Elden Ring: Best Claws & How To Get Them [800+ Hours]

My playtime for Elden Ring is above 800 hours and I have hands-on experience with all the Claws.

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Among the various weapons in Elden Ring, claws always stand out for being the fist-type quick action. In this guide, I will discuss the Best Claws, so you can make an efficient choice for your playthrough. 

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Key Takeaways

  • Claws are fist-type weapons that prove lethal in quick and close combat fights. Best Claws can be beneficial in winning battles.
  • Imitating the claws of a wolverine, Hookclaws is one of the most fierce claws offers. The Quickstep Skill performed by Hookclaws helps in dodging and positioning.
  • Bloodhound Claws give an advantage by nullifying the physical damage. They are obtained by defeating the Bloodhound Knight at Volcano Manor.
  • As evident from the name, Venomous Fang is a poisonous claw weapon shaped like a snake with a fang pointing out. It is available at the abandoned cave in Caelid.
  • Raptor Talons are the most fun claws to play with. Their Charged Attack skill allows you to hound enemies. They are located in the Sage’s Cave in the Altus Plateau.

Best Claws Comparison

Here is a comparison table of my best Claws in Elden Ring . Each stat can be sorted to view the highest and lowest values, which has been done for your convenience:

No.NameBest forPhyMagFireLigtHolyCritBoost
1HookClawsBest Bleed Claws.930000110-
2Bloodhound ClawsBest Dexterity Claws.990000110-
3Venomous FangBest Claw for Poisonous Tactics.970000100-
4Raptor TalonsBest Claw for Aerial Assaults.860000110-

Comparison Table for Claws.

1. Hookclaws

Best Bleed Claws.

Why did I Choose Hookclaws?

Hookclaws is an optimal early-game choice for swift and evasive combat due to the Quickstep skill. Making it ideal for those prioritizing mobility and agility in the initial stages.

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Hookclaws | Courtesy: Fextralife

Everyone has wanted to be Wolverine at some point, well now you can fulfill that dream in Elden Ring of all places. The game offers you options to outfit yourselves with claws the same as the Wolverine. They are knives strapped on top of a handgrip to hack and slash enemies.

For a more gameplay-focused look, the Hookclaws is a good early-game weapon if you are looking for a bleed build start in the early game and decide to go a more Dexterity and Strength-focused build.


Hookclaws Stats.

The weapon skill on these claws is Quickstep, a great skill I usually recommend if you don’t have access to Bloodhound’s Step. This allows for easy positioning in fights and rewards fast reaction time with frame-perfect dodges.

You can obtain the Hookclaws by going into Stormveil Castle using the back entrance and journeying to the wine cellar. There will be a body resting up against the wall. Simply walk up and collect the Hookclaws off the corpse.

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Hookclaws Location

  • Early game viability for the bleed builds.
  • Quickstep skill offers excellent mobility.

  • Limited damage output compared to some other claws.

2. Bloodhound Claws

Best Dexterity Claws.

Why did I Choose Bloodhound Claws?

Bloodhound Claws is a strategic choice for countering physical threats, nullifying opponent damage with the added benefit of the Bloodhound’s Step skill. Making it suitable for players focused on Dex and Strength builds.

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Bloodhound Claws | Courtesy: Fextralife

The curved steel and expert craftsmanship give them a slight edge in combat where they make nullification to physical damage useless on the opponent’s end. These also can be used for bleed proc to inflict massive amounts of damage.


Bloodhound Claws Stats.

The weapon skill the Bloodhound Claws have is the Bloodhound’s Step. As mentioned previously, an excellent ability for any weapon that involves the user getting into the melee range of your enemy.

Again these are more centered around a Dexterity and Strength build but are one of the best claws due to the bleed damage and already equipped Bloodhound’s Step.

The easiest way to find the Bloodhound Claws and start using them is by going to a legacy dungeon known as Volcano Manor and defeating the Bloodhound Knight wandering in the general vicinity.

Bloodhound Claws Location

  • Nullifies physical damage on opponents.
  • Bloodhound’s Step skill for effective melee engagement.

  • Requires a specific build focus on Dexterity & Strength.

3. Venomous Fang

Best Claw for Poisonous Tactics.

Why did I Choose Venomous Fang?

I chose Venomous Fang due to its ability to introduce poison buildup. The Quickstep skill adds mobility, and the poison element will bring a distinctive and strategic dimension to your gameplay.

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Venomous Fang | Courtesy: Fextralife

Looking like something straight out of an Indiana Jones movie. Venomous Fang is an interesting claw out of the rest. Simply because they apply poison buildup. They look like the head of a snake with a singular fang jutting out, signifying their toxicity like any good predator.

The weapon skill it comes with is Quickstep. As mentioned before this is quite a useful skill to have on any melee weapon as it allows for enhanced mobility and that’s a must when fighting enemies in close quarters.


Venomous Fang Stats.

Although as an experienced Elden Ring player, I do recommend putting on Bloodhound’s Step if possible as that is just an objectively better version of Quickstep. You could still call this weapon one of the best claws simply because it has poison buildup and not many other weapons have this passive skill, making this one unique.

To obtain the Venomous Fang you must journey to the abandoned cave in Caelid. Enter the cave of rot and navigate your way to a Giant Poison Flower. Upon inspecting it you will find the Venomous Fang behind it.

Venomous Fang Location

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  • Applies poison buildup, unique among claws.
  • Quickstep skill for enhanced mobility.

  • Quickstep may not be as effective as other skills like Bloodhound’s Step.

4. Raptor Talons

Best Claw for Aerial Assaults.

Why did I Choose Raptor Talons?

Being an experienced Elden Ring player, I chose Raptor Talons for their complexity and versatility. The charge attacks and engaging maneuvers make them the most enjoyable to play with, aligning with your preference if you are looking for advanced and tactical gameplay.

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Raptor Talons | Courtesy: Fextralife

Two thin blades of steel mimic a bird of prey. The Raptor Talons are a special kind of claw with not much visual depth but more gameplay richness than any of the other claws mentioned in this guide.

If you ask most players then they will say the Raptor Talons are the most fun to play with and some would go as far as to say that these are the Best Claws because of how complex they are to use.


Raptor Talons Stats.

The weapon skill is Quickstep and I have already discussed that in the other claws quite a bit. Let’s move to a more interesting aspect of this weapon, the charge attacks.

When two handing the weapon if you fully charge your attack then you leap forward towards the enemy while the non-charged attack prompt makes you jump back, regardless of whether you are two handing the weapon.

The way to get your hands on these claws is an arduous process that requires you to traverse several fake walls in a small dungeon known as the Sage’s Cave in the Altus Plateau.

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Raptor Talons Location

  • Complex gameplay with charge attacks for versatile strategies.
  • Quickstep skill & engaging charge attacks.

  • Requires mastering complex attack patterns.

What Would I Recommend?

After looking at every claw in the game I can clearly say that not all claws are built equal but they are built for those who wish to use them.

If you are looking for interesting gameplay or trying to challenge yourself then go for Venomous Fang or Raptor Talons. If you are looking for straight-up damage and playing the game on easy mode then the Bloodhound’s Claws and Hookclaws are your flavors of choice.

In the end, I would recommend you play whatever you like the most, and do not be discouraged if you choose a weapon aesthetically as you can be good with anything if you put enough time and practice into it.

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