Hey guys! I’m Arihead from Electronic First and today we’re gonna be talking about Elden Ring again! Elden Ring may be hard for most people, who blame their failures on their skill level. Or worse, they blame it on the game’s difficult boss fights. In fact, I’ve seen countless people doing this when they are insufficiently geared. Elden Ring is an RPG with tons of equipment and creative liberty, so you can easily take advantage of this to create an insane build. That’s why today, we’ll be covering the 10 best underrated equipment in Elden Ring. After all, there are certainly a lot of hidden gems that people should know about. Don’t take the list order too seriously, as it’s hard to rank stuff early on, especially in a game like Elden Ring. These are just some of the things that have proven to be extremely effective in both single player and multiplayer content. Before we begin though, remember to check out our recent Elden Ring Worth a Buy Episode. If you’re interested to hear my sorry attempt at an unbiased review, I suggest you check it out. And don’t forget to check out our store. At Electronic First, we sell games like Elden Ring at the best prices. Now, let’s move on to the list, shall we?
Starting off, we have the Greatsword. No, not an ordinary greatsword, for this thing is too big to be called a sword. Too big, too thick, too heavy and too rough. It’s more like a large hunk of Iron. Yeah, I mean the Colossal Sword, disorientingly named Greatsword. On the surface, while this weapon may seem very slow and clunky, its R2 and crouch R1 attacks are swift and ranged enough to make it a big threat in PVP and very useful in PVE. Moreover, this weapon class does a lot of stagger and can easily poise break, even with just crouch r1 attacks. Since this weapon scales with strength, I recommend going Two-Handed and using an Ash of War that synergizes well with a Strength build, like Ground Slam or even Poisonous Mist. This way, you can infuse your weapon with poison and perform better against most bosses. In PVP, using the Quickstep or Bloodhound step is ideal. These ashes of war are basically dodge roll alternatives. The difference is that they possess far less endlag and can be used very aggressively. Also, using r1 after using Quickstep or Bloodhound Step allows you to use a crouching r1, just like a normal dodge roll. A strong option overall and definitely worth trying out if you just wanna swing a giant sword around.
You can find this weapon by heading north-west of Dragonbarrow to the Caelem Ruins Site of Grace, inside a caravan guarded by 2 dogs. 12 Dexterity and a monstrous 31 Strength is required to use this weapon.
9. Power Stance Noble’s Slender Sword
In order to unlock the Straight Sword’s full potential, Power Stancing them is absolutely necessary. Its powerstance L1 attacks are swift, ranged and powerful, which is basically everything you’d want in a weapon. And as a non-unique Straight Sword with the most range and the highest Dex scaling, you can equip a powerful Ash of War to further enhance your Dex scaling, like the infamous Bloodhound Step, which is definitely the recommended option for PVP. For PVE, you can also use the Bloodhound Step, but you should also try an Ash of War that provides Lightning Infusion, like Thunderbolt. You can even use a Bleed build with Arcane investment and a Blood-based Ash of War for both swords. However, I would instead recommend using the Blood-based Ash of War on your left Straight Sword and a Dexterity-scaling Ash of War on your right Straight Sword. You can always stack more Bleed by crafting Blood Grease, which isn’t particularly hard to farm for. Just know you’ll need to head down to Fort Haight in Limgrave to obtain the necessary crafting recipe. To get this weapon, you’ll need to slay Wandering Nobles until it drops… which means you’ll probably have to kill hundreds, or even thousands of them. For some reason, this weapon appears to have a very low drop rate. I wish you the best of luck.
8. Imp Heads
Most people don’t use the many types of Imp Heads available, despite the decent stats for their weight class. In large part, this is because an Imp Head isn’t the most fashionable piece of equipment you can use. However, if you are looking to optimize your character, then there is plenty of reason to don an Imp Head. This is because Each Imp Head provides plus two to a certain stat. The Wolf Imp Head, for example, provides 2 Endurance, a stat every build wants for gaining stronger armor and poise. You can obtain many types of Imp Heads in various dungeons around the Lands Between. For example, the Cat Imp Head can be obtained very early on in the Murkwater Catacombs, situated in Western Limgrave.
7. Godskin Sticher
The Shield Poke Turtle strategy, where you use a Heavy Thrusting Sword and a Greatshield has taken the PVP community by storm with its hard to punish attacks and stalwart defense. Trust me, it’s not fun to face this build, but it’s undoubtedly very strong right now. And its strength doesn’t extend to PVP alone. Recognized by most as the best Heavy Thrusting Sword, the Godskin Stitcher is an excellent choice in PVE as well. And as usual, the Bloodhound Step is excellent for PVP. It improves this build’s already great aggressive pressure with a movement option that can outright ignore your opponent’s attempts to create space. But really, a lot of stuff can be used with this weapon due to its balanced Str and Dex scaling, especially for single player, where you might want to use a blood Ash of War like Bloody Slash. This weapon can be dropped from a Godskin Noble in the Volcano Manor, a Legacy Dungeon situated in the Mt. Gelmir Region. You’ll need 14 Strength and 17 Dexterity to use this weapon.
6. Antspur Rapier
Not only is the heavy Thrusting Sword powerful, but the normal one is also currently one of the best weapon types in Elden Ring, due to its excellent moveset, whether you power stance or use it with a Greatshield. Enter: Antspur Rapier. This non-unique weapon is one of the few sources of Scarlet Rot, a deadly status effect that destroys most bosses. Possessing an excellent moveset, Scarlet Rot and a Blood or other type of Ash of War is a real game changer. The reason why the Antsur Rapier doesn’t need an Ash of War like Bloodhound Step, which is still a great option, is because you’d probably wanna use the Barricade Shield Ash of War for your Greatshield. When this Ash of War is used, your shield’s stability and deflection level is improved. This Ash of War is insanely overpowered for PVP and is almost impossible to counter. It’s not always the best option for single player content, so you might wanna equip the rapier on your right hand with an Ash of War like Bloodhound Step. You can obtain the Antspur Rapier later into the game at the Shaded Castle Castellan, dropped by a hostile NPC named Maleigh Marais, found in the fields west of The Shaded Castle. 10 Strength and 20 Dexterity is required to use this weapon, which isn’t a problem for Dexterity builds.
5. The Entire Banished Knight Set
The Banished Knights found in Stormveil Castle, among other places, drop Banished Knight equipment, including the altered variation; a lighter version of the original. Even though you can get this set incredibly early on, the fact remains that it’s above most others in its weight class, above even some of the end game stuff. It doesn’t have any strong gimmicks, but it sure provides excellent protection. You can just mix and match armor if you’re big on optimization. For example, An Imp Head, Bull-Goat Gauntlets and the Banished Knight Chest and Greaves may not be the most fashionable choice, but will provide excellent stats and effects for your character.
4. Bull-Goat’s Talisman
If you’re new to Soulslike games, then you probably don’t know the importance of poise; a stat that governs stagger resistance. More Poise means less stagger resistance, so you can more easily attack enemies without them interrupting you. More poise can make a huge difference especially in pvp. That’s why the Bull-Goat Talisman is so ridiculously good. It increases your poise by a staggering 33%, which allows most people to reach 101 poise, the value you’d want to take 2 light hits without being staggered. And thanks to the next item in the list, you can reach this number with relatively low Endurance investment. To get the Bull-Goat Talisman, head to Dragonbarrow Cave: north of Caelid. This is a very high level area with powerful enemies, but you can reach it early on by heading northeast from the Church of Marika’s site of grace. There, you’ll find a teleporter concealed by foliage. Use it and you’ll be taken to Greyroll’s Dragonbarrow. Dragonbarrow Cave is conveniently located next to the minor Erdtree, so it’s not easy to miss. Just avoid all the enemies unless your character is super powerful, because the enemies in this area are really strong.
3. Great Jar’s Arsenal
This talisman provides a monumental 19% increase to your equip load. It’s an absolute game changer for your character, allowing you to equip stronger armors without investing far too much on Endurance. An absolute must for virtually every build out there. Getting it isn’t too difficult either, but it can be a little confusing without a guide. To get it, you’ll need to head down the Siofran Deep Well into the subterranean Siofra River area and work your way up towards this location. Then, you’ll find a giant jar creature. Talk to it, and three red summon signs will materialize. After you defeat the three duelists, talk to the giant jar again to receive the Great Jar’s Arsenal.
2. Eclipse Shotel
The Eclipse Shotel’s Ash of War is normally very average. However, when you combine it with the Fire’s Deadly Sin Incantation, your character literally becomes death itself, killing enemies that can be afflicted with Instant Death in just a couple of seconds. This deadly interaction is actually a bug, so we can expect FromSoftware to patch this up soon. In PVP, it’s basically cheating. Everyone will hate you for using this bug. However, I can’t simply deny that this is the best PVP weapon in the game. It doesn’t work on bosses though, so it’s definitely not unstoppable. Fortunately for us, and unfortunately for the evil menaces to society, this weapon can only be obtained late game in Castle Sol, which is situated at Mountaintops of the Giant region in the Northeast. You’ll also have to build your stats around this weapon, as it requires 30 Faith, 25 Dexterity and 10 Strength. Oh, and the Fire’s Deadly Sin incantation is a little tricky to get. You’ll have to find this painting right next to the Fortified Manor Site of Grace, located in Leyndell. Explaining how to get there deserves its own separate article so I won’t be covering this in our list. If you’ve already found the painting though, then all you need to do is head to the Windmill Heights Site of Grace around the Northern side of the Altus Plateau. Go Southeast and you’ll find the ghost of the painter. Interact with him to receive the Fire’s Deadly Sin Ash of War.
1. Erdtree Greatshield
Just like the Eclipse Shotel, the Erdtree Greatshield’s Ash of War relies on the Fire’s Deadly Sin Inancatation to become overpowered. Whether this interaction is a bug or an oversight is unclear, but this turns your shield into a laser cannon of destruction, capable of trivializing everything in Elden Ring. How cool is that?! The craziest part is that you don’t expend FP when firing these beams; only a meager amount of stamina. And you’re doing all this FPS stuff under the comfy protection of a Great Shield. It does way too much damage and has a lot of range, making this build a contender for the best equipment in the game overall.
And that sums up our top 10 underrated equipment in Elden Ring. What do you guys think? Are you low enough to use the Eclipse Shotel bug? Let us know in the comment section below, we really wanna hear from you. And for everything gaming, stick with us at Electronic First, where we give you guides, reviews and news on the latest and upcoming games. I’ll see you guys next time, thanks for watching everyone! This is Arihead, signing off and signing back into Elden Ring!