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By sirgoulas
Pursuer has 140 counter strenght. It is the only ultra greatsword with 140. Usually the pattern is sword 110, greatsword 120, ultra greatsword 130. There are some exceptions of course claymore for example has 110 instead of 120 that is why bastard sword can outdamage it with 120 counter strength and slightly worse stats when counter strenghth is involved.
I put 60 on all stats involved and tested primary hits. Dark pursuer does literally same damage as fire black knight ultra greatsword when counter strength is involved slightly more or less (like less than 10 damage involved), without counter strenght I was doing 7% less than fire black knight u gr.
Black knight greatsword is more versatile. Has same moveset like zweihander which involve slash hits on primary hand both 1h and 2h. The pursuer one slams instead. I found pursuer very good vs glass knight since slash hits can end up hitting shield and pursuer sword lacks these. If you can get used to the weird camera ultra greatswords use this is one of the best ultra greatswords for main game and acquired very early in game.
By Anonymous
Tested and weirdly this does more damage than greatsword. Both maxed 390 A C vs 400 S D. I guess it has on the upper end A and/or C range scaling or maybe the greatsword has low range on S D. It also consumes less stamina. Didn't chech range or frames since this is way too time consuming but they seem the same.
By Anonymous
Currently playing the game again, I'm using the PUGS in the right hand powerstanced with the Bastard sword in the left hand.
At 50 strength and 27 dex with the Ring of Blades and this beauty upgraded to +5 I'm at 567 AR.
If you powerstance it with a greatsword like I'm doing you'll make up for the lack of horizontal swipes thanks to the L1, otherwise use the second 1HR1 for crowd control.
This weapon looks great, can be obtained incredibly early, has great 1H and 2H moveset, has pretty good STR and DEX scaling, consumes relatively little stamina compared to other ultras and it's a solid choice if you're tired of the overused Greatsword, I'm sure you'll not regret bringing it up to +5.
Even in late game areas and against late game bosses it still holds up well, is extremely fun to powerstance with any greatsword or ultras: I tried to powerstance it with the Lost Sinner's and I was not disappointed.
If you're planning to do a Quality build and you've never tried this weapon, trust me you'll have a lot of fun.
Needed values to powerstance:
STR:45 DEX:27
By Anonymous
everyone out here talking about "how is this called a straight sword with that size" while forgetting the fact the Pursuer himself used it as a Straight Sword, switching up thrusting attacks and diagonal or horizontal slashes with even some slams
sure, it might still be big while he uses it. but as it doesn't consume that much stamina you'll be swinging away all you want
Praise the PUGS and carry on, Bearers of the curse
By Anonymous
~feeble cursed one~
By Anonymous
2nd 1HR1 for crowd control
By Anonymous
For some reason this weapon just decides to randomly swing behind me while im pressing the backwards input whilst locked on???
By Anonymous
Ultra Greatswords, Great Axes, and Great Hammers don’t track the enemy. They swing where you are facing. First swing will usually hit because you’re facing the enemy while locked on. After that, you need to aim it. It’s the trade off for the damage and staggering ability.
By Anonymous
@Anon, It's not a tradeoff, it's a bonus. It's so you can change direction while using them to make up for their slow speed. They were worse in Dark Souls 1 without this.
By Anonymous
The "mightiest of the straight swords" indeed.
By Anonymous
Two tips if you re thinking about using this ugs:

1. It's a quality weapon. Scales mostly of strength, but dex also boost it's damage by a respectable amount. And that counter damage is insane for an ugs.

2: it's own description decipts the ugs as "the mightiest of the straight swords". It's moveset and relatively low stamina usage suggests it was truly meant to be used as a straight sword, so treat it like that and swing it however you please.

3. It's moveset is vertical-based, but it's first strong attacks are horizontal, both 1h and 2h. Use that r2 if you're against crowds, it's a huge sword after all.
By Anonymous
Very good anti-boss weapon for quality builds due to the fast moveset, reach, and low stamina cost, but the lack of sweeps makes it hard for crowd control. I just swap this with the dragon CGS back and forth