Weapons in Elden Ring is a piece of offensive equipment that is used by the player's character to inflict damage against Enemies and Bosses. Elden Ring features new categories of Weapons, as well as some returning from previous Souls games. The way in which Weapons are Upgraded is also slightly different due to the new Ashes of War mechanic.

  • Press and hold triangle + R1 to two-hand your equipped weapon


Elden Ring Weapons Types


Weapon Requirements & Scaling

Just like previous From Software titles, all Weapons in Elden Ring have Stat requirements that must be met in order to wield the Weapon effectively. You cannot, for instance, use the Skill of a Weapon if you don't meet its requirements, so plan accordingly, and look for Weapons that you can use effectively.

Scaling is how much damage is added to a Weapon due to your investment in a specific Stat like Strength or Dexterity for example. Elden Ring also handles this in a similar manner to the Souls franchise with "S" being the best Scaling, followed by "A", "B", "C", "D" and "E".

In short, the better the letter, the more damage you will deal by investing into the specified scaling Stat. Some Weapons have more than one Scaling Stat, so pay attention to what these are and make sure to increase the ones that give you the most damage per Attribute Point invested.


Weapon Damage Types

All Weapons in Elden Ring have one or more Damage Types. For instance the Longsword does both Standard and Pierce Damage. This is because its normal attacks are considered Standard Damage, while its R2 attack is a thrust, dealing Piercing Damage. Knowing what Damage Types your chosen Weapon does can benefit you, since many enemies are weak or resistant to certain types of damage.

Additionally, you can change the Damage Type of many Weapons in Elden Ring by slotting Ashes of War into them from the Ashes of War menu at a Site of Grace. Selecting your Weapon in this menu will show you which Ashes of War you can use on your Weapon from the ones you currently possess.

For instance if you use the Ash of War: Gravitas on your Longsword you will add Magic Damage to the Weapon, on top of the other Damage Types. Slotting this Ashes of War will also change the Scaling of the Longsword from STR D and DEX D Scaling  to STR D, DEX E, INT C allowing you to take better advantage of your Intelligence Attribute. This makes Magic Damage a good type for those using Sorceries, since these get stronger the more Intelligence you possess.

Weapon Upgrades

Weapon Upgrades in Elden Ring are done at the Smithing Table, which can currently be found in the Church of Elleh. Here you will be able to use Runes and Smithing Stone Shards you've gathered to Upgrade any Weapons you find.

When you Upgrade a Weapon it goes from the base version to the "+1" version of the same Weapon, indicating that it has been Upgraded 1 time. This not only increases the damage of the Weapon, but in some cases it will also improve the overall Scaling of the Weapon. For instance, when you Upgrade the Longsword to Longsword +1 the Strength Scaling actually improves from D to C, improving the damage you gain from investing into Strength.

Unlike the Souls games, there are no "Gems" or other materials you use to change the damage type of Weapons, but instead you use Ashes of War you find through out the game. These can be removed from your Weapon as well, allowing you to try many different versions of your current Weapon, to see what you like best.

  • See the Upgrades page for more information about this topic

Weapon Skills & Ashes of War

Every Weapon in Elden Ring comes with a Weapon Skill that can be used by pressing the L2 button. These Skills consume FP when used, which is the blue bar located below your HP bar, and each consume different amounts based on their relative power. Some Skills can even be "Charged" by holding L2, making them use more FP, but with increased damage or effectiveness.

Most Weapons in Elden Ring can have their Weapon Skill replaced by slotting an Ashes of War into it. This can be done at a Site of Grace in the Ashes of War menu. This allows you to mix and match Skills with the Weapon you prefer to use, though not all Ashes of War work on all Weapons. Some have specific types of Weapons they must be used on.

Using Ashes of War is not a permanent change, and can be undone at any time by revisiting a Site of Grace and "Un-enhancing" your Weapon. Or you can replace it with other Ashes of War if you like. Keep in mind many Ashes of War also allow you to change the Damage Type of the Weapon or just the Scaling, such as if you select "Keen" or "Quality". However, this is not mandatory and you are free to keep your "Standard" Scaling if you don't want to change this, and you can still use the Weapon Skill anyway.

Note that not all Weapons allow the use of Ashes of War, such as those that possess unique Weapon Skills like Dragonscale Blade, Reduvia and Ordovis' Greatsword. Additionally, there doesn't seem to be a way to use Ashes of War on Bows, Glintstone Staffs or Sacred Seals, though there may be away in the full game. Keep this in mind when using these Weapons.


Elden Ring All Weapons List











Straight Swords

















Curved Swords


















Double-Edged Swords




































Great Spears









Light Bows









Glintstone Staffs










Sacred Seals



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    • Anonymous

      Bastard sword best weapon of the network test. Amazing for strength heavy build. Slaughtered the dragon and Margit way fast. Margit still wasn't easy, but the fat damage helped!!

      • Anonymous

        So... no thrusting swords, I guess it makes sense since it's a fantasy medieval setting but having them would be cool, hope to see the estoc lol

        • Anonymous

          Finally, actual dual-wielding in a Fromsoft game! Not DSII, where it was cool but had crazy stat requirements to even get the powerstance. Not DSIII, where you could only do it with like 15 special weapons. Now, as long as the weapons are similar types and you can one-hand them, you can duel-wield them. Thank you Fromsoft, thank you.

          • Anonymous

            My thoughts on all the weapons:
            Daggers: Don't care
            Straight Swords: Greatswords but worse
            Greatswords: Ok i guess
            Curved Swords: BEST SWORD TYPE!!!!! ADD PKCS!!!!!!! (Great weapon)
            Katanas: Cringe
            Double-Edged Swords: Supa dupa Cringe
            Axes: Dunno
            Spears: Nice
            Great Spears: Lances are awesome
            Light Bows: Don't care
            Glintstone Staffs: I hope you can use them as physical weapons and not just cathalysts
            Sacred Seals: Wut?

            • Anonymous

              I am assuming there will be more weapon types revealed. I don’t believe there is usually a wide variety of ultra weapons in the earliest areas of the Dark Souls games - like there are a few like the Zweihander in DS1 and Vordts in DS3, but I imagine outside the network test in the full game we’ll see our Greataxes, Greathammers and beautiful UGSs

              • Anonymous

                I will try out every weapon and weapon art ofc, but I think at the end it will be the good old Claymore which served me very well through DS1 and DS3

                • Anonymous

                  It'd be interesting to see the Zweihander, Greatsword, and some weapons of our beloved bosses, like Arty, Slave Knight Gael, and maybe the Wolf Blood Watchers.

                  • Anonymous

                    I would love to see a lot more unique but viable weapons in this game, a lot of times unique weapons in Soulsborne games are very cool looking but not very viable outside of niche situations. *cough cough* DS3 Storm Ruler along with 90% of the boss soul weapons *cough cough*

                    • Anonymous

                      For all my rougish fellows out there, it would be amazing if Elden Ring would provide a set of daggers that would be viable in both PvP and PvE.

                      I can't wait for this game.

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