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5 Best Elden Ring Weapons to Get Early

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At the beginning of playing Elden Ring, it's important to have a great starting weapon. Luckily, in Limgrave, there are plenty of options that you'll encounter early on that can last you a while during your monster hunting.

Whether you want to go with something big and strong, or a weapon that is more swift and agile to maintain mobility, there are enough choices to choose from. Here are our picks for the five best Elden Ring weapons to get early in the game.

5 Best Elden Ring Weapons to Get Early

Twinblade

The Twinblade is a deadly weapon with blades affixed to each side of its hilt, and it requires 10 Strength and 18 Dexterity to wield. It's viable as either a one-handed or two-handed weapon and provides rapid successive attacks with plenty of spinning animations for some unique visual flourish. Because it only requires 10 Strength, it's ideal for a dex build, though the evenly balanced "Quality" build can use it too.

The default weapon skill for the Twinblade is Spinning Slash, which is a fast-spinning attack that uses a decent chunk of FP but dishes out some hefty damage to enemies caught in the combo.

You can find this weapon in the Dragon Burnt ruins early in the game, without too much of a challenge guarding it. While riding Torrent, head to the ruins and navigate to the southernmost building and double jump inside. Head down into the basement to find the Twinblade waiting for you.

Reduvia

For those who prefer a one-handed dagger, the Reduvia is a very good weapon early on. It's an aesthetically intriguing weapon that will ensure you can look cool while destroying enemies too.

Reduvia requires 5 Strength and 13 Dexterity to wield. Its Blood Blade weapon skill is a ranged attack that uses a small amount of FP to fire bloody projectiles that cause bleeding to enemies. This skill is unique only to Reduvia and can not be removed, replaced, transferred, or found elsewhere.

You can earn this weapon by defeating Blood Finger Nerijus near Murkwater Cave. Defeating Bloody Finger Nerijus isn't too difficult. Simply dodge or block his flurry of attacks and then counter him with a few hits of your own. Eventually, you'll be joined by an NPC ally named Yura, who will help you tremendously in finishing off Blood Finger Nerijus once and for all. Finishing off the phantom earns you the blood-soaked Reduvia dagger.

Longsword

Elden Ring, FromSoftware's latest fantasy action RPG, was released on Feb. 24, 2022.
Elden Ring, FromSoftware's latest fantasy action RPG, was released on Feb. 24, 2022. / Image courtesy of FromSoftware

This standard straight sword requires 10 Strength and 10 Dexterity to wield, and it has a great move set that is useful in nearly any scenario.

The Longsword's weapon skill is Square Off, which can be used to charge a powerful upward slash with R1 or a dashing thrust with R2. It's simple but effective in close quarters encounters.

Kalé sells a Longsword at a reasonable price, and he also carries a ton of other important items for the early part of your journey, including a crafting kit and a torch for exploring dark areas.

Flail

The Flail features a spiked ball on a chain that looks like it would hurt really bad, so it's a good option for bringing the pain to your enemies. It's also a brand new weapon type in the From Software game lineup.

The Flail requires 12 Strength and 12 Dexterity to wield. Its weapon skill is Spinning Chain, which spins the striking part of the flail at high speed and can then combo into normal and heavy attacks for substantial damage.

You can obtain the Flail pretty much immediately after you've emerged from the tutorial area into Limgrave proper, as it's in a chest in a large camp nearby called the Gateside Ruins.

Greataxe

The Greataxe trades slow swings for really high damage. It requires a whopping 30 Strength but only 8 Dexterity to wield.

Barbaric Roar is the weapon skill that comes with the Greataxe. Using it grants you a boost to attack power while also giving your heavy attacks powerful combos, making it a very helpful tool if you can use it right before engaging an enemy.

The Greataxe is found in a traveling carriage that makes its way along the main road to the east of Agheel Lake, which itself is east of where you first emerge into Limgrave. Rounding up the carriage may take a little time, but it's hard to miss the two giant trolls pulling it slowly along the road. If you don't see them at first, just make your way down the path in both directions until you do.