From the Rivers of Blood to Ghiza’s Wheel, these are 10 Best Weapons Elden Ring you simply must have
Giving the player an unlimited supply of goodies to pick from is the true essence of what it means to be an open-world RPG game, and that’s something FromSoftware has redefined with Elden Ring. If you thought the 238 ruthless bosses in the game were more than a handful, wait till you get your hands on all 308 Elden Ring weapons.
Elden Ring has a massive catalog of over 300 fully unique armaments, and under the right circumstances, each of them can decimate the battlefield. So while all are hallmarks in terms of enjoyability, I’ll name the top 10 Elden Ring best weapons that I found to be the best based on supporting build quality, damage, and most importantly, fun.
Rivers of Blood
- Wielding Requirements: Str 12, Dex 18, Arc 20
- Scaling: Str E, Dex D, Arc D
- Highlights: Insane Bleed Damage, Quick Flurry of Attacks, Has Amazing Hit Range
The most broken buff in FromSoftware’s latest Soulslike is undeniably Bleed. Any type of bleed build absolutely melts enemies no matter how tough they are, and the Rivers of Blood is an excellent way of proving that. Every strike from this bloodthirsty blade will inflict Bleed into your opponents, and after a certain threshold is reached, they’ll lose a significant portion of their health.
If you pair that up with its Corpse Piler skill, you’ll activate a 5-hit combo in quick succession that’ll fill up that sweet, sweet bleed bar in seconds. For anyone wondering about the Moonveil katana, I’m not giving it a spot on this best Elden Ring weapons listicle since it’s basically the same, but with a different special attack. If you’re looking for an alternative to the Rivers of Blood, the Moonveil is a great choice.
Maliketh’s Black Blade
- Wielding Requirements: Str 34, Dex 12, Fai 20
- Scaling: Str C, Dex E, Fai D
- Highlights: High Stun, Unique Special Ability
If you’re a fan of anime, you might’ve seen a tribute to Berserk’s late author Kentaro Miura in Elden Ring. And if that happens to be the case, you must be a bigger fan of using Greatswords like Guts. Maliketh’s Black Blade is just that, a giant rock infused with magic that you can use to split the skulls of your foes wide open.
This Greatsword has a very simple but effective moveset, so regardless of the beast, a single hit will be deadly to them. The Black Blade packs a serious punch with its ability to permanently decrease enemy health. And when you pair that up with a beefed-up strength build, you can say goodbye to hordes of mobs left and right!
- Wielding Requirements: Str 22, Dex 15, Fai 21
- Scaling: Str D, Dex D, Fai D
- Highlights: Lets You Steal HP, Long Range Special Attack
The Blasphemous Blade might require a bit of an effort to obtain, as you’ll need to acquire Rykard’s Remembrance and all, but let me tell you, it’s worth every ounce of sweat and toil. Out of all the weapons you’ll come across on your journey through the vast expanse of the Lands Between, this Greatsword will undoubtedly be the most wondrous treasure you’ll uncover.
Whenever you kill an enemy with its attacks or special fire beam ability, you’ll steal a portion of their health. That’s a priceless asset when you’re playing a Soulslike as health’s the biggest obstacle you face. So if you’re having trouble staying alive, don’t make the mistake of sleeping on this gem.
Sword of Night and Flame
- Wielding Requirements: Str 12, Dex 12, Int 24, Fai 24
- Scaling: Str E, Dex E, Int D, Fai D
- Highlights: Melee and Ranged Attacks, Overpowered, Fun to Play Around With
The Sword of Night and Flame is perhaps the most broken weapon in the entire game. On the surface, it’s a short sword with good damage but not a good enough reach. However, what makes this straight sword one of the most overpowered Elden Ring weapons is its Night-and-Flame Stance.
Its weapon skill allows you to either hit enemies with an area-based flame attack or a magic beam that you can fire from a distance. These specials deal massive amounts of damage, and the Comet Azure magic spell even stuns bosses allowing for a heavy damage riposte attack on top of the already insane ability damage. The Sword of Night and Flame works well with both Faith and Intelligence, so no matter which build you go for, this little titan will annihilate all who stand before you.
- Wielding Requirements: Str 16, Dex 16, Fai 24
- Scaling: Str E, Dex D, Fai D
- Highlights: Great Range, Wonderful Moveset, Special Ability Is Very Handy
This here is pretty much a normal Scythe with a long reach, but due to its Faith compatibility, you can pursue being a spellcaster while still having the best of melee combat at your disposal. You’ll find yourself relying heavily on the Angel’s Wing ability, as its devastating damage output and impressive attack animation truly make you a force to be reckoned with.
Look, I know some people might scoff at the idea of including this on this list of the best Elden Ring weapons, but hear me out: add fun to the equation. Sure, there are other weapons that might seem more impressive on paper, but are they as fun as the Winged Scythe? I thought so.
- Wielding Requirements: Str 28, Dex 18
- Scaling: Str D, Dex D
- Highlights: Incredibly Fun to Use, Ability Shreds Bosses
Ghiza’s Wheel cracks me up every time I think about it, probably because it’s more of a meme weapon. It’s a large rod with a spiked spinning wheel attached to it and has great Bleed build-up and damage, but its special move is what takes the cake. Its ability allows you to spin the wheel at an extremely fast speed and attack enemies non-stop.
The Ghiza’ Wheel is a monster of a weapon that will shred through everyone from the Fire Giant to Godfrey — bye-bye bosses — so it’s hard not to bring it up in a best Elden Ring weapons countdown.
- Wielding Requirements: Str 18, Dex 17
- Scaling: Str D, Dex C
- Highlights: iFrames Are Bananas, Decent For Bleed Builds
The most often talked about Ash of War in the Elden Ring community is Bloodhound’s Step, an ability you’ll get with the Bloodhound’s Fang, a Curved Greatsword. The Bloodhound’s Fang has a great area-of-attack and excels at keeping forces at bay, but its ability is why you should get this weapon ASAP. The special allows your character to disappear, teleport sideways, and then follow up with a devastating blow to adversaries.
The immunity you receive during the ability animation is insane, and it’s invaluable while going up against tough bosses. For me, the Bloodhound’s Fang just didn’t seem to stick, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a whirl.
Hoslow’s Petal Whip
- Wielding Requirements: Str 10, Dex 20
- Scaling: Str D, Dex D
- Highlights: Bleed Damage Deletes Enemies When Dual Wielding
I thought whips were pretty weak too, but that was right before I got destroyed by random while playing PvP. That’s also when I found out that Hoslow’s Petal Whip might be the scariest out of all of the Elden Ring weapons due to its extremely unpredictable attack patterns.
The patterns are very random when it comes to whips, and Hoslow’s in general has a lot of buffs integrated into it, including Bleed. Their range is among the farthest in the game as well, so nobody will ever be able to get close *points at Malenia*.
Rotten Crystal Spear
- Wielding Requirements: Str 10, Dex 16, Int 16
- Scaling: Str E, Dex D, Int E
- Highlights: Scarlet Lot Infused, Significant Dexterity Scaling
Apart from Bleed, Scarlet Rot is the next best buff you can get in-game. Once you infect a boss or enemy with Scarlet Rot, they’ll lose a big chunk of their health over time. I’m mentioning the Rotten Crystal Spear specifically because well, why not? Spears are awesome instruments of destruction with the simplest of instructions: stick ’em with the pointy end.
Any Scarlet Rot weapon you’ll find in Elden Ring will be a killer addition to your arsenal, so keep an eye out for all of them, and don’t overlook these diamonds in the rough.
- Wielding Requirements: Str 8, Dex 12, Fai 18
- Scaling: Str E, Dex D, Fai D
- Highlights: Unique Special Attack, Significant Faith Scaling
The Black Knife is slippery to track down, but that’s fitting since it’s an easy pick when naming the best Elden Ring weapons. The Faith and Dexterity scaling on this thing are amazeballs, and when used correctly — by sneaking behind enemies — the criticals you land are going to one-shot most creatures.
The criticals work wonderfully when you have the right build, and the Black Knife isn’t too shabby as a melee weapon either. The Blade of Death skill is still the thing that’s to watch out for though. It’s an awesome move to cut down an NPC’s health bar and has decent iFrames on top, so expect to make quick work of the Elden Beast, that’s for sure.
Tayyab’s an anime & gaming enthusiast, and since he can’t make them (yet), he loves to write about why he finds them amazing.
Also, he’s a huge Hideo Kojima fan, and everything else that’s Japanese for that matter.