Dark Souls 2 is a very different game from the other Dark Souls games, but that does not mean it is a bad game. I was not a huge fan of the game, but it was still fun playing through it. I had a lot of issues finding a good weapon to use, but in reality, there are a ton of great weapons that when you know exactly how to upgrade them, can be deadly to any enemy you come across. I have ten weapons on this list but don’t be mad if I don’t have your favorite weapon because everyone has a different style of how they play. Here are some of the best weapons in Dark Souls 2.
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“An ultra greatsword, the heaviest of weapons. As the name suggests, the Zweihander is held with two hands, but its weight is such that even wielding it in this manner requires strength worthy of the blade.“
This is the perfect weapon if you want to have a heavy sword. Some say that it is overused, but that is because the weapon is soo good. If you can get it to +10 with Titanite, then you will be all set. It is actually pretty easy to find, but you must be at the Iron Fortress. When you get to the Smelter Demon boss fog, turn around and run straight, jump over a small gap and continue to the iron chest at the end. The chest contains the Zweihander. In SOTFS, ascend the ladder in the same area and you will find the same chest in another spot.
Heide Knight Sword
“Straight sword originating in Heide, A special alloy makes it very durable. The composition of the alloy of these swords remains a mystery, but in Drangleic the attempt to imitate it resulted in the similar bradden steel.”
If you like swords, then this is one of the best if you can fully upgrade it. It is upgraded with Titanite and is very easy to use. It is dropped by Heide Knight sitting at the base of the tree, located at the top of the ladder shortly after the first Bonfire in The Forest of Fallen Giants (not there in Scholar of the First Sin). It is also a very rare drop from one of the two red phantoms guarding the King’s Door near The Place Unbeknownst Bonfire in The Forest of Fallen Giants in NG+ and above. If you can buff it with the Sunlight Blade, then you will be all set to destroy any enemy in your path.
“A club fitted with a head crafted for battle. The mace is the archetypal blunt weapon. It has a primitive appearance, but also many advantages, including the ability to break the guard of a shield. Keep the proper distance from your foe, and this can be a very effective weapon.“
The Mace is probably the easiest to get on this list because it is the starting weapon for the Cleric class. If you want a weapon that has great damage all through your playthrough and also has great reach then choose this one. If you didn’t choose Cleric, the Mace can be purchased from Blacksmith Lenigrast for 1,200 Souls. You can also find a Magic Mace in Huntsman’s Copse. Go into the cave right next to the Undead Lockaway bonfire and find the item in a corpse. It is pretty easy to find.
“A ranseur forged from the soul of the Old Dragonslayer. The spear of the knight known as the Dragonslayer was imbued with the power of lightning, and shattered the stone scales of dragons. Strong attack unleashes its latent power.“
Spears are always great weapons when it comes to Dark Souls because of its reach. You can take enemies out from far away very easily without putting yourself in too much danger. It is acquired from trading 1500 souls and Old Dragonslayer Soul to Weaponsmith Ornifex. You use Petrified Dragon Bone to upgrade this weapon and in order to leave the highest damage output, land the two-handed strong attack by having the spear tip and projectile hitting the target simultaneously.
“Greatsword wielded by the Drakeblood Knights, led by the honorable Sir Yorgh. The insignia chiseled upon its hilt symbolizes dragon’s blood. To the Drakeblood Knights, fresh dragon blood was sacrosanct. They believed that by obtaining it, they could achieve a true understanding of life, transcending their own banal existence.“
It is a DLC weapon and is found in the treasure in Crown of the Sunken King DLC. From Dragon’s Sanctum, at the bonfire with the two-legged mouth monsters, continue through the level until you reach the “Eternal Sanctum Key”. Before continuing further through the level, look for a cave opening. Follow this path and the sword is on a dead body. You can upgrade it with Petrified Dragon Bone and is very deadly if you have it maxed out. A very great weapon to use.
“Greatsword of the Knights of Loyce. The Knights of Loyce were commanded to strike down each malformed terror that arose from chaos, and they would not hesitate even it if were their own king.“
The Loyce Greatsword s a very good weapon that is also another DLC weapon. You get it by trading the Soul of Lud, the King’s Pet and 3000 souls to Weaponsmith Ornifex. It’s 2 handed normal attacks is a sideways slash that is shared with some straight swords, and followed by the upward slash from many greatswords. Strangely, if infused with fire, magic, lightning, or dark, and have less then 14 in the respective stats, it will have a lower AR if it were not infused at all.
Fume Ultra Greatsword
“Ultra Greatsword forged from the soul of the Fume Knight. The Exile swordsman Raime had the ability to expunge the black fog, but chose to live alongside it, in company of the child of dark that haunts his sword.“
It is another DLC weapon that you get from trading the Soul of Fume Knight and 25,000 souls to Weaponsmith Ornifex. Coupling the ability to block an attack while attacking, and having high poise, will allow you to absorb two hits from your opponent without disrupting the attack animation. This can be very useful in PvP. Because of its high stability and reasonable durability along with decent reductions except for magic, this sword’s guard is superior to most weapons.
“An ancient greatsword of unknown origin. This sword was passed down through generations, until it reached Gordin, wandering knight of Forossa, and was lost upon his death. Uncannily, every last one of the prominent swordsmen who inherited this weapon was left-handed.“
It is located in a metal treasure chest at the bottom of a cursed tower, across the chain bridge before you go to the Foyer bonfire in Brume Tower. It is reinforced with Twinkling Titanite and can’t be buffed by any resin or spell. Use this sword in your left hand to use the moveset of the Abyss Greatsword from Dark Souls, as well as gain a scaling bonus. This sword has unique dual wield power stance moves like Knight Artorias from Dark Souls: Jumping overhead slash.
Sacred Chime Hammer
“Great hammer of the Royal Aegis. The power of the hammer’s blessing has not faded completely, despite being exposed to the dark of the Undead Crypt. Unleash its latent power with a strong attack. Sir Velstadt, known as the Royal Aegis, gave himself to the King both in life and death.“
This weapon is acquired by trading in the Soul of Velstadt and 3,000 Souls to Weaponsmith Ornifex. Fulfilling all the stat requirements allows the two-handed strong attack to emit a spread of dark orbs after a small cast time, similar to that of Velstadt. These orbs drain stamina if they are not blocked much like all dark magic. It also has homing similar to Affinity, and the sigil of Scraps of Life, but the orb’s landing location is fixed once it’s locked on, unlike Affinity. It is slow but deadly.
“Weapon wielded by the iron warriors that wander Brume Tower. Appears to have once been an axe, but in this terribly melted state it is little more than a great lump that crushes its foes by virtue of its sheer weight.“
It is a very rare drop from the Iron Warrior that wields the weapon itself (Also drops from the Iron Warrior using the bleed mace, such as outside the bonfire near Fume Knight). Encountered several times throughout the Crown of the Old Iron King DLC. Despite requiring 70 STR to wield one-handed, you can power stance the Smelter Hammer with 99 STR. If you want something super powerful, then this is the weapon for you. It is a little difficult to get so keep that in mind.
In conclusion, there are hundreds of weapons to choose in Drak Souls 2, but there are only 10-20 that are actually worth using. My first playthrough, I only used the Broadsword which was a mistake in of itself. If you can, try to change up the weapons that you use just so you don’t get bored of one single weapon. If you are partially through the game and you are thinking about giving up, try a different weapon and maybe you will have better luck. Just don’t give up. Have fun and don’t die too much.