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* Tempered by the malice of the countless malevolent astral beings it has slain, therefore capable of wounding profound astral entities{{qref|e220}}
 
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{{quote|It was too big to be called a sword. Massive, thick, heavy, and far too rough. Indeed, it was a heap of raw iron.}}
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{{quote|It was too big to be called a sword. Massive, thick, heavy, and far too rough. Indeed, it was a heap of raw iron.|Description of the Dragon Slayer{{qref|e0A}}}}
The '''Dragon Slayer''' is the oversized sword [[Guts]] has wielded since the [[Eclipse]]; it is his primary weapon for slaying demons as the Black Swordsman.
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The '''Dragon Slayer''' is the massive sword [[Guts]] has wielded as his signature weapon since surviving the [[Eclipse]].
   
Due to the sword's incredible size and weight, the Dragon Slayer functions more like a sort of bladed club than an actual sword, though Guts is more than capable of using it to cut things apart. The sheer momentum of Guts swinging it can tear anyone caught in the attack impact into pieces with one swing, and this often is applied to more than one enemy at once, cleaving through multiple foes with the sheer force of one swing. Even [[apostle]]s can barely stand up to the blade, and often have their bones or internal organs heavily damaged by an attack from the weapon.
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== Story ==
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[[File: Manga E93 Dragon Slayer Forged.png|thumb|left|Godot creates a sword fit to slay a dragon.]]
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As a young man, the blacksmith [[Godot]] lived in a castle town far from the hut he would one day call home. When the castle town's sovereign, a king, sends out a proclamation to all of his vassals to forge a sword capable of killing a [[dragon]], Godot's liege lord entrusts him with the task of doing so. Tired of crafting ornate weapons for nobles who seek elegance in their armaments, Godot takes the task seriously, creating the huge, but unusable, Dragon Slayer. Angry at how crude and impractical the Dragon Slayer is, Godot's liege lord threatens the blacksmith's life, forcing Godot to flee the castle town and settle down at his mine.{{qref|e93}}
   
== Usage ==
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[[File:Manga E94 Apostle Slain.png|thumb|right|The Black Swordsman slays his first apostle.]]
It is assumed that Guts can wield the bulky Dragon Slayer since he is shown using a regular sword as early as age six to train with [[Gambino]] (having refused to use a short sword). At nine years old, he wields a bastard sword during his first castle siege accompanied by his mercenary group. In later years, Guts graduates to a longsword and kills a general; he then moves on to a greatsword, followed by a two-handed greatsword. At fifteen, he uses an over-sized two-hander to kill [[Bazuso]].
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The Dragon Slayer was kept in storage for years until it is discovered by Guts during a fight against an [[Unidentified Roaming Apostle|unidentified roaming apostle]], where the Black Swordsman wields it with ease and slays the [[apostle]] in two swings, shocking Godot, who thought the sword's weight made it unusable as a weapon.{{qref|e94}} Embarking on a warpath against demonkind afterwards, Guts makes effective use of the Dragon Slayer against evil spirits, possessed monsters, and particularly apostles. Upon his return to Godot's hut two years later, Godot sees the wear and tear Guts has put the Dragon Slayer through over his two years as the Black Swordsman, and reforges it, using much of his remaining life.{{qref|e131}}
   
Ever since then, Guts has been using a sword bigger than his previous one. He has fought, carried, and practiced with oversized swords almost all his life, granting him a physique strong enough to wield the Dragon Slayer. He also has a magnetic clamp in his prosthetic arm to assist him in holding it.
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[[File:Manga E220 Pierced.png|thumb|left|The Dragon Slayer pierces Slan's assumed form.]]
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When [[Slan]] manifests a rudimentary form in [[Qliphoth]] to meet Guts, the Skull Knight intervenes and reveals that the Dragon Slayer has been tempered by the malice of the countless malevolent astral beings it has slain and is capable of wounding Slan's assumed form. With this knowledge, Guts runs the Dragon Slayer through the angel, dissipating her assumed form.{{qref|e221}}
   
=== Abilities ===
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In the bay of [[Vritannis]], during Guts' battle with the [[Kushan]] wizard general [[Daiba]], the Dragon Slayer is imbued with the power of a fire spirit of woe summoned by [[Schierke]]. Guts uses the empowered sword to deal a blazing blast to the [[Kundalini]], causing the Kundalini's huge water form to dematerialize.{{qref|e273}}
Due to the slaying of countless apostles, [[Pseudo-Apostle|pseudo-apostles]] and even the impalement of a [[Slan|member]] of the [[God Hand]] with the Dragon Slayer, the blade has been soaked on an almost daily basis in the blood of supernatural entities. As a result, the blade has gradually become stronger and more effective against monsters and evil spirits, even being able to affect astral forms.
 
   
== Appearance ==
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== Abilities ==
[[File:Berserk_v1_p190.png|thumb|401x401px]] Sometimes noted to be more akin to "a heap of raw iron" than a sword, the Dragon Slayer is a massive weapon that is larger than Guts{{qref|e96}} and is wide enough to be used as a shield against projectiles.
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Due to the sword's incredible size and weight, the Dragon Slayer functions more like a bladed club than an actual sword, though Guts is more than capable of using it to cut through various targets. The sheer momentum of Guts swinging it can tear anyone caught in the attack impact into pieces with one swing, and this often is applied to more than one enemy at once, cleaving through multiple foes with the sheer force of one swing. Even [[apostle]]s can barely stand up to the sword, and often have their bones or internal organs heavily damaged by an attack from the weapon.
   
Owing to the sheer size of the blade, the Dragon Slayer has no crossguard; the blade itself, being both wider and thicker than the grip, functions as an improvised one instead. The long handle is wrapped in bandages with the loose ends dangling from the pommel.
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When Guts activates his [[Berserker Armor]], his resulting inhuman physicality and ferocity allow him to use the Dragon Slayer to significantly greater effect. Standard apostles are slain in a matter of seconds, and other even larger enemies are cut down just as easily, sometimes in droves. With such superhuman strength behind it, the Dragon Slayer's cutting power becomes considerable; while wielded by a Berserker Guts, it is capable of breaking through [[Grunbeld]]'s cannon fire-repelling shield,{{qref|e226}} and even the corundum skin of the dragon-apostle's true form, which is said to be stronger than steel.{{qref|e227}}
   
A single bolt holds the blade and hilt together, and at the end of the bolt is a single chain link, which functions as the sword's sheath; by slinging a hook over his shoulder, Guts can simply loop the hook into the chain to allow the sword to hang off his back.
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Due to having been used to slay countless apostles, [[Pseudo-Apostle|pseudo-apostles]], and other malevolent astral beings, the Dragon Slayer has been tempered by the malice of such beings. As a result, the sword has become more effective against monsters and evil spirits, capable of even wounding profound entities such as the [[Sea God]]{{qref|e326}} and members of the [[God Hand]].{{qref|e221}}
   
== Story ==
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== Creation and Conception ==
[[File:Manga E93 Dragon Slayer Forged.png|thumb|left|Godot creates a sword fit to slay a dragon.]]
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[[File:BTP Brandished Dragon Slayer.png|thumb|right|The Dragon Slayer in ''Berserk: The Prototype'', notably used one-handed by Guts.]]
As a young man, the blacksmith [[Godot]] lived in a castle town far from the hut he would one day call home. When the castle town's sovereign, a king, sends out a proclamation to all of his vassals to forge a sword that would be capable of killing a [[Dragons|dragon]], Godot's liege lord entrusts him with the task of doing so. Tired of crafting ornate weapons for nobles who seek elegance in their armaments, Godot takes the task seriously, creating the huge, but unusable, Dragon Slayer. Angry at how crude and impractical the Dragon Slayer is, Godot's liege lord threatens the blacksmith's life, forcing Godot to flee the castle town and settle down at his mine.
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[[Kentarou Miura]] originally had the idea for an Asian male with a Japanese sword and a gimmick on his left hand to run around in a setting like medieval Europe; after much thought, he decided the right ideas were the Dragon Slayer and [[Cannon Arm|prosthetic cannon arm]]. Miura has admitted that he originally hit upon the idea of a massive sword merely as a gimmick to attract readers.{{qref}}<!-- Needs a source. What interview(s)? --> Moreover, he has noted that though large swords were featured before ''[[Berserk (Manga)|Berserk]]'' in series such as ''Guin Saga'' and ''Pygmalio'', he feels they were merely drawn big; that they never carried an appropriate weight behind them or invoked realistic reactions upon being swung. With the Dragon Slayer, Miura wanted to give the impression that someone with the physique of a pro-wrestler may be able to swing it once or twice, and so he gave much consideration to how much muscle his main character would need in order to swing such a sword.<ref name="BOG interview">''[[Berserk Official Guidebook]]'' [[Interviews#Berserk Official Guidebook Interview (2017)|interview]]</ref>
   
The Dragon Slayer was kept in storage for years until it is discovered by Guts during a fight against an apostle, where the Black Swordsman wields it with ease, shocking Godot, who thought the sword's weight made it unusable as a weapon. Since then, Guts has made effective use of the Dragon Slayer against evil spirits, possessed monsters and apostles. Upon his return during the Conviction Arc, Godot sees the wear and tear that Guts has put the Dragon Slayer through over his two years as the Black Swordsman and reforges it at the cost of much of his remaining life.
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In an original design of Guts, his signature weapon was a katana rather than the massive Dragon Slayer. In ''[[Berserk: The Prototype]]'', the Dragon Slayer bears a slightly different design, curving outward toward its hilt. Additionally, Guts only wields it with his right hand, never wielding the sword with both his right hand and left mechanical arm.
 
It was later revealed that due to the large number of apostles and evil spirits Guts has slain throughout his journey, the blade has absorbed their tainted life force, becoming a cursed weapon which could even harm and potentially kill members of the God Hand.
 
   
 
== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
* The Dragon Slayer is the only weapon shown to be able to damage a member of the [[God Hand]], as Guts impaled [[Slan]]'s makeshift troll guts body with it. However, it can be surmised that [[Skull Knight]]'s [[Beherit Sword]] can do the same.
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* The Dragon Slayer is the only weapon shown thus far to wound a member of the [[God Hand]] in any capacity. However, the Skull Knight states that his [[Beherit Sword]] can "entomb" them.{{qref|e221}}
* A common misconception is that the Dragon Slayer was once used to actually kill a dragon. This is due to online mistranslations, though the manga does feature an image of a bisected dragon's head when Godot initially describes the weapon.
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* A common misconception is that the Dragon Slayer was once used to kill an actual [[dragon]]; it has yet to be used to do as much in-canon. The manga does, however, feature an image of a decapitated dragon's head in [[:File:Manga V3 Cover.png|volume 3's cover art]], and a bisected one when Godot initially describes the sword.{{qref|e93}} Additionally, it is used in the manga to combat and overpower the dragon-apostle [[Grunbeld]].{{qref|e227}}
* Kentarou Miura has admitted in interviews that he hit upon the idea of the massive sword as a gimmick to attract readers.
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* Guts has wielded oversized swords since the age of six, having refused to use a short sword. At nine years old, he wields a bastard sword during his first castle siege. In later years, Guts graduates to a longsword and kills a general; he then moves on to a greatsword, followed by a two-handed greatsword. At fifteen, he uses an over-sized two-hander to kill [[Bazuso]].
* The Dragon Slayer has never been wielded by any other human besides Guts; it took two of the [[Holy Iron Chain Knights]] just to pick it up after Guts was captured and [[Isidro]] was pinned beneath it when he tried to lift the weapon.
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* The Dragon Slayer has never been properly wielded by any other person besides Guts. It takes two [[Holy Iron Chain Knights]] just to lift it after Guts is captured, and [[Isidro]] finds himself pinned beneath it after trying to lift the weapon.{{qref|e141}}
* In the Dreamcast video game based on the series, ''[[Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage]]'', it is nigh-impossible to swing the Dragon Slayer in tight corridors without it bouncing off the wall to little effect. In the PS2 game, ''[[Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Shō]]'', this isn't an issue most of the action takes place outdoors, while the few indoor or underground areas that Guts goes into are spacious enough to allow him to use the Dragon Slayer to full effect.
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* In the [[Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage|Dreamcast game]] based on the series, it is nigh-impossible to swing the Dragon Slayer in tight corridors without it bouncing off the wall to little effect. In the [[Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Shō|PS2 game]], this is not an issue; most of the action takes place outdoors, while the few indoor or underground areas that Guts goes into are spacious enough for him to use the Dragon Slayer to full effect.
 
   
 
== References ==
 
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It was too big to be called a sword. Massive, thick, heavy, and far too rough. Indeed, it was a heap of raw iron.
– Description of the Dragon Slayer[2]
The Dragon Slayer is the massive sword Guts has wielded as his signature weapon since surviving the Eclipse.

Story

Manga E93 Dragon Slayer Forged

Godot creates a sword fit to slay a dragon.

As a young man, the blacksmith Godot lived in a castle town far from the hut he would one day call home. When the castle town's sovereign, a king, sends out a proclamation to all of his vassals to forge a sword capable of killing a dragon, Godot's liege lord entrusts him with the task of doing so. Tired of crafting ornate weapons for nobles who seek elegance in their armaments, Godot takes the task seriously, creating the huge, but unusable, Dragon Slayer. Angry at how crude and impractical the Dragon Slayer is, Godot's liege lord threatens the blacksmith's life, forcing Godot to flee the castle town and settle down at his mine.[3]

Manga E94 Apostle Slain

The Black Swordsman slays his first apostle.

The Dragon Slayer was kept in storage for years until it is discovered by Guts during a fight against an unidentified roaming apostle, where the Black Swordsman wields it with ease and slays the apostle in two swings, shocking Godot, who thought the sword's weight made it unusable as a weapon.[4] Embarking on a warpath against demonkind afterwards, Guts makes effective use of the Dragon Slayer against evil spirits, possessed monsters, and particularly apostles. Upon his return to Godot's hut two years later, Godot sees the wear and tear Guts has put the Dragon Slayer through over his two years as the Black Swordsman, and reforges it, using much of his remaining life.[5]

Manga E220 Pierced

The Dragon Slayer pierces Slan's assumed form.

When Slan manifests a rudimentary form in Qliphoth to meet Guts, the Skull Knight intervenes and reveals that the Dragon Slayer has been tempered by the malice of the countless malevolent astral beings it has slain and is capable of wounding Slan's assumed form. With this knowledge, Guts runs the Dragon Slayer through the angel, dissipating her assumed form.[6]

In the bay of Vritannis, during Guts' battle with the Kushan wizard general Daiba, the Dragon Slayer is imbued with the power of a fire spirit of woe summoned by Schierke. Guts uses the empowered sword to deal a blazing blast to the Kundalini, causing the Kundalini's huge water form to dematerialize.[7]

Abilities

Due to the sword's incredible size and weight, the Dragon Slayer functions more like a bladed club than an actual sword, though Guts is more than capable of using it to cut through various targets. The sheer momentum of Guts swinging it can tear anyone caught in the attack impact into pieces with one swing, and this often is applied to more than one enemy at once, cleaving through multiple foes with the sheer force of one swing. Even apostles can barely stand up to the sword, and often have their bones or internal organs heavily damaged by an attack from the weapon.

When Guts activates his Berserker Armor, his resulting inhuman physicality and ferocity allow him to use the Dragon Slayer to significantly greater effect. Standard apostles are slain in a matter of seconds, and other even larger enemies are cut down just as easily, sometimes in droves. With such superhuman strength behind it, the Dragon Slayer's cutting power becomes considerable; while wielded by a Berserker Guts, it is capable of breaking through Grunbeld's cannon fire-repelling shield,[8] and even the corundum skin of the dragon-apostle's true form, which is said to be stronger than steel.[9]

Due to having been used to slay countless apostles, pseudo-apostles, and other malevolent astral beings, the Dragon Slayer has been tempered by the malice of such beings. As a result, the sword has become more effective against monsters and evil spirits, capable of even wounding profound entities such as the Sea God[10] and members of the God Hand.[6]

Creation and Conception

BTP Brandished Dragon Slayer

The Dragon Slayer in Berserk: The Prototype, notably used one-handed by Guts.

Kentarou Miura originally had the idea for an Asian male with a Japanese sword and a gimmick on his left hand to run around in a setting like medieval Europe; after much thought, he decided the right ideas were the Dragon Slayer and prosthetic cannon arm. Miura has admitted that he originally hit upon the idea of a massive sword merely as a gimmick to attract readers.[citation needed] Moreover, he has noted that though large swords were featured before Berserk in series such as Guin Saga and Pygmalio, he feels they were merely drawn big; that they never carried an appropriate weight behind them or invoked realistic reactions upon being swung. With the Dragon Slayer, Miura wanted to give the impression that someone with the physique of a pro-wrestler may be able to swing it once or twice, and so he gave much consideration to how much muscle his main character would need in order to swing such a sword.[11]

In an original design of Guts, his signature weapon was a katana rather than the massive Dragon Slayer. In Berserk: The Prototype, the Dragon Slayer bears a slightly different design, curving outward toward its hilt. Additionally, Guts only wields it with his right hand, never wielding the sword with both his right hand and left mechanical arm.

Notes

  • The Dragon Slayer is the only weapon shown thus far to wound a member of the God Hand in any capacity. However, the Skull Knight states that his Beherit Sword can "entomb" them.[6]
  • A common misconception is that the Dragon Slayer was once used to kill an actual dragon; it has yet to be used to do as much in-canon. The manga does, however, feature an image of a decapitated dragon's head in volume 3's cover art, and a bisected one when Godot initially describes the sword.[3] Additionally, it is used in the manga to combat and overpower the dragon-apostle Grunbeld.[9]
  • Guts has wielded oversized swords since the age of six, having refused to use a short sword. At nine years old, he wields a bastard sword during his first castle siege. In later years, Guts graduates to a longsword and kills a general; he then moves on to a greatsword, followed by a two-handed greatsword. At fifteen, he uses an over-sized two-hander to kill Bazuso.
  • The Dragon Slayer has never been properly wielded by any other person besides Guts. It takes two Holy Iron Chain Knights just to lift it after Guts is captured, and Isidro finds himself pinned beneath it after trying to lift the weapon.[12]
  • In the Dreamcast game based on the series, it is nigh-impossible to swing the Dragon Slayer in tight corridors without it bouncing off the wall to little effect. In the PS2 game, this is not an issue; most of the action takes place outdoors, while the few indoor or underground areas that Guts goes into are spacious enough for him to use the Dragon Slayer to full effect.

References

  1. ^ Berserk, Volume 26, "Whore Princess of the Uterine Sea"
  2. ^ Berserk, Volume 1, "Black Swordsman"
  3. ^ a b Berserk, Volume 14, "Armament"
  4. ^ Berserk, Volume 14, "The One Who Hunts Dragons"
  5. ^ Berserk, Volume 17, "To the Holy Ground (1)"
  6. ^ a b c Berserk, Volume 26, "Companions"
  7. ^ Berserk, Volume 31, "Bursting Flame"
  8. ^ Berserk, Volume 26, "Berserker Armor (2)"
  9. ^ a b Berserk, Volume 27, "Fire Dragon"
  10. ^ Berserk, Volume 37, "Siren"
  11. ^ Berserk Official Guidebook interview
  12. ^ Berserk, Volume 18, "Spirit Road (1)"
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