Thanks to the recent release of Elden Ring‘s Colosseum Update, more players than ever are participating in the 2022 Game of the Year’s online multiplayer system. This increased activity naturally elevated the competitiveness of the game’s PVP element, forcing its players to find new ways to gain an edge against opponents — starting with their weapons.
While a game like Elden Ring (which features a notably steep skill curve) prioritizes skill across all of its game modes, optimizing one’s damage by choosing quality weapons can be the difference between a hard-fought victory and a crushing defeat. With that in mind, a few select items stand out as exceptional combat choices for engaging other Tarnished in the Lands Between.
Updated on January 13th, 2023 by Kennedy King: As Elden Ring quickly approaches its one-year anniversary, it becomes increasingly likely that the game’s developers, FromSoftware, will eventually release a full-scale DLC. While nothing has been officially confirmed, many fans are preparing for the future of the Lands Between by assessing its best weapons for PVP gameplay. These novel strategies, along with the various changes introduced by the game’s updates, have resulted in a new pecking order among these items.
15 Starscourge Greatsword Crushes Enemies With Ease
Most players are intimately familiar with General Radahn’s Starscourge Greatswords after being crushed by them repeatedly in their fight against the Scarlet Rot-afflicted demigod. Should the player defeat their wielder, the Greatswords make great tools for PVE and PVP gameplay.
The colossal blades are charged with General Radahn’s trademark gravity, forcing opponents who fight from a distance to be brought in closer to the player. Should the player land a single strike with these massive blades after causing damage with its weapon skill, even the tankiest characters will be vanquished back to their worlds.
14 Cross-Naginata Picks Apart Players From A Distance
Update 1.08 of Elden Ring made several balancing changes, but despite lessening the effectiveness of the game’s spears, the Cross-Naginata remains one of the best choices for PVP gameplay. Found on a corpse in Gael Tunnel, this three-pronged weapon originates from Elden Ring‘s samurai-inspired Land of Reeds.
The Cross-Naginata’s stellar attack range is undoubtedly its biggest tool. However, thanks to an underappreciated bleed effect and Ash of War infusibility, it is easily one of the best mid-range weapons available for online gameplay.
13 Siluria’s Tree Adds Range To One Of Elden Ring’s Best Classes
Siluria’s Tree, one of Elden Ring‘s best spears, is obtained by defeating an appropriately difficult opponent: Crucible Knight Siluria. Located far below the surface in Deeproot Depths, Siluria’s Tree harnesses the power of the Crucible (the Land Between’s primordial soup) by dealing serious damage from a distance.
Spears translate well into online gameplay given their ability to poke-and-prod from the outside, but Siluria’s Tree takes this a step further, featuring a weapon skill capable of blasting opponents from a distance. While its weapon scaling prevents the spear from inflicting too much damage in a single strike, its various attacks make for a versatile weapon more than worthy of being used online.
12 Bloody Helice Counters Many Of Elden Ring’s Strongest Weapons
Bleed effects have dominated the Elden Ring meta since its debut, so it shouldn’t come as any shock that the Bloody Helice ranks as one of the game’s best. In order to acquire this weapon, the Tarnished must defeat the Sanguine Noble found at the end of the Writheblood Ruins.
Although Update 1.08 slightly reduced the effectiveness of Heavy Thrusting Swords, Bloody Helice still boasts some of the best bleed stats in the entire game. Add in the fact that it serves as a natural counter to some of Elden Ring‘s strongest weapons, and it is an easy choice for veteran players.
11 Banished Knight’s Halberd Is A Solid Take On A Classic Weapon
The Banished Knight’s Halberd and the Golden Halberd are effectively the exact same weapon, minus one key difference: players can customize the former with various Ashes of War. Because of this added versatility, the Banished Knight’s Halberd is perfect for keeping aggressive players at bay.
Multiple enemies located in the Stormhill region are capable of dropping this halberd, making it accessible very early on in Elden Ring‘s narrative. Thanks to solid scaling across a variety of stats (primarily Strength and Dexterity), using the Banished Knight’s Halberd is well worth the effort.
10 Bolt Of Gransax Takes Down Opponents With Style
Bolt of Gransax is a spear fashioned from the bolt belonging to the colossal ancient dragon sprawled across the Royal Capital of Leyndell. One of Elden Ring‘s nine legendary armaments, it features damage output and weapon arts worthy of its illustrious history.
Bolt of Gransax comes with the inherent benefits of the spear class, but what really sets this weapon apart is its meta-defining weapon skill, Ancient Lightning Spear. By harnessing the residual power of Gransax, the player can launch devastating spears of lightning at opposing Tarnished, vanquishing online opponents within two hits regardless of their vigor.
9 Uchigatana Stands Up To The Test Of Time (And Updates)
The Samurai Class is a popular one among Elden Ring players, due in large part to its fantastic starting weapon: the Uchigatana. For those who select other classes, this bleed-inflicting katana can be found deep within Limgrave’s Deathtouched Catacombs.
With solid attribute scaling, Ash of War infusibility, and a solid bleed effect, the Uchigatana is perfect for quickly and effectively dealing damage to rival PVP players. Like the other weapons in Elden Ring‘s Katana class, this weapon was nerfed a bit by Update 1.08; however, it’s still one of the top choices for Dexterity-based builds.
8 Sacred Relic Sword Is Worthy Of Being The Game’s Last Reward
The Sacred Relic Sword is one of Elden Ring‘s final two rewards, obtained by trading in the remembrance of the game’s final opponent: the Elden Beast. Seemingly hewn from the remains of two beings (almost certainly Marika and Radagon), given the two spines that form its blade, the Sacred Relic Sword wields the very power of the gods.
The Sacred Relic Sword doesn’t inflict the same level of damage per swing that Elden Ring‘s colossal weapons do, but it more than makes up for this with high damage for its respective class and its devastating weapon skill, Wave of Gold. The shockwave casts a wide arc that rolls across a significant amount of ground. Although it can be dodged by skilled opponents, it forces them to go on the defensive, creating a window for the player.
The Godskin Peeler is an intimidating weapon obtained by defeating an even more intimidating opponent, the Godskin Apostle found in Windmill Village. As a twinblade, the Godskin Peeler places an unsurprising emphasis on its user’s Dexterity, scaling up to a C in the stat and featuring a Dexterity requirement of 22 in order to wield.
The Godskin Peeler is infusible with Ashes of War, making it a versatile tool. An especially effective variant of the weapon is the version that causes bleed damage. If dual-wielded with itself or another weapon that causes bleed damage, this twinblade becomes one of the best weapons in the game.
6 Vyke’s War Spear Adds Madness To The Tarnished’s Repertoire
Countless Tarnished have battled to become the Elden Lord, but few, if any, have come as close to assuming the Elden Throne as the original owner of Vyke’s War Spear. Vyke was on the precipice of becoming Elden Lord when he decided that, rather than burn the roots of the Erdtree with his beloved finger maiden, he would turn to the Frenzied Flame to accomplish this task.
Unsurprisingly, Vyke lost his sense of self within the Frenzied Flame, succumbing to inner chaos and serving as an agent of the Three Fingers. While Vyke’s War Spear causes madness build-up for both its user and its target, the overwhelming impact it has when it connects is more than enough justification for use online.
5 Eleonora’s Poleblade Utilizes The Game’s Best Status Effect
Eleonora was once a respected master sword wielder from the Land of Reeds, but as detailed by the description of her weapon Eleonora’s Poleblade, she has since succumbed to the allure of Mohg and his accursed blood. Obtained by defeating Eleonora at the Second Church of Marika, this weapon is one of the best blood-related items in Elden Ring.
With scaling spread across Strength, Dexterity, and Arcane, Eleonora’s Poleblade matches quality damage with a nasty bleed effect. When combined with its sweeping weapon skill, this weapon becomes a viable threat against any online opponent.
4 Mohgwyn’s Sacred Spear Is Worthy Of Its Infamous Owner
Many of Elden Ring‘s weapons are proportional in power to their original wielders. Moghwyn’s Sacred Spear doesn’t deviate from this trend, making it one of the strongest items in the entire game. Obtainable by defeating the Lord of Blood, Mohg, this item is one of Elden Ring‘s best options for both PVE and PVP gameplay.
As the longest spear in the game, this weapon naturally plays best from the outside. However, its weapon skill Bloodboon Ritual makes it a threat in virtually any scenario. By causing three explosions of blood-loss and fire damage that travel through objects and walls, Moghwyn’s Sacred Spear presents a grave threat to enemy Tarnished regardless of their environment.
3 Lusat’s Glinstone Staff Harnesses The Power Of Sorcery
Sorcery builds are capable of dishing out as much damage as any in Elden Ring, due in large part to high-potential weapons like Lusat’s Glintstone Staff. This staff, named after one of Raya Lucaria’s most-gifted glinstone sorcerers, features some of the highest Intelligence scaling in the game, making it capable of devastating one-shot attacks that will punish careless melee builds.
There are a high number of sorceries found throughout the Lands Between, which gives Lusat’s Glintstone Staff an almost unparalleled level of versatility compared to other weapons. When used in conjunction with Lusat’s Glinstone Crown, it can make short work of PVP and PVE opponents alike.
2 Winged Scythe Features One Of The Game’s Only PVP Abilities
A welcome reprieve from the oft-overwhelming challenges of the Land Between, the Winged Scythe is one of the few quality weapons in Elden Ring that can be obtained without defeating any difficult enemies. Found in a chest located within the Tombsward Ruins, this scythe features a game-breaking ability.
The Winged Scythe’s holy damage, bleed effect, and weapon arts are all fantastic elements in their own right. However, the Winged Scythe’s weapon skill, Angel’s Wings, prevents opposing Tarnished from using their healing flasks for around fifteen seconds. This is a huge benefit in the PVP realm that can’t be achieved by any other means, making it an ultra-common favorite among the community’s hardcore fans.
1 Rivers Of Blood Parallels The Skill Of Its Original Owner
Rivers of Blood is such a formidable weapon that FromSoftware has already nerfed it, as well as the rest of the Katana class, several times. However, even with these changes taken into account, it’s still the top choice for Elden Ring PVP battles.
Wielded by Bloody Finger Okina of the Land of Reeds, Rivers of Blood is dropped by Okina after defeating him upon his invasion near the Church of Repose. With lightning-fast swings that cause noteworthy blood loss, solid weapon scaling in Strength, Dexterity, and Arcane, and a weapon skill that dominates online gameplay, Rivers of Blood is an item every Tarnished should prioritize obtaining as soon as possible.
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