Bleed is a very powerful mechanic in Elden Ring, and if you utilize the tools available to you, you will be unstoppable. The best thing about bleed is that when the bleed build-up meter fills, the damage bleed-explosion that occurs does percentage damage to the total HP of the enemy. That is why we will show you the 14 best bleed weapons in Elden Ring.
There are a lot of weapons in Elden Ring, but only a few of them deserve to be on this list. The weapons chosen all have good stats and can deal tons of damage with the bleed effect. With that said, let’s dive right in and check out the 14 best bleed weapons in Elden Ring.
Rivers Of Blood
This doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Rivers of Blood is the best bleed weapon in Elden Ring. It has dominated the PvP meta for a long time since the launch of the game. Plus, despite being nerfed a lot, Rivers of Blood is still extremely strong and will lead you to victory.
Not only is it the best bleed weapon, but you can also use its skill – Corpse Piler – to increase fire and physical damage as well as increase the amount of blood loss. Once you get used to this weapon, there is no way you can go back to any other bleed weapon in the game.
Morgott’s Cursed Sword
Moving on to the second-best bleed weapon in the game, let’s talk about Morgott’s Cursed Sword. It is one of the rare weapons that scale well with both DEX and ARC. So, if you want to go for the Arcane build, this is a must-have weapon in your arsenal.
You can get it from Enia at the Roundtable Hold by using Remembrance of the Omen King. This item is dropped after defeating Morgott. Its skill – Cursed-Blood Slice – is extremely useful since it will increase your damage as well as hemorrhage. This sword hits like a truck and can quickly build up the bleed stat on any enemy.
Ghiza’s Wheel is a superb weapon, and a must-have for Strength builds. For a colossal weapon, it has relatively decent speed and deals extremely high damage. It has a normal heavy attack that can be charged to make further use of the wheel. It’s also one of the very few Colossal weapons, if not the only one, that can cause high bleed build-up making it even more powerful due to how effective Bleed is in Elden Ring.
By far the standout attack of the Ghiza’s Wheel is its weapon skill. It works almost exactly as it did in Bloodborne, you basically turn the Ghiza’s Wheel into a lawnmower while walking toward enemies to deal continuous damage. Coupled with the high bleed stack of this attack, players can melt even the strongest enemies of this game using this attack at the right time.
In terms of stats, the weapon is no slouch either. The weapon boasts high base damage with a +10 Ghiza’s Wheel doing 382 Base AR without scaling. To get the most out of this weapon, I highly suggest running a Quality build that focuses on both Strength and Dexterity.
For example, my Ghiza’s Wheel at 65 Strength and 32 Dexterity deals make for a total of 382 damage through scaling. Combined with the base 382 damage of the weapon itself, my Ghiza’s wheel has a total AR of 764.
The weapon is extremely good, especially for the early game. Its scaling is decent at first but becomes superb once upgraded. At first, STR is E, DEX is E, and ARC is D. You will need to have 12 STR, 21 DEX, and 19 ARC to properly equip this pole blade.
On top of that, it also applies a bleed debuff on enemies which is always a good passive to have. Using its skill – Bloodblade Dance – will allow you to do a flurry of tornado-like attacks while leaping in the air. This is a superb way to attack an enemy and immediately go back to your starting position to evade their counterattacks.
While I’m not the biggest fan of sythes in Elden Ring, I cannot deny that the Winged Scythe is one of the best bleed weapons in the game. The best part is that you can use this if you are going for an FAI build as well since it has good FAI scaling.
Plus, you can find this amazing weapon in the Tombsward Ruins which is near the area where you start the game. So, if you want a good bleed weapon with your FAI build, make sure that you pick it up early in the game as soon as you start.
However, as you can see, it requires a high FAI rating before you can properly equip it. So, it might take a while before you can fully utilize this weapon. It also has an interesting skill – Angel’s Wings – that interrupts the use of recovery actions.
Fans of Wolverine will be familiar with this weapon, and you’ll want to get it to complete your Logan cosplay. The Hookclaw is a bleed-inducing tool that deals tons of damage and has its own skill on top of the bleed effect. You can use the Quickstep ability to zip around enemies with ease. Plus, the bleed damage is more than the Reduvia that we will talk about below.
However, the only thing holding it back is its concise range. You really have to get next to the enemy to attack them. You at least have some breathing room with the other weapons, but not with the Hookclaw. You’ll have to get nice and close to the enemy to make sure that your hits land.
Meteoric Ore Blade
Meteoric Ore Blade scales primarily with Strength, Dexterity, and Intelligence and is a good weapon for dealing melee Slash and Pierce damage in combat. Its accompanying unique skill can also allow the user to thrust their weapon into the ground to create a gravity well to pull in enemies and damage them in the process.
The Meteoric Ore Blade can be found inside a chest in a small room at the back of an underground hall filled with sarcophagi and Prawn Miner enemies. The entrance to the area is found in the northwest section of the ruins.
Hand of Malenia
The Hand of Malenia scales primarily with Strength and Dexterity and is a good weapon for Samurai Build and Bleed Builds. This Katana has a scaling of E in STR, and C in DEX. You need to have 15 STR and 48 in DEX to properly equip it.
To get this amazing weapon, you need to interact with Enia and use the Remembrance of the Rot Goddess at the Roundtable Hold, obtained after killing Malenia, Blade of Miquella. Keep in mind that Malenia is the hardest boss in Elden Ring so you’ll have to try extremely hard to defeat her.
The Reduvia is an extremely powerful early-game dagger that can destroy your enemies. This weapon has a bleed passive on it, so you’ll deal an insane amount of damage after a short while as the enemy’s bleed bar fills up. The best part is that you can even dual-wield this weapon to double its effectiveness.
To get it, you must go North from the lake where you fight the dragon Agheel. Keep following the river, and eventually, you’ll be invaded by Bloody Finger Nerijus. Taking on this enemy can be problematic in the early game. However, if you stall the fight a bit, you will be helped by Bloody Finger Hunter Yura, making the battle easier. Kill Nerijus, and you’ll be rewarded with this dagger.
The Moonveil katana is one of my favorite weapons in Elden Ring. It does a mix of magical and physical damage with every hit. Plus, it also has the bleed effect which is always a welcomed addition. On top of that, its skill – Transient Moonlight – is extremely effective against a lot of enemies in the game.
When you use it, your character will fire a straight wave while unsheathing the katana. This can be used to force the enemy to either dodge and be vulnerable or take the damage in PvP. With all these effects, bleeding takes the backseat with this weapon.
The weapon is extremely good, especially for the early/mid-game. Its scaling is quite good at first but becomes superb once upgraded. At first, STR is D, and DEX is C. You will need to have 18 STR and 22 DEX to properly equip this katana.
On top of that, it also applies a bleed debuff on enemies which is always a good passive to have. Using its skill – Piercing Fang – will allow you to thrust your weapon quickly in a straight direction to deal tons of damage. While it is a telegraphed attack, you can take out enemies easily with it.
Just by looking at this weapon, you might have already figured out that it is a great bleed weapon. Thanks to its lightweight, players can carry this weapon without the fear of being overweight and “fat rolling”. Plus, since it is a whip, the range of this weapon is deceptively long.
You can often catch enemies – mostly in PvP – off guard, thanks to the reach of this whip. If enemies get too close for comfort, you can always use your ability and kick them away. Plus, if you properly time the kick, you can get a free attack from the whip while the enemy is still in the animation of getting knocked back.
If you pick the Samurai class, the Uchigatana will be your starting weapon. Players might think that a starting weapon won’t be this good, but this katana is superb from early to late game. However, if you didn’t pick the Samurai class, worry not because you can still find this weapon pretty early in the game.
For this, you need to head over to the Deathtouched Catacombs in the Stormhill area and explore the dungeon. You’ll find this katana when you loot a corpse hanging in the catacombs. While it doesn’t have the best scaling at first, you can quickly boost it after upgrading it a few times. Plus, the Uchigatana has a bleed effect that is always good to have.
I love using the Bloodhound’s Fang due to two main reasons. The first reason is that its ability is quite awesome and can be a lifesaver in most cases. Pressing L2 (LT) will cause your character to do a quick swing of the sword while jumping back to reach a safe distance. This allows you to attack the enemy without getting punished.
The second reason why this sword is awesome is thanks to its passive-bleed damage. After a few attacks, your opponent will take bleed damage that will suddenly reduce their HP. The higher the HP, the more bleed damage they take. Plus, this sword has some pretty great stats all things considered.
The Bloodhound Fang is easily one of the best DEX weapons in the game, especially in the earlier stages of it. However, since it is locked behind an optional boss, most players either miss it or avoid the boss since it can be a little tricky. To get this large curved sword, go to Forlorn Hound Evergaol, which is located South of Lake Agheel. You’ll have to fight and defeat Bloodhound Knight Darriwil to get this sword.
I suggest doing the Blaidd questline side by side since you can summon him for this fight. Plus, completing his quest rewards you with his sword and armor. The Bloodhound’s Fang has a C in Dexterity right off the bat.
And there you have it; those are the 14 best bleed weapons in Elden Ring. If you are going for a Dex build in your current playthrough, make sure that you try out some of these weapons and see if you like them or not. Certain weapons like Rivers of Blood are extremely viable in PvP as well despite getting nerfed.
Which bleed weapon is your favorite in Elden Ring? Do you prefer other types of weapons over this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!