In Dark Souls, your choice of weapon is what defines the game. Each weapon comes with a unique set of moves and damage output, and every weapon can be a viable option, if you are able to wield it to its strengths. However, some weapons inevitably trump others when it comes to dealing damage and making pulp of enemies. In this list, we outline the ten best weapons you can find in Dark Souls Remastered.
Top 10 Best Weapons in Dark Souls Remastered
Black Knight Greataxe
The Black Knight Greataxe is a heavy damage-dealing weapon that can be picked up early on by defeating the Black Knight in the Catacombs. Where this weapon lacks in speed, it more than makes up for in damage and reach. Owing to its sluggish speed, players will need to time their attacks perfectly to cut down enemies in a few strikes. The two-handed heavy strike from this weapon knocks enemies up in the air, and it deals an additional 20% extra damage against Chaos Demons.
One of the most popular weapon choices for dexterity builds, the Chaos Blade is great at dishing out fast thrusts with low recovery and high bleed. In order to get the Chaos Blade, a player must ascend a +10 Katana (Iaito, Uchigatana, or Washing Pole) with the Soul of Quelaag at the Giant Blacksmith in Anor Londo. The only con of this weapon is that for every successful strike landed on an enemy, you take 20 damage. A word to the wise—use Chaos Blade with Ring of the Evil Eye or Replenishment Miracle to mitigate health loss.
Pure magic damage, effective movesets, and a reasonably low stat requirement make the Mooonlight Greatsword a great choice for both PvP and PvE. This sword scales greatly with increased Intelligence stats, and wielding it increases your magic defense significantly. The Moonlight Greatsword also comes with a moveset that is a joy to combo. In order to get the Moonlight Greatsword, players must cut off the tail of Seath the Scaleless.
The Great Scythe instills great fear in opponents thanks to its incredible reach and damage output. It can be found inside the Catacombs, above the lever to the second closed door. Boasting a unique moveset with unmatched bleed potential, the Great Scythe is a great choice for Dexterity builds. It features a downward vertical swing as its normal attack and a horizontal swing as its strong attack. Owing to its light weight, players can move around the map quickly and make an absolute harvest of any enemy standing in their way.
Sometimes affectionately called the "Bestoc," this weapon can be a reckoning force in the hands of a calculated player. As a piercing sword, the Estoc can be used to deal damage to enemies while keeping your shield up, effectively turning the battle into a one-way street. The low weight of this sword also allows players to move around quickly and rush their enemies, catching them off guard. You can get the Estoc from the corpse found in the lower section of Firelink Shrine, along the path toward New Londo Ruins.
The Dragon Tooth is arguably one of the coolest weapons in the game—it is literally one giant dragon fang acting as a great hammer. This behemoth of a weapon requires 40 Strength to wield and grants the wielder additional resistance to both magic and fire damage. It deals heavy damage and can be enchanted to further buff its stats. The Dragon Tooth is part of Havel the Rock's equipment set, which can be found inside a room behind a hidden wall in Anor Londo.
Fast attacks, good range, high damage, and efficient stuns are all the qualities that make the Zweihander one of the most popular weapon choices in Dark Souls. It is one of the easiest weapons to obtain, as you are given one almost as soon as you start in Firelink Shrine. Although an early-game weapon, the Zweihander is great at dealing heavy damage and can stun enemies with its two-handed heavy attacks.
The Claymore might be a less flashy early-game weapon that can be easily obtained, but don't let that fool you—this mighty greatsword has the potential to carry you through the entire game. It has good mobility and a diverse range of pokes and thrusts, and players can get the hang of it fairly easily. The Claymore can be upgraded to further increase its damage output and gains great parameter bonuses for Strength and Dexterity builds.
Balder Side Sword
The Balder Side Sword is one of the best straight swords in the game that most players might not get their hands on. It can only be acquired by defeating a Balder Knight wielding a Side Sword. However, there is only 1% chance to find a Balder Knight with a Side Sword, making it an extremely rare weapon in the game. It has good reach, a balanced moveset, and low stamina cost. It scales well with Dexterity builds and can be enchanted to buff its stats.
Black Knight Halberd
Wielding the Black Knight Halberd is like playing Dark Souls on easy mode. It is very fast for a weapon of its size, has good reach, and can be upgraded to improve its stats further. It scales strongly with Strength builds and can be deadly when it comes to dealing raw damage. In order to get your hands on the Black Knight Halberd, you must defeat the Halberd Black Knight.
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