Elden Ring Weapons Tier List [Expert Picks]

After investing more than 800+ hours in Elden Ring, I have ranked all the weapons in a tier list!

Elden Ring Weapons Tier List
About The Author

Waleed has over 800+ hours spent in Elden Ring, and he knows a great deal about the game. You can put your trust in Waleed to provide you with a hands-on experience of Elden Ring.

Now Elden Ring houses an astonishing number of weapons, 309 to be exact, and many of them have unique weapon skills and intricate designs which lend very well to the fantasy setting in which the game is based.

With that being said, I will not be able to cover every weapon in this guide, so I will only include weapons with a rating of C or above, as anything below this would be not worth mentioning. Keep in mind, this is a Tier List, for best Elden Ring Weapons, I have narrowed 15 of these.

Key Takeaways

  • S-tier weapons are the best, including Sword of Night and Flame, Bloodhound’s Fang, and more.
  • A-tier weapons, like Black Knife and Darkmoon Greatsword, are excellent.
  • B-tier weapons such as Maliketh’s Black Blade and Golden Halberd are good choices.
  • C-tier weapons like Reduvia, Helphen’s Steeple, and Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword have lower capabilities.
  • There are plenty of options to build your arsenal and conquer the Elden Ring.

All Weapons Comparison

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

No.TierWeaponFP CostWeightPhysical AttackPhysical GuardSell Price
1SSword of Night and Flame-(26 32)487361000
2SBloodhound’s Fang8 (-12)11.514168500
3SHand of Malenia-7117491000
4SRivers of Blood17 (-9)6.57636500
5SMoonveil-(15 20)6.57331500
6SIcerind Hatchet10311140100
7SPrince of Death’s Staff-32525200
8ABlack Knife2526626100
9ADark Moon Greatsword321082571000
10AStarscourge Greatsword20(-2-)2012965100
11AMeteorite Staff-4.53928200
12AAzur’s Glintstone Staff-42425100
13BParrying Dagger01.57535100
14BMaliketh’s Black Blade402212768100
15BDragon King’s Cragblade3589246100
16BMorgott’s Cursed Sword207.512055100
17BMarika’s Hammer26610144100
18BGolden Halberd4013.513458500
20CCoded Sword252.50131000
21CHelphen’s Steeple2011.510166500
22CGolden Order Greatsword20 (-20)108655500
23CGreatsword5 (-8)2316484100
24CMagma Wyrm’s Scalesword20 (-10)1511466500
25CBastard’s Stars255.56532100

Comparison Table.


Sword of Night and Flame

Overall Best Straight Sword.

Why did I choose Sword of Night and Flame?

Featuring two insane attacks, it deals magic as well as fire damage to its enemies in a massive AoE. On the top, it scales with Str, Dex, Int, and Faith, allowing any type of Hybrid or pure build.


Elden Ring Weapons Tier List
Sword of Night and Flame | Courtesy: Fextralife for all images

The Night and Flame sword is the game’s most famous cheese weapon. It helps beat tough bosses and areas quickly, but some may lose respect for you. Still, it’s legit.

Find it in Caria Manor, the locked room behind the gardens, accessible via walkways above the Chapel building in the west.

  • Scales with Str, Int, Dex, and Faith.
  • Deals Phy, Fire, and Magic damage.
  • One of the nine Legendary Armaments.
  • Unique Weapon Art: Night-and-Flame Stance.
  • Ideal for Int-Faith or other hybrid builds.
  • Large AoE attacks.
  • Cannot infuse other Ashes of War.
  • No Magic Enchantments allowed.
  • High stat Requirements.
  • High FP Cost.
  • Must have Int-Faith build to take advantage of both attack types.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 87 56 56 0 0 100
Guard 36 42 42 26 26 31
Sword of Night and Flame Stats Box
  Str Dex Int Faith
Requires 12 12 24 24
Scaling E E D D

Bloodhound’s Fang

Best S Tier Curved Greatsword.

Why did I choose Bloodhound’s Fang?

The thing that puts this weapon here is its Blood Loss build-up passive, with the addition of its unique Weapon Art that allows you to dash forward to slash enemies and quickly step back to do a follow-up attack.


Bloodhound's Fang
Bloodhound’s Fang

Early game, many players favor a weapon with “Bloodhound’s Finesse” skill for mobility. It lets users slash upward and flip away from foes, which is ideal for creating distance and experiencing weapon mobility. 

It is dropped by Bloodhound knight Darriwil in Limgrave.

  • Blood Loss build-up.
  • Quick attack speed.
  • Unique Weapon Art to dash, slash, and dash back.
  • Scales in Dex and Str.
  • Cannot imbue other Ashes of War. 
  • Cannot enhance with Magic or Consumables.
  • Need to follow Blaidd’s Questline to acquire it.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 141 0 0 0 0 100
Guard 68 36 36 36 36 41
Bloodhound’s Fang Stats Box
  Str Dex
Requires 18 17
Scaling D C

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Hand of Malenia

Best S Tier Katana

Why did I choose Hand of Malenia?

Hand of Malenia is imbued with the Blood Loss effect; it scales excellently with Dex, and its Weapon Art produces a beautiful yet deadly storm of slashes covering a wide range.


Hand of Malenia
Hand of Malenia

Her weapon is notorious, surpassing even Dark Souls 3’s Nameless King in difficulty. Belongs to Malenia, the Goddess of Scarlet Rot. Features “Waterfowl Dance” skill – a combo of slashes and healing on hits.

Acquire it by trading Remembrance of the Rot Goddess at Roundtable Hold with Enia.

  • Inflicts Blood Loss.
  • High Dex scaling.
  • Weapon Art features a deadly combo.
  • Ideal for pure Dex builds.
  • Weapon Art isn’t good in PvE.
  • Scales in Str as well, but remains at E.
  • High Dex requirement.
  • Difficult to attain, one of the most challenging bosses.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 117 0 0 0 0 100
Guard 49 33 33 33 33 33
Hand of Malenia Stats Box
  Str Dex
Requires 16 48
Scaling E C

Rivers of Blood

Overall Best Bleed Weapon

Why did I choose Rivers of Blood?

It inflicts Blood Loss most quickly on enemies, thanks to its Weapon Art: Corpse Piler. Moreover, its regular attacks do Phy and Fire damage and bleed status. 


Rivers of Blood 
Rivers of Blood 

The most used katana in bleed and blood builds. Although it is used for a reason, it’s highly effective at what it does. It is the best and most aesthetic-looking weapon to abuse the bleed mechanic within the Elden Ring.

The weapon skill launches a flurry of attacks formed from cursed blood; this is known as Corpse Piler and is very good at inflicting bleeding onto enemies. It makes Rivers of Blood worthy of being on the S-Tier.

It can be found after defeating Bloody Finger Okina at the Church of Response.

  • Fastest Bleed build-up.
  • Unique Weapon Art.
  • Deals Phy and Fire damage.
  • Excellent scaling in Dex with little in Arcane.
  • Ideal for Pure Dex or Pure Arcance builds.
  • Upgrading doesn’t increase Str scaling, remains E.
  • Cannot imbue other Ashes of War.
  • Cannot buff it with Magic or Consumables.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 76 0 76 0 0 100
Guard 36 26 52 26 26 31
Rivers of Blood
  Str Dex Arc
Requires 12 18 20
Scaling E D D


Best Int Build Katana.

Why did I choose Moonveil?

Moonveil Katana scales with Str, Dex, and Int, and features Phy and Magic damage and Blood Loss. Its main aspect is the ranged magic attack using the unique Weapon Art.




Right next to the other katanas, we have Moonveil. A katana with similar abilities to the Dark Moon Greatsword, except for the exterior, is quite plain-looking. The real beauty of the weapon shows when you activate the weapon skill Transient Moonlight.

When activated, you sheath the blade and stand in a stance; when you input the command again, you will slash, and a wave of light will fire off, dealing massive amounts of damage.

You can find this in the Gael Tunnel in Caelid after defeating a Magma Wyrm.

  • Deals Phy and Magic damage.
  • Unique Art of War shoots Magic Slashes.
  • Blood Loss Build-up.
  • Scales good with Int and Dex.
  • Suitable for Hybrid builds.
  • Cannot imbue other ashes of war.
  • Cannot buff with Magic or consumables.
  • Doesn’t scale well with Str.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 73 87 0 0 0 100
Guard 31 57 26 26 26 31
Moonveil Stats Box
  Str Dex Int
Requires 12 18 23
Scaling E D C

Icerind Hatchet

Best Axe For Frostbite.

Why did I choose Incerind Hatchet?

The Icering Hatchet inflicts frostbite pretty quickly, in addition to its Weapon Art that improves this status even more, applying it to multiple mobs within its AoE. 


Icerind Hatchet 
Icerind Hatchet 

At first glance, it looks like an average ice axe but on closer look, it’s very good, and there is a reason all the speedrunners are using this weapon. The weapon skill is called Hoarfrost Stomp and it spreads a trail of ice along the ground which then explodes dealing damage and the frost effect onto enemies.

The Icerind Hatchet is really good for spamming and instantly chunking health off of bosses and dealing with a large group of enemies.

It can be found in the Temple Quarter, inside the ruined bell tower.

  • Inflicts Frost status.
  • Weapon Art applies Frost even faster and has AoE damage.
  • More damage against Dragon and Ancient Dragon-type enemies.
  • Good against bosses and enemy hoards.
  • Speedrunners’ ideal weapon of choice.
  • Low stat requirements. 
  • Cannot infuse other Ashes of War.
  • Cannot buff it with Magic or consumables.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 115 0 0 0 0 100
Guard 40 27 27 27 27 27
Icerind Hatchet Stats Box
  Str Dex
Requires 11 16
Scaling E C

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Prince of Death’s Staff

Best Late Game Staff.

Why did I choose Prince of Death’s Staff?

Prince of Death’s Staff has the highest DPS for all spells if your stat levels are high. Plus, it boosts Death sorceries that have very high damage output.


Prince of Death's Staff 
Prince of Death’s Staff 

The best staff in the entire game. It has no particular weapon skill which means it can be equipped with any Ashes of War but the most important part of this staff is the empowered death sorceries.

Death sorceries such as ancient death rancor are among the highest DPS abilities in the game and they also stun enemies on successive hits, making them quite good.

This Staff can be found within a tower near the Deeproot Depths site of grace.

  • Low Stat requirements.
  • Scales with Int and Faith both.
  • Buffs Death Sorceries by 10%.
  • Outperforms most staff at 50+ Int and Faith levels.
  • Allows infusion of other Ashes of War.
  • Only good at high Int and Faith levels.
  • Despite low stat requirements, there are better alternatives for early and mid-game sorcery. 
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 25 0 0 0 0 100
Guard 25 15 15 15 15 15
Prince of Death’s Staff Stats Box
  Str Int Fai
Requires 6 18 18
Scaling E D D


Black Knife

Best Unique Dagger.

Why did I choose Black Knife?

Black Knife boasts a special projectile shooting Weapon Art, reducing the enemy’s total HP and dealing damage, in addition to having Holy damage as well. 


Black Knife
Black Knife

The Black Knife dagger breaks dagger norms with extended range and agility. Its standout feature is the “Blade of Death” skill—a dramatic move where you leap, spin, and launch a scarlet rot projectile. This skill reduces the target’s max HP and inflicts ongoing damage, making it effective against high-HP foes, ideal for tank-busting.

You can get your hands on it after defeating its wielder at the Sainted Hero‘s Grave in Altus Plateau.

  • Holy Damage output.
  • Unique Weapon Art reduces the enemy’s total HP.
  • Weapon Art shoots projectiles covering a decent range.
  • Scales primarily with Dex and Faith.
  • Adequate Stat requirements.
  • Normal Phy damage is low.
  • Cannot imbue other Ashes of War.
  • Cannot buff it with Magic or consumables.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 66 0 0 0 65 110
Guard 26 15 15 15 42 15
Black Knife Stats Box
  Str Dex Fai
Requires 8 12 18
Scaling E D D

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Dark Moon Greatsword

Best Magic Greatsword.

Why did I choose Dark Moon Greatsword?

It’s one of the nine Legendary Armaments and it causes Frost build-up, effective against most enemies, and it has a ranged attack from its Ash of War.

Dark Moon Greatsword 
Dark Moon Greatsword 

The Moonlight Greatsword, a classic FromSoftware weapon, returns. Its stunning appearance conceals its iridescent green hue, visible when using the “Moonlight Greatsword” skill—a powerful moonlight beam.

It’s renowned for its history and high damage with the right build. To find it, go to the Cathedral of Manus Celes after getting the Dark Moon Ring and show it to Ranni the Witch.

  • Inflicts Frost build-up.
  • Unique Weapon Art has a ranged attack.
  • Scales with Int, Dex, Str.
  • Weapon Art is a bit slow.
  • High Int requirements.
  • Cannot imbue it with other Ash of War or buff it.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 82 98 0 0 0 100
Guard 57 63 31 31 31 44
Dark Moon Greatsword Stats Box
  Str Dex Int
Requires 16 11 38
Scaling D D C

Starscourge Greatsword

Best Dual-wield Colossal Sword.

Why did I choose Starscourge Greatsword?

Starscourge Greatsword dual wields itself, doubling damage and doing extra damage to Gravity-type enemies while scaling with Int, Str, and Dex. 


Starscourge Greatsword 
Starscourge Greatsword 

General Radhan’s dual swords are formidable obsidian giants with golden engravings. They boast the unique “Starcaller Cry” skill, creating a gravitational field that levitates objects and slams them down when recast.

Obtain it by trading the Remembrance of the Starscourge at Roundtable Hold for the Starscourge Greatsword.

  • Dual-wields the weapon itself for more damage.
  • 30% more damage to Gravity-type enemies.
  • Strong Phy and Magic attacks.
  • Weapon Art is not as good as it seems.
  • Scaling isn’t impressive.
  • It cannot be infused with other Ashes of War or buffed with Magic/Consumables.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 129 83 0 0 0 100
Guard 65 47 34 34 34 52
Starscourge Greatsword Stats Box
  Str Dex Int
Requires 38 12 15
Scaling D D E

Meteorite Staff

Best Early Game Staff.

Why did I choose Meteorite Staff?

It features low requirements paired with S scaling in Int, making it exceptionally well for early-level sorcerers.


Meteorite Staff 
Meteorite Staff 

Excellent staff to use for early to mid-game. The Meteorite Staff also does not have any particular weapon skill making it susceptible to change according to your need. It does, however, empower gravity sorceries such as rock slings.

The staff also offers low FP cost spells that can stun enemies and allow you to get some good damage in without getting too damaged.

It can be obtained in the swamp near the Sellia Crystal Tunnel in Caelid.

  • Low Stat requirements.
  • S scaling in Int.
  • Available in the early game.
  • Boosts gravity-type sorcerers by 30%.
  • No weapon skill.
  • Cannot buff it with Magic or consumables.
  • Cannot be upgraded.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 129 83 0 0 0 100
Guard 65 47 34 34 34 52
Meteorite Staff Stats Box
  Str Dex Int
Requires 38 12 15
Scaling D D E

Azur’s Glintstone Staff

Fastest Casting Speed Staff.

Why did I choose Azur’s Glintstone Staff?

Azur’s Glintstone Staff has the fastest casting speed for spells, which gets more with dex scaling. Faster casting speed means hitting opponents earlier and quicker. It scales S in Int.


Azur's Glintstone Staff
Azur’s Glintstone Staff

Used strictly one-trick cheese builds mainly. I have seen the sword of night and flame but imagine that empowered by 100x over in a much shorter time frame. The special part about Azur’s Glintstone Staff is the passive ability to empower all sorceries cast with it while increasing their FP cost slightly.

You can find this staff in the Raya Lucaria Academy. 

  • Quickest casting speed.
  • Reduces casting time.
  • Scales S with Int.
  • Virtual Dex for sorceries.
  • High stat requirements.
  • No weapon art.
  • Cannot be infused or boosted.
  • More FP cost.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 24 0 0 0 0 100
Guard 25 15 15 15 15 15
Azur’s Glintstone Staff Stats Box
  Str Int
Requires 10 52
Scaling D B

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Parrying Dagger

Best Dagger For Counterattack.

Why did I choose Parrying Dagger?

With high Dex scaling and innate Parrying skills, it allows you to face any enemy and deflect most of his attacks easily to give an opening for a counterattack.


Parrying Dagger 
Parrying Dagger 

The Parrying Dagger is crucial for skilled players who master the parry mechanic, vital in both PvE and PvP. Parrying counters weapon skill spammers. Buy it from Patches or Twin Maiden Husks.

Infuse it with any Ashes of War; Bloodhound’s Step is a standout choice for its style and effectiveness.

  • Unique Skill parries attacks for guard counter.
  • Low Stat requirements.
  • High Dex scaling.
  • Cannot infuse it or buff it.
  • Parrying might not be the best playstyle for everyone.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 75 0 0 0 0 110
Guard 35 20 20 20 20 15
Parrying Dagger Stats Box
  Str Dex
Requires 5 14
Scaling E C

Maliketh’s Black Blade

Best Overpowered Weapon Art Colossal Sword.

Why did I choose Maliketh’s Black Blade?

The things that set this weapon apart are the immense damage output and the unique weapon skill, which deals massive damage, reduces the enemy’s total HP, and does damage over time.


Maliketh's Black Blade 
Maliketh’s Black Blade 

The Black Blade of Maliketh, empowered by the Rune of Death, wields mystical might. Its “Destined Death” skill creates a ground-plunging explosion, damaging nearby enemies.

Like the Black Knife, it reduces enemy HP and inflicts ongoing damage. Trade it for Remembrance of the Black Blade with Enia at the Roundtable after defeating Maliketh the Black Blade in crumbling Farum Azula.

  • High damage output.
  • Unique Weapon Art reduces total HP and does damage over time.
  • Primarily scales with Str and Faith.
  • Deals holy damage.
  • Cannot infuse other Ashes of War or buff it.
  • Weapon Art is slow.
  • A little difficult to acquire.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 127 0 0 0 82 100
Guard 6836 36 36 36 49 55
Maliketh’s Black Blade Stats Box
  Str Dex Fai
Requires 34 12 20
Scaling C E D

Dragon King’s Cragblade

Best Anti-Dragon Thrusting Sword.

Why did I choose Dragon King’s Cragblade?

It scales primarily with Dex and deals more damage to Dragon and Ancient Dragon-type enemies while dealing Lightning damage as well.


Dragon King's Cragblade 
Dragon King’s Cragblade 

The Dragon King’s Cragblade is not a spear but uses thrusting attacks. Unique thrusting sword with “Thundercloud Form” skill, that turns you into a thundercloud and lunges at foes, ideal for lightning builds.

Get it by trading the Remembrance of the Dragonlord at the Roundtable Hold.

  • Deals Lightning damage.
  • 30% more damage to Dragon-type enemies.
  • 15% more damage to Ancient Dragon-type enemies.
  • Unique weapon skill has a ranged attack. 
  • Cannot buff it or imbue other Ashes of War.
  • High Dex requirement.
  • Available pretty late in the game.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 92 0 0 59 0 100
Guard 46 32 32 46 32 34
Dragon King’s Cragblade Stats box
  Str Dex
Requires 18 37
Scaling E D

Morgott’s Cursed Sword

Best Mid-Tier Bleed Sword.

Why did I choose Morgott’s Cursed Sword?

Morgott’s Cursed Sword inflicts bleed naturally, with decent scaling in Dex, followed by reduced scaling in Str and Arc. It has a unique Ash of War that delivers a downward slash, inflicting further blood loss and fire damage.


Morgott's Cursed Sword 
Morgott’s Cursed Sword 

Morgott’s Cursed Sword, owned by the Omen King, is a menacing curved greatsword. Wielding it feels overwhelming. Its skill, “Cursed Blood Slice,” induces bleed and features a downward slice followed by flames.

Unlock it by trading the Remembrance of the Omen King with Enia at the Roundtable Hold.

  • Lightweight.
  • Normal attacks cause Blood Loss effect.
  • Weapon Art: Additional Bleed + Fire damage.
  • Good Dex scaling.
  • Cannot buff it or imbue other Ashes of War.
  • High Dex requirement.
  • Doesn’t break Poise easily.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 120 0 0 0 0 100
Guard 55 29 29 29 29 35
Morgott’s Cursed Sword Stats Box
  Str Dex Arc
Requires 14 35 17
Scaling E C D

Marika’s Hammer

Best Mid-Tier Hammer.

Why did I choose Marika’s Hammer?

Marika’s Hammer has a unique Ash of War that slams the hammer on the ground dealing Holy damage to a large AoE and it breaks poise easily.


Marika's Hammer 
Marika’s Hammer 

The hammer of judgment, wielded by Radagon of the Golden Order, stands out for its user’s style. “Gold Breaker” skill launches the user into the air, then crashes down, causing area-of-effect explosions.

It’s notable for lore but ranks as average gameplay-wise. Acquire it by trading the Elden Remembrance with Enia at the Roundtable Hold.

  • Deals Phy and Holy damage.
  • Unique weapon skill has an AoE attack.
  • Scales primarily with Str and Faith. 
  • Cannot buff it or imbue other Ashes of War.
  • Damage-wise, it’s not the best, but fun to use.
  • Unlocks by killing Radagon in the end game.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 101 0 0 0 65 100
Guard 44 30 30 30 44 33
Marika’s Hammer Stats Box
  Str Dex Fai
Requires 20 12 19
Scaling D D D

Golden Halberd

Best Early Game Halbred.

Why did I choose Golden Halbred?

Golden Halbred is one of the best Holy Damage weapons in the early game. It features an adequate range, stance break, and heavy-hitting capability. 


Golden Halberd
Golden Halberd

This weapon is used by the first boss we encounter, the Tree Sentinel in Limgrave. The halberd is quite a good weapon to use as it has a considerable amount of damage and range, which is quite nice early on in your journey.

The weapon skill for the Golden Halberd is quite simple, as it only adds some attack damage buffs alongside some defensive buffs for you and any allies present. It is called Golden Vow and fits the knight aesthetic splendidly.

  • Deals Phy + Holy damage.
  • Best for dealing holy damage in early game.
  • Heavy hitting.
  • Breaks stance and shields easily. 
  • Unique weapon art buffs the attack and defense stats of players and allies in range. 
  • Available pretty early in the game.
  • Cannot buff it or imbue other Ashes of War.
  • Attack speed is slow.
  • A little heavyweight.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 134 0 0 0 87 100
Guard 65 41 41 41 56 52
Golden Halberd Stats Box
  Str Dex Fai
Requires 30 14 12
Scaling D E D

It is obtained after defeating the Tree Sentinel in Limgrave.



Best Bleed Build Dagger.

Why did I choose Reduvia?

Reduvia has a very high Blood loss build-up effect, and coupled with its fast attack speed, it causes hemorrhage pretty quickly. It’s perfect for most early-mid-game battles.



The Reduvia dagger stands out with its range compared to typical daggers. The “Reduvia Blood Blade” skill shoots arc-shaped blood projectiles, handy for exploiting Elden Ring’s bleed mechanic. Acquire it by defeating Bloody Finger Nerijus.

  • Inflicts Blood loss damage.
  • Primarily scales with Dex and Arcane.
  • Fast attack speed makes it deadly.
  • Unique Weapon Art has a ranged attack, causing even more blood loss. 
  • Available in early game.
  • Cannot buff it or imbue other Ashes of War.
  • As a dagger, its range is pretty low.
  • Might not work against a large hoard of enemies.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 79 0 0 0 0 110
Guard 38 22 22 22 22 16
Reduvia Stas Box
  Str Dex Arc
Requires 5 13 13
Scaling E D D

Coded Sword

Best Holy Straight Sword.

Why did I choose Coded Sword?

Coded Sword is a pure faith weapon, dealing only with Holy damage. Its Weapon Art shoots an extended sword slash that cannot be blocked.


Coded Sword
Coded Sword

On the surface, this is nothing but an ordinary blade with a unique design but it’s so much more than that. The weapon skill is called Unblockable Blade, and it does exactly as advertised.

It launches a strike toward the opponent that cannot be blocked by any shields or armor. Its usefulness is shown more in PvE than PvP as the latter is more fast-paced and offers less opportunity for wind-up attacks.

It can be obtained in an abandoned horse stable with a broken round table in Leyndell, Royal Capital.

  • Deals only Holy damage.
  • Pure Faith weapon, low requirements.
  • Scales exceptionally with Faith, up to A.
  • Unique weapon skill has extended unblockable slash. 
  • Lightweight.
  • Cannot buff it or imbue other Ashes of War.
  • Doesn’t deal Phy or any other damage.
  • Ineffective against enemies with high Holy damage negation.
  • Becomes less favorable as you progress the game.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 0 0 0 0 85 100
Guard 13 22 22 22 58 27
Coded Sword Stats Box
Requires 20
Scaling B

Helphen’s Steeple

Best Low-Tier Str-Int Build Greatsword.

Why did I choose Helphen’s Steeple?

Helphen’s Steeple has ample Phy and Magic damage, going on par with Dark Moon Greatsword. Its weapon art deals additional magic damage and applies frost.


Helphen's Steeple 
Helphen’s Steeple 

Moving on to something more menacing looking we have this blade, the Helphen’s Steeple. A greatsword with looks that can kill and an edge just as sharp.

The weapon skill on the Helphen’s Steeple is just as menacing as it looks, the skill is called Ruinous Ghostflame and upon activation it sets the blade ablaze with a black flame that does magic damage and applies frost to all enemies struck, symbolizing the freezing flames of the Norse hell.

You can get your hands on this greatsword through a Tabia Mariner on a ledge south of Castle Sol.

  • Deals Phy and Magic damage.
  • Scales primarily with Str and Int.
  • Weapon Art applies black flames to the sword, dealing extra Magic damage.
  • Weapon Art inflicts frost. 
  • Cannot buff it or imbue other Ashes of War.
  • Slow attack speed.
  • Black Flames doesn’t do fire damage.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 101 101 0 0 0 100
Guard 66 60 33 33 33 46
Helphen’s Steeple Stas Box
  Str Dex Int
Requires 19 10 22
Scaling D E D

Golden Order Greatsword

Best Low-Tier Holy Sword.

Why did I choose Golden Order Greatsword?

Golden Order Greatsword scales with Dex and Faith, does extra damage to Undead enemies, and kills them permanently. Its weapon art deals Holy damage in massive AoE. 


Golden Order Greatsword 
Golden Order Greatsword 

Quite the fashionable accessory while simultaneously being a semi-useful blade. It has a very aesthetically pleasing design and interesting weapon skills to boot. The weapon skill is called Establish Order.

It emits a golden aura from your body, and spamming the weapon skill will emit multiple explosions of this golden aura. The Golden Order Greatsword exemplifies the holy aspect of Order and how it is both strong and explosive.

You can collect this weapon in the Cave of Forlorn through the Misbegotten Crusader.

  • Deals Phy and Holy damage.
  • Decent damage at close and mid-range.
  • Weapon skill has an AoE attack. 
  • Good against enemy crowds.
  • Legendary Armament.
  • Cannot buff it or imbue other Ashes of War.
  • A few high stat requirements.
  • Low Phy damage.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 86 0 0 0 103 100
Guard 55 30 30 30 60 42
Golden Order Greatsword Stats Box
  Str Dex Fai
Requires 16 21 28
Scaling E D C


Best Str Build Colossal Sword.

Why did I choose Greatsword?

Featuring massive Phy damage paired with Str scaling, the Greatsword is the ideal choice for many Str builds due to its characteristic look and power.


Elden Ring Weapons Tier List

The homage to Berserk in Elden Ring, resembling Gut’s sword, deals significant damage but not the highest. Versatile with Ashes of War attachments, with “Bloodhound’s Step” being recommended for movement.

Obtain it in a caravan near Caelid, Dragnbarrow, guarded by enemies.

  • Can buff it or imbue other Ashes of War.
  • Heavy hitting with massive Phy damage.
  • A scaling in Str.
  • Easily break poise. 
  • Characteristic Guts look.
  • Immense status effect build-up for bleed, frost, and poison affinity.
  • High Endurance and Str requirement.
  • Heavyweight and slow.
  • No unique art of war.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 164 0 0 0 0 100
Guard 84 50 50 50 50 56
Greatsword Stats Box
  Str Dex
Requires 31 12
Scaling C E

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Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword

Best Strength Curved Greatsword.

Why did I choose Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword?

It deals Phy and Fire damage. Its Ash of War creates a magma puddle, dealing additional damage and scales with Str, Dex, and Faith suitable for hybrid builds.


Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword | 

This weapon, crafted from the scales of a powerful underground wyrm, features the “Magma Guillotine” skill, slamming the sword to summon erupting magma.

You can get it from Magma Wyrm Makar after defeating it in Ruin-Strewn Precipice.

  • Deals Phy and Fire damage.
  • Weapon Art unleashes Magma with a decent AoE.
  • Good for Str-Faith builds.
  • Slow attack speed for PvP.
  • Cannot imbue other Ashes of War.
  • Cannot buff it with magic or consumables.
  • Low-range normal attacks.
  Phy Mag Fire Ligt Holy Crit Boost
Attack 114 0 74 0 0 100
Guard 66 33 48 33 33 50
Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword Stats Box
  Str Dex Fai
Requires 24 15 18
Scaling C D D

Bastard’s Stars

Best Mage Build Flail.

Why did I choose Bastard’s Stars?

Bastard’s Stars deals Phy and Magic damage, and its Ash of War causes an explosive AoE attack. It does extra damage to Gravity-type enemies. 



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Bastard’s Stars 

The Bastard’s Stars, a cosmic flail born of the void, possesses the “Nebula” skill. It sweeps the flail, leaving exploding star-like fragments, great for clearing hordes. Not a top-tier weapon but effective.

You can get the Bastard’s Stars by defeating Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, and giving his remembrance to Enia at the Roundtable Hold.

  • Deals Phy and Magic damage.
  • 20% more damage to Gravity-type enemies.
  • Unique weapon skill has an explosive AoE attack. 
  • Primarily scales with Dex and Int. Minor scaling in Str.
  • Cannot buff it or imbue other Ashes of War.
  • High FP cost of Weapon Art.
  Phy Mag Fire Light Holy Crit Boost
Attack 68 81 0 0 0 100
Guard 32 48 24 24 24 20
Bastard’s Stars Stats Box
  Str Dex Int
Requires 8 22 22
Scaling E D C

Other Weapons

Now I  couldn’t fit all 309 weapons into the list but I will be listing the rest of the weapons here in order of their tier. Keep in mind that I encourage you to use all the weapons in the game and find what’s just right for you. 


  • Gargoyle’s Blackblade
  • Death’s Poker
  • Sacred Relic Sword
  • Godslayer’s Greatsword
  • Antspur Rapier
  • Frozen Needle
  • Bloody Helice
  • Wings of Astel
  • Meteoric Ore Blade
  • Gargoyle’s Black Blades
  • Eleonora’s Poleblade
  • Rosus’ Axe
  • Scepter of the All-Knowing
  • Devourer’s Scepter
  • Ghiza’s Wheel
  • Fallingstar Beast Jaw
  • Bolt of Gransax
  • Mohgwyn’s Sacred Spear
  • Loretta’s War Sickle
  • Commander’s Standard
  • Winged Scythe
  • Cipher Pata
  • Lion Greatbow
  • Lusat’s Glintstone Staff
  • Rotten Crystal Staff
  • Staff of the Guilty



  • Crystal Knife
  • Cinquedea
  • Regalia of Eochaid
  • Sword of St. Trina
  • Knight’s Greatsword
  • Banished Knight’s Greatsword
  • Sword of Milos
  • Blasphemous Blade
  • Grafted Blade Greatsword
  • Ruins Greatsword
  • Godskin Stitcher
  • Scavenger’s Curved Sword
  • Magma Blade
  • Eclipse Shotel
  • Nox Flowing Sword
  • Onyx Lord’s Greatsword
  • Zamor Curved Sword
  • Nagakiba
  • Dragonscale Blade
  • Godskin Peeler
  • Gargoyle’s Twinblade
  • Iron Cleaver
  • Sacrificial Axe
  • Ripple Blade
  • Stormhawk Axe
  • Winged Greathorn
  • Axe of Godrick
  • Varre’s Bouquet
  • Nox Flowing Hammer
  • Ringed Finger
  • Rotten Battle Hammer
  • Beastclaw Greathammer
  • Rotten Greataxe
  • Staff of the Avatar
  • Rotten Staff
  • Envoy’s Greathorn
  • Axe of Godfrey
  • Death Ritual Spear
  • Serpent Hunter
  • Vyke’s War Spear
  • Halo Scythe
  • Magma Whip Candlestick
  • Giant’s Red Braid
  • Clinging Bone
  • Grafted Dragon
  • Venomous Fang
  • Greatbow
  • Golem Greatbow
  • Hand Ballista
  • Jar Cannon
  • Carian Glintstone Staff
  • Carian Regal Scepter
  • Staff of Loss
  • Crystal Staff
  • Albinauric Staff
  • Gelmir Glintstone Staff
  • Beast-Repellent Torch
  • St. Trina’s Torch


  • Wakizashi
  • Celebrant’s Sickle
  • Scorpion’s Dagger
  • Blade of Calling
  • Lordworn’s Straight Sword
  • Lazuli Glintstone Sword
  • Carian Knight’s Sword
  • Rotten Crystal Sword
  • Golden Epitaph
  • Forked Greatsword
  • Flamberge
  • Gargoyle’s Greatsword
  • Inseparable Sword
  • Marias Executioner’s Sword
  • Ordovis’s Greatsword
  • Alabaster Lord’s Sword
  • Troll’s Golden Sword
  • Troll Knight’s Sword
  • Royal Greatsword
  • Cleanrot Knight’s Sword
  • Rogier’s Rapier
  • Great Epee
  • Mantis Blade
  • Beastman’s Curved Sword
  • Flowing Curved Sword
  • Serpent God’s Curved Sword
  • Dismounter
  • Omen Cleaver
  • Monk’s Flame Blade
  • Beastman’s Cleaver
  • Uchigatana
  • Serpentbone Blade
  • Twinned Knight Sword
  • Forked Hatchet
  • Jawbone Axe
  • Highland Axe
  • Celebrant’s Cleaver
  • Great Omenkiller Cleaver
  • Gargoyle’s Great Axe
  • Gargoyle’s Balck Axe
  • Spiked Club
  • Morning Star
  • Monk’s Flamemace
  • Envoy’s Horn
  • Nightrider Flail
  • Chainlink Flail
  • Family Heads
  • Pickaxe
  • Battle Hammer
  • Celebrant’s Skull
  • Great Stars
  • Envoy’s Long Horn
  • Cranial Vessel Candlestand
  • Duelist Greataxe
  • Golem’s Halberd
  • Giant-Crusher
  • Prelate’s Inferno Crozier
  • Dragon Geratclaw
  • Watchdog’s Staff
  • Spiked Spear
  • Cross-Naginata
  • Inquisitor’s Girandole
  • Rotten Crystal Spear
  • Cleanrot Spear
  • Treespear
  • Siluria’s Spear
  • Glaive
  • Guardian’s Swordspear
  • Gargoyle’s Black Halberd
  • Dragon Halberd
  • Scythe
  • Grave Scythe
  • Thorned Whip
  • Hoslow’s Petal Whip
  • Spiked Caestus
  • Star Fist
  • Veteran’s Prosthesis
  • Hookclaws
  • Bloodhound Claws
  • Raptor Talons
  • Misbegotten Shortbow
  • Serpent Bow
  • Erdtree Greatbow
  • Arbalest
  • Pulley Crossbow
  • Full Moon Crossbow
  • Glintstone Staff
  • Digger’s Staff
  • Steel-Wire Torch
  • Sentry’s Torch
  • Ghostflame Torch


  • Dagger
  • Misericorde
  • Great Knife
  • Bloodstained Dagger
  • ErdSteel Dagger
  • Ivory Sickle
  • Glintstone Kris
  • Short Sword
  • Longsword
  • Broadsword
  • Weathered Straight Sword
  • Noble’s Slender Sword
  • Cane Sword
  • Warhawk’s Talon
  • Crystal Sword
  • Ornamental Straight Sword
  • Miquellan Knight’s Sword
  • Bastard Sword
  • Claymore
  • Iron Greatsword
  • Lordworn’s Greatsword
  • Zweihander
  • Watchdog’s Greatsword
  • Rapier
  • Estoc
  • Noble’s Estoc
  • Scimitar
  • Falchion
  • Shamshir
  • Grossmesser
  • Bandit’s Curved Sword
  • Shotel
  • Twinblade
  • Hand Axe
  • Warped Axe
  • Battle Axe
  • Great Axe
  • Crescent Moon Axe
  • Longhaft Axe
  • Executioner’s Greataxe
  • Rusted Anchor
  • Butchering Knife
  • Club
  • Curved Club
  • Stone Club
  • Mace
  • Warpick
  • Hammer
  • Flail
  • Large Club
  • Curved Great Club
  • Great Mace
  • Brick Hammer
  • Greathorn Hammer
  • Great Club
  • Troll’s Hammer
  • Short Spear
  • Iron Spear
  • Spear
  • Partisan
  • Pike
  • Clayman’s Harpoon
  • Celebrant’s Rib-Rake
  • Torchpole
  • Crystal Spear
  • Winged Spear
  • Lance
  • Halberd
  • Banished Knight’s Halberd
  • Lucerne
  • Vulgar Militia Shotel
  • Vulgar Militia Saw
  • Gargoyle’s Halberd
  • Nightrider Glaive
  • Pest’s Glaive
  • Ripple Crescent Halberd
  • Whip
  • Urumi
  • Caestus
  • Katar
  • Iron Ball
  • Shortbow
  • Composite Bow
  • Red Branch Shortbow
  • Harp Bow
  • Longbow
  • Albinauric Bow
  • Black Bow
  • Pulley Bow
  • Horn Bow
  • Erdtree Bow
  • Soldier’s Crossbow
  • Light Crossbow
  • Heavy Crossbow
  • Crepus’s Black-Key Crossbow
  • Astrologer’s Staff
  • Academy Glintstone Staff
  • Demi-Human Queen’s Staff
  • Torch

My Thoughts On Weapons Tier List

The S-tier weapons are in a class of their own, clearly outperforming others, and they require extra effort to acquire; however, that is completely justified considering their merits.

I suggest looking for A-tier weapons for the early or mid-game and trying to get your hands on the S-tier ones as soon as possible to make things smoother in the end game. 

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