Dark Souls 3: Best Melee Weapons for Sorcerers

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Dark Souls 3 Best Melee Weapon for Sorcerers
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Waleed is a Dark Souls fan having spent 800+ hours in the game. Knowing every secret to the game, you can trust his insights on any Dark Souls-related guides!

Due to its RPG nature, Elden Ring has many different mechanics and systems with varying depths of complexity. This includes character creation and roleplaying certain classes, specifically mages/sorcerers but even those characters need some form of protection that isn’t magical in nature.

That brings us to this guide, where I will discuss the best melee weapon for sorcerers in Dark Souls 3.

Key Takeaways

  • Sorcerer builds in Dark Souls 3 rely on magic and Intelligence.
  • Top melee weapon choices for sorcerers:
    • Moonlight Greatsword: High magic damage, benefits from Intelligence scaling.
    • Greatsword of Judgement: Powerful strike, good for high-intelligence characters.
    • Cleric’s Candlestick: Excellent for new players, spell buff, and Intelligence scaling.
    • Dark Sword: Simple but effective, Intelligence and Faith scaling.
  • Consider weapon appearance and design based on your playstyle and stat scaling preferences.

Best Melee Weapons Compared

Here is a comparison table of my best Melee Weapons for Sorcerers in  ark Souls 3 . Each stat can be sorted to view the highest and lowest values, which has been done for your convenience:

NoWeaponsBest forPhysical AttackPhysical DefenceMagical AttackMagical DefenceFire AttackFire DefenceLight AttackLight DefenceHoly AttackHoly DefenceCritical AttackCritical DefenceWeightSkill
1Dragonslayer Great AxeBest Sword for Mage Build.695513o60-35-35--100-10.5Moonlight Vortex
2Greatsword of JudgeentBest Looking Melee Weapon.110508635-30-30--100-9.0Stance of Judgement
3Cleric’s CandlestickBest Intelligence Melee Weapon.70407730-25-25--100-2.0Guiding Light
4Dark SwordClass All-Rounder Melee Weapon.11055-35-30-30--100-4.5Stomp
5Crystal Sage’s RapierBest Melee Weapon Overall for Sorcerers.55408230-15-15--100-2.5Stance
6Immolation TinderBest Roleplay Melee Weapon.1184075250200200-100-10.0Punitive Flame
7Onikiri and UbadachiBest Dual-Wield Weapon.10445-25-20-20--100-8.5Onislayer
8Carthus Curved SwordBest Long-Range Melee Weapon.10555-35-30-30--100-5.5Spin Slash
9Great Corvian ScytheBest Long-Range Scythe Weapon.9745-30-20-20--100-9.0Neck Swipe
10Friede’s Great ScytheBest Magic-Infused Scythe Weapon.1104077250200200-100-13.0Elfried’s Stance

Comparison table for Best Melee Weapons.

Dark Souls 3 Best Melee Weapon for Sorcerers

Related Article: Dark Souls 3 Weapons Tier List

1. Moonlight Greatsword

Best Sword for Mage Build.
Moonlight Greatsword
Moonlight Greatsword | Courtesy: Fextralife
Attack TypeStandard
SkillMoonlight Vortex
Weapon TypeGreatsword
Wgt. 10.5

Moonlight Greatsword Stats Table.

Why did I Choose Moonlight Greatsword?

The Moonlight Greatsword stands out with its captivating aesthetics, featuring a shimmering blade and sleek design that captivates both in and out of combat. In terms of damage output, it excels in magic, delivering over 238 magical and 126 physical damage.

This exceptional weapon, known as the Moonlight Greatsword, is crafted by reforging the soul of Oceiros, the Consumed King after defeating him in the Consumed King’s Garden. It’s a recurring weapon across FromSoftware’s games, spanning from Demon’s Souls to Dark Souls 3.

Sorcerers find this weapon remarkable, as it scales exceptionally well with Intelligence and boasts a potent ranged weapon art, aligning perfectly with the sorcerer’s playstyle, making it my highly recommended choice.

  • Sleek and captivating design.
  • Deals a high amount of damage.
  • Becomes more potent with Intelligence increase.

  • Rare and hard to obtain.

2. Greatsword Of Judgement

Best Looking Melee Weapon.
Greatsword of Judgement
Greatsword of Judgement | Courtesy: Fextralife
Attack TypeStandard
SkillStance of Judgement
Weapon TypeGreatsword
Wgt. 9.0

Greatsword of Judgement Stats Table.

Why did I Choose the Greatsword of Judgement?

When using its weapon art the user unleashes an energy beam with a beautiful shade of purple that sweeps across damaging enemies similar to the Moonlight Greatsword. It has 158 magic and 200 physical damage. Thus, it has the highest points of damage in Dark Souls 3.

One of Pontiff Sulyvahn’s swords, the Greatsword of Judgement is acquired after defeating him in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley.

A blade that shines bright with the darkness of the void ready to punish the accused. That is the blade you use when you decide to use the greatsword of judgement. This is among the few blades in the game that rivals the Moonlight Greatsword in terms of beauty and spectacle.

Another great addition to a sorcerer’s roster of melee weapons for sure. The Intelligence scaling alone makes this weapon worth it but that weapon art is what truly makes it shine. Definitely, a must-have seeing as it is a boss soul weapon.

  • Deals the highest damage within the game.
  • Excellent weapon art.
  • Can be used for split damage.

  • Cannot be infused or buffed.

3. Cleric’s Candlestick

Best Intelligence Melee Weapon.
Cleric’s Candlestick | Courtesy: Fextralife
Attack TypeStandard/Thrust
SkillGuiding Light
Weapon TypeStraight sword
Wgt. 2.0

Cleric’s Candlestick Stats Table. 

Why did I Choose Cleric’s Candlestick?

It scales with Intelligence naturally. Players can use it as a sword and staff.

If some new players join the game, they cannot use every weapon. If they want to have the best weapon for sorcerer Dark Souls 3 before upgrading, Cleric’s Candlestick is suitable. However, one of the downsides that I think this weapon has is that it can not be infused or buffed.

In addition, this weapon has a low potential for damage compared to the other weapons. But the spell buff of this weapon is 200. Thus it is the best option for casting sorceries.

  • Doubles as a sword and staff.
  • Available for new players to use without upgrading.
  • Has a spell buff of 200.

  • Has a low potential for damage.

4. Dark Sword

Class All-Rounder Melee Weapon.
Dark Souls 3 Dark Sword
Dark Sword | Courtesy: Fextralife
Attack TypeStandard/Thrust
Weapon TypeStraight sword
Wgt. 4.5

Dark Sword Stats Table.

Why did I Choose Dark Sword?

The blade, although simplistic in design, is quite effective with a dark infusion or a normal crystal infusion. The Intelligence and Faith scaling is amazing on this weapon and it is truly fit to be Dark best melee weapon for sorcerers and non-sorcerers alike. Read more on Faith Build.

This weapon can be collected by killing Darkwraiths in Farron Keep. These can be found outside the Abyss Watcher’s boss room and can be farmed easily.

The dark sword is exactly what it sounds like. A simple sword being shorter than expected but all the more powerful. It is a simple dark blade with an intricate handle that suits the aesthetic of the dark wraiths very well. There is very little to be said about this sword’s design as it is very simple as it was designed this way.

  • High Intelligence and Faith scaling.
  • Suitable for both sorcerers and non-sorcerers.
  • Effective with dark or crystal infusion.

  • Consumes high stamina.

5. Crystal Sage’s Rapier

Best Melee Weapon Overall for Sorcerers.
Crystal Sage’s Rapier | Courtesy: Fextralife
Attack TypeThrust
Weapon TypeThrusting sword
Wgt. 2.5

Why Did I Choose Crystal Sage’s Rapier?

The Crystal Sage’s Rapier is perfect long and close-range attacks, and has an A ranking as per intelligence. Moreover, it offers excellent dexterity with both hands, and is a wonderful choice for spell and magic casting.

The players who rely on magic-based attacks and spells, Crystal Sage’s Rapier is the best weapon for sorcerer Dark Souls 3. This weapon is the best for long-range and close attacks. It is evident from its appearance. It has the ranking of A as per Intelligence. Thus it is most probably the best choice for spell and magic casting. Also, it can lock the enemies naturally. Players can use the same weapon two-handed.

Furthermore, it has 82 magic and 55 physical points. Every magic player wants to use this weapon. It can lock the enemies and has a long reach. Players can get it in the early stage of the game by repositioning the Crystal Sage’ soul. It has A-scaling after full up-gradation. It does not need high Dexterity or Strength for wielding. Besides, it has increasing item discovery so all the players can get its benefits. But players cannot use it to cast spells.

  • Best for close and long-range attacks.
  • Offers A-scaling after full upgrade.
  • Doesn’t require high Strength or Dexterity.

  • More effective for one-on-one battles.

6. Immolation Tinder

Best Roleplay Melee Weapon. 
Immolation Tinder
Immolation Tinder | Courtesy: Fextralife
Attack TypeThrust
SkillPunitive Flame
Weapon TypeHalberd
Wgt. 10.0

Immolation Tinder Stats Table. 

Why did I Choose Immolation Tinder?

This is different than the other weapons on this list as it is not a conventional melee weapon. It is a staff that casts fire damage instead of magic damage.

This weapon is obtained by killing fire witches in Irythil of the Boreal Valley outside the Pontiff’s boss room.

It does have a melee attack which can be used as a thrust attack but otherwise, the weapon art spews flames around the user in a circle on the ground to damage any enemies that get too close. It has 132 fire and 206 physical damage points in its full potential.

In my opinion, it is a decent weapon, but it cannot be considered the best melee weapon for sorcerers as there are simply better weapons out there but this can be used for roleplaying as a fire witch or doing a challenge run with only staff.

  • Casts fire damage instead of magic damage.
  • Perfect for close-range attacks.
  • Good for challenge run.

  • Doesn’t yield high damage.

7. Onikiri & Ubadachi

Best Dual-Wield Weapon. 
Onikiri and Ubadachi | Courtesy: Fextralife
Attack TypeSlash/Thrust
Weapon TypeKatanas (Paired)
Wgt. 8.5

Onikiri and Ubadachi Stats Table. 

Why did I Choose Onikir and Ubadachi?

These Katanas work in the best way for the Dexterity combination. They have an S-scale ranking in rapid attacks and Intelligence. Players feel like ninjas with 135 magical and 98 physical damage.

Everyone wants to use two katanas in the game. Ubadachi and Onikiri are such two useful katanas. Players can use them with magic.

Further, these combined weapons are suitable for aggressive and rapid attacks. They can make enemies bleed quickly. The offhand blade is short, so players have to get closer to their enemies to get maximum damage output. The players can use the Onislayer skill to deal with poise damage and massive health.

  •  Can be used with magic.
  • Perfect with the Dexterity combination.
  • S-scale ranking in Intelligence and rapid attacks.

  • Not effective in long-range attacks.

8. Carthus Curved Sword

Best Long-Range Melee Weapon.
Carthus Curved Sword
Carthus Curved Sword | Courtesy: Fextralife
Attack TypeSlash
SkillSpin Slash
Weapon TypeCurved Sword
Wgt. 5.5
Focus Cost6 (-/12)

Carthus Curved Sword Stats Table.

Why did I Choose Carthus Curved Sword?

This Carthus curved sword is an interesting blade as it has regular curved sword aspects alongside magical aspects such as the extended range and magical slashes which make the sword amazing to use in combat it feels like you reach that pixel you were missing with other swords before.

The Carthus curved sword can be acquired by the player in the Catacombs of Carthus by skeletons who wield them.

This sword has excellent scaling with Intelligence which allows the user to use it with great efficiency even if they are a sorcerer or a strength build a dexterity build, etc. This is a fine sword to add to your collection as a sorcerer as no one will mess with you when you are carrying this weapon around.

  • Offers an extended range.
  • Has magical slashes for use in combat.
  • Scales brilliantly with intelligence.

  • Can be quite difficult to obtain.

9. Great Corvian Scythe

Best Long-Range Scythe Weapon.
Great Corvian Scythe | Courtesy: Fextralife
Attack TypeSlash
SkillNeck Swipe
Weapon TypeReapers
Wgt. 9.0
Focus Cost13

Great Corvian Scythe Stats Table.

Why did I Choose the Great Corvian Scythe?

One of the major reasons why I would always recommend it to you is because of its bleeding effect. This feature tears the enemies’ health quickly.

This weapon drops in the Road of Sacrifice from the Corvians. It has the longest reach, probably more than any other scythes in Dark Souls 3. Also, it has S-scaling with the combination of Crystal in Intelligence. This weapon is the best for all the players who want to roll Intelligence or Dexterity in the further build.

The demerit of this weapon is that its bleeding effect applies to the attacker, so players should play carefully. It can keep all the enemies at bay because of its longer range than the other weapons. The Neck Swipe skill of this weapon is deadly and ensures a big strike on the targets.

  • Offers the longest reach.
  • Easier to obtain than most weapons.
  • Has deadly Neck Swipe skills.

  • The bleeding effect applies to the wielder too.

10. Friede’s Great Scythe

Best Magic-Infused Scythe Weapon.
Dark Souls 3 Freide's Great Scythe
Friede’s Great Scythe | Courtesy: Fextralife
Attack TypeSlash
SkillElfried’s Stance
Weapon TypeReapers
Wgt. 13.0
Focus Cost-(-/18)

Friede’s Great Scythe Stats Table.

Why did I Choose Friede’s Great Scythe?

It stands out as one of the most visually striking weapons in the game, evoking an anime character’s flair. Its weapon art, called “Stance,” is notably impressive, exuding power and delivering an amazing follow-up attack.

Friede’s Great Scythe becomes obtainable after defeating Sister Friede in the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.

The weapon’s unique feature involves summoning a magic-infused scythe in the off-hand, which leads to a Bloodborne-like attack. With a damage output of 140 magic and 200 physical damage, it offers the highest combined damage potential for solid slashes among all weapons.

Notably, the scythe scales exceptionally well with Intelligence, allowing high-level players to effortlessly mow down hordes of enemies. This makes it a deserving candidate for the best melee weapon for sorcerers.

  • Exceptional scaling with Intelligence.
  • Has the most visually striking appearance.
  • Offers the highest combined damage potential for solid slashes.

  • Requires a high investment of levels in Faith.

Why Others Were Not Chosen

While there are several viable options for melee weapons that sorcerers can use, I’ve handpicked some of the best contenders. Here are some of the melee weapons that didn’t make the cut:

  • Lothric Knight Sword: While a solid option, it has a low drop rate.
  • Uchigatana: While it has respectable stats, it can break easily.
  • Drakeblood Greatsword: Has low physical scaling and damage.
  • Dancer’s Enchanted Swords: Unimpressive stats, and the 2-way split damage makes it weak.
  • Crescent Moon Sword: Has no Strength scaling, and has difficult wield requirements.
  • Demon’s Scar: Doesn’t possess any heavy attack, and has no magic bonus attributes.
  • Exile Greatsword: Although it deals the highest damage, it is the heaviest and has the worst range.
  • Old Wolf Curved Sword: Mostly good for equipping in the offhand.

My Recommendation For The Melee Weapon

I would recommend going with the Crystal Sage Rapiers as the best overall weapon for Sorcerer builds. Since players will rely on mage-focused stats, Crystal Sage Rapiers stands out for offering the best damage output with decent performance on both physical and magic damage. 

Apart from that, I also utilized Dark Sword because of its ability to infusion. It works perfectly for sorcerer builds without putting a dent in the performance of spells. In the end, the choice narrows down to your own playthrough choices and stats distribution. You should always experiment with different weapons to easily discover which fits best for your playthrough. 

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