Elden Ring's Straight Swords are one of many weapon types available in-game, which Tarnished can base their entire build around, along with armor, Affinity, and starting class. The Straight Sword is the most versatile weapon type offering excellent weapon balance between slash and thrust attacks, and it can significantly damage enemies and bosses throughout The Lands Between.
Naturally, this weapon type quickly became popular with Soulsborne veterans and players starting in Elden Ring, but what Straight Sword can be considered the best overall? We've compiled the top five Straight Swords and picked the best Straight Sword and how to get it in Elden Ring.
What Are The Best Straight Swords In Elden Ring?
Sturdy, robust, and versatile, the Straight Sword continues to be a popular weapon type in Elden Ring, and its viability from the early game makes Straight Swords the most accessible weapon of choice. As this weapon type is relatively easy to wield, when paired with a good shield, Talismans and Ashes of War, you can inflict Physical Attack damage and various status effects to maximize your damage output.
This weapon type is lighter regarding equipment load, especially when paired with a medium to greatshield, and has the best hitboxes, so you're always guaranteed to hit your targets. Alongside the Katana, the Straight Sword has some of the fastest strikes, which is excellent for follow-up attacks, and has one of the longest ranges with Twinblades.
As of the 1.09 update, 19 swords are classified as Straight Swords, each bearing different base Physical Attack damage and unique Weapon Skills. Among these swords, the five best Straight Swords are determined on the base and maxed Physical Attack damage, viability, versatility, and Weapon Skill.
These are currently the best Straight Swords, their scaling stats, and how to get them in Elden Ring:
- Sword of Night and Flame: 24 INT, 24 FAI, 12 DEX, and 12 STR; located at Caria Manor
- Carian Knight's Sword: 18 INT, 10 DEX, and 10 STR; located in a chest on a guarded carriage near The Four Belfires Site of Grace
- Rotten Crystal Sword: 15 INT, 13 STR, and 10 DEX; located inside a chest in a room guarded by Crystallian enemies near the Elphael Inner Wall Site of Grace
- Crystal Sword: 15 INT, 13 STR, and 10 DEX; located past a wooden bridge and a well where you can loot a body on the cliff's edge at the Village of the Albinaurics
The final Straight Sword can be decided between the Ornamental Straight Sword and Golden Epitaph, but if you're looking for a sword, you can get one quite early in-game; the Ornamental Straight Sword would be the option as it dropped from the Grafted Scion (the first Field Boss) at the Chapel of Anticipation. The Golden Epitaph is located at Auriza Hero's Grave, using a Stonesword Key to unlock the room and defeat the enemies here to loot the weapon from a corpse inside.
How To Get Elden Ring's The Sword Of Night And Flame?
The Sword of Night and Flame is the best Straight Sword to acquire in Elden Ring as this sword is the best option for Intelligence and Faith builds. Attributes-wise, it requires 24 Intelligence and Faith and 12 Dexterity and Strength, making it a demanding sword to wield.
Whether you're going for an Intelligence/faith build or not, its Attack Power stats makes it more appealing to get, as it has the highest Attack Power when maxed out. While its average Guarded Damage Negation isn't the best, the Sword of Night and Flame is worth getting based on its base and maxed Attack Power, Magic Affinity, and how accessible it is to acquire.
Available during the early to mid-game, you must have unlocked the Liurnia of the Lakes region, especially as this location is tied with Ranni the Witch's questline. You must locate Caria Manor from the Main Caria Manor Gate Site of Grace and progress through this dungeon until you've triggered the Manor Lower Level Site of Grace.
Head out of the church building and walk to the right, along the stone bridge, where you'll encounter a few Wraith enemies at the end of the junction, move to the left and follow this pathway. Reach its end and turn right and continue moving along the path before jumping off to your left down onto a tower and towards the edge; jump off it, where you'll find another tower with a hatch and a ladder.
Climb the ladder to reach a room where you'll find a chest, and the Sword of Night and Flame is yours. Exit this room through the door, and it will bring you back to Caria Manor, where you can continue exploring or head toward the Academy of the Raya Lucaria.
And that completes this guide on the best Straight Swords in Elden Ring. We want to thank the YouTube channel Arekkz Gaming for the complete walkthrough on locating the Sword of Night and Flame in-game. Please consider subscribing to their channel and watching the video below for more details.