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12 Best Straight Swords In Dark Souls 3 (For PvP And PvE Builds)

12 Best Straight Swords In Dark Souls 3 (For PvP And PvE Builds)

We have done a ton of weapon lists for Dark Souls 3, but most weapon types don’t have as many as the Straight Sword. Not only is it one of the most common weapons to use, but they are also some of the best weapons you can use in the game. Most people on their first playthrough of the game will use a Straight Sword.

There are a total of 17 Straight Swords in the game and they are all good, but there are a bunch that is just better than others. They are extremely easy to use and they make a great weapon for a person’s entire playthrough if you want it to.

There are a couple of DLC weapons that we included so if you want to use every single one of these weapons, you will have to own both the Ringed City DLC and the Ashes of Ariendel DLC to be able to use them all. Most people will have the DLC so you probably don’t have to worry about that. Here are the best Straight Swords in Dark Souls 3.

Are Straight Swords the most used weapons?

This question can be looked at from multiple angles. From a new player’s point of view, they might not know about all the different weapon types and might choose an option that looks the safest. From a Veteran’s perspective, they know all the weapons in the game and it could be hit or miss whether or not they choose the Straight Sword or not.

You might really like Straight Swords while others might not. It is totally up to the person’s playstyle and how they want to approach the game. When it comes to new players though, most new players will end up using Straight Swords since they are very easy to use. As we said before, a Veteran might choose a different option just because they might think Straight Swords are basic.

What are the best Straight Swords?

When it comes to Straight Swords, some are good because of the skill. Others are good because of the scaling that they have. Others might have a wider reach so you can hit multiple enemies within one single swing. There are a lot of reasons why one might like using one Straight Sword over the other.

All the Straight Swords on this list were placed in an order that we saw most people have. When you get down towards the end, those are the weapons that have balanced scaling and decent skill. It does take some practice to get used to these weapons, but they are worth it if you use one.

Here are the 12 best Straight Swords in Dark Souls 3 that you can find and use:

12. Lothric’s Holy Sword

Location: Obtained by transposing the Soul of the Twin Princes with Ludleth of Courland for 5,000 Souls.

This is one of the longest Straight Swords in the game and it makes for a great addition to your collection. You will need to transpose the Soul of the Twin Princes to be able to get it so it is relatively easy to get if you can defeat the Twin Princes. There is one thing that makes this sword even better though.

You can actually combine this sword with Lorian’s Greatsword and turn it into the Twin Princes’ Greatsword. The downside to this is that you will have to defeat the Twin Princes twice on a single character to be able to do this. This weapon alone is a great weapon to use without the combined weapon.

Skill: Sacred Lothric Knight – Assume stance to imbue the sword with sacred light, and use a strong attack to release light together with a great thrust of the sword.

11. Astora Straight Sword

Location: Found in the High Wall of Lothric, on a path hidden behind some barrels after passing through the rooftop area, inside a chest after you drop down to the scaffolding below.

This weapon is nothing special. It doesn’t have any elemental damage unless you Infuse it with a Gem. It is a very basic sword that is good if you want to have a challenge. The skill is also a basic Straight Sword skill and it is also not that great.

The scaling is decent and that is why it is on the list. Whatever you do with this weapon, it will be a good weapon choice, but it is recommended that you choose one farther down on the list. There are better weapons than this one.

Skill: Stance – While in stance, use a normal attack to break a foe’s guard from below, and a strong attack to slash upwards with a forward lunge.

10. Valorheart (DLC)

Location: Obtained after defeating the Champion’s Gravetender and Gravetender Great Wolf.

This is one of the most unique Straight Swords. Not only is it a sword, but it also has a shield to go with it if you two-hand the weapon. It also has a really cool skill that is unique to this weapon as well. The only downside to this weapon is the fact that it is very stamina-heavy.

It also has some pretty good scaling that makes this a great weapon to choose. It has a pretty fun moveset and it also has some of the best poise damage out of any other Straight Sword. If you are looking for a great weapon with a shield, this is one of the best options available.

Skill: Lion Stance – While in stance, use normal attack to thrust forward with shield up, and strong attack to execute a shield bash with a lion’s roar.

9. Gotthard Twinswords

Location: Found in Lothric Castle, on the lifeless body of Black Hand Gotthard, just before the entrance to the Grand Archives. The body will only appear once the player has defeated the first three Lords of Cinder.

This weapon has got to be one of the coolest-looking weapons in the entire game. Straight Swords have some of the best-looking weapons out of any other weapon type and they also are extremely easy to use. If you are new to this game or the series, these are a great choice to get you into the game.

The Twinswords in particular can’t be found until later on in your playthrough, so keep in mind that they do take upgrade material, but only enough for one since it is counted as one weapon. If you two-hand it, you will pull out another sword like the Sellsword Twin blades.

Skill: Spin Slash – Slice into foes with a large spinning motion, and use a strong attack to lengthen it and end with a double-bladed thrust.

8. Barbed Straight Sword

Location: Found in the Cathedral of the Deep. Guaranteed drop from Longfinger Kirk, who invades as a dark spirit upon reaching the main open area located between the two Giant Slaves.

This sword is a great addition to your collection if you like using Bleed weapons. Not only does it have the same moveset as the Long Sword, but it deals increased damage over time with the Bleed damage it deals to the enemy you are fighting.

The weapon does have worse scaling than any of the other swords, but the Bleed is what makes this one stand out. If you don’t want a weapon that deals Bleed damage, then you might want to find one a bit lower on the list. If you do like Bleed, then this might be your go-to Straight Sword.

Skill: Stance – While in stance, use a normal attack to break a foe’s guard from below, and a strong attack to slash upwards with a forward lunge.

7. Irithyll Straight Sword

Location: Found in the Undead Settlement. Guaranteed drop from the Boreal Outrider Knight guarding the entrance to the Road of Sacrifices.

This is one of the only weapons in the game that actually inflicts frost damage without any infusions. It is actually very easy to get since you have to pass the enemy that drops it to progress into new areas. Frostbite is great because it slows down everything that the enemy has to combat you.

It will decrease their stamina recharge and it will also keep them from healing if they have the ability to. It is by far one of the best elemental damages in the game and this sword should be one of the main choices for you if you are looking for a great Straight Sword.

Skill: Stance – While in stance, use a normal attack to break a foe’s guard from below, and a strong attack to slash upwards with a forward lunge.

6. Broken Straight Sword

Location: Dropped by Hollow Soldiers and Praying Hollow Soldiers. It can also be dropped by enemies in the Cemetery of Ash, Road of Sacrifices, and the Cathedral of the Deep.

This might seem like a joke, but the weapon is actually very good. Not only does it have very low stamina consumption, but it also is fully infusible and upgradeable. It doesn’t seem like it would be good, but believe us, it is a great weapon to choose.

It obviously has its downsides with the short reach it has, but the fastness of the weapon makes up for that. You do, however, need to get close to your enemy to get your attacks in. Think of it as a dagger that isn’t based on Dexterity.

Skill: Stance – While in stance, use a normal attack to break a foe’s guard from below, and a strong attack to slash upwards with a forward lunge. It is not very useful since it is a broken sword.

5. Dark Sword

Location: Dropped by Darkwraiths in Farron Keep and the High Wall of Lothric.

This is a weapon that is insanely cool. It is by far one of the best-looking Straight Swords in the game and it is just as good as you think it looks. It has some insanely good scaling, and it scales best with Strength. It also has a very long reach for those who don’t like to get close to their enemy.

It also has a skill that is actually very common to see in larger weapons. This makes it a great option for those who like the heavy weapon skills, but don’t want to have a massive weapon with them. Plus, you can get this weapon pretty early on in your playthrough.

Skill: Stomp – Use one’s weight to lunge forward with a low stance and increased poise, and follow with a strong attack for an upward slash.

4. Ringed Knight Straight Sword (DLC)

Location: Found in The Ringed City. From the Ringed City Streets bonfire, go towards the Judicator Giant, turning right before reaching the sunken church guarded by Ringed Knights. It can be found next to the sunken on a corpse.

This is actually my favorite Straight Sword in the game. It is only found in the Ringed City DLC, so you do need to own it and get it later on in your playthrough. What makes this weapon so good is the skill it has. You can extend the sword by 2 times and it will deal fire damage.

You can then use it in multiple combos and it makes for a great weapon for both PvP and PvE. It also has some insanely good scaling for those people who rely mostly on Strength. It is a very light weapon so it won’t use up too much stamina in a fight.

Skill: Ember – Stand ready with the timeworn blade as it restores its ancient brilliance and reignites a short-lived flame. From this stance, transition to normal or strong attack.

3. Sunlight Straight Sword

Location: Found in Lothric Castle, dropped by a Mimic in a room adjacent to the white wyvern.

This is an odd Straight Sword because it doesn’t scale off of Strength. It actually scales off of Faith. You can Infuse it to make it scale with other things, but we are mostly talking about the base weapon without Infusions. It also shares the movesets with the Long Sword.

What makes this weapon special is the fact that it has C scaling in Faith. This is a great option for those who want a weapon with their Faith builds. If you are a pure melee build, then this weapon is probably not going to be a good one for you.

Skill: Oath of Sunlight – Raise the sword aloft when praising the sun to boost attack and damage absorption for self and allies in the vicinity. The warriors of sunlight are co-operators from an ancient age.

2. Lothric Knight Sword

Location: Dropped by Lothric Knights who wield them. It can also be purchased from Greirat of the Undead Settlement for 4,000 Souls once he returns from his second scavenge expedition in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley.

This weapon with the Long Sword is the easiest Straight Sword to get in a new playthrough. You will be able to Infuse this weapon and upgrade it to +10 like normal. If you Infuse this weapon with a Sharp Gem, then you will be able to get S scaling in Dexterity.

That will make this weapon insanely good for Dexterity builds. Anything else that you Infuse it with won’t give you nearly as much as a Sharp Gem, so make sure you take advantage of that if you have a Dexterity Build. Otherwise, it is a great sword for any build.

Skill: Stance – While in stance, use a normal attack to break a foe’s guard from below, and a strong attack to slash upwards with a forward lunge. It is not very useful since it is a broken sword.

1. Long Sword

Location: It is the starting equipment of the Knight Class. You can either purchase it from Greirat of the Undead Settlement for 1,000 Souls or get it from enemies within the Road of Sacrifices or the Cathedral of the Deep.

This is by far the easiest Straight Sword to get in the game as we said before. You can either start as the Knight class and get it right away, or you can defeat some basic Hollowed enemies in the High Wall of Lothric.

It has a very low stat requirement and it makes for a great weapon throughout your entire playthrough. You can also infuse it with any Gem that you would like to make this weapon even better than it already is. It is the best Straight Sword for both PvP and PvE battles.

Skill: Stance – While in stance, use a normal attack to break a foe’s guard from below, and a strong attack to slash upwards with a forward lunge. It is not very useful since it is a broken sword.