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

      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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