Elden Ring Best Straight Swords

Elden Ring Best Straight Swords [Top 10]

There are multiple variables to the equation when it comes to dissecting what exactly makes Elden Ring a success. Apart from FromSoftware’s humility and lack of greediness towards microtransactions (unlike a certain other AAA company), the developers made sure to integrate the parts of their previous titles that made them successful while improving upon their flaws. Such features include housing a diverse class of weaponry with unique movesets and stats that set them apart from others, giving the player a natural feel of selective power.

Elden Ring’s diverse weapon set includes some new and old classes, which means that, of course, Straight swords make their comeback!

What are Straight Swords in Elden Ring?

Straight Swords have never changed across FromSoftware’s games, and they’re still the same in Elden Ring. Appearance-wise, they’re just straight swords with zero curvatures to them, unlike Curved Swords, which constitute another class of weapons in the game. At a glance, they’re the kind of weapons you’d expect to see in the beginner tutorial or a significantly less fleshed-out RPG title.

But Straight Swords are not to be underestimated, at least in FromSoftware games where the developers always give such average-looking weapons some extra oomph. Anyone who’s played atleast Dark Souls 3 knows exactly what I’m talking about! In Dark Souls 3, the Lothric Knight Straight Sword was the king of all weapons and one of the most generic-looking armaments to exist. But is there such a straight sword in Elden Ring? Let’s find out!

Elden Ring Straight Swords
Straight Swords are some of the oldest weapon classes found in FromSoftware games.

Best Straight Swords in Elden Ring

Straight Swords are considered to be one of the most beginner-friendly classes of weapons. They have it all: range, damage, agility, and you’re not required to accustom yourself to a particular skill curve in order to utilize them maximally.

In many cases, simply letting out a flurry of light attacks (or “R1-spamming,” as the community likes to term it) would shred your foe and make them regret crossing paths with you in the first place.

In Elden Ring, there are over 15 straight swords, all of which hail from different parts of the Lands’ Between, symbolizing cultural diversity. However, as is the case with every weapon class, not all straight swords have been forged equally, and some definitely outshine the rest.

If you’re someone who’s recently picked up the game, are a huge fan of Straight Swords, and don’t want to waste time figuring out which is the right Straight Sword for you, you’ve come to the right place!

In this guide, I will be ranking my personal top 10 Best Straight Swords in Elden Ring – that should give you enough options to choose from. So let’s dive right into it!

Lordsworn’s Straight Sword

Stat Requirement and Class Recommendation

Coming in as the first entry in my list of the best Straight Swords in Elden Ring, we have the Lordsworn’s Straight Sword. It is similar to the Lothric Knight Straight Sword from Dark Souls 3, except that the developers didn’t go out of their way to make it overpowered. It can be obtained quite early in the game, warranting its low stat requirement of just 10 strength and 10 dexterity.

As such, you have quite a bit of freedom when it comes to choosing your starting class, as multiple classes start with more than 10 strength and 10 dexterity. These include Warrior, Prisoner, Confessor, Wretch, Vagabond, Prophet, and Samurai. However, I would recommend Vagabond if you’re going for a quality build, Prisoner if you’re going for a sorcerer-melee hybrid build, and Confessor if you’re going for a faith-melee hybrid build.

Upgrades and Build Affinity

The Lordsworn’s Straight Sword comes with a natural scaling of D in both Strength and Dexterity – not that astonishing considering how early game of a weapon it is. Furthermore, being a non-unique weapon, the straight sword allows for infusions with different kinds of Ashes of War, allowing for a versatile build composition. Moreover, it can be upgraded up to +25 through Smithing Stones, which are abundantly found across the Lands Between.

As far as build affinity goes, the Lordsworn’s Straight Sword can technically be fitted onto a variety of different builds – intelligence, faith, bleed, poison, frost, quality, you name it! However, I would recommend centering it around a quality build as its scaling best manifests itself when infused with a Quality infusion.

A Quality Lordsworn’s Straight Sword achieves a B scaling in both Strength and Dexterity at +25, which, coupled with its 110 critical damage modifier, makes it very viable in close combat.

Elden Ring Lordsworn's Straight Sword
You can easily farm the Lordsworn’s Straight Sword by killing the Godrick Soldiers stationed at the Gatefront Ruins.

Weapon Art and Location

The Lordsworn’s Straight Sword comes with the Square Off weapon art, a relatively common technique that exists in the form of an obtainable Ash of War. Apart from the Lordsworn’s Straight Sword, it is also found naturally on the Broadsword and Cane Sword. Regardless, upon activation, your player will assume a horizontal stance – from here, you can use your light attack to execute an uppercut or heavy attack to thrust into your foe ferociously.

The Lordsworn’s Straight Sword, being an excellent starting straight sword, does require a bit of farming to obtain. Unfortunately, it is not found as an item across the world of the Lands Between. Due to the fact that it belongs to the Lordsworn’s lineage, you’d be right to guess that it is dropped from Godrick Soldiers.

Moreover, Godrick Soldiers can be found in abundance quite early in the Gatefront Ruins, so take your time farming (preferably with a Silver-Pickled Fowl Foot to maximize item drops).

Regalia of Eochaid

Stat Requirement and Class Recommendation

The Regalia of Eochaid serves as the second entry in my list of Best Elden Ring Straight Swords, and although it is a relatively unique weapon, I had no choice but to put it here performance-wise. While it does find its niche in certain situations during combat, the weapon could have turned out a lot better.

Thus, its stat requirement is rather overestimated, demanding players to invest 12 attribute points into strength, 18 into dexterity, and 15 into arcane.

As far as class recommendation goes, two classes give you the best, albeit equal, headstart when it comes to wielding this straight sword as quickly as possible. The first is Samurai, which comes with 12 strength, 15 dexterity, and 8 arcane – just 10 points off the requirement of Regalia of Eochaid.

The other alternative is Warrior, which comes with 10 strength, 16 dexterity, and 9 arcane, also 10 points off. So what it comes down to is essentially your preference – do you prefer Katanas or dual Curved Swords?

Upgrades and Build Affinity

The Regalia of Echoaid comes with a natural scaling of of E in strength, D in dexterity, and D in arcane – a little underwhelming for its stat requirements. Furthermore, it is incompatible with other Ash of Wars when it comes to infusions, which does limit the number of different builds it can be mapped onto. However, its scaling does see some degree of improvement when reinforced up to +10 with Somber Smithing Stones.

As far as build affinity goes, through my personal testing, I would recommend only one build for Regalia of Echoaid, which is what mainly earns it a spot on my list of the Best Straight Swords in Elden Ring. The build is an arcane one, where you firstly upgrade it to +10, at which point it achieves a D scaling in strength and C in both dexterity and arcane. Do note that, while arcane and dexterity have the same scaling, arcane actually scales much better and takes longer to reach the point of diminishing returns.

Elden Ring Regalia of Eochaid
If you’ve fought any of the Bell Bearing Hunters, you know exactly what this technique reminds you of!

Weapon Art and Location

The Regalia of Eochaid, given its unique nature, rightfully so has its own weapon art: Eochaid’s Dancing Blade. This is very similar to the weapon art featured on Marias Executioner’s Sword. Upon activation, your player will imbue the sword with energy before launching it forward in a corkscrew attack that hits multiple times, dealing with continuous damage. The weapon art is chargeable, and the more you charge it, the longer the corkscrew attack will last.

The Regalia of Eochaid is found at the end of Gaol Cave by dropping down to the other side of the border between Limgrave and Caelid. You can also obtain it by jumping on the cliffs near the Third Church of Marika – these jumps are required to be very precise so it’s up to you! I would personally recommend taking the intended route and exploring Gaol Cave, at the end of which you will face the Frenzied Duelist and obtain the Putrid Corpse Ashes.

Miquellan Knight’s Sword

Stat Requirement and Class Recommendation

Next, we have the Miquellan Knight’s Sword, which, being underwhelming for a weapon obtained quite late in the game, still performs much better than the foregoing straight swords. However, the Miquellan Knight’s Sword does have a relatively light stat requirement (11 strength, 11 dexterity and 16 faith), so by the time you’ll obtain it, you’ll probably be able to wield it.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to wield the straight sword as quickly as possible, you need to choose the Prophet starting class, which automatically satisfies 95% of the requirement. The Prophet class comes with 11 strength, 10 dexterity, and 16 faith, so all you need to do is invest one attribute point into dexterity and you’re good to go!

Upgrades and Build Affinity

The Miquellan Knight’s Sword comes with a D scaling in both strength and dexterity as well as an E scaling in faith, quite the opposite to the foregoing Regalia of Echoaid. Similarly, however, the Miquellan Knight’s Sword does not allow for infusions with different Ashes of Wars, and only experiences an improvement in its scalings through reinforcement with Somber Smithing Stones. Don’t forget to match the tier of the stones with the current level of the straight sword, though!

As far as build affinity is concerned, it’s essential to look at what’s the final set of scalings the Miquellan Knight’s Sword achieves at +10 reinforcement. At +10, the straight sword has a D scaling in all three attributes, strength, dexterity, and faith.

As such, there are many options for building fitting, although my personal recommendation would be running it on a strength-faith hybrid build. Given its versatile scaling, it would be a shame not to fit it onto a hybrid build, and since faith is pretty strong in Elden Ring- why not?

Elden Ring Miquellan Knight's Sword
Miquellan Knight’s Sword’s stats, scaling and requirements.

Weapon Art and Location

The Miquellan Knight’s Sword, despite being generic, has a unique weapon art known as Sacred Blade which is also seen on the Inseparable Sword. Sacred Blade does exist as an Ash of War, which is dropped from a Teardrop Scarab found to the north of the Third Church of Marika.

Upon activation, your sword will be imbued with a holy essence which is then fired off as a sharp projectile. Do note that even after that, the straight sword remains imbued with holy essence for a while.

Fortunately, the Miquellan Knight’s Sword does not require you to farm Miquellan Knights. Instead, it can be found in Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree. In order to get the straight sword, make your way to the Haligtree Roots Site of Grace and take the elevator nearby. From here, climb up to the topc of the bell tower with the available ladder and you should find yourself the Miquellan Knight’s Sword!

Rotten Crystal Sword

Stat Requirement and Class Recommendation

The Rotten Crystal Sword is a much better version of the Crystal Sword, making it nearly impossible for anyone to choose the latter over the former. Furthermore, its rotten description implies that it is naturally imbued with Scarlet Rot (50 to be exact), making it stand out from its breathren. As such, it requires anyone who wishes to wield it to come with 13 strength, 10 dexterity, and 15 intelligence.

As far as class recommendations are concerned, your best choice is to go for the Prisoner class. While it overcompensates one of the stats, Prisoner nonetheless brings you the closest to the Rotten Crystal Sword’s stat requirements out of every other class.

The class comes with 11 strength, 14 dexterity, and 14 intelligence – a little excess on the dexterity, but two points into strength and one into intelligence and you’re good to go!

Upgrades and Build Affinity

The Rotten Crystal Sword comes with a natural scaling of D in strength, E in dexterity, and D in intelligence. Unfortunately, as underwhelming as that sounds, it does not allow for infusions with Ashes of War, making reinforcement the only way to boost its scaling set. Moreover, as far as reinforcement is concerned, the Rotten Crystal Sword can be upgraded upto +10 via Somber Smithing Stones.

As far as build fitting goes, the Rotten Crystal Sword, given its natural scarlet rot auxiliary effect is best utilized on a scarlet rot build. Such a build can be further reinforced with sorceries and incantations that afflict scarlet rot build-up, making it cheasy in PvE and extremely annoying in PvP.

Moreover, at +10 reinforcement, the Rotten Crystal Sword achieves a C scaling in strength and D in both dexterity and intelligence.

Elden Ring Rotten Crystal Sword
Have you ever seen a more tightly guarded chest in Elden Ring?

Weapon Art and Location

The Rotten Crystal Sword comes with the Spinning Slash weapon art, which while underwhelming at face value, is actually pretty good for inflicting scarlet rot. Upon activation, your player will perform a spinning maneuver, damaging your enemy in the process before climaxing with a heavy attack. Do bear in mind that Spinning Slash only costs 6 FP to use and can not be charged.

The Rotten Crystal Sword, similar to the Miquellan Knight’s Sword, is found in Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree, near the Elphael Inner Wall Site of Grace.

From the Site of Grace, make your way down the flight of stairs and head to the rubble on the left. Here, you will encounter three Crystalians enemies guarding a chest. You may have guessed it, but this very chest contains the Rotten Crystal Sword.

Warhawk’s Talon

Stat Requirement and Class Recommendation

The Warhawk’s Talon, as the name implies, refers to the blade attached to the legs of Stormveil’s warhawks that make up some of the most difficult enemies in the area.

As such, since Stormveil Castle is usually the first legacy dungeon new players face, that makes Warhawk’s Talon a relatively early-game straight sword. Furthermore, the straight sword requires its wielders to have 10 strength and 16 dexterity in order to wield it properly.

If you wish to wield this straight sword the moment you obtain it, then you must go with the Warrior starting class. Coming with a pair of Scimitars, the Warrior class is characterized by 10 strength and 16 dexterity, exactly meeting the stat requirements of the Warhawk’s Talon. So yes, with this class, you are literally able to wield the Warhawk’s Talon right away upon obtaining it.

Upgrades and Build Affinity

The Warhawk’s Talon comes with a natural scaling of D in strength and C in dexterity, making it a dexterity weapon at face value. However, the straight sword is much more versatile than just that as, unlike its predecessor, it does allow for infusions with Ashes of War.

Furthermore, it can also be upgraded upto +25 with the utilization of Smithing Stones, ensuring that stones compatible with the current level of your weapon are used.

As mentioned just now, the Warhawk’s Talon is much more verstatile than it looks can be fitted onto a variety of different builds. For instance, if you wanted, you could run it on auxiliary builds as it achieves 105 frostbite with a cold infusion, 95 poison with a poison infusion, and 82 bleed with a blood infusion.

Alternatively, you could also just stick to a simple dexterity build as a keen infusion grants it an amazing A scaling in dexterity. However, my personal recommendation would be to dual wield these bad boys, rocking bleed on one and poison on the other – auxiliary mayhem!

Elden Ring Warhawk's Talon
Warhawk’s Talon item description

Weapon Art and Location

Similar to the foregoing Rotten Crystal Sword, the Warhawk’s Talon comes with the Spinning Slash weapon art, already hinting towards some auxiliary build. However, that is not to say that you have to make do with this weapon art, as Ash of War infusion allows you to equip different kinds of weapon art on your weapons. Regardless, your player will pivot around a foot upon activating Spinning Slash, twirling to damage your enemy before capping it off with a heavy strike.

The Warhawk’s Talon, as you may have expected, is dropped from the Bladed Talon Eagles encountered in Stormveil Castle. So yes, you need to essentially farm for it, and I hate to break it you, but the chances of dropping the straight sword are low.

In fact, statisticially, the Warhawk’s Talon has a 2% drop rate at 100 Item Discovery – but is it worth it? Definitely! The Warhawk’s Talon is the best Elden Ring early straight sword out there.

Carian Knight’s Sword

Stat Requirement and Class Recommendation

Moving into the top five of my list of the best Elden Ring straight swords, I present the Carian Knight’s Sword, a really good intelligence-based melee weapon that any Carian Knight cosplayer needs. The straight sword requires anyone who wishes to wield it to come prepared with 10 strength, 10 dexterity, and 18 intelligence – not bad for what it has to offer!

As far as wielding this weapon is concerned, I would recommend going Astrologer as your starting class. Coming at you with a shortsword and a staff catalyst along with a few sorceries, the class comes with 8 strength, 12 dexterity and 16 intelligence.

In other words, you are only required to invest two attribute points into strength and two into intelligence in order to be fit enough to wield the Carian Knight’s Sword.

Upgrades and Build Affinity

The Carian Knight’s Sword rewards its wielders with a D scaling in all three attributes: strength, dexterity and intelligence. While it may seem equally favorable towards all three stats, its favorite begins to reveal itself as the weapon approaches the higher levels of upgradability. In other weapons, the weapon experiences scaling improvements only through reinforcement via Somber Smithing Stones, being unable to be compatible with Ash of War infusions.

At +10, the Carian Knight’s Sword achieves a C scaling in strength and a D scaling in dexterity and intelligence.

Furthermore, it also exhibits 215 physical and 215 magic damage, clearly indicating as to which build it performs the best on. To spill the beans, the Carian Knight’s Sword works best on a strength-intelligence build, especially when paired up with other sorceries.

Elden Ring Carian Knight Sword
The Carian Grandeur Weapon Art in its full glory!

Weapon Art and Location

The Carian Knight’s Sword’s best quality, which earns it this spot on my list of the best straight swords in Elden Ring, is its fantastic weapon art: Carian Grandeur. Upon activation, your player will raise the straight sword to the sky, imbuing it with the inherited power of Carian royalty, transforming it into a magic greatsword before bringing it down on your foes. What’s even better is that the weapon art is chargeable, meaning it can be charged for a bigger, but delayed execution!

The Carian Knight’s Sword is found in West Liurnia, a long strip of land to the right of the Liurnia of the Lake. The sword is found in a chest at the back of a heavily guarded caravan passing through the area. The quickes way of getting to this caravan is fast-traveling to the Northern Liurnia Lake Shore Site of Grace and backtracking till you come across it.

Sword of St Trina

Stat Requirement and Class Recommendation

Up next, I present the Sword of St Trina as the fourth of the best Straight swords in Elden Ring, Sword of St Trina. The straight sword, at a glance, may appear to be very normal, with no over-the-top damage or scaling, but what makes the weapon menacingly good is its passive sleeping effect. Regardless, the Sword of St Trina requires 10 strength, 12 dexterity, and 14 intelligence to properly wield.

As far as class recommendations go, I would suggest going Prisoner if you want to start using this bad boy as quick as possible. This is because the Prisoner class comes with 11 strength, 14 dexterity, and 14 intelligence, although overshooting the requirement above, but nonetheless, meeting it right away.

Upgrades and Build Affinity

The Sword of St Trina comes with a natural scaling of D in both strength and dexterity as opposed to an E in intelligence.

Moreover, being rather unique, being one of two weapons in the game capable of passively building up sleep, the straight sword does not allow for any infusions with Ashes of War. Therefore, the only way to upgrade it is simply through reinforcement up to +10 with Somber Smithing Stones.

The Sword of St Trina works best on a dexterity-intelligence build as far as build fitting. Why intelligence? While the sword’s intelligence scaling comes off as E-tier at the beginner, by the time it reaches +10 reinforcement, the straight sword exhibits a D scaling in strength, a C scaling in dexterity, and a D scaling in intelligence. As such, you can pair it up with relevant sorceries to make the build even more potent.

Elden Ring Sword of St. Trina
Hoping that FromSoftware adds more sleep-inducing weapons to the game – the new auxiliary effect has a lot of potential!

Weapon Art and Location

The Sword of St Trina comes with its own, special weapon art known as Mists of Slumber. Upon activation, your sword will emit a faint purple mist that will stretch far and wide, enveloping anyone caught in it with sleepiness.

Sleep is a new auxiliary effect introduced in Elden Ring which, when fully proc’d, renders enemies unable to move or attack. Note that enemies are in a state of a visceral attack in the state of sleep, so feel free to give them a riposte or backstab if possible!

The Sword of St Trina is rather easy to obtain, although it does require you to venture off into the barren wastelands of Caelid. Nonetheless, you can still obtain it very early on if you’re willing to take a risk – the only requirement is having a Stonesword key. Anyhow, make your way to the Forsaken Ruins, just around the border between Limgrave and Caelid, near the Rotview Balcony Site of Grace. Lastly, unlock the Imp Statue in the area’s vicinity and collect the Sword of St Trina!

Coded Sword

Stat Requirement and Class Recommendation

Doubling down onto the top three of the best straight swords in Elden Ring that I have determined so far, we have the edgy Coded Sword. The Coded Sword is closely tied to the Roundtable Hold and all those who serve the Two Fingers, vassals of the Greater Will. It has the unique property of being “unblockable”, to the point that it does not flinch when striking a shield, even when one-handed, unlike all the other Straight Swords.

The Coded Sword, also unique requires only 20 faith to use – no strength or dexterity, that’s right! As such, the best class for wielding the Coded Sword as quick as possible is the Prophet, which comes with 16 faith. From there, all you need to do is level up faith four times and you’ll be ready to wield the straight sword in no time at all!

Upgrades and Build Affinity

Given its pure faith stat requirement, the Coded Sword only comes with a B scaling in faith – pretty unique, isn’t it? Furthermore, as one may expect, it does not allow for any infusions with Ashes of War, as it would completely ruin the weapon. Other than that, as far as upgradability is concerned, it can only be reinforced with the help of Somber Smithing Stones, reaching the pinnacle of faith scaling.

There’s really only one kind of build where the Coded Sword can excel, and that is a pure faith build. You don’t even need to invest into strength or dexterity, as the faith you will invest into to use incantations will naturally enable you to wield this sword.

Additionally, at +10, the Coded Sword achieves an A scaling in faith with 208 pure Holy damage along with 76 stamina damage, enabling it to guard break with relative ease. The sword is pretty much perfect for a pure incantation user who doesn’t want to go out of their way to level up strength or dexterity to wield a sword.

Elden Ring Coded Sword
Just look at that weapon art’s range – lowkey surpasses even lightsabers!

Weapon Art and Location

The Coded Sword reinforces its unblockable nature even more with the presence of its weapon art: Unblockable Blade. Apart from being the weapon art of the Cipher Pata, as the name implies, this weapon art can not be blocked by any kind of shield. Upon activation, your player will enchant the sword with light and extend it in length (just like a lightsaber) before striking in a ferocious sweeping fashion. The sweep, being impossible to block, is also very difficult to dodge, so have fun using it in PvP!

The Coded Sword is obtained relatively late into the game, in Leyndell, Royal Capital. In order to obtain it, first fast travel to the Fortified Manor, First Floor Site of Grace.

From here, you need to enter the manor from the top, using the abandoned horse stable as a stepping stone to get upto the roof. Upon entering, you will see a broken roundtable, which will indicate that the Throne room is closeby – here, you will find the Coded Sword.

Ornamental Straight Swords

Stat Requirement and Class Recommendation

The Ornamental Straight Swords stand out for a very good reason – they are a pair of straight swords naturally meant to be dual-wielded. On top of that, they are also quite easy to obtain, and can even be obtain within the first 30 minutes of the game. Other than that, they are extremely fun to use due to their unique dual-wielded moveset; I did my entire second playthrough of the game with them! What’s more, they only require 10 strength and 14 dexterity to wield properly!

As far as class recommendations are concerned, you can choose a wide variety of classes that automatically meet the 10 strength and 14 dexterity requirement. However, I would recommend choosing Samurai, as its ranged bow-and-arrow combination make it much easier to kill the Grafted Scion optional boss at the very start of the game. Doing so will get you the Ornamental Straight Swords right there and then!

Upgrades and Build Affinity

The Ornamental Straight Sword comes with a natural scaling of E in strength and D in dexterity, already hinting at being extra favorable towards dexterity. However, given its unique nature, one can assume that it would not support infusion with Ashes of War, limiting its scope of build fitting significantly. As such, it also naturally entails that it be upgraded to +10 through the use of Somber Smithing Stones.

On the other hand, if you upgrade the Ornamental Straight Swords upto +10 ,you’ll witness it achieve a D scaling in strength and a B scaling in dexterity.

Since there is not concept of infusions, it becomes quite obvious that these straight swords work best on pure dexterity builds. It’s pretty simple – leave strength as it is and just dump an atrocious amount of points into dexterity and enjoy the massive DPS values!

Elden Ring Ornamental Straight Swords
Rare picture of me on my Golden Assassin build using Golden Tempering

Weapon Art and Location

The Ornamental Straight Swords come with a very unique weapon art, known as Golden Tempering. Upon activation, your player will cross the two straight swords to imbue them with holy essence, a buff that lasts for the next 60 seconds.

Moreover, in the state of this buff, using the heavy attack performs a unique dual-wielded combo that inflicts massive stunlock damage. With that said, as the weapon art is tailored towards this weapon, it’s no surprise to see that it doesn’t exist as an Ash of War.

The Ornamental Straight Swords, as mentioned earlier, drops from the Grafted Scion that you encounter within the first few moments of your playthrough. However, since you’re technically supposed to die to the boss, it’s perfectly natural to lose to the abomination at this point in the game. Fret not, for you can go back to the Chapel of Anticipation later through the Four Belfries found in West Liurnia and claim more than just vengeance!

Sword of Night and Flame

Stat Requirement and Class Recommendation

The Sword of Night and Flame is arguably the best of the best straight swords in Elden Ring, sitting at the top despite being nerfed. Moreover, it is considered to be one the legendary armaments found across the game, and its uniqueness really shows when you try it out.

Thus, naturally, the treasured sword requires 12 strength, 12 dexterity, 24 intelligence, and 24 faith to wield, an astronomically heavier stat requirement than all the other straight swords.

As far as the recommended class for this weapon is concerned, do note that you will require some degree of grinding to meet the required stats no matter what you choose.

As such, the Confessor class gives you the biggest headstart in this regard, coming with 12 strength, 12 dexterity, 9 intelligence and 14 faith. You are essentially 25 points behind the requirement, but you should be able to meet it by the time you reach the area from where the Sword of Night and Flame is obtained.

Upgrades and Build Affinity

The Sword of Night and Flame comes with a natural scaling of E in both strength and dexterity as opposed to a D in both intelligence and faith, clearly favoring spell casters.

Furthermore, nothing much can be done about its scaling set as it does not allow for infusions with any Ashes of War. You may also expect the straight sword to only be reinforced with Somber Smithing Stones, which you are absolutely right about!

With that said, at +10, the Sword of Night and Flame achieves a D scaling in both strength and dexterity in comparison to a B scaling in both intelligence and faith.

That does open up a few options as far as build fitting is concerned – you go for a pure intelligence, pure faith, or a melee hybrid build even. However, I have found most success at maximizing the sword’s performance by rocking it on an intelligence-faith build along with powerful sorceries and incantations.

Elden Ring Sword of Night and Flame
Behold! The Night-and-Flame Stance!

Weapon Art and Location

The Sword of Night and Flame is most renowned for its overpowered weapon art: Night-and-Flame Stance. Upon activation, your player will assume a tight stance; you can use a light attack to cast the Night Comet sorcery (similar to Comet Azur) or a heavy attack to execute a fiery sweeping attack.

The weapon art costs around 19 FP to use and is excellent at both crowd control as well as concentrated attacks. Even if the weapon allowed for Ash of War infusions, you’d be out of your mind to swap this one out for something else!

The Sword of Night and Flame is obtained in Caria Manor, and is hidden in a rather obscure location. First, fast travel to the Manor Lower Level Site of Grace and proceed to the rooftop until the first intersection. From here, head straight north until you reach the very end of the ledge, from where you should jump down to the left.

Once again drop down to the lower roof in front, and take the ladder down into one of the little buildings. Lastly, you will spot a chest in the room you end up in, which will contain the Sword of Night and Flame!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best Faith Straight Sword in Elden Ring?

The Best Faith Straight Sword has to be the Coded Sword, which only requires 20 Faith to use and ends up with an A scaling in Faith upon upgrading. Anyone who’s even running a pure faith build needs not to invest extra attribute points into strength and dexterity, and can easily start wielding the sword right away!

What is the Best Dexterity Straight Sword in Elden Ring?

The Best Early Game Straight Sword in Elden Ring has to, hands down, be the Ornamental Straight Swords because with the proper preparation, you can obtain these bad boys within the first 30 minutes of your run! Not only that, but they require very little to wield and can be immediately used with most classes.

What is the Best Strength Straight Sword in Elden Ring?

The Best Strength Straight Sword in Elden Ring has to be the Lordsworn’s Straight Sword. Straight Swords aren’t usually meant to be fitted onto pure strength builds, but the Lordsworn’s Straight Swords versatility allows it to perform relatively well on a strength build. Upon infusing with a Heavy Ash of War, the straight sword achieves a B scaling in strength at +25, the most I’ve ever seen on a straight sword!