Umm... Slow? Buddy, for the amount of AR, hyperarmor, and range this thing is capable off; it might as well be a *****ing lightning strike. You essentially get two of the best damage types (Strike and Dark) on a weapon that combines the AR and reach of a UGS with the hyperarmor, speed, and weight of a Greatsword. Not only that, but this thing packs a movepool that's arguably better than Splitleaf; The R2s are ripped straight from Greathammers, and the L1 can be quickly spammed with additional hyperarmor for no FP and stupidly low stamina cost (AND the L1 can't be parried). Yeah, you can backstab someone wielding this; you can also backstab a curved sword wielder just as easily. Compared to straightswords, this has higher effective DPS (thanks to that Strike & Dark damage), Range, Hyperarmor, Poise damage, and Parry punishment. You've also got a weapon art that is Godly 2/3rds of the time, & widespread panic inducing the rest of the time. This thing is broken as hell, and I positively love it and all the salt it brings.