The 8 BEST Daggers In Elden Ring

Learn about the Elden Ring's best dagger & enhance your gameplay with the top weapon choices.

Daggers are short-range but surely make up for their fast attack speed and high critical damage. Knowing about the best early, mid, and late-game daggers in Elden Ring makes all the difference as you are always sure not to equip an underwhelming weapon. That is why I have listed all the information regarding Elden Ring’s Daggers in terms of their Physical Damage Stat, Compatibility with Ashes of War, weight, and location, so players can decide the top-tier Elden Ring Dagger according to their overall playstyle.

Related: Elden Ring Weapons Tier List

Key Takeaways
  • Daggers are quick, lightweight weapons known for their high critical damage in Elden Ring.
  • Daggers can be used for inflicting physical damage, and are an excellent pick for the poison build and Bleed build
  • I recommend the following Daggers
    1. Dagger: Boasts the highest Critical Hit damage.
    2. Parrying Dagger: Has higher frames for parrying compared to a shield.
    3. Black Knife: Deals a hefty HP penalty to the enemy due to its Ash of War.
  • Players can enhance the abilities of most daggers with Ashes of War or Consumables.

All Best Daggers In Elden Ring Ranked

Here is an overview of all the best daggers having the attack stats, comparing each other with the required level, and scaling in Elden Ring: 

No.Weapon NameAttackScalingRequires
8Bloodstained Dagger81Str C, Dex EStr 9, Dex 12
7Crystal Knife82Str D, Dex D, Int DStr 8, Dex 12, Int 9
6Misericorde92Str E, Dex DStr 7, Dex 12
5Reduvia79Str E, Dex D, Arc DStr 5, Dex 13, Arc 13
4Scorpion's Stinger79Str D, Dex CStr 6, Dex 12
3Black Knife66Str E, Dex D, Faith DStr 8, Dex 12, Faith 18
2Glintstone Kris57Str E, Dex D, Int DStr 5, Dex 12, Int 16
1Cinquedea98Str D, Dex EStr 10, Dex 10

8. Bloodstained Dagger

Bloodstained Dagger [Image Credit: eXputer]
Stat Value
Attack Phy 81
Guard Phy 36
Mag 21
Fire 21
Light 21
Holy 21
Boost 15
Crit 110
Scaling Str C, Dex E
Requires Str 9, Dex 12
The best early-game Dagger in Elden Ring.

Bloodstained Dagger with a pretty standard look resembles a machete and has a one-sided bevel to it which curves up slightly at the end. Moreover, its stats are excellent with a maximum attack power of 563, and an average Guarded Damage Negation of 23, and is yet another of the best early game daggers in Elden Ring that comes from loot drop.

Therefore, if you want to pick up this dagger you head over to the Weeping Peninsula, crossing the bridge to get to the Erdtree and kill the Demi-human Chief standing which is not very hard to get this knife. So Bloodstained Dagger is quite simple and straightforward to acquire this dagger early in Elden Ring.

7. Crystal Knife

Crystal Knife [Image Credit: eXputer]
Stat Value
Attack Phy 82
Guard Phy 32
Crit 100
Mag 31
Fire 18
Light 18
Holy 18
Boost 15
Scaling Str D, Dex D, Int D
Requires Str 8, Dex 12, Int 9
The best Dagger for Intelligence builds in Elden Ring.

Crystal Knife, which is the most famous dagger in Elden Ring, has extra magic damage stats and is perfect for the best mage build in Elden Ring. So if you are looking for a dagger that deals extra damage then the Crystal Knife, the best one in Elden Ring then Crystal Knife is the right choice.

Crystal Knife can be found in the chest inside the Raya Lucaria Crystal tunnel, in a storage area three levels down where there’s going to be a bunch of Marionettes around which is not actually that hard to get to because marionettes are decently easy to take care of.

6. Misericorde

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Stat Value
Attack Phy 92
Crit 140
Guard Phy 36
Mag 21
Fire 21
Light 21
Holy 21
Boost 15
Scaling Str E, Dex D
Requires Str 7, Dex 12

Misericorde is the best-looking dagger in the Elden Ring. It’s got the long slender design that would actually make it a really good dagger and does have actually pretty good damage stats. The reason I believe Misericorde is the best early-game dagger in Elden Ring is that the weapon can be located pretty early.

Boasts the highest Critical Hit damage in Elden Ring.

To locate it, you have to head over to Stormville Castle, and then loot Misericorde off a corpse which will be in a large Armory room next to the fortress. Moreover, you will actually need a Stone Sword Key to insert into an Imp Statue that removes the White Fog door.

5. Reduvia

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Reduvia Dagger in Elden Ring [Image Credit: eXputer]
Stat Value
Attack Phy 79
Crit 110
Guard Phy 38
Mag 22
Fire 22
Light 22
Holy 22
Boost 16
Scaling Str E, Dex D, Arc D
Requires Str 5, Dex 13, Arc 13
The best Dagger for Bleed builds in Elden Ring.

Those seeking critical hit potential may find the Reduvia build and the weapon itself to be the best Dagger in Elden Ring. 

There are two ways to get this either through player invasions or right over at the Murkwater cave the closest one to the Gate Front ruins at the Church of Elleh, where you will also find a Sacred Tear.

Moreover, Reduvia has a couple of advantages as a good stabbing weapon with a special ability if you want to range attack enemies with it, which is quite useful in frontal assaults.

4. Scorpion’s Stinger

Scorpion’s Stinger [Image Credit: eXputer]
Stat Value
Attack Phy 79
Crit 110
Guard Phy 38
Mag 22
Fire 22
Light 22
Holy 22
Boost 16
Scaling Str D, Dex C
Requires Str 6, Dex 12
The best Dagger for cheesing fights in Elden Ring.

Scorpion Stinger is probably the most dangerous weapon in the Elden Ring which is also quite rare and unique. As Scorpion’s Stinger is quite rare, the dagger cannot be purchased and certainly not a random drop.

To locate this dagger, you have to go to the underground region below Liurnia which you can find by completing a quest line which is Ranni’s quest, then get over to the Nokstella Waterfall Basin making your way through to the Lake of Rot. Ultimately, after crossing the lake full of Scarlet Rot, for which you will need berries, you will find Scorpion’s Stinger.

3. Black Knife

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Black Knife In Elden Ring [Image Credit: eXputer]
Stat Value
Attack Phy 66
Crit 110
Guard Phy 26
Mag 15
Fire 15
Light 15
Holy 42
Boost 15
Scaling Str E, Dex D, Faith D
Requires Str 8, Dex 12, Faith 18
Boasts the best Dagger Ash of War in Elden Ring.

One of the hardest enemies to defeat in Elden Ring is The Black Knife Assassins and their weapon of choice is Black Knife which is as lethal as them but worth the effort if you are planning to get a dagger build. However, Black Knife requires high Dexterity and Faith to acquire but highly effective Holy and Physical damage, even punches through the armor.

Moreover, its special Weapon Art, Blade of Death, fires a projectile that swiftly drains enemies’ health and gives plenty of range. The disadvantage of Black Knife is that it’s a bit slow with its Weapon Art which compromises your defense as well as your offense against aggressive opponents, especially in Boss fights.

Black Knife can be obtained at the entrance of Sainted Hero’s Grave by killing the Black Knife Assassin.

2. Glintstone Kris

Glintstone Kris [Image Credit: eXputer]
Stat Value
Attack Phy 57
ATK Mag 68
Crit 110
Guard Phy 23
Guard Mag 45
Fire 14
Light 14
Holy 14
Boost 15
Scaling Str E, Dex D, Int D
Requires Str 5, Dex 12, Int 16
One of the rarest Daggers in Elden Ring.

Glintstone Kris is quite a versatile dagger in both short and medium range requiring 5 Strength, 12 Dexterity, and 16 Intelligence to utilize well, scaling mostly from your Dexterity and Intelligence. Glintstone Kris cannot be infused with Ashes of War or Consumable and can only be upgraded by Somber Smithing Stones.

Moreover, Glintstone Kris is only awarded to players completing the Sorceress Sellen quest line.

1. Cinquedea

Cinquedea [Image Credit: eXputer]
Stat Value
Attack Phy 98
Crit 100
Guard Phy 43
Mag 25
Fire 25
Light 25
Holy 25
Boost 18
Scaling Str D, Dex E
Requires Str 10, Dex 10
The most damaging Dagger in Elden Ring.

The Cinquedea has the most base damage out of all daggers in the Elden Ring. The dagger is one of the most useful daggers to utilize even for strength users, just requiring 10 Strength and 10 Dexterity. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of this dagger is that you can’t add Ashes of War to Cinquedea to further enhance the dagger. Only the skill Quickstep, which is already equipped, is available.

Cinquedea does, however, give a more damage bonus than Bestial Incantations. Moreover, players can defeat enemies off-guard in PvP by using this dagger as most incantations do most of the damage with an additional option to use Bestial Incantation.

My Take On The Best Daggers In Elden Ring

Daggers are ideal weapons for quick recovery and status build, but where they lack is damage. That is why I strongly recommend Reduvia and Black Knife if you want to main daggers. The reasoning behind this is solely because of their Ashes of War. Reduvia allows the player to throw blood projectiles, while Black Knife can throw Black Flame, and both inflict the enemy with some of the most devastating effects in the game.

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However, a Parrying Dagger is also an excellent weapon for parrying enemy attacks if you use it off-hand. It’s not as safe as the shield but its parrying windows make it ideal for parry-based combat, so Parrying Dagger is also a good choice in that regard.

In conclusion, Elden Ring features some of the best fighting moments ever, and your knowledge plays a big part in those. As a result, this guide provides all the information necessary about Daggers in the Elden Ring that gaming enthusiasts might find useful. Moreover, the choice of Daggers in the guide is subjective and may vary from player to player.


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