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Elden Ring best weapons, including the best early weapons

Learn where to get the best weapons in Elden Ring

Want to know the best weapons in Elden Ring? Whether you're fighting difficult bosses, such as the Red Wolf of Radagon and Rennala, or completing some NPC questlines for the likes of Ranni and Fia, you'll want the best weapons in Elden Ring to make it out alive. Most enemies can prove to be a brutal challenge if you come unprepared, but luckily we're here to help.

In this guide, we break down the best weapons in Elden Ring so that you can slice, crush, and disintegrate anything that moves. Since some weapons are found in late-game areas, we'll also explain some of the best weapons early on in Elden Ring so that you are well-equipped to fight challenging foes in the first few regions.

Best early weapons in Elden Ring:

Best weapons in Elden Ring:

Best early weapons in Elden Ring

While most of the best weapons in Elden Ring are found in late-game regions and dungeons, there are plenty of powerful options that you can find early on. Below, we'll list the best early weapons in Elden Ring that you can get if you've just started your adventure in the Lands Between.

Best early Katana in Elden Ring: where to find Uchigatana in Elden Ring

Uchigatana is a katana that you can find very early in Limgrave. With low requirements of 11 Strength and 15 Dexterity, Uchigatana is an incredibly easy weapon to wield. Thanks to its passive ability that inflicts heavy Bleed onto enemies, it's also one of the best weapons in Elden Ring. A few slashes will quickly stack bleed on enemies, making bosses such as Margit and Godrick a piece of cake.

Those who choose Samurai as their starting class will get Uchigatana straight away, but you can also find it on a corpse in the Deathtouched Catacombs in Stormhill. If you want to find the Deathtouched Catacombs, take a look at our Elden Ring boss locations list.

Elden Ring player doing a spinning strike with the Serpent-God's Curved Sword on the Erdtree Gazing Hill. Sun shines on the autumnal fields in the background

Best early sword in Elden Ring: where to find the Serpent-God's Curved Sword in Elden Ring

If you're struggling to survive while exploring the Lands Between, the Serpent-God's Curved Sword might give you a much-needed boost. Each kill with this special sword restores your health, ensuring that you never come close to death while slicing and dicing your way through a dungeon. You'll need 13 Strength and 9 Dexterity to wield this weapon, making it a perfect option for low-level players.

To find the Serpent-God's Curved Sword, you'll need to reach Liurnia, which is the region North of Limgrave. In Liurnia, take the ravine flowing North to reach the Ruin-Strewn Precipice and look for a rooftop guarded by a Land Octopus as you make your way up. Kill these enemies and loot around to find one of the best swords in Elden Ring.

Best early greatsword in Elden Ring: where to find the Grafted Blade Greatsword in Elden Ring

If you prefer something a bit weightier, the Grafted Blade Greatsword is an armament of truly magnificent scale. This is the best early greatsword in Elden Ring thanks to its epic power and impressive skill, Oath of Vengeance, which raises temporarily raises your attributes and poise. If you're struggling against a boss, Oath of Vengeance might provide the boost you need to progress further by essentially raising your character level during combat.

The Grafted Blade Greatsword is the reward for beating Leonine Misbegotten, the boss in Castle Morne of the Weeping Peninsula. Castle Morne is a relatively easy optional area to clear for new players and you can choose to head there right away if you wish, so you can get your hands on this blade very quickly. The only downside is the high stat requirement to use the Grafted Blade Greatsword, as you'll need 40 Strength and 14 Dexterity.

Elden Ring player calling down meteorites with the meteorite staff

Best early staff in Elden Ring: where to find the Meteorite Staff in Elden Ring

Those using sorcery spells will need a staff, and you can find one of the best staves in Elden Ring very early in your adventure. The Meteorite Staff is found in Aeonia Swamp in the rot-infested region of Caelid, East of Limgrave. While many of the enemies here are high level, you can quickly ride through with Torrent to reach the swamp and grab the Meteorite Staff without getting into any fights.

The Meteorite Staff is ideal for new players as it has relatively low attribute requirements, at just 6 Strength and 18 Intelligence. More importantly, it scales with Intelligence at S rank, meaning you'll do an incredible amount of damage with your sorcery spells. If you want to use sorceries, the Meteorite Staff is undoubtedly the best early staff in Elden Ring.

Best weapons in Elden Ring

With the above list, you should now be able to find plenty of powerful weapons that'll make your time in the Lands Between a breeze. However, as you progress further in your adventure, you'll come across some truly brilliant weapons that will crush any enemy with startling speed. Below, we'll break down the best weapons in Elden Ring and where to find them.

A player in Elden Ring holds the sheathed katana, Moonveil, in a readied stance.

Elden Ring best katana: where to find Moonveil in Elden Ring

Moonveil is the best katana in Elden Ring for many reasons, including its high damage potential and impressive versatility. However, perhaps its strongest trait is the unique skill Moonveil possesses, which sends out a powerful wave of light whenever you unsheathe it for combat. This unique ranged attack makes Moonveil an incredible choice for melee users who might want to deal damage from a distance while they wait for an opening.

You can find Moonveil in the Gael Tunnel, which is an underground network connecting Limgrave and the eastern Caelid Wilds. There, you'll find a challenging boss fight against the Magma Wyrm. This fight might prove tricky for even the most skilled Elden Ring players, but those who emerge victorious will earn the Moonveil katana as their prize. It's worth noting that Moonveil requires 12 Strength, 18 Dexterity, and 23 Intelligence, so you'll need to spread your levels against a few key attributes.

Elden Ring best sword: where to find the Sword of Night and Flame in Elden Ring

Despite the nerfs in patch 1.03, which also ended my whirlwind romance with the Mimic Tear Ash, the Sword of Night and Flame remains an impressive blade that anyone with a melee build should consider. It deals plenty of damage for those who want to hack and slash, while also providing access to some remarkable spells with its unique Night-and-Flame Stance skill.

This skill allows you to raise the sword up and then unleash one of two spells: Comet Azur or a Flame Sweep. These spells are both a little weaker than their regular counterparts in the most recent Elden Ring build, but they'll still fell most enemies with ease. If you need a magical boost to accompany your melee attacks, the Sword of Night and Flame is the best sword in Elden Ring.

To find the Sword of Night and Flame, head to Caria Manor in the northwest of Liurnia. As you traverse the rooftops of the manor, you'll find a ladder that leads down into one of the buildings. There, you'll find a chest containing this magnificent blade. You'll need a varied build to wield this weapon, as it requires 12 Strength, 12 Dexterity, 24 Intelligence, and 24 Faith. If you've already got plenty of levels in other attributes, consider respeccing to redistribute your stat points.

A player in Elden Ring using the unique weapon Reduvia to fire a blood attack towards an enemy soldier.

Elden Ring best dagger: where to find Reduvia in Elden Ring

Reduvia is an incredibly easy weapon to find, and it's also by far one of the best on this list. Reduvia is the best dagger in Elden Ring for a few reasons. Firstly, it inflicts blood damage to enemies with each hit, allowing you to topple the most fearsome bosses with ease. However, like the Moonveil katana we mentioned earlier, Reduvia also comes with a unique skill that lets you fire off powerful ranged attacks from a distance. Finally, it is very easy to wield, as it only requires 5 Strength, 13 Dexterity, and 13 Arcane.

As we mentioned, Reduvia is very easy to find, so you won't need to look far to get the best dagger in Elden Ring. You can get Reduvia by defeating Bloody-Finger Nerijus, an NPC invader in the North of Agheel Lake in Limgrave. If you're struggling with this fight, take a look at our Elden Ring Nerijus boss fight walkthrough.

Elden Ring best greatsword: where to find the Starscourge Greatsword in Elden Ring

Starscourge Radahn. The name alone is enough to send shivers down my spine. Revered for his unmatched strength and sheer brutality, General Radahn is known across the Lands Between. However, if you manage to defeat this legendary shardbearer, located in Redmane Castle in the South of Caelid, you'll get the Rememberance of the Starscourge. If you give this to Finger Reader Enia at the Roundtable Hold, you can get the Starscourge Greatsword, which is the best greatsword in Elden Ring.

The Starscourge Greatsword is actually two swords that you dual wield. Swinging these swords around deals remarkable damage, but their skill, Starcaller Cry, is where the real power lies. When you activate Starcaller Cry, you pull enemies in close with a gravitational force before bringing your swords down to deliver a deadly blow. This will effortlessly crush most enemies, but be prepared to farm some runes. To use the Starscourge Greatsword, you'll need 38 Strength, 12 Dexterity, and 15 Intelligence.

Elden Ring best staff: where to find Lusat's Glintstone Staff in Elden Ring

Those of you who like blasting comets and dropping meteors on your opponents will love Lusat's Glintstone Staff. This staff has a unique ability that increases the damage of all sorceries, making it a truly incredible weapon for magic users. This does slightly raise the FP cost of your spells, but high levels sorcerers who have invested in the Mind attribute shouldn't notice much of a difference in this regard.

You'll get Lusat's Glintstone Staff as a reward for defeating the Nox Sworstress and Nox Priest in Sellia, Town of Sorcery, in the North of Caelid. While this is close to the Meteorite Staff that we mentioned earlier, Lusat's Glintstone Staff has much higher requirements. To wield this weapon, you'll need 10 Strength and 52 Intelligence, firmly marking it as a late-game weapon. However, those looking for the best staff in Elden Ring need look no further - Lusat's Glintstone Staff boasts truly remarkable power.

That wraps up our list of the best weapons in Elden Ring. If you're looking for other important gear that you need on your journey, check out our list of the best armor in Elden Ring. If you're not sure where to head next, take a look at our Elden Ring walkthrough for a full breakdown of the main quest. To upgrade your character further, check out our Elden Ring Golden Seed locations and Sacred Tear locations guide.

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