Elden Ring: Best Rapiers [750+ Hours Experience]

Thrust bosses with Rapiers and keep poking players in PVP from afar with these Best Rapiers I found in Elden Ring.

Thrusting Swords, also known as Rapiers, has two different versions in Elden Ring, and there are only a few weapons that you’ll find in this category, but most of them work really well in the game. Some rapiers are small but faster with a lesser range, while others are heavy-thrusting swords that are slower but work at a longer range.

Important: The number of rapiers that you can get is quite limited, and the best ones are located in the mid to late game in Elden Ring.

My Picks For The Best Rapiers Compared In Elden Ring

As I have already mentioned before, there are two different versions of the rapiers in the game, but I will discuss the best ones out of both of these categories.

Here are the complete stats for all the Rapiers in Elden Ring:

Rapier NameBest ForPhysical MagicFireLightHolyCritical/Boost
Antspur RapierThe Best Thrusting Sword For Rot-BuildsATK: 98
Guard: 47
ATK: 0
Guard: 31
ATK: 0
Guard: 31
ATK: 0
Guard: 31
ATK: 0
Guard: 31
ATK: 100
Guard: 21
Frozen NeedleThe Best Thrusting Sword For FrostbiteATK: 99
Guard: 40
ATK: 0
Guard: 28
ATK: 0
Guard: 28
ATK: 0
Guard: 28
ATK: 0
Guard: 28
ATK: 100
Guard: 20
Bloody HeliceThe Best Heavy-Thrusting Sword For Bleed Build-UpATK: 121
Guard: 57
ATK: 0
Guard: 40
ATK: 0
Guard: 40
ATK: 0
Guard: 40
ATK: 0
Guard: 40
ATK: 100
Guard: 34
Dragon King's
Cragblade
The Best Heavy Thrusting Sword For Lightning DmgATK: 92
Guard: 46
ATK: 0
Guard: 32
ATK: 0
Guard: 32
ATK: 59
Guard: 46
ATK: 0
Guard: 32
ATK: 100
Guard: 34
Rogier's RapierThe Best Thrusting Sword For Stagger DmgATK: 93
Guard: 49
ATK: 0
Guard: 33
ATK: 0
Guard: 33
ATK: 0
Guard: 33
ATK: 0
Guard: 33
ATK: 110
Guard: 22
Rapier The Highest Crit Stat In Thrusting SwordsATK: 96
Guard: 45
ATK: 0
Guard: 30
ATK: 0
Guard: 30
ATK: 0
Guard: 30
ATK: 0
Guard: 30
ATK: 130
Guard: 20
Godskin StitcherThe Highest Base Atk In Heavy-Thrusting SwordsATK: 127
Guard: 55
ATK: 0
Guard: 38
ATK: 0
Guard: 38
ATK: 0
Guard: 38
ATK: 0
Guard: 38
ATK: 100
Guard: 33
Great EpeeThe Lightest Heavy-Thrusting SwordATK: 124
Guard: 52
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 100
Guard: 31
EstocThe Best Physical Guard In Thrusting SwordsATK: 107
Guard: 54
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 0
Guard: 36
ATK: 100
Guard: 24
Noble's EstocN/AATK: 104
Guard: 49
ATK: 0
Guard: 33
ATK: 0
Guard: 33
ATK: 0
Guard: 33
ATK: 0
Guard: 33
ATK: 100
Guard: 22
Cleanrot Knight's
Sword
N/AATK: 109
Guard: 51
ATK: 0
Guard: 34
ATK: 0
Guard: 34
ATK: 0
Guard: 34
ATK: 0
Guard: 34
ATK: 100
Guard: 23

1. Antspur Rapier

The Best Thrusting Sword For Rot-Builds.
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Antspur Rapier In The Game (Image Captured by Us)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 98 47
Magic 0 31
Fire 0 31
Light 0 31
Holy 0 31
Critical/ Boost 100 21

Anstspur Rapier Scaling and Requirements:

Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 10
Dexterity D 20
  • Why I Chose This: Anstpur Rapier causes insane Scarlet Rot on enemies and possesses changeable affinity. 

Anstspur Rapier is probably the best rapier in the game, as is evident from most feedback from the player base. It is one of the few weapons that deal Scarlet Rot, which  I can assure you is a pretty powerful debuff. It is additionally very well designed and adds to fashion as well.

How To Get

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Location Of NPC Invader At The Shaded Castle (Image Captured by eXputer)
  • In order to obtain the weapon, you’ll have to unlock the Altus Plateau area first.
  • Then make your way to The Shaded Castle, which is also shown in the image above.
  • On the left side of the castle, where you can see a blue marker, an NPC will invade you.
  • Killing that NPC invader will net you the Antspur Rapier in the game.
  • Builds-up innate scarlet rot (55).
  • Affinity can be changed to inflict multiple status debuffs.
  • Has pretty low physical dmg.
  • Inflicting the status ailment is difficult due to low range.

2. Frozen Needle

The Best Thrusting Sword For Frostbite.
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Frozen Needle In The Game (Image by eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 99 40
Magic 0 28
Fire 0 28
Light 0 28
Holy 0 28
Critical/ Boost 100 20

Frozen Needle Scaling and Requirements:

Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 11
Dexterity D 18
  • Why I Chose This: Frozen Needle has great potential to inflict frostbite and throws a projectile with it’s unique R2, useful for keeping a distance.

The Frozen Needle is the next-best rapier in the game, and it can also be obtained early in the game if you know what you’re doing, and that’s why I’m here. It cannot be infused with Ash of War, and you will need Somber Smithing Stones in order to upgrade the weapon. That’s actually a good thing since you can get Somber Smithing Stones earlier than the normal ones.

How To Get

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Location Of Kingsrealm Ruins In Elden Ring (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)
  • The Frozen Needle is located in the upper part of Liurnia Of The Lakes inside the boss room of Kingsrealm Ruins.
  • The boss that you fight is quite tough and is known as the Royal Revenant.
  • This boss might give you trouble, but you can use Spirit Ashes to make quick work of him.
  • After you kill the boss, you can obtain the Frozen Needle from a treasure chest.

For more Physical dmg and frost build-up but with slightly higher weight, I recommend the Icerind Hatchet.

  • Can cause innate frostbite build-up (60).
  • Offers a unique R2, for knocking back enemies.
  • Provides lower dmg outside of power stancing.
  • Unchangeable affinity and Ash of war.

3. Bloody Helice

The Best Heavy-Thrusting Sword For Bleed Build-Up.
elden ring best rapiers
Bloody Helice In The Game (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 121 57
Magic 0 40
Fire 0 40
Light 0 40
Holy 0 40
Critical/ Boost 100 34

Bloody Helice Scaling and Requirements:

Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 16
Dexterity D 19
Arcane D 17
  • Why I Chose This: Bloody Helice is the only weapon in its class to inflict innate bleed along with it’s unique Ash of War for Evasion.

This is the first heavy-thrusting sword on my list of best rapiers, and it makes for a really strong weapon in the game. I’ve used it extensively, and suggest you to do so, too. Yes! You cannot alter Bloody Helice’s Ash Of War, and you need Somber Smithing Stones in order to upgrade it.

How To Get

elden ring best rapiers
Location Of Writheblood Ruins In Elden Ring (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
  • You will have to beat the boss in Writheblood Ruins, located in Altus Plateau, and open up the treasure chest in order to obtain the Bloody Helice in the game.
  • The boss that you face is the Sanguine Noble, and he’s really tough to beat, so make sure that you go prepared.

If you do not have access to Bloody Helice, you can opt for the Bloodhound Fang, which has higher damage output and bleed build-up.

  • Longest reach in heavy-thrusting sword.
  • The skill is great for evasion and bleed build-up.
  • Comparatively lower Str scaling.
  • Requires investment in 3 different stats.

4. Dragon King’s Cragblade

The Best Heavy Thrusting Sword For Lightning Dmg.
elden ring best rapiers
Dragon King’s Cragblade In The Game (Image credit: eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 92 46
Magic 0 32
Fire 0 32
Light 59 46
Holy 0 32
Critical/ Boost 100 34

Dragon King’s Cragblade Scaling and Requirements:

Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 18
Dexterity D 37
  • Why I Chose This: Dragon King’s Cragblade has the best lightning dmg in rapiers and can stun most enemies.

The Dragon King’s Cragblade is another great heavy-thrusting sword or rapier in the game, but it can only be obtained in the end game. Its ash of war is also fixed, and Somber Smithing Stones will be used to upgrade the weapon. The weapon has great range and is much more useful for PVP due to its skill known as the Thundercloud Form makes for a really strong ash of war exclusive to this weapon.

How To Get

elden ring best rapiers
Enia At Roundtable Hold In Elden Ring (Image Captured by Us)
  • You can obtain the Cragblade once you defeat Dragonlord Placidusax in Elden Ring.
  • That boss fight is located in Farum Azula, which is an end-game area additionally.
  • Once you beat the boss, you can trade its Remembrance for the Cragblade from Enia at the Roundtable Hold.

For more lightning DPS, range and speed, I offer you the Bolt of Gransax.

  • Possesses a dmg buff against dragon-type enemies.
  • Is the only heavy-thrusting sword with innate lightning dmg.
  • Obtained after defeating a secret end-game boss.
  • Requires substantial Dex/Str investment.

5. Rogier’s Rapier

The Best Thrusting Sword For Stagger Dmg.
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Rogier’s Rapier In The Game (Image Captured by eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 93 49
Magic 0 33
Fire 0 33
Light 0 33
Holy 0 33
Critical/ Boost 110 22

Rogier’s Rapier Scaling and Requirements:

Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 8
Dexterity C 17
  • Why I Chose This: Rogier’s Rapier is acquired pre-upgraded and possesses a great Ash of War for staggering foes.

The Rogier’s Rapier is probably the best choice for a rapier in the early game, and its ash of war is actually strong even during mid-game. As per my testing, the Glintblade Phalanax Ash of war can stagger even most bosses easily as it breaks the posture swiftly in only a few casts.

How To Get

item in the game
Rogier Present At Roundtable Hold (Image by eXputer)
  • Additionally, when you receive the weapon from Rogier, it comes in a +8 version by default which is why it is useful during the early game.
  • In order to get the weapon, just meet Rogier at the Stormveil Castle and beat Godrick.
  • After you beat Godrick, go speak with Rogier at the Roundtable Hold, and you will receive the weapon in Elden Ring.
  • Can be acquired preupgraded by doing a quest.
  • Great for status build-up due to more hit-count.
  • The Glintblade Phalanx is obtained late game if not obtained with the weapon.
  • Has the lowest base attack among thrusting swords.

6. Rapier

The Highest Crit Stat In Thrusting Swords.
item in the game
Rapier In The Game (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 96 45
Magic 0 30
Fire 0 30
Light 0 30
Holy 0 30
Critical/ Boost 130 20

Rapier Scaling and Requirements:

Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 7
Dexterity C 12
  • Why I Chose This: Rapier provides the best Crit stat among rapiers making it an ideal choice for Crit builds.

The normal Rapier is also a strong thrusting sword for your early game, and you can infuse it with whatever Ash Of War that you like additionally. The weapon can also be upgraded with normal Smithing Stones. The reason why the rapier is a strong weapon is due to its extremely high critical damage that is close to daggers in the game.

How To Get

item in the game
Twin Maiden Husks In Elden Ring (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
  • You can easily obtain the Rapier at the beginning of the game, and all you need is to make your way to the Roundtable Hold in Elden Ring.
  • You can purchase it from the Twin Maiden Husks for 1000 Runes.

If you are aiming for only Crit build, then I suggest you to use the Misericorde. It has the highest crit stat in Elden Ring.

  • Has the second highest crit stat in the game.
  • Does not require investment in End. 
  • Only suitable for crit builds.
  • Shortest range among thrusting swords.

7. Godskin Stitcher

The Highest Base Atk In Heavy-Thrusting Swords.
elden ring best rapiers
Godskin Stitcher In The Game (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 127 55
Magic 0 38
Fire 0 38
Light 0 38
Holy 0 38
Critical/ Boost 100 33

Godskin Stitcher Scaling and Requirements:

Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 14
Dexterity D 17
  • Why I Chose This: Godskin Stitcher deals heavy Physical dmg and comes with Impaling Thrust Ash of War which can be changed as per preference.

The Godskin Stitcher is also a heavy-thrusting sword in the game, and it is quite different from the ones that I’ve mentioned before.

Although it is a bit weaker than other heavy rapiers, the ability to change its Ash Of War makes it a strong thrusting sword in the game.

How To Get

elden ring best rapiers
The Godskin Noble At Volcano Manor In Elden Ring (Image credit: eXputer)
  • You’ll have to beat the Godskin Noble at the Volcano Manor in order to obtain this weapon in Elden Ring.
  • Has the highest base attack in thrusting swords.
  • Ash of war can be altered.
  • Scalings of this weapon doesn’t improve until +22 upgrade.
  • Only obtained after defeating a mid-game boss.

8. Great Epee

The Lightest Heavy-Thrusting Sword.
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The Great Epee In The Game (Image Captured by eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 124 52
Magic 0 36
Fire 0 36
Light 0 36
Holy 0 36
Critical/ Boost 100 31

Great Epee Scaling and Requirements:

Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 15
Dexterity D 16
  • Why I Chose This: The Great Epee might be the first Heavy-Thrusting sword you come across your adventure and provides great support in early-game.

If you’re looking for a heavy rapier during your early game or you just want to start your playthrough with such a weapon, then I have the best choice for you; Great Epee. It can be obtained right after finishing the tutorial. It is a great heavy-thrusting weapon that’ll get you through most of your early game until you find a better rapier, as it did for me.

How To Get

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The Location Of Great Epee In Elden Ring (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
  • You need Smithing Stones to upgrade the weapon, and its Ash Of War can also be altered additionally.
  • You can obtain the weapon at an enemy camp near Agheel Lake, the location of which is shown in the image above.
  • It is located inside a treasure chest at that camp.
  • The R2 has more stagger damage than other rapiers.
  • Very lightweight, slottable in a variety of builds.
  • Low dmg output due to less scalings.
  • Shortest ranged in heavy-thrusting swords.

9. Estoc

The Best Physical Guard In Thrusting Swords.
item in the game
Estoc In The Game (Image Captured by Us)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 107 54
Magic 0 36
Fire 0 36
Light 0 36
Holy 0 36
Critical/ Boost 100 24

Estoc Scaling and Requirements:

Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 11
Dexterity C 13
  • Why I Chose This: Estoc provides good dmg output in Dex builds due to it’s great Dex scaling, acquired early in the game, and can infused.

The third last weapon on my list of Best Elden Ring Rapiers in the trusty Estoc that you can also obtain early in the game. It is a great choice for an early game rapier that gives you all the benefits of range, and the weapon has a great scaling with Dexterity additionally. You can also infuse the Estoc and upgrade it with Smithing Stones.

How To Get

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Location Of The Merchant Selling Estoc In Elden Ring (Image Captured by eXputer)
  • You can purchase the Estoc from a merchant found in Liurnia of the Lakes for 3000 Runes.
  • He is located at the very beginning of the region additionally.
  • Lastly, if you decide to choose the Prisoner Class at the beginning, then the Estoc will be your starting weapon in the game.
  • Can be used rightaway by choosing the prisoner class.
  • Pretty exceptional in Dex builds.
  • Considerably low Str scaling throughout.
  • Heaviest of all thrusting swords.

10. Noble’s Estoc And Cleanrot Knight’s Sword

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The Noble’s Estoc And Cleanrot Knight’s Sword In Elden Ring (Image Captured by Us)

Noble’s Estoc has the following stats;

Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 104 49
Magic 0 33
Fire 0 33
Light 0 33
Holy 0 33
Critical/ Boost 100 22

Noble’s Estoc Scaling and Requirements:

Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 9
Dexterity D 10

Cleanrot Knight’s Sword has the following stats;

Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 109 51
Magic 0 34
Fire 0 34
Light 0 34
Holy 0 34
Critical/ Boost 100 23

Cleanrot Knight’s Sword Scaling and Requirements:

Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 11
Dexterity D 13
  • Why I Chose This: Noble’s Estoc has the lowest stats requirement making it equipeable in any builds while Cleanrot Knight Sword has the highest physical dmg and range in Thrusting-swords.

Noble’s Estoc and the Cleanrot Knight’s Sword are good rapiers for PVP but aren’t just viable in PVE, mostly due to the reason that the method of obtaining these weapons is not great. You will have to farm for these weapons by killing certain enemies again and again. I went through too much trouble, so a prior warning for you. Additionally, it is just not worth it because you can get better rapiers easily in the game.

How To Get

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The Wandering Nobles And Cleanrot Knight, Respectively (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
  • Smithing Stones are used to upgrading both of these weapons, and their Ash Of War can be changed.
  • You will need to farm the Wandering Nobles enemies in order to get the Noble’s Estoc.
  • You will need to farm the Lesser Cleanrot Knights in order to get the Cleanrot Knight’s Sword.
  • Noble’s Estoc is light weight and can suit different playstyles.
  • Cleanrot Knight’s sword has the longest reach and suitable for Str builds.
  • Noble’s Estoc has D scaling on standard affinity throughout.
  • Both weapons need to be farmed, not worth the trouble.

The Best Rapier Build

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Best Rapier Build In The Game (Image by eXputer)
  • Weapons: Frozen Needle and Antspur Rapier
  • Talismans: Claw Talisman, Spear Talisman, Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman, and Prosthesis Wearer Heirloom
  • Wondrous Physick Mix: Green burst Crystal Tear and Dexterity Knot Crystal Tear
  • Spells: Flame, Grant Me Strength

My Tips For Effectively Using Rapiers

Of course, all of the Rapiers in Elden Ring are classified mostly as Dexterity weapons, so if you want to utilize their potential, continue leveling up Dexterity and Strength throughout your playthrough. Besides that, rapiers have reliable charged and regular attacks, which is why I recommend using the talismans mentioned in my build. However, if you like using Ashes of War, then the Bull-Goat’s Talisman and Shard of Alexander are must-haves. Finally, try to wear heavier armor to get a lot of poise since you’ll need it to complete combos.

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My Elden Ring hours (Steam ID: WaterJuice)

For beginners, I feel like Rogier’s Rapier feels fairly overpowered since it’s already upgraded when you receive it from Rogier. However, once you get into the late-game phase, I’d suggest picking up and learning the Dragon King’s Cragblade. I personally consider it one of the strongest Dex weapons in Elden Ring, but it’s very tricky to use. So, dedicate some time to it, and you’ll ultimately have the best Rapier build possible.

This concludes my guide on Elden Ring rapiers that you can find and use in Elden Ring. I have not only entailed the best rapiers but also the method of obtaining them in complete detail. These unique weapons can work great to help you take down bosses such as Malenia, Blade of Miquella as well as the almighty Starscourge Radahn. According to a subreddit post, the Antspur Rapier is a fan-favorite weapon preferred by various players.

Additionally, I have also explained one of the best builds that you can make using rapiers in the game. I hope that the guide was helpful in learning everything that you need to know about rapiers. Let me know what you think about Elden Ring in the comments below!


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