The best Elden Ring weapons

Locations for all of the best early game weapons in Elden Ring, and tips on where you can find the most powerful gear for your build

The Tarnished is slashing his sword , hitting an enemy in Elden Ring

Want to know what the best Elden Ring weapons are? Many of the early game weapons are lying around in treasure chests or on corpses, just waiting for you to pick them up, while others require you to beat some tricky Elden Ring bosses. Whether you are building your character for melee combat or using runes to buff your intelligence or faith attributes, there are weapons out there with unique and powerful Elden Ring weapon arts that fit your character build.

Of course, having the best weapon won’t be much use if you don’t have good defensive items equipped and lots of healing items at your disposal. Therefore, we recommend upgrading your flask with Elden Ring golden seeds or grabbing some of the Elden Ring crystal tears to augment the Flask of Wonderous Physick.

To help you progress early in the game, we’ve put together the locations of many early-game Elden Ring weapons that are particularly strong, at least for your first few hours in the open-world game. There are far more powerful weapons out there, of course – we’ll be sure to share any particularly powerful discoveries in this guide, too.

Best Elden Ring early game melee weapons

If you’ve invested heavily in the strength attribute, polearms are the way to go. There are a few decent early game polearms out there, and they’re well worth using as the heavy attack and guard counters do lots of damage to an enemy’s poise, which in turn sets you up to land critical hits.

The Tarnished is wielding the Pest Glaive, one of the best early Elden Ring weapons.

One of our favourites is the Pest’s Glaive polearm, which requires 13 strength and 13 dexterity to wield. It drops from Prawn Miners, who you can find by opening the chest in Dragon-burnt Ruins and transporting to the Sellia Crystal Tunnel in Caelid.

The enemies in this area are tough, so it may take a while to grab the Pest’s Glaive, but it’s worth it as its damage is comparable with the regular halberd. It’s also far lighter, so you can potentially remain at around the medium weight load threshold.

The Tarnished is wielding the Reduvia, one of the best early Elden Ring weapons.

Quite a few early game bosses are susceptible to the bleed status ailment. There are a few early weapons that can help you take advantage of this weakness, including the Reduvia you get for slaying Bloody Hunter Nerijus in the stream north of Lake Agheel in Limgrave.

This knife requires 13 arcane, 13 dexterity, and five strength to wield, but if you wield it with two hands, it gives you the Blood Blade weapon art that flings spinning bloody daggers a short distance to cause bleed buildup.

The Tarnished is wielding the Hookclaws, one of the best early Elden Ring weapons.

Once you’ve made it inside Stormvale Castle, there’s a dexterity-based weapon worth taking: the Hookclaws. To find this claw weapon, take the secret entrance that the gatekeeper tells you about and make your way up the side of the building.

You can find the Hookclaws on the first floor of the wine cellar on a corpse resting against the corner of the wall. This weapon requires eight strength and 14 dexterity to use effectively, and it doesn’t give you any noteworthy weapon arts, but it has a fast attack speed when using two hands, and its bleed buildup is significantly better than the Reduvia’s.

The Tarnished is wielding the Bloodhound Fang, one of the best early Elden Ring weapons.

If you want the best early game heavy-hitting weapon that also has a quick bleed buildup, we recommend the Bloodhound’s Fang greatsword, which you can obtain by killing Bloodhound Knight Darriwil in the Forlorn Hound Evergaol in Limgrave. It requires 18 strength and 17 dexterity to use, but once you can wield it, it deals almost as much poise damage as the halberd.

On top of that, it comes with the Bloodhound’s Finesse weapon art that costs 8 FP to use. This attack slashes upwards, and the momentum from the attack makes your character somersault backwards, enabling you to get some distance away from your enemy. If you use a strong attack afterwards, you will dash forward and execute a powerful slash.

The Tarnished is wielding the Uchigatana, one of the best early Elden Ring weapons.

Best Elden Ring early game intelligence weapons

If you’ve chosen an intelligence build, things get a little trickier, as spells are your primary source of damage. Therefore, it’s worth hunting down the golden seeds to increase the maximum number of healing potions and allocating some to the cerulean flask to recover FP.

If you want to use melee-based weapons in your repertoire, seek out the Ash of War: Gravitas and combine it with a large melee weapon. This Elden Ring Ash of War gives you magic affinity, increasing magic damage and intelligence scaling. An excellent weapon to use this Ash of War on is the Uchigatana. The Samurai class starts with this weapon, but you can also find it in the Deathtouched Catacombs in the far east of Limgrave.

Later on, we advise you seek out a boss in Caelid Tunnel called Magma Wyrm. This beast drops the Moonveil, a magic-infused katana that requires 12 strength, 18 dexterity, and 23 intelligence. Moonveil’s unique weapon art, Transient Moonlight, sheaths your blade; pressing either the regular or heavy attack button then executes an instant slashing attack that also shoots a wave of light.

The Tarnished is wielding the Sword of Night and Flame, one of the best Elden Ring weapons.

Elden Ring Sword of Night and Flame location

One of the most powerful Elden Ring weapons is technically available right from the start, and you don’t even need to slay anything to get it. This weapon is the Sword of Night and Flame, which simultaneously deals physical, magic, and fire damage. It also has a powerful weapon art called Night and Flame Stance: when activated, you hold the sword aloft; pressing the regular attack button casts the Night Comet sorcery spell, while the heavy attack makes them sweep the blade to emit flames a short distance. It has some hefty requirements:

  • 12 strength
  • 12 dexterity
  • 24 intelligence
  • 24 faith

You can upgrade this weapon by using Elden Ring Somber Smithing Shards. While it is accessible from the start, it’s quite far away, so we recommend getting Torrent the Elden Ring horse first. Here are the directions you need to take to get this powerful weapon:

  • Head up to Stormvale Castle, and instead of entering the main entrance, head for the broken bridge and make your way around the side along the cliff face
  • Activate the Lake Facing Cliffs Site of Grace
  • Head down into the lake itself and follow the sunken road around the left side of the Raya Academy. You should see a way up out of the lake in the cliff to the northwest
  • Light the Northern Liurnia Lake Shore Site of Grace
  • Go north along the road until you reach the Kingsrealm Ruins, and head right to the back of the ruins until you see a wall
  • Hit the centre of the stone wall to reveal a doorway
  • Take a short rest at the Road to the Manor Site of Grace
  • Head up the road towards the keep at the back, making sure to watch out for the falling magic arrows here
  • Activate the next Site of Grace at the Main Caria Manor Gate
  • Hug the left wall, taking care not to wake up the hands on the ground. You should see a hand already awake and some stairs leading into the wall to the left
  • Head into the building and go up the stairs to find the Manor Lower Level Site of Grace
  • Walk along the wall, avoiding the ghostly knights that appear and turn left after the first wall
  • Continue walking across the wall; on the third section of the wall, jump down to the building on your left
  • Jump down to the next building and climb down the ladder
  • Open the chest in this room to find the Sword of Night and Flame

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Those are all of the most powerful early game Elden Ring weapons. If you’re just starting out, be sure to check out our Elden Ring beginners guide for more tips and tricks.