Not quite, actually. The Claymore takes a looooooong time to surpass the Drake sword if you go for the normal upgrades. And getting fire upgrades can be kind of a pain in the butt.. definitely doable, but it's kinda nice to be able to not bother with it for awhile. And even after you do get the fire upgrades, that gives you a weapon with dual damage types, whereas the Drake Sword is all physical... which is super handy a lot of the time. Besides... don't underestimate the value of the 2-handed R2. Yes, upgrading the drake sword is a *very* niche thing to do, but hey... if you're playing a SL1 character, you can use all the niche benefits you can find.