Elden Ring: BEST Straight Swords (Top 18)

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The best straight swords in Elden Ring is a topic that has changed drastically since release since there have been many balancing patches for PvP and single-player, including your early game. However, even after all these patches, the straight swords that were present on the throne before are still extremely strong.

Key Takeaways

  • There are 19 total straight swords in Elden Ring, according to the latest 1.10 patch.
  • The best 18 straight swords in Elden Ring have been ranked according to stats, PVP, weapons skills, and their usefulness in the early game.
  • The advantage of Straight swords is that they are fast weapons that offer a versatile moveset and are the best all-rounded weapons.
  • The straight swords, however, lack in terms of range, dealing deathly blows and strong heavy attacks, which is a slight disadvantage.
  • In my experience, the Broadsword is the best because it is customizable and has strong damage paired with good scaling.

Important: Most straight swords offer the same moveset but differ in stats, scalings, and weapon skills.

The Best Straight Swords In Elden Ring

Here is an overview of all of the Best Elden Ring Straight Swords, including their stats for different types of damage types:

Weapon Name Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Light Damage Holy Damage Critical/Boost
Sword of Night And Flame 87 56 56 0 0 100
Sword of St. Trina 107 32 0 0 0 100
Regalia of Eochaid 89 57 0 0 0 100
Rotten Crystal Sword 102 66 0 0 0 100
Broadsword 117 0 0 0 0 100
Ornamental Straight Sword 101 0 0 0 0 110
Golden Epitaph 85 0 0 0 85 100
Carian Knight’s Sword 88 88 0 0 0 100
Lordsworn’s Straight Sword 115 0 0 0 0 110
Warhawk’s Talon 101 0 0 0 0 100
Coded Sword 0 0 0 0 85 100
Noble’s Slender Sword 101 0 0 0 0 100
Lazuli Glintstone Sword 79 94 0 0 0 100
Crystal Sword 106 68 0 0 0 100
Longsword 110 0 0 0 0 100
Short Sword 102 0 0 0 0 100
Cane Sword 96 0 0 0 0 100
Miquellan Knight’s Sword 105 0 0 0 68 100

1. Sword Of Night And Flame

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Sword of Night And Flame In Elden Ring (Image Captured by eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 87 36
Magic 56 42
Fire 56 42
Light 0 26
Holy 0 26
Critical/Boost 100 31

Even after all the nerfs, the Sword of Night and Flame is still a beast, and its ash of war can still destroy most bosses in Elden Ring.

Most straight swords will almost have the same basic moveset, and it is the ashes of war/weapon skills and the damage scaling which separates their ranks. The Sword of Night and Flame boasts the strongest ash of war, as it basically allows you to use two different spells to stagger enemies easily. Using the ash of war stance, you can cast a fire spell attack or abuse the Comet Azur.

  • The Sword of Night and Flame is located in the Caria Manor, which is present in the Liurnia of the Lakes.
  • You can easily obtain it early, making it one of the best straight swords for the early game in Elden Ring.
  • You’ll need to drop down into the room containing the sword from the Manor Lower Level site of grace.

2. Sword Of St. Trina

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Sword of St. Trina In Elden Ring (Image Captured by Us)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 107 39
Magic 32 33
Fire 0 27
Light 0 27
Holy 0 27
Critical/Boost 100 28
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 10
Dexterity D 12
Intelligence E 14

Sleep is an underrated status effect in Elden Ring, and there is no better way of capitalizing on this by using the Sword of St. Trina, which passively applies sleep on each hit.

The Mists of Slumber weapon skill of the Sword of St. Trina, paired with the passive sleep damage, can make most mini-bosses extremely easy. Gank fights like the Godskin Duo can be easily trivialized using the sleep status effect of the sword. You could even dominate PvP using it, as most players online don’t always stack up their defenses against the sleep status effect as they do with other damage types.

  • Make your way to the Forsaken Ruins in Caelid if you want to obtain the Sword of St. Trina.
  • There is an Imp Seal, which you’ll need to break using the Stonesword key to access the sword.

3. Regalia Of Eochaid

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Regalia of Eochaid In Elden Ring (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 89 48
Magic 57 40
Fire 0 31
Light 0 31
Holy 0 31
Critical/Boost 100 33
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 12
Dexterity D 18
Arcane D 15

Use the Regalia of Eochaid’s Dancing Blade ash of war to destroy enemies from range, as the ash of war deals mostly physical damage.

The ash of war on the Regalia of Eochaid makes it really special since it allows you to utilize the straight sword at almost any range during battle. The weapon skill additionally deals quite a lot of posture damage while doing a number on enemy health bars. It also offers a scaling with the Arcane, which makes it a perfect choice for arcane builds. Overall, it’s a strong, straight sword with an overpowered weapon skill.

  • Go to the Gaol Cave located in Caelid and beat the boss inside the cave.
  • You will find a treasure chest containing the Regalia of Eochaid on the other side of the cave.

4. Rotten Crystal Sword

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Rotten Crystal Sword In Elden Ring (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 102 48
Magic 66 38
Fire 0 31
Light 0 31
Holy 0 31
Critical/Boost 100 33
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 13
Dexterity E 10
Intelligence D 15

Inflict Scarlet Rot on enemies and bosses alike and watch their health bars rot away slowly into nothing using the Rotten Crystal Sword in Elden Ring.

Even though the normal Crystal Sword has better base damage, the Rotten Crystal Sword is considered more powerful simply because it inflicts one of the deadliest status effects. You can just inflict Scarlet Rot on most bosses and watch their health bar disappear from afar. The Rotten Crystal Sword might not be as good in PvP, but it is surely a powerful straight sword in PvE. If you’re running an intelligence build, then this sword should be on your radar.

  • The Rotten Crystal Sword is obtained pretty late as it is located in Elphael, Brace of Haligtree.
  • It is present inside a treasure chest near the Inner Wall site of grace in Elphael.

5. Broadsword

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Broadsword In Elden Ring (Image Captured by eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 117 47
Magic 0 31
Fire 0 31
Light 0 31
Holy 0 31
Critical/Boost 100 31
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 10
Dexterity E 10

This weapon is not only one of the most customizable straight swords, but it is also a strong contender for powerful early-game straight swords.

Even though the Broadsword is a basic weapon with nothing flashy to show for itself, it is still a strong straight sword for the early game and can even be used in the late game if you use the right infusions on it. You can actually make the weapon strong by infusing it with strong ashes of war available in Elden Ring. 

  • Choosing the Confessor Class in character creation will give you the Broadsword as a starting weapon.
  • You can also purchase from a Merchant who is present near Coastal Cave in Limgrave.

6. Ornamental Straight Sword

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Ornamental Straight Sword In Elden Ring (Image Captured by Us)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 101 42
Magic 0 28
Fire 0 28
Light 0 28
Holy 0 28
Critical/Boost 110 28
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 10
Dexterity D 14

The Ornamental Straight Sword is quite distinct from other straight swords as it can turn into a paired weapon that can perform combos.

The best part about the Ornamental Straight Sword is that it can turn into a paired weapon, which completely changes the moveset of this sword. Additionally, with the weapon skill, its charged heavy attack initiates a deadly combo that is really hard to dodge in PvP. The sword is balanced in PvE, but it catches players off-guard in PvP. Paired with the right talismans, combo attacks can shred enemy health.

  • You can obtain it at the start of your playthrough if you manage to defeat the Grafted Scion boss in the tutorial area.
  • However, you can return later through The Four Belfries in Liurnia of the Lakes if you die.

7. Golden Epitaph

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Golden Epitaph In Elden Ring (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 85 25
Magic 0 15
Fire 0 15
Light 0 15
Holy 85 40
Critical/Boost 100 30
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 12
Dexterity D 10
Faith D 14

With a perfect straight sword to counter undead enemies most efficiently, the Golden Epitaph is also equipped with a strong Weapon Skill.

Firstly, the Golden Epitaph will deal more damage to undead enemies by default. You should keep it as a secondary weapon for when you’re exploring dungeons filled with undead enemies. When the skeletons are killed using this sword, they won’t get back up. Against normal enemies, you can utilize its weapon skill known as Last Rites to buff up your damage. However, the weapon skill buff is weaker than the Golden Vow.

  • Make your way inside the Auriza Hero’s Grave, which is located in the Leyndell Capital Outskirts.
  • After entering the grave, you’ll encounter an Imp Statue blocking a room.
  • Use a Stonesowrd Key and access the room to obtain the Golden Epitaph straight sword.

8. Carian Knight’s Sword

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Carian Knight’s Sword In Elden Ring (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 88 36
Magic 88 52
Fire 0 26
Light 0 26
Holy 0 26
Critical/Boost 100 31
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 10
Dexterity D 10
Intelligence   18

The Carian Knight’s Sword is a great choice for Intelligence builds and sorcerers in Elden Ring, and it even features a powerful weapon skill that turns it into a greatsword of magic.

This sword can briefly transform into a great weapon if you utilize the skill correctly during your light attack combos. The weapon skill known as the Carian Grandeur even deals massive posture damage to bosses, staggering them in 2 or 3 hits additionally. The Carian Straight Sword is perfect for magic users as it allows them to create a hybrid build of powerful spells and a strong melee weapon to rely on at close range.

  • You’ll run into a troll carriage on your way to the Caria Manor in Liurnia of the Lakes.
  • The carriage carries a treasure chest with the Carian Knight’s Sword inside.

9. Lordsworn’s Straight Sword

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Lordsworn’s Sword In Elden Ring (Image Captured by eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 115 45
Magic 0 30
Fire 0 30
Light 0 30
Holy 0 30
Critical/Boost 110 30
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 10
Dexterity D 10

This straight sword is basic and quite straightforward, with good scaling and customizability during your early game.

The Lordsworn’s Straight Sword is another great choice for an early-game straight sword weapon alongside the Broadsword. It has above-average critical damage, too, compared to other straight swords, and can easily be customized with your favorite ash of war and infusion.

  • It can either be farmed for by killing Godrick Soldier enemies, or you can obtain it by defeating the headless soldier found in the Fourth Church of Marika.

10. Warhawk’s Talon

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Warhawk’s Talon In Elden Ring (Image Captured by Us)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 101 42
Magic 0 28
Fire 0 28
Light 0 28
Holy 0 28
Critical/Boost 100 30
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 10
Dexterity D 10

The Warhawk’s Talon received buffs in recent patches, and even before the buffs, it was still a unique straight sword with fast, heavy attacks that could be combo’d into.

This straight sword is a great weapon to use in PvP, as its charged attacks allow you to trick your opponents in battle. Additionally, you can even change the ash of war and infusion on the weapon and make it even stronger for PvE, where it lacks a little compared to other straight swords. The Warhawk’s Talon is honestly quite underrated, and more players should focus on it for PvP.

  • Farm the Warhawk enemies in Stromveil Castle as they have a chance to drop the Warhawk’s Talon.

11. Coded Sword

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Coded Sword In Elden Ring (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 0 13
Magic 0 22
Fire 0 22
Light 0 22
Holy 85 58
Critical/Boost 100 27
Stats Scaling Requirements
Faith B 20

For pure holy builds and faith users, the Coded Sword is a dream come true, and its default weapon skill makes it one of the best straight swords for PvP in Elden Ring.

Faith weapons are really good for early to mid-game in Elden Ring, but late-game is tough. Most bosses near the end resist holy damage, increasing the challenge for faith users. However, the Coded Sword will be not only viable in single-player but also in PVP since its weapon skill can pierce shields, allowing you to damage players hiding behind cover. You can further boost the damage by using talismans that boost faith.

  • The Coded Sword is located inside the Two Fingers throne room in the Roundtable Hold.
  • Access the Roundtable Hold from Leyndell, Royal Capital, and not from the site of Grace on the map.

12. Noble’s Slender Sword

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Noble’s Slender Sword In Elden Ring (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 101 43
Magic 0 29
Fire 0 29
Light 0 29
Holy 0 29
Critical/Boost 100 30
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 8
Dexterity C 11

If you’re looking for a straight sword with the longest reach and range for physical attacks, then the Noble’s Slender Sword has you covered.

It makes for a good dexterity weapon, and its long-range can be utilized quite effectively in PvP battles. The major drawback of this sword is its method of obtaining it, as you’ll need to depend on RNG. There is no other way of obtaining it other than by farming. Aside from that drawback, it makes for a really good dex weapon paired with the longest reach, which can be used to dominate PvP in Elden Ring.

  • You can obtain the Noble’s Slender Sword by farming the Wandering Nobles’ enemies in Elden Ring.

13. Lazuli Glintstone Sword

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Lazuli Glintstone Sword In Elden Ring (Image Captured by eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 79 30
Magic 94 55
Fire 0 25
Light 0 25
Holy 0 25
Critical/Boost 100 30
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 8
Dexterity E 9
Intelligence D 13

Another great choice for sorcerers is the Lazuli Glinstone Sword, especially if they’re running a str/int hybrid build, as the sword has good scaling in both of these stats.

The Lazuli Glinstone is great for early to mid-game with its strong scaling in strength and intelligence. But for a sorcerer character, it’s wise to keep an eye out for a better sword, similar to the Carian Knight’s Sword. The sword’s special skill is also useful, casting Glinstone Pebble sorcery that deals good posture damage to bosses in Elden Ring.

  • The Lazuli Glintstone Sword can only be obtained by farming the Lazuli Sorcerers that can be seen in the Raya Lucaria Academy.

14. Crystal Sword

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Crystal Sword In Elden Ring (Image Captured by Us)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 106 44
Magic 68 44
Fire 0 30
Light 0 30
Holy 0 30
Critical/Boost 100 33
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 13
Dexterity E 10
Intelligence D 15

The Crystal Sword is an inferior magic weapon and worse than its rotten variant, but it still serves as a good start for your sorcerer playthrough in Elden Ring.

Even though the Crystal Sword offers good scaling in intelligence, it still suffers because you cannot change its ash of war. The Rotten Crystal Sword had scarlet rot that made it extremely strong, but the default skill on the Crystal Sword is not that good. Additionally, once you obtain better magic swords, you should drop this sword instantly.

15. Longsword

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Longsword In Elden Ring (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 110 45
Magic 0 30
Fire 0 30
Light 0 30
Holy 0 30
Critical/Boost 100 30
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 10
Dexterity D 10

The Longsword is an average straight sword in the sense that it is not bad, but it has nothing special to show, either.

This straight sword can be used as a good starting weapon for your journey in The Lands Between, and it even comes as a default weapon with the Vagabond starting class. There is nothing special about the weapon, but it gets the job done in PvE. It might not be that useful in PvP, however. Keep upgrading the Longsword, and you might even beat the final boss with it; however, it would make for an extremely boring battle.

  • You can purchase it from the Twin Maiden Husks found in the Roundtable Hold if you don’t pick Vagabond as your starting class.

16. Short Sword

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Short Sword In Elden Ring (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 102 42
Magic 0 28
Fire 0 28
Light 0 28
Holy 0 28
Critical/Boost 100 28
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 8
Dexterity D 10

It is another average straight sword with slightly lower requirements to wield when compared with the Longsword.

The Short Sword also has nothing special to offer, and it performs slightly worse than the Longsword additionally. The developers could have made this sword viable if they had increased its critical damage. But in its current state, it is not a great choice to use aside from keeping it as a secondary weapon for using a different ash of war.

  • It is the starting weapon for the Astrologer class, and you can also buy it from the Merchant located in North Limgrave.

17. Cane Sword

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Cane Sword In Elden Ring (Image Captured by eXputer)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 96 41
Magic 0 27
Fire 0 27
Light 0 27
Holy 0 27
Critical/Boost 100 27
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 8
Dexterity D 11

Aside from its visual aesthetics and design, the Cane Sword has literally nothing to offer, as it has terrible base scaling and damage in Elden Ring.

Not only is this sword obtained during mid-game, but there is absolutely no point in investing any upgrade materials into it since there are much better options in the straight swords category. The only reason I’d see a player using the Cane Sword is solely for its distinct design.

  • The Cane Sword can be found near the West Capital Ramparts Site of Grace in Leyndell, Royal Capital.

18. Miquellan Knight’s Sword

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Miquellan Knight’s Sword In Elden Ring (Image Captured by Us)
Stats Attack Guard
Physical 105 40
Magic 0 28
Fire 0 28
Light 0 28
Holy 68 40
Critical/Boost 100 30
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 11
Dexterity D 11
Faith E 16

Aside from its average weapon skill, there is no reason to use the Miquellan Knight’s Sword, as it has bad scaling and damage.

You can’t get the Miquellan Knight’s Sword until you reach Haligtree, which is an endgame area. That already makes the Miquellan Knight’s Sword a terrible choice. Additionally, it is a holy weapon, which means that most endgame bosses will resist it, so you shouldn’t even use it in the single-player mode. You might find some uses for it in PvP, but better options exist.

  • It is found inside a treasure chest located on a bell tower in Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree.

Elden Ring is one of the best games ever made and is the magnum opus of Fromsoftware. It offers amazing build variety where you can create a tank build, samurai build, bandit build, and so on. There are so many places to invade as well, and you can even play with your friends. There are fun and challenging boss fights that test your skills, including Malenia.

This concludes my guide on the best straight swords in Elden Ring, including the best swords for early game and PvP. I hope that the guide was helpful in learning about the strongest straight swords. Let me know what you think about Elden Ring in the comments below!


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