Playing as a boxing legend wasn’t what many players expected when jumping into Elden Ring for the first time. But those who have dabbled in using fist weapons in Elden Ring have found them to be an excellent class of melee weapons capable of delivering quick, successive strikes at close range and packing hidden surprises for enemies unfortunate enough to face your fists of fury.
Fist weapons received a pretty big overhaul in Elden Ring compared to past iterations in FromSoftware games. That’s why today, we’re breaking down the five best fist weapons in Elden Ring, detailing where to find them, and offering some tips on how to punch your way through the Lands Between.
The 5 Best Fist Weapons in Elden Ring, Ranked From Fine to Furious
Let’s jump right into our list of the five best fists in Elden Ring.
With its menacing spiked appearance, the Star Fist can pummel enemies with its solid Strength scaling. It also allows users to take hits thanks to its Endure skill.
The Star Fist makes for a great Strength-based weapon with its solid 105 base Physical attack. It has relatively low stat requirements, needing only 12 Strength and 8 Dexterity to wield. Damage scales best with Strength, as it has a base D grade that reaches a C by max standard upgrade. Dexterity has a base E grade that reaches a D by max standard upgrade.
Where to Find It
This fist can’t be found until a bit later in the game than its stat requirements would lead one to believe. You can find it in Leyndell, Royal Capital on the left side of the colosseum. Travel to the West Capital Rampart site of grace and follow the southern path towards the hill with the large colosseum in the distance. Once there, head to the left side of the colosseum and check in the farthest left alcove. You’ll find the Star Fist on a corpse.
How to Use the Star Fist
The Star Fist is ideal for Strength build thanks to its tendency towards Strength scaling. It makes for a fast and powerful Strength weapon, especially if you set its affinity to Heavy. Doing so changes its C grade in Strength to an A. By default, it has the Endure Weapon Skill. This can be helpful for surviving the aggressive playstyle fists require.
However, a better skill can be added by infusing the Star Fist with the Hoarah Loux’s Earthshaker ash of war. On top of granting the Heavy affinity, Hoarah Loux’s Earthshaker allows the player to slam their fists into the ground, which creates a shockwave that damages all surrounding enemies. This skill is great for dealing with large groups of enemies — something fists tend to struggle with.
The large spikes on the Star Fist give it the ability to inflict Blood Loss buildup on foes. As such, using the Lord of Blood’s Exultation talisman on this build is a great choice, since it boosts your attack power when nearby enemies take Blood Loss. Another good talisman to add to this build is the Starscourge Heirloom to give your Strength +5, further boosting your damage scaling capabilities.
Another good fist weapon for Strength builds is the Veteran’s Prosthesis. In addition to Strength, it’s capable of dealing Lightning damage, which makes it quite the versatile weapon.
The damage for the Veteran’s Prosthesis is split between 83 Physical attack and 53 Lightning attack. It has a bit higher stat requirements than the Star Fist, needing 15 Strength and 12 Dexterity in order to wield. It has relatively balanced damage scaling across both Strength and Dexterity, with a base D grade in both. Strength ends up being slightly better, as it reaches a C grade by upgrade +6, while Dexterity maintains its D grade across each upgrade.
Where to Find It
The Veteran’s Prosthesis is acquired pretty late in the game and requires players to defeat one of the toughest optional bosses. Commander Niall drops this weapon upon defeat, but this is no easy feat to accomplish.
Players will need to make their way through Castle Sol to reach this boss, as it’s located within the very northern portion of the Mountaintops of the Giants. Commander Niall can be a pain to fight due to the two spectral knights he summons to fight alongside him. Conquering this tough enemy nets players the Veteran’s Prosthesis.
How to Use the Veteran’s Prosthesis
Players should orient their build around dealing Physical and Lightning damage. The Veteran’s Prosthesis has the unique Weapon Skill Storm Kick. This powerful skill allows players to thrust the weapon into the ground and create a swirling storm around the area of impact. A follow-up attack has the player perform a leaping, lightning-infused jump attack.
In order to get the most out of this Lightning-infused attack, consider using the Lightning Scorpion Charm, as it boosts Lightning damage by 12%. The Starscourge Heirloom is also great for this as well. As of Patch 1.08, the Veteran’s Prosthesis has been buffed to increase its attack speed and recovery time. However, given that it is obtained so late in the game, there are better options available.
This fist weapon is really a hidden blade with deadly potential. It’s unique in that it only deals Holy damage, making it quite versatile for any build incorporating Faith.
As the only fist that doesn’t deal physical damage, the Cipher Pata might seem like an odd choice for a weapon. However, it does have a base Holy attack stat of 85. It only requires investment in Faith, needing a total of 30 Faith to wield. As a result, it also only scales with Faith, starting with a base C grade that reaches an A by max upgrade.
Where to Find It
The Cipher Pata can be found in Roundtable Hold in the area below the balcony. You’ll have to jump off of the balcony and head to the left side of the room below. Head through the door here and make your way to the end of the final room. There will be a burnt corpse on the bed containing the Cipher Pata.
How to Use the Cipher Pata
This fist is in a unique position since it is not really a fist and only deals Holy damage. The reality is that the Cipher Pata is actually a hidden blade. As such, its Weapon Skill, Unblockable Blade, is the real star of this build.
This skill allows the user to imbue the Cipher Pata with light before thrusting with a fairly long reach. Since most fists are intended for close combat, the Cipher Pata can be a great choice for maintaining distance between your opponent before closing the gap with Unblockable Blade. As of Patch 1.06, the Cipher Pata has had its hitbox increased, making it more accurate when using this skill.
As it only scales with Faith, the Two Fingers Heirloom is a must-have talisman for this build. It adds an extra +5 Faith to help boost your damage scaling. Another must-have is the Sacred Scorpion Charm, which increases Holy damage by 12%. The Carian Filigreed Crest can also be useful when using Unblockable Blade, since it reduces the FP consumed by skills.
The Clinging Bone is a strong Dexterity weapon made even better by its ability to pierce enemy shields and heal your own HP with its unique Weapon Skill.
This fist has its base attack stats split across 80 Physical and 24 Magic. It has slightly higher requirements to wield than most other fists, needing 8 Strength, 22 Dexterity, and 16 Arcane. As such, it scales best with Dexterity, starting with a base C grade that reaches a B by upgrade +5. It also scales well with Arcane, starting with a base D grade that reaches a C by upgrade +9. Strength is the weakest of the attributes, with a constant E grade throughout each upgrade.
Where to Find It
The Clinging Bone is dropped by Ensha of the Royal Remains, an NPC who can be found in Roundtable Hold. When first encountered, Ensha will grant the player a gesture, but not much else. It’s not until you acquire one half of the Haligtree Secret Medallion — the item needed to progress to the Mountaintops of the Giants — that she becomes more active.
The next time the player enters Roundtable Hold after obtaining one of the halves of the medallion, she will attack the player as an invader. Defeat her and she will drop the Clinging Bone along with the Royal Remains armor set.
How to Use the Clinging Bone
This fist weapon is great for getting up close to tough enemies because its Weapon Skill, Lifesteal Fist, can leave enemies unconscious while absorbing some of their health for the player. Although it is a rather slow-moving attack, it has the potential to restore 30% of the player’s HP, which makes up for the risk created by its need for close proximity to enemies.
One important thing to note with this skill is that it can only be used on human enemies. It is also interesting to note that it doesn’t consume FP unless the attack connects, so feel free to take a stab at humanoid foes with it.
We recommend using the Prosthesis-Wearer Heirloom with this build to increase the already great Dexterity scaling of the Clinging Bone. FP consumption shouldn’t be too much of a problem, but the Carian Filigreed Crest can once again be used to help manage it. Otherwise, the Taker’s Cameo is a good option to increase the amount of HP you can restore, as it grants additional HP upon defeating an enemy.
Although it can barely be called a fist, having a giant dragon’s head for a weapon makes the Grafted Dragon arguably one of the coolest weapons in the game. It’s also the best of the fist weapons and one of the best overall weapons in Elden Ring!
The Grafted Dragon is a fairly balanced weapon across Strength, Dexterity, and Faith. It has a base Physical attack stat of 89, as well as a base Fire attack stat of 57. You will need 20 Strength, 14 Dexterity, and 16 Faith in order to wield it. Damage scaling starts off with a base D grade across these three attributes, but only Strength reaches a C grade. The rest remain with a D grade through each upgrade.
Where to Find It
This fist can be obtained fairly early in the game, as you will need to defeat Godrick the Grafted in order to get it. Godrick is likely the first Shard-Bearer boss players will encounter, as he is the ruler of Stormveil Castle. Upon defeat, he’ll drop the Remembrance of the Grafted, which can be exchanged with Enia at Roundtable Hold for the Grafted Dragon.
How to Use the Grafted Dragon
There are a lot of tools in the Grafted Dragon’s arsenal that make it well worth your consideration. In addition to dealing Physical damage, it deals Fire damage with its unique Weapon Skill, Bear Witness! This skill has the user launch a volley of fireballs that rain down on enemies in a large area of effect. As Fire damage scales with Faith, this makes the perfect weapon to use on a Strength/Faith hybrid build.
In addition to this excellent skill, the Grafted Dragon deals a bonus 10% damage to Dragon type enemies, and a bonus 5% damage to Ancient Dragon type enemies. Many of the game’s bosses fall into one of these categories, making it a great weapon for a PVE playthrough.
The Starscourge Heirloom and the Two Fingers Heirloom are great for boosting the damage scaling of Strength and Faith, respectively. Using the Fire Scorpion Charm can also increase the damage done by Bear Witness!
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