The Martyr’s Blade combines beauty and power — and this claymore will freeze enemies in their tracks. Here’s our Mortal Shell guide on how to find the upgrades and weapon skills for the Martyr’s Blade.
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Mortal Shell: Martyr’s Blade skills and upgrades
To obtain the Martyr’s Blade weapon in Mortal Shell, you must first reach the Crypt of Martyrs zone. You can refer to our exploration guide for more info.
Once you’re there, interact with the book next to Sester Genessa to fight Hadern. I find this version of the miniboss a little hard to get used to due to the attack speed and reach of the Martyr’s Blade. After defeating Hadern, you’ll get your new weapon.
Petrified Winterglass upgrade
This one is found early on in the level. Once you reach the larger room (with the two Gollums and the Stabby McStabbington), look to your right.
The tunnel takes you to burial chamber where you’ll find the upgrade material.
Weapon skill #1: Frozen Touch
This weapon skill coats the Martyr’s Blade in ice. Your heavy attacks will then cause shards of ice to shatter whenever your weapon connects.
As mentioned in our beginner’s guide, you can find three Solemn Offerings in Mortal Shell. Each one will boost the healing effect of an empowered riposte and the effects are applied to all weapons.
Anyway, the Solemn Offering in the Crypt of Martyrs can be found after you kill the Enslaved Grisha miniboss. There’s a very important reminder here: if you drop down to the Enslaved Grisha’s area, you won’t be able to get back up until the level’s boss has been defeated.
In any case, killing Enslaved Grisha lets you progress deeper into the zone. The next section will have Sester Genessa and a chest that contains the Solemn Offering.
Run past Sester Genessa and you’ll reach an open area with an ice bridge that you need to cross. You’ll then see an opening with a winding staircase leading down.
Once you reach the bottom, you’ll spot a small room that has a centurion mob — there are also two McStabbingtons that will ambush you here. After killing them, pick up the Radiant Winterglass upgrade.
Weapon skill #2: Winter’s Chill
This flashy weapon skill causes an eruption of icicles that will freeze mobs caught within its radius. It’s akin to the ability used by Tarsus the First Martyr.