BEST Whips In Elden Ring [Ranked]

Strike your enemies with style and grace using the Best Whips in Elden Ring!

Whips have always been a niche weapon type in Elden Ring, which is why you rarely see them in builds. Perhaps it’s because of their unique attack patterns, which vastly differ from the other, more common weapon classes. The alien moveset makes them trickier to learn and master for most players. However, they’re one of the most underrated classes in the game, and with the right build, they can become extremely overpowered in most situations.

Key Takeaways
  1. Standard Whip: Weakest, lacks unique attributes, mediocre stats.
  2. Urumi: Best range but weak stat scaling.
  3. Thorned Whip: Great damage and range, superior scaling.
  4. Hoslow’s Petal Whip: Best Bleed buildup, impactful status effect.
  5. Magma Whip Candlestick: Second strongest, Faith-scaling, versatile build options.
  6. Giant’s Red Braid: Strongest whip, superior scaling, range, and damage.

Ranking All The Whips 

With only six available whips in the game, the variety in this class is definitely limited. Each of them has its own set of pros and cons, but some are noticeably more reliable and powerful than others. With that said, here’s a list that ranks them according to their effectiveness in the game:

All Stats of Best Whips:

Whip NamePhysicalMagicFireLightningHolyCritical
WhipATK:100
Guard: 25
ATK: 0
Guard: 15
ATK: 0
Guard: 15
ATK: 0
Guard: 15
ATK: 0
Guard: 15
ATK: 100
Guard: 15
UrumiATK: 101
Guard: 27
ATK: 0
Guard: 16
ATK: 0
Guard: 16
ATK: 0
Guard: 16
ATK: 0
Guard: 16
ATK: 100
Guard: 15
Thorned WhipATK: 102
Guard: 26
ATK: 0
Guard: 15
ATK: 0
Guard: 15
ATK: 0
Guard: 15
ATK: 0
Guard: 15
ATK: 100
Guard: 15
Hoslow's Petal WhipATK: 110
Guard: 28
ATK: 0
Guard: 17
ATK: 0
Guard: 17
ATK: 0
Guard: 17
ATK: 0
Guard: 17
ATK: 100
Guard: 17
Magma Whip CandlestickATK: 72
Guard: 21
ATK: 0
Guard: 10
ATK: 72
Guard: 36
ATK: 0
Guard: 10
ATK: 0
Guard: 10
ATK: 100
Guard: 15
Giant's Red BraidATK: 82
Guard: 24
ATK: 0
Guard: 12
ATK: 53
Guard: 26
ATK: 0
Guard: 12
ATK: 0
Guard: 12
ATK: 100
Guard: 15

6. Whip

Attack stats:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Critical
100 0 0 0 0 100

Guard Stats:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Boost
25 15 15 15 15 15
  • Strength: 8 | Dexterity: 14

The default whip is by far the weakest of its type. It has a low damage output, a basic heavy attack, and a standard Ash of War.

  • While it may be fun to use early on, the lack of viability doesn’t put it over any other of its variants.
  • Despite the lackluster toolset, the standard whip has extremely generous stat requirements, which make it a stronger alternative compared to other weapons with the same requirements in the game.
regular Whip stats
The standard Whip (Image Credits: eXputer)

The quickest way to obtain it is by reaching Castle Mourne located on the south shore of the Weeping Peninsula. From the Behind the Castle Site of Grace, drop down from the cliff onto the castle bridge. Whilst on the bridge, jump down to the roof and continue taking the leaps down until you reach a small wooden opening.

Wooden entrance to the lower half of Castle Mourne
Wooden Opening behind Castle Mourne (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

From the opening, carefully jump down from each wooden ledge until you reach the jail cell at the bottom, surrounded by a few rats. Clear the area, and amongst the loot, you’ll find the whip on a corpse lying to the side.

Whip location
Corpse that has the whip beneath Castle Mourne (Image taken by us)
Important: You can also get the whip by killing Diallos, but that would skip the rest of his quest line. It would also bar you from getting one of the most powerful whips in the game, the Petal Whip.

5. Urumi

Attack stats:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Critical
101 0 0 0 0 100

Guard stats:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Boost
27 16 16 16 16 15
  • Strength: 10 | Dexterity: 19

The Urumi is a far better weapon than the basic Whip. It’s also the most unique of its class as it acts as a long spear-like weapon more than an actual whip. The heavy attack of this weapon possesses incredible range by turning into a spear midway through the animation.

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The Urumi (Image Source: eXputer)

This feature is highly beneficial against groups of hostiles where you can attack multiple foes at once while at a safe distance. It’s also useful in PvP, as this mechanic lets you catch players off-guard.

  • Another crucial reason why the Urumi is so good is its insane physical damage output, the highest of the Whip class overall.
  • And after being infused as a Keen weapon, it’ll have an S-tier Dexterity scaling.
  • As such, you can equip it with similar-focused Talismans to amplify that key stat and make the Urumi one of the strongest Dexterity weapons overall.

This high damage output of the Urumi, combined with its respectable range and versatility, makes for an incredibly powerful and viable weapon, especially for Dex and Strength builds. However, many other options in this class have the same stat dependencies but have much better scaling, hence placing the Urumi near the bottom of the list.

  • You can find the Urumi in Caria Manor on the northeastern edge of Liurnia, next to Ranni’s Rise.
  • Starting from the Manor Upper-Level Site of Grace, take the elevator down and to your left, and you will see a platform in front that you can jump down onto.
  • After that, follow the path ahead, and you’ll come across a few Fingercreepers guarding a corpse holding the Urumi.
Caria Manor Upper Level Urumi location
Urumi’s location in Caria Manor (Image Credits: eXputer)

4. Thorned Whip

Attack stats:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Critical
102 0 0 0 0 100

Guard stats:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Boost
26 15 15 15 15 15
  • Strength: 8 | Dexterity: 16

The Thorned Whip is another powerful whip in the game that stands out from the pack in more ways than one. Just like the Urumi, it scales with both Strength and Dexterity. On top of that, however, it also has Bleed buildup, which is one of the strongest status effects in the game.

  • This is, of course, useful in both PvE and PvP in nearly all situations, building the enemy’s Bleed meter until it eventually cuts down a large portion of their health.
Thorned Whip stats and requirements
The Thorned Whip (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

This weapon is found exclusively by farming the Fire Prelates in the Mountaintops of the Giants. The best place to get it is by farming the Prelate near the Zamor Ruins just before the long, narrow bridge.

Fire Prelate location in the Mountaintops
Fire Prelate next to the bridge in the Mountaintops (Image taken by eXputer)
 

While the Thorned Whip is very good, there is another bleed weapon down on this list that is slightly stronger than it in that regard. Nonetheless, it serves as a strong alternative and a priority choice for Dexterity users looking to take advantage of the Bleed mechanic.

3. Hoslow’s Petal Whip

Attack stats:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Critical
110 0 0 0 0 100

Guard stats:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Boost
28 17 17 17 17 17
  • Strength: 10 | Dexterity: 20

Hoslow’s Petal Whip is a stronger, easier-to-obtain counterpart of the Thorned Whip. Compared to the Thorned Whip’s 50 Bleed Buildup, the Petal Whip has a slightly better 55 buildup. This makes it practically the same weapon, just with better Bleed prominence and greater Physical damage.

Juno Hoslow's weapon: The Petal Whip
The Hoslow’s Petal Whip (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)
  • Fortunately, there are two ways to get this whip, but they both require you to reach the Volcano Manor at Mount Gelmir first.
  • The first way to obtain this weapon is by defeating Juno Hoslow in the Mountaintops of the Giants via the Volcano Manor questline, which also leads to fighting Rykard, one of the game’s Shardbearers.
  • Juno Hoslow is an invadable NPC and the final person in the Manor’s contract whom you have to hunt down.
  • Once you eliminate the previous two NPCs in this questline and activate this contact, you’ll find his summon sign next to the Shack of the Lofty near the Ancient Snow Valley Ruins Site of Grace on the Mountaintops.
  • You can see a red marker with Juno Hoslow’s name appear on the map showing exactly where you can find him.
Juno Hoslow's summon area east of Shack of the lofty
Juno Hoslow’s summon location near the Shack of the Lofty (Image by eXputer)
  • The second way to obtain this weapon is by either killing or completing Diallos’ quest.
  • After finding him near the Academy Gate Town Site of Grace in Liurnia, you can further progress his questline in the Volcano Manor.
  • The remainder of this quest will revolve around Jarburg alongside Alexander and Jar-Bairn’s questline, so those characters are essential to ultimately getting the Petal Whip off Diallos.
Important: If you finish the Volcano Manor questline before speaking to Diallos after he reaches the Manor, he won’t appear afterward, and you won’t be able to complete his questline as a result.

2. Magma Whip Candlestick

Attack stats:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Critical
72 0 72 0 0 100

Guard stats:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Boost
21 10 36 10 10 15
  • Strength: 8 | Dexterity: 16 | Faith: 18

The Magma Whip Candlestick is one of the most diverse weapons in the Whip class in the sense that it can tackle several dire situations in the game. This is mainly a Faith-scaling weapon, although it also scales with Strength and Dexterity. As such, you can use it in a variety of builds and even use it alongside Incantations.

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The Magma Whip Candlestick (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
  • One of the major highlights of this whip is its Ash of War, Sea of Magma, which is great for crowd controlling in the Elden Ring by forming a ring of lava around you, dealing high fire damage.
  • If you have high poise, then it further compensates for Ash of War’s long animation, making it an ideal weapon choice against bosses.

Obtaining this weapon requires the progression of multiple questlines. First, you need to meet Patches the Untethered in the Murkwater Cave located in Limgrave.

  • He’ll first appear as a boss, so don’t kill him once he surrenders, which he will eventually do midway through the fight. If you keep on progressing his entire quest, he’ll eventually go to Volcano Manor.
Volcano Manor, Mt. Gelmir
Patches’ spot inside Volcano Manor (Screenshot taken by eXputer)
  • From there, start the first contract given by Tanith, after which Patches will also ask you to defeat Great Horned Tragoth.
  • Tragoth’s location will be marked on the map in the Ruin-Strewn Precipe, where you fight Magma Wyrm Makar.
  • Once you defeat him, speak to Patches again, and he will reward you with the Magma Whip Candlestick.
Makar's Arena
Magma Wyrm Makar’s Arena (Image Credits: eXputer)
Important: It’s worth mentioning that you can’t do this task and get the Magma Whip if you defeat Rykard, the Lord of Blasphemy, first. Make sure to complete this quest as soon as it’s assigned to you in the Manor.

1. Giant’s Red Braid

Attack stats:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Critical
82 0 53 0 0 100

Guard stats:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Boost
24 12 26 12 12 15
  • Strength: 18 | Dexterity: 12 | Faith: 21

The Giant’s Red Braid is by far the strongest Whip in the game. It’s scaled primarily with Strength and Faith, making it viable for both of those stat builds. This is also the only Remembrance Weapon on this list, adding an extra layer of importance as well as difficulty in obtaining it.

Giant's Red Braid whip Elden Ring
The Giant’s Red Braid (Image taken by eXputer)
Important: Just like the Magma Whip Candlestick, you can pair the Giant’s Red Braid with several Incantations. You should ideally use damage-enhancing spells like Flame, Grant Me Strength or close-ranged attack spells like Noble Presence or Catch Flame.

What puts the Red Braid over the Magma Whip Candlestick is the level of scaling – the Faith and Strength scale is much higher. However, this does mean a beefier set of requirements, so make sure to level up your Strength and Faith as much as you can to utilize the Red Braid effectively.

  • The Ash of War, Flame Dance, also sets it apart as it has insanely good damage output and dominates on both short and long ranges.
  • The whip sets on fire, and you swing it around swiftly, hitting and staggering multiple targets at once.
  • This makes the weapon incredibly versatile while also being easy to use and retaining that uniqueness factor.

The stance-breaking of the Red Braid is also surprisingly strong. It breaks posture better than most Greatswords while being much quicker and more mobile. Overall, the damage of the weapon, paired with its default Ash of War, puts it over all other Whips in the Elden Ring.

  • The Red Braid is obtained by defeating the Fire Giant at the Flame Peak next to the Foot of the Forge Site of Grace on the Mountaintops.
  • After killing the Giant, you can exchange his Remembrance for the Braid in the Roundtable Hold.
Fire Giant boss Elden Ring
The Fire Giant (Image by eXputer)

Why Should You Use Whips?

Whips are amongst the most engaging weapon types in the game. They offer decent damage, immense viability in combat, have a unique moveset, and are especially exciting to use when power-standing.

Furthermore, players can customize most whips as they feature an open Weapon Skill slot that they can modify. Though not the most powerful in terms of damage, this weapon class has ample reasons to be used in builds.

My Experience Using Whips

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My Elden Ring hours on Steam

I decided to go for a Whip build in a much later playthrough of Elden Ring since it’s a niche archetype. However, after testing out the Elden Ring Whips, I can confidently say that whips are highly underrated. It did take me some time to get used to the attack patterns and Ash of War attacks, but the whips’ deceptive range and staggering are what made them fun for me.

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My Elden Ring save slots on Steam

For the early and mid-game phases, I stuck around with the Urumi and upgraded it to +7. Then, in the Mountaintops of the Giants, I switched to Hoslow’s Petal Whip. Both of these weapons worked fairly well against otherwise tougher enemies and bosses, but the Petal Whip’s bleed buildup was extraordinarily great. I’ve already highlighted some of the major Ashes of War and talismans you can use for whips since these were the ones that gave me the most value during my playthrough.

That wraps up our guide on the best whips, along with their ideal builds in Elden Ring. As seen in a Subreddit Post, each whip possesses unique attributes coupled with a great overall skillset to make them the best and stand out. Therefore, it’s best to test them all out and see which ones fit your playstyle the most. After that, choose the build you find the most attractive and dominate the Lands Between!

You can test out your newly made whip build by fighting some of the Best Bosses in Elden Ring. If you’re looking to explore other weapon types, here’s a guide on the Best Colossal Weapons in the game.

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