Elden ring has not ceased to amaze us since its release in February 2022. It has gone on to break several records and why wouldn’t it? It is such a versatile game as it caters to all kinds of players and gives them a chance to create a build of their own choice whether it be a dexterity, strength, intelligence, faith, or an arcane build. However, to progress in Elden Ring and make your build a spectacle in its own right, you are going to need some items. The most important on the list of these items is the weapons that you have. It is because there are a plethora of weapons in the game and each of these weapons is better suited for one build or the other. In this Elden ring best arcane weapons we have compiled a list of the top seven arcane weapons. Keep in mind that the weapons in this list are based on our personal experiences and hence you might find differing opinions out there.
Before we start with our list, you should know that arcane is one of the many stats in Elden ring. it basically determines how often you get rare items from the enemies that you have defeated. Not only that, but it also influences your vitality which means that the chances of you going down are lesser now. Furthermore, arcane also increases your holy defense hence now you will be taking on reduced damage due to holy spells.
Now that the basics are out of the way, let us start with our list of best arcane weapons in Elden ring
Rivers of Blood +10
If you have been playing Elden ring for a while now then we are pretty sure that a name that you would have heard is the rivers of blood, which is one of the best katanas in Elden ring. It is a weapon that is known to be extremely strong among the players due to its powerful slashes. It surely is a complete package as it inflicts great damage, has an amazing range for a katana, and an amazing blood loss buildup of 73 per hit which is quite good as well. You will need at least 12 dexterity, 12 strength, and 20 arcane to use this weapon.
Rivers of blood katana has a b scaling in dexterity and a d scaling in arcane. However, leveling arcane is much more beneficial for us because dexterity solely raises physical damage. Arcane, on the other hand, increases both the physical and the fire damage. The B scaling in dexterity ensures that this weapon is a great pick even against enemies who are immune to bleed.
It should be obvious by now that this weapon does wonders in PvP but it also gets the job done in PvE. The moveset of the rivers of blood katana is very similar to that of a normal katana. The only difference is its fantastic ‘corpse piler’ ash of war. This enables you to make continuous slashes that result in inflicting a lot of damage on the enemy.
Location of rivers of blood +10
To acquire this incredible weapon for yourself, head to the church of repose. This church is located on the eastern side of the mountaintops of the giants region. Once there you will be invaded by Bloody Finger Okina, who will drop the katana once you kill him. That is pretty much it. Before we move further in our best arcane weapons list, something that you need to make sure is that you get to the church of repose before killing the main boss of the region. If you don’t do that, the invader NPC will not spawn up if you go afterward and therefore you will not be able to get this weapon.
The next item on our list of best arcane weapons in Elden ring is the formidable Eleonora’s poleblade. Even though it is less popular than the rivers of blood katana, it for sure gives it a run for its money. This weapon has a c scaling in dexterity and d scaling in arcane. The lower scaling in dexterity might make you feel like it is inferior to the rivers of blood but it has a blood loss buildup of 76 which is a teeny bit higher than the katana. This weapon has a phenomenal ash of war called the ‘blood blade dance’ which is a lot more mobile and most importantly it looks really cool. So if you are interested in making an arcane build and want to push the blood loss against PvE bosses then this is a great choice.
Eleonora’s poleblade is a bit hard to use in PvP because it involves a lot of movement but if you get used to it and are able to land hits continuously then it is really effective. At the end of the day, it all comes down to your decision of sticking with it. If you do, you will eventually reap the benefits of your decision.
Location of Eleonora’s Poleblade
To acquire this weapon for yourself, you need to head to the Second Church of Marika which is located in the Altus plateau region. There you will be invaded by Eleonora, Violet bloody finger who you need to kill. Once you defeat her, she will drop the Eleonora’s poleblade that you have come all the way for.
Mohgwyn’s Sacred Spear +10
Mohgwyn’s sacred spear is one of the best spears in the game if not the best. It has c scaling in arcane, c scaling in strength, and a d scaling in dexterity. To equip this weapon you will need at least 14 dexterity, 24 strength, and 27 arcane. What makes this weapon a really good choice is its incredible ash of war called ‘Bloodboon ritual’. Due to it you are able to create three AOE explosions which inflict a hell of a lot of damage on the money. A really cool and beneficial thing about this ash of war is that your enemy does not have to be in your line of sight for this to work. This means that you will be able to deal with your enemies while taking cover behind a wall or something of that sort.
Mohgwyn’s sacred spear also has great reach, which is a given considering it is a spear. This opens a lot of doors for you like for example all you need to do is dodge and take a swing at your enemy and keep on doing that till your enemy is done for. You will not need to be doing that a lot because this weapon has great stagger damage so a few good hits can prove to be good enough to seal the deal. This weapon simply should not be taken for granted because firstly it looks elite and secondly, it has an amazing blood loss buildup of 86. Something that we will suggest is using the lord of blood’s exultation talisman with this weapon. This will raise your attack power whenever there is blood loss in the vicinity which is an opportunity that should not be missed on.
To get this whole unit of a weapon you need to head to the consecrated snowfields and head west to the point shown below on the map. Here you will find a portal that will take you to the first site of grace of the mohgwyn palace.
Once there, you need to go to the area on the top shown in the picture below
There you will be faced with Mohg, Lord of blood. Defeat him and you will get the remembrance of the blood lord which you can trade with Enia at the roundtable hold to get the Mohgwyn’s sacred spear.
The next one on our list of best arcane weapons in Elden ring is the bloody helice which basically is a heavy thrusting sword. The name ‘bloody’ helice suits it perfectly well considering it has a massive blood loss buildup of 96. All of this means that this weapon is a little slower than the normal thrusting sword that you will see in the game and also has bleed on it. These two qualities combined with the correct know-how, that we are about to give you, make this weapon a phenomenal pick. Before we get into further details, you should know that you need 16 strength, 19 dexterity and 17 arcane to use this weapon. In addition to that, it has a really good scaling of b in arcane.
Bloody helice’s unique ash of war is called the dynast’s finesse, which is basically a backstep and a dodge, then a thrust attack which closes a huge gap really quickly and inflicts quite a lot of damage. This move works really well in PvP because all you need to do is dodge the enemy attack and then thrust in to put a seal on your enemy’s fate. However, if you plan on dominating everyone in the game then use the war cry ash of war on this. The war cry cannot be used with thrusting swords but where there is a will, there is a way. For war cry to work with this, hold the sword in one hand and the katana in the other, and then ‘two hand’ the bloody helice. This will change its attack to the katana war cry and voila!
Location of Bloody Helice
To obtain the bloody helice for yourself, head to the Writheblood ruins. It is located near the bridge of ingenuity in the north of the Altus plateau region. Once there, look for a passage that leads underground.
Here you will find a boss that will be easy to deal with. Once you have killed him, go through the door to find the chest that contains the bloody helice.
Reduvia is a dagger in Elden ring and is an amazing weapon for melee players who want to have some ranged attacks in-store as well. To equip this weapon, you need a strength of 5, dexterity of 13, and an arcane of 13 as well. It massive blood loss buildup of 96 and an attack called the ‘reduvia blood blade’. In it, you basically throw ranged attacks that cause hemorrhaging in your enemy. What makes this weapon truly formidable is that you can even throw successive ranged attacks at your enemy. Just imagine the damage that you will cause if you dual-wield these bad boys. A downside to this weapon is the limited range, especially in boss fights, however that is somewhat compensated with the weapon skill.
Location of Reduvia
To get the reduvia for yourself, you need to head to the river section that is beside the Murkwater cave.
Once there, you will need to face an invader NPC called the Bloody Finger Nerijus. This fight can prove to be quite challenging however you do not have to worry much. Just live long enough and in time you will be joined by Bloody Finger Hunter Yura who will facilitate you in killing the NPC. The NPC will drop the weapon you are looking for once you have killed him.
Morgott’s Cursed Sword
This is one of the most impressive curved greatswords in the game, with a huge blood loss buildup of 90. To equip this weapon you will be needing a high dexterity of 35, strength of 14, and an arcane of 17. Its special attack is called the cursed blood slice in which you basically thrust forward and make a powerful slice at the enemy. This attack absolutely obliterates your enemies in PvP but works nicely against bosses as well. The mentioned attack makes this weapon really effective and worthy of even being used to deal with small groups of hostiles.
Location of Morgott’s Cursed Sword
To get this best arcane weapon in Elden ring you will need to defeat Morgott, the Omen King. He is a non-optional boss and defeating him is not an easy task, that is why he is on our list of hardest bosses in Elden ring. To get to him you need to head to the Elden throne. There you will have to defeat him and once you have done so, you will get his remembrance. Take it to the roundtable hold and exchange it with Enia to get the Morgott’s cursed sword.
Marais Executioner’s Sword
The last weapon on our list of Elden ring best arcane weapons is the Marais executioner’s sword. It is a greatsword that needs 24 strength, 17 dexterity, and 23 arcane to equip. It weighs only 11.5 which is very light considering it is a ‘heavy sword’. it has a very nice horizontal slash if you holding it with one hand and a powerful vertical slash if you decide to two hand it. What steals the spotlight for us is its ash of war called ‘the dancing blade’. It allows you to channel in energy and then basically launch it forward in a corkscrew attack. Combining this with a talisman like rotten winged insignia or millicent’s prosthesis will increase the attack power and hence the damage you inflict as well.
We personally think that this weapon should not be missed on for two reasons. Firstly, it has a really unique skill which can decimate bosses easily. Secondly, it looks really cool and looks matter a lot, don’t they?
Before we get to how you can get this best arcane weapon, you should know that it cannot be used effectively in PvP. It is because its ash of war takes a little time to execute which can prove to be a hazard. Worry not as it works nicely against bosses.
Location of Marais Executioner’s Sword
To obtain this weapon, go to the shaded castle. Once there, you will need to face a boss called the Elemur of the Briar. This fight can prove to be a little difficult because it will take place in a small room. Marais executioner’s sword will be dropped by Elemur, once you successfully defeat him.
With that, we reach the end of our Elden ring best arcane weapons guide. If you found this article to be informative and helpful in any way then head on over to our guides on topics like the best builds, weapons, armor, talismans, and much more.