Weapons in Dark Souls II are pieces of offensive equipment that are used by a player's character to deal damage agains Enemies and Bosses. 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 combat mechanics in Dark Souls II.

Useful Links

  • See Shields for all available shields in the game.
  • See Armor for all available armor in the game.
  • See Combat page to view how the combat system works in the game.
  • See Magic to view the four different types of magic classes as well as all available spells. 

What are Boss Soul Weapons in Dark Souls 2?

Boss Soul Weapons are weapons crafted from the souls dropped by bosses you've defeated throughout the game. You can trade the Boss Souls you've acquired to two different NPCs namely Straid and Ornifex. Each of them produces different types of Boss Soul Weapons often from the same Souls so it is important that you choose which NPC you'll trade in your Souls.

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 in Dark Souls 2








List of Weapons in Dark Souls 2


Daggers in Dark Souls 2






Straight Swords in Dark Souls 2






Greatswords in Dark Souls 2







Ultra Greatswords in Dark Souls 2






Curved Swords in Dark Souls 2





Curved Greatswords in Dark Souls 2




Katanas in Dark Souls 2





Piercing Swords in Dark Souls 2





Axes in Dark Souls 2





Great Axes in Dark Souls 2





Hammers in Dark Souls 2





Great Hammers in Dark Souls 2







Fist & Claws in Dark Souls 2




Spears & Pikes in Dark Souls 2






Halberds in Dark Souls 2






Lances in Dark Souls 2




Reapers in Dark Souls 2





Twinblades in Dark Souls 2




Whips in Dark Souls 2




Bows in Dark Souls 2





Greatbows in Dark Souls 2




Crossbows in Dark Souls 2




Staves in Dark Souls 2






Flames in Dark Souls 2




Chimes in Dark Souls 2



 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

      has anybody else noticed that at the top of this page, the DS3 and DS2 weapon page have the same icons, and they're from DS3? not complaining, just wanted to point it out.

      • Anonymous

        God, even if this game got fewer weapons than elden ring, I still somehow think this game got more versatility and variety of weapons. Too many weapons in that game with int/fth req. Was really boring to play as a quality build just to have the cool stuff for int/fth

        • Anonymous

          The beauty of DS2 was that every weapon felt special in some way and was more or less powerful; maybe is the nostalgic trip i'm doing that speaks throw my tongue, idk. By the way, ER pvp is just that bad and unbalanced that makes me miss DS2/3 one even more.

          • Anonymous

            i miss the pvp of this game so much, ER's pvp is the unfathomably unbalanced and most of the weapons are nowhere as unique and cool as the ones in this game

            • Anonymous

              I hope Elden Ring has HALF the weapon versatility as DS2. So many incredible and unique weapons in this game

              • Anonymous

                Dark souls 2 got the right idea about swords, in this game swords are potrayed pretty realisticly, they are depicted as elegant weapons that require a lot of training (or dexterity)

                • Anonymous

                  What’s everyone’s top 3 fav weapons? Mine are Black Knight GS, MOON GS, and Smeltah Hammah (all great for no death runs)

                  • Anonymous

                    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

                      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

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

                        • Anonymous

                          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

                            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

                              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

                                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

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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?

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Anybody know a low requirement no scailing weapon for a lvl 1 run im doing? ( no broken straight sword since this is my first time )

                                        • Anonymous

                                          After playing the remaster and DS3 down to the very bone, I thought it was time to try this game out. Any weapon recommendations for someone running blindly into this game?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Very important info for low soul memory players is the locations of ready upgraded weapons. It should be in clear view on this wiki but it is not. This website is preventing me from linking to a reddit page listing all the ready upgraded weapons. So there is the list typed out below: 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 Tre Lightning Short Bow +1 Iron Keep Eygil's Idol

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Arguably the most important info for low Soul Memory players. This needs to be placed up front on this wiki. Cheers

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Uh, why are the images for the weapon categories at the top of the page the DS3 versions? Lazy wiki dudes?

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  The retainers’ staff is missing from this list; it is dropped from the mages in the Ivory Crown DLC (Confirmed on NG+)

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Mmm, it seems this site is also experiencing similar problems like ds3, so do us all a massive favour fextralife and fricken fix it so i can get the results i want!

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      So, question. I've got two characters, a warrior and a swordsman. For my first I have the red iron twinblade and at +10 it has 340 base damage. I just picked it up for my swordsman and it has only 180 at. +10.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Anyone have a full moon sickle they are willing to trade? the drop rate on it is atrocious even with the prisoners tatters and mask and covetous gold serpent ring +2 im on xbox one

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Why is there one of the categories "Dark Souls 3 weapons" and why does it link to the Dark Souls 3 wiki?

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Would anyone mind giving me their weapons,armor,and rings I honestly at this point don't feel like farming. But if you're interested in doing so I'm on PS4 my PSN is Spankyunasty and my SM is 2.5 mil

                                                            • Too many weapons, yet many of them have exactly the same moveset, with minor differences in stats
                                                              Only idiots would think this is better than DS3

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Someone edit this page: The curved twinblade is linking to: https://darksouls2.wiki.fextralife.com/+Curved+Twinblade
                                                                When it should link to: https://darksouls2.wiki.fextralife.com/Curved+Twinblade

                                                                • On the "dlc weapon" tab, the aged smelter sword are listed like a weapon of the "ivory king dlc", while, the aged smelter sword are a weapon od the "old iron king dlc".

                                                                  • Hi, I never played Dark Souls 1 or the original Dark Souls 2, I started with Scholar of the First Sin, and I love the game. I am a fan of the greatswords, so I really want some opinions about which one is the best of the Greatswords.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I'm making a planner for a character that uses swords, but this only has a small list of daggers on it. y u no sword, great sword, ultra great sword, axe, great axe, ?ultra great axe?, spears, halberds, fist weapons, whips, catalysts, shields, great shields, ultra great shields, and Binoculars?

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