmute from Kureimoa early in the game, either pick Amber Idol or farm the Bloated Monstrosity outside of the alchemist.

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