Daggers are a type of Weapon in Elden Ring. Daggers have extremely short range, but they make up for it with fast attack speed and high Critical Damage which allows them to do devastating Backstabs and Ripostes. If you plan to play a stealthy character, or one that Backstabs and Parries often, then this might be a good weapon for you.

Daggers are compatible with a range of different Ashes of War, allowing you to mix and match for whatever your needs may be.

 

NOTE: As of Patch 1.08, the speed and distance of some attacks has been increased and the recovery time has been reduced.

 

Elden Ring Dagger Range Comparison

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Weapon Range Data for Daggers in Elden Ring. Credits to user Kaj.

 

Elden Ring Daggers

 

 

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Elden Ring Daggers Base Values

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Name
Phy Mag Fire Ligh Holy Crit
Boost
Str Dex Int Fai Arc Wgt Skill
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Dagger

74

35

-

20

-

20

-

20

-

20

130

15

5

D

9

C

-

-

-

-

-

-

1.5

3

Quickstep

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Parrying Dagger

75

35

-

20

-

20

-

20

-

20

110

15

5

E

14

C

-

-

-

-

-

-

1.5

-

Parry

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Misericorde

92

36

-

21

-

21

-

21

-

21

140

15

7

E

12

D

-

-

-

-

-

-

2.0

3

Quickstep

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Great Knife

75

35

-

20

-

20

-

20

-

20

110

15

6

E

12

C

-

-

-

-

-

-

1.5

3

Quickstep

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Bloodstained Dagger

81

36

-

21

-

21

-

21

-

21

110

15

9

C

12

E

-

-

-

-

-

-

2.0

3

Quickstep

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Erdsteel Dagger

67

36

-

21

-

21

-

21

-

21

110

15

7

D

12

D

-

-

14

D

-

-

2.0

3

Quickstep

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Wakizashi

94

42

-

24

-

24

-

24

-

24

100

18

9

D

13

D

-

-

-

-

-

-

3.0

3

Quickstep

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Celebrant's Sickle

79

35

-

20

-

20

-

20

-

20

100

15

6

E

11

C

-

-

-

-

-

-

1.5

3

Quickstep

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Ivory Sickle

60

26

60

42

-

15

-

15

-

15

100

15

6

E

11

D

13

D

-

-

-

-

2.0

3

Quickstep

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Crystal Knife

82

32

53

31

-

18

-

18

-

18

100

15

8

D

12

D

9

D

-

-

-

-

2.0

3

Quickstep

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Scorpion's Stinger

79

38

-

22

-

22

-

22

-

22

110

16

6

D

12

C

-

-

-

-

-

-

2.5

7

Repeating Thrust

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Cinquedea

98

43

-

25

-

25

-

25

-

25

100

18

10

D

10

E

-

-

-

-

-

-

3.5

3

Quickstep

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Glintstone Kris

57

23

68

45

-

14

-

14

-

14

110

15

5

E

12

D

16

D

-

-

-

-

1.5

10 (-4)

Glintstone Dart

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Reduvia

79

38

-

22

-

22

-

22

-

22

110

16

5

E

13

D

-

-

-

-

13

D

2.5

6 (- 6)

Reduvia Blood Blade

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Blade of Calling

71

31

-

18

-

18

-

18

43

30

110

15

6

D

13

D

-

-

15

C

-

-

1.5

20

Blade of Gold

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Black Knife

66

26

-

15

-

15

-

15

65

42

110

15

8

 E

12

D

-

-

18

D

-

-

2.0

25

Blade of Death

Elden Ring Daggers Max Standard Values

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt Upgrade
Black Knife 161 - - - 159 110 56 E B - C - - 26 15 15 15 42 16 10 2 Somber Smithing Stones
Blade of Calling 173 - - - 105 110 56 D C - B - - 31 18 18 18 30 16 10 1.5 Somber Smithing Stones
Bloodstained Dagger 198 - - - - 110 60 B D - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 36 21 21 21 21 18 10 2 Smithing Stones
Celebrant's Sickle 193 - - - - 100 56 E B - - - - 35 20 20 20 20 18 10 1.5 Smithing Stones
Cinquedea 240 - - - - 100 68 B D - - - - 43 25 25 25 25 19 12 3.5 Somber Smithing Stones
Crystal Knife 200 129 - - - 100 62 C D B - - - 32 31 18 18 18 18 10 2 Smithing Stones
Dagger 181 - - - - 130 60 D B - - - - 35 20 20 20 20 18 10 1.5 Smithing Stones
Erdsteel Dagger 164 - - - - 110 60 D D - D - - 36 21 21 21 21 18 10 2 Smithing Stones
Glintstone Kris 139 166 - - - 110 56 E C C - - - 23 45 14 14 14 16 10 1.5 Somber Smithing Stones
Great Knife 183 - - - - 110 60 E B - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 35 20 20 20 20 18 10 1.5 Smithing Stones
Ivory Sickle 147 147 - - - 100 56 D C C - - - 26 42 15 15 15 18 10 2 Smithing Stones
Misericorde 225 - - - - 140 56 E C - - - - 36 21 21 21 21 18 10 2 Smithing Stones
Parrying Dagger 183 - - - - 110 60 E B - - - - 35 20 20 20 20 18 10 1.5 Smithing Stones
Reduvia 193 - - - - 110 62 E C - - B hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(50) 38 22 22 22 22 17 11 2.5 Somber Smithing Stones
Scorpion's Stinger 193 - - - - 110 62 D B - - - scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(50) 38 22 22 22 22 17 11 2.5 Somber Smithing Stones
Wakizashi 230 - - - - 100 66 D C - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 42 24 24 24 24 21 12 3 Smithing Stones

 

Elden Ring Daggers Max Heavy Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Bloodstained Dagger 169 - - - - 110 66 A - - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 36 21 21 21 21 16 10 2
Celebrant's Sickle 176 - - - - 100 56 B - - - - - 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Dagger 166 - - - - 130 60 A - - - - - 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Erdsteel Dagger 150 - - - - 110 60 A - - D - - 36 21 21 21 21 16 10 2
Great Knife 169 - - - - 110 60 A - - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Misericorde 206 - - - - 140 56 B - - - - - 36 21 21 21 21 16 10 2
Parrying Dagger 169 - - - - 110 60 A - - - - - 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Wakizashi 211 - - - - 100 66 B - - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 42 24 24 24 24 19 12 3

Elden Ring Daggers Max Keen Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Bloodstained Dagger 180 - - - - 110 60 E B - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 36 21 21 21 21 16 10 2
Celebrant's Sickle 165 - - - - 100 61 E A - - - - 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Dagger 156 - - - - 130 66 D A - - - - 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Erdsteel Dagger 150 - - - - 110 60 E A - D - - 36 21 21 21 21 16 10 2
Great Knife 158 - - - - 110 66 E S - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Misericorde 193 - - - - 140 61 E B - - - - 36 21 21 21 21 16 10 2
Parrying Dagger 158 - - - - 110 66 E S - - - - 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Wakizashi 211 - - - - 100 66 E B - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 42 24 24 24 24 19 12 3

Elden Ring Daggers Max Quality Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Bloodstained Dagger 157 - - - - 110 60 B B - - -
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36 21 21 21 21 16 10 2
Celebrant's Sickle 153 - - - - 100 56 B B - - - - 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Dagger 145 - - - - 130 60 B B - - - - 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Erdsteel Dagger 131 - - - - 110 60 B B - D - - 36 21 21 21 21 16 10 2
Great Knife 147 - - - - 110 60 B B - - -
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35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Misericorde 180 - - - - 140 56 C C - - - - 36 21 21 21 21 16 10 2
Parrying Dagger 147 - - - - 110 60 B B - - - - 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Wakizashi 184 - - - - 100 66 B B - - -
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42 24 24 24 24 19 12 3

Elden Ring Daggers Max Fire Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Bloodstained Dagger 130 - 130 - - 110 60 B E - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 34.2 19.95 26.25 24.15 19.95 15 9.5 2
Celebrant's Sickle 127 - 127 - - 100 56 C E - - - - 33.25 19 25 23 19 15 9.5 1.5
Dagger 120 - 120 - - 130 60 B E - - - - 33.25 19 25 23 19 15 9.5 1.5
Erdsteel Dagger 108 - 108 - - 110 60 C E - D - - 34.2 19.95 26.25 24.15 19.95 15 9.5 2
Great Knife 122 - 122 - - 110 60 B E - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 33.25 19 25 23 19 15 9.5 1.5
Misericorde 149 - 149 - - 140 56 C E - - - - 34.2 19.95 26.25 24.15 19.95 15 9.5 2
Parrying Dagger 122 - 122 - - 110 60 B E - - - - 33.25 19 25 23 19 15 9.5 1.5
Wakizashi 153 - 153 - - 100 66 C E - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 39.9 22.8 30 27.6 22.8 18 11.4 3

Elden Ring Daggers Max Flame Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Bloodstained Dagger 150 - 150 - - 110 60 D E - B -
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34.2 19.95 26.25 24.15 19.95 15 9.5 2
Celebrant's Sickle 146 - 146 - - 100 56 E D - B - - 33.25 19 25 23 19 15 9.5 1.5
Dagger 138 - 138 - - 130 60 E D - B - - 33.25 19 25 23 19 15 9.5 1.5
Erdsteel Dagger 124 - 124 - - 110 60 E E - B - - 34.2 19.95 26.25 24.15 19.95 15 9.5 2
Great Knife 140 - 140 - - 110 60 E D - B -
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33.25 19 25 23 19 15 9.5 1.5
Misericorde 171 - 171 - - 140 56 E D - D - - 34.2 19.95 26.25 24.15 19.95 15 9.5 2
Parrying Dagger 140 - 140 - - 110 60 E D - B - - 33.25 19 25 23 19 15 9.5 1.5
Wakizashi 175 - 175 - - 100 66 E E - C -
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39.9 22.8 30 27.6 22.8 18 11.4 3

Elden Ring Daggers Max Lightning Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Bloodstained Dagger 130 - - 130 - 110 60 E B - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 34.2 19.95 24.15 26.25 19.95 15 9.5 2
Celebrant's Sickle 127 - - 127 - 100 56 E C - - - - 33.25 19 23 25 19 15 9.5 1.5
Dagger 120 - - 120 - 130 60 E B - - - - 33.25 19 23 25 19 15 9.5 1.5
Erdsteel Dagger 108 - - 108 - 110 60 E C - D - - 34.2 19.95 24.15 26.25 19.95 15 9.5 2
Great Knife 122 - - 122 - 110 60 E B - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 33.25 19 23 25 19 15 9.5 1.5
Misericorde 149 - - 149 - 140 56 E C - - - - 34.2 19.95 24.15 26.25 19.95 15 9.5 2
Parrying Dagger 122 - - 122 - 110 60 E B - - - - 33.25 19 23 25 19 15 9.5 1.5
Wakizashi 153 - - 153 - 100 66 E C - - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 39.9 22.8 27.6 30 22.8 18 11.4 3

Elden Ring Daggers Max Sacred Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Bloodstained Dagger 150 - - - 150 110 60 D E - B - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 34.2 24.15 19.95 19.95 26.25 15 9.5 2
Celebrant's Sickle 146 - - - 146 100 56 E D - B - - 33.25 23 19 19 25 15 9.5 1.5
Dagger 138 - - - 138 130 60 E D - B - - 33.25 23 19 19 25 15 9.5 1.5
Erdsteel Dagger 124 - - - 124 110 60 E E - B - - 34.2 24.15 19.95 19.95 26.25 15 9.5 2
Great Knife 140 - - - 140 110 60 E D - B - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 33.25 23 19 19 25 15 9.5 1.5
Misericorde 171 - - - 171 140 56 E D - D - - 34.2 24.15 19.95 19.95 26.25 15 9.5 2
Parrying Dagger 140 - - - 140 110 60 E D - B - - 33.25 23 19 19 25 15 9.5 1.5
Wakizashi 175 - - - 175 100 66 E E - C - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 39.9 27.6 22.8 22.8 30 18 11.4 3

Elden Ring Daggers Max Magic Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Bloodstained Dagger 150 150 - - - 110 60 D E B - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 34.2 26.25 19.95 19.95 24.15 15 9.5 2
Celebrant's Sickle 146 146 - - - 100 56 E D B - - - 33.25 25 19 19 23 15 9.5 1.5
Dagger 138 138 - - - 130 60 E E B - - - 33.25 25 19 19 23 15 9.5 1.5
Erdsteel Dagger 124 124 - - - 110 60 E E B D - - 34.2 26.25 19.95 19.95 24.15 15 9.5 2
Great Knife 140 140 - - - 110 60 E D B - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 33.25 25 19 19 23 15 9.5 1.5
Misericorde 171 171 - - - 140 56 E E C - - - 34.2 26.25 19.95 19.95 24.15 15 9.5 2
Parrying Dagger 140 140 - - - 110 60 E D B - - - 33.25 25 19 19 23 15 9.5 1.5
Wakizashi 175 175 - - - 100 66 E E B - - hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 39.9 30 22.8 22.8 27.6 18 11.4 3

Elden Ring Daggers Max Cold Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Bloodstained Dagger 138 117 - - - 110 60 B D C - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(105)
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34.2 24.15 19.95 19.95 19.95 15 9.5 2
Celebrant's Sickle 135 115 - - - 100 56 E B C - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(105) 33.25 23 19 19 19 15 9.5 1.5
Dagger 127 108 - - - 130 60 D B B - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(105) 33.25 23 19 19 19 15 9.5 1.5
Erdsteel Dagger 115 97 - - - 110 60 D D B D - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(105) 34.2 24.15 19.95 19.95 19.95 15 9.5 2
Great Knife 129 109 - - - 110 60 E B C - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(105)
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33.25 23 19 19 19 15 9.5 1.5
Misericorde 158 135 - - - 140 56 E C D - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(105) 34.2 24.15 19.95 19.95 19.95 15 9.5 2
Parrying Dagger 129 109 - - - 110 60 D B C - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(105) 33.25 23 19 19 19 15 9.5 1.5
Wakizashi 162 138 - - - 100 66 D C C - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(105)
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39.9 27.6 22.8 22.8 22.8 18 11.4 3

Elden Ring Daggers Max Poison Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Bloodstained Dagger 165 - - - - 110 60 B D - - D hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 34.2 19.95 19.95 19.95 19.95 15 10 2
Celebrant's Sickle 161 - - - - 100 56 D B - - D - 33.25 19 19 19 19 15 10 1.5
Dagger 152 - - - - 130 60 C B - - D - 33.25 19 19 19 19 15 10 1.5
Erdsteel Dagger 137 - - - - 110 60 D D - D D - 34.2 19.95 19.95 19.95 19.95 15 10 2
Great Knife 154 - - - - 110 60 E A - - D hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 33.25 19 19 19 19 15 10 1.5
Misericorde 189 - - - - 140 56 D C - - D - 34.2 19.95 19.95 19.95 19.95 15 10 2
Parrying Dagger 154 - - - - 110 60 D B - - D - 33.25 19 19 19 19 15 10 1.5
Wakizashi 193 - - - - 100 66 C C - - D hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 39.9 22.8 22.8 22.8 22.8 18 12 3

Elden Ring Daggers Max Blood Upgrades

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Bloodstained Dagger 165 - - - - 110 60 B D - - D
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34.2 19.95 19.95 19.95 19.95 15 9.5 2
Celebrant's Sickle 161 - - - - 100 56 D B - - D
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(82)
33.25 19 19 19 19 15 9.5 1.5
Dagger 152 - - - - 130 60 C B - - D
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(82)
33.25 19 19 19 19 15 9.5 1.5
Erdsteel Dagger 137 - - - - 110 60 D D - D D
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(82)
34.2 19.95 19.95 19.95 19.95 15 9.5 2
Great Knife 154 - - - - 110 60 E A - - D
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(82)
33.25 19 19 19 19 15 9.5 1.5
Misericorde 189 - - - - 140 56 D C - - D
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(82)
34.2 19.95 19.95 19.95 19.95 15 9.5 2
Parrying Dagger 154 - - - - 110 60 D B - - D
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33.25 19 19 19 19 15 9.5 1.5
Wakizashi 193 - - - - 100 66 C C - - D
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39.9 22.8 22.8 22.8 22.8 18 11.4 3

Elden Ring Daggers Max Occult Upgradces

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Bloodstained Dagger 173 - - - - 110 60 D E - - B hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 36 21 21 21 21 16 10 2
Celebrant's Sickle 168 - - - - 100 56 E D - - B - 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Dagger 159 - - - - 130 60 E D - - A - 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Erdsteel Dagger 144 - - - - 110 60 E E - D A - 36 21 21 21 21 16 10 2
Great Knife 162 - - - - 110 60 E D - - A hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Misericorde 198 - - - - 140 56 E D - - B - 36 21 21 21 21 16 10 2
Parrying Dagger 162 - - - - 110 60 E D - - A - 35 20 20 20 20 16 10 1.5
Wakizashi 202 - - - - 100 66 E D - - B hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25px(38) 42 24 24 24 24 19 12 3

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      Wakizashi is unique in that it power stances with Katanas. even though it is a dagger. It wont power stance with other daggers.

      • Anonymous

        Update on single-wielding a Wakizashi: It's moderately fun, similar to Caestus kind of? It's like Caestus in having really good uncharged strong attacks that you can use as your main attack, but one interesting difference from the Caestus is that there's actually a reason to use one-handed strongs in some situations and two-handed strongs in other situations. The one-handed strong is a quick wide slash with a nice step forward and a very quick followup into a second strong, very versatile and quick with good hitboxes and decent damage, while the two-handed strong is a forceful stab with more power (and Piercing damage instead of Slashing) but slower and with worse hitboxes, BUT it also follows up faster from a running strong. So two-handed has a nice running strong->strong combo, while one-handed has a nice standing strong->strong combo. Anyway also if you're going this route I strongly recommend Scholar's Armament or Electrify Armament or other weapon buffs to massive improve your damage.

        • Anonymous

          I'm interested by doing a Strength run with a two-handed dagger, and for some reason I've been assuming that the Misericorde was best because of its seemingly very high base damage combined with good scaling, but I just checked with the AR calculator and... at 60 strength (and 13 dex incidentally), the two-handed Heavy Misericorde +25 (411 damage) is beaten by the Heavy Bloodstained Dagger +15 (443 damage, with 169 base damage but amazing 174.2 strength scaling), the Heavy Wakizashi +25 (453 damage, with 211 base damage and 123.2 scaling) and the Cinquedea +10 (480 damage, with high 240 base damage and 102.6 scaling). Unfortunately the Cinquedea has a one-handed handle so it looks like **** when two-handed if you notice your hands, plus the Wakizashi and Bloodstained Dagger have bleed to make up for their relatively lower damage. Haven't actually evaluated whether they look good two-handed yet but based on the simple shape of their handles it looks promising, tho the Bloodstained might have a very short handle...

          • Anonymous

            Crazy, apparently no one here is good with daggers.I'm dex/arc and use reduvia left and blood Misericorde with bloodhound step in right. I've tried out most other weapons that fit my build like rivers of blood, uchigatana, elonoras poleblade, curved swords, but daggers are definitely my best, at least in pvp.

            The strategy isn't mashing L1. At least for bleed, you wanna throw in a few quick hits until they bleed, with either jump L1 or running L1, or use the L1 combo if you find an opening, then back out quickly.

            Bloodhound is awesome with daggers. The side dodge and then L1 lands very often, or you can use quick R2 after sidestep to quickly break poise then follow up with L1 combo.

            Definitely the best weapons for bleed IMO

            • Anonymous

              The skinny on daggers.

              Despite being sped up, the base AR is low and the range abysmal, so being in position to land a combo on a boss during their vulnerable periods requires that much more skill on your part.

              The attack speed makes landing multiple status effects possible.

              The stance jump attack is awful compared to straight swords, curved swords and many others.

              They have high crit, but with flame of the redmanes nerfed, the only way to stagger for crits is glintblade phalanx or keeping a dagger as a swapout weapon and using a high stagger weapon main.

              That said, several are outstanding weapons.

              Glintstone Kris packs what is effectively a 10 fp Comet spell. Hits about as hard as the Moonveil ash with better range and a charge option.

              Reduvia blood blade has huge bleed buildup from range. Possibly the best bleed weapon in the game after the bleed nerf.

              Black Blade is the best way to start a boss fight as the ash knocks a chunk of health off the boss with one hit. It's a good ash even after the first hit.

              Cinquedea is for beast caster builds.

              Misericorde is the best crit sidearm and you could use glintblade phalanx with magic infusion and swap out for the glintstone kris to fight from range until you get a stagger. Honestly not a bad way to fight bosses.

              The rest are kind of bad and will require superior play on your part to compare to other weapons.

              • Anonymous

                Bro, like 4 of them scale with INT, and three of those 4 are lackluster at best. Really hoping they add some non-niche daggers in the eventual DLC.

                • Anonymous

                  Daggers were really bad before, havent been touched by a single patch since release and were also indirectly nerfed by the reduction in status build up on powerstance and the poise buffs to all armours, to the point they are virtually useless. Power stance moveset is actively a detriment, not a help and they desperately need changes now because as it stands they are literally a hair more than useless. They need more than crit damage, which misericorde is only useful for anyway, and is literally the only infusable one to use because of its thrust r2, but why bother when the entire weapon class is outclassed by literally anything else. Worst damage, no range, jank hitboxes, bad movesets, no poise damage, no speed advantage. For fashion or masochists only.

                  • Anonymous

                    These are by far the most underpowered weapon type. The powerstanced attacks are way too slow and NEED attack canceling. I just tested the dodge roll L1 between daggers, straight swords and curved sword and they're all the exact same speed. Dual curved swords get 4 hits in a powerstanced jump attack while daggers only get 2. Dual straight swords transition from a jump attack fluidly into the second chain of their normal attacks while dual daggers have a pause and then begin their normal chain from the beginning. There's so much more but you get the point - Daggers, which are supposed to be the weapon type with the most fluid and fast playstyle, are unbelievably clunky to use. Even for applying status effects you're better off with curved/thrusting swords (better damage, moveset and range), claws (innate bleed), or fists (strike damage). There's sadly absolutely no unique positive to daggers, except for carrying misericorde for crits and spamming reduvia/black knife AoW's.

                    • Anonymous

                      Why did they nerf status on these? The other weapons I get but status effects on dual daggers would have been a good niche. From honestly REALLY hates daggers.

                      • Anonymous

                        They should have nerfed status build-up for all weapons EXCEPT daggers. Typical From blanket nerfing everything the absolute wankers.

                        • Anonymous

                          all of these should have 115 crit at the minimum, thats literally half the reason to use a dagger in the first place

                          • Anonymous

                            Why can't I get the glowy meteorite knife the claymen use? I don't normally use daggers in these games but I would make a whole build just for that one. :(

                            • Anonymous

                              I want to parry with my dagger, or L1 for quick interrupts. Try to parry an enemy on a hill. It doesn't work very well at all. Otherwise is fun.

                              • Anonymous

                                Not a single dagger with innate poison to satisfy my assassin build dream, but TWO (!!!) shields that cause build-up of this status (Coil Shield & Ant's Skull Plate). From, you ok?

                                • Anonymous

                                  Doing a dagger build at endgame, running a great knife/misericorde combo, switching to black knife to start a fight with and the frenzied flame for incants. The hitboxes make big bosses super annoying but really fun when it works. Everything's low weight so you can have a massive versatility of options with low cost. Successive attack talismans, stacking status effects, and getting crits make for a weird stealth/poise style of combat. This would be my favorite playstyle if not for the hitbox issue.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Just completed a daggers only playthrough on NG+ 7, here are my insights:
                                    -Reduvia Blood Blade will melt pretty much anything that can bleed, and for pure physical damage the Reduvia and Cinqudea powerstanced are your best bet
                                    -The Glintstone Kris staggers things a lot more than you'd expect, and a fully charged Glintstone Dart does a lot of damage
                                    -The Black Knife is good for starting off a boss fight, and the Blade Of Calling is pretty decent against anything undead (it was doing 4000+ damage to Death Rite Birds)
                                    -I only used the Scorpion's Stinger against Rykard and Fire Giant, and it only rotted Rykard, so I wouldn't say it's worth it
                                    -The Misericorde is of course super good for crits

                                    Daggers are fun, I'm gonna do a straight sword only playthrough now. Results pending.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Just completed a daggers only playthrough on NG+ 7, here are my insights:
                                      -Reduvia Blood Blade will melt pretty much anything that can bleed, and for pure physical damage the Reduvia and Cinqudea powerstanced are your best bet
                                      -The Glintstone Kris staggers things a lot more than you'd expect, and a fully charged Glintstone Dart does a lot of damage
                                      -The Black Knife is good for starting off a boss fight, and the Blade Of Calling is pretty decent against anything undead (it was doing 4000+ damage to Death Rite Birds)
                                      -I only used the Scorpion's Stinger against Rykard and Fire Giant, and it only rotted Rykard, so I wouldn't say it's worth it
                                      -The Misericorde is of course super good for crits

                                      Daggers are fun, I'm gonna do a straight sword only playthrough now. Results pending.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Yet another weapon class that shows the trend of longest weapon = highest damage. Why is ER so backwards with its weapon balancing? It makes no sense.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          ****ing useless weapons. They suck on everything compared to other weapon classes. The only advantage these have is increased buildup. Tried to use dual blade of calling and black knife vs maliketh. Both max upgraded. The damage is ****ing miserable. Its just not worth the buildup increase cuz regardless of weapon speed most of the bosses will only let you hit them a couple of times before they unleash the next furry of combos on you. So unless you want to make the game harder, stick to other weapon classes.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            If it wasn't so easy to apply status, I don't think daggers would even be good in pve. Early game dagger gameplay in previous Souls feels like easy mode compared to Elden Ring.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Daggers are overall bad and very situational. First, they suck at ad clear because of the range, moveset and weird collision boxes; enemies will just clip through each other and hit you. Also, they don't stagger anything at all and they rebound from hitting shields. Also, since they don't break poise, fighting humanoid enemies is really hard and dangerous mobs are better dealt with using heavier weapons.

                                              That leaves daggers as specialized single-target DPS weapons mostly for bosses. Most bosses won't even give openings to land that many hits and powerstance L1 locks you for eternity; it is way too slow and can't be canceled. The hitboxes are horrible and there is the collision issue where attacks whiff point blank. On top of all of that, you can't stagger bosses easily with them to make use of the critical value or spam fast attacks to cause status effects

                                              Yeah they are powerful against VERY specific bosses to apply status effects but that's it. Overall, you can land 4 hits midair and do more damage with powerstanced curved swords or powerstance GS/straightswords to get staggers AND spam attacks for status effects.

                                              I am trying to have fun with daggers but the ridiculous hitboxes and collision issues make it a miserable experience.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                As the two below have said, adaptation is important. While you basically have to be up against your opponent, 3 L1s can melt health bars. In the early game, I've been doing great with Reduvia and the Great Knife paired together.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  None of you know how to use daggers if you are saying they're underpowered. The sheer speed of the swings can stun lock people in both pve and pvp. Add status effects and they're even better.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Daggers are butchered all around. There are some good ones like reduvia, glintstone kris and black knife, but even then they rely heavily on their skills, due to lackluster range, made more obvious against fast bosses

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Literally no point to this class of weapon anymore. Barely was a point in some of the other soulslike. Dark Souls 2 saw the best uses of them with some silly shenanigans in DS3 but overall From seems to hate them...a lot.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Worst weapon class. Only good one is Misericorde for crits. Every other RPG gives them something to be able to stand toe to toe with other weapon classes, but from gives them nothing.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          This is my first soulsbourne game and from what i get you are just supposed to use quickstep and backstab regular enemies. I tested it a bit and it works. for bosses you'll get your chance to punish after they do a heavy attack or a long combo which is weird since that's how I use big weapons. I really thought daggers would be more versatile but nope. Only difference between powerstance daggers instead of colossals is now you are punishing with blood buildup instead of jump attacks. i don't know if it was different in darksouls but that's how it is now.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Aside from Misericode, the critical damage seems a bit lacking for most of the daggers. At +17 with Great Knife, I regularly riposte for like 700-ish damage. That's like comparable to straight-swords and axed. Meanwhile, Misericode hits over 1000 at +12. It's not like other daggers have better movesets or higher AR to make up for this either.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              None of these are worth using for direct combat. Misericorde is the only good crit dagger, not that parrying/backstabbing is much of an element of the game anymore, and Black Knife is the only good unique L2. Glinststone Kris is alright but you could just put Glinststone Pebble on anything and achieve similar, or better, results.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I do like daggers in this game overall, but no blindspot, BHS on every weapon, and zero hitstun makes these feel pretty bland. The speed and crit just don't serve much in a game where everything is fast, strong, spammable, and gigantic. They feel like pure crit tools more than ever before short abusing generic overtuned status effects like every other weapon type lol

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  This entire weapon class needs an AR buff. MHS and 2 hit combos are no longer a thing, so it's not like a damage buff would suddenly break them.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    yall complaing how daggers are bad, how about fromsoftware brings back the MHS? how would you feel about that?

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Why you guys say daggers are bad? They're pretty fast, do decent damage, and have fast recovery time compared to most weapons in elden ring. They're not really viable in pvp, but they're good enough for pve.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        This weapon type is pretty bad, but that's what makes it good. Great for "dagger only" challenge runs, for people who aren't total masochists but are looking for a challenge.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Worst damage, worst range, worst poise break, bad power stance moveset, quickstep can be put on any other weapon now so they are outclassed by literally anything else including fists. Been playing daggers since ds1 and they really need drastic help in this game with how powerful everything else has become. Says everything that the UGS crouch poke is faster than the daggers.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Y'know what? These fellas had their time in the spotlight in ds3. I'm fine with them being way worse in this game, despite the fact that I adored them in ds3.

                                                                            (I'm talking pvp, by the way, since I know there's someone out there who thinks I'm referring to pve)

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Tbh if any other weapon has that fast of an attack speed it would be so OP,
                                                                              I think the reason the damage per slash is low, but the ridiculous speed well makes up for it

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Wish there was a bit more artistic designs for the knives. I love the ones we have, but only Reduvia has any type of a hand guard. Would love to go out like Kratos one of these days. :)

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Best weapon type for many "pure" builds!
                                                                                  Low stat requirements, low weight, 2H moveset is surprisingly good, slash and pierce attacks (might need to 2H to stab).
                                                                                  Generally high DPS and range is better than some of the other small weapons like claws.

                                                                                  STR: Cinquedea has excellent strength scaling for a somber weapon, try two handing it or power stancing with a heavy/fire dagger.
                                                                                  ARC: Reduvia, can be combined with another occult/bleed dagger such as the great knife.
                                                                                  DEX: Scorpion's Stinger is pretty good. Most of the regular daggers have high Keen DEX scaling.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Was looking forward to the frenetic, agile and roguish dagger moveset they had for the Blades of Mercy with its lunging, darting attacks, damage modifers on dodging strikes and rapid combo strings that made you feel like a threat at close range.

                                                                                    Yes I know its ER not Bloodborne, but it feels silly to land so close to a winning formula before ignoring it altogether and taking two steps backwards. They struggled with daggers in the past, nailed it once and now are back to struggling.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Dagger's range is so atrocious bad that you against some bosses your attacks will miss when you are standing as close to them as possible. Other than that they're overall pretty weak unless you go for a status effect build

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Daggers are really good to proc different ailments with. For example the bloody helice takes about 3 to 4 hits (takes about 3-4 seconds) to proc bleed on an albinaric. Power stancing erdtree daggers with a blood enhancement takes the same number of hits they get those hits in in half the time. You sacrifice a good deal of regular damage to get that though.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Powerstance Dagger attack rate is kinda underwhelming. Since they have very low range and lower AR than most weapons they should be the category with the fastest attack rate but rolling R1 and jumping attacks are just single hits with each weapons + long recovery while dualblades and curvedswords get 4 hits in a single attack. The only time daggers are OKish is if you stand still and press R1 and dont move for seconds but thats not that realistic in most fights and even than the other weapons apply faster status.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Is the occult arcane scaling for the Erdsteel dagger broken?

                                                                                            I have a +18 Occult Erdsteel dagger and 52 arcane - at this point it has a B rank in arcane scaling but only gets 119 + 18 damage.
                                                                                            in comparison, my +14 Occult Dagger with B arcane scaling has 117 + 120 damage.

                                                                                            Makes no sense to me that the Erdsteel dagger only gets 18 bonus damage from the B scaling in arcane

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Sad there are no Standard/Pierce daggers making an Estoc/Cleanrot/Rogiers' Rapier and dagger combo viable.

                                                                                              Be nice having the Mail-Breaker and having that in game

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                You dual wielding dagger guys might want to try the SCORPIONS STINGER + BLOODSTAINED DAGGER and use bloodhound step on the bloodstained dagger with poison affinity. You'll deal poison, rot and bleed and stack them up fast due to high attack rate and be able to zip in and out of range with bloodhoundstep.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  An extremely irritating thing about daggers, is that because of their short range and how the camera aims you upward, you will miss 99% of your hits against large enemies even if your face is touching their feet.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Pov : you came here to see if you can stand a chance against those bleed builds by interrupting them first

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      You should put mizerikorde among the best weapons. Its 140 crit is worth leveling as secondary on every build in case youre going for backstabs or you break poise.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        When putting together your edgelord dagger powerstance with black knife armor set, you may ask yourself "Which weapon do I pick? There's Black Knife and Blade of Calling.." If your build is more Dex-reliant, use Black Knife. If you're more Faith-reliant, use Blade of Calling. Note: The reason for this is because they have inverse scalings in both dex and fth.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          wakizashi is pretty great for dual wielding actually since you can alternate L1/R1 (like pain train if anyone remembers that)

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            wakizashi is pretty great for dual wielding actually since you can alternate L1/R1 (like pain train if anyone remembers that)

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              It would be nice if in the bulk weapons pages it also listed the usable Ashes of War for their respective weapons

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Dual wielding daggers in PVE, when it works it feels so satisfying. In reality though, you'll be having a hard time hitting anything with high poise, because you'll have to dodge, and when you do, the distance puts you out of your own melee range to counter attack. For such as fast weapon, it's ironically hard to dish out damage in small openings. If only the dodge attack of daggers can just move one step further...

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Would dual wielding Misericorde and Parrying Dagger be viable, planning on putting blood infusion with 80 dex and probably no commitment in arcane since their arcane scaling is only D ?

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Would a Misericorde + Parrying Dagger with blood infusion and full dex build (since they only get D in arcane) be a good build ?

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      I hate how there's 16 daggers but only 4 or 5 twinblades, and 6 or 7 curved greatswords, but then there's also more than 10 glintstone staves.
                                                                                                                      Seriously there's too much variations of unimportant weapons.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Planning to use a dagger as a main weapon on a new character. Are daggers viable as a main source of damage (i.e. riposte and backstabs if applicable to certain enemies, and quick attacks)? Planning to use assassin's cerulean dagger to regen FP, as well as use incantations.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Quick question: is it fine to use a dagger as your main? Planning to start a new character playthrough using just a dagger and maybe a parrying tool (parrying dagger or shield).

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