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The Absolute Best Elden Ring Weapons for Each Stat

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The Best Elden Ring Weapons for Each Main Stat

In Elden Ring, there are a wide range of weapon builds to satisfy every playstyle.

We’ve collected our list of the top 5 weapons for every stat (STR, DEX, IN, FTH, and ARC) to help you understand which you should target, and how to obtain them.

Note that there are a ton of viable weapons out there that didn’t make our list, and there were definitely arguments for what should be on here instead.

This tier list was updated by our two Elden Ring experts, AuraAmile and DigDug!

Here are our rankings for the best weapons in Elden Ring:

Stat Best Weapons
Strength Star Fist, Nightrider Glaive, Giant-Crusher, Claymore, Greatsword
Dexterity Guardian’s Swordspear, Bloodhound’s Fang, Bandit’s Curved Sword, Godskin Peeler, Nagakiba
Intelligence Dark Moon, Carien Knight’s Sword, Wing of Astel, Glinstone Kris, Death’s Poker
Faith Blasphemous Blade, Ordovis’ Greatsword, Winged Scythe, Envoy’s Long Horn, Coded Sword
Arcane Marais Executioner Sword, Elonora’s Poleblade, Regalia of Eochaid, Cross-Naginata, Morgott’s Cursed Sword

For a visual version of our list of best weapons, check out our infographic below!

elden ring best weapons by stat (june 2024)

The Best Strength Weapons

Star Fist

star fist

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Fist Weapon
Requirements STR 12, DEX 8
Scaling (+25) STR D(A), DEX (E)
Max AR with soft caps Str (60) + base stats = 460
Upgrade Material Smithing Stones

The Star Fist is debatably one of the strongest weapons in the game against most bosses. It can deal incredibly high amounts of damage and stance damage accompanied by an extremely quick moveset.

Location: Can be found in front of one of the doors at the Colosseum in Leyndell Royal Capital.

Nightriders Glaive

nightrider glaive

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Halberd
Requirements STR 26, DEX 10
Scaling (+25) STR C(S), DEX (E)
Max AR with soft caps Str (60) + base stats = 734
Upgrade Material Smithing Stones

The Nightrider Glaive is a Halberd with very high Strength scaling. This halberd has a strong moveset and can be infused with many powerful Ashes of War.

Location: Acquired by defeating the Night’s Cavalry roaming just north of the East Raya Lucaria Gate in Liurnia at night.

Giant-Crusher (Heavy)

giant-crusher

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Colossal Weapon
Requirements STR 60
Scaling (+25) STR C (S)
Max AR with soft caps Str (60) + base stats = 911
Upgrade Material Smithing Stones

With a high investment into Strength this weapon has the highest single-hit AR in the game.

Location: Found in a chest at the back of a carriage south of the Outer Wall Phantom Tree site of grace.

Claymore (Heavy)

claymore

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Greatsword
Requirements STR 16, DEX 13
Scaling (+25) STR D (B), DEX D
Max AR with soft caps Str (60) + base stats = 694
Upgrade Material Smithing Stones

This Greatsword has a solid moveset and can deal high amounts of damage from charged attacks or Ashes of War such as Giant Hunt and Lion’s Claw.

Location: Found in a chest inside of Castle Morne in the Weeping Peninsula.

Greatsword (Heavy)

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Colossal Sword
Requirements STR 31, DEX 12
Scaling (+25) STR C (A), DEX E
Max AR with soft caps Str (60) + base stats = 839
Upgrade Material Smithing Stones

The Greatsword has a very solid roll-attack with good range and can be infused with many powerful Ashes of War that can be used to quickly dispatch enemies.

Location: Found in a chest at the back of a carriage north-west of the Caelem Ruins site of grace.

The Best Dexterity Weapons

Guardian Sword Spear

guardian's swordspear

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Halberd
Requirements STR 17, DEX 16
Scaling (+25) STR E, DEX D (B), INT D
Max AR with soft caps DEX (60) + INT (60) +base stats = 735
Upgrade Material Smithing Stones

Guardian Sword Spear has very solid damage, especially when combined with its best Ash of War the Ice Spear. This weapon is a monster Into any boss and only gets better the higher NG you get.

Location: Dropped from Erdtree Guardians near minor Erdtree’s

Bloodhounds Fang

bloodhound's fang

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Curved Greatsword
Requirements STR 18, DEX 17
Scaling (+10) STR D (C), Dex C (B)
Max AR with soft caps DEX (80) +base stats – =755
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

Bloodhound’s Fang has an amazing Ash of War unique to the weapon that gets you safe damage on bosses. Great damage and scaling together with the great moveset from Curved Greatswords

Location: Dropped from the Bloodhound Knight Darriwil in Limgrave

Bandit’s Curved Sword (Occult, Lightning, Cold, Keen)

bandit's curved sword

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Curved Sword
Requirements STR 11, DEX 13
Scaling (+25) STR D (C), DEX C (B), INT C, ARC D
Max AR with soft caps DEX (80) + ARC (50) + base stats = 551
DEX (80) + base stats = 670
DEX (60) + Int(60) + base stats = 621
DEX (80) + base stats = 590
Upgrade Material Smithing Stones

When dual-wielded, this weapon had one of the most insane damage in the game. Curved Swords have a unique running and jump attack that both do 4 quick hits that all apply either bleed or frostbite depending on which infusion you choose. Very high damage when going lightning or cold per hit as well.

Location: Dropped by Skeletal Bandits

Godskin Peeler (Occult)

godskin peeler

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Twinblade
Requirements STR 17, DEX 22
Scaling (+25) STR E (D), DEX D (B), ARC D
Max AR with soft caps DEX (80) + ARC (50) + base stats = 565
Upgrade Material Smithing Stones

Twinblades have amazing jump attacks especially when wielded together with another twin blade. This makes it very easy to apply hemorrhage onto enemies.

Location: Dropped by the Godskin Apostle in the Windmill Village, Altus Plateau.

Nagakiba (Occult)

nagakiba

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Katana
Requirements STR 18, DEX 22
Scaling (+25) STR E (D), DEX D (B), ARC D
Max AR with soft caps DEX (80) + ARC (50) + base stats = 563
Upgrade Material Smithing Stones

Nagakiba has one of the longest reaches in the game. Together with it being a katana, which gives it innate bleed buildup, it’s an amazing weapon. Katanas also have a very good Ash of War which works amazingly on the Nagakiba cause of its extra range.

Location: Dropped by Bloody Finger Hunter Yura.

The Best Intelligence Weapons

Dark Moon Greatsword

dark moon greatsword

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Greatsword
Requirements STR 16, DEX 11, INT 36
Scaling (+10) STR D, DEX D, INT C (B)
Max AR with soft caps STR (30) INT (80) +base stats = 802
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

This is the pinnacle of Intelligence weapons and has been in pretty much every Souls game. It has an insanely good Ash of War which has been a staple in all souls games and inside Elden Ring its strength is no different.

Location: This weapon is rewarded upon completing Ranni’s questline.

Carien Knight’s Sword

carien knight's sword

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Straight Sword
Requirements STR 10, DEX 10, INT 18
Scaling (+10) STR D (C), DEX D, INT D
Max AR with soft caps STR(60) INT(60) +base stats = 684
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

Straight Swords in general have a very good move set with fast attacks, but this sword also has an amazing unique Ash of War which can be charged for massive damage. Overall one of the best weapons in the game.

Location: This weapon is found in a carriage guarded by 2 trolls in Liurnia on the northwest side of the lake.

Wing of Astel

wing of astel

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Curved Sword
Requirements STR 7, DEX 17, INT 20
Scaling (+10) STR E (D), DEX D (C), INT D (B)
Max AR with soft caps DEX (60) INT (60) + base stats = 639
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

This weapon has a great moveset but the real power comes from its unique Ash of War only shared by the Bastard’s Stars. It deals a massive AOE explosion dealing a very big chunk of damage.

Location: Found in a chest on top of the Southern Uhl Ruins, only accessible from the northern section of the Ainsel River.

Glintstone Kris

glintstone kris

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Dagger
Requirements STR 18, DEX 12, INT 16
Scaling (+10) STR E, DEX D (C), INT D (C)
Max AR with soft caps DEX (60) INT (60) +base stats = 496
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

Daggers aren’t the best weapons in Elden Ring, but the Glintstone Kris is an outlier. This weapon has that mostly to thank to its great Ash of War it has amazing damage, good reach, and in general good mobility.

Location: Reward for siding with Sorceress Sellen near the end of her quest.

Death’s Poker

death's poker

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Greatsword
Requirements STR 15, DEX 17, INT 11
Scaling (+10) STR D (C), DEX D (B), INT E (D)
Max AR with soft caps DEX (60) INT (60) +base stats = 686
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

The Death’s Poker is another weapon where it’s Strength comes from the Ash of War it does insane amounts of Frostbite Damage to enemies with either an explosion or a Line of Fire

Location: Dropped by the Deathrite Bird in the Southeast of Caelid

The Best Faith Weapons

Blasphemous Blade

blasphemous blade

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Greatsword
Requirements STR 22, DEX 15, INT 21
Scaling (+10) STR D (C), DEX D (C), FTH D (B)
Max AR with soft caps FTH (60) +base stats = 755
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

Blasphemous Blade comes equipped with the Ash of War Taker’s Flames, which is one of the most powerful Ashes of War in the game. This Ash of War is capable of dealing high fire damage while simultaneously healing the player for each enemy hit, and knocking down smaller foes.

Location: Acquired by trading in Rykard’s Remembrance to Enia in the Roundtable Hold.

Ordovis’ Greatsword

ordovis' greatsword

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Greatsword
Requirements STR 25, DEX 13, FTH 15
Scaling (+10) STR C (A), DEX E (E), INT D (C)
Max AR with soft caps FTH (60) +base stats = 718
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

Ordovis’ Greatsword comes equipped with the Ash of War Ordovis’s Vortex. This Ash of War is capable of dealing high physical damage and good amounts of stance damage when fully charged. This Ash of War can also knock down smaller enemies when connecting.

Location: Acquired by defeating the Crucible Knight duo boss in Auriza Hero’s Grave in the Altus Plateau.

Winged Scythe

winged scythe

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Scythe
Requirements STR 16, DEX 16, INT 24
Scaling (+25) STR E (D), DEX D (C), INT D (C)
Max AR with soft caps FTH (60) +base stats = 697
Upgrade Material Smithing Stones

The Winged Scythe is a great weapon with the Reaper moveset which can circumvent shields. To go with that the Ash of War, Angel’s Wings has great damage.

Location: Found in the Tombsward Ruins on the North of the Weeping Peninsula.

Envoys Longhorn

envoy's long horn

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Great Hammer
Requirements STR 23, DEX 11, INT 18
Scaling (+10) STR D (C), DEX D (D), FTH C (B)
Max AR with soft caps FTH(60) +base stats = 773
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

The Envoy’s Longhorn is a very unique and situational Weapon with its super unique Ash of War, Bubble Shower. This shoots ranged projectiles with heavy knockback which makes this weapon a monster in PVP. It works great in PVE too because of its high stance damage and the Ash of War doing good Damage.

Location: Found near Miquella’s Haligtree or near Leyndell’s, Royal City’s East Capital Rampart.

Coded Sword

coded sword

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Straight Sword
Requirements FTH 20
Scaling (+10) FTH B (A)
Max AR with soft caps FTH (60) = 510
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

This is another very unique weapon having only Faith Scaling, making it perfect for full Faith spellcasters as a weapon. Its Ash of War is also unique being able to go through shields making it a great weapon to deal with greatshielded targets.

Location: Found on top of the Throne Room in Leyndell (cannot be obtained in the Ashen Capital version).

The Best Arcane Weapons

Marais Executioner Sword

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Greatsword
Requirements STR 24, DEX 14, ARC 23
Scaling (+10) STR C (B), DEX E (E), ARC D (D)
Max AR with soft caps ARC (60) +base stats = 687
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

The Marais Executioner’s Sword is a Greatsword with the Ash of War Eochaid’s Dancing Blade. This Ash of War is one of the most powerful in the game and can deal insane amounts of damage when charged.

Location: Acquired by defeating Elemer of the Briar located at the top of the Shaded Castle in the Altus Plateau.

Eleonoras Poleblade

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Twinblade
Requirements STR 12, DEX 21, ARC 19
Scaling (+10) STR E (E), DEX D (C), ARC D (D)
Max AR with soft caps ARC (60) +base stats = 560
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

Eleonora’s Poleblade is a Twinblade with the Ashe of War Bloodblade Dance. This Ash of War can deal massive fire damage and bleed buildup. It is also capable of stun-locking smaller enemies like Malenia.

Location: Acquired by defeating Eleonora, Violet Bloody Finger at the Second Church of Marika in the Altus Plateau.

Regalia of Eochaid

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Straight Sword
Requirements STR 12, DEX 18, ARC 15
Scaling (+10) STR E (D), DEX D (C), ARC D (C)
Max AR with soft caps ARC (60) +base stats = 608
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

The Regalia of Eochaid is a Straight Sword variant of the Marais Executioner’s Sword. It also has Eochaid’s Dancing Blade but deals less damage than Marais.

Although it deals less damage, you gain the advantage of a quicker moveset, allowing you to get more hits in.

Location: Found on the ground at the end of the Gaol Cave dungeon in Caelid.

Cross-Naginata (Occult)

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Spear
Requirements STR 16, DEX 20
Scaling (+25) STR D (E), DEX C (D), ARC B
Max AR with soft caps ARC (60) +base stats = 567
Upgrade Material Smithing Stones

The Cross Naginata is a Spear in Elden Ring with a unique moveset and innate bleed buildup which can be increased when Occult infused.

When equipped with the Ash of War Seppuku, it can bleed enemies extremely quickly and deal tons of damage.

Location: Found on a corpse near a Giant Land Octopus in the Gael Tunnel in Caelid

Morgott’s Cursed Sword

Stats and Requirements
Weapon Type Curved Greatsword
Requirements STR 14, DEX 35, ARC 17
Scaling (+10) STR E (D), DEX C (B), ARC D (D)
Max AR with soft caps ARC (60) +base stats = 607
Upgrade Material Somber Smithing Stones

Morgott’s Cursed Sword is a Curved Greatsword with the Ash of War Cursed-Blood Slice. This Ash of War can deal decent amounts of damage with good bleed buildup that scales well with arcane.

Location: Acquired by trading in the Remembrance of the Omen King to Enia at the Roundtable Hold

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