BEST Halberds In Elden Ring (Top 12)

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Halberds is one of many types of weapons in Elden Ring, as one of the things Elden Ring is known for is its variety of weapons and builds. The question on the mind of every Halberd enthusiast is whether the Halberd specializes in strength, dexterity, or faith, which are considered the BEST Halberds Elden Ring. One must know the name of all the best halberds before dedicating an entire build to them.

Key Takeaways

  • Halberds are the ideal weapon type for novice Elden Ring players as they offer a bona fide balance between damage and safety.
  • There are about 16 Halberds in Elden Ring, out of which I have chosen 12 to be featured as better than the rest in stats and abilities.
    1. Banished Knight’s Halberd.
    2. Glaive.
    3. Vulgar Militia Shotel.
    4. Loretta’s War Sickle.
    5. Pest Glaive.
    6. Gargoyle’s Halberd.
    7. Dragon’s Halberd.
    8. Guardian’s Swordspear.
    9. Golden Halberd.
    10. Vulgar Militia Saw.
    11. Nightrider Glaive.
    12. Commander’s Standard.
  • While the Winged Scythe is not exactly a halberd, it is a weapon worth mentioning as it functions very closely to a halberd. It offers great base damage while specializing in Bleed and Holy damage.

Best Halberds In Elden Ring Comparison

Serial Number Halberd Name Physical Magic Fire Light Holy Critical Boost
1 Banished Knight’s Halberd. ATK:125
Guard: 55
ATK: 0
Guard: 35
ATK: 0
Guard: 35
ATK: 0
Guard: 35
ATK: 0
Guard: 35
ATK: 100
Guard: 42
2 Glaive. ATK: 132
Guard: 60
ATK: 0
Guard: 38
ATK: 0
Guard: 38
ATK: 0
Guard: 38
ATK: 0
Guard: 38
ATK: 100
Guard: 46
3 Vulgar Militia Shotel. ATK: 121
Guard: 55
ATK: 0
Guard: 35
ATK: 0
Guard: 35
ATK: 0
Guard: 35
ATK: 0
Guard: 35
ATK: 100
Guard: 42
4 Loretta’s War Sickle. ATK: 110
Guard: 57
ATK: 71
Guard: 49
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 100
Guard: 46
5 Pest Glaive. ATK: 120
Guard: 55
ATK: 0
Guard: 33
ATK: 0
Guard: 33
ATK: 0
Guard: 33
ATK: 0
Guard: 33
ATK: 100
Guard: 39
6 Gargoyle’s Halberd. ATK: 131
Guard: 66
ATK: 0
Guard: 42
ATK: 0
Guard: 42
ATK: 0
Guard: 42
ATK: 0
Guard: 42
ATK: 100
Guard: 50
7 Dragon’s Halberd. ATK: 135
Guard: 58
ATK: 0
Guard: 37
ATK: 0
Guard: 37
ATK: 0
Guard: 37
ATK: 0
Guard: 37
ATK: 100
Guard: 47
8 Guardian’s Swordspear. ATK: 139
Guard: 57
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 100
Guard: 44
9 Golden Halberd. ATK: 134
Guard: 65
ATK: 0
Guard: 41
ATK: 0
Guard: 41
ATK: 0
Guard: 41
ATK: 87
Guard: 56
ATK: 100
Guard: 52
10 Vulgar Militia Saw. ATK: 126
Guard: 55
ATK: 0
Guard: 35
ATK: 0
Guard: 35
ATK: 0
Guard: 35
ATK: 0
Guard: 35
ATK: 100
Guard: 42
11 Nightrider Glaive. ATK: 129
Guard: 66
ATK: 0
Guard: 42
ATK: 0
Guard: 42
ATK: 0
Guard: 42
ATK: 0
Guard: 42
ATK: 100
Guard: 50
12 Commander’s Standard. ATK: 138
Guard: 64
ATK: 0
Guard: 41
ATK: 0
Guard: 41
ATK: 0
Guard: 41
ATK: 0
Guard: 41
ATK: 100
Guard: 49
13 Winged Scythe ATK: 87
Guard: 30
ATK: 0
Guard: 25
ATK: 0
Guard: 25
ATK: 0
Guard: 25
ATK: 104
Guard: 55
ATK: 100
Guard: 30

Halberds are the type of weapon that can be ideal for novice Elden Ring players as these weapons offer a proper balance between damage and safety. Halberds allow the players to damage enemies safely from a distance. 

There are 16 different Halberds in Elden Ring, some of which specialize in strength, dexterity, faith, or other stats; out of which, I will enlist the top 12 that can be considered better than the rest. 

1. Banished Knight’s Halberd

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Banished Knight’s Halberd (Image Taken by eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 125 55
Magic 0 35
Fire 0 35
Light 0 35
Holy  0 35
Critical/ Boost 100 42
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 14
Dexterity D 12

The Banished Knight Halberds is one of the best early-game halberds in Elden Ring. If you succeed in getting your hands on this halberd, then you can expect smooth sailing for a huge chunk of Elden Ring. It does require the player to invest some time in farming for it, but the weapon is well worth it.

The Banished Knight’s Halberd scales with Strength and Dexterity and has some pretty forgiving requirements overall, which makes it ideal for players still early in Elden Ring. It can be dropped by the Banished Knights located in Stormveil Castle.

2. Glaive

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Glaive (Image Credit: eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 132 60
Magic 0 38
Fire 0 38
Light 0 38
Holy  0 38
Critical/ Boost 100 46
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 18
Dexterity D 15

The Glaive is another Halberd that can be obtained well early in Elden Ring. While this weapon does offer some fantastic stats for the early game, obtaining the weapon itself is quite frustrating, but if you do succeed in obtaining it, then it is the better weapon to choose when given a choice between the Glaive and the Banished Knight Halberd.

In the early game, the Glaive can very easily be considered the best halberd in Elden Ring. This weapon also scales with Strength and Dexterity in Elden Ring. The Glaive is dropped by skeletons, which are found east of the Church of Vows.

3. Vulgar Militia Shotel

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Vulgar Militia Shotel (Image Captured by eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 121 55
Magic 0 35
Fire 0 35
Light 0 35
Holy  0 35
Critical/ Boost 100 42
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 14
Dexterity C 16

The Vulgar Militia Shotel is one of the best halberds to use if you are an aggressive player. Aside from allowing you to end shielded enemies with ease, it offers 40% damage negation from blocks in case you ever decide to take a break from all the aggressiveness, thus granting it a worthy spot in this Best Halberd Elden Ring article.

This halberd primarily scales with Dexterity and has a forgiving stats requirement, but acquiring this weapon can be problematic in the early game. Vulgar Militiamen drop the Vulgar Militia Shotel. They reside on the road from the Farum Greatbridge to the Bestial Sanctum in Caelid. Just to let you know, these are not early-game enemies and can mess you up if you are careless.

4. Loretta’s War Sickle

weapon art of Vulgar Militia Shotel
Vulgar Militia Shotel (Image Credit goes to eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 110 57
Magic 71 49
Fire 0 36
Light 0 36
Holy  0 36
Critical/Boost 100 46
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 20
Dexterity D 15
Intelligence D 20

In case you are currently rocking an Intelligence build and don’t wish to change, then Loretta’s War Sickle comes to the rescue, as it is fantastic halberd for a quality build. Thus, allowing you to use a mighty halberd without needing to switch from your Intelligence build.

This weapon scales with Strength, Dexterity, and Intelligence. The only thing holding this weapon back and is not higher on this Best Halberd Elden Ring guide is that it can only be obtained incredibly late, at the point where you will most probably in 80-90% done with Elden Ring, which is terribly disappointing for a weapon of this caliber.

Players can obtain Loretta’s War Sickle after defeating Loretta, Knight of the Haligtree. She is found in the Haligtree area. 

5. Pest Glaive

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Pest Glaive (Image Credit: eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 120 55
Magic 0 33
Fire 0 33
Light 0 33
Holy  0 33
Critical/ Boost 100 39
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 13
Dexterity D 13

The Pest Glaive is a fantastic weapon to use in case you are still unsure about whether you want to invest in a Halberd build or not. This weapon offers outstanding damage for very little stat requirements, making it a tempting Halberd choice for some players.

The Pest Glaive scales with both strength and Dexterity. The weapon itself belongs to one of the most annoying enemies in Elden Ring, so be sure to prepare first before you head into battle with them.

The Pest Glaive is dropped by the Lesser Kindred of Rot. They can be found wandering around in Caelid, but the ideal place to farm this weapon is in the Grand Cloister, as eleven Lesser Kindred of Rot are found in close proximity in that area.

6. Gargoyle’s Halberd

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Gargoyle’s Halberd (Image Taken by eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 131 66
Magic 0 42
Fire 0 42
Light 0 42
Holy  0 42
Critical/ Boost 100 50
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength C 26
Dexterity  E 10

If strength is more your style, then the Gargoyle’s Halberd may be the best halberd in Elden Ring for you. The only thing holding this weapon back is its range, as it is noticeably shorter than every other halberd on this list. However, if your objective is solely to hit hard, then the Gargoyle’s Halberd is perfect for you.

This weapon mainly scales with strength, and while the stats required to wield the Gargoyle’s Halberd may seem quite demanding, the weapon itself is worth it, and you should have no problem reaching these requirements if you were targeting a strength build anyway.

One other thing you keep in mind is that you can increase its strength scaling to S rank if you give it the Heavy affinity. Thus making it one of the best-strength halberds in Elden Ring. While you are at it, consider reading the guide BEST Strength Weapons in Elden Ring.

This weapon is dropped by the Valiant Gargoyle that resides near the West Capital Rampart Site of Grace in Leyndall Royal Capital. Just so you know, this weapon will become unobtainable after accessing the Crumbling Farum Azula area, so be sure to obtain it beforehand.

7. Dragon’s Halberd

weapon art of Dragon’s Halberd
Dragon’s Halberd (Image Captured by eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 135 58
Magic 0 37
Fire 0 37
Light 0 50
Holy  0 37
Critical/Boost 100 47
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength  D 22
Dexterity D 10

The main highlight of this halberd is not its damage but rather its appearance and passive abilities. The Dragon’s Halberd can be considered a situational halberd because it offers +10% bonus damage to Dragon-type enemies and +5% bonus damage against Ancient Dragon-type enemies. Aside from that, its Ash of War grants the weapon some Lighting damage and a Frost buildup, thus granting it a much-needed damage buff.

The Dragon’s Halberd scales with Strength and Dexterity and is dropped by the Dragonkin Soldier boss in Siofra River. This boss can be accessed through the portal that is located directly south on the map of the Worshipper’s Woods.

8. Guardian’s Swordspear

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Guardian’s Swordspear (Image Credit goes to eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 139 57
Magic 0 36
Fire 0 36
Light 0 36
Holy  0 36
Critical/Boost 100 44
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 17
Dexterity C 16

As you reach the top five halberds of this list, Let’s start it off with the Guardian Swordspear. However, I wish to inform you beforehand that this is not a ranking of halberds because the five halberds I’ll be listing now will gain superiority over the others based on the player’s playstyle and the scenario in which the player may find themselves.

Back to the point, the Guardian’s Swordspear offers a unique move set and is the ideal halberd to use in case you are targeting a pure dexterity build while this weapon already offers a ton of damage. Pair it with the right affinity, and the Guardian’s Swordspear becomes a force to be reckoned with.

This weapon mainly scales with dexterity, and its dexterity scaling can be increased to the A rank when given the Keen affinity, thus making it one of the best halberds in Elden Ring for the dexterity build. Obtaining this weapon is quite difficult but well worth it. It is dropped by Erdtree Guardians. The ideal place to farm this weapon is around the Minor Erdtree Church. While I’m on the topic, consider reading the guide on BEST Dexterity Weapons.

9. Golden Halberd

weapon art of Golden Halberd
Golden Halberd (Image Taken by eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 134 65
Magic 0 41
Fire 0 41
Light 0 41
Holy  87 56
Critical/Boost 100 52
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 30
Dexterity E 14
Faith D 12

Some players consider The Golden Halberd one of the best faith halberds in Elden Ring because it is incredibly easy to obtain at any point of Elden Ring (except the very beginning).

However, the one thing that stops the Golden Halberd from being the best overall is that it specializes in Holy Damage, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but when most of the endgame bosses have protection against Holy Damage, the Golden Halberds’ greatest strength can turn into its biggest weakness.

But if you plan on using this weapon on common enemies and have a backup weapon for the endgame bosses, then this weapon is well worth it. The Golden Halberd is also considered one of the best Faith Weapons in Elden Ring.

The Golden Halberd primarily scales with Strength, Dexterity, and Faith. Thanks to the sheer power this halberd contains, it can be considered one of the best halberds in Elden Ring for both strength and faith builds. And lastly, this weapon can be obtained from Enia by trading the Tree Sentinal’s remembrance after defeating it in Limgrave.

10. Vulgar Militia Saw

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Vulgar Militia Saw (Image Credit goes to eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 126 55
Magic 0 35
Fire 0 35
Light 0 35
Holy  0 35
Critical/Boost 100 42
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 15
Dexterity D 13

The Vulgar Militia weapons make a return. The Vulgar Militia Saw is basically a better version of the Vulgar Militia Shotel, except it doesn’t offer the 40% damage negation from blocks. The one thing that has granted this weapon such a nice spot on this best halberd Elden Ring list is that this is one of the two halberds that offers Bleed buildup, which is the most overpowered ailment in Elden Ring.

This weapon scales with Strength and Dexterity, and while it can be considered one the best dexterity halberds in Elden Ring, I wouldn’t consider it better than the other dexterity halberd listed here. This Halberd is dropped by the enemies wielding this weapon near the Bestial Sanctum in Greyoll’s Dragonbarrow area.

11. Nightrider Glaive

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Nightrider Glaive (Image Credit: eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 129 66
Magic 0 42
Fire 0 42
Light 0 42
Holy  0 42
Critical/Boost 100 50
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength C 26
Dexterity E 10

I consider the Nightrider Glaive to be one of the best halberds, if not the best halberd, for players with a Strength build in Elden Ring. Thanks to its fast move set, devastating damage, and long-range, there is no reason for it not to be the best halberd in Elden Ring. 

The Nightrider Glaive primarily scales with strength, and its strength scaling can be increased to the S rank when infused with Heavy affinity. The weapon itself is dropped by the Night’s Cavalry wandering the road between East Raya Lucaria Gate and Bellum Church.

There are a ton of Night Cavalrys in Elden Ring; here’s a guide in which I enlisted the location of every Night Cavalry.

12. Commander’s Standard

weapon art of Commander’s Standard
Commander’s Standard (Image Captured by eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 138 64
Magic 0 41
Fire 0 41
Light 0 41
Holy  0 41
Critical/Boost 100 49
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 24
Dexterity D 14

As for the final halberd on this list, depending on your playstyle, Commander’s Standard can either be one of the best strength or dexterity halberds you’ll use or a halberd that is just not worth it in Elden Ring. The reason for that is its move set, which is similar to a spear. Aside from that, this halberd can deal some significant damage to your enemies.

The Commander’s Standard scales with Strength and Dexterity, and its weapon skill increases your and your ally’s damage and damage negation by a whopping 20%, which is no joke. There is a reason why this halberd is used in most “one-shot bosses” videos. 

What’s great is that this halberd can be obtained incredibly early in Elden Ring. The Commander’s Standard is dropped by Commander O’Neil. He resides within the Aeonia Swamp in eastern Caelid.

Special Mention- Winged Scythe

weapon art of Winged Scythe
Winged Scythe (Image Taken by eXputer)
Weapons Stats Attack Guard
Physical 87 30
Magic 0 25
Fire 0 25
Light 0 25
Holy  104 55
Critical/Boost 100 30
Weapon Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 16
Dexterity D 16
Faith D 24

It is still argued by fans whether the Winged Scythe can be considered a halberd or not because it functions very similarly to a halberd, but it belongs in its own “Reaper” category. But for this Best Halberd Elden Ring guide, the Winged Scythe is too good to be left out.

The Winged Scythe can be a devastating weapon in the right hands as it offers reasonable base damage, noxious holy damage, and some destructive bleed damage. It can also be considered one of Elden Ring Best Faith Halberds, but the Holy damage may give you some trouble in the endgame, though, so keep a backup weapon just in case. 

The Winged Scythe primarily scales with Faith and dexterity, and in order to obtain this weapon, players will need to visit the Tombsward Ruins, where they will find a chest underground. This chest contains the Winged Scythe. Aside from the Winged Scythe, there are three more scythes in Elden Ring.

To conclude, Elden Ring is a game filled with a variety of weapons, so no type of player feels left out, whether they specialize in Strength, Dexterity, or Faith as in this Best Halberd Elden Ring guide, I have only scratched the surface by solely talking about Halberds. There are numerous types of weapons in Elden Ring, such as Curved Greatswords, Colossal Swords, Spears, and more.

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