Criminally underrated and rarely used weapon. Has good strength scaling, innate shield piercing, good range, low stat requirements, allright choice for raw or elemental infusions getting A-Tier chip damage through shields. Fast enough that you cannot be reaction parried. Though, like great swords, your second R1 can be parried if the first one is blocked. I guess the straight sword meta prevalence, low drop rate, and late game appearance has kept this gem off most people's radar. I ran through archdragon peak atleast 3 dozen times on seven characters and multiple new games and this only dropped for me quite recently. I was surprised as I had never seen this weapon and had no idea the manserpents dropped anything besides titanite and lightning gems.