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I just finished re-watching episode 18 of season 2 of Sword Art Online, and in the end, Kirito throws Excalibur into the pit and then Shinon catches it with a spell arrow. Then, once the quest is over, he gets the sword as a gift from Urðr for saving the land. In the next episodes we don't see him use it.

Why isn't he using it?

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In SAO Wikia about Excalibur, there is some trivia mentioned, among which:

Kazuto resolved to never use Excalibur for personal gain as he believed that the sword contained the «caliber» of himself and his companions.


As mentioned in the comments and in Alchemist's answer, Kirito used the sword when fighting off the guild to buy Asuna some time.

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    I would like to add that Kirito only has 2 roles inside ALO in the Mother's Rosario Arc, the first was fighting Yuuki before Asuna did and the second is fighting off the Guild that was trying to do the Boss Raid before the Sleeping Knights. for the most part the arc focused on Asuna – Memor-X Aug 25 '16 at 12:04
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    FYI, He did use it while fighting off the guild. Beginning of Episode 21 right after saying he will buy Asuna 3 minutes of time. – DarkDestry Aug 25 '16 at 13:47
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    Ummmm don't mean to be rude but isn't this the wrong answer that got accepted? He clearly used it didn't he? – BlackKnigh7 Aug 28 '16 at 6:31
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    @Memor-X Yeah, I didn't notice the times earlier. About the question though, it is kinda clear that the asker is under the perception that the sword was never used. Read the last line for this. And I think the second one provides a much better and accurate answer which clears the doubt about Excalibur being used or not. This answer although states a fact right from the Wikia but says nothing about it being used or not. Reading it kind of implies the sword was never used. Just a bit confusing I would say. The second one deserved it or so I think. – BlackKnigh7 Aug 28 '16 at 19:37
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    @Ryan The question never asked for whether he uses it for personal gain or not. It only asked whether the sword was used at all after he obtained. The answer doesn't provide the fact whether it was used or not. It only tells that Kirito resolved to not use it for his own personal gain. That's not the answer. – BlackKnigh7 Aug 30 '16 at 5:49
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According to Mansuro's answer, it does make sense why he doesn't use it that often during battles. However, it is not true that he doesn't use it at all. He did use it in the Mother's Rosario arc.

He uses it in the 21st episode. When Asuna and the Sleeping Knights are interrupted by the adventurers just before entering the boss room. Kirito appears just in the nick of time and wards them off using his own sword and the Excalibur, dual wielding them while Asuna and the Sleeping Knights head for the boss room.

Excalibur 01 Excalibur 02

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He simply doesn't use it because it isn't fair, it is way too powerful. If it wasn't for Shinon, it would not have been given to him. You can think of the weapon like Mjolnir; any time a person who is not worthy tries to wield it, the weapon gets too heavy to hold.

The only time he ever used it was to fight off the guild as an equalizer. Even then, he knew he didn't have the stamina to kill the entire group.

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