Weapons in Dark Souls 3 are listed on this page. Players may equip up to 3 in the slots for each hand. When developing a build, the player should try to find the weapon that mixes the right amount of damage, bonuses and moveset, alongside stamina consumption and Skills. Weapon classes do not necessarily share the same skills so check each individual weapon page to see its specific skill. If you would like to learn more about each weapon, visit their page, or check out the Combat page for specific explanations on how to master the game. You can use this Equipment & Spell Checklist to keep track of what you have

How to choose a weapon in Dark Souls?

Players create builds around specific weapons that have good movesets, deal significant damage, or are easily obtained. Some players choose weapons for their cosmetic appearance, but in most cases it is advisable to refer to the scaling and upgrading path of weapons to determine if the output is beneficial to the character in pve, pvp or both. The following categories of weapons have details on their base damage, and all individual pages feature infusion charts, with some extending to full moveset videos.

Weapon Categories




Weapons List








Straight Swords










Ultra Greatswords




Curved Swords





Curved Greatswords







Thrusting Swords















Great Hammers





Fist & Claws



Spears & Pikes












Whips & Flails


















Flames, Talismans & Chimes



    • Anonymous

      08 Feb 2018 09:58  

      Lots of good info ahead: for pure physical builds all ypu need is str dex and luck for hollow to maximize physical dmg.

      Do note that some weapons benefit greatly from blessed infusions and can open the door to miracles.

      I also recommedn choosing weapons based on your favorite class not dmg. My dark lothric straight sword, dark drakeblood greatsword and dark lothric great sword all deal the same dmg with about a 20 dmg difference. So when you infuse a weapon with an element all weapons deal almost the same dmg and this is why just choose a weapon basrd on what you like not dmg. I usually choose the weapon with highest dex requirement of my weapon class since higher dex requirement usually means more range better moveset and less stamina consumption i wouldn't mind doing 5% less dmg for all of that.

      It is true that split dmg is very luck based it depends on the defenses your opponent has but the results i got where my lothric straight sword lothric greatsword and drakeblood greatsword were tested on the drakeblood enemy in archdragon peak at NG+3 so i assume has high defenses. Also note that a 40 str 40 dex benefits from a refined infusion just as much as a 40 int 40 faith benefits from a chaos or dark infusion try it out you'll see the elemental infusion results in slightly higher dmg and the ability to cast big spells. And same goes for a dex build that benefits with sharp infusion bcz it is equal to a faith build that takes a lightning infusion they will result in almost equal dmg with barely 5% diff usually lightning winning over sharp.

      These conclusions are all made at NG+3 against the drakeblood enemy in archdragon peak. These conclusions are not for calculations on paper. So just choose the stats you like and nvr worry about dmg just pick the weapon in your favorite class (mine is greatswords) thay fits best your attributes (i jave 40 str 40 dex 50 int and 50 faith and i benefit most from a dark claymore).

      Also last tip of advice throw the drakeblood greatsword out the window more than 2 elemental dmg types on a weapon rrsults in very low dmg just try it out.

      • Anonymous

        20 Jan 2018 03:30  

        Sadly I got yorms shield instead of his machete... some suggestions on any other good 2H heavy weapons for 66 str ?? Ledos hammer, zweihander, vordts hammer ?? Is it worth to make them +10 ??

        • Anonymous

          05 Jan 2018 10:52  

          I love Dark Souls to death, but because of how pure physical damage is the norm over magic and split damage, and that most spells are range/support/utility, it's a shame that it's basically a knight/knave brawl simulator.

          • Anonymous

            28 Dec 2017 06:24  

            Can I use the pictures for my board game? Not for creating dark souls related board game, just different type of RPG board game, totally original.

            • Anonymous

              21 Dec 2017 21:22  

              I've heard the claw weapons have a unique kick, was this removed at some point? The kick for both the crow talons and basic claws are just the default
              Kick animation.

              • Anonymous

                20 Dec 2017 00:38  

                I'm used to play bloodborne, which weapon/build do you recommend? (I want something fast, close/mid range, and very parry-able, like the saw spear or chikage + Evelyn or something that can deal a ton of damage with a nice move set, like Ludwig's holy blade)

                • Anonymous

                  02 Dec 2017 15:09  

                  Well at least if from soft don't patch the silver knight weapons 2 ds3 their is always a possibility that they might carry them over 2 ds4 hopfully

                  • Anonymous

                    25 Oct 2017 02:10  

                    i want to know how much is the difference in damage and buff etc that 15 mgadjust do. yorshka chime has 247, clerics 232 at 50 faith and canvas talisman 220, its the difference between canvas and yorshka chime 27%? i want to understand if this difference is careably atall,

                    • Anonymous

                      21 Oct 2017 21:09  

                      almost all weapons have same movesets only some of them have different movesets and only differences are weapon arts and AR. only dlc weapons have unique weapon arts (with exceptions because vanilla has too). this makes only the weapons with high AR useful (of their weapon type) and all other low AR weapons of the same weapon type go to trash.

                      Like: why use bastard sword while there is onyx blade ? because bastard sword can be obtained early ? but you can get onyx blade by twinking already, so why use bastard sword ? the weapon art is good but the nuber of people get hit by that weapon art is 10. thus making pvp circle around 10-15 weapons.

                      what a huge setback from both ds1 and ds2...

                      • Anonymous

                        10 Oct 2017 03:18  

                        Forget the dark sword, raw astora straight sword, etc etc etc......
                        The flamberge is the best weapon in the base game.
                        Ringed knight paired greatswords is the best weapon in the dlc.
                        Go on call me a casual if you want. I don't give a f%ck.
                        It's true! flamberge and paired greatswords are the best weapons in the game.
                        Nuff said

                        • Anonymous

                          02 Oct 2017 19:06  

                          I know everyone has their opinions/preferences about infusions, AR and movesets, but I can kill anyone who's in my range and not minding their position/timing, because that's how stupidity work. Isn't that what Dark Souls is basically about? Not being stupid and GITTING GUD?

                          Arguing which fully-upgraded weapon/fully-optimized build deals more damage or is superior is like firing a single bullet from a DEagle and a Glock and arguing which bullet will HIT the target propped up 10m away faster. It doesn't matter because both bullets HIT at roughly the same time that speed becomes trivial, and Souls is balanced enough because everyone dies in 3-6 hits, 7 if your an armor/vitality jock with the balls to fat roll.

                          For new players, that means pick whatever weapon you want, explore builds that interest you and get comfy with them. There are stat/build/weapon calculators on the internet, go find them, I'm not google. It doesn't matter what the meta is, because the one deciding YOUR meta is you. Go find what you like and dance till your dead.

                          • Anonymous

                            10 Sep 2017 18:42  

                            raw, magic and fire are bad infusions in dark souls 3. depending on your weapon you should refine/sharpen/heavy infuse it. look at what it scales with.

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