A team of skilled blacksmiths recreates the iconic Greatsword of Artorias from the Dark Souls series in real life, at the behest of publisher Bandai Namco.

The setting of the Dark Souls series is notorious for the lethal creatures and enemies that dwell within. Although some players choose to take on games in the franchise using just their fists, most users need to make use of the variety of different weapons available to complete their adventures. One of the most iconic swords of the series, the Greatsword of Artorias, has made a stunning shift to reality courtesy of a team of blacksmiths.

A group of swordmakers and armorers from Baltimore Knife and Sword took on the challenge of recreating the massive weapon after a request from Dark Souls 3 publisher Bandai Namco. The team was tasked with making an exact replica of the sword, down to the finest detail. As one might imagine, this ended up being a huge job for the blacksmith group.

Although the Greatsword of Artorias required a huge amount of work in the forge to make the main body of the sword, the weapon also needed plenty of engravings to make it seem as close to the original as possible. However, the end result is incredible. Those interested in seeing the creation of the weapon in action can do so in the video below, courtesy of Man at Arms.

It’s not the first time that this particular team has dealt with a weapon from a From Software-developed game. As a prior project, the Man at Arms group took on the Bone Cleaver from 2015’s highly-successful Bloodborne. Using items such as railroad track and iron piping to make the blade and hilt, the final weapon was eerily similar to the famous cleaver.

In fact, Man at Arms has a long history of creating items from the realm of video games. Previously, the team worked on a replica of Link’s famous Hylian Shield from The Legend of Zelda series. Meanwhile, another project saw the team build versions of Kratos’ Blades of Chaos from the God of War series.

Whether or not users will need weapons as powerful as the Greatsword of Artorias when Dark Souls 3 sees its full release remains to be seen, however. With the game set to officially launch in North America on April 12, one user who picked up the game early has apparently been able to beat the title in under 2 hours. Nonetheless, most gamers will no doubt find the game to be a more-than-adequate challenge, given the series’ reputation thus far.

Source: Man at Arms (YouTube)