Dark Souls 3 Melee Weapons Guide: Locations, Cost, Effect Dark Souls 3 Melee Weapons Guide: Locations, Cost, Effect
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A good, solid melee weapon can be the difference between life and death in Dark Souls 3, but they can be hard to find and access, so that’s where our Dark Souls 3 melee weapons guide comes in. There’s an intimidatingly large number of weapons to be found throughout the world, some while exploring, others from beating down one of the game’s many, many beasts of the night.

A few things to know before you jump in:

  1. Most melee weapons require some level of Str or Dex to equip and use, while others require Int or Faith. Of course, being Dark Souls, there are weapons that require 2, 3 or 4!
  2. Each weapon is given a “power” rating, as you will see in the tables. “P” stands for Physical, “M” for magic, “F” for fire, “l” for lightning, “D” for Dark, and “C” for critical. A handful of weapons have additional effects: “B” for bleed, “po” for poison or “fr” for frozen.

For more details on weapon skills, check out our Dark Souls III Weapon Skills Guide.

 

Dark Souls 3 Melee Weapons Guide

 

Daggers

DaggerTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Bandit's KnifeSlash/TrustQuickstep51.566p/110cGreirat
Brigand Duel ShortswordSlash/TrustQuickstep52.555p/110cRoad of Sacrifices
Corvian GreatknifeSlash/TrustBlind Spot102.583p/110cCorvians
DaggerSlash/TrustQuickstep51.555p/130cHollows
Handmaid's DaggerSlash/TrustBlind Spot100.572p/110pJailers
HarpeSlash/TrustQuickstep51.552pPeasant Hollow
Mail BreakerSlash/TrustShield Splitter121.575p/130pHigh Wall of Lothric
Parrying DaggerSlash/TrustParry-1.050p/110cShrine Handmaid
Rotten Ghru DaggerSlash/TrustQuickstep52.054pGhru
Scholar's Candle StickSlash/TrustGuiding Light51.558p/110cGrand Archives Scholar
Tailbone Short SwordSlash/TrustUnleash Dragon252.090p/110cWretch

 

Straight Swords

DaggerTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Anri's Straight SwordStandard/ThrustStance17/203.0117pIrithyll of the Boreal Valley
Astora Straight SwordStandard/ThrustStance17/203.0129pHigh Wall of Lothric
Barbed Straight SwordStandard/ThrustStance17/203.0111p
BroadswordStandardStance17/203.0117pHigh Wall of Lothric
Broken Straight SwordStandardStance17/201.070pCemetary of Ash
Cleri'cs CandlestickStandard/ThrustGuiding Light52.070p/77m/60sbDeacons of the Deep Soul
Dark SwordStandard/ThrustStomp13/134.5115pDarkwraith
Gotthard TwinswordsStandard/ThrustSpin Slash5/176.5100pGrand Archives
Irithyll Straight SwordStandard/ThrustStance17/204.0124pUndead Settlement
Long SwordStandard/ThrustStance17/203.0110pHollows
Lothric Knight SwordStandard/ThrustStance17/204.0103p/110cLothric Knight, Greirat
Lothric's Holy SwordStandard/ThrustSacred Lothric Light17/224.0107pTwin Princes Soul
Morion BladeStandard/ThrustStance17/204.0131pYuria of Londor
ShortswordStandard/ThrustStance17/202.099p/110cShrine of Handmaid
Sunlight Straight SwordStandard/ThrustOath of Sunlight403.0112pLothric Castle

Greatswords

DaggerTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Bastard SwordStandardStomp12/158.0125pGreirat, Shrine Handmaid
Black Knight SwordStandard/ThrustPerseverance1010.0156pSmouldering Lake
ClaymoreStandard/ThrustStance17/209.0125pHigh Wall of Lothric
Drakeblood GreatswordStandard/ThrustStance17/206.083p/65m/65lChampion in Archdragon Peak
Executioner's GreatswordStrikeStomp12/179.0119pCathedral of the Deep
Firelink GreatswordStandardEmber259.0119p/80fSoul of the Lords
FlambergeSlashStance17/208.5144pHollow Slave
Greatsword of JudgementStandardStance of Judgement19/229.0101p/78mSoul of Sulyvahn
Hollowslayer GreatswordStandard/ThrustStance17/208.5130pRotted Greatwood Soul
Moonlight GreatswordStandardMoonlight Vortex1810.579p/110mOceiros' Soul
Storm RulerStandardStorm King20/208.0110pProfaned Capital, Siegward of Catarina
Twin Princes' GreatswordStandardScared Light and Flame22/229.5118p/73fCombined of Ludleth from both Twin Princes swords
Wolf Knight's GreatswordStandard/ThrustWolf Sword19/2311.5126pBlood of Wolf Soul
Wolnir's Holy SwordStandardWrath of the Gods307.5137pHigh Lord Wolnir Soul

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Ultra Greatswords

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Astora GreatswordStandard/ThrustCharge13/138.0122pCathedral of the Deep
Black Knight GreatswordStandard/ThrustStomp10/1616.0185pBlack Knight
Cathedral Knight GreatswordStrike/ThrustStomp10/2015.0149pKnight of the Deep
Farron GreatswordStandard/ThrustParry-12.5125pBlood of the Wolf Soul
Fuma Ultra GreatswordStrikeStomp10/1825.5189pSmouldering Lake
GreatswordStandardStomp10/2020.0159pFarron Keep
Lorian's GreatswordStandard/ThrustFlame of Lorian10/1814.0151p/79fTwin Princes Soul
Lothric Knight GreatswordStandard/ThrustStomp10/1516.5131p/87lLothric Knight, Greirat
Profaned GreatswordStandard/ThrustProfaned Flame10/1713.5161pSulyvahn's Soul
ZweihanderStandard/ThrustStomp10/1510.0140pGrierat

Curved Swords

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Carthus Curved SwordSlashSpin Slash6/125.5115pSkeleton Swordsman
Carhus ShotelSlashSpin Slash5/123.0106pSkeleton SwordsmanAnor Londo
Crescent Moon SwordSlashCrescent Blade152.578p/78mDancer's Soul
Dancer's Enhanced SwordsSlashDancer's Grace6/178.579p/62m/62fSkeleton
FalchionSlashSpin Slash6/124.0117pGreirat
Painting Guardian's Curved SwordSlashChained Dance5/151.588pIrithyll of the Boreal Valley
Pontiff Knight Curved SwordSlashFrost Blade8/143.5123-
Rotten Ghru Curved SwordSlashSpin Slash6/122.0103pGhru
ScimitarSlashSpin Slash4/122.590pShrine Handmaid
Sellsword TwinbladesSlashSpin Slash4/125.599pRoad of the Sacrifices
ShotelSlashSpin Slash5/122.5104pShrine Handmaid
Storm Curved SwordSlashTornado7/155.0110pNameless King's Soul
Warden TwinbladesSlashSpin Slash7/96.593pCathedral Grave Warden

Curved Greatswords

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Cargus Curved GreatswordSlashSpin Slash9/1310.5132pSkeleton Swordsman
Exile GreatswordSlashSpin Slash12/1317.0157pRoad of Sacrifices
MurakumoSlashSpin Slash9/1511.0135pIrithyll Dungeon
Old Wolf Curved SwordSlashWolf Leap10/1513.0151p/79fWatchdogs of Farron reward

Thrusting Swords

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Crystal Sage's RapierThrustStance15/152.555p/82mCrystal Sage's Soul
EstocStandard/ThrustShield Splitter143.5105pGreirat
Irithyll RapierThrustShield Splitter143.0116p/110cLothric Castle
RapierThrustStance15/152.095p/110cHigh Wall of Lothric
Ricard's RapierThrustRicard's Lunge and Press2.597pChampion in Archdragon Peak

Katanas

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Black BladeSlash/ThrustHold17/56.5122pSmouldering Lake Mimic
BloodlustSlash/ThrustBloodlust105.0105pMound-Makers
Chaos BladeSlash/ThrustHold17/56.0103pUntended Graves
DarkdriftSlash/ThrustDarkdrift203.5129pYuria of Londor
Onikiri and UbadachiSlash/ThrustOnislayer208.5104pGrand Archives
UchigatanaSlash/ThrustHold17/55.5115pFirelink Shrine Unkindled
Washing PoleSlash/ThrustHold22/88.5126pShrine Handmaid

Axes

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Battle AxeStandardWarcry204.0125pHigh Wall of Lothric, Warrior starting weapon
Brigand AxeStandardWarcry203.0124pRoad of Sacrifices
Butcher KnifeSlashSharpen187.095pRoad of Sacrifices
Dragonslayer's AxeStandardWarcry204.090p/90lCreighton the Wandered invasion behind Church of Yorska in Irithyll (after Sirrir co-op event)
EleonoraStandardFeast Bell246.5156pProfaned Capital
Hand AxeStandardWarcry202.5110pUndead Settlement
Man Serpent HatchetStandardWarcry204.0125pSerpent-man
Thrall AxeStandardQuickstep51.5104pHollow Slave
Winged Knight TwinaxesStandardChain Spin178.5122pWinged Knight/Gertrude's Knight

Greataxes

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Black Knight GreataxeStandardWarcry2019.5216pBlack Knight
Demon's Great AxeStandardDemonic Flare3514.5157p/88fDemon Soul
Dragonslayer GreataxeStandardFalling Bolt3520203p/74lDragonslayer Armour Soul
Great MacheteSlashSharpen2014.0167pHollow Manservant
GreataxeStandardWarcry2016.0188pFarron Keep
Yhorm's Great MacheteStandardWarcry2019.0185pYhorm's Soul

Hammers

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Blacksmith HammerStrikePerseverance95.0105pUntended Graves
ClubStrikeWarcry202.5108pHigh Wall of Lothric
Dragon HammersStrikeSpin Bash7/159.0110pCathedral of the Deep
Heysel PickThrustSteady Chant94.593p/70m/60sbYellowfinger Heysel
MaceStrikePerseverance95.0115pGreirat
Morning StarStrikePerseverance95.0122pShrine Handmaid
Reinforced ClubStrikeWarcry204.0110pGreirat
WarpickThrustGalvanize94.5113pUndead Settlement
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Great Hammers

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Dragon ToothStrikePerseverance1212.0188pChampion in Archdragon Peak
Gargoyle Flame HammerStrikeKindled Flurry12/1511.0122p/100fHeadless Gargoyle
Great ClubStrikeWarcry2012.0152pRoad of Sacrifices
Great MaceStrikePerseverance1218.0173pKnight of the Deep
Great Wooden HammerStrikeSpin Bash13/106.0103pPeasant Hollow
Large ClubStrikeWarcry2010.0148pUndead Settlement
Morne's Great HammerStrikeMorne's Rage5024.0200pEygon of Carim
Old King's Great HammerStrikeMolten Perseverance12/1518.5180p/69fOld Demon King's Soul
PickaxeThrustGalvanize118.0140pIrithyll Dungeon
Smough's Great HammerStrikePerseverance1224.0205pIrithyll of the Boreal Valley
Spiked MaceStrike13/1016.0149pCathedral Evangelist
Vordt's Great HammerStrikePerseverance1217.0176pVordt's Soul

Spears

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Arstor's SpearThrustShield Splitter166.5118Rotted Greatwood Soul
Dragonslayer SpearThrustLightning Charge17/129.5113p/70lArchdragon Peak
Dragonslayer SwordspearStandard/ThrustFalling Bolt2014.5128p/34lNameless King's Soul
Drang TwinspearStandard/ThrustCharge13/98.0100Irithyll of the Boreal Valley
Four-Pronged PlowThrustCharge13/96.5105pPeasant Hollow
Gargoyle Flame SpearThrustKindled Charge13/159.5103p/90fHeadless Gargoyle
Golden Ritual SpearThrustSteady Chant93.073p/77m/20sbIrithyll of the Boreal Valley
PartizanStandard/ThrustSpin Sweep11/116.5108pUndead Settlement
Rotten Ghru SpearThrustCharge13/95.5104pGhru
Saint BidentThrustCharge13/98.598pCathedral of the Deep
Soldering IronStandardCharge13/95.039p/96fJailer
SpearThrustShield Splitter164.5104pGreirat
Tailbone SpearThrustUnleash Dragon254.5118pWretch
Winged SpearThrustCharge13/96.095pUnbreakable Patches/Shrine Handmaid
Yorshka's SpearStandard/ThrustPacify256.598pIrithyll of the Boreal Valley

Pikes

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
GreatlanceThrustCharge15/1510.5129pLothric Castle
Lothric Knight Long SpearThrustCharge13/98.011pLothric Knight, Greirat after pillaging Irithyll
PikeThrustCharge13/97.5105pRoad of Sacrifices Hollows/Lycanthrope Hunter

Halberds

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Black Knight GlaiveStandardSpin Sweep8/149.0159pUntended Graves
Crescent AxeStandardWarcry206.0129pShrine Handmain
GlaiveSlashSpin Sweep8/1411.0141pGreirat
Gundyr's HalberdStandardChampion's Charge15/1513.0145pVhampion Gundyr's Soul
HalberdStandard/ThrustCharge15/138.0125pShrine Handmaid
Immolation TinderThrustPunitive Flame2010.0118p/75f/20sbBurning Stake Witch
LucerneThrustSpin Sweep8/147.5126pHigh Wall of Lothric
Red Hilted HalberdStandard/ThrustPerseverance118.0130pUndead Settlement
Winged Knight HalberdStandardChain Spin10/1814.0145pWinged Knight

Reapers

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Great ScytheSlashNeck Swipe137.0105pUndead Settlement
Pontiff Knight Great ScytheSlashFrost157.5100pPontiff Knight
Storyteller's Great ScytheSlashNeck Swipe139.097pCorvian Storyteller

Whips

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
Notched WhipSlashImpact142.095pCathedral of the Deep
Spotted WhipSlashImpact142.5102pUndead Setttlement outside Cornyx's cage
WhipSlashImpact142.090pUndead Settlement
Witch's LocksSlashFlame Whip183.077p/80fGrand Archives

Fists

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
CaestusStrikePerseverance70.580pUndead Settlement
Dark HandStrikeLifedrain180.077p/150dYuria of Londor
Demon's FistStrikeFlame Whirlwind10/108.093p/77fDemon Soul

Claws

NameTypeEffectCostWeightPowerLocation
ClawSlash/ThrustLeaping Slash101.575p/110cConsumed King's Garden
Manikin ClawsSlash/ThrustQuickstep42.079p/110cFarron Keep/Irithyll Valley
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