|February 25, 2022
|PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows
Hey everyone, how are you guys doing today? Welcome to the Electronic First and it sure is great to be here! Today, I wanna talk about an Open World RPG called Elden Ring and the top 5 weapons in Elden Ring, and boy I’m excited for this.
What is Elden Ring?
Elden Ring is an Action Role-Playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco. The game is directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, who is most popularly known for the Souls series, Bloodborne and Sekiro. Mister Miyazaki actually collaborated with fantasy novelist George RR. Martin, who provided material for the game’s setting.
If you don’t know who George RR. Martin is, you better start binge watching Game of Thrones. If you’re fans of the Souls series or the Bloodborne games, you’ll definitely want to pick up Elden Ring, which seems to be even more ambitious than the games we previously mentioned. Oh, and as far as we know, at the time of this guide, Elden Ring is not considered to be a sequel, a prequel, series spin-off or similar extension of the Dark Souls franchise. It is set in an entirely new world called the Realm of the Lands Between and the story setting is apparently heavily inspired by the Lord of the Rings and The Eternal Champion. If you’re interested in this game, be sure to check out our other Elden Ring guides, where you can learn a lot about the game and pre-order the game.
There is much to explore in The Realm of the Lands between and with it, a lot of weapons in Elden Ring to collect, so in today’s guide, I will be talking about some of these weapons. Last year, back in October, many players signed up for the Network Test for Elden Ring. Since then, we have learned a lot about the game’s mechanics. I unfortunately was not one of those players; however, after speaking with a couple of experts on the Souls Series and watching hours of Player vs Player footage, I’ve managed to form what I believe to be is an educated opinion on the current top 5 weapons in Elden Ring.
However, do take in mind that this is only early speculation and these rankings were solely made with the weapons available in the Network Test. As such, this might not reflect in the fully released version of the game.
To better explain how I analyzed these weapons, I will use Fighting Game terminology, as I have a very strong foundation in the genre. I will use terminology like frame data, which is used to analyze the speed of an action, such as swinging a sword with light attacks or stabbing with a Great Spear using heavy attacks. I will also mention Hit Detection, which is the duration of an attack’s active hitbox. Furthermore, I will be ranking weapons in Elden Ring with their best styles and spells in mind. It should also be mentioned that this list is heavily catered to pvp. This is because it is hard to conclusively define what the best weapons are outside the scope of pvp.
Not only that, but even though FromSoftware games have been well known to be quite difficult, it’s never to the extent where you are required to use a specific weapon type to clear the story. It is only in PVP modes, like in Dark Souls 3, where certain weapons are clearly better than others and are favored in competitive play. With all that being said, I hope you guys find this list useful and as always, take it with a grain of salt, as things are still subject to change. Remember this is my opinion and each weapon has their own advantages and disadvantages depending on the situation.
With all that out of the way, let’s get started.
The Two-handed Lance appears to be a rather strong option as a weapon in Elden Ring. Its light attacks have a lot of range, solid frame data and hit detection, which allows you to safely poke at the enemy. It was also regarded by many to be the best PVP weapon during the Network Test. Interestingly, its unique skill, “Charged Forth”, is not particularly impressive. It has an incredibly long startup and can’t even guard break opponents.
However, in Elden Ring, you can equip Ashes of War to gain more skills. Most notably, Storm Stomp—which pairs quite well with the Lance’s base kit, as it can break stances, has a huge AoE, Hyper Armor and can even true combo into a light attack. But that’s not all! Its cost is a measly 6 FP. You can literally spam this thing and get away with it. It’s quite hard to punish when used correctly, especially when it counters most options in this game.
The two-handed Lance also has a strong zone breaker in the jump-heavy attack, which has large reach and can combo into the Storm Stomp skill. As a side note, the Lance is also an exceptional weapon on horseback. It’s insane how good this weapon is. It’s not very flashy, but it sure gets the job done.
Power Stance Reduvia
There’s nothing quite like dual-wielding daggers, as you nimbly evade the opposition and tear into them. Daggers have excellent frame data and surprisingly decent range, but what makes the Reduvia particularly powerful is its unique skill, the Blood Blade. For whatever reason, this dagger can shoot out blood, which forces bleeding, a Damage over Time onto the opponent. In PVP, this can be particularly annoying.
You can oppress the enemy by making it harder for them to approach with this skill. You literally don’t have to approach. Just use your Blood Blades to slowly whittle down your opponent. They can try to approach and break your defenses, but these daggers have excellent frame data that outmatch most weapon classes in Elden Ring. All that being said, we can expect the Power Stance Reduvia to be one of the most annoying weapons in PVP.
Power Stance Dragonscale Blade
When we think of Katanas, we don’t usually assume they’ll be dual-wielded, but this just seems to work exceedingly well in Elden Ring and looks super awesome to boot. The Power Stance Dragonscale Blade is the only Katana we know about so far. And it was quite the popular choice for pvp during the Network Test. Like the lance, it sports good frame data and has good tracking as well. Unfortunately, its first light attack is slower than some of the weapons in this list. It means a bait and punish play-style may be needed to utilize the full scope of this build’s capabilities.
This build’s long light attack chain can be hard to avoid and it can also deal a lot of damage. Not only that, but its heavy attacks have good tracking and hit detection. It makes it quite useful at catching dodge rolls. By utilizing the Dragonscale Blade’s unique art, the Hailstorm Sword, you can even deal damage in a large area of effect and infuse your blades with the elements of ice and lightning.
Power Stance Straight Sword
The Power Stance Straight Sword truly impressed me with its excellent light attack frame data. Actually, all the Power Stance Straight Sword attacks appear to be extremely fast, with the exception of its default art, which can just be replaced with a regular skill like the Storm Stomp. These blades can dish out some serious damage and possess some of the best frame data in this list. They aren’t flashy and seem rather basic, but when dual wielded, it is quite exceptional in every single way. It’s honestly quite crazy and I expect the Power Stance Straight Sword to be popular upon the game’s release.
The Two-handed Twin-blade is another popular choice in the Network Test. This is because it’s an excellent weapon class. Like the other weapons in this list, it has a combination of great frame data, good range and solid hit detection. Its swift light and heavy attacks also make the Two-handed Twin-blade an excellent choice in pvp. It is commonly used with the Storm Stomp skill, as you might expect. Seriously, this skill is way too good. You really can’t go wrong with this build. It’s very solid all throughout and is not to be underestimated.
And that’s it for our top 5 best weapons in Elden Ring.
There are a lot of weapons we didn’t cover in this guide. Also, there’s plenty of fun ways to play Elden Ring. Please don’t let this list stop you from using the build you want. I’m here to provide you with the knowledge to make informed decisions, not to limit your options. Elden Ring has not even been released yet, so there is a lot we don’t know. Based on what we do know, however, the game doesn’t seem balanced at all, especially with spells like the Storm Stomp, which is so good that it’s hard to recommend using any other regular skill.
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