Dexterity is one of the 8 main attributes in Elden Ring and is considered one of the best scaling stat for weapons in early game. The amount of dexterity you possess will affect your dexterity-based armaments and weapons. Additionally, it will also affect the damage you deal by using the weapons. You can increase your dexterity by spending Runes and leveling up Elden Ring. Today, we will be looking at the Best Dex Weapons that you can use in your next build.
- Dexterity is one of the eight main attributes in Elden Ring, and it allows you to wield dex-based armaments such as Katanas.
- Uchigatana, Rivers Of Blood, Hands Of Malenia, and the Moonveil are a few of the best katanas in Elden ring, and they can only be wielded by investing in the dexterity stat.
- Aside from katanas, the Godskin Peeler, Morgott’s Cursed Sword, Parrying Dagger, and the Reduvia are considered superior to the rest.
- Some of these weapons can be found in the early game, while some are reserved for the endgame.
What Are Dexterity Weapons
Dexterity is one of the 8 main attributes in Elden Ring and is considered one of the best scaling stat for weapons in early game. The amount of dexterity you possess will affect your dexterity-based armaments and weapons. Additionally, it will also affect the damage you deal by using the weapons. You can increase your dexterity by spending Runes and leveling up Elden Ring.
Furthermore, if you increase dexterity’s effectiveness by gaining more points, it will also affect the secondary stats relative to it. The weapons that scale with dexterity have lower fall damage and the chances of getting knocked off from your mount are also reduced, thus making it the best attribute of Elden Ring.
Increasing points in dexterity will boost the attack power of your dexterity scaling armaments. Additionally, it will also reduce the casting time of spells, thus making it the best option for using sorceries and incantations in Elden Ring.
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Best Dexterity Weapons
Dex weapons are great for players that want a good blend of melee-focused with a slight hint of ranged weapon type attacks. But what Dex weapons are best for is landing multiple strikes in a short period. Therefore, they’re great not just for a dex build but also for builds like the Samurai build and vampire build that utilize successive attacks.
Regardless, here are some of Elden Ring Best Dex weapons that you can get. Also, consider reading our Elden Ring Weapons Tier List.
Starting off with the Uchigatana. It is quite a simple weapon that just simply works. Despite being available early on, it is one of those weapons you can take quite late into the game.
It is quite similar to the katanas that returning Soulsborne players might’ve used in previous games. Additionally, if you played Sekiro, then this weapon gives you the best chance of replicating that same feeling.
The Uchigatana is a great bleed weapon as it comes with the blood loss effect. Furthermore, it can be upgraded with smithing stones, and its weapon art can be replaced with any of the Ashes of War.
There are two ways of acquiring the Uchigatana. The easiest method is to pick the Samurai as your starting class at the start of the game. You will get the Uchigatana as a starting weapon.
But if you are trying to use the Uchigatana with another class, then you can find it in the open world as well. The Uchigatana is found on a corpse hanging over the edge of a platform inside Deathtouched Catacombs.
Stats and requirements
The initial requirements of the weapon are not that high, making it a great early game weapon. With a Strength 11 and Dex 15 requirement, almost any class can be eligible for this weapon from the start.
With the standard Ashes of War, the Uchigatana scales with Strength and Dexterity, both on a D scale. But with the Keen Ashes of War, you can push Dex scaling to an A. With Heavy Ashes of War Strength has an A scaling.
The weapon has 115 base physical attacks and 100 with critical hits. It weighs 5.5 and has an initial skill called Unsheathe. Without being a chargeable skill, Unsheathe consumes 10 FP for light attacks and 15 FP for heavy attacks.
Bloodhound’s Fang is a curved sword meaning you can expect quite the speed from this weapon. It provides a wide array of attacks, from wide-sweeps to airborne attacks; Bloodhound’s Fang is truly a dex sword. Also, while you’re at it, consider reading our Best Swords guide.
The Bloodhound’s Fang allows players to close gaps between enemies quickly with all the thrust attacks. And in a complementary fashion, it also allows one to step back easily to avoid any incoming damage.
Additionally, it is a great weapon for players that are looking for a high-damage weapon in the early game. You can unlock the blade’s true potential by two-handing it. In a similar fashion to the Uchigatana, it also causes blood loss build-up.
The Bloodhound Knight Darriwil drops the Bloodhound’s Blade. He is a field boss that can be found in Forlom Hound Evergaol in Limgrave near the Agheel Lake South Site of Grace.
Unfortunately, you cannot use any of your Ashen Remains during the battle, so it will be quite the challenge to get the blade, especially early on. However, if you have progressed in the Kale’s questline, then you can get help from the Wolf Knight Blaidd.
Stats and Requirements
Bloodhound’s Fang has a relatively heavier requirement. You will need 18 strength and 17 dex to equip it.
Bloodhound’s Fang scales with strength and Dex, having a scale of D and C, respectively. The max upgraded variant of the weapon will allow for C scaling with strength and B for Dex.
It has a unique weapon skill that is exclusive to the Bloodhound’s Fang. The Bloodhound’s Finesse throws the player into a backward somersault as they slash upwards and backwards. A step attack can follow it up to deal more damage—an overall great skill for strategic placement during battle.
But this unique skill also means that you cannot infuse any other Ashes of War with the weapon.
Hookclaws is one of those fun dex weapons that you would want to experiment around within the early game. You can dually wield them as they come in pairs, giving you a sensation of being like Wolverine. They’re great for landing consecutive blows on enemies. But as you are duel wielding the weapon, you will need to rely on dodging. The Hookclaws are also capable of Blood loss build-up, though it is not as fast as the Uchigatana.
The Hookclaws can be found early on in the game in Stormveil Castle. The Gatekeeper Gostec mentions a secret back entrance that you can take. Doing so will let you reach the first level of the wine cellar. There will be a corpse at the side corner of a wall. It has the Hookclaws, and you can take them with ease.
Stats and Requirements
The weapon has a weight of 2 and requires 8 strength and 14 dex to be equipped. Following its requirements, it scales with strength and Dex, with an E and C scaling, respectively.
You can infuse the blade with ashes of war, pushing the Dexterity scaling to A with Keen and B strength scaling with Heavy and Quality ashes of war.
Hookclaws come with quickstep skill. It is a great skill to reposition yourself and to get out of the way of attacks with ease. With an FP cost of 3, it is easy to spam quickstep. It has a base physical attack of 89, and with critical hits, it deals 110.
Daggers are a must when discussing the Elden Ring’s best Dex weapons. Reduvia is a great weapon for all dagger lovers. It is great for close-ranged combat and will allow you to destroy any enemy that happens to get way too close. It also works great with backstabbing and stealthy kills.
You can also turn the weapon into a ranged weapon using Reduvia’s special skill. Not only that, but Reduvia is perhaps one of the unique-looking weapons from all the best weapons in the game. Its blood build-up makes it great for taking away a good chunk of an enemy’s health.
The Reduvia is dropped by an NPC Phantom Invader, Bloody Finger Nerijuss. You can find him in the ravine that leads northeast of Agheel Lake. This is the same pathway that leads to Murkwater Catacombs where Patches can be found. The fight with Bloody Finger Nerijuss is not too difficult. You will actually get assisted by the Bloody Finger Hunter Yura. He will spawn as you approach the invader.
Stats and Requirements
Reduvia can be grabbed quite early on, so it does not have any crazy requirements. You will be needing 5 strength, 13 dex, and 13 arcane to equip it.
Following those stats, Reduvia also scales off of Strength (initial E scale), Dex, and Arcane (both having an initial D scale). It can be upgraded with Somber Smithing stones. Surprisingly the Strength scaling remains that same, but Dexterity does max out at C scaling. In contrast, Arcane reaches as far as the B scaling.
The dagger has a Physical base damage of 79 and 110 with critical. Reduvia comes with its unique skill, Reduvia Blood Blade. It cannot be replaced with any ashes of war. But the skill itself is great and is responsible for what makes it a ranged weapon. The skill uses the bloodstains on the dagger to turn them into projectiles that you can shoot towards your enemies. Not only do they deal a lot of damage, but they also cause Blood build-up, making it a great skill to use. With only a 6 FP use, you can use it multiple times and chain it with close-range combat.
The Parrying Dagger is a returning weapon to the Soulsborne game. In Dark Souls 3, players used it as it was one of the best items that allowed one to parry enemies. Following that tradition, Elden Ring also has its own version of the dagger. On the subject of the best items, why not read our Elden Ring Item Tier List and learn about the best and worst items in the game.
Knowing how to parry can be hard. And if you’re using best Dex weapons or a dex build in general, parrying or dodging are your main line of defence. Therefore, if you use the parrying dagger with its additional parry frames, you can have quite the edge in battle.
Alas, the Parrying Dagger is perhaps not the strongest weapon when compared to some of the best strength weapons out there; therefore, you might not be able to take it too far into the game. However, it is still good for early and mid-game fights.
Getting the Parrying Dagger is quite simple. Alongside Stonesword keys and many other items, you can purchase the dagger from Patches at the Murkwater Cave. Be careful as Patches initially tries to fight you when you go to him the first time. But after you spare him, he sets up shop, and you can trade with him.
Stats and Requirements
As the weapon is one of the early game weapons, the requirements are not too much. You will be needing 5 strength and 14 dex. Similarly, it scales off those attributes with an E in Strength and a C in Dex.
You can apply ashes of war with it, but it comes with its own skill, parry. You can use it to deflect an enemy’s attack and break their stance, allowing you to land a critical hit. Additionally, you can apply other ashes of war with it, allowing you to push the scaling of Strength to A with the heavy ashes of war and Dex to S with Keen.
The parrying dagger has a base physical damage of 75 and a critical of 110.
Morgott’s Cursed Sword
Morgott’s Cursed Sword is a blade worthy of a king. As the name suggests, the Cursed Sword belongs to and is, in fact, crafted by Margott the Omen King himself. It is yet another curved sword that simply bleeds power and makes the player feel like a menace as they wield it.
Like many Dex weapons on the list, Morgott’s Cursed Sword causes the bleed effect, which ties nicely with the Dex playstyle. Despite being a Dex weapon, the sheer strength of the blade can sometimes even make up for the lack of strength that many Dex builds have.
To acquire the blade, you will need to beat Margott the Omen King. That will not be an easy task as he is one of the strongest bosses of the game. However, that also means that you will not be able to get the Cursed Sword early on in the game. That is because Morgott can be found in Leyndell, Royal Capitol. He is a story-related boss, so you will run into him eventually. Therefore, you do not have to worry about missing the blade in any way. While you’re at it, why not read our Bosses Tier List and learn about the toughest boss encounters in the game.
Once you do beat Morgott, make your way over to Finger Reader Enia in the Roundtable hold. You will be able to purchase the Morgott Cursed Sword in exchange for the Remembrance of the Omen King.
Stats and Requirements
The blade may be powerful, but that is for a reason. It has quite a heavy requirement with 14 Strength, 17 Arcane, and a whopping 35 for Dex. Therefore, it is best suited for the pure Dex builds with a touch of arcane.
The blade also scales on these stats, with the initial scales being E for strength, C for Dex, and D for arcane. They max out at D, B, and D, respectively.
The weapon has serious physical damage of 120 and 110 for critical attacks. It cannot be infused with any Ashes of War but has a powerful unique skill called the Cursed-Blood Slice. The skill is a downward slice followed by red flames following the slice trial. You can chain it with another slice and then further combos. It works great in filling up the bleed bar.
Twinblades is a much-improved weapon type in Elden Ring as compared to the previous games. Although their move set can be odd and require getting used to, they can lead to some interesting combat moments. Additionally, you can even create fun, and powerful builds with them, such as the Darth Maul build.
Consequently, Godskin Peeler is one of those Twinblades that works well with Dex builds. Godskin Peeler has a rather unique design, with one end having a tipped edge that one may use for stabbing and thrust attacks. In comparison, the other end is like a sickle. Unlike the other Dex weapons, it does not have a blood build-up but makes up for it with its versatility.
The Godskin Apostle drops the Godskin Peeler at the Dominula, Windmill Village in Altus Plateau. You may remember the Apostle from the Godskin Duo fight. But worry not as you will not have as much trouble with him as you did in the previous fight. While you’re in this area, you will also be able to get an additional Golden Seed, so it is a win-win situation.
Stats and Requirements
Godskin Peeler does have a heavy strength and dex requirement, with it being 17 and 22, respectively. Its initial scaling is E for strength and C for Dex. You can upgrade it using the Smithing Stones and also infuse it with Ashes of War. You’ll be able to push Dex to A with Keen and Strength to B with Quality Ashes of war.
Asides from using Ashes of War, the weapon does come with its own skill, Black Flame Tornado. The skill is not unique to the blade, so you can apply it to other weapons using the Crumbling Farum Azula dropped by the Godskin Duo.
With an FP cost of 30, the Black Flame Tornado creates a whirlwind of black flames after the player spins the blade over their head and thrusts downwards. As the flames surround the player, it is great for dealing with multiple enemies and getting out of sticky situations.
The weapon is relatively heavier, with a weight of 8. But its damage is up there with the Morgott’s Cursed Sword, having physical damage of 121 and critical of 100.
Hand of Malenia
Katanas always work great with Dex builds. Hand of Malenia is one of the best katanas in the game that can be acquired in the late game.
The hand of Malenia also causes blood build-up and has the ability to stagger enemies with ease. However, with its heavy requirements, Hand of Malenia is a blade suited for those that have dedicated themselves to the Dex build.
Hand of Malenia can be acquired after beating Malenia, Blade of Miquella. This Demi-God boss is the same one we have seen in many Elden Ring’s posters. Finding Malenia’s location is not too hard. To face her, you will have to go to Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree. It is part of the Miquella’s Haligtree dungeon in the far north of Consecrated Snowfield. The Malenia boss fight is no easy fight, and you will need all the aid that you can get. Therefore, make sure you’re equipped and have upgraded your flasks with Sacred Tears because you sure will be needing all the help you can get. However, if you are struggling, consider reading this article to help you out: Malenia cheese guide.
Once you do beat the boss, you can get the weapon from Enia in the Roundtable Hold by using the Remembrance of the Rot Goddess.
Stats and Requirements
As mentioned, the weapon is primarily for those that are going with a pure dex build. That is because it has a requirement of 48 Dex and 16 Strength. That is a lot, but it is worth it as the blade is powerful. The initial scaling for Dex is B and Strength is E. By the 3rd upgrade, the Dex scaling maxes out at B, and strength remains E throughout. Additionally, the base blade has physical damage of 117 and a critical of 100.
The weapon cannot use any other Ashes of War, but it has its own skill, Waterfowl Dance. The skill builds up with the player pushing himself to levitate in the air and then thrust forward with a series of strikes surrounding the player. Players of the previous FromSoftware game, Sekiro, may notice that it is quite similar to One Mind or Spiral Cloud Passage. You can keep chaining the move, which will lead to one massive wave of strike going outward from the player. It is great for dealing with multiple enemies and crowd control.
Perhaps one of the Best Dex weapons in Elden Ring and overall best katanas in the game is the Moonveil katana. It is an overall great weapon with its quick slash and pierces damage in combat. It is not fancy on the looks with a typical katana appearance. Still, its variety in its damage makes up for it.
Like many of the dex weapons, the Moonveil Katana also causes blood build-up. But what makes it stand out is the magic damage that it causes. Also, read our Moonveil Katana Build guide if you want to make a proper DEX/INT build around this armament in the game.
You can acquire the weapon slightly later in the game. You will need to make your way over to Caelid and face Magma Wyrm in the Gael Tunnel. For more details, consider reading our Moonveil Katana Location guide.
Stats and Requirements
The Moonveil Katana requires 12 Strength, 18 Dex, and 23 Intelligence. Its high intelligence requirement makes it a good dex weapon for those that want more melee weapons style in their intelligence builds. The strength scaling remains constant, E, but the dex and intelligence scaling can go from an initial D and C to B grade scaling.
You cannot combine any other Ashes of War with the Moonveil Katana, but its own skill is deadly enough as it is. Transient Moonlight is a powerful skill that initiates with the player sheathing the blade. You can then follow up with a short-range light attack that sends out a horizontal magic wave. You can chain it with a stronger vertical wave with a medium range. The speed of the skill makes it great as one of the best Dex weapons. It does take 15 and then 20 FP when using the skill.
The initial Physical damage is 73 and 87 magical damage, but you can upgrade the weapon to reach 178 and 213 damage. The critical damage is 100.
Rivers of Blood Katana
Before patch 1.03, the Rivers of Blood katana was broken. The weapon did not scale with its attributes which was a real shame as the weapon had the potential to be one of, if not the greatest Elden Ring Dex weapon out there. However, with it being fixed in the patch, it can now uphold that potential and take its place not in just dex weapons but in the best weapons in the game.
Although the weapon has a generic move set, its range allows you to use Rivers of Blood for mid-ranged combat. Its sheer speed and flurry of bloody attacks allow it to build up bleed easily.
The weapon is already strong on its own, but you can maximize what you get out of it by utilizing a build surrounding the Rivers of Blood katana.
You will need to go to the Mountaintops of the Giants to acquire the Rivers of Blood blade. Just a bit before the Fire Giant fight, you can run across the Church of Repose. Over there, you will encounter an NPC invader, Bloody Finger Onika. Upon defeating him, you will be awarded the Rivers of Blood weapon. If you want an exact step by step guide as to the location, consider reading: Rivers Of Blood Katana Location Walkthrough.
Also, read our Church of Inhibition Location guide if you’ve not found this key location in the game yet.
Stats and Requirements
You may need to do a little bit of Rune farming before you can get the blade. It requires 12 Strength, 18 Dex, and 20 arcane. Rivers of Blood scales on these stats as well. Strength and arcane remain constant E and D, but Dex can go from D to B. Due to its arcane scaling, Rivers of Blood can also work great with an Arcane build.
Rivers of Blood has its unique skill, Corpse Pillar. The skill forms a blade of cursed blood and allows you to land successive attacks with a bloody trail as you swing your blade. It is a mid-ranged attack, with the primary focus of the attack being straight ahead of the player. It works great for Blood build-up and some of the best Talismans that leverages successive strikes. With an FP cost of 17, you can use the skill multiple times in battles.
The weapon has an initial physical attack of 76 and even deals fire damage 76. Once scaled up, both the fire and physical damage become 186. The critical damage is 100.
With that, we have many of Elden Ring Dex Weapons. Do note that they are in no particular order, with some being better than others. But in the end, it comes down to the playstyle you prefer and the weapon that best suits your style. Let us know in the comments below which weapon is your favourite or if you prefer any other weapon as Elden Ring’s Best Dex weapon.
About Elden Ring
Elden Ring allows players to have a plethora of playstyles as they roam the dangerous fields of the Lands Between. The entire map is filled with various items and weapons that the player can pick and use. Knowing which items are the best or which weapons are the best can be hard. Especially if you are trying to specialize in creating some of the best builds like a melee or an astrologer build.
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