The best Elden Ring weapons can be the difference between struggling through The Lands Between inch by inch, or carving a brisk and bloody path towards your rightful Elden Lordhood. And while yes, there’s clout in taking on every boss with a wooden club, there are so many weird and wonderful tools for murder hidden across the world that are well worth hunting down.
A solid sword and shield will do you well, but Elden Ring’s most interesting weapons sport unique Ashes (read: abilities) that form the cornerstone of a devastating moveset. Swords that turn you into a cloud of fury, whips that harden into lances, bows that unleash thunderous torrents of magic-infused arrows. Some Elden Ring bosses drop “remembrances” which can then be turned into boss weapons, offering arguably stronger skills.
Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking for a new tool to spice up your arsenal, here’s what we reckon are the best Elden Ring weapons.
ELDEN RING BEST WEAPONS
Here are some of our choices for The Best Elden Ring Weapons for each type of weapon in the game:
- Best katana: Moonveil
- Best halberd: Banished Knight’s Halberd
- Best dagger: Reduvia
- Best fist: Cipher Pata
- Best curved greatsword: Bloodhound’s Fang
- Best colossal sword: Grafted Blade Greatsword
- Best greatsword: Dark Moon Greatsword
- Best straight sword: Sword of Night and Flame
- Best staff: Meteorite Staff
BEST KATANA: MOONVEIL
The best katana we have found so far in Elden Ring is the Moonveil. This weapon can be found in Caelid at the Gael Tunnel upon beating the Magma Wyrm. The tunnel is on the border of Caelid and Limgrave in the centre and south of the Smoldering Church.
This Katana is exceptionally strong and its Ash of War is one of the strongest in the game. Transient Moonlight shoots out a bolt of light upon a heavy or light attack and performing a heavy attack on enemies can break poise, stunning most foes in one of two slashes, allowing you to land a critical hit.
BEST HALBERD: BANISHED KNIGHT’S HALBERD
If you want a weapon built for crowd control, the Banished Knight’s Halberd is one of the strongest weapons you can get. It comes with an immense amount of force behind its swings and when paired with the Spinning Strikes Ashes of War, you become an unstoppable halberd-wielding force. It can even block projectiles.
The weapon can be found in the Whispering Peninsula at Castle Mourne. You will need to kill Edgar, an NPC, on one of the castle towers around the edge of the castle. Early in the game, this fight is tricky but not impossible. However, you will end his questline here.
BEST DAGGER: REDUVIA
Reduvia is found along the river leading up to the Murkwater Caverns, north of where you can attempt to beat Flying Dragon Agheel. Towards the second half of the river, you will find an Invader, Bloody Finger Nerijus. If you kill him you will net yourself the weapon.
This dexterity scaling weapon is fast and able to land strong slashes. On top of that, it has an excellent weapon art, in the form of blood blades which it will shoot out to stun enemies, causing blood loss damage.
BEST FIST: CIPHER PATA
Cipher Pata is definitely one of the coolest weapons in Elden Ring. A blade made out of ancient symbols, it attaches to your wrist and can be used to lunge forward and slice through your enemies. It does require a ridiculous 30 Faith, which will be hard to obtain until late in your first playthrough. But, it makes a good New Game Plus weapon.
It can be found by killing Mad Tongue Alberich below the main chamber of Roundtable Hold. This Invader is tough but after killing him you can follow the path around to find the weapon in the final room.
BEST CURVED GREATSWORD: BLOODHOUND’S FANG
Bloodhound’s Fang is exceptionally strong, especially seeing as you can get it at the very beginning of the game at the Forlorn Hound Evegaol in Limgrave.
The Bloodhound’s Fang’s strength lies in the fact that it can perform two big slashes, with a step backwards in between them. This allows you to stay out of trouble and also land incredibly impactful blows. On top of that, the blood loss buildup of the weapon ensures it makes it into the top tier of weapons in the game.
BEST COLOSSAL SWORD: GRAFTED BLADE GREATSWORD
If you manage to kill Leonine Misbegotten at Castle Mourne, you will be gifted the incredible Grafted Blade Greatsword. Requiring an eye-watering insane amount of Strength, 40 to be exact, it is easily one of the most powerful weapons in the game.
Large swings, powerful hits, and looking like an absolute badass while doing it is what the Grafted Blade Greatsword is all about and it would be hard to find a weapon that has a better visual character than this.
BEST GREATSWORD: DARK MOON GREATSWORD
The Dark Moon Greatsword is undoubtedly one of the strongest weapon in the game, continuing FromSoftware’s love of including the fabled weapon in their games.
With high attack for both normal and magic stats. Its skill is also immensely powerful as it raises magic attack power and imbues the blade with frost damage, releasing charges of moonlight damage upon charged attacks. You will need to follow Ranni’s questline to be able to get it, but it is one of the strongest weapons in the game so it is worth going after.
BEST STRAIGHT SWORD: SWORD OF NIGHT AND FLAME
Despite a recent nerf, the Sword of Night and Flame in Elden Ring is still one of the stronger weapons you can pick up.
Its high attack is bolstered by an insane skill that can clear out foes surrounding you. The damage of this ability has been nerfed, but it is still formidable.
BEST STAFF: METEORITE STAFF
There is only one Staff on this list, but it is a powerful one. The Meteorite Staff is one of the best Elden Ring weapons as it scales with Intelligence and has an S rank for that scaling.
It also boosts Gravity sorceries, which are some of the most powerful sorceries in the game and means that a dedicated mage can use it throughout the normal and new game plus runs, as well as players who simply like to spice up their playstyle with a spell here and there.
That covers some of our choices for the best weapons in Elden Ring. For more tips, while you play, check out how to level up in Elden Ring, the Elden Ring boss order, and our Elden Ring walkthrough for more guides.
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