Elden Ring: Best Riposte Weapons [Detailed Comparison]

Critical hits can one-shot opponents if you use the best weapons to riposte or backstab enemies in Elden Ring.

Elden Ring has a critical damage stat for all weapons, and daggers are inherently the best riposte weapons that you can use to riposte or backstab enemies in the game. Daggers get the best multipliers on critical hits, but there are a few other weapons aside from daggers that can serve as good riposte weapons.

Key Takeaways
  • Elden Ring’s Best Riposte Weapons are great for capitalizing on critical hits.
  • These weapons will deal the most damage on backstabs and ripostes.
  • Here are the 10 best Riposte weapons with impressive damage numbers:
    1. Misericorde is the best riposte weapon, with the highest critical damage of 140.
    2. Dagger is the next best critical damage weapon, with a rating of 130.
    3. Parrying Dagger can not only be used to pull off parries but also deal ripostes with critical damage of 110.
    4. The Great Knife is a great choice of critical weapon for dex builds, and its critical rating is 110.
    5. Bloodstained Dagger also comes with a critical damage of 110 and is the better choice for strength builds.
    6. Erdsteel Dagger is one of the best riposte weapons for faith builds, with a critical damage rating of 110.
    7. Glinstone Kris should be your choice for a riposte weapon if your build depends on intelligence.
    8. Blade Of Calling is another great choice of a riposte weapon for faith builds in the game.
    9. Executioner’s Greataxe is a pure strength weapon with a critical damage rating of 115.
    10. Morgott’s Cursed Sword is a remembrance weapon that deals bleed, has a strong weapon skill, and great critical damage of 110.

Best Riposte Weapon Comparison Table 

Here is a comparison of all the best riposte weapons:

WEAPONS PHYSICAL (ATK) PHYSICAL (GUARD) CRIT BOOST
Misericorde 92 36 140 15
Dagger 74 35 130 15
Parrying Dagger 75 35 110 15
Great Knife 75 35 110 15
Bloodstained Dagger 81 36 110 15
Erdsteel Dagger 67 36 110 15
Scorpion’s Stinger 79 38 110 16
Glintstone Kris  57 23 110 15
Reduvia 79 38 110 16
Black Knife 66 26 110 15
Blade Of Calling 71 31 110 15
Rapier 96 45 130 20
Executioner’s Greataxe 150 74 115 48
Morgott’s Cursed Sword 120 55 110 35
Ornamental Straight Sword 101 42 110 28

Misericorde

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Misericorde In Elden Ring (Image Captured by Us)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 92 36
Magic 0 21
Fire 0 21
Light 0 21
Holy 0 21
Critical/ Boost 140 15
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 7
Dexterity D 12
Misericorde is the best Riposte weapon in Elden Ring.

The Misericorde is undoubtedly Elden Ring’s best riposte weapon. It has the highest critical damage stat, which is 140, and the weapon is a dagger which means that it will get the best damage multiplier on critical hits as well.

  • You can also infuse the weapon with your favorite ash of war.
  • Smithing stones are used to upgrade the weapon, which is easier to get early on.

Dagger

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Dagger In Elden Ring (Image by eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 74 35
Magic 0 20
Fire 0 20
Light 0 20
Holy 0 20
Critical/ Boost 130 15
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 5
Dexterity C 9
Dagger is the second best riposte weapon in Elden Ring.

The next best choice for a riposte weapon is definitely the normal dagger which has the second-best critical damage stat in Elden Ring additionally. With the base critical damage of 130 and damage multipliers that you get from the weapon, this dagger can be used to pull off one-shots upon riposting.

  • You can also alter the infusion of the dagger by using different ashes of war to make the dagger deal either bleed, frost, or poison damage.
  • If you want to upgrade the weapon, then you’ll need smithing stones.

Parrying Dagger

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Parrying Dagger In Elden Ring (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 75 35
Magic 0 20
Fire 0 20
Light 0 20
Holy 0 20
Critical/ Boost 110 15
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 5
Dexterity C 14
The best Dagger for parrying in Elden Ring.

Aside from the Misericorde and Dagger, most other weapons will have almost similar critical damage stats in Elden Ring. However, dagger weapons will still be preferred to other weapon types for performing a backstab or a critical hit.

  • Parrying Dagger has a critical damage value of 110, which is above average when compared to other weapons.
  • Additionally, the weapon skill allows you to perform a parry without using a shield.

Great Knife

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Great Knife In Elden Ring (Image credit: eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 75 35
Magic 0 20
Fire 0 20
Light 0 20
Holy 0 20
Critical/ Boost 110 15
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 6
Dexterity C 12
The Dagger with the highest damage in Elden Ring.

The Great Knife is another good choice for a riposte weapon as it offers 110 critical damage on top of being a dagger that deals blood loss.

  • This weapon has the potential of being one of the best Dex weapons in addition to being a great riposte weapon.
  • It has S scaling in dex when fully upgraded and builds up blood loss as well.
  • You can add frost or poison damage to it as well by changing its infusion.

Bloodstained Dagger

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Bloodstained Dagger In Elden Ring (Image Captured by eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 81 36
Magic 0 21
Fire 0 21
Light 0 21
Holy 0 21
Critical/ Boost 110 15
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength C 9
Dexterity E 12
The best Dagger for bleed builds in Elden Ring.

The Bloodstained Dagger is basically a Great Knife but with better strength scaling than the Great Knife’s dex scaling. It is just as good for ripostes as any other dagger except the Misericorde or the normal Dagger, as it has 110 Critical Damage.

  • If you want an amazing strength weapon that can also deal above-average damage on ripostes and backstabs, then the Bloodstained Dagger is my best choice.
  • This weapon has A scaling in strength when fully upgraded with the strength infusion.

Erdsteel Dagger

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Erdsteel Dagger In Elden Ring (Screenshot Grab: eXputer) 
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 67 36
Magic 0 21
Fire 0 21
Light 0 21
Holy 0 21
Critical/ Boost 110 15
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 7
Dexterity D 12
Faith D 14
One of the best dagger for Faith builds in Elden Ring.

The Erdsteel Dagger is a great choice for a riposte weapon for faith, or Prophet builds in Elden Ring, where you invest most of your levels in the faith stat.

  • You can change the ash of war of this weapon and give it the best infusion in the faith stat as well.
  • In ng+, you can power-stance the Erdsteel Dagger, which shreds most players in PVP.

Scorpion’s Stinger

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Scorpion’s Stinger In Elden Ring (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 79 38
Magic 0 22
Fire 0 22
Light 0 22
Holy 0 22
Critical/ Boost 110 16
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 6
Dexterity C 12
Scorpion's Stinger is the best Dagger for cheesing fights in Elden Ring.

The Scorpion’s Stinger is one of the few weapons that deal scarlet rot damage in Elden Ring, and it additionally has a critical damage rating of 110 which makes this weapon extremely deadly in the game.

  • You can proc scarlet rot on your enemies while waiting for a chance for a critical hit.
  • The Scorpion’s Stinger also has really great scaling in dex when fully upgraded.
  • Somber Smithing Stones are needed to upgrade the weapon in Elden Ring.
  • It cannot be infused with ashes of war, but its default weapon skill is really deadly, especially in PVP.

Glintstone Kris

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Glintstone Kris In Elden Ring (Image Captured by Us)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 57 23
Magic 68 45
Fire 0 14
Light 0 14
Holy 0 14
Critical/ Boost 110 15
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 5
Dexterity D 12
Intelligence D 16
The best Dagger for Intelligence builds in Elden Ring.

If we’re looking for one of the best riposte weapons in Elden Ring that complements your Intelligence or Mage build, then you should opt for the Glintstone Kris.

  • It has good scaling in both dex and intelligence when fully upgraded.
  • It cannot be infused with ashes of war.
  • The default weapon skill makes the dagger even better to use, as it can be charged and has a follow-up attack.

Reduvia

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Reduvia In Elden Ring (Image by eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 79 38
Magic 0 22
Fire 0 22
Light 0 22
Holy 0 22
Critical/ Boost 110 16
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 5
Dexterity D 13
Arcane D 13
Misericorde is the best Riposte weapon in Elden Ring.

This dagger is not only great for pulling off ripostes and backstabs with a critical damage stat of 110, but it is also one of the best bleed weapons in Elden Ring.

  • Reduvia cannot be infused with ashes of war, but it has amazing scaling in both dex and arcane when fully upgraded with somber-smithing stones.
  • Its skill, known as the Reduvia Blood Blade, is really strong, which allows you to proc bleed from range in addition to dealing a lot of damage.

Black Knife

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Black Knife In Elden Ring (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 66 26
Magic 0 15
Fire 0 15
Light 0 15
Holy 65 42
Critical/ Boost 110 15
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 8
Dexterity D 12
Faith D 18
The best Ash of War on a Dagger in Elden Ring.

The Black Knife is one of the few weapons in Elden Ring with the ability to deal destined death damage which not only reduces the total health but also leeches off hp continuously. Additionally, the critical damage is above average and stands at 110.

  • You will additionally benefit by using this weapon if you put levels in both dex and faith.
  • It cannot be infused with different ashes of war, but the default weapon skill is both deadly and can be used from range.
  • It is one the best riposte weapon for dex-faith builds in Elden Ring.

Blade Of Calling

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Blade Of Calling In Elden Ring (Image credit: eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 71 31
Magic 0 18
Fire 0 18
Light 0 18
Holy 43 30
Critical/ Boost 110 15
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength D 6
Dexterity D 13
Faith C 15
Blade of Calling is the best Dagger for Faith Builds in Elden Ring.

This weapon is almost similar to Black Knife, but it has better scaling in the faith stat and is a better choice for faith builds overall. The critical damage is also the same and is 110 in Elden Ring, so it is strong for doing backstabs and ripostes.

  • Its ash of war cannot be replaced, and the default weapon skill is weaker than the Black Knife’s, especially in PVE.
  • You will need the Somber Smithing Stones to upgrade the weapon as well.

Rapier

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Rapier In Elden Ring (Image Captured by eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 96 45
Magic 0 30
Fire 0 30
Light 0 30
Holy 0 30
Critical/ Boost 130 20
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 7
Dexterity C 12
Boasts the second best Critical Hit damage in Elden Ring.

Moving aside from the long list of daggers, this is the first weapon in my list of best riposte weapons that isn’t a dagger in Elden Ring. The normal Rapier has great critical damage of 130 which is the second-best critical damage.

  • Since rapiers don’t get the same riposte multipliers as the daggers, you put the Rapier below the daggers in my list.
  • This weapon has the best scaling with dex. However, you can also buff it with poison and bleed.

Executioner’s Greataxe

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Executioner’s Greataxe In Elden Ring (Image by eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 150 74
Magic 0 40
Fire 0 40
Light 0 40
Holy 0 40
Critical/ Boost 115 48
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength C 34
Dexterity E 8
The best Riposte weapon for Strength builds in Elden Ring.

With the third-best critical damage in Elden Ring sitting around 115, the Executioner’s Greataxe makes for one of the best strength weapons in addition to being one of Elden Ring’s best riposte weapons. 

  • The strength requirement to wield the weapon is pretty high, and you can upgrade it using normal smithing stones.
  • You can also change the infusion of the weapon and apply different ashes of war on it.

Morgott’s Cursed Sword

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Morgott’s Cursed Sword In Elden Ring (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 120 55
Magic 0 29
Fire 0 29
Light 0 29
Holy 0 29
Critical/ Boost 110 35
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 14
Dexterity C 35
Arcane D 17
The best Curved Greatsword for Arcane builds in Elden Ring.

This is the first and only curved greatsword on my list and it has amazing critical damage of 110 in addition to being a strong boss weapon. 

  • Even though it is a greatsword, it has better scaling with the dex stat and also deals bleed damage on every hit.
  • You cannot change the infusion as it is a boss weapon but the default weapon skill is pretty good, especially in PVP.

Ornamental Straight Sword

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Ornamental Straight Sword Elden Ring (Image credit: eXputer)
Base Stats Attack Guard
Physical 101 42
Magic 0 28
Fire 0 28
Light 0 28
Holy 0 28
Critical/ Boost 110 28
Stats Scaling Requirements
Strength E 10
Dexterity D 14
The highest Riposte damage for a Straight Sword in Elden Ring.

The Ornamental Straight Sword is a straight sword that has high critical damage of 110. It is additionally a paired weapon with better scaling in dexterity.

  • Straight swords are fast weapons that are really useful in both PVE and PVP.
  • Having high critical damage will allow for a deadly build using a straight sword in Elden Ring.
  • You will need to collect somber smithing stones in order to upgrade the weapons.

My Opinion On The Best Riposte Weapon In Elden Ring

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My hours in Elden Ring PSN: Liontamer55460

As shown in the image above, my experience with the Elden Ring is well above 200+ hours, and in my opinion, I found the Misericorde and Parrying Dagger to be my choice of best Riposte weapons. The Misericorde is the best riposte weapon in Elden Ring due to the high crit damage and the fact that I can infuse any Ash of War on it.

Lastly, the Parrying Dagger allowed me to get through my NG+ playthroughs quickly due to the easy parries I could execute, not to mention it had better critical stats than most other weapons.

This concludes my guide on the Best Riposte Weapon in Elden Ring . You have not only listed the best critical damage weapons but have also entailed the best critical damage build in Elden Ring. You hope that the guide was helpful in learning about the best riposte weapons that you can use. Let me know what you think about Elden Ring in the comments below!


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