The Thrusting Swords of Elden Ring are fast and accurate weapons that can get you through the whole game. Here’s how they stack up.
Elden Ring lets players become many different types of fantasy characters, from brutish barbarians to wise mages. But what if you want to play as a musketeer or a flashy fencer? Well, Elden Ring can also help you with that. Thrusting Swords look cool and are very fast, especially when used with two hands. This makes them great for building up status effects and doing damage in general.
This list also includes the Heavy Thrusting Swords, since there are only four of them in the game and they are all strong enough to be on this list. Heavy Thrusting Swords are longer and hit harder than their smaller counterparts, but they also move more slowly.
Two of the Heavy Thrusting Swords can have special Ashes of War. When you look at them side by side, the Great Épée doesn’t do very well. It is the shortest of the Heavy Thrusting Swords, and most of the time it does less damage than its counterpart. However, when given the Heavy affinity, it wins by a small amount.
One thing the Great Épée has going for it is that it is easy to find. All of the other Heavy Thrusting Swords don’t show up until around the middle of the game or later, but the Great Épée is in Limgrave, which is where you start the game. You’ll find a campsite if you go straight east from the Agheel Lake South Site of Grace. There is a chest with this weapon inside.
The Rapier is the shortest Thrusting Sword and doesn’t do as much damage as the others, but that doesn’t mean it’s useless. It has the highest critical damage modifier of any weapon except the Dagger and the Miséricorde, which is the king of critical damage. The Rapier might be for you if you want to make a riposte build while using something that looks more like a real weapon.
It’s also easy to get, but no one would blame you if you missed it. You can buy it from the Twin Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold.
It’s no surprise that the Frozen Needle builds up Frostbite, which is one of the main reasons to use it. Still, there are other weapons that can cause the status effect more effectively, and you have to think about the Frozen Needle’s low damage and reach. One unique thing about the Frozen Needle, though, is that it can also be used for long-range combat.
The Heavy Attack of the Frozen Needle throws a frozen projectile in front of you a short distance. Critically, this ability doesn’t cost any FP, so you can use it even if you don’t have any Mind levels. Because of this one-of-a-kind quality, the Frozen Needle is much more interesting than its damage numbers might suggest. You can find it right before you meet War Counselor Iji for the first time on the way to Caria Manor. It is kept safe in the Kingsrealm Ruins by a Royal Revenant.
Rogier’s Rapier is an average Thrusting Sword in terms of damage and length, but it has a secret weapon: its unique heavy attack, which thrusts twice in quick succession. Attacks with thrusting swords are already fast, but the fact that Rogier’s Rapier can hit so quickly with its heavy attack makes it stronger than it looks.
The weapon is, as you might have guessed, Sorcerer Rogier’s signature sidearm. After you beat Godrick the Grafted, he’ll give it to you at Roundtable Hold. You can save yourself some Runes and Smithing Stones, resources you likely won’t have an abundance of at that time in the game, because he’ll have already upgraded it to +8.
The Godskin Stitcher is the second Heavy Thrusting Sword on this list. Most of the time, it is better than the Great Épée. Both can have unique Ashes of War put on them, but the Stitcher is longer (though still shorter than the two unique Heavy Thrusting Swords) and usually does more damage. And as a bonus, it has a heavy attack that is pretty unique. It thrusts twice in quick succession, like Rogier’s Rapier, but only when charged.
The Godskin Stitcher is a good choice if you want a Heavy Thrusting Sword that can be used in many different ways. The Godskin Noble drops it in the Temple of Eiglay, which is part of Volcano Manor’s secret area.
Cleanrot Knight’s Sword
The Cleanrot Knight’s Sword is the longest of the normal Thrusting Swords. It’s also the one that hurts many of the affinities the most. The Heavy affinity is the most powerful choice, which makes the Cleanrot Knight’s Sword one of the fastest ways to build Strength.
The only problem with this sword is that, unlike every other one on this list, you will have to farm for it. More specifically, you’ll have to kill Lesser Cleanrot Knights. You can find them all over the Lands Between, but Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree, the Shaded Castle, and the Swamp of Aeonia are the most common places to find them.
The Estoc is one of the better thrusting swords in terms of damage. It’s also one of the longest and does a great job with the Keen Affinity and the Affinities that cause status effects: Cold, Poison, and Blood. And the Estoc is one of the few Thrusting Swords that you can find two of during a single run through the game. It is also the easiest to get because you don’t have to do any farming.
The Prisoner class starts with an Estoc, but it’s not hard for any class to get two of them. Patches sells one, and the Nomadic Merchant next to the Liurnia Lake Shore Site of Grace in Liurnia of the Lakes sells the other. The Estoc is a great choice if you want to make a status effect build that doesn’t use Curved Swords.
The Antspur Rapier is not a very good weapon in many ways. It’s short, and it doesn’t do much damage. But what makes it stand out is that it is one of only a few weapons in the game that can cause Scarlet Rot. Even among these weapons, the Antspur Rapier is pretty unique. It can be given Ashes of War, which most of the others can’t. So, in some situations, the Antspur Rapier can cause Bleed, Poison, and Scarlet Rot all at the same time.
It won’t be as good as a weapon designed to do just one of those things, but the Antspur Rapier can do a lot of damage to enemies who can be hurt by all three. If you want this one-of-a-kind weapon, you can get it from Maleigh Marais, Shaded Castle Castellan, who patrols the area west of The Shaded Castle and drops things there.
Dragon King’s Cragblade
The Dragon King’s Cragblade is another Heavy Thrusting Sword. It does the most raw damage of any weapon on this list because it does both regular and lightning damage. Also, it might have the most anime of any weapon skill in Happy Wheels game. When you use Thundercloud Form, you turn into a cloud of lightning and fly for a long way before crashing into an opponent.
The Dragon King’s Cragblade is one of the last weapons you’ll find in Elden Ring, which makes it hard to plan your build around it. You have to kill Dragonlord Placidusax, the hidden boss of Crumbling Farum Azula, and then give his Remembrance to Enia at the Roundtable Hold.
The Bloody Helice is the longest Heavy Thrusting Sword, but it does less damage than the others. The Bloody Helice has Bleed to make up for the fact that it isn’t very strong. This lets it take advantage of the many ways the Elden Ring can make abilities stronger.
But Dynast’s Finesse, the Bloody Helice’s Weapon Skill, is the real reason to choose it. When you use it, you dodge backwards, which gives you temporary invulnerability just like a dodge roll does. Then you can follow up with a series of unique heavy attacks, starting with one that makes you lunge forward a long way. Go to the Writheblood Ruins in the Altus Plateau to get this beautiful weapon. It’s in a chest that the Sanguine Noble boss keeps an eye on.