Elden Ring Best Strength Weapons
Elden Ring Best Strength Weapons

Top 15 Elden Ring Best Strength Weapons

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It’s finally here, the most anticipated game of the decade; a game that is arguably FromSoftware’s most ambitious project yet – Elden Ring. Elden Ring was announced way back at E3 2019, but no further concrete details were revealed by Bandai Namco until a trailer in June 2021 stated a release date of January 21, 2022. However, for anyone who was following up with the game’s release at the time, we all remember how Elden Ring was once again delayed by a month later down the line. Regardless, despite all the anticipation, we are still here at this monumental moment in gaming history and the wait has truly been worth it. After having conquered the RPG formula, FromSoftware is now shifting their focus to an open-world labyrinth.

Elden Ring, being a product of years of successful game development, does unsurprisingly utilize the best design principles of its predecessors, already giving it a solid head start this year. Amongst these design decisions is the choice of having a diverse class of weaponry, which Elden Ring most certainly does not disappoint in. As opposed to keeping up with its foregoing games, mainly the Dark Souls series, it surpasses them by adding new classes to the mix, such as Ballistas, Claws, Flails, and Twinblades. With such a diverse arsenal of weapons, you will never get bored of Elden Ring as its replayability should be significantly well done, partially due to the added reason that it is open-world in nature.

Furthermore, another crucial mechanic that carries over from the previous soulsborne games, which anyone would’ve expected to see, is their new and improved stat system. Whilst having some of the standard stats we’ve seen across FromSoftware games (such as endurance, strength, dexterity, intelligence, and faith), Elden Ring introduces Arcane and Mind to the collection. Moreover, all the weapons in Elden Ring scale with these stats in one way or the other, making it a more complex process to determine, for instance, the best strength weapons in Elden Ring.

A New Upgrade System: Ashes of War

Before delving into this article, one should bear in mind that as far as upgrading these strength weapons are concerned, unlike previous soulsborne games, there is no direct concept of infusions in Elden Ring. Instead, we have a mechanic known as Ashes of War, which are special items that not only enable you to tune up a certain weapon’s affinities with strength, dexterity, intelligence and faith, but also replaces their weapon arts with something completely new. While the former addition is cool, the repercussions entail that computability must exist between a certain weapon and a certain Ash of War – you shouldn’t be able to infuse a shield-related Ash of War to a greatsword, right?

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How To Use Ashes of War

First make your way to any nearby Site of Grace (equivalent to bonfires that we are more familiar with), rest on it and open up the Ashes of War menu. If, for some reason, this menu is not yet available to you, this means you need to obtain the Whetstone Knife found in the southeastern portion of Gatefront Ruins. Anyways, once in the menu, you can observe the effect of a certain Ash of War on any particular weapon in your inventory – it will tell you just how compatible the two are as well, fret not. Additionally, once you’re ready to infuse, you can either infuse just the new weapon art to it without the effect, or infuse both the weapon art with the effect (i.e. attunement of affinities).

Elden Ring Ashes of War
Ashes of War enable you to even change a compatible weapon’s weapon art!

Where Do I Find Ashes of War

In Elden Ring, Ashes of War are obtained in one of the three ways. First, you can obtain them from enemy drops, both regular ads (especially Teardrop Scarabs) and bosses, that occur based on chance, meaning you can farm for them. Other than that, Ashes of War can also be purchased from NPCs such as Blacksmith Hewg, a prisoner found at the Roundtable Hold. Lastly, Ashes of War are also found all over the grim world of Elden Ring, in certain areas and on corpses – these locations are fixed, and you will find them there in every single playthrough you do of this amazing game.

Best Strength Weapons in Elden Ring

Strength Weapons are those kinds of weapons which not only require a good deal of strength to wield, but complement strength builds quite well due to their solid scaling in said stat, whether it be natural or through upgrades. Such weapons are found mainly in heavy-duty weapon categories such as Colossal Swords, Curved Greatswords, Greataxes, Heavy Thrusting Swords and Warhammers to name a few. Read our article on Best Elden Ring Builds as well.

These weapons are designed to be slow but very hard-hitting, meaning you must use them very cautiously as opposed to recklessly swinging them around, which will easily get you punished upon missing, especially in PvP. On the bright side though, these weapons mostly come with high poise, or hyper armor, as I liked to call it in my Dark Souls 3 related guides. This means you can easily tough it out during certain attack animations, face tank all incoming damage and inflict a killer blow to your enemies.

With that said, the learning curve for several of these weapons is quite steep, but very doable to reach the end of. You’ll find all sorts of strength complementing weapons throughout the massive, eerie and fantastical world of Elden Ring, but only a handful of them will be useful till the endgame. Obviously, not all weapons are forged on the principle of equality and some do admittedly outclass the rest. Therefore, I will be listing down some of the best Elden Ring strength weapons (no particular order) so keep reading!

Starscourge Greatsword

The Starscourge Greatsword comes with a hefty stat requirement, demanding 38 strength, 12 dexterity and 15 intelligence off its wielder. Furthermore, weighing in at 20.0 units, it comes to no one’s surprise that, despite its diverse stat affinities, it really does qualify as a strength weapon, serving as the first entry in my list of Elden Ring Best Strength Weapons. Additionally, it comes with a natural scaling of D in both strength and dexterity as well as E in intelligence, making it a good strength weapon for sorcerers. Moreover, while it cannot be infused with any of the many Ashes of War, it is self-sufficient in the essence that it can be upgraded using Somber Smithing Stones, uptil +10. Do note that Somber Smithing Stones come in tiers, specified in parenthesis – the tier should match will be the current level of your weapon, meaning you need a Somber Smithing Stone [5] to upgrade this bad boy from +4 to +5.

Elden Ring Starscourge Greatsword
The Starscourge Greatsword in all its glory!

Characteristics

Other than that, its base stats are quite solid, coming at you with 129 physical attack as well as 83 magic damage due to its magical origins, tied to Starscourge Radahn himself, a demi-god boss encountered in the east of Caelid. Depending on your progress and how you choose to navigate through the vast open-world, he could be one of the first few main bosses you come across – optimistically, this could be good as he wields and drops the Starscourge Greatsword, classifying it as a Remembrance Weapon.

Lastly, very characteristic of its original wielder, Starscourge Radahn, it comes with the weapon art known as Starcaller Cry, which is unique to itself on my list of Elden Ring Best Strength Weapons. Upon activation, your player will expend 20 FP (Focus Points) to generate a strong gravitational field through calling upon the sky. This gravitational field will suck waves of enemies into it, pulling them all together before you can obliterate them in one, swift, gravity-infused blow.

Battle Hammer

The Battle Hammer is reminiscent of Ledo’s Great Hammer from Dark Souls 3, although it is nowhere as big or doesn’t weigh nearly as much as it does. It is, in fact, significantly lighter, weighing only 10.0 units, serving as the lightest Warhammer in Elden Ring so far. What this also means is that it must have a low stat requirement, which it correctly does, coming at you with a requirement of 26 strength and 8 dexterity.

However, despite its relatively nimble nature, it packs quite a punch for a strength weapon, putting it on my list of the best early game Strength Weapons in Elden Ring. Furthermore, as far as its upgradability goes, it can be reinforced with Smithing Stones up till +25. Do bear in mind that while you can upgrade to +3 on your own at the smithing table found at the Church of Elleh, you will need a blacksmith to go beyond. Moreover, similar to the Somber Smithing Stones, you will need the correct tier of Smithing Stones past +3. So, for instance, Smithing Stone (3) will be required to upgrade your armaments from +6 to +9 and Smithing Stone (8) will be required to upgrade your armaments from +21 to +24.

Elden Ring Battle Hammer
Would you believe me if I told you that I first try’d the Grave Warden Duelist?

Characteristics

Other than that, the Battle Hammer comes with the Braggart’s Roar weapon art, one of the few weapon arts in the game that are naturally found on weapons and do not exist in the form of an Ash of War. Upon activation, your player will make their presence known to the foes around them with a howl of pride – while this will attract enemies, it will also raise your overall stats, including attack power and stamina regeneration. Lastly, as far as finding these weapons is concerned, the Battle Hammer is dropped by Grave Warden Duelists found lurking in cold-blood in the Murkwater Catacombs – good luck!

Rusted Anchor

The Rusted Anchor is one of the most uniquely designed weapons in Elden Ring, to the point where if you look at it and I tell you that it’s a Greataxe, you’ll accuse me of tomfoolery. While its weird, unorthodox appearance may repulse you as a player, let me tell you that the four sharp flukes protruding from it grant the entire weapon pierce damage. Yes, pierce damage on a greataxe – did you ever expect to see something like that in Elden Ring? Being of the Best Strength Weapons in Elden Ring, the Rusted Anchor comes with a fair stat requirement of 26 strength and 9 dexterity, making it quite affordable to wield early game. Furthermore, weighing in at 12.5 units, a little heavier than the Axe of Godrick, it comes with a natural scaling of C in strength and E in dexterity – it’s almost as if the developers want you to use it on a strength build. These scalings can be improved with upgrades, where the Rusted Anchor allows to be upgraded with Smithing Stones up till +25, a long reinforcement path indeed!

Elden Ring Rusted Anchor
Look at this and tell me that looks like a hammer….

Characteristics

Upgrades aside, another crowning aspect of this greataxe is its weapon art, Barbaric Roar, where your player lets out a spirited roar to boost all attack stats for a short period of time, much like the Warcry weapon art you commonly saw on battle axes back in Dark Souls 3. Additionally, if you’re not satisfied with this weapon art, good news because the Rusted Anchor enables you to use Ashes of War to your heart’s content! Lastly, if you’ve been wanting to get this weapon ever since you started reading its entry, fret not for it is dropped by Scaly Misbegotten, the boss found in Morne Tunnel in the Weeping Peninsula.

Grafted Blade Greatsword

The Grafted Blade Greatsword is arguably the best colossal sword we’ve seen so far in Elden Ring, easily ranking it as one of the best Strength Weapons in Elden Ring by extension. Similar to the foregoing Starscourge Greatsword, it comes with a heavy stat requirement, asking you to invest 40, yes, 40 attribute points into strength along with 14 into dexterity.

However, unlike the Starscourge Greatsword, it rewards its wielder with a whopping C-tier natural scaling in strength aside from its E-tier scaling in dexterity, screaming strength like nothing else. Moreover, while it cannot be infused with any of the many Ashes of War, it is self-sufficient in the essence that it can be upgraded using Somber Smithing Stones, uptil +10, where, as is the case with Smithing Stones, the type of stone must coincide with your weapon’s current level.

Elden Ring Grafted Blade Greatsword
The Grafted Blade Greatsword’s location can be seen on your map in the Weeping Peninsula.

Characteristics

Additionally, the Grafted Blade Greatsword comes with a base physical damage of 157, making it a very hard-hitting for larger foes with stunlock potential. This is further complemented by its unique weapon art, Oath of Vengence, which is found on no other weapon on my list of Elden Ring Best Strength Weapons. Upon activating, your player will use up 20 FP in order to swear an oath which will boost all your attributes for a certain period of time, including poise.

Go wild and slay your enemies, both large and small when you’re in this state! Lastly, now that you’re probably interested in getting this weapon, it is obtained after beating the Leonine Misbegotten boss, a rampaging humanoid of feline nature, that is found in the Weeping Peninsula, or more specifically, Castle Morne. This boss is quite optional, but in case you plan on taking it head on, save at the closest checkpoint, or Site of Grace.

Cranial Vessel Candlestand

Back in previous FromSoftware games, there were few to no general purpose Ultra Greathammers that sorcerers/pyromancers/miracle-users could fit into their builds. However, to my surprise, this vacant gap has been filled in Elden Ring with the introduction of magic-oriented warhammers such as Devourer’s Scepter and the Cranial Vessel Candlestand.

The Cranial Vessel Candlestand, being one of the top strength weapons in Elden Ring, requires quite the stat investment off anyone who wishes to wield, but not because it’s heavy. On the contrary, it actually weighs 12.5 units, albeit the reason it requires 26 strength, 8 dexterity and 22 faith to wield is because offers great provision for incantation-users who primarily go all in on their faith stat. For meeting its wielding requirements, magicians are rewarded with a natural scaling of D in strength, E in dexterity and D in faith – this opens the doors for pure strength builds and pure faith builds and everything in between.

Elden Ring Cranial Vessel Candlestand
Is this what warhammers have come to…?

Characteristics

Moreover, as far as upgradability is concerned, much like the Grafted Blade Greatsword, it requires Somber Smithing Stones as upgrade material, which can take this weapon upto +10, which is no less shorter than the reinforcement path of normal Smithing Stones since their Somber counterparts are much rare. Apart from that, the Cranial Vessel Candlestand comes with the Surge of Faith weapon art, which, similar to the Battle Hammer’s Braggart’s Roar, is a weapon art that does not exist in the form of an Ash of War. Upon activation, your player will raise the mighty candlestand towards the sky, lighting up the fire of Birac’s faith which will call upon the atmosphere to project scorching fire balls in all directions. Being a unique and powerful weapon art, the Surge of Faith demands around 15 FP from your player and is not chargeable unfortunately.

Zweihander

The Zweihander, an iconic weapon all across the Dark Souls series, makes it triumphant return in Elden Ring as well – no list of Elden Ring Best Strength Weapons is complete without it, am I right? Being the lightest colossal sword we know of so far, weighing just 16.5 units as opposed to the preceding 21.0 unit Grafted Blade Greatsword, the Zweihander doesn’t require much off your character.

Despite translating into “two-handed”, don’t be misled as you only need to invest your attribute points into 19 strength and 11 dexterity in order to one-hand this bad boy, making it the ideal colossal sword for beginners or anyone who doesn’t intend on specializing towards a strength build. Being the perfect general purpose colossal sword, the Zweihander requires Smithing Stones to upgrade, capping off at +25, where the tier of the stone must match the current level of the Rusted Anchor, otherwise the reinforcement will not go through – to illustrate, Smithing Stone (2) will be required to upgrade your armaments from +3 to +6.

Elden Ring Zweihander
I can’t be the only one who’s overjoyed with seeing the Zweihander again, right?

Characteristics

Reinforcements aside, the Zweihander comes with a neat base physical damage of 141, which, coupled with its weapon art, make it ideal in most close-quarters engagements. Its weapon art, by default, is Stamp (Upward Cut), which only costs around 5 FP. Upon activation, your player will assume a tight stance, where you can use L2/LT to plant your feet firmly and completely tank an incoming attack, and follow it up with a vertically upward strike using R2/RT. While that is cool and all, if it doesn’t suit your style, remember that you can always change it as the Zweihander is capable of being infused with Ashes of War! Lastly, as far as its location is concerned, you can buy it off the Isolated Merchant for 3500 Runes.

Golden Halberd

While FromSoftware has added new weapon classes to its overall arsenal in Elden Ring, it has made sure not to give the previously well known classes any less attention, Halberds being one of them. The Golden Halberd is one of the best Halberds in Elden Ring, automatically making it one of the best strength weapon In Elden Ring.

If I were to compare it, I would call it the Cranial Vessel Candlestand, but on steroids, coming at you with a heavy stat requirement of 30 strength, 14 dexterity and 12 faith. Furthermore, similar to the Cranial Vessel Candlestand, it warmly greets its wielders with an amazing natural scaling of D in strength, E in dexterity and D in faith. Moreover, it requires Smithing Stones to be upgraded, going up to +25 legitimately, where you can upgrade to +3 on your own at the smithing table found at the Church of Elleh – albiet beyond that, you will need see a professional blacksmith.

Elden Ring Golden Halberd
I regret spending the first two hours of the game to kill this boss with just my base character….

Characteristics

With Halberds, players have always been more interested with their weapon arts. In the case of the Golden Halberd, partially due to its material and geometry, it comes with the Golden Vow weapon art. Upon activation, your player will raise this heavy halberd towards the sky in order to praise the Erdtree, which, in turn, will buff the wielder as well as his/her allies with enhanced damage and defense. If you’re a fan of a damage-inflicting weapon art, I hate to tell you, but the Golden Halberd does not welcome infusions with any Ashes of War, making it less versatile than it could be. But if buff-related weapon arts your style, you can get the Golden Halberd from killing Tree Sentinels in Limgrave, the starting main area of the game.

Nightrider Glaive

If there’s any other halberd that can top the Golden Halberd, it has to be the Nightrider Glaive. The Nightrider Glaive is a pitch black glaive with a relatively heavy blade smelted at the forefront, making it the ideal weapon on horseback due to its size and reach. Furthermore, it is much lighter than the Golden Halberd, coming in at 12.0 weights in comparison to 13.5 units.

However, what really makes it a much better pick over the foregoing Golden Halberd for some people, and what also ranks it amongst the best Strength Weapons is its versatility. Additionally, due to the fact that it is much lighter, it comes with a stat requirement of 26 strength and 10 dexterity, which is quite reasonable given that it is a strength weapon. Other than that, it requires Smithing Stones to be upgraded upto +25, where you will need the suitable tier of Smithing Stones that is compatible with the particular level of your glaive past +3.

Elden Ring Nightrider Glaive
Use this bad boy on horse back and you’d be pleasantly surprised!

Characteristics

Let’s not forget that it allows for infusions with Ashes of War, which is something that you won’t see on many weapons on this list of Elden Ring Strength Weapon. This allows you to change its weapon art, as well as attribute affinities, based on what you need. Speaking of weapon arts, its default weapon art is known as Spinning Slash, a ferocious weapon art that you would expect to see on more dexterity-leaning weapons.

Upon activation, your player will utilize techniques of the highest caliber to spin, damaging your enemies upon contact – if uninterrupted, you can also go on to capping it off with a heavy attack, making the entire combo itself very deadly. However, considering your FP, you should not twirl for too long and look to finishing the combo off as soon as you can. Last but not least, if you’re interested in obtaining this weapon, make your way to the bridge near Agheel Lake North and take on the Night’s Cavalry – the Nightrider Glaive drops from them.

Axe of Godrick

The Axe of Godrick is a unique weapon that arguably serves as the face of Greataxes so far in Elden Ring – when you hear Greataxe, you’ll think of this Elden Ring Strength Weapon . Despite weighing it at only 11.0 units, it packs quite a punch, both performance wise and stat requirement wise. It demands its wielders to invest 34 strength and 22 dexterity, which is quite a lot for a Greataxe and whether or not that’s worth the weapon – it’s up to you to decide. In return for investing so many attribute points just to properly wield this weapon, the Axe of Godrick rewards you with a D scaling in strength as well as a D scaling in dexterity.

This makes it the ideal choice for both pure strength builds and pure dexterity builds, even accommodating quality builds in the mix – that’s without considering its upgrades, however! The Axe of Godrick requires Somber Smithing Stones as upgrade material, where Somber Smithing Stones come in different variations and each must your weapon’s level – in other words, for example, you will need a Somber Smithing Stone [8] to upgrade this candlestand from +8 to +9.

Elden Ring Axe of Godrick
Godrick the Grafted is the first main boss you’ll encounter in Elden Ring!

Characteristics

A downside that many may see with this greataxe is that it does not allow for you to infuse it with any of the many Ashes of War. While that does impede its versatility, I’ll be the devil’s advocate and say that its default weapon art, “I Command Thee, Kneel!”, is very self sufficient. Apart from its absolutely badass nomenclature, upon activation, your player literally slams the Axe of Godrick into the ground repeatedly, and you know what that does? It generates up to three frightening earthquake-level shockwaves that have an area of effect. What’s more is that, being a Remembrance Weapon, this weapon art is unique and can not be found on any other weapon on my Elden Ring Strength Weapon list. Furthermore, as you may have guessed, the Axe of Godrick is wielded by Godrick the Grafted, a demi-god optional boss you encounter at the top of Stormveil Castle – slaying him will yield the Axe of Godrick!

Great Club

The Great Club, quite literally an oversized Club, makes its epic, yet unsophisticated return in Elden Ring – despite its simplicity in both design and moveset, it has always been a fan-favorite weapon for soulsborne veterans. The Great Club embodies the definition of a Strength Weapon, requiring ONLY strength to use and having ONLY a single scaling in strength.

More specifically, as one of the Best Strength Weapons in Elden Ring, it requires you to have 35 strength to properly wield with one hand and offers you a C-scaling in strength in return for such an investment. Moreover, it comes with a base damage of 157, which is pretty solid for your average strength weapon. On the other hand, as far as upgradability is concerned, you must have Smithing Stones to upgrade it, albeit you should make sure that their tiers (specified in parenthesis) coincide perfectly.

Elden Ring Great Club
The Great Club’s location!

Characteristics

Contrary to its generic nature, the Great Club comes with an atypical weapon art known as Golden Land which is rarely seen on any weapon, even on this list of Best Elden Ring Strength Weapons. Upon activation, your player will slab the Great Club into the ground before garnering the courage to let out a powerful explosion of sacred energy – this explosion will then coalesce into darts that will pierce your enemies.

If you’re one of the few people who don’t see the epicness in this weapon art, you can change it with the help of certain Ashes of War due to the Great Club’s affinity with infusions. Regardless, you can obtain this weapon by killing the Stonedigger Troll optional boss that appears both in Limgrave Tunnels and the Old Atlus Tunnels – really fond of tunnels, huh?

Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword

If you were wondering when I was going to talk about Curved Greatswords in this guide, well, the wait is over. The first of two Curved Greatswords that I am going to talk about is the Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword, which, if you’ve already encountered them, are wielded by Magma Wyrms found a little bit later into the game. While this weapon is quite versatile, in a sense that it can technically be used as both a dexterity and a faith weapon, I still consider it a strength weapon nonetheless for a few reasons.

First, on top of having the highest of its three stat requirements in strength (24 strength, 15 dexterity and 18 faith), it also offers the best scaling in strength (C-tier scaling in Strength, D-tier scaling in both Dexterity and Faith). However, the natural downside of its high strength requirement is its weigh, coming in at 15.0 units, heavier than several weapons on this Strength Weapons list. As far as upgradability is concerned though, the Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword requires Somber Smithing Stones as upgrade material – the tier of said stone should match will be the current level of your weapon, keep that in mind!

Elden Ring Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword
The Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword, oozing with black magma!

Characteristics

The Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword, on top of its base physical damage of 114 and base fire damage of 74, rewards its wielders with the Magma Guillotine weapon art. Upon activation, your player will firmly grip the scalesword and leap forward, somersaulting into the ground to create an explosion of magma – it doesn’t end there though, for you can follow it up with another chopping attack. Considering the damage output from this weapon art, it’s not surprising to see that it costs you around 20 FP just to use the first half of it. Regardless, if you’re interested in finding it, make your way to the Ruin-Strewn Precipice in Liurnia of the Lakes and beat the Magma Wyrm Makar optional boss.

Ghiza’s Wheels

Ghiza’s Wheels is one of the most unique weapons available in Elden Ring – have you seen any wheel-based weapon that are lined with skin-skewing blades before? Regardless, the Ghiza’s Wheel, despite weighing 19.0 units, this weapon demands 28 strength and 18 dexterity off its user; not even 30, as many may have expected after seeing its weight. That aside, it rewards its wielders with a D-scaling in strength and a D-scaling in dexterity, making it one of the few strength weapons on this list of Elden Ring Best Strength Weapons that support quality builds.

Regardless, I would recommend fitting it onto a pure strength build to maximize its already high physical damage (base physical damage of 156). Other than that, it requires Smithing Stones to be reinforced upto +25, where each Smithing Stone must be compatible with the current level of your Ghiza’s Wheel, meaning if it’s at +9, you’ll need Smithing Stone (4) to get it to +12.

Elden Ring Ghiza’s Wheels
Have you seen anything like this before, ever?

Characteristics

The Ghiza’s Wheel comes with its own weapon art, which is unique due to its unparalleled features, known as Spinning Wheel. Upon activation, your player will lower the weapon, hitting it to get it spinning at a lethal level of rotation – you can walk while its spinning, giving any enemy that touches it a taste of their own medicine! While you would expect such a nasty weapon art to cost considerable FP, fortunately it only costs 3 FP to use.

Prelate’s Inferno Crozier

Up next, we have Prelate’s Inferno Crozier, but before we dive into it, can we take a minute to praise the diverse and refreshing nomenclature that is featured in this game? To all the Soulsborne Veterans reading this, have you ever heard of a weapon being named like this in any other of FromSoftware’s previous games? Appreciations aside, the Prelate’s Inferno Crozier will be the heaviest colossal weapon on my Elden Ring list. Coming at you with a weight of 23.5 unites, this crozier requires you to invest a massive amount of 45 attribute points into strength and only 9 in dexterity.

Furthermore, keeping up with this proportion between strength and dexterity, it rewards its wielders with a natural scaling of C in strength and E in dexterity – it doesn’t get more strength-y than this! Despite its caliber, however, this is not a unique class weapon, and only requires Smithing Stones to upgrade it – while you can upgrade it to +3 on your own at the smithing table found at the Church of Elleh, you will need a blacksmith to go beyond. One such Blacksmith is found in the Roundtable Hold, which serves as your main area of operation along with other Tarnished Champions.

Elden Ring Prelate’s Inferno Crozier
Just look at how massive this greathammer is…

Characteristics

Despite not being a unique class weapon, the Prelate’s Inferno Crozier does feature its own weapon art, called Prelate’s Card, a weapon art that does not exist in the form of an Ash of War. Upon activation, your player will smash the armament into the earth below, setting it ablaze before charging forward – while you can continue charging as long as you hold R2/RT, I would advise against it as it is easy to parry.

Other than that, you can get this weapon art replaced due to the Crozier’s capability to undergo infusions with different kinds of Ashes of War, although I would say that its default weapon art is quite self-sufficient and chargeable, despite costing you 20 FP. Just rock some Flasks of Cerulean with you and you should be all good to go!

Onyx Lord’s Greatsword

If there’s anything that can maybe best the Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword so far in my findings, it has to be the Onyx Lord’s Greatsword. Being one of the best Strength Weapons in Elden Ring, this beast of a greatsword can be best fitted onto both pure strength builds and even strength-faith hybrid builds, making it something even incantation-users can benefit from. Furthermore, due to the fact that it is lighter than the Maga Wyrm’s Scalesword, weighing in at 11.5 units in comparison to 15.0 units, its strength requirements are also a tad bit lower, only demanding 20 strength, 16 dexterity and 16 intelligence off its user.

Furthermore, to complement such a stat investment, it naturally scales with strength (D-tier), dexterity (E-tier) and intelligence (D-tier). Additionally, you must have Somber Smithing Stones to upgrade the Onyx Lord’s Greatsword, where the tiers should match up – so if your greatsword is sitting at +6 reinforcement, you’ll need Somber Smithing Stone (6) to take it to +7.

Elden Ring Onyx Lord’s Greatsword
The Onyx Lord looks very familiar to Vendrick from Dark Souls 2….

Characteristics

Upgrade aside, the Onyx Lord’s Greatsword comes with its very own weapon art known as Onyx Lord’s Repulsion, one of the few weapon arts in the game that do not exist as an Ash of War. Upon activation, your player will shove the curved greatsword into the earth beneath, which will generate a powerful gravitation field, which, contrary to pulling enemies away will actually push them away, dealing considerable damage.

If playing with the laws of physics isn’t your style, I hate to tell you but the Onyx Lord’s Greatsword can not be infused with any Ash of War, meaning you’ll have to put up with this weapon art. For those that do like it, however, do remember that it will cost you 27 FP, the most any weapon art requires on this list.

Dragon Greatclaw

The Dragon Greatclaw serves as the final entry in my list, and it is no less good than any other weapon on this list. Being quite literally an extraction from the claw of a great dragon. In addition, coming at you with a base physical attack stat of 120, the greatclaw requires you to invest 30 strength and 14 dexterity in order to properly wield it. The colossal weapon also rewards you with a natural scaling of D in strength and D in dexterity, all this whilst weighing only 16.0 units. Here is how it works in motion.

This makes it the ideal weapon for using against gigantic enemies, including dragons of course, if you may not have guessed. Furthermore, as far as its upgradability goes, it can be reinforced with Smithing Stones up till +25 – while that may sound long and daunting, fret not for Smithing Stones are much more common than you think and can easily be farmed for in various tunnels! 

Elden Ring Dragon Greatclaw
The Dragon Greatclaw’s location – don’t expect getting it to be a piece of cake!

Characteristics

Upgradability aside, the Dragon Greatclaw comes with the Endure Weapon art, which while naturally occurs on this weapon, also exists as an Ash of War. Upon activation, your player will assume a tight stance, boosting his/her poise to tank incoming attack – do note that it would only reduce incoming damage, not nullify it entirely! If you’re the kind of player who’s not used to the playstyle of face-tanking incoming attacks, then you might want to consider changing its weapon art to something else – the options are diverse. Last but not least, the Dragon Greatclaw is dropped from the Draconic Tree Sentinel which you will encounter at Capital Outskirts, a relatively endgame area so don’t keep your hopes up!

Summary

Elden Ring is one of the most anticipated games of the year, as has been the case with all previous FromSoftware. Look at Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice or Dark Souls 3 – at the time of their announcement, they garnered immense hype up til the date of their release, where Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice even won the Game of the Year Award that very year.

While one may expect that these successful titles set the bar too high for a game like Elden Ring, so far it has shattered all those standards and is on its way to becoming a candidate for Game of the Decade! If you’re a soulsborne veteran who’s just started playing this phenomenal game, it’s very similar to the previous games you’ve played. And likewise, if you’re the kind of player who’s into strength weapons and builds, I’ve got you covered with the best Elden Ring Strength Weapons, featuring standard weapons such as the Great Club and Starscourge Greatsword to the more unorthodox Ghiza’s Wheel and Prelate Inferno’s Crozier – have fun Tarnished!

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