Weapons in Dark Souls 2 are a strategic and important choice for the player. The player will be encouraged to discover and deeply learn a weapon that suits their style of play and preference, with subtle parameters affecting the weapon's performance in combat. 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.



How to choose a weapon in Dark Souls 2?

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







Piercing Swords








Great Axes








Great Hammers






Fist & Claws



Spears & Pikes












































 Pre-Upgraded Weapons

Several partially upgraded weapons are placed throughout Drangleic. These are especially useful for low soul memory builds.




Partizan +6 Brume Collapsing floor area
Scythe +7 Brume Ladder near first bonfire
Caestus +8 Brume Upper Floor bonfire
Broadsword +7 Brume Near Iron Warrior door room
Alonne Greatbow +5 Brume Near Maldron
Winged Spear +7 Eleum Loyce Dog courtyard
Priests Chime +8 Eleum Loyce Near Frozen Stairs
Large Club +7 Eleum Loyce White Covetous Demon
Long Bow +7 Shulva Past 1st group of Sanctum archers
Notched Whip +7 Shulva Weird Repair Tree
Lightning Short Bow +1 Iron Keep Eygil's Idol

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    • Anonymous

      08 Sep 2021 15:51  

      Say what you want about Dark Souls 2’s lore, map design, mechanics, etc, but you cannot deny that this has the greatest weapon selection of all 3 Soul games (Bloodborne is on another level.) The variety and move sets all just fit a sequel perfectly.

      • Anonymous

        20 Aug 2021 22:08  

        you can say what you want about dark souls 2 being janky, but it definitely has the best weapons (especially greatswords with their movesets) out of all of the souls games imo

        • Anonymous

          17 Jul 2021 00:30  

          I don't mean anything to dex build users but JESUS F*CKING CHRIST FROMSOFTWARE WHY ARE 60% OF THE WEAPONS DEX WEAPONS

          • Anonymous

            25 Jun 2021 03:12  

            is there any weapon and armor to use because i been have havel the rock build, HAVELS SET, HAVELS GREATSHIELD and DRAGON TOOTH ALL to the maximum plus

            • Anonymous

              23 Feb 2021 20:27  

              I know DS1, DS3 and Bloodborne inside out and despite this game being my first I’m seeing so many weapons for the first time here which is fascinating. I really didn’t give DS2 enough time.

              • Anonymous

                30 Aug 2020 04:25  

                There are 249 weapons here (including: chimes, staves flames, crossbows, greatbows, bows, whips, twinblades, reapers, lances, halberds, pikes/spears, fists/claws, greathammers, hammers, greataxes, axes, piercing swords, katanas, curved swords, curved greatswords, ultra-greatswords, greatswords, strait swords, and daggers)

                • Anonymous

                  26 Jul 2020 17:09  

                  Honestly, I don't like greatswords verticle slice, so this game makes me use weapons i never thought i would use and end up having fun with them!

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Jul 2020 14:15  

                    A lot of the weapons in this game were really creative and cool, and should have been carried over into ds3. Crypt blacksword, at least 1 twinblade, bewitched alonne sword, sanctum crossbow, loyce greatsword, bone fist, and ivory king greatsword all were weapons I would have loved to see in ds3

                    • Anonymous

                      07 May 2020 06:31  

                      Just a side note. If you mod saves, try infusing chimes and staves with poison in the save editor. It takes effect in game. Not only does it add poison damage it greatly boosts the entire stats and scaling. Bleed is equivalent to it. All others improves stats a little bit

                      • Anonymous

                        26 Nov 2019 00:25  

                        Greatsword when using two hands sometimes slash no hit on the enemy when they move round to the left or right. Is this a bug?

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