Whips have historically been pretty terrible in FromSoftware games. Luckily, Elden Ring gave them a much-needed overhaul, and they can now be some of the best weapons in the game. While they tend to lack much power, they are fast and have extremely long reaches compared to other weapons. This makes whips perfect for dealing with groups of enemies or enemies at a distance.

Whether you’re planning to use a whip for PVE or take it online for some PVP action, you will want to know which whip is right for your specific build. Today, we’re breaking down the 5 best whips in Elden Ring, looking at where to find them, and offering some tips on how to use them to create the best synergy possible with your build.

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5 Best Whips in Elden Ring

Let’s get right into our list of the best whips in Elden Ring, ranked from cool to crackin’. 

5/5

Urumi

Urumi
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The Urumi is a great whip for Dexterity builds due to its solid damage scaling and ability to be infused with ashes of war. While it’s not the most interesting whip, it gets the job done.

Stats

The base physical attack for the Urumi is a respectable 101. Its overall requirements to wield are nothing too drastic, as it needs 10 Strength and 19 Dexterity. It definitely favors Dexterity, with a base C grade for damage scaling that reaches a B by max upgrade. Strength, on the other hand, remains constant, with an E in damage scaling throughout each upgrade.

Where to Find It

To get the Urumi, head to Caria Manor in the northwestern section of Liurnia of the Lakes. Once here, you will have to make your way onto the southeast-most rampart. In order to do this, you will have to jump off of the upper rampart just before the elevator leading to the Manor Upper Level site of grace. Be careful of the enemies waiting below once you jump. Avoid them, and you should be able to grab the Urumi located on a corpse.

How to Use the Urumi

Since the Urumi is best used on a Dexterity build, you will want to try and maximize its damage scaling with Dexterity as much as possible. To do this, you will want to change its affinity to Keen so that it receives an S grade in Dexterity. This affinity can be achieved with a number of ashes of war, but we recommend Bloodhound’s Step. In addition to imparting the Keen affinity on the equipped weapon, the weapon skill associated with this ash of war allows players to dodge with temporary invisibility. This is a perfect skill for maneuvering around enemies and compliments the quick playstyle that comes with using a whip.

Another way to use the Urumi is as an offhand weapon with another primary weapon. You won’t get access to Bloodhound’s Step as an ability, but you can still take advantage of the Keen affinity. A good talisman to use with this build is the Prosthesis-Wearer Heirloom. This talisman raises your Dexterity by +5 and is useful for helping you maximize your damage output. Millicent’s Prosthesis is another good option, as it grants +5 to Dexterity in addition to increasing your attack power when you land multiple hits in succession.

4/5

Thorned Whip

Thorned Whip
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The Thorned Whip takes advantage of one of Elden Ring’s most powerful status effects — Bleed. As such, it works perfectly for those looking to constantly be building up an enemy’s Blood Loss meter.

Stats

With a slightly higher base Physical attack of 102, the Thorned Whip has a slight edge over the Urumi in the damage department. It also has lower requirements to wield, needing 8 Strength and 16 Dexterity. Damage scaling is quite close to the Urumi, with a base C grade in Dexterity that reaches a D by max upgrade. It also has an E in Strength that reaches a D by max upgrade. 

Where to Find It

This whip has a chance to drop from the Fire Prelate enemy just north of the Giants’ Mountaintop Catacombs. Head to the northeast of the Zamor Ruins once you enter the Mountaintops of the Giants. Eventually, you will reach a long narrow bridge. The Fire Prelate that wields the Thorned Whip can be found just before you cross the bridge. You may need to farm this enemy for a bit before it drops the Thorned Whip.

How to Use the Thorned Whip

Building up Blood Loss should be your primary objective with the Thorned Whip, as it can quickly shred enemy health bars. The Thorned Whip already deals passive Blood Loss buildup, but we can improve its rate of buildup by infusing it with an ash of war. We want one that grants the Blood affinity in order to maximize Blood Loss buildup. Our best option to accomplish this affinity is the White Shadow’s Lure ash of war. This ash of war allows the use of the White Shadow’s Lure skill, which creates a white apparition that lures in human enemies. This is a great skill for stealthy gameplay.

For the purpose of maximizing Bleed damage, you are going to want to use the Lord of Blood’s Exultation talisman with this build. This talisman boosts attack power by 20% for 20 seconds when Blood Loss occurs in your vicinity. You can also boost damage scaling on the Thorned Whip by using either the Prosthesis-Wearer Heirloom or Millicent’s Prosthesis. 

3/5

Hoslow’s Petal Whip

Hoslow’s Petal Whip - Best Whips in Elden Ring
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This whip makes a great addition to a Quality build thanks to its balanced scaling in both Dexterity and Strength. It also has decent overall power and the ability to be infused with ashes of war, making it quite versatile. 

Stats

Hoslow’s Petal Whip has the highest base Physical attack of any whip, with 110. It requires more investment in Dexterity than Strength to wield, needing 10 Strength and 20 Dexterity. Damage scaling is relatively balanced, with a base D grade in both Strength and Dexterity. It favors Dexterity slightly more, reaching a C grade by max upgrade. Strength retains a D grade through each upgrade.

Where to Find It

There are two ways to acquire Hoslow’s Petal Whip; both require fighting members of the Hoslow family. The first way is to defeat Juno Hoslow as a part of the Volcano Manor questline. You can invade this NPC in the northern part of the Mountaintops of the Giants, just to the east of the Shack of the Lofty. The other way to acquire this whip is to defeat Diallos Hoslow as a part of the Jarburg questline.

How to Use Hoslow’s Petal Whip

This whip is perfectly suited for a Quality build. To maximize its damage scaling potential, you will want to change its affinity to Quality, which changes damage scaling in both Strength and Dexterity to a B grade. A great ash of war to accomplish this affinity with is Storm Stomp. The skill associated with this ash of war allows players to perform a stomp that kicks up wind in the surrounding area of effect, stunning enemies caught within. This is a great skill to use for initiating combos with Hoslow’s Petal Whip, as it is quite fast and capable of stun-locking enemies. It also has the passive ability to inflict Blood Loss buildup for added damage potential.

This build benefits from previously mentioned talismans like Lord of Blood’s Exultation, Prosthesis-Wearer Heirloom, and Millicent’s Prosthesis. Additional talismans you may want to consider are the Starscourge Heirloom, which raises your Strength by +5, and Radagon’s Soreseal, which raises both Strength and Dexterity, along with Vigor and Endurance.

2/5

Magma Whip Candlestick

Magma Whip Candlestick - Best Whips in Elden Ring
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The Magma Whip Candlestick is primarily a Dexterity and Faith-oriented weapon. It works great for dealing Fire damage with its awesome weapon skill. Just be careful not to kill Patches early on when you meet him, otherwise you’ll be locked out of obtaining all the whips in Elden Ring.

Stats

This whip has its base attack split evenly with a 72 in both Physical and Fire attack. It requires 8 Strength, 16 Dexterity, and 18 Faith in order to wield. Damage scaling is distributed similarly, with a base E grade in Strength, and a base D in both Dexterity and Faith. Dexterity reaches a B by max upgrade, making it the primary attacking attribute. Meanwhile, Strength reaches a D by upgrade +4, and Faith a C by upgrade +8.

Where to Find It

The Magma Whip Candlestick is the reward given by Patches for completing his assassination request for the Great Horned Tragoth. He will give you this quest once you find him in Volcano Manor, and it must be completed before defeating Rykard, otherwise you will be locked out from completing it. Once accepted, you can invade the world of the Great Horned Tragoth from the Ruin-Strewn Precipice in northern Liurnia of the Lakes. After defeating this NPC, head back to Patches to claim your reward.

How to Use the Magma Whip Candlestick

The primary focus of a build involving the Magma Whip Candlestick should be dealing Fire damage while focusing on investing in Dexterity. This whip has the unique weapon skill, Sea of Magma. This skill has the user swing the whip around their body to create a rain of magma that lingers for a period before disappearing. The player can hold the attack button to continuously swing the whip and produce magma. The large area of effect this skill has makes it excellent for controlling the terrain of the battlefield. It benefits from both Faith and Dexterity investments, as Fire damage scales with Faith and whip damage with Dexterity.

Since this skill is chargeable, it can reap the benefits of the Godfrey Icon talisman. This talisman increases the power of charged skills, adding even more punch to Sea of Magma. Aside from this talisman, using the Fire Scorpion Charm can further boost your Fire damage, and the Prosthesis-Wearer Heirloom can increase your Dexterity. 

1/5

Giant’s Red Braid

Giant’s Red Braid - Best Whips in Elden Ring
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Another Fire-based whip, the Giant’s Red Braid surpasses the Magma Whip Candlestick with its excellent Faith and Strength scaling and even more powerful weapon skill. It certainly earns its spot as the best amongst all whips in Elden Ring.

Stats

Attack stats for this whip are split between 82 Physical attack and 53 Fire attack. The Giant’s Red Braid requires a bit more investment than other whips, but it is well worth it for the power it packs. It needs 18 Strength, 12 Dexterity, and 21 Faith to wield. Damage scaling starts with a base D grade across all three of those stats, but Strength and Faith both reach a B by max upgrade. Strength maintains a D grade throughout each upgrade.

Where to Find It

To claim this weapon, you will have to defeat the Fire Giant at Flame Peak atop the Mountaintops of the Giants. This is a required boss for reaching the end of the game, so players will have to face it at some point. Flame Peak is located at the southeastern side of the Mountaintops of the Giants, just past the Church of Repose. Defeat the Fire Giant and take its Remembrance to Enia in Roundtable Hold to get the Giant’s Red Braid.

How to Use the Giant’s Red Braid

This whip packs some serious punch on a Strength build. It has the benefits and speed of a whip while also having a high damage output thanks to its dual Physical and Fire capabilities. Its unique weapon skill, Flame Dance, also contributes to its power. This skill has the user light the whip ablaze and swing it in a wide range around them, dealing significant damage to enemies caught within it. Given its long reach and high damage potential, the Giant’s Red Braid easily outclasses all other whips. 

For maximum damage potential, you will want to take advantage of the Fire Scorpion Charm to boost your Fire damage. The Starscourge Heirloom and/or the Two Fingers Heirloom are also good options to give +5 to Strength or Faith, respectively. To really pack a punch with Flame Dance, try using the Shard of Alexander, since it raises the power of skills by 15%. 

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