Elden Ring: 14 Best Dex Weapons

Elden Ring gives you the opportunity to play the game however you want, with any build you choose. With a wide range of weapons at your disposal, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a heavy hitter or someone who prefers to dabble in the arcane.

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But if you prefer to be as quick and deadly as an assassin, agile and evasive while dealing successive blows, the best dex weapons in the Midlands are at your fingertips. Some are already equipped with unique abilities that make them one of the most powerful weapons in the game.

Updated June 22, 2022: As the lowly Tarnished pursue their goal of ascending to the throne of Elden Lord, they are presented with weapons of all kinds. For those who scale heavily on Dex, there is a limitless arsenal of powerful weapons that are still being discovered. We feel this list wouldn’t really be complete without adding four other Dex Weapons that Elden Ring players should keep an eye out for.


14 hound fang

The weapon of choice when it comes to Dex builds, Bloodhound’s Fang is a reliable and effective weapon with a powerful special ability to back it up. What’s even better, this weapon can be found early in the game after defeating Evergaol Boss Bloodhound Knight Darriwil in South Limgrave.

His Bloodhound’s Finesse ability is what makes this weapon more worthwhile for fighting Darriwil. This skill gives you the ability to flip through the air while dealing massive damage to your enemies. With immense range and damage on your side, Bloodhound’s Fang also doubles as a bleed weapon that saps the health of your enemies. Frankly, this weapon is a safe bet.

13 Nagakiba

The abnormally long katana known as the Nagakiba is one of the best you can find in the game. Obtained after finishing Yura’s questline, this katana deals bleed damage just like the other weapons on this list. Of course, what is immediately striking is its absurd length and the extraordinary range it has.

With the Draw weapon skill already built into this weapon, the Nagakiba is the essential weapon in the itinerant samurai’s arsenal. Whether you want Nagakiba to deal lightning or frost damage, it’s a deadly sword.

12 Cross-Naginata

Elden Ring is killing him with all these Japanese weapons, all fit for the Samurai character to wield. This time, FromSoft gives us Cross-Naginata, a type of polearm with a three-pronged blade that is very fast. With the built-in Impaling Thrust ability, this weapon is fast and efficient in battle.

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The Cross-Naginata is found in the Gael Tunnel, in a secondary chamber with the Giant Land Octopus and its young protecting it. When covered in blood grease, the Cross-Naginata will bleed even the most powerful of enemies.

eleven Bandit Curved Sword

Another weapon that can be obtained early on, the Bandit’s Curved Sword, is used heavily by Skeleton Bandits and drops once they die. Roaming certain locations in the Limgrave and Altus Plateau, this weapon allows you to become the whirlwind cavalcade of death that is the Skeletal Bandits.

When equipping the correct Ash of War (ie Bloody Slash, Black Flame Tornado), the bandit’s curved sword is a force of nature. Though seemingly mundane compared to other behemoths in your arsenal, this deadly sickle-shaped blade is a good early weapon.

10 black knife

The Legendary Spirit Ash Summon, Black Knife Tiche wields this powerful weapon, which was bathed in the Rune of Death. Casting a wave of death at an enemy, he will gradually drain HP from them, killing them without having to try too hard.

But did you know that you too can have such a weapon? To get one, simply head to the Tomb of the Holy Hero in the Altus Plateau region. A Black Knife Assassin boss will be standing right in front of the entrance, and will drop this Dex weapon.

9 reduvian dagger

A fantastic Dex weapon that you can get super early in the game, the thing that makes Reduvia Dagger so great is its Reduvia Blood Blade Skill. Working as both a melee and ranged weapon, you can launch blood projectiles that drain tons of health from your enemies.

In fact, you get this sword from an invading NPC named Bloody Finger Nerijus near Murkwater Cave in Agheel Lake. Although it takes some stamina and FP to activate the ability, the buildup of bleeding it causes after a few hits is well worth it.

8 hand of malenia

One of the hardest optional bosses in the Elden Ring, Malenia, Blade of Miquella, has one of the nastiest Dex weapons ever created. He has a wide range and his ability, known as the Waterfowl Dance, unleashes a whirlwind of slashes that could take out multiple enemies at once.

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To get the Hand of Malenia, you must, you guessed it, defeat Malenia. You must get the Rune of Remembrance from her in order to exchange it at the Round Table Stronghold for this weapon. Duplicate this team and you will become a sinister hurricane of death.

7 Rivers Of Blood Katana

This extremely powerful weapon is basically the katana version of the Reduvia Dagger, but no less deadly. The ability, known as Corpse Stacker, is built into this weapon, allowing you to create successive waves of blood to slice through your opponent, somewhat like Lady Maria from Bloodborne’s Astral Clocktower.

If you want to wield this weapon, go to the Church of Rest in the Giant Mountains. You would have to progress further in the game and defeat the invading NPC, Bloody Finger Okina to obtain this unique katana.

6 moon veil katana

The Moonveil Katana is one of the strongest and most beautiful Dex weapons found in The Lands Between. Her built-in ability known as Transient Moonlight allows you to send out a wave of magic horizontally or vertically every time you perform a Draw attack with the katana.

To get this weapon, you need to go to the alternative entrance to the Gael Tunnel in the Caelid Wilds. There, killing the Magma Wyrm boss is a must, as he drops the Moonveil Katana as a reward.

5 astel wing

Astel’s Wing is a Dex weapon that also deals magic damage. Aside from your usual slashes and flicks, this weapon has a nebula ability that releases a wave of dark purple stars that go supernova and deal massive damage to anything caught.

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This weapon is available quite late in the game, but to get it, you need to go to Nokstella, Eternal City. From the latter’s Site of Grace, head down the river and turn right into a dark tunnel filled with giant ants. Continue until you reach the end, where you will find yourself in the Ruins of Uhl’s Palace. Astel’s wing is kept inside a chest, guarded by a giant dragonfly-shaped intergalactic monstrosity that casts Rock Sling spells at you.

4 hound claw

The Wolverine-style Hound Claw is another Dex weapon to look out for. This weapon allows you to cause blood loss in a quick chain of attacks. Additionally, it comes with a handy Ash of War, the Bloodhound’s Step, which grants you the ability to evade by popping in and out of existence.

To get this weapon, you need to go to Volcano Manor. In the dark basement area, you will find a Bloodhound Knight armed with said weapon. After a tough fight, he will drop the weapon for you to pick up.

3 Eleonora’s Antler Blade

Eleonora’s Poleblade gives you the ability to perform super-fast attacks, as well as transform into a hurricane of bloody blades with the built-in ability, Bloodblade Dance. With the ability to dish out blood loss stacking, this is surely a Dex weapon you want in your arsenal.

Found on Altus Plateau during the end of Yura’s Hunter of Bloody Finger quest, you need to defeat an NPC invader named Eleonora, who wields the antler blade.

two god skin peeler

Godskin Peeler has a literal tornado woven into it as an ability. Called the Black Flame Tornado, hitting the Godskin Peeler on the ground will cause a veritable tornado of ebony flames to lift your enemies up and deal damage. Also, both sides of this twin blade will be engulfed in black flames, which is very helpful.

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To obtain this weapon, travel to the Windmill Village on the northern edge of the Altus Plateau. Run past the creepy singing ladies and climb to the top of the village, there you will have to defeat the Godskin Apostle boss and grab the weapon.

1 Vyke’s War Spear

A late game Dex weapon, you can steal it from the invader NPC Festering Fingerprint Vyke, who you can meet on the way to the Church of Inhibition in Liurnia of the Lakes.

Vyke’s war lance deals out swift blows, swipes, and thrusts. Even better, this weapon can inflict a stack of madness on enemies with each hit. Deploying the Frenzy Flame Thrust ability will launch you into the air before crashing to the ground to unleash flames of madness. Absolute carnage.

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