Frozen Needle

frozen needle thrusting sword weapon elden ring wiki guide 200px
attack power elden ring wiki guide 18Attack
Phy 99
Mag 0
Fire 0
Ligt 0
Holy 0
Crit 100
guarded damage negation elden ring wiki guide 18Guard
Phy 40
Mag 40
Fire 28
Ligt 28
Holy 28
Boost 20
attribute scaling elden ring wiki guide 18Scaling
Str E
Dex D
attributes required elden ring wiki guide 18Requires
Str 11
Dex 18
Thrusting Sword Standard/Pierce
Impaling Thrust FP 14
Wgt. 2.5 passive effects elden ring wiki guide 18Passive 
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60)

Frozen Needle is a Thrusting Sword in Elden Ring. The Frozen Needle scales primarily with Strength and Dexterity and is a good Weapon for inflicting frost on enemies. 

 

A razor-thin piercing blade of ice.
Forged by Ijii, the carian Royal Blackmith.

Can inflict frost upon enemies, and launch its blade with a strong attack.  The blade immediately regenerates. 

 

Where to Find Frozen Needle in Elden Ring

The Frozen Needle weapon can be found at the following location:

 

Elden Ring Frozen Needle Notes & Tips

  • Weapon Skill: Impaling Thrust
  • This weapon cannot be infused with Ashes of War
  • Can't be enchanted with Magic nor boosted by Consumables.
  • Frozen Needle can be upgraded by using Somber Smithing Stones
  • The heavy attack fires a short-to-medium range ice projectile that uses no FP. Charged heavy attacks give the projectile increased damage and range. The projectile is not affected by Axe Talisman.
  • The feint attack (tap dodge while holding R2) will also shoot out a projectile, and is a very useful tool for spacing and makes up for the short range of the projectile by moving your character backwards. 
  • Due to the unique nature of the Thrusting Sword powerstance moveset, this weapon makes a very good right hand weapon for dual-wielders
    • Because of the unique nature of this weapons R2 move, it remains a very viable option even when using two weapons (Typically R2 becomes overshadowed by the higher damage L1s)
    • Frozen Needle's biggest weakness is its low overall damage, so powerstancing can help reduce that deficiency 
    • The 2nd L1 in the thrusting sword powerstance combo is comprised of a triple hit from the right hand weapon ONLY, which will allow you to proc Frost on enemies faster.  This also works as the second L1 out of a roll or backstep.
      • In addition, you can buff your left hand weapon with fire, making it possible to instantly reset frost and allow you to apply it again just as quickly
      • The left hand thrusting sword is typically used for wide slashing attacks, so it makes most sense to leverage a longer tool for your left sword.  Estoc or Cleanrot Knight's Sword make for good option.
    • This can give you an extremely wide variety of tools to deal with enemies and make for a fun high-skill weapon set that doesn't rely on strong weapon arts
  • Causes Frost buildup: frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60)
  • Sell Value:  er runes 13 200
  • Other notes and player tips go here

 

Moveset & Videos in Elden Ring for Frozen Needle

 

Frozen Needle Upgrades in Elden Ring

Please see the Upgrades page to understand the weapon bolstering process.

Requires regular reinforcement with Somber Smithing Stones

This upgrade can be enchanted with Magic or boosted with Consumables.

  Attack Power Stat Scaling Passive Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Frozen Needle Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst
Standard 99 - - - - 30 E D - - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60) 40 40 28 28 28 20 10
Standard +1 113 - - - - 33 E D - - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60) 40 40 28 28 28 20 10
Standard +2 127 - - - - 36 E D - - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60) 40 40 28 28 28 20 10
Standard +3 142 - - - - 39 E C - - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60) 40 40 28 28 28 20 10
Standard +4 156 - - - - 42 D C - - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60) 40 40 28 28 28 20 10
Standard +5 170 - - - - 45 D C - - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60) 40 40 28 28 28 21 10
Standard +6 185 - - - - 48 D C - - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60) 40 40 28 28 28 21 10
Standard +7 199 - - - - 51 D C - - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60) 40 40 28 28 28 21 10
Standard +8 213 - - - - 54 D C - - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60) 40 40 28 28 28 21 10
Standard +9 228 - - - - 57 D C - - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60) 40 40 28 28 28 21 10
Standard +10 242 - - - - 60 D B - - - frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 100px (60) 40 40 28 28 28 22 10

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      Love this thing. If you powerstance it with itself it builds up frost reliably, but if you want you could powerstance with a fire/flame art infused weapon for auto frostbite removal

      • Anonymous

        I stopped summoning people with this. Not because it’s cheese but because it’s terrible. Half way through the duel you’re gonna just do the r2 feint that does 0 damage anyways and make me chase you for 3 minutes. Needs an fp cost for obvious reasons and should be reflected to erdtree great shield.

        • Anonymous

          The R2 projectile of this weapon can semi-reliably hit Malenia right as she starts to do her evasion move, at least if you have the right distance. Hits her with freeze and at the same time baits one of just two predictable attack patterns.

          • Apart from fun factor from the projectiles, cold infused Estoc is superior in every other way. Combined with a Bleed Antspur Rapier and poisonous mist ash of war, you can inflict scarlet rot, poison, frost, and bleed. with the right talismans: Kindred of rot, lord of blood, millicent prosthesis, rotten winged sword = absolutely bonkers damage all the way through ng+7.

            Nizar GG on YT has a video on this and it's a great build.

            Wish the frozen needle had at least a little bit more AR to balance it out versus other options.

            • Anonymous

              You could powerstance this with Antspur Rapier infuse with bleed and proc Rot, Bleed and Cold by using only two weapons. It could be fun

              • Anonymous

                I just wish the frost buildup improved with upgrading. It feels very wrong that cold imbued thrusting swords can out frost the frost rapier.

                • Anonymous

                  It might not be strong, or meta but I still like it :)

                  Charged heavy stuns Malenia and is my secret tool against her

                  • Anonymous

                    Man they really need to “Chill Out” with thrusting swords… Yea? Anyone got my reference…? FOR HONOR?!?

                    • Anonymous

                      This is one of only two weapons in the game that give you completely free ranged attacks (the other being Wings of Astel). The damage is fairly low, but that makes sense since it is not a weapon skill; it's merely a free ranged attack. Note that the projectile DOES benefit from two-handing the weapon, especially if you have decent strength, since it scales with strength as well (though primarily with dexterity of course).

                      Also note that charging the attack almost doubles the damage and takes little time to charge, so definitely do that. The main disadvantage of trying to use this is the enemy must be not have any sideways movement or the attack will miss, even if the enemy is really slow. Mainly it's good for killing very weak enemies without wasting FP, especially if melee combat is too dangerous, like those putrid zombies that try to grab you and bite you.

                      The projectile applied frostbite to a troll after 7 hits, but stance-broke him after 6. So it does some poise damage and it applies a smallish amount of frostbite build-up.

                      For damage numbers, I tested it against some trolls in Limgrave, at +2:
                      85 uncharged, 160 charged with 18 dexterity and 15 strength
                      95 uncharged, 172 charged with 28 dexterity and 15 strength

                      • Anonymous

                        Might not be best damage but it's getting added to my build anyway. A couple extra rolls and a couple extra attacks aren't that hard to pull off in these games and in Elena Ring leveling is way easier. Probably done intentionally for non DS players to become acquainted with the genre more.

                        Regarding AOW usage I don't use it as my main so it bears no impact on my game play anyway. I use it when I need to use thrust, or when an enemy is weak to frost and thrust.

                        It's lightweight with fast attacks not much poise damage but come on can't expect that from a needle...

                        Used right it's awesome as a situational quick switch weapon because it doesn't overweight the character easily having it equipped with other weapons. Definitely a great 2nd slot weapon.

                        • Anonymous

                          It's a joke but not funny or just an unfinished work. We don't need 60 build up without arc or int scales. We don't need a frosting weapon without int scale. Also, We don't expect a weapon that cannot be equipped with ashes to have something like impaling thrust.

                          • Could we add that when you do a "feint" with it, it also fires in projectile too? Super fun in PvP, people forget about feints, and if they don't they roll back and get smacked by the projectile anyway

                            • Anonymous

                              Wish we had more weapons like this and the Wing of Astel. Strange how this one doesn't have scaling in Int/Magic though.

                              • Anonymous

                                Does anyone know if the damage of the projectile is standard or pierce? Wondering if it would be a good pairing with the spear talisman

                                • Anonymous

                                  The heavy attack is also not affected by Godfrey's talisman. Making this weapon incredibly hard to increase in power without body buffs besides raw stats which will only get you so far.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    "-and launch its blade with a strong attack. The blade immediately regenerates." Oh hell nah, they done added silver chariot's rapier to the game

                                    • First of all, I don't recommend you keep this as a primary weapon, there are way better rapiers for that job. This however, is one of the best finishers in the game. Keep this in the second slot of your right hand armament, and then when the opponent is one hit away from death and roll spamming away from you, instantly switch to this and hit em with an R2. They NEVER expect the range on this and it's almost always a guaranteed hit if you time it right.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I really like that the R2 attack fires the projectile while you step forward towards the opponent, the charged R2 fores the projectile while leaving you mostly stationary, and the charge-cancel R2 fires the projectile with a back step. It give you a HUGE amount of flexibility in being able to front attacks and vary attack pacing while applying pressure or backing off. While it may not proc Frostbite as quickly as some others, this ability to keep at an ideal distance pairs brilliantly by allowing you to L2 as soon as it procs to bypass guard and deal heavy damage. Absolutely love this weapon.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          The fact that the feint attack of this rapier shoots the projectile makes this weapon amazing in PvP. Just when an opponent thinks it's safe to rush you, they get quite the surprise.
                                          Of course, the frostbite buildup is lower than rapiers that can be cold-infused, but the pure physical damage and that projectile compared to split damage and no projectile (depending on the ash of war used, of course) makes this superior.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Can't put AoW on this and Catalyst Hybrids don't exist in ER. As much as I love this game, From has some major jackasses in some of its design teams.

                                            • Frozen needle is an extremely great thing for dexterity builds wtih very nice moveset. R2 shot attack is superb counter move after rolling or countering mages attack in PVP or some hard to melee bosses. 60 frostbite is enough anyway, especially since the needle doesn't require any other skill than dexterity. Very quick upgrade as a nice bonus.
                                              Love to play with this rapier and daga(parrying dagger) or buckler for the sake of fantasy main-gauche playstyle

                                              • Frozen needle is an extremely great thing for dexterity builds, especially in early game.
                                                60 frostbite is enough anyway, especially since the needle doesn't require any other skill than dexterity and have this moveset with good range attack(roll + R2 and solid counter against mages in PVP). Very fast somber upgrading as a nice bonus.
                                                Love to play with this rapier and daga(parrying dagger) or buckler for the sake of fantasy main-gauche style

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Why on earth does this not scale with Int? It couldn't look more magic if it had glasses and a scar on its forehead.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Feel this weapon is getting a lot of flak for no real good reason. Doing pure Phys. damage with respectable scaling, and you get free Frostbite buildup with it? Sure other weapons can do more build up faster, but the addition of the R2 projectiles (And the fact you can hit with the weapon and the projectile for even more damage) gives some flexibility to an already flexible moveset. In addition, it being Somber makes it a lot easier to upgrade...You even get it right next to Igi who sells up to Somber 4s.

                                                    If you're a caster a Cold infused weapon may be more your speed, but for Dex builds I can see this being a very handy main hand rapier, or you can use it as a swap option to poke at folks with feint projectiles.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Idk how you guys don't like this weapon. It's stupidly well balanced because it lets you land a LOT of free hits by launching the blade while doing the back hop.
                                                      It's just as fun in PvP as it is in PvE. I wouldn't imagine that using it with my shield it just makes me tank thru a lot of crap while poking-to-stagger a lot of people. Rivers of Blood just gets outdamaged because of the stagger and often times you can hit them at the very edge of the R2 launched blade. I love this ****
                                                      -Judje

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        i dont mind if it stays as a somber weapon, theyre easier to upgrade anyways, but at least change the weapon skill to repeating thrust or something

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          How on earth does the frozen needle have only 60 frost buildup that never increases with upgrades? Meanwhile other rapiers go up to 105 buildup and +25? The Ice projectile does not make up for that.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Thank God it cannot be infused, so I can use it and never see anyone else with it spamming some bs weapon art with status infusion.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Kind of ridiculous that the antspur rapier which applies scarlet rot allows you to apply ashes of war for multi status buildup, but this doesn't. I can infuse any other rapier with frost and get almost double the frostbite buildup. Extremely disappointing and its potential is limited by this for no good reason, if the frostbite buildup at least scaled with int or something it would be more interesting than it is currently, and this goes for a lot of pure phys dmg weapons that apply status buildups.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Heavy attacks shoot little ice shards at the cost of 0 FP. Really cool little sword, would be a lot better if we are allowed to use ash of war on it.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Unlike Wing of Astel, the Frozen Needle rapier will still shoot its icicle projectile while doing the unique rapier backsteps (Strong attack + hold Dodge).

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I reckon this might work better as a powerstace offhand, since you can still two-hand it if you want the ranged attacks. This allows you to use your mainhand rapier's ash of war instead. Though if you don't tend to spam ash of wars and think impaling thrust is good enough(I think it's a little weak, but under-rated) you can main hand it and stick a buff on your off-hand(eg golden vow, seppuku, grease, assassins gambit)

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      People saying it’s shorter than other rapiers are over exaggerating. It’s the same length as the standard rapier and the antspure. It’s not a tiny toothpick.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I really wished this scaled with int too, it would have been a amazing and cool weapon for frost mages. Not a bad weapon either way, great for fashion souls.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          The DS2 Ice Rapier's twin... except it's more of a Danny DeVito to the Ice Rapier's Arnold Schwarzenegger, who got all the good genes.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Kinda sad how bad this thing is. It’s shorter than other thrusting swords, can’t be infused, and the heavy attack isn’t boosted by an talismans. If this thing would’ve been a foot longer and scaled higher in dex it could’ve been a great weapon.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              the projectile is certainly GOOD, although i don't think it quite makes up for the inability to A: change the ash of war, especially sucks because the default one isnt even unique and isn't particularly good, and B: buff the weapon with spells or change it's affinity. very cool sword, and will likely be incredibly useful in certain builds because of the free ranged option, but has very niche use cases because of it's overall low damage compared to similar weapons.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                You're better off using any basic weapon/rapier. The ice spikes cool, but it falls short with anything else. It's a shame that Fromsoftware has trouble balancing unique weapons. It's either super strong crazy, or wasted potential. (Looking at you Sword of N&F, Moonveil, Rivers of Blood) compared to (Gargoyle Twinblade, Crystal Sword, Frozen Needle, Golden Epitaph, etc.)

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  This rapier is about a foot shorter than other rapiers. Unfortunately this could've been a lot better and usable. It should've scaled with INT. It shouldn't have been shortened. It's skill should be changeable, or at least have it shoot a spike out for it's skill, which it doesn't do. Would've been cool if it shot spikes on horseback. The rolling attack doesn't shoot either. I actually would've been okay with it taking like 5 fp per shoot. Unfortunately there's a lot of wasted potential here, as with a lot of other weapons.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Seems really cheesy if you can get a good rhythm of R2->A to fire the projectile with a backstep, which you can do more rapidly than standing in place tapping R2.

                                                                                    • Sidenote: this looks delicious when paired with the regular "Knight" set from the twin-husks vendor. Slap on a clean silver heater or kite shield for good measure and you become a very clean blue/silver tarnished of frosty doom.

                                                                                      • The main selling point is that R2 fires a projectile that requires no resources. You can tap the button to fire them quickly or charge them up for a bit of extra damage, and they also deal frost, so when you do decide to go in for melee, they will both stack frost up for decent burst damage. It's a nice backup weapon if it aligns with your chosen stats and you want some mid-range projectiles from a melee weapon -- but unlike other rapiers, it does not have any extra 'crit', and you will probably miss having the double-stab or double-swipe R2's from the Estoc or normal Rapiers.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          The return of the Ice Raiper. Never thought that'd be something I'm happy with, but here we are. I love the amount of DS2 references in the game; it's objectively the worst game aside from possibly Demons Souls (the DLC for DS2 pushes it up in my eyes) I may like it less than DS1 and Sekiro, which are my favorites aside from Elden Ring, but I actually have the most hours in DS2 of the lost due to the sheer about of stuff you are able to do compared to the other games

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I wish this weapon was able to put ash of wars on so I could better use it on my cyromancer int build. I thought it have int scaling like the other frost weapons but no.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              This seems to combine really well with the axe and spear talismans, giving the charge attack hefty counter attack damage from a distance. Mounted combat aside I'm finding this to be a really effective and very lightweight option.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Really wish I could put an ash of war on this. The strong attack is cool but the skill is kinda lame. Would’ve loved to put something like hoarfrost stomp or bloodhound step on this.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  So, for those that didn't know, thrusting swords and curved swords all have a feint in their moveset. By pressing the dodge button while charging a heavy attack, you will do an immediate back hop while attacking. The Frozen Needle fires a projectile with its feint.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Another benefit of this weapon is that the heavy attacks don't bounce. Since you're firing the blade as a projectile, where normally one-handing a thrust weapon might bounce off of a shield, this weapon won't, making the feint attack even more useful.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      charge attack does 0 poise damage tho, like it has no physical damage component to it, even at close range. So it has its drawback.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Shame you can’t change the ash of war especially since it’s default is the standard rapier ash. This plus repeating thrust would have been great for building up frost.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          My greatest hope was for a spear finally working like this: frost effect and the ability to throw ice javelins (like follower javelin but better). It seems like I have to wait for another generation of FromSoftware games.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Are there any more weapons with that kind of "special" attack that doesn't consume FP (like the R2 projectile)? Would be really cool to know :)

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              The heavy attack cause it to shoot a midrange ice projectile that take no FP and can be charge up for more dmg.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                This weapon, if the name and effect weren't too obvious, truly shines with Frost ashes of war, with the new addition of surprisingly effective Hoarfrost spells as well.

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