Dark Souls 3 Weapon Tier List

Dark Souls 3 is a classic game, but not all weapons are equal. Here's the ultimate Dark Souls 3 tier list with all the best games to help you win.

Dark Souls revolutionized gaming by rewarding players who have gone through and conquered extreme difficulty.

Dark Souls 3, the final entry in the series, is a culmination of everything great (and challenging) from the franchise. While it’s an all-time great game, the mechanics can be extremely overwhelming for someone going into it blind.

In this article we shed light on one of the most important facets of the game – its complex weapons. Here we rank all Dark Souls 3 weapons from best to worst. With this as your guide, we hope you won’t be seeing much of You Died on your screen again, eh?

Let’s jump right in.

Note: Spells and shields are excluded from this list. This list also focuses on weapon viability in PvP/invasions, so keep that in mind.

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S-Tier

S Tier 1

These are the best weapons in the game. They generally would outmatch most weapons in lower tiers beneath them when player skill is equal.

WeaponTypeScalingSkill
Murky Hand ScytheDaggerSTR – D SKL – D INT – E FTH – EQuickstep
Corvian GreatknifeDaggerSTR – E SKL – EBlind Spot
Lothric Knight SwordStraight SwordSTR – D SKL – DStance
Long SwordStraight SwordSTR – D SKL – DStance
Pontiff Knight Curved SwordCurved SwordSTR – D SKL – DFrost Blade
Demon’s ScarCurved SwordSKL – E INT – D FTH – DSpin Slash
Saint BidentSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – E FTH – CCharge
Four-Pronged PlowSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – DCharge
Frayed BladeKatanaSTR – E SKL – BHold
Gael’s Great SwordGreat SwordSTR – C SKL – DBlade of Peril
Black Knight SwordGreat SwordSTR – D SKL – DPerseverance
Wolf Knight’s Great SwordGreat SwordSTR – C SKL – DWolf Sword
Crucifix of the Mad KingHalberdSTR – D INT – E FTH – DMad King’s Folly
Splitleaf Great SwordHalberdSTR – C SKL – EWind Wheel
Friede’s Great ScytheReaperSTR – E SKL – B INT – C FTH – CElfriede’s Stance
ArbalestCrossbow Tackle
Gotthard TwinswordsPaired Short SwordsSTR – D SKL – DSpin Slash
ValorheartStraight SwordSTR – D SKL – DLion Stance

A-Tier

A Tier 1

These are excellent weapons but not as easy to use as those in S-tier. They have almost equal utility and versatility though, so they’re still worth checking out.

WeaponTypeScalingSkill
Aquamarine DaggerDaggerSTR – E SKL – D INT – DCrystal Blade
Rotten Ghru DaggerDaggerSTR – E SKL – CQuickstep
Anri’s Straight SwordStraight SwordSTR – D SKL – EStance
Dark SwordStraight SwordSTR – C SKL – DStomp
Ringed Knight Straight SwordStraight SwordSTR – C SKL – DEmber
Barbed Straight SwordStraight SwordSTR – D SKL – DStance
Sunlight Straight SwordStraight SwordSTR – E SKL – EOath of Sunlight
Millwood Battle AxeAxeSTR – C SKL – EWar Cry
Man Serpent HatchetAxeSTR – D SKL – DWar Cry
Follower SabreCurved SwordSTR – D SKL – DPrying Wedge
ScimitarCurved SwordSTR – E SKL – BSpin Slash
Lothric Knight Long SpearSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – DCharge
Ringed Knight SpearSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – D INT – E FTH – EEmber
Washing PoleKatanaSTR – D SKL – DHold
UchigatanaKatanaSTR – E SKL – CHold
Onyx BladeGreat SwordSTR – E SKL – E INT – D FTH – DElfriede’s Blackflame
ClaymoreGreat SwordSTR – D SKL – DStance
Hollowslayer Great SwordGreat SwordSTR – D SKL – CStance
Great Sword of JudgementGreat SwordSTR – D SKL – D INT- DStance of Judgement
Exile Great SwordCurved Great SwordSTR – D SKL – DSpin Slash
Harald Curved Great SwordCurved Great SwordSTR – D SKL – DSever
Gundyr’s HalberdHalberdSTR – C SKL – EChampion’s Charge
GlaiveHalberdSTR – D SKL – ESpin Sweep
WarpickHammerSTR – C SKL – EGalvanize
Heysel PickHammerSTR – D SKL – E INT – CSteady Chant
Spiked MaceGreat HammerSTR – CSpin Bash
Yhorm’s Great MacheteGreat AxeSTR – CWar Cry
Lothric Knight Great SwordUltra Great SwordSTR – C SKL – DStomp
Astora Great SwordUltra Great SwordSTR – D SKL – CCharge
EstocThrusting SwordSTR – D SKL – DShield Splitter
Crystal Sage’s RapierThrusting SwordSTR – E SKL – E INT – CStance
Great Corvian ScytheReaperSTR – D SKL – CNeck Swipe
Heavy CrossbowCrossbow Tackle
AvelynCrossbow Tackle
Winged Knight TwinaxesPaired AxesSTR – D SKL – DChain Spin
Sellsword TwinbladesPaired Curved SwordsSTR – E SKL – CSpin Slash

B-Tier

B Tier 1

Good weapons that have a few flaws but still solid overall. Mastering these weapons can still allow you to dominate even against users of the high tier weapons.

WeaponTypeScalingSkill
Bandit’s KnifeDaggerSTR – D SKL – DQuickstep
Mail BreakerDaggerSTR – E SKL – DShield Splitter
Tallbone Short SwordDaggerSTR – E SKL – EUnleash Dragon
Irithyll Straight SwordStraight SwordSTR – D SKL – DStance
BroadswordStraight SwordSTR – C SKL – DStance
Butcher KnifeAxeSTR – ASharpen
Dragonslayer’s AxeAxeSTR – D SKL – EWar Cry
Brigand AxeAxeSTR – D SKL – DWar Cry
Carthus ShotelCurved SwordSTR – E SKL – CSpin Slash
Carthus Curved SwordCurved SwordSTR – D SKL – DSpin Slash
Rotten Ghru Curved SwordCurved SwordSTR – E SKL – CSpin Slash
Gargoyle Flame SpearSpear/PikeSTR – E SKL – D INT – E FTH – EKindled Charge
Lothric War BannerSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – DLothric War Banner
GreatlanceSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – DCharge
Dragonslayer SpearSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – C FTH – DLightning Charge
Dragonslayer SwordspearSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – C FTH – DFalling Bolt
Chaos BladeKatanaSTR – E SKL – AHold
Wolnir’s Holy SwordGreat SwordSTR – D SKL – E FTH – DWrath of the Gods
Moonlight Great SwordGreat SwordSTR – E INT – CMoonlight Vortex
MurakumoCurved Great SwordSTR – D SKL – CSpin Slash
Old Wolf Curved SwordCurved Great SwordSTR – D SKL – DWolf Leap
Black Knight GlaiveHalberdSTR – D SKL – DSpin Sweep
LucerneHalberdSTR – D SKL – DSpin Sweep
MaceHammerSTR – C SKL – EPerseverance
Reinforced ClubHammerSTR – CWar Cry
Great ClubGreat HammerSTR – CWar Cry
Ledo’s Great HammerGreat HammerSTR – BCall to Stone
Great MacheteGreat AxeSTR – D SKL – ESharpen
Dragonslayer Great AxeGreat AxeSTR – D SKL – E FTH – DFalling Bolt
Great SwordUltra Great SwordSTR – D SKL – DStomp
Fume Ultra Great SwordUltra Great SwordSTR – A SKL – EStomp
Ricard’s RapierThrusting SwordSTR – D SKL – CRicard’s Lunge and Press
Knight’s CrossbowCrossbow Tackle
Composite BowBowSTR – D SKL – DRapid Fire
Light CrossbowCrossbow Tackle
Onikiri & UbadachiPaired KatanasSTR – D SKL – COnislayer
Crow QuillsThrusting SwordSTR – E SKL – BQuill Dart

C-Tier

C Tier 1

These are your average weapons that don’t stand out. They are still dependable, but you’re generally at a disadvantage when using them.

WeaponTypeScalingSkill
HarpeDaggerSTR – E SKL – CQuickstep
DaggerDaggerSTR – E SKL – CQuickstep
Lothric’s Holy SwordStraight SwordSTR – D SKL – DSacred Lothric Light
Morion BladeStraight SwordSTR – D SKL – DStance
Short SwordStraight SwordSTR – D SKL – CStance
Astora Straight SwordStraight SwordSTR – D SKL – EStance
Hand AxeAxeSTR – D SKL – DWar Cry
Battle AxeAxeSTR – D SKL – DWar Cry
Storm Curved SwordCurved SwordSTR – D SKL – CTornado
FalchionCurved SwordSTR – D SKL – DSpin Slash
Painting Guardian’s Curved SwordCurved SwordSTR – E SKL – BChained Dance
PartizanSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – DSpin Sweep
Rotten Ghru SpearSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – DCharge
Black BladeKatanaSTR – E SKL – CHold
DarkdriftKatanaSTR – E SKL – DDarkdrift
Twin Princes’ Great SwordGreat SwordSTR – D SKL – D INT – D FTH – DSacred Light and Flame
Drakeblood Great SwordGreat SwordSTR – D SKL – DStance
Bastard SwordGreat SwordSTR – D SKL – DStomp
FlambergeGreat SwordSTR – D SKL – DStance
Red Hilted HalberdHalberdSTR – D SKL – DPerseverance
HalberdHalberdSTR – D SKL – DCharge
Winged Knight HalberdHalberdSTR – D SKL – EChain Spin
Morning StarHammerSTR – D SKL – EPerseverance
ClubHammerSTR – CWar Cry
Great MaceGreat HammerSTR – DPerseverance
Quakestone HammerGreat HammerSTR – CQuake
Dragon ToothGreat HammerSTR – CPerseverance
Smough’s Great HammerGreat HammerSTR – CPerseverance
Vordt’s Great HammerGreat HammerSTR – CPerseverance
Demon’s Great AxeGreat AxeSTR – C SKL – E INT – D FTH – DDemonic Flare
Lorian’s Great SwordUltra Great SwordSTR – D SKL – D INT – D FTH – DFlame of Lorian
Profaned Great SwordUltra Great SwordSTR – C SKL – DProfaned Flame
Pontiff Knight Great ScytheReaperSTR – E SKL – AFrost
Great ScytheReaperSTR – E SKL – CNeck Swipe
ClawFists/ClawsSTR – E SKL – CLeaping Slash
Repeating CrossbowCrossbow Repeat Fire
Sniper CrossbowCrossbow Tackle
Drang TwinspearsPaired SpearsSTR – D SKL – DCharge
Farron Great SwordPaired Great SwordsSTR – D SKL – CParry

D-Tier

D Tier 1

These weapons actively hinder your chances of winning. They have inferior traits – usually they’re just weaker versions of stronger weapons. Use these if you want the challenge.

WeaponTypeScalingSkill
Handmaid’s DaggerDaggerSTR – E SKL – EBlind Spot
Parrying DaggerDaggerSTR – E SKL – CParry
Cleric’s CandlestickStraight SwordSTR – D SKL – D INT – CGuiding Light
Thrall AxeAxeSTR – D SKL – DQuickstep
EleonoraAxeSTR – D SKL – EFeast Bell
Crescent Moon SwordCurved SwordSKL – C INT – DCrescent Blade
ShotelCurved SwordSTR – E SKL – CSpin Slash
PikeSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – CCharge
Tallbone SpearSpear/PikeSTR – E SKL – DUnleash Dragon
Winged SpearSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – CCharge
Arstor’s SpearSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – CShield Splitter
Golden Ritual SpearSpear/PikeSTR – E SKL – D FTH – BSteady Chant
BloodlustKatanaSTR – E SKL – CBloodlust
Firelink Great SwordGreat SwordSTR – D SKL – DEmber
Executioner’s Great SwordGreat SwordSTR – C SKL – EStomp
Carthus Curved Great SwordCurved Great SwordSTR – D SKL – CSpin Slash
Immolation TinderHalberdSTR – D SKL – D INT – BPunitive Flame
Morne’s Great HammerGreat HammerSTR – D FTH – DMorne’s Rage
Great Wooden HammerGreat HammerSTR – CSpin Bash
Large ClubGreat HammerSTR – CWar Cry
Earth SeekerGreat AxeSTR – C FTH – DEarthen Wrath
Black Knight Great SwordUltra Great SwordSTR – C SKL – DStomp
ZweihanderUltra Great SwordSTR – D SKL – DStomp
Irithyll RapierThrusting SwordSTR – D SKL – DShield Splitter
CaestusFists/ClawsSTR – D SKL – DPerseverance
Manikin ClawsFists/ClawsSTR – E SKL – CQuickstep
Demon’s FistFists/ClawsSTR – D INT – E FTH – EFlame Whirlwind
Short BowBowSTR – E SKL – DRapid Fire
White Birch BowBowSTR – E SKL – DUnseen Arrow
Dragonrider BowBowSTR – D SKL – EPuncture
Black Bow of PharisBowSTR – E SKL – CPharis Triple-Shot
Drang HammerPaired HammersSTR – C SKL – ESpin Bash
Warden TwinbladesPaired Curved SwordsSTR – D SKL – DSpin Slash
Dancer’s Enchanted SwordsPaired Curved SwordsSTR – D SKL – D INT – D FTH – DDancer’s Grace
    

F-Tier

F Tier

These weapons have no business being used in PvP. Use them for aesthetic purposes (or for the memes).

WeaponTypeScalingSkill
Scholar’s CandlestickDaggerSTR – C SKL – CGuiding Light
Broken Straight SwordStraight SwordSTR – D SKL – DStance
SpearSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – CShield Splitter
Yorshka’s SpearSpear/PikeSTR – D SKL – D FTH – DPacify
Follower JavelinSpear/PikeSTR – C SKL – EHurl Spear
Storm RulerGreat SwordSTR – D SKL – DStorm King
Crescent AxeHalberdSTR – D SKL – DWar Cry
Rose of AriandelWhipSTR – C SKL – E FTH – BAwakening
Blacksmith HammerHammerSTR – CPerseverance
Gargoyle Flame HammerGreat HammerSTR – D INT – E FTH – EKindled Fury
Old King’s Great HammerGreat HammerSTR – D INT – D FTH – DMolten Perseverance
Black Knight Great AxeGreat AxeSTR – C SKL – DWar Cry
Great AxeGreat AxeSTR – C SKL – EWar Cry
Cathedral Knight Great SwordUltra Great SwordSTR – C SKL – EStomp
RapierThrusting SwordSTR – E SKL – CStance
Crow TalonsFists/ClawsSTR – E SKL – CRaptor Flurry
Dark HandFists/ClawsSTR – E SKL – E INT – C FTH – CLifedrain
LongbowBowSTR – E SKL – DPuncture
Onislayer Great BowGreat BowSTR – E SKL – CPuncturing Arrow
Millwood Great BowGreat BowSTR – C SKL – EPierce Earth
Dragonslayer Great BowGreat BowSTR – D SKL – DPuncturing Arrow
Darkmoon LongbowBowSKL – E INT – CDarkmoon Arrow
Ringed Knight Paired Great SwordsPaired Ultra Great SwordsSTR – C SKL – E INT – E FTH – EEmber
Brigand TwindaggersPaired DaggersSTR – D SKL – DQuickstep

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