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* Tempered by the malice of the countless malevolent [[Astral World|astral]] beings it has slain, and 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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== Background ==
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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, sent out a proclamation to all of his vassals to forge a sword capable of killing a [[dragon]], Godot's liege lord entrusted him with the task of doing so. Tired of crafting ornate weapons for nobles who seek elegance in their armaments, Godot took the task seriously, creating the huge, but unusable, Dragon Slayer. Angry at how crude and impractical the Dragon Slayer was, Godot's liege lord threatened the blacksmith's life, forcing Godot to flee the castle town and settle down at his mine.{{qref|e93}}
   
== Usage ==
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== Story ==
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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[[File:Manga E94 Apostle Slain.png|thumb|right|The Black Swordsman slays his first apostle.]]
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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. When Guts returns to Godot's abode two years later, Godot sees the wear and tear the Dragon Slayer has been put through and decides to reforge it.{{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|Guts runs the Dragon Slayer through Slan's assumed form.]]
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When [[Slan]] manifests a rudimentary form in [[Qliphoth]] to meet Guts, the Skull Knight intervenes and notes that the Dragon Slayer has been tempered by the malice of the countless malevolent [[Astral World|astral]] beings it has slain, and is therefore capable of wounding Slan's assumed form. With this knowledge, Guts runs the Dragon Slayer through Slan, causing the abrupt dissipation of her [[troll]] guts 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]] aiding Daiba, causing the magical beast's large 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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Given 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; this often is applied to more than one enemy at once, cleaving through multiple foes in a single swing. Even [[apostle]]s in their true forms can barely stand up to the sword, and often have their bones and 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.
 
 
== Story ==
 
[[File:E93-Dragon Slayer Forged-Manga.png|thumb|left|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 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.
 
   
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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Due to having been used to slay countless apostles, [[Pseudo-Apostle|pseudo-apostles]], and other malevolent astral entities, 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 wounding even profound entities such as the [[Sea God]]{{qref|e326}} and the assumed forms of members of the [[God Hand]].{{qref|e221}}
   
It was later revealed by that due to the large number of apostles and evil sprits 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.
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== Creation and Conception ==
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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.]]
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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>
   
== Gallery ==
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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, with the blade tapering outward toward its hilt to form something resembling a crossguard. Additionally, Guts only wields the Dragon Slayer with his right hand, never wielding the sword with both his right hand and left mechanical arm.
<gallery type="slideshow" widths="800" position="center">
 
Dragon Slayer Coloured.png|Guts sheaths the Dragon Slayer.
 
dragonslayer_back.png|The Dragon Slayer on Guts' back as he takes his first step towards darkness.
 
Dragon Slayer_from_up_high.jpg|The Dragon Slayer as seen from higher up.
 
Tiger Pishaca Slice.png|Guts uses the Dragon Slayer to cut a tiger [[pishaca]] lengthwise.
 
</gallery>
 
   
 
== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
* The Dragon Slayer is implied to weigh more than four-hundred pounds.
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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}}
* The Dragon Slayer is the only weapon showed 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 [[Sword of Actuation]] can do the same.
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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 by Guts to decisively overpower the dragon-apostle [[Grunbeld]].{{qref|e227}}
* A common misconception is that the Dragon Slayer was once used actually to 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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* Guts has wielded oversized swords since the age of six. At nine years old, he wielded a bastard sword during his first castle siege. In the years following, he graduated to a longsword, which he killed an enemy general with. At fifteen, Guts uses an oversized two-handed sword to kill [[Bazuso]].
* 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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* The Dragon Slayer has never been properly wielded by anyone 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}}
* 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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* 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.
* 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|Berserk:&nbsp;Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Sho]]'', this simply 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.
 
* Many different media pay homage to this weapon - most notably, the ''{{wp|Souls (series)|Souls}}'' series.
 
** ''{{wp|Demon's Souls}}'' features a weapon called the "[[w:c:demonssouls:Dragon_Bone_Smasher|Dragon Bone Smasher]]", a giant sword that looks very similar to the Dragon Slayer and has a similar description in-game; it states that it can "''scarcely be called a sword"'', much like how the Dragon Slayer is described.
 
** ''{{wp|Dark Souls II}}'' features a weapon simply titled the "[[w:c:darksouls:Greatsword_(Dark_Souls_II)|Greatsword]]" which looks similar to the Dragon Slayer in length and handle, while the "[[w:c:darksouls:Crypt_Blacksword|Crypt Blacksword]]" from the same game has a similar design to that of the Dragon Slayer's blade.
 
** ''{{wp|Dark Souls III}}'' also features a sword titled "[[w:c:darksouls:Greatsword_(Dark_Souls_III)|Greatsword]]" which looks similar to the Dragon Slayer and is almost identical to the one found in ''Dark Souls II''; however, its blade's width lessens the further it is from the handle, unlike the previous sword. A more similar sword is the Cathedral knight greatsword, bearing great resemblance to the Dragon Slayer, with the exception of its damage type.
 
** ''{{wp|Diablo III}}'' has the legendary weapon "[[w:c:diablo:Blackguard|Blackguard]]", a two-handed sword which is similar in design to the Dragon Slayer, and which can be wielded by Barbarians and Crusaders, the latter being able to use the weapon with one hand with the proper talent. In addition to its melee power, the Blackguard also reduces the duration of control-impairing effects.
 
   
 
== References ==
 
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== Appendices ==
 
 
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Latest revision as of 10:35, February 29, 2020

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.

Background Edit

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, sent out a proclamation to all of his vassals to forge a sword capable of killing a dragon, Godot's liege lord entrusted him with the task of doing so. Tired of crafting ornate weapons for nobles who seek elegance in their armaments, Godot took the task seriously, creating the huge, but unusable, Dragon Slayer. Angry at how crude and impractical the Dragon Slayer was, Godot's liege lord threatened the blacksmith's life, forcing Godot to flee the castle town and settle down at his mine.[3]

Story Edit

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. When Guts returns to Godot's abode two years later, Godot sees the wear and tear the Dragon Slayer has been put through and decides to reforge it.[5]

Manga E220 Pierced

Guts runs the Dragon Slayer through Slan's assumed form.

When Slan manifests a rudimentary form in Qliphoth to meet Guts, the Skull Knight intervenes and notes that the Dragon Slayer has been tempered by the malice of the countless malevolent astral beings it has slain, and is therefore capable of wounding Slan's assumed form. With this knowledge, Guts runs the Dragon Slayer through Slan, causing the abrupt dissipation of her troll guts 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 aiding Daiba, causing the magical beast's large water form to dematerialize.[7]

Abilities Edit

Given 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; this often is applied to more than one enemy at once, cleaving through multiple foes in a single swing. Even apostles in their true forms can barely stand up to the sword, and often have their bones and 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 entities, 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 wounding even profound entities such as the Sea God[10] and the assumed forms of members of the God Hand.[6]

Creation and Conception Edit

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, with the blade tapering outward toward its hilt to form something resembling a crossguard. Additionally, Guts only wields the Dragon Slayer with his right hand, never wielding the sword with both his right hand and left mechanical arm.

Notes Edit

  • 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 by Guts to decisively overpower the dragon-apostle Grunbeld.[9]
  • Guts has wielded oversized swords since the age of six. At nine years old, he wielded a bastard sword during his first castle siege. In the years following, he graduated to a longsword, which he killed an enemy general with. At fifteen, Guts uses an oversized two-handed sword to kill Bazuso.
  • The Dragon Slayer has never been properly wielded by anyone 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 Edit

  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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