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8 Best Staves In Dark Souls 3

8 Best Staves In Dark Souls 3

Magic in Souls games is sometimes the type of build that most people don’t want to do, but it is one of the most overpowered builds you can create. Not only do you not have to get close to your enemies, but it also deals massive damage to any enemy you want to defeat. If you want to be a Sorcerer, there is a weapon you will need to have to be one.

To be a Sorcerer, you must have the Sorceries and the Stave of your choice. We have gone over all the Staves in Dark Souls 3 and determined which ones are better than the others. This article will review 8 of the best Staves in Dark Souls 3.


Building a Sorcerer class is not easy, but it is worth the time once you learn how to do it. Not only is Sorcery good for PvE, but it is also a great option for PvP. Countless times, we have been destroyed by Magic users when they invade. To be a good Sorcerer, you must also choose a good weapon for the job.

8. Mendicant’s Staff

mendicant staff

Location: Dropped by the Man Serpent Summoners in Archdragon Peak.

This Stave doesn’t have the best stats, but what it does have is a very important ability. It has the basic Steady Chant, but what it does have is a 20% bonus to the Souls you get just by wielding the weapon itself. It is a great addition to the weapon, despite not being the best Stave.

If you get this weapon and don’t want it, you can always trade it with the Nestling, and you will get one of the more iconic shields in the game. You will get the Sunlight Shield which is the shield that Solaire used in the original Dark Souls game.

7. Preacher’s Right Arm (DLC)

preacher right arm

Location: Found in the Ringed City past a Judicator Giant and surrounded by several small White-faced Locusts. This area is found by heading into the swamp from the Ringed City Streets Bonfire. Keep going until you find a sunken tower with the weapon on a corpse resting on the top of the tower.

This Stave is the only one on this list that is a DLC weapon. To get this, you must own the Ringed City DLC and find it in the Ringed City area after you get through the Dreg Heap. It is not difficult to find; you just have to own the DLC to get it.


It is a Stave upgraded with Twinkling Titanite, so the higher the level, the better this weapon will be. It has some insanely good Intelligence scaling and is worth it if you go for a Mage build. It is also the only Stave to have its unique skill.

6. Archdeacon’s Great Staff

archdeacon great staff

Location: Obtained by reaching Rank 2 in the Aldrich Faithful Covenant.

This Stave is unique since the only attribute it scales off of is Faith. This means that you can use Sorceries with Miracles at the same time if you really want to. It is a great weapon if you don’t want to rely on Sorceries alone.

It is a great weapon choice since it has A scaling, which is insanely good for a Stave with many unique things. Keep in mind that you can’t cast Miracles with it. You can only cast Sorceries, but the attributes allow you to use another weapon to be able to cast other types of Magic.

5. Izalith Staff

izalith staff

Location: Found in the Smouldering Lake within the corridor with the Giant Rat. There is an illusory wall right before the Basilisks that has a chest. There is another illusory wall behind the chest where you can find this weapon in a small alcove.

You will use this Stave if you want to use mostly Dark Sorceries. Other Sorceries don’t have the scaling and damage output that most other Staves give to normal Sorceries, but it does everything other Staves do. It is not great, but a good Stave for certain things.


It is scaled with Faith and Intelligence, so any Dark Sorcery will deal a ton of damage to any enemy you hurt with it. This Stave is the largest of any other and deals the most physical damage than any other Stave in the game.

4. Sage’s Crystal Staff

sage crystal staff

Location: Dropped by the Daughter of Crystal Kriemhild in the big courtyard on the highest floor of the Grand Archives.

This Stave doesn’t have the best scaling, but it has boosts that no other Stave has. It destroys any weapon like it with burst Sorceries and has a 30% damage boost when using the Steady Chant skill as opposed to the 10% that the other Staves get.

The only downside to this Stave is that it uses the most FP out of any STave in the game. You can counteract this by using certain Rings and boosts, but it does take a large chunk of FP to wield this thing confidently.

3. Man-Grub’s Staff

man grub staff

Location: Reward for reaching Rank 2 in Rosaria’s Fingers Covenant.

This Stave is unique since the Sorceries you cast scale with the Luck attribute. It does have a relatively large attribute requirement, but it is one of those weapons that most people don’t even know exists because the only way you can get it is through a Covenant.

You do need a relatively high Luck stat to get the max damage out of it, so you probably will be a Sorcerer since putting other attribute points into Faith is probably not a good idea right away. It is an insanely good Stave, though.

2. Heretic’s Staff

heretic staff

Location: Found on a corpse on the Road of Sacrifices. From the Crucifixion Woods Bonfire, head into the nearby ruins that lead to the Crystal Sage. Inside the first room with several Sage’s Prentice and a Sage’s Devout, the staff can be found inside an alcove on the first floor next to the stairs.

This is a Stave that doesn’t have the greatest scaling, but it scales as soon as you meet the requirements for the weapon. This means you will get a huge damage boost when you start placing attributes into the specific ones the weapon requires.


Because of this, scaling is considered the recommended Stave for pure Intelligence users since it will help you a lot, and you will only need to place levels into one attribute. The scaling does stop at 45 Intelligence, so keep that in mind when upgrading this weapon.

1. Court Sorcerer’s Staff

court sorcerer staff

Location: Dropped by a Mimic in the Profaned Capital, inside the second floor of the building within the Toxic swamp. It is guarded by a Monstrosity of Sin.

This Stave is considered the best Stave in the entire game for Intelligence Sorcerers. Not only does it have some insanely good scaling, but it also has some of the highest damage out of any other Stave. Most people like this one the best if they go pure Sorcerer.

It is easy to get since you only need to defeat a Mimic in the Profaned Capital. It is pretty far into the game, but worth switching to once you get it. It is also a great option for people who want to go into NG+ with it as well.