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Best Elden Ring weapons and their locations

Our definitive list of the best Elden Ring weapons for PvE and PvP includes the best weapons for every build and where to find them.

Messmer sits upon his throne in the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC, waiting to be cut down with the best Elden Ring weapons.

What are the best Elden Ring weapons? Some of the best weapons in the Lands Between can be found in treasure chests or hidden rooms, while others require you to beat fearsome foes and complete elaborate questlines. Weapons form the basis of any build, and we’ve compiled a list of our top picks for all main attributes – so no matter your proficiency, there’s a powerful weapon just waiting for you out there in the Lands Between.

There are currently 308 Elden Ring weapons scattered across the open world, with over a hundred more due to be added following the Shadow of the Erdtree release date. From lightning-quick daggers to colossal greatswords, we’ve got a weapon for every type of Elden Ring build and playstyle in FromSoftware’s definitive soulslike game. We’ve also kept up to date with all the latest balance patches ahead of the DLC, so you can head into Shadow of the Erdtree with the best weapons to defeat the Elden Ring bosses that await.

Best Elden Ring weapons

Our list of the best Elden Ring weapons comprises a wide spectrum of stat requirements and scalings, so you should be able to find at least one that suits your needs without a full Elden Ring respec. Naturally, our weapon evaluations are based on their performance once fully upgraded, so stock up on Elden Ring Smithing Stones if needed. Finally, keep in mind that all weapons are viable if you have the stats and skill to wield them effectively, so don’t fret if your favorite didn’t make the cut.

Here are the best weapons in Elden Ring:

Star Fist, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Star Fist

Weapon type: Fist
Damage type: Strike
Skill: Endure – Fortify your stance to activate a three-second buff that increases all damage absorption by 45% and raises poise.
FP cost: 9
Passive: Bleed (45)
Stat requirements: Strength 12, Dexterity 8
Attribute scaling: Strength D, Dexterity E
Weight: 3

Sometimes, the best course of action is to put away the big stick and let your fists do the talking – especially if you happen to be a pure Strength build. Star Fist’s weapon art gives you the protection to dive into these close-quarters brawls without fear of imminent death. In essence, Star Fist excels thanks to its incredible speed. The combination of Strike damage and Bleed buildup means you can remain effective against sturdy and squishy enemies alike, with a high chance to stagger while dishing out the pain.

Location: On a corpse that lies against the left wall of the Royal Colosseum in Leyndell, Royal Capital or Leyndell, Ashen Capital.

Black Knife, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Black Knife

Weapon type: Dagger
Damage type: Slash, Pierce
Skill: Blade of Death – Leap into the air and fire a projectile blade that deals Holy damage, reduces the enemy’s maximum HP by 10% for 15 seconds, and continues to sap HP for five seconds.
FP cost: 25
Passive: N/A
Stat requirements: Strength 8, Dexterity 12, Faith 18
Attribute scaling: Strength E, Dexterity D, Faith D
Weight: 2.0

The Black Knife is a strong pick for Dexterity/Faith builds that value speed over power. Like all daggers, the Black Knife demands good reflexes to avoid attacks while battling at such a close range, but its weapon art excels in both PvE and PvP. Its health reduction is percentage-based, so you’ll get more mileage out of it when going up against enemies with larger health pools, and it leaves you light on your feet to orchestrate backstabs.

Black Knife’s primary flaw is the surfeit of Holy-resistant bosses that await at endgame. While it does make a supreme mid-game option, you might want to dual-wield or switch it up entirely when moving into the final leg of your journey.

Location: Drops from Black Knife Assassin outside the Sainted Hero’s Grave in Altus Plateau.

Reduvia, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Reduvia

Weapon type: Dagger
Damage type: Slash, Pierce
Skill: Reduvia Blood Blade – Slash forward continuously with Reduvia to fire projectile blades that deal Stance damage and inflict Bleed.
FP cost: 6
Passive: Bleed (50)
Stat requirements: Strength 5, Dexterity 13, Arcane 13
Attribute scaling: Strength E, Dexterity D, Arcane D
Weight: 2.5

Reduvia is a go-to weapon for Dexterity/Arcane Bleed builds, with a weapon art that just won’t quit. The damage you sacrifice by opting for a dagger over a heavier Bleed weapon is offset by the quick-stack Bleed buildup you can achieve on successive hits. Reduvia does demand that you get up close and personal with enemies to make the most of its melee strikes, so be prepared to parry and dodge on the fly.

Naturally, Reduvia stalls against enemies resistant to Bleed, so counterbalance it with an off-hand weapon that can pick up the slack. Alternatively, pair it with the Occult Great Knife to sate your bloodlust.

Location: Drops from Bloody Finger Nerijus who invades south of Murkwater Catacombs in Limgrave.

Eleonora's Poleblade, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Eleonora’s Poleblade

Weapon type: Twinblade
Damage type: Standard, Pierce
Skill: Bloodblade Dance – Perform a mid-air whirlwind attack that deals Stance damage with an optional follow-up attack to dodge backward.
FP cost: 11 (-6)
Passive: Bleed (55)
Stat requirements: Strength 12, Dexterity 21, Arcane 19
Attribute scaling: Strength E, Dexterity D, Arcane D
Weight: 6

Eleonora’s Poleblade is a staple weapon for pure Arcane builds that want to hit hard and look good doing it. The one-two punch of poise break and Bleed buildup is a killer in its own right. The slick animation attached to its weapon art deals successive hits with a high chance to stunlock, culminating in an evasive maneuver to avoid any swift reprisals. Even better? You can pick it up again in NG+1 and dual-wield it in a graceful dance of death.

Location: Drops from Eleonora, Violet Bloody Finger at the Second Church of Marika in Altus Plateau.

Moghwyn's Sacred Spear, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Mohgwyn’s Sacred Spear

Weapon type: Great Spear
Damage type: Pierce
Skill: Bloodboon Ritual – Raise the spear aloft and stab every enemy within its area of effect up to three times, dealing Fire damage and inflicting Bleed buildup for each thrust.
FP cost: 20 (-20)
Passive: Bleed (55)
Stat requirements: Strength 24, Dexterity 14, Arcane 27
Attribute scaling: Strength D, Dexterity E, Arcane D
Weight: 10

Mohgwyn’s Sacred Spear continues to dominate in PvE and PvP long after launch, making it an ideal choice for both pure Arcane and Strength/Arcane builds. Its AoE weapon art boasts enormous crowd control – highly uncommon for melee weapons – and you can consolidate all that damage into successive attacks on a single target if the situation arises. Despite the range nerfs it’s received in balance patches, Mohgwyn’s Sacred Spear still has excellent reach and poise break, allowing you to easily force some breathing room if enemies get too close for comfort.

Location: Purchase from Enia at the Roundtable Hold. This trade requires Remembrance of the Blood Lord, which drops from Mohg, Lord of Blood at the Mohgwyn Dynasty Mausoleum in the Mohgwyn Palace beneath Caelid. You can only reach this area by passing through the teleporter northwest of Yelough Anix Ruins or via the Pureblood Knight’s Medal acquired by White Mask Varré at the culmination of his questline.

Moonveil, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Moonveil

Weapon type: Katana
Damage type: Slash, Pierce
Skill: Transient Moonlight – Sheathe your katana then release it via a light or heavy attack to unleash a horizontal slash dealing 27.5 Poise damage or a vertical slash dealing 30 Poise damage, respectively. The magic projectile alone deals 12.5 Poise damage and can be aimed in any direction.
FP cost: 15 (20)
Passive: Bleed (50)
Stat requirements: Strength 12, Dexterity 18, Intelligence 23
Attribute scaling: Strength E, Dexterity D, Intelligence C
Weight: 6.5

Moonveil is an exceptional choice for Dexterity/Intelligence builds, and can comfortably carry spellswords right to the endgame with minimal issues. It’s considered a ‘safe’ option thanks to its high poise break and swift Bleed proc, while its weapon art functions as an ideal emergency button in both PvP and PvE. If all that weren’t enough, Moonveil also has decent range, allowing you to poke mobs and inflict stagger long before they get close enough to return the favor.

Location: Drops from the Magma Wyrm in the Gael Tunnel that connects Limgrave and Caelid.

Rivers of Blood, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Rivers of Blood

Weapon type: Katana
Damage type: Slash, Pierce
Skill: Corpse Piler – Slash forward in a cross formation to deal Physical and Fire damage with additional Bleed buildup and Stance damage per slash. Perform up to two successive follow-up attacks for a total of six slashes, culminating in a vertical slice.
FP Cost: 17
Passive: Bleed (50)
Stat requirements: Strength 12, Dexterity 18, Arcane 20
Attribute scaling: Strength E, Dexterity D, Arcane D
Weight: 6.5

Rivers of Blood may have received a heavy post-launch nerf, but there’s a reason the venerable Elden Ring player ‘Let Me Solo Her’ still carried it in their off-hand during their copious victories against Malenia. This katana continues to excel in PvE to this day, and its weapon art inflicts copious Bleed buildup thanks to the number of successive hits you can pull off in a single sustained animation. This forward momentum also gives it superior range to Moonveil’s weapon art, with decent stagger capability to boot. Rivers of Blood is a versatile weapon that’s compatible with Dexterity/Arcane builds or their single-stat equivalents. Be aware that its damage is split between Physical and Fire if you’re looking into specific buffs.

Location: Drops from Bloody Finger Okina outside the Church of Repose in Mountaintops of the Giants.

Sword of Night and Flame, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Sword of Night and Flame

Weapon type: Straight Sword
Damage type: Standard, Pierce
Skill: Night-and-Flame Stance – Enter the stance and perform a light attack to cast Comet Azur or a heavy attack to execute a sweep of your sword that deals Fire damage.
FP Cost: 26 (32)
Passive: N/A
Stat requirements: Strength 12, Dexterity 12, Intelligence 24, Faith 24
Attribute scaling: Strength E, Dexterity E, Intelligence D, Faith D
Weight: 4

Picking up the Sword of Night and Flame might demand more platforming than you’d ordinarily ever want to do in Elden Ring – but rest assured, it’s more than worth the effort if you’re running an Intelligence/Faith build. With the Comet Azur sorcery on demand, the only major drawbacks are the hefty stat requirements and extended animation times. Pair it with the Golden Order Seal and Rogier’s Spellblade armor set to boost incantations and sorceries, respectively.

Location: Inside a chest in Caria Manor. From the Manor Lower Level Site of Grace, head out onto the raised walkway and run to the first tower, avoiding the ghostly knights that appear. Turn left at the tower and run towards the next tower, then turn right when you reach the second tower. Proceed to the gap between the second and third towers where the path has eroded on the left and drop down to the building beneath. Drop to the next building, then descend the ladder to reach the chest.

Wing of Astel, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Wing of Astel

Weapon type: Curved Sword
Damage type: Slash
Skill: Nebula – Release a cloud of stars directly ahead in a wide arc that explodes, dealing Magic damage and 13 Stance damage per explosion.
FP Cost: 20
Passive: N/A
Stat requirements: Strength 7, Dexterity 17, Intelligence 20
Attribute scaling: Strength E, Dexterity D, Intelligence D
Weight: 2.5

Wing of Astel joins Moonveil as another contender for Dexterity/Intelligence builds, though it excels far better in PvE than PvP. Curved swords usually suffer from restricted range, but Wing of Astel makes up for it with its weapon art, which offers decent crowd control against mobs attacking from the front. It also excels against large single targets thanks to the sheer amount of Stance damage it can inflict in one fell swoop. This makes Wing of Astel perfect for poise breakers, and with a free sorcery attached to its heavy attack, it’s also a firm favorite with spellcasters.

Location: Inside a chest above the ruins in the Uhl Palace Ruins. Head south from the Nokstella Eternal City Site of Grace and proceed through the tunnel until you reach the cliff edge. Turn right then follow the path along the cliff wall to the top of the ruins. Bait the Withered Astel’s Rock Sling ranged attack then sprint across to the chest on the ledge.

Death's Poker, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Death’s Poker

Weapon type: Greatsword
Damage type: Standard, Pierce
Skill: Ghostflame Ignition – Thrust forward to summon a ball of Ghostflame. Follow up with either a light attack to set the ground ablaze in a forward line or a heavy attack to trigger a large explosion, dealing Magic damage and Frost buildup.
FP Cost: 15
Passive: Frost (65)
Stat requirements: Strength 15, Dexterity 17, Intelligence 11
Attribute scaling: Strength D, Dexterity D, Intelligence E
Weight: 8.5

Death’s Poker? I hardly know her. This greatsword requires careful timing, but once you’ve grown accustomed to detonating the Ghostflame attached to its weapon art, it’s a force to be reckoned with. The extended animation time means high poise is vital to prevent being staggered out of it, but it’s highly versatile and Frostbite makes for a refreshing alternative to Bleed. All in all, Death’s Poker is an excellent choice for pure Intelligence builds that don’t want to settle for a catalyst to do their dirty work.

Location: Drops from the Death Rite Bird that spawns to the southeast of the Southern Aeonia Swamp Bank site of grace at night.

Dark Moon Greatsword, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Dark Moon Greatsword

Weapon type: Greatsword
Damage type: Standard, Pierce
Skill: Moonlight Greatsword – Activate a weapon buff that applies an additional 65 Magic damage and 15 Frost buildup to attacks for 60 seconds. Heavy attacks unleash a moonlight projectile directly ahead.
FP cost: 32
Passive: Frost (55)
Stat requirements: Strength 16, Dexterity 11, Intelligence 38
Attribute scaling: Strength D, Dexterity D, Intelligence C
Weight: 10

Obtaining the Dark Moon Greatsword is no mean feat, but jumping through all those hoops nets you FromSoftware’s signature sword and the best weapon for pure Intelligence or Strength/Intelligence builds. Like most weapons of its type, the Dark Moon Greatsword is slow but devastating, capable of inflicting high stagger while being large enough to free aim and pummel crowds of enemies in one fell swoop. However, its real power lies in its weapon art, which transforms it into a combination melee and ranged weapon that can be buffed even further with talismans like the Shard of Alexander and Magic Scorpion Charm. Once Frostbite sets in, you can polish off your foes with a final blast of magic, either from your blade or your arsenal of spells.

Location: Rewarded at the end of Ranni’s lengthy questline, so follow our Elden Ring quests guide to avoid breaking it.

Blasphemous Blade, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Blasphemous Blade

Weapon type: Greatsword
Damage type: Standard, Pierce
Skill: Taker’s Flames – Slam your sword into the ground to deal Fire damage in a forward blast and heal 10% of your maximum HP plus 150 HP upon hit.
FP cost: 30
Passive: N/A
Stat requirements: Strength 22, Dexterity 15, Faith 21
Attribute scaling: Strength D, Dexterity D, Faith D
Weight: 13.5

Blasphemous Blade is beloved in Elden Ring fan circles, and it’s not difficult to see why. This Greatsword is considered the best PvE weapon in the game, and can comfortably carry you through to the credits and beyond. It primarily scales off Faith with an equal stake in both Strength and Dexterity, though Strength/Faith builds will see the most returns. Aside from the usual damage you’d expect from a greatsword, it also does something that the vast majority of Elden Ring weapons can’t: it heals you every time its weapon art skill hits an enemy. The value of this ability cannot be overstated, not least because the skill itself hits like a truck.

The only main drawback to Blasphemous Blade is that it lags against enemies resistant to Fire damage, but you can compensate for this minor issue by pairing it with another greatsword for a devastating power stance. There’s also a wealth of talismans and seals to boost its effects even further, from the Clawmark Seal to the Shard of Alexander. Elden Ring doesn’t come with difficulty settings, but if you’re looking for an easy mode, opt for Blasphemous Blade.

Location: Purchase from Enia at the Roundtable Hold. This trade requires Remembrance of the Blasphemous, which drops from Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy at the Volcano Manor in Mt. Gelmir.

Bloodhound's Fang, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Bloodhound’s Fang

Weapon type: Curved Greatsword
Damage type: Slash
Skill: Bloodhound’s Finesse – Slash upwards to deal 22 Physical damage and immediately somersault backwards. Perform a follow-up heavy attack to initiate Bloodhound’s Step and dash forward to deal additional Physical damage.
FP cost: 8 (-12)
Passive: Bleed (55)
Stat requirements: Strength 18, Dexterity 17
Attribute scaling: Strength D, Dexterity C
Weight: 11.5

Bloodhound’s Fang is an extraordinarily powerful weapon for Strength/Dexterity builds in PvE. As a curved greatsword, it deals respectable base damage at reliable speed, so the punishment of a poorly timed swing isn’t as severe as a full-blown greatsword. The innate Bleed buildup alone makes Bloodhound’s Fang worth your time, but its weapon art is the killer here. Unique weapon arts are ordinarily offset by their FP cost or extended animation times, but Bloodhound Finesse is comparatively swift and cheap to cast. This forward slash hits hard, and grants you invincibility frames during its follow-up dodge, alleviating the risk attached to all melee weapons.

To top it off, Bloodhound’s Fang can be enhanced even further with buffs and incantations. You can pick it up relatively early, and it’ll serve you well as a main weapon right up to endgame. If you want to really spice up your build, you can pair Bloodhound’s Fang with Morgott’s Cursed Sword for an explosive finish to your flips and twirls.

Location: Drops from Bloodhound Knight Darriwil at the Forlorn Hound Evergaol in Limgrave.

Giant-Crusher, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Giant-Crusher

Weapon type: Colossal Weapon
Damage type: Strike
Skill: Endure – Fortify your stance to activate a three-second buff that increases all damage absorption by 45% and raises poise.
FP cost: 9
Passive: N/A
Stat requirements: Strength 60
Attribute scaling: Strength C
Weight: 26.5

Giant-Crusher is the weapon for a full Strength build to live up to its name. Its slow animation time is offset by the damage inflicted once this colossal hammer finally comes down, with a bonus somersault heavy attack for some forward mobility that can flatten smaller enemies. Its sheer weight demands light armor to wield it, but its skill and hefty guard stat keep you surprisingly robust. Giant-Crusher can drain the largest health pools in just a couple of blows, and we recommend dual-wielding a second Giant-Crusher in NG+1 if you want to get silly with it.

Location: Inside a chest on the back of a carriage in the campsite south of the Outer Wall Phantom Tree site of grace in the Capital Outskirts.

Fallingstar Beast Jaw, one of the best Elden Ring weapons to take into Shadow of the Erdtree.

Fallingstar Beast Jaw

Weapon type: Colossal Weapon
Damage type: Pierce
Skill: Gravity Bolt – Summons a bolt of lightning that deals Physical and Magic damage with high stagger potential.
FP cost: 13 (-13)
Passive: N/A
Stat requirements: Strength 34, Dexterity 12, Intelligence 20
Attribute scaling: Strength D, Dexterity D, Intelligence E
Weight: 21.5

Fallingstar Beast Jaw might be a real slog to get your hands on, but this ostentatious weapon is the jewel of any Strength/Dexterity build. While you do have to dump a few points in Intelligence to wield it, the Fallingstar Beast Jaw deals far greater Physical damage than Magic damage overall. Its unique weapon art is a boon against single targets, and while it doesn’t stagger to the same degree as it did at launch, it still lets you unleash some serious firepower from a safe distance. As a Colossal weapon, it should also go without saying that when this puppy hits, it hits hard, and while its melee attack animations are a bit slow, it makes up for it with good range.

Location: Drops from the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast in the crater north of Volcano Manor in Mt. Gelmir.

Of course, getting your hands on the best Elden Ring weapons is only the first step to success in the open-world game. If you want to ascend to become Elden Lord, you need to pair the instruments of death with the best Elden Ring armor and Elden Ring talismans. Magic users should also check out the best Elden Ring staffs to amplify their power even further. Finally, brush up on the Elden Ring classes and their starting attributes to reach your favorite weapon’s stat requirements as early as possible if you’re taking a new character into the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC.