Top 8 Best Katanas In Elden Ring [270+ Hours Experience]

Katanas may not be the most detrimental weapons in the game, but they sure are really cool. Here are all the best katanas in Elden Ring.

Katanas may not be the most detrimental weapons in the game, but they sure are really cool. Elden Ring has been successful in making Katanas useful and worthy of mention. Elden Ring doesn’t have many Katanas to show off, but they’ve chosen to have eight katanas in total that’ll get the job done.

Our Picks For Best Elden Ring Katanas Compared

The following table entails the best Katanas with comparison between them:

RankKatanasPhysical ATKPhysical GuardStrengthDexterityLight GuardHoly GuardBoost
8Dragonscale Blade110.035.012.020.050.025.030.0
7Nagakiba115.049.018.022.033.033.033.0
6Hand of Malenia117.049.016.048.033.033.033.0
5Uchigatana 115.045.011.015.030.030.030.0
4Serpentbone Blade120.045.011.022.030.030.030.0
3Moonveil Katana73.031.012.018.026.026.031.0
2Meteoric Ore Blade112.050.015.014.031.031.033.0
1Rivers of Blood Katana76.036.012.018.040.033.031.0

8) Dragonscale Blade

The Best Low-Requirement Katana.
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Dragonscale Blade stats
  • Why I Chose This: While this katana is locked behind a late-game area, its stat requirements make it so you can use it for almost any build, making it highly accessible.

The Dragonscale Blade is a strong low-requirement katana that primarily scales with strength and dexterity. Furthermore, The Dragonscale Blade is dropped by the Dragonkin Soldier in the lake of rot. It grades D and C and requires 12 and 20 strength and dexterity. You can check our Best Strength Weapons to get more ideas.

Attack: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy 

Crit

110

0

0

0

0

100

Guard: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy

Boost

35

25

25

50

25

30

The Dragonscale Blade cannot be infused with the Ashes of War but can be upgraded by somber smithing stones. 

  • Accessible for most builds.
  • Ash of War is great for PvP.
  • Can be buffed with Lightning Damage via Ash of War.
  • Lackluster attribute-scaling.
  • Cannot be infused with other Ashes of War.

7) Nagakiba

The Best Long-Ranged Katana In Elden Ring.
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Nagakiba (Image Captured by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: If you like to have a katana with effective regular attacks, this is easily my top recommendations.

The Nagakiba Katana is a splendid weapon for early-game due to its availability and impact. This Elden Ring katana scales primarily with strength and dexterity and has an incredibly long blade enough to cut through the enemy in no time.

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Nagakiba Stats (Image Captured by Us)

Attack: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy 

Crit

115

0

0

0

0

100

Guard: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy

Boost

49

33

33

33

33

33

The NPC Bloody Finger Hunter Yura drops the Nagakiba Katana, which is very easy to get. The Nagakiba Katana grades D and C, requiring 18 and 22 in strength and dexterity.

  • Easy to get.
  • Deceptively long range.
  • Low requirements.
  • Strong Guarding ability.
  • Ash of War is nothing special.
  • Weak Attribute Scaling.

6) Hand Of Malenia

The Best Dexterity-Only Katana In Elden Ring.
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Hand of Malenia (Image credit: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: If you like to have a katana with effective regular attacks, this is easily my top recommendations.

As the name suggests, the Hand of Malenia Katana is Malenia’s Katana built into her prosthetic arm. This katana can be obtained from the remembrance of the Rot Goddess by Enia.

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Hand of Malenia Stats (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The Hand of Malenia is designed for offense-oriented Dex players who want to play around with arguably the most overpowered boss attack in Elden Ring.

Attack: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy 

Crit

117

0

0

0

0

100

Guard: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy

Boost

49

33

33

33

33

33

The Hand of Malenia cannot be infused with Ashes of War but can be upgraded by Somber smithing stones. Also, the Hand of Malenia is primarily scaled with strength and dexterity. It is graded E and B and requires 16 and 48 strength and dexterity. 

If you like Katanas, then you’ll surely love other melee Weapons. Check out our Elden Ring best melee weapons guide and learn 25 top melee weapons.

  • Ash of War has strong range.
  • Great damage output.
  • Strong Guarding Ability.
  • Impressive Attribute Scaling.
  • Challenging to get.
  • Only for Dexterity users.
  • Ash of War is tricky to master.

5) Uchigatana

The Most Customizable Katana In Elden Ring.
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Uchigatana (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The amount of builds where I’ve seen a unique Ash of War with the Uchigatana while still being a menace in PvE and PvP deserves a noteworthy mention on my list.

The Uchigatana can be used by the Samurai of the Land of Reeds as starting equipment for the samurai starting class. Its unique single-edged curved design is made to cause blood loss in the enemy. 

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Uchigatana Stats (Image by eXputer)

Attack: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy 

Crit

115

0

0

0

0

100

Guard: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy

Boost

45

0

30

30

30

30

The Uchigatana has physical and critical damage of 115 and 100, and its weapon skill is Unsheathe. This Elden Ring katana is primarily scaled with strength and dexterity as it is graded D and D and requires 11 and 15. The long-sharp blade is compatible with Ashes of War and can be upgraded by Smithing Stones.

  • Highly customizable.
  • Low requirements.
  • High Blood Loss buildup.
  • Gets overshadowed by Rivers of Blood.
  • Weak attribute scaling.

4) Serpentbone Blade

The Katana With The Best Heavy Attack.
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Serpentbone Blade (Image Captured by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: This katana is extremely well-rounded with strong attack and range, but what really sets it apart is its Heavy Attack, which can catch players off-guard.

With the weapon skill of double slash, the Serpentbone Blade is perfect for inflicting much damage on the opponent. Its blade is covered with serpent venom, and the Serpentbone Blade can deal with a physical attack of 120.

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Serpentbone Blade Stats (Image Captured by Us)

Attack: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy 

Crit

120

0

0

0

0

100

Guard: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy

Boost

45

30

30

30

30

30

The Serpentbone Blade is obtained as a reward for completing the second letter quest in the Volcano Manor. 

  • Unique heavy attack.
  • Incredible Physical Damage.
  • Ash of War is uninspiring.

3) Moonveil

The Best Katana For PvP In Elden Ring.
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Moonveil (Image credit: eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: No other katana’s Ash of War is as overpowered and tricky to counter in PvP as the Moonveil.

Moonveil Katana is one of the best Early game Katana in Elden Ring. Despite some better katanas out there, their popularity is probably the highest. The Moonveil Katana has a physical attack of 73, 87 of magical damage, and critical damage of 100.

It can be found in Gael Tunnel, dropped by Magma Wyrm. The Moonveil Katana scales primarily with strength, intelligence, and dexterity and is graded E, C, and D.

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Moonveil Stats (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

Attack: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy 

Crit

73

87

0

0

0

100

Guard: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy

Boost

31

57

26

26

26

31

Moonveil Katana requires 12 strength, 18 dexterity, and 23 intelligence.

  • Ash of War has incredible vertical and horizontal range.
  • Great for PvE and PvP.
  • Highly popular among the community.
  • Amazing staggering ability.
  • Strong Magic Damage.
  • High Intelligence requirement.

2) Meteoric Ore Blade

The Best Gravity-focused Katana In Elden Ring.
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Meteoric Ore Blade (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: As my personal favorite katana, this weapon has it all – scaling, damage, range, versatility, and an amazing Ash of War.

The Meteoric Ore Blade is undoubtedly the second-best Katana in Elden Ring, if not the best. Fans will always have different views on the ranking, but I feel the Meteoric Ore Blade deserves this. 

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Meteoric Ore Blade Stats (Image by eXputer)

Attack: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy 

Crit

112

72

0

0

0

100

Guard: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy

Boost

50

45

31

31

31

33

With the weapon skill of Gravitas and high overall damage, the Meteoric Ore Blade is believed to be so stupendously powerful that one slash is equal to a falling meteor.

This vicious Katana can be found at the Caelid Waypoint Ruins inside a chest of an underground hall.

  • Incredibly versatile Ash of War.
  • Gravity-based attacks are highly effective in PvP.
  • Strong damage output.
  • High Intelligence requirement.
  • Weaker Attribute Scaling that Moonveil.

1) Rivers Of Blood

The Best Bleed Katana
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Rivers of Blood (Image Captured by eXputer)
  • Why I Chose This: The Rivers of Blood can melt bosses with its high Bleed buildup, rivaling some of the best Bleed weapons in the game.
Rivers of Blood is the best Katana in Elden Ring.

Most players agree that the Rivers of Blood Katana is undisputedly the best Katana in Elden Ring. The Rivers of Blood is the only Katana introduced yet that scales primarily with Arcane, strength, and dexterity. They are graded E, D, and D and require 12, 18, and 20 strength, dexterity, and arcane.

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Rivers of Blood Stats (Image Captured by Us)

Attack: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy 

Crit

76

0

76

0

0

100

Guard: 

Physical

Magic

Fire

Light

Holy

Boost

36

27

62

40

33

31

The Rivers of Blood is dropped by the NPC Bloody Finger Okina, who spawns near the Church of Repose in the Eastern Region of Mountain Tops of Giants. 

  • Amazing Blood Loss buildup.
  • Ash of War has an incredible range.
  • Great against bosses and hordes of enemies.
  • S-tier status affliction.
  • Impressive Guarding stats.
  • Challenging to get.
  • Not as effective in PvP as other top-tier katanas.

My Favourite Katana In Elden Ring

For the early game, I’d highly recommend getting the Nagakiba. It is the longest Katana in the game, with immense range, and also offers an interchangeable Ash of War slot. This gave me much more flexibility in what Ash of War I’d go with, but my choice was Bloodhound Step. Once you are in the mid-late game, you can pair this with either River of Blood or Hands of Malenia.

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Both of these weapons have some of the most powerful Ash of War in the game, capable of taking out any foe in a single combo. Their combination also works very well in the PvE, making these two a very strong recommendation from me.

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Let us know what you think about the guide. Comment below which Katana is best for you. As mentioned before, there really aren’t any bad katanas and all have the ability to pierce through the enemy, but as the game progresses, better enemies face us in the heat of battle. And when that happens we’ll need to get the best of the best and these are the best, in order.

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