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.
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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:
|Serial Number||Weapon Name||Attack||Scaling||Requires|
|14||Dagger||74||Str D, Dex C||Str 5, Dex 9|
|13||Parrying Dagger||75||Str E, Dex C||Str 5, Dex 14|
|12||Wakizashi||94||Str D, Dex D||Str 9, Dex 13|
|11||The Great Knife||75||Str E, Dex C||Str 6, Dex 12|
|10||Celebrant’s Sickle||79||Str E. Dex C||Str 6, Dex 11|
|9||Ivory Sickle||79||Str E, Dex C||Str 6, Dex 11|
|8||Bloodstained Dagger||81||Str C, Dex E||Str 9, Dex 12|
|7||Crystal Knife||82||Str D, Dex D, Int D||Str 8, Dex 12, Int 9|
|6||Misericorde||92||Str E, Dex D||Str 7, Dex 12|
|5||Reduvia||79||Str E, Dex D, Arc D||Str 5, Dex 13, Arc 13|
|4||Scorpion's Stinger||79||Str D, Dex C||Str 6, Dex 12|
|3||Black Knife||66||Str E, Dex D, Faith D||Str 8, Dex 12, Faith 18|
|2||Glintstone Kris||57||Str E, Dex D, Int D||Str 5, Dex 12, Int 16|
|1||Cinquedea||98||Str D, Dex E||Str 10, Dex 10|
|Scaling||Str D, Dex C|
|Requires||Str 5, Dex 9|
This one is just the plain dagger which is one of the best daggers in Elden Ring when maxed up at plus 25. It has a maximum attack power of 570, and an average Guarded Damage Negation of 22.16, and most people acquire Dagger at the beginning of Elden Ring because it can be picked off of a lot of enemies or can be purchased.
Therefore, if you want to get Dagger reliably, you have to go to Roundtable Hold by progressing through the main story long enough to get to that which doesn’t take very long, and purchase the Dagger then from Twin Maiden Husks for only 400 runes. It’s definitely the top-choice dagger in Elden Ring that can probably be looted off too.
13. Parrying Dagger
|Scaling||Str E, Dex C|
|Requires||Str 5, Dex 14|
This dagger is excellent for deflecting oncoming attacks, as the title implies, which not only improves defense but also the offense of the player. However, Parrying Dagger could take some training to perfect your timing, but once you do, parrying without a shield will become a lot simpler for you.
Its damage output is the best overall with high dexterity scaling. Moreover, Parrying Dagger can be upgraded with Smithing Stones and can be purchased by Patches at Murkwater Caves for 1600 Runes. Moreover, Parrying Dagger cannot be infused with Ashes of War and can be found near a broken Rat Corpse Statue at the exterior structure of the Bestial Sanctum’s bottom.
|Scaling||Str D, Dex D|
|Requires||Str 9, Dex 13|
The Wakizashi scales nicely with dexterity build and strength. It resembles a Japanese sword more than a dagger. Additionally, you can power-stance Wakizashi while using katanas. Moreover, it requires 9 Strength and 13 Dexterity to wield which is the highest among the daggers in this guide.
Wakizashi comes equipped with the Flashstep ability, like the majority of daggers, however, you can upgrade it with additional Ashes of War that suits best to your build. Ultimately, the Wakizashi dagger is quite useful in short-range melee combat and can be customized according to the best armor in Elden Ring. Wakizashi can be found inside the locked cells of Gaol Cave. In short, the best Dagger in Elden Ring largely depends on your playstyle and character build.
11. The Great Knife
|Scaling||Str E, Dex C|
|Requires||Str 6, Dex 12|
The Great Knife is a solid dagger that provides excellent damage, but as Elden Ring progresses, it loses effectiveness. The Great Knife is excellent against low-level foes, however, it has the advantage of having excellent dexterity and causes Bleed to increase with each attack.
The Great Knife has a weight of 1.5 and requires a strength level of 6 to acquire. It can be infused with Ashes of War and Consumables. Moreover, The Great Knife can be upgraded with Smithing Stones. The Great Knife is very hard to locate and is mostly dropped by Demi-Humans found mostly near the Lux Ruins in Elden Ring.
10. Celebrant’s Sickle
|Scaling||Str E. Dex C|
|Requires||Str 6, Dex 11|
If you value defense and offense, you might consider the Celebrant’s Sickle as the best dagger in Elden Ring. The dexterity stat of the player scales rather well with the use of this weapon, which requires 6 Strength and 11 Dexterity to wield. It has the Quickstep talent like most daggers do, but if you’d choose, you can add other Ashes of War to further enhance it. The best feature of this weapon is the additional 10 Runes that are awarded after each successful strike.
Moreover, Celebrant’s Sickle is a rare weapon that is dropped by the Celebrants wielding it at the Windmill Village, the location where you encounter Godskin Apostle in Elden Ring for the first time.
9. Ivory Sickle
|Scaling||Str E, Dex C|
|Requires||Str 6, Dex 11|
Ivory Sickle is the absolute best dagger in Elden Ring which has a very unique appearance to it, being the least dagger-ish of any on this list mostly because Ivory Sickle looks like a hook. Ivory Sickle daggers are typically a piercing weapon because you would probably want to bring it down in an attack from above and pierce them with the point on the bright side.
Acquiring this dagger is relatively simple, especially in mid-game. So you’re going to head over to the Liurnia Region located near the Purified Ruins and besides the Village of the Albinaurics. Once you’re here, there’s a hill to climb, where you can find Ivory Sickle sitting on the ground behind one of the buildings.
8. Bloodstained Dagger
|Scaling||Str C, Dex E|
|Requires||Str 9, Dex 12|
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 dagger 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
|Scaling||Str D, Dex D, Int D|
|Requires||Str 8, Dex 12, Int 9|
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.
|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.
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.
|Scaling||Str E, Dex D, Arc D|
|Requires||Str 5, Dex 13, Arc 13|
Those seeking critical hit potential may find the Reduvia build and the weapon itself to be the best Dagger in Elden Ring. The Reduvia dagger has got a very unique look; it is very large and has got a pretty jagged appearance with fat ridges pointing forward.
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
|Scaling||Str D, Dex C|
|Requires||Str 6, Dex 12|
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 all the way 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
|Scaling||Str E, Dex D, Faith D|
|Requires||Str 8, Dex 12, Faith 18|
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
|Scaling||Str E, Dex D, Int D|
|Requires||Str 5, Dex 12, Int 16|
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.
|Scaling||Str D, Dex E|
|Requires||Str 10, Dex 10|
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.
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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