Alright, so I gotta share my love for the Rose of Ariandel. Anthile, you wanted a weapon that attacks in the left hand. Epic, you wanted a good weapon catalyst. This is it. As an offhand weapon, L1 swings it and L2 casts a miracle. The moment I saw that this was a miracle-casting weapon I knew I had to have it for my old farmer character, who was to this point using the Bonewheel Greatshield and the Four-Pronged Plow (which is neither a plow nor four-pronged, but that’s neither here nor there) which I’d buff with Dark Blade. I replaced my shield with the Rose and made everyone my whipping boy.
Reason #1 Why the Rose of Ariandel is amazing: the spell buff. At 25 faith, it’s a whopping 151. At 30, 166. It’s head and shoulders above all other talismans and chimes, but no one will use it because it doesn’t have Unfaltering Prayer, which everyone relies on for 1v1 offensive miracle casting. Which leaves… weapon buffs, for which it’s perfect! Dark Blade, which isn’t affected by any buffs - rings or the dark-boosting talisman/chime or the self-flagellation move - strongly benefits from this.
Reason #2: The range. This thing is classed as a whip, but it has the hammer moveset, and the hitbox is huge! It’s far longer and wider than any other hammer and fast as a proverbial whip (not a Dark Souls whip), so it’s still amazing at rollcatching people who are trying to roll circles around you. In my experience, the only rolling attack it can’t interrupt is the rapier, disregarding heavy weapons that just poise through it. It costs so little stamina, I’ve merrily spammed it against people who didn’t have the sense to roll away from me instead of around me.
Reason #3: It does pretty good damage on top of that! Not as much as my pitchfork, especially not when it’s buffed, but it’s by no means negligible. Its A scaling in faith also contributes to the physical damage, so in the hands of a high-faith character it’s likely devastating. I have 25 in str/dex/fth now, which gives it a respectable AR of 296. It has bleed as well, but that’s almost never relevant.
If you have any serious investment in faith you really need to give this a whirl. Thus ends my Ode to the Rose.