Strength weapons have always had a skill curve associated with them in Dark Souls 3. However, once you get into the habit of wielding them, you’ll be dishing out enough damage to one-shot most enemies that have the misfortune of facing off against you.
Ledo’s Great Hammer is the best Strength Weapon in the game. It deals a frightening amount of damage, and with some practice, you can pull off some great combos with the weapon.
With that said, though, there’s more to it than just damage. Therefore, we’ve tried our luck with every known Strength weapon in Dark Souls 3 and jotted our findings below. By the end of this read, you’ll be able to find out which particular Strength weapon in Dark Souls 3 is the best for yoU!
1. Ledo’s Great Hammer
Ledo’s Great Hammer is one of the strongest if not the strongest weapon in the game depending on your build. Hailed as the monstrosity from The Ringed DLC, the weapon gets a bonus R1 Jumping Attack which is a great high-damage jumping combo.
It has 681 AR on a 66 Strength Build which is the highest in the game. So, even if people have a decent level of absorption, this hammer still ends up two-shotting them which is slightly dependent on their overall absorption, of course.
2. Black Knight Greataxe
The Black Knight Greataxe has a wide-sweeping move set that allows you to take on ganks with ease. While viable in all Souls’ games, the Greataxe sees significant buffs in Dark Souls 3 which makes it one of the best in the game.
Like many other axes before it, the Greataxe possesses the Warcry skill which increases in potency depending on the level of points you’ve invested in Strength. Therefore, it comes to no one’s surprise that the weapon shows its lethality in our particular build. While it does deal 20% more against demons, it’s PvP that we’re mainly concerned with.
3. Yhorm’s Great Machete
If you haven’t noticed already, we’re big fans of Greataxes, and Yhorm’s Great Machete is perhaps one of the most fun weapons to play with on this list. Already having the aforementioned War Cry buff, A scaling in strength, and only requiring 10 in Dexterity and nothing else.
With that requirement, it’s clear that you won’t need to invest your points in various other stats and can therefore pour most of your points into Strength rendering this weapon perfect for a pure Strength build. The reason why this weapon is so great or any Greataxe for that matter, is they have a quick Strike Down motion which allows you to get 2-3 successive hits in.
The weapons scale higher than other weapons capping at 45 Strength. Moreover, it possesses great reach and is the longest Greataxe in the game allowing you to hit enemies from further away. Besides that, it possesses its own unique version of the Warcry buff allowing you to perform attacks in place.
4. Fume Ultra Greatsword
The Fume Ultra Greatsword, better known as FUGS within the Dark Souls community, is one of the most used weapons in the game, and rightfully so. While it has gone through some nerfs over the years, it remains a viable pick in the current meta, especially for players who’ve heavily invested in Strength.
This weapon can be buffed with Twinkling Titanite up to +5. Normally, a Special weapon cannot be buffed with a Magic spell. However, the FUGS negates that rule and can thus even be imbued with a Lightning Blade. This particular ability makes the FUGS extremely powerful when dealing with particular builds.
However, the weapon is extremely hard to build for too as it requires 50 Strength and an ample amount of Dexterity. However, its A Scaling in terms of Strength allows it to deal massive damage right from the get-go.
5. Dragonslayer Greataxe
The Dragonslayer Greataxe has long stood the test of time as one of the most reliable Strength weapons in Dark Souls 3. Sadly, it has always been overshadowed by the aforementioned Black Knight Greataxe. However, in our opinion, this weapon has its own merits.
The weapon deals an excessive amount of damage from the very start and only requires 40 Strength in order to be welded. The weapon is imbued with Lightning that allows you to take on enemies prone to Elemental attacks. Besides that though, the Dragonslayer Greataxe is renowned for its high DPS and is useful for both PvE and PvP.
Regarding gameplay, the R1 attack is deceivingly quick, allowing you to deal with a decisive combo right after. But if that doesn’t work, you still have your L1 attack, which can one-shot almost every build in the game. So, even if you are at the last remnants of your HP, you’ll still have a fighting chance.
6. Crucifix Of The Mad King
The Crucifix Of The Mad King is perhaps the unique weapon in the game and is extremely strong too. Since it’s a halberd, the weapon has a range greater than most other weapons but still falls short compared to any other weapon in this list.
However, it deals physical and Dark damage with each swing which scales up with your Strength and Faith. Therefore, the build works wonders in builds with a heavy emphasis on these two particular stats. Besides that, though, you’ll need to tailor your build in a very specific manner to cater to its unique requirements.
The Crucifix is the only halberd that deals Poise Damage, much like Greatswords and Greataxes. This means that you’ll be able to stagger opponents in a duel. Moreover, one other unique characteristic is that, unlike other halberds, which have a sweeping attack, the Crucifix’s strong attacks match that of a Great Club and are unparriable.
What makes this weapon exceptionally strong is its ability to be buffed with Twinkling Titanite and also the ability to be cast on with a Dark Blade increasing its overall damage even further. When buffed in this manner, you can deal as much damage as the Fume Ultra Greatsword while gaining all the innate advantages a halberd has.
7. The Quakestone Hammer
Found in the Ashes of Ariandel DLC, the Quakestone Hammer is extremely powerful with a unique skill. Regarding range, it ties up with other hammers and deals a decent amount of damage. However, it requires only 27 Strengths for it to be wielded two-handed, which makes it an exceptional early to mid-game weapon.
Besides that, its aforementioned unique skill, Quake, has you slam your hammer downwards. However, if you chain it with a strong attack, the hammer is moved upwards after the slam. While the attack is quite predictable, it can be used offensively against enemies who don’t know how the weapon works.
While it is worse than most other Great Hammers, it still is a fun weapon to play around with. Its major downside is that your L2 and R2 take up 45-40% of your Stamina bar. So, you won’t be able to spam hits anytime soon. Plus, your Weapon Art doesn’t deal a lot more damage as compared to a regular attack which is quite underwhelming especially compared to other weapons in this list.