Malformed Skull
malformed skull

In-Game Description

The skull of some unidentified creature.
Swung as a great hammer to use as a weapon.

Possibly the skull of a dragon.
A good choice, likely too rare to
be swung about willy-nilly.

Availability

Scholar of the First Sin:

Dark Souls 2 & Scholar of the First Sin:

General Information

Image Damage Aux Effects Counter
Strength
Poise
Damage
Stats Needed1
Stat Bonuses
Damage
Reduction
Aux Effects
Reduction
Stability Durability Weight Enchantable?
Items/Spells
malformed-skull-lg.png 260/0/0/0/0

(Strike)
0/56 100 60 352/7/0/0

-/-/-/-/-/-
45/10/30/30/40 15/15/15/15 30 20 12.0 Yes/Yes

Move Set

Notes

  • Highest base physical damage of any weapon in the game when upgraded. Coupled with no scaling, this weapon makes an excellent candidate for Raw infusion.
  • Like all Hammers and most Great Hammers it can't be infused with Bleed.
    • You can still deal more bleed damage by enchanting it with a Bleeding Serum though.

Upgrades

Basic

Standard upgrade path.
Requires:

Name Damage Aux Effects Stat Bonuses Materials Cost Souls
Malformed Skull +0 260/0/0/0/0 0/56 -/-/-/-/- - -
Malformed Skull +1 286/0/0/0/0 0/57 -/-/-/-/- 1x Titanite Shard 550
Malformed Skull +2 312/0/0/0/0 0/58 -/-/-/-/- 2x Titanite Shard 690
Malformed Skull +3 338/0/0/0/0 0/60 -/-/-/-/- 3x Titanite Shard 830
Malformed Skull +4 364/0/0/0/0 0/61 -/-/-/-/- 1x Large Titanite Shard 1,100
Malformed Skull +5 390/0/0/0/0 0/63 -/-/-/-/- 2x Large Titanite Shard 1,240
Malformed Skull +6 416/0/0/0/0 0/64 -/-/-/-/- 3x Large Titanite Shard 1,380
Malformed Skull +7 442/0/0/0/0 0/65 -/-/-/-/- 1x Titanite Chunk 1,650
Malformed Skull +8 468/0/0/0/0 0/67 -/-/-/-/- 2x Titanite Chunk 1,730
Malformed Skull +9 494/0/0/0/0 0/68 -/-/-/-/- 3x Titanite Chunk 1,980
Malformed Skull +10 520/0/0/0/0 0/70 -/-/-/-/- 1x Titanite Slab 2,200

Infusions

Magic

Reduces: Base damage, STR and DEX stat bonuses, damage and aux effects reduction.
Adds/Increases: Base magic damage, INT stat bonus, magic damage reduction.
Requires:

Name Damage Aux Effects Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction
Aux Effects
Reduction
Magic Malformed Skull +0 195/130/0/0/0 0/42 -/-/C/-/-/- 42.9/26.6/27.9/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Magic Malformed Skull +1 214/143/0/0/0 0/43 -/-/C/-/-/- 42.9/26.6/27.9/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Magic Malformed Skull +2 234/153/0/0/0 0/44 -/-/C/-/-/- 42.9/26.6/27.9/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Magic Malformed Skull +3 253/169/0/0/0 0/45 -/-/C/-/-/- 42.9/26.6/27.9/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Magic Malformed Skull +4 273/182/0/0/0 0/46 -/-/C/-/-/- 42.9/26.6/27.9/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Magic Malformed Skull +5 292/195/0/0/0 0/47 -/-/C/-/-/- 42.9/26.6/27.9/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Magic Malformed Skull +6 312/208/0/0/0 0/48 -/-/C/-/-/- 42.9/26.6/27.9/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Magic Malformed Skull +7 331/221/0/0/0 0/49 -/-/C/-/-/- 42.9/26.6/27.9/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Magic Malformed Skull +8 351/234/0/0/0 0/50 -/-/C/-/-/- 42.9/26.6/27.9/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Magic Malformed Skull +9 370/247/0/0/0 0/51 -/-/C/-/-/- 42.9/26.6/27.9/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Magic Malformed Skull +10 390/260/0/0/0 0/52 -/-/C/-/-/- 42.9/26.6/27.9/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9

Fire

Reduces: Base damage, STR and DEX stat bonuses, damage and aux effects reduction.
Adds/Increases: Base fire damage, INT and FTH stat bonus, fire damage reduction.
Requires:

Name Damage Aux Effects Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction
Aux Effects
Reduction
Fire Malformed Skull +0 195/130/0/0/0 0/42 -/-/-/C/-/- 42.9/7.9/46.6/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Fire Malformed Skull +1 214/143/0/0/0 0/43 -/-/-/C/-/- 42.9/7.9/46.6/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Fire Malformed Skull +2 234/153/0/0/0 0/44 -/-/-/C/-/- 42.9/7.9/46.6/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Fire Malformed Skull +3 253/169/0/0/0 0/45 -/-/-/C/-/- 42.9/7.9/46.6/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Fire Malformed Skull +4 273/182/0/0/0 0/46 -/-/-/C/-/- 42.9/7.9/46.6/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Fire Malformed Skull +5 292/195/0/0/0 0/47 -/-/-/C/-/- 42.9/7.9/46.6/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Fire Malformed Skull +6 312/208/0/0/0 0/48 -/-/-/C/-/- 42.9/7.9/46.6/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Fire Malformed Skull +7 331/221/0/0/0 0/49 -/-/-/C/-/- 42.9/7.9/46.6/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Fire Malformed Skull +8 351/234/0/0/0 0/50 -/-/-/C/-/- 42.9/7.9/46.6/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Fire Malformed Skull +9 370/247/0/0/0 0/51 -/-/-/C/-/- 42.9/7.9/46.6/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Fire Malformed Skull +10 390/260/0/0/0 0/52 -/-/-/C/-/- 42.9/7.9/46.6/27.9/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9

Lightning

Reduces: Base damage, STR and DEX stat bonuses, damage and aux effects reduction.
Adds/Increases: Base lightning damage, FTH stat bonus, lightning damage reduction.
Requires:

Name Damage Aux Effects Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction
Aux Effects
Reduction
Lightning Malformed Skull +0 195/130/0/0/0 0/42 -/-/-/-/C/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/46.6/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Lightning Malformed Skull +1 214/143/0/0/0 0/43 -/-/-/-/C/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/46.6/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Lightning Malformed Skull +2 234/153/0/0/0 0/44 -/-/-/-/C/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/46.6/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Lightning Malformed Skull +3 253/169/0/0/0 0/45 -/-/-/-/C/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/46.6/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Lightning Malformed Skull +4 273/182/0/0/0 0/46 -/-/-/-/C/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/46.6/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Lightning Malformed Skull +5 292/195/0/0/0 0/47 -/-/-/-/C/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/46.6/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Lightning Malformed Skull +6 312/208/0/0/0 0/48 -/-/-/-/C/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/46.6/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Lightning Malformed Skull +7 331/221/0/0/0 0/49 -/-/-/-/C/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/46.6/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Lightning Malformed Skull +8 351/234/0/0/0 0/50 -/-/-/-/C/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/46.6/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Lightning Malformed Skull +9 370/247/0/0/0 0/51 -/-/-/-/C/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/46.6/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Lightning Malformed Skull +10 390/260/0/0/0 0/52 -/-/-/-/C/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/46.6/37.9 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9

Dark

Reduces: Physical base damage, STR and DEX stat bonuses, damage and aux effects reduction.
Adds/Increases: Base dark damage, INT and FTH stat bonus, dark damage reduction.
Requires:

Name Damage Aux Effects Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction
Aux Effects
Reduction
Dark Malformed Skull +0 195/130/0/0/0 0/42 -/-/-/-/-/C 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/56.6 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Dark Malformed Skull +1 214/143/0/0/0 0/43 -/-/-/-/-/C 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/56.6 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Dark Malformed Skull +2 234/153/0/0/0 0/44 -/-/-/-/-/C 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/56.6 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Dark Malformed Skull +3 253/169/0/0/0 0/45 -/-/-/-/-/C 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/56.6 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Dark Malformed Skull +4 273/182/0/0/0 0/46 -/-/-/-/-/C 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/56.6 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Dark Malformed Skull +5 292/195/0/0/0 0/47 -/-/-/-/-/C 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/56.6 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Dark Malformed Skull +6 312/208/0/0/0 0/48 -/-/-/-/-/C 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/56.6 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Dark Malformed Skull +7 331/221/0/0/0 0/49 -/-/-/-/-/C 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/56.6 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Dark Malformed Skull +8 351/234/0/0/0 0/50 -/-/-/-/-/C 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/56.6 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Dark Malformed Skull +9 370/247/0/0/0 0/51 -/-/-/-/-/C 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/56.6 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9
Dark Malformed Skull +10 390/260/0/0/0 0/52 -/-/-/-/-/C 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/56.6 12.9/12.9/12.9/12.9

Poison

Reduces: Base damage, STR and DEX stat bonuses, damage and aux effects reduction.
Adds/Increases: Base poison damage, poison damage reduction.
Requires:

Name Damage Aux Effects Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction
Aux Effects
Reduction
Poison Malformed Skull +0 234/0/0/0/0 96/50 -/-/-/-/-/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/31.6 31.6/12.9/12.9/12.9
Poison Malformed Skull +1 257/0/0/0/0 98/51 -/-/-/-/-/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/31.6 31.6/12.9/12.9/12.9
Poison Malformed Skull +2 280/0/0/0/0 100/52 -/-/-/-/-/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/31.6 31.6/12.9/12.9/12.9
Poison Malformed Skull +3 304/0/0/0/0 103/54 -/-/-/-/-/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/31.6 31.6/12.9/12.9/12.9
Poison Malformed Skull +4 327/0/0/0/0 105/55 -/-/-/-/-/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/31.6 31.6/12.9/12.9/12.9
Poison Malformed Skull +5 351/0/0/0/0 108/56 -/-/-/-/-/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/31.6 31.6/12.9/12.9/12.9
Poison Malformed Skull +6 374/0/0/0/0 110/57 -/-/-/-/-/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/31.6 31.6/12.9/12.9/12.9
Poison Malformed Skull +7 397/0/0/0/0 112/59 -/-/-/-/-/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/31.6 31.6/12.9/12.9/12.9
Poison Malformed Skull +8 421/0/0/0/0 115/60 -/-/-/-/-/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/31.6 31.6/12.9/12.9/12.9
Poison Malformed Skull +9 444/0/0/0/0 117/61 -/-/-/-/-/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/31.6 31.6/12.9/12.9/12.9
Poison Malformed Skull +10 468/0/0/0/0 120/63 -/-/-/-/-/- 42.9/7.9/27.9/27.9/31.6 31.6/12.9/12.9/12.9

Raw

Reduces: Stat bonuses.
Adds/Increases: Base damage.
Requires:

Name Damage Aux Effects Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction
Aux Effects
Reduction
Raw Malformed Skull +0 299/0/0/0/0 0/64 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Raw Malformed Skull +1 328/0/0/0/0 0/66 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Raw Malformed Skull +2 358/0/0/0/0 0/67 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Raw Malformed Skull +3 388/0/0/0/0 0/69 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Raw Malformed Skull +4 418/0/0/0/0 0/70 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Raw Malformed Skull +5 448/0/0/0/0 0/72 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Raw Malformed Skull +6 478/0/0/0/0 0/74 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Raw Malformed Skull +7 508/0/0/0/0 0/75 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Raw Malformed Skull +8 538/0/0/0/0 0/77 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Raw Malformed Skull +9 568/0/0/0/0 0/78 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Raw Malformed Skull +10 598/0/0/0/0 0/80 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0

Enchanted

Reduces: Stat bonuses.
Adds/Increases: INT stat bonus (excluding weapons that have base magic damage).
Requires:

Name Damage Aux Effects Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction
Aux Effects
Reduction
Enchanted Malformed Skull +0 260/0/0/0/0 0/56 -/-/D/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Enchanted Malformed Skull +1 286/0/0/0/0 0/57 -/-/D/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Enchanted Malformed Skull +2 312/0/0/0/0 0/58 -/-/D/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Enchanted Malformed Skull +3 338/0/0/0/0 0/60 -/-/D/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Enchanted Malformed Skull +4 364/0/0/0/0 0/61 -/-/D/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Enchanted Malformed Skull +5 390/0/0/0/0 0/63 -/-/D/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Enchanted Malformed Skull +6 416/0/0/0/0 0/64 -/-/D/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Enchanted Malformed Skull +7 442/0/0/0/0 0/65 -/-/D/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Enchanted Malformed Skull +8 468/0/0/0/0 0/67 -/-/D/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Enchanted Malformed Skull +9 494/0/0/0/0 0/68 -/-/D/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Enchanted Malformed Skull +10 520/0/0/0/0 0/70 -/-/C/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0

Mundane

Reduces: Base damage, stat bonuses.
Adds/Increases: Damage scaling from lowest stat.
Requires:

Name Damage Aux Effects Stat Bonuses Damage
Reduction
Aux Effects
Reduction
Mundane Malformed Skull +0 130/0/0/0/0 0/28 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Mundane Malformed Skull +1 143/0/0/0/0 0/28 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Mundane Malformed Skull +2 156/0/0/0/0 0/29 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Mundane Malformed Skull +3 169/0/0/0/0 0/30 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Mundane Malformed Skull +4 182/0/0/0/0 0/30 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Mundane Malformed Skull +5 195/0/0/0/0 0/31 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Mundane Malformed Skull +6 208/0/0/0/0 0/32 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Mundane Malformed Skull +7 221/0/0/0/0 0/32 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Mundane Malformed Skull +8 234/0/0/0/0 0/33 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Mundane Malformed Skull +9 247/0/0/0/0 0/34 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0
Mundane Malformed Skull +10 260/0/0/0/0 0/35 -/-/-/-/-/- 45.0/10.0/30.0/30.0/40.0 15.0/15.0/15.0/15.0

Key

Damage:

The Damage stat dictates how much damage the weapon does. The Damage stats for a weapon are A / B / C / D / E:

  • A is Physical Damage
  • B is Magical Damage
  • C is Fire Damage
  • D is Lightning Damage
  • E is Dark Damage

Each weapon has one or more physical damage types:

  • Striking
  • Slashing
  • Thrusting

Certain enemies are weak or strong against different damage types.
See Weakness for physical reduction, Resistance for elemental reduction.

Aux Effect:

The Aux Effect stat dictates how effective the weapon will be at causing the effect. The Aux Effect stats for a weapon are A / B:

Counter Strength: Damage multiplier when hitting an enemy that is performing an action such as attacking. Value of 100 means no extra damage.
Poise Damage: The ability of the weapon to break the poise of an enemy.
Stats Needed:

The Stats Needed determines how high various Stats must be in order to wield the weapon effectively.
The stats required for a weapon are A / B / C / D:

Wielding a weapon without the required Strength and/or Dexterity will incur a penalty to the Physical damage of the weapon,
while lower-than-required Magic and/or Faith will reduce the Magic damage of the weapon.

Also keep in mind that your character gains a 100% bonus to Strength by wielding a weapon with both hands, thus reducing
the actual Strength required. For example, a character with 14 Strength can wield a Great Club (Requires 28 Strength)
properly if the weapon is held with both hands. (14 x 2 = 28)

Stat Bonuses:

The Stat Bonuses rating indicates the level of bonus damage you do with the weapon, based on the associated Stat.
This rating can be S, A, B, C, D, or E (in order from most to least bonus for the associated skill).
See Scaling for more information.
The Bonus Stats for a weapon are A/B/C/D/E/F:

  • A is the Strength stat bonus that influences the physical attack of the weapon.
  • B is the Dexterity stat bonus that influences the physical attack of the weapon.
  • C is the Intelligence stat bonus that influences the Magical attack of the weapon.
  • D is the Intelligence and Faith stat bonus that influences the Fire attack of the weapon.
  • E is the Faith stat bonus that influences the Lightning attack of the weapon.
  • F is the Intelligence or Faith stat bonus that influence the Dark attack of the weapon(The lower of the two stats is chosen as the bonus stat).
Damage Reduction:

The Damage Reduction % of the weapon. It dictates how much damage the weapon mitigates while blocking.
The Damage Reduction % stats for weapons are A / B / C / D / E :

  • A is Physical Damage
  • B is Magical Damage
  • C is Fire Damage
  • D is Lightning Damage
  • E is Dark Damage
Aux Effect Reduction:

The Aux Effect Reduction % of the weapon. It dictates how much of the effect the weapon mitigates while blocking.
The Aux Effect Reduction % stats for a weapon are A / B / C / D:

Stability: Determines the amount of stamina expended to block an incoming attack. A higher stability also allows you to block stronger
attacks without breaking guard and reduces the amount of stamina depleted from blocking attacks.
Durability: The durability of the weapon.
Weight: The weight of the weapon. Note that carrying over 70% of your Equip Weight will reduce the speed of your rolls, while going
over 100% will reduce your regular speed to walking and attempts to roll or backstep will leave you momentarily stunned.
Enchantable? Items/Spells: Determines whether or not the weapon can receive a temporary damage buff by items and/or spells. Note that if you decided
to infuse the weapon it cannot be enchanted by items.
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