Elden Ring Weapons | best ancient weapon and all confirmed weapon types

Beating bosses is never easy in this game, but understanding Elden Ring weapons – and making sure you always bring the right weapon with you for the task at hand – can greatly make you less vulnerable to death.

While it’s easy to get attached to a nice weapon you found early on, we recommend keeping an eye on your weapon stats using the Equipment menu. Whenever you find a more powerful weapon on a fallen enemy, swap it out for your previous sword or ax of your choice. Every little nugget of damage helps in this game, after all. You could say that a good weapon is more useful than having the best Elden Ring armor.

Some weapons you find will be too heavy for you to pick up, but the solution is simple – use our Elden Ring rune farming guide to get rich quick, then use these easily collected coins to increase your strength stat up what you can wield with this massive weapon you just found.

It’s also worth noting that you can use Elden Ring Ashes of War to add epic abilities to your weapons, which will be very useful in certain situations. But if it’s outright magic attacks you want to do, you better find an Elden Ring staff instead of a traditional weapon.

With all that housekeeping out of the way, read on for RadioTimes.com’s guide to Elden Ring weapons.

How many weapons are there in Elden Ring?

There are 31 different weapon types in Elden Ring, you should therefore have plenty of options to build an arsenal to suit your style of play.

The game has both ranged and melee weapons, and it should be fairly easy to tell which is which once you pick up a few items. There are also some good mid-range options such as whips and flails.

The exact number of weapons in each category has yet to be determined by players, which shouldn’t be too surprising since this game was only just released.

Complete list of Elden Ring weapon types

Elden Ring melee weapons

  • Fists
  • Daggers
  • Claws
  • Axes
  • great axes
  • great swords
  • straight swords
  • thrusting swords
  • Curved swords
  • curved swordfish
  • Colossal Swords
  • Colossal Weapons
  • Halberds
  • hammers
  • Heavy Thrusting Swords
  • Katanas
  • Reapers
  • twin blades
  • war hammers

Elden Ring Ranged Weapons

  • triggerfish
  • Bows
  • light bows
  • big bows
  • crossbows

Elden Ring Mid-Range Weapons

  • Plagues
  • spears
  • great spears
  • Whips

Elden Ring magic weapons

  • Twinkling Stone Staffs (used for magic and sorcery)
  • Sacred Seals (used for incantations)

Ancient Elden Ring Weapons: What Should You Get First?

Once you’re in Limgrave, you’ll have plenty of freedom to explore, and one of the first things you’ll want to pick up is a decent weapon to defend yourself with.

One of the best early weapons in Elden Ring is the twin blade, which you can pick up as soon as you are free to explore Limgrave. The video below shows exactly where you need to go! Note that you’ll need to jump over a fence using your trusty horse mount at some point.

What are the best Elden Ring weapons?

At this point, players around the world are trying to figure out which are the best weapons in Elden Ring. If you’re a returning fan of FromSoftware’s previous games, you might not feel your best until you pick up a mighty sword.

There is already a lot of hype surrounding the Greatsword with grafted blade, which might be one of the best options for returning players. You can pick up this powerful melee weapon by defeating the boss Leonine Misbegotten at Morne Castle.

Once you find this location at the southernmost point of the Weeping Peninsula, the video below should help you defeat this boss and earn yourself one of the best swords we’ve seen so far.

If you fancy picking up other powerful weapons, it’s also worth picking up the Reduvia Dagger, Dragonscale Blade Katana, and Longsword (it might not seem like a lot, but this straight sword is a great pick).

Elden Ring Weapon Upgrades: Smithing Stones location

To upgrade your weapons in Elden Ring, you’ll need to visit an anvil (there’s one in the ruins of Elleh’s Church, which you should be able to access from the start). You will need to bring runes and forging stones with you, as you will spend both of these resources to complete your upgrades.

If you don’t have any Smithing Stones, you should be able to find some in the Limgrave Tunnels, where some of your enemies are literally pulling them out of the walls. The video below will help you find Smithing Stones in this specific location, although it’s also worth noting that fallen enemies often drop Smithing Stones wherever you are on the map.

Once you have runes and forging stones to part with, head to an anvil, where you should be able to spend those resources to increase any weapon stat by up to three points.

If you want to go higher than three, you will need to visit a blacksmith to further upgrade your weapons. Once you defeat the first boss, Margit, you should be able to find Smithing Master Hewg at the Roundtable Hold. If you can afford his services, he can boost your weapon stats up to +25.

Note that there are different kinds of Elden Ring forging stones, and you’ll need to keep finding better forging stones if you want to pump a weapon up to 25. The higher the number on the forging stone itself ( there should be a number in brackets in the name of each one you find), plus it will be able to boost your weapons. Check out our guide to Elden Ring Forging Stones to find out where they all are.

So those are the basics of the Elden Ring weapons, which should get you started in the game. We wish you luck as you enter this mortal world, and I hope this guide can make it right. slightly less painful!

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