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.
While every Strength weapon is not extremely viable in PvP, in our opinion, 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 really great combos with the weapon. Plus, the unique Special Ability, “Call to Stone” keeps you safe from backstabs.
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 have jotted our findings down 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!
What Is A Strength Build In Dark Souls 3?
Before we get started with our weapon, it’s integral that you’ve specced your character in an appropriate manner. While we will be leaning more towards Strength, stats like Dexterity and Endurance are equally important. While the Dexterity amount is up to you, going up to 16 allows you to wield weapons like the Splitleaf Greatsword and the Exile Greatsword.
But, if you only want to stick with pure Strength weapons like the Great Club and Ledo’s Great Hammer, then you don’t need to invest in Dexterity and you can pour those points somewhere else.
For the rest of the build, make sure that you have a decent Stamina pool. Strength weapons often consume tons of Stamina. Therefore, we recommend having at least 35 points. Going for higher Stamina is also necessary if you tend to roll a lot.
With the remainder of your points, just allocate them between Vitality and Vigor. You should try and get as much Vitality as possible because with a build like this, the greater your ability to trade, the greater your chances of getting effective trades in.
Ledo’s Great Hammer
|Weapon Type||Great Hammer|
|Skill||Call to Stone|
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.
Other than that, the weapon is the heaviest in the game and its standard move set allows for a lot of versatility given its overwhelming size. One particular advantage, as mentioned earlier, is its strong attack which deals tons of damage given its low charge time.
For a Strength weapon, it has an amazing skill aptly titled Call to Stone. With it, you unleash a fast spinning attack with a charged strong attack ending with a ground smash that scatters all the stones that are accumulated around the armor. From our experience, there’s hardly a build that can survive against this ruthless combo.
Bonus Tip: If you are worried about the weapon’s high weight and stamina needs, equipping the Haven’s Ring, Chloranthy Ring, and Ring of Favor is your best option. Fortunately, you can find all of these in the Ringed DLC too!
If you aren’t in the mood of going for the last attack though, the stones will remain around you for 7 seconds increasing the hammer’s overall damage. Moreover, you can scatter the stones at any point and deal massive AoE damage. This helps you use the attack in a more strategic manner rendering it less predictable.
However, the weapon does have its caveats. It is the heaviest weapon in the game coming in at 28 units. While it has a great move set, they’re extremely slow and are very easy to predict especially for seasoned players. Plus, once you wield it, you’ll quickly find the obstruction of vision due to its great size quite annoying. Moreover, you’ll need a high amount of Endurance in order to chain an attack with the hammer appropriately as it saps up a decent amount of stamina.
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.
Bonus Tip: If you are running this weapon, make sure that you’ve got plenty of poise, and a small dagger or a quicker weapon in reserve when the enemy’s in their last sliver of HP. Moreover, you are going to need Church Shivs if they have Tears of Denial as well.
And on that aspect, it certainly delivers. The weapon possesses a completely unique moveset as compared to other Greataxes. Therefore, you’ll be able to swing around with ease while also ensuring that your moves aren’t as predictable as compared to other Greataxes. Plus, all its Strong Attacks deal Poise damage to the enemy which can turn the tide of battle in your favor.
However, with the meta now much more advanced than how the game was initially. You won’t be finding any fancy combos with this particular weapon. So, while the Weapon Art deals tons of damage, there’s a high chance that skilled players will just run away due to your telegraphed moves. Once again, you’ll also need to pay heed to your stamina when wielding this weapon as you’ll be draining a lot of it.
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.
Bonus Tip: If you are having trouble catching foes who try to roll around on you with the Machete, we recommend pairing it with a Longsword for even quicker blows!
The weapons scales 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.
If you’ve played a lot of Greataxes though, you might find the moveset a bit repetitive. Unlike the Black Knight Greataxe, you’ll be doing a lot of Downward Smash attacks. However, due to their pace, they’re still quite effective in a PvP setting.
The weapon’s greatest caveat in our opinion is the fact that it needs a highly specialized build in order to work effectively. Due to its low reliance on other stats and its inability to work well in two-handed fashion, you’ll need to have a complete pure Strength build to make the Machete work.
You’ll be hard stuck on finding another pure Strength weapon that deals as much damage but is still relatively fast. Therefore, we wholeheartedly recommend the Machete against more agile foes.
Fume Ultra Greatsword
|Weapon Type||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 still maintains itself as a viable pick in the current meta, especially for players who’ve heavily invested into 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 amounts of damage right from the get-go.
Bonus Tip: The FUGS is one of the most used weapons in the game! Therefore, you might end up facing off against a lot of foes who can counter it effectively. Use it with caution!
Moreover, once you’ve gotten into the groove of the Fume Ultra Greatsword, you’ll be able to block hits quite effectively as its attack animations also include a momentary point where you can block a player’s oncoming attack while charging your own. Moreover, instead of a regular parry, you’ll be able to perform an overhead swing which can block one hit from an enemy too.
When it comes to the moveset, that’s where the FUGS truly shines. You’ll be able to fight players who wield daggers with the 4 hit limit naturally associated with heavier weapons not really mattering when you three-shot your enemies. Once you get a hit in, you get the second one and you’ve taken your foe down to 25% HP.
However, the fact that you have to base your entire build on this particular weapon, and combined with the moveset not having any clear combos, the Fume Ultra Greatsword can be a pain to deal with in some instances.
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 wielded. The weapon is imbued with Lightning that allows you to take on enemies which are prone to Elemental attacks as well. Besides that though, the Dragonslayer Greataxe is renowned for its high DPS and is useful for both PvE and PvP.
Bonus Tip: The Greataxe’s unique skill while great for single target foes also helps you clear out waves of enemies due to its high AoE damage.
In terms of gameplay, the R1 attack is deceivingly quick allowing you to deal 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.
Since it is a Greataxe, you’ll be dealing quite a lot of Poise damage allowing you to stagger enemies if you don’t end up killing them beforehand. However, perhaps the weapon’s greatest property is its unique skill, Failing Bolt. Hailed as one of the most powerful skills in the game, you’ll be able to deal immense amounts of damage in one strike.
One particular playstyle that was most effective for us when using this weapon in PvP was to excessively invest in Stamina. How does that help? Well, you can try landing a few hits and then stop hitting for a quick second.
Once you do that, there’s a high chance that your foe will assume that you’ve run out of stamina. Then, hit them with a swift strike and then roll away. While this tactic was quite cheeky, it is perhaps the most effective to use weapons like these due to the low chance of you being able to hit your target.
Crucifix Of The Mad King
|Skill||Mad King’s Folly|
|Attack Type||Standard / Strike|
The Crucifix Of The Mad King is perhaps the most 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 both 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 in order 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 having the ability to be casted on with a Dark Blade increasing its overall damage even further. When buffed in this manner, you’ll be able to deal as much damage as the Fume Ultra Greatsword while gaining all the innate advantages a halberd has.
Bonus Tip: If you are dealing with a player who isn’t that adept, try using the Crucifix, you might be able to get a cheeky win off due to its relatively unpredictable moveset.
Besides that, the Crucifix comes with a unique skill, Mad King’s Folly. Your initial attack deals tons of Poise Damage and randomly deals one of three enchantments each devastating in their own way. This allows for a great deal of versatility as each enchantment has a different counter which your foe might not be aware of.
However, the Crucifix has a few caveats too. It is outranged by many spears and reapers and can therefore be taken advantage of quite easily. On the other hand, it saps up tons of Stamina especially considering the fact that it’s a halberd. So, you’ll need to invest a lot more in Endurance than you’d like to when wielding the weapon.
From our experience, you’ll not find this weapon being used a lot in PvP, and rightfully so. While very powerful, the weapon is extremely unpredictable and demands an extremely specific build. However, if used appropriately, the Crucifix Of The Mad King deals a devastating amount of damage and its attacks can be extremely unpredictable.
The Quakestone Hammer
|Weapon Type||Great Hammer|
|Focus Cost||12 (-/10)|
Found in the Ashes of Ariandel DLC, the Quakestone Hammer is extremely powerful with a rather unique skill. In terms of range, it ties up with other hammers and deals a decent amount of damage. However, it requires only 27 Strength 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 then moved upwards after the slam. While the attack is quite predictable, it can be used offensively against enemies who don’t have an idea of 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 the fact 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.
From our experience, the weapon doesn’t compare to others in this list in terms of damage or range. However, as mentioned earlier, it is a great beginner weapon and if this is your first time trying a pure Strength build, it acts as a great stepping stone!
Once you get into the late game, you’ll be probably be switching to Ledo’s or Yhorm’s over this weapon as they are superior in almost every way. While the Weapon Art is useful in PvE (due to the AoE damage), you won’t face off against many foes who’ll fall for it repeatedly.
Do All Strength Weapons Need A Strength Build?
You don’t always need to have a pure Strength Build to take advantage of Strength weapons. In fact, all you need to do is have enough Strength to be able to wield the weapon. However, most of the weapons mentioned above scale the best with Strength. Therefore, you’ll be missing out on a lot of damage if you invest in other stats which is why it is generally favorable to equip these weapons only if you are investing in Strength.
Are Strength Weapons Slow In Dark Souls 3?
Yes, Strength weapons are heavier than most other weapons and are therefore quite slow. It comes off to no one’s surprise that an Ultra Greatsword which weighs a few hundred kilograms won’t swing as fast as a dagger. However, their slow attacks can be offset with a combination of waiting for the right time to strike and knowing your range really well.
How Much Strength Points Should I Have In A Strength Build?
Strength can go up to 99. However, we recommend having Strength levels of 66. Anything more isn’t useful due to the diminishing returns you gain from it. At Level 66, you’ll be able to wield every Strength weapon in the game with their scaling being amped up to the max as well.
What Is The Best Strength Weapon In Dark Souls 3?
Ledo’s Great Hammer is the best Strength weapon in the game. It deals massive amounts of damage, has a strong AoE presence and its moveset can one-shot almost every other build in the game. However, it is also the heaviest weapon in the game and requires a very specific build for it to be even marginally effective.
That’s our list of the best Strength Weapons in Dark Souls 3. All in all, your build plays a huge impact on what weapons end up working out the best for you. Plus, your preference on whether you want a stronger PvE or PvP weapon can also change your choice of preferred weaponry quite a bit.