Elden ring takes the tried and tested soulsborne formula and expands it to new heights. Being the biggest game FromSoftware has released, Elden Ring is packed with weapons. From Scythes to Katanas to Ultra Greatswords, Elden Ring has something for everyone. Elden Ring also features a number of builds, from Samurais to Dual wielding blood builds. Today we will list some of the best Elden Rings weapons, discussing which ones are suited for PvE and PvP and what kinds of Elden Ring builds they work with. We hope you find this guide useful.
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Best Weapons In Elden Ring
As mentioned previously, Elden Ring has something for everyone. From daggers for stealthy builds to Staves for mages. Weapons in Elden Ring follow the previous soulsborne formula, having stats like strength, dexterity, arcane, intelligence and faith. A weapons scaling determines what kind of damage it does and what stat it scales with. Scaling also determines the build(s) an Elden Ring weapon will be suitable for. Due to the abundance of weapons, every kind of weapon has multiple variants, with all of them often being excellent weapons. Ranking weapons in Elden Ring is a daunting task, but with countless hours spent exploring the lands between, the following are what we believe to be the best Elden Ring weapons.
Appearing in our list for the best bleed weapons in Elden Ring too, the iconic Uchigatana is the strongest it has ever been in Elden Ring. Uchigatana is one of the simplest weapons in Elden Ring, featuring a basic moveset of slashes and thrusts and a simple, unchanged weapon rate. The Uchigatana is one of the best early-game weapons, period, and one of the best weapons in Elden Ring, especially for Dex builds.
Featuring quick combos, blood loss effect and ease of use, the Uchigatana is a devastating weapon. It is both an excellent PvE and PvP weapon in Elden Ring. The base Uchigatana has a Dexterity rating of D, we recommend a dex level of at least 30 to maximize its use. The Uchigatana can be upgraded using smithing stones, which can be found in abundance in the various tunnels of Limgrave. Using bleed affinity on the Uchigatana makes it even better, dealing bleed loss in seconds meaning you will be cruising through all sorts of encounters, from PvP dueling to bosses. All in all, the Uchigatana is one of the best weapons in Elden Ring.
The weapon of General Radahn, arguably the coolest boss in the game, had to make the list. This Greatsword is just as good as the fight suggests, dealing insane damage, having a great arte and top-tier Scaling. While the bossfight required to acquire the Starscourage Greatsword is VERY hard, thus weapon makes it very worth it.
The Starscorage greatsword has a strength, dexterity and intelligence scaling of D, D and E respectively, and it requires a strength level of 38 to wield. It is upgraded using Somber Smithing stone. It has a moveset of stomps and slashes, all dealing massive amounts of damage. You can acquire this greatsword by beating General Radahn in Caelid. Beware though, the fight is very challenging.
The weapon is so good we have an entire guide on it. The moonveil Katana is Fromsoft’s first magic Katana, and boy do they deliver. This Katana makes intelligence builds all the more diverse, allowing them to dabble fully into melee territory. Requiring an intelligence level of 24 to wield and having a Int scaling of 24, the Moonveil Katana is ideal for melee sorcerers.
While it cannot be infused, its own weapon art is fantastic. Transient Moonlight sheathes the weapon then quickly deals insane amounts of damage with R2 or R1 attacks. This is easily one of the strongest weapon artes in the game, with some YouTubers showcasing its ability and calling it broken.
You can acquire this Katana by completing the Gael Tunnel in Caelid. It has a moveset similar to that of the Uchigatana, with quick thrusts and slashes. Due to its high damage and versatility, the Moonveil is one of the best PvE and PvP weapons in Elden ring, and easily one of the best weapons in the game overall.
The battle hammer is one of the best early game strength weapons in Elden Ring. While is pretty basic, it is a very cool-looking weapon and deals insane amounts of damage and features great strength scaling. If you want to look strong from the get-go while melting through every encounter, look no further.
You can acquire the battle hammer by completing the Murkwater Cave in Limgrave. It requires a strength level of 26 and has a strength scaling of C. It also has a very cool weapon arte called Baggart’s roar. The battle hammer can have ashes of war and is upgraded using Smithing Stones. It is one of the best Elden Ring PvE weapons. While it is a good PvP weapon, we recommend using something else for there are better alternatives.
The Blasphemous blade is easily one of the best Elden Ring weapons. It scales heavily with strength and Faith and deals tons of damage, often dealing more damage than ultra greatswords faster than them. On top of all this, Blasphemous blade looks very, very cool.
You can acquire this weapon after beating Rykard, the Elden Lord of the Blasphemous. It has a strength and Faith requirement of 22 and 21 respectively, with a D scaling in both. It has a basic moveset of slashes. It has a very cool weapon arte, takers flames that imbues your weapon with Blasphemous flames and steals enemy HP. It cannot be infused and is upgraded using Somber Smithing stones. Due to its high damage and versatility, the Blasphemous Blade is a great PvP and PvE weapon in Elden Ring.
Another contender for the best Faith weapon in Elden Ring throne, the Winged Scythe is a very powerful Elden Ring weapon that offers insane versatility. It can be used solo, powerstanced, single-handed, double-handed and excels at literally everything thrown at it.
The Winged Scythe requires a faith level of 24 and has a scaling of D in Faith. You can find the Winged Scythe in a chest in the Tombsward Ruins. You can upgrade it using Smithing Stones. You cannot infuse the Winged Scythe. It has a very cool arte called angel’s wings that does a quick slash after jumping in the air. Its moveset is very slick and fast, dealing tons of quick damage. Due to its versatility, the Winged Spear Excels in both PvP and PvE in Elden Ring.
The Curved Greatsword is one of the best dex weapons in Elden Ring. Not only is it very cool looking, it has a very slick and powerful moveset that can be devastating in Elden Ring’s PvE and is bound to confuse your PvP foes.
You can acquire this sword after beating the bloodhound knight Darriwil, a manageable fight, especially if Blaidd tags along with you. It has a Strength requirement of 18 and a Dexterity requirement of 17 with a Dex scaling of C, making it a particularly useful Dex weapon and a decent quality weapon in Elden Ring. It has a very cool mvoeset of slashes with great range and one of the best weapon arts in Elden Ring. Its art does a quick attack and makes you jump back to create distance, viable in both PvP and PvE.
All this makes the bloodhound’s fang one of the best Elden Ring weapons for PvP.
Bound to catch everyone’s attention during the very start of the game, the Golden Halberd is one gorgeous weapon that the earliest optional boss in the game wields. Players tricked into thinking they have to beat the Tree Sentinel are the ones who should feel the most rewarded with this weapon.
Requiring a strength level of 30 with D scaling, the Golden Halberd is one of the best Strength weapons in Elden Ring. You can acquire this Halberd after beating the Tree Sentinel in Limgrave. Beware though, you are not meant to fight him the first time you see him.
The Golden Halberd is best used double-handed and deals tons of damage, featuring a moveset consisting of slashes and slams. It also has a very powerful weapon arte that buffs your and your allies’ strength. This Halberd cannot be buffed or infused and is upgraded using Somber Smithing Stones. Its slow nature means we can not recommend it for Elden Ring’s fast PvP but it excels in PvE and is one of the best weapons in Elden Ring.
Those who have always loved a defensive offensive combos with a shield and spear will feel right at home in Elden Ring for Elden Ring is home to some of the best spears in the franchise’s history. The treespear is our pick for the best spear in Elden Ring.
Scaling with dexterity and faith, the tree spear is an excellent opinion for mage-dex hybrids and pure faith builds wanting a melee weapon. Not only does the tree spear does high damage by itself with great range, ts weapon arte buffs it with holy magic, especially viable against skeleton-type enemies that respawn. You can acquire the Tree Spear in a caravan next to the Collapsed Bridge in Limgrave.
The treespear can not be infused or buffed manually and is upgraded using somber smithing stones. While it is an excellent PvE Elden ring weapon, we do not recommend the Tree Spear for Elden Ring’s fast PvP.
Grafted Blade Greatsword
Those who went into Castle Morne early know the true struggle of acquiring the Grafted Blade Greatsword. While the boss that drops it isn’t particularly hard, going in under-leveled makes him a very tough nut to crack. All that is worth it though for the reward is a contender for Elden Ring’s best strength weapon. Read our complete article on Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword.
You can acquire this weapon after beating Leonine Mistbegotten in castle Morne. The Grafted Greatsword has some of the highest base strength requirement in Elden Ring, requiring a strength level of 40! It also has a strength scaling of C, making it one of the best Strength weapons in Elden Ring.
It has a slow but powerful moveset of slashes, similar to ultra greatswords of the past. It cannot be buffed and infused but its exceptional arte raises all your attributes. Due to its strength, its a good PvE and PvP In Elden Ring.
Acquired early on in the game, the Night Riders flail is one of the best early-game weapons in Elden Ring. Offering a nice, quick moveset, blood loss, and a decent weapon arte with the ability to be infused and buffed, the Nightrider flail is an excellent Elden Ring weapon.
You can acquire the Nightrider flail by beating the nightrider on the path to castle Morne. The Nightrider only appears at night. This flail requires a dex rating of 24 with a scaling of C, making it one of the best dex weapons in Elden Ring. Its weapon art makes you spin the flail and execute slick combos depending on R1 and R2.
Due to its quickness and versatile combo0, the Nightrider flail is a great PvP and PvE weapon in Elden Ring, excelling in every scenario.
Carian Regal Scepter
The staff wielded by an Elden Lord. The Carian Regal Scepter is the most powerful staff in Elden Ring making it one of the best Elden Ring weapons for sorcerers. While it has insanely high Intelligence scaling, it justifies that by being a staff for pure sorcerers only. Its high requirements and scaling mean it does massive amounts of damage.
You can acquire the Carian Regal Scepter by beating Queen Renala in Liurnia of the Lakes. It has an intelligence level requirement of 60 with a scaling of B, making it perfect for late-game sorcerers. It does massive damage with sorceries and has a cool weapon arte that is both very defensive and does high damage, it is called spinning weapon.
Due to its nature, the Carian Regal Scepter is one of the best Elden Ring weapons for both PvE and PvP. Any sorcerer wielding it will be formidable, shredding through all kinds of opponents with ease. This staff can not be infused or buffed and is upgraded using Somber Smithing stones.
Admit it, if you are a souls veteran you saw this coming. The Moonlight Greatsword is back and is better than ever in Elden Ring. Featuring a massive quest of its own, the Moonlight greatsword, and probably the most iconic due to its legacy.
You get the Moonlight Greatsword by getting the Dark Moon greatsword. It can be acquired after completing Ranni’s questline and has an Intelligence requirement of C, making it one of the best Intelligence weapons in Elden Ring.
The Moonlight Greatsword has the same old moveset consisting of Slashes and R2 attacks that shoot projectiles of magic that do insane amounts of damage. It excels in both PvE and PvP in Elden Ring. There isn’t much to say except that the Moonlight Greatsword is easily one of the best.
The amount of good Faith weapons in Elden Ring is almost scary. The Coded Sword takes the crown for being the best faith weapon in Elden Ring. Requiri9ng a faith level of 20 with a Faith Scaling of B, the Coded Sword is a very powerful Elden RIng weapon.
You can find the Coded Sword in the Roundtable hold in Lyndell. It has a fast moveset similar to other straight swords but its ash of war, Unblockable blade, is what makes it so good You imbue the weapon with holy energy and hit a quick slash attack with insane length. This attack is unblockable, as the name suggests. It is capable of killing hordes of enemies in PvE.
The Coded Sword cannot be buffed or Infused and is upgraded using somber smithing stones. We do not suggest is for PvP for its arte lacks there but in PvE, this weapon reigns supreme.
Sword Of Night And Flame
The Sword Of Night And Flame and one of the coolest and most powerful weapons in Elden Ring that can one-shot most enemies. It is a faith intelligence hybrid weapon with deep lore implications.
The Sword of Night and Flame can be found in the Carian Manor and is a legendary weapon. It requires an intelligence and faith rating of 24 each with a C scaling in each. It has a normal moveset consisting of powerful fast slashes. Its weapon arte is where it shines, dealing insane amounts of fire and magic damage depending on R1 and R2, these attacks can one shot even PvP foes. It cannot be buffed and infused and is upgraded using sombre smithing stones.
All in all, the Sword of Night and Flame is one of the best Weapons in Elden Ring. It is viable for both PvE and PvP.