Paired Weapons in Elden Ring

Paired Weapons are a type of Weapon in Elden RingPaired Weapons can potentially be any kind of weapon, from Colossal Swords to Daggers. What makes them stand out is the fact that rather than two-handing the weapons, your character will instead have a second version in the other hand. This differs from dual wielding 2 of the same weapon type in a few ways:

  • Light attacks change to attacks with both weapons (including backstep, dodge roll/sprint and jump attack). strong attacks remain the same
  • Unlike dual wielding this allows for a guard action and consequently guard-counter
  • Using paired weapons still counts as two-handing a weapon and confers the associated strength bonus for two-handing, allowing to use them with less than the required strength
  • No added weight despite visually using two-weapons, giving it an advantage in terms of equip load compared to dual wielding
  • A major disadvantage compared to dual wielding is the missing ability to put differing status effects on each weapon

Paired Weapons may still be used for dual wielding in the same way as any regular weapon.

Some Paired Weapons can be modified by a number of Ashes of War to change their Skills or Damage Type, others can not be modified. 

 

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    • Anonymous

      I find it supper weird that we somehow got this b*stard child of a paired weapons system alongside powerstancing...

      • Anonymous

        The wiki is incorrect when it says strong attacks remain the same. For fists and claws only; They vary both charged and uncharged to the one handed moveset, usually adding one or two more hits depending on if the attack was charged, which part of the chain the attack is in, and if one of the shouts that alters movesets was used..

        • Anonymous

          For real paired weapons like the Ornamental Straight Sword your weapon carry weight isnt doubled when you dual weild/powerstance them

          • Anonymous

            Why do paired weapons block with L1 in this game? In dark souls 3, L1 was the dual wield attack and R1 was the standard one handed attack. Huge shame.

            • Anonymous

              Paired weapons > Powerstancing any day. The paired weapons in DS3 are the most fun and unique weapons in the entire Dark Souls trilogy, and the Rakuyo and Blades of Mercy in BB are two of most unique weapons in the entire franchise in terms of movesets. Quality over Quantity any day.

              • The paired weapon right hand attack button uses the same moveset as dual wielding the weapon type, but the charged/heavy attacks are different. That's the main benefit, outside of reduced cost to upgrade, I'd say.

                The main downside is that you can't use the one handed moveset, reducing your options, as it replaces that with blocking.

                • Anonymous

                  With the samurai start, you can pick up a second uchigatana and those pair. One left hand light attack does a quick slash with left then right hands, a second light attack flows into another paired attack with different motions, and a third light attack does a simultaneous slash both hands.

                  • Anonymous

                    Weapons do the same damage for crits and backstabs regardless of whether you're using one or both. Should be noted.

                    • Anonymous

                      One of many missed opportunities in this game. Basically only 2 paired weapons? No onikiri&ubadachi? No twindaggers or winblades? I would have waited another dev. cycle to get some the cut content, or otherwise absent content that really should be in the game, but isnt.

                      • Anonymous

                        Why are the Warhawk Talons not a paired weapon? Every Warhawk uses two. Just saying. I was dual wielding them before switching to the Ornamental.

                        • Anonymous

                          so many comments about power stancing on a page about paired weapons. Have people literally lost their ability to communicate or comprehend basic reading?

                          • Anonymous

                            neat wakizashi is a dagger but can be used for katana combos, too bad they didn't add the same thing for other daggers and straight swords. waki/katana should be taken off the list though it's not one weapon becoming two, changing r1/r2 attacks to dual, and the left to a block, it just acts as dual wielded katana. interesting but unrelated

                            • Anonymous

                              Seems like there is a lot of confusion in this section. Paired weapons are weapons that you equip in one slot, and when two handed will be two separate weapons. Dual wielding separate weapons from the same class is called Powerstancing, and do not receive the two handed bonus to strength. Also pretty sure the Wakizashi and other katanas should not be in this section, as they are powerstanced, not paired.

                              • Anonymous

                                Just tested this on patch 1.04. TLDR, strength reqs on paired weapons ARE met by two handing 1.5x, unlike DS3. This may be patched later if it's a bug.

                                Level 1 character, heavy Star Fist +12 (req. Str 12 and Dex 8), Scaling Str B
                                Str 10: 1h=34 dmg. | 2h= 108+108 dmg (2 hits)
                                Str 15: 1h=142 dmg. | 2h=125+125 dmg (2 hits)

                                • Anonymous

                                  I know that it says so on this wiki, but can anyone actually confirm if paired weapons receive the strength bonus from two handing? I keep getting mixed messages on it, especially with the starscourge greatsword

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Okay, I've been seeing mixed information on if paired weapons receive the two handing strength bonus. Do they, or do they not? I get the most mixed messages concerning the Starscourge Greatsword

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Really wish they chose to use two different weapon types instead of one. Starscourge Greatsword and the Ornamental Swords are not bad, but I just wish there was more weapons like the Farron GS or the Valorheart.

                                      • so i found that dual wielding the golden epitaph with the Ornamental Straight Sword gives the combo of the ornamental sword neat trick for changing combo of the epitaph also both wepons ashes can technically be used by two handing the epitaph buffing then swaping back to the DW and using ornamental buff

                                        • Anonymous

                                          My tests so far so that the light and heavy attacks remain the same and the block button becomes a dual attack button and you do carry the weight from both weapons. This has been specifically with claws and fists. The character in question has not gotten duplicates of any other weapons yet. So either this entire post is inaccurate or the wording needs to be updated to better explain that fists and claws are specifically excluded from the... everything

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I like the paired weapons solution and the power-stance solution to dual wielding, but I wish this category were more fleshed out with super creative weapons like the Farron Greatsword from DS3. It is what it is, I suppose.

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