Elden Ring is filled to the brim with weapons. Usually, weapons with flashy designs and amazing Ash of War are the ones that grab our attention, and the rest of the normal weapons are left to the side when we are picking one for our primary use.
Most of the upgraded weapons using the normal Smithing Stones are the ones getting this treatment.
This discrimination sometimes leads us to miss out on some great weapons. One such weapon is the Ring Warped Axe, which can be found by killing the Omen enemies in the catacombs and other places.
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Default Ash of War: War Cry
This weapon is an Axe and can rival even the Giant Crusher in purely physical damage. The weapon is upgraded using the Smithing Stones and requires 25 levels to reach its full potential. At a standard +25 level, it has “B” scaling in Strength, which is a throwaway scaling in the grand scheme of things, but if you change its affinity to Heavy, then the scaling bumps up to “S.”
This S scaling with Heavy affinity and the fact that it is a nimbler Axe weapon as opposed to a colossal or heavy weapon, it has quick attacks that can dish out damage much faster, giving you more stamina to roll out or effectively apply the hit and run strategy where huge weapons ask for you to tank incoming attacks.
Another effective strategy that can be used with this weapon is dual-wielding it and using the power-standing combos. A high enough level in Strength stat will yield amazing damage numbers, so focus on leveling the said attribute.
This weapon also has a unique heavy attack (R2) animation like the Ripple Blade; the initial attack will slam down the axe, and the follow-up will scrape/drag the axe back up; this set of attacks has insane stagger damage and will bring down opponents for critical strike with ease if you land it properly.
As it is a normal weapon, you can apply any Ash of War that is compatible, giving this weapon even more versatility, though we recommend keeping the affinity Heavy. Depending on the fight or situation, you can opt for another Ash of War more suitable for the task.
You can further boost the damage by using these things:
- Axe Talisman – Talisman – Enhances charged attacks.
- Spiked Cracked Tear – Physick – Enhances charged attacks.
- Royal Knight’s Resolve – Ash of War – Boost damage.
- Flame, Grant Me Strength – Incantation – Boost damage.
Using a combination of the mentioned items, you can almost one-shot most enemies and even some bosses, which is insane considering this is a small Axe weapon. If you want a hard-hitting weapon and are averse to the slow attacks of heavy weapons, this is your go-to. We could squeeze out 667 Attack Power from this weapon without any buffs, and with buffs, the attack rose to 900, which is on par with greatswords.
Warped Axe Location
With so much praise for the weapon, we must now tell you where we can get this amazing weapon. This weapon is not found in any particular location or chest but is a random drop from the Omen enemies found in the open world and some catacombs.
There is a 4% drop rate chance for this weapon from the Omen enemies, and you can find these in the following locations:
- Can drop from the Omen in the Cliffbottom Catacombs. The location linked here.
- Can drop from the Omens near the “Abandoned Coffin” Site of Grace on the Altus Plateau. The location linked here.
- Two Omens wielding this axe can be found near the Underground Roadside Site of Grace in Subterranean Shunning-Grounds. The location linked here.
You can use the Silver-Pickled Fowl Foot and the Silver Tear Mask to increase your item discovery level to increase the drop rate.
This weapon is a sleeper hit that flew under the radar due to its seemingly ordinary looks and utility. Still, under the right circumstances, it can rival the best physical-based weapons in the game. If you are into shredding your enemies quickly and looking for a power-standing weapon combination, go for this.
Considering this is a random drop weapon, you can get two in a single play-through, unlike most unique weapons.