Elden Ring is a game that has a LOT of weapons, from simple shortswords to powerful ballista. There’s a huge variety of unique weapons that you can use to flesh out your build. Some of the best weapons in Elden Ring are the ones that deal damage in an AoE (area-of-effect).
Having AoE weapons is invaluable if you plan on doing a lot of PvE, especially if you’re farming multiple enemies at once, and they still have plenty of use in PvP as well. To help you take on multiple foes at once, we’ll be going over the 8 best AoE weapons in Elden Ring, what we loved about them, and where you can find them!
8. Wing of Astel
First up, we have the only curved sword on this list – the Wing of Astel! This deadly and efficient intelligence-based weapon features the weapon skill Nebula. Upon being used, it will send out a wave of powerful gravity magic that deals damage to enemies in a short radius in front of you. Not only does the weapon do good damage, but it has a really beautiful graphical design!
The Wing of Astel requires 7 strength, 17 dexterity, and 20 intelligence. These stats are pretty low relatively speaking, so this is a good weapon to try and get early on in your playthrough.
To obtain this weapon, you will need to head deep underground to a location called the Uhl Palace Ruins. You can find this weapon hidden away inside of a chest.
7. Maliketh’s Black Blade
Up next is Maliketh’s Black Blade, a colossal weapon with the unique weapon skill, Destined Death. Destined Death allows the user to swing their weapon around their body for a brief moment, before slamming it down onto the ground. Once it’s slammed down, a series of slashes, similar to what Malenia does in one of her attacks, will be cast out all around you. This is great for giving yourself some breathing room and getting enemies off your back.
Maliketh’s Black Blade requires you to have the following stats: 34 strength, 12 dexterity, and 20 faith.
To get this weapon, you’ll need to go to Crumbling Farum Azula. This is a late-game area that can only be accessed once you reach the Forge of the Giants in the main story. After you unlock it, go through it until you reach the end. You’ll have to fight the boss Maliketh, The Black Blade. Once he dies, he will drop a remembrance that you can exchange for this weapon.
6. Starscourge Greatsword
The Starscourge Greatsword is a special colossal weapon that is used by the powerful General Radahn. It’s a powerful strength-based weapon that is popular among many PvP players. When you activate its special ability (Starcaller Cry), you will let out a loud battle cry before pulling all enemies closer to you and staggering them. You can re-activate the ability to slam your sword down and create a powerful blast of gravity magic to damage all nearby foes!
To use the Starscourge Greatsword effectively, you’ll need to have at least 38 strength, 12 dexterity, and 15 intelligence.
If you want this weapon, you will need to do at least part of Ranni The Witch’s quest line. Eventually, you’ll get to a part where you need to defeat the boss Starscourge Radahn. Once you kill him, take his remembrance and bring it to the roundtable hold. There, it can be exchanged for the Starscourge Greatsword.
5. Dark Moon Greatsword
The Dark Moon Greatsword is a very iconic weapon that has been seen in every FromSoftware game. Notably, this weapon is not a colossal weapon despite its appearance. This intelligence-based weapon deals tons of magic damage to enemies in addition to regular physical damage. Its weapon skill (Moonlight Greatsword) allows you to send out a powerful strike of magic that can damage multiple enemies from a distance.
You’ll need 16 strength, 11 dexterity, and 38 intelligence to fully wield the Dark Moon Greatsword. The intelligence can be a little steep, so I can’t suggest getting this weapon unless you’re going for an intelligence build.
The weapon can only be acquired if you complete Ranni The Witch’s questline, which is one of the longest and most difficult to do in the game. If you want to do her ending, then this is a great reward for getting it.
4. Sword of Night and Flame
The Sword of Night and Flame is a weapon that’s pretty popular among the Elden Ring community, and that’s not without good reason. The Ash of War that is infused with this weapon (Night-and-Flame Stance) gives the user two abilities, not just one. Using a strong attack after charging it up will have you throw out a wide, sweeping fire wave that will easily hit multiple targets.
Alternatively, by using a normal attack after charging, you’ll cast a miniature Comet Azur spell to deal more focused damage and can pierce through multiple enemies! This flexibility makes the Sword of Night and Flame one of the best AoE weapons in Elden Ring.
The stat requirements are as follows: 12 strength, 12 dexterity, 24 intelligence, and 24 faith.
If you’re interested in getting this weapon, you’ll need to first need to head to a location called Caria Manor. The sword is found inside. You can find a full walkthrough for how to get this weapon by watching this video made by Arekkz Gaming.
3. Ruins Greatsword
The Ruins Greatsword is one of my absolute FAVORITE weapons in the game. This deadly colossal sword comes with a very cool Ash of War, Wave of Destruction. When you activate it, your character will swing the weapon down, dealing powerful gravity-based damage to anyone in front of them.
You can even charge up this attack, sending out a powerful strike that has fantastic range and can kill many enemies at once! Because of this feature, it’s often recommend as the best AoE weapon in Elden Ring for rune farming.
To wield this sword, you will need to have at least 50 strength and 16 intelligence. This makes it ideal for a strength-focused playthrough only.
To get this weapon, first go to the Redmane Castle. Once you are there, you need to go to a large plaza, where you will find two enemies: a Crucible Knight and a Misbegotten Warrior. Kill these two enemies, and you will gain the sword.
2. Sacred Relic Sword
One of my personal favorite, the Sacred Relic Sword is a really great end-game weapon that allows you to deal tons of holy damage to enemies.
Its special ability is called Wave of Gold. When you use this ability, your character will swipe the sword in front of them, sending out a wide-reaching blast of holy damage! It’s incredibly effective when going up against big groups of enemies, thanks to how wide its AoE coverage is.
To wield the Sacred Relic Sword, you’ll need 14 strength, 24 dexterity, and 22 faith.
You can only obtain this weapon by beating the game. You’ll have to fight and kill the final boss, which will drop an item called “Elden Remembrance.” Once you have that, you can take it to the Roundtable Hold and exchange it for this sword.
1. Mohgwyn’s Sacred Spear
For the strongest AoE weapon in Elden Ring, we have Mohgwyn’s Sacred Spear! This really badass weapon is wielded by the powerful Mogh, Lord of Blood.
It’s a very large spear that deals good damage on its own, but it can be activated to deal a powerful AoE attack (Bloodboon Ritual). When you use it, your character will hoist the spear up in the air before activating it to deal massive damage to nearby mobs and bleed them. The AoE coverage is fantastic and will hit pretty much anything even remotely around you. Unsurprisingly, this weapon is amazing for bleed builds.
The stat requirements for this weapon surprisingly aren’t that bad, requiring only 24 strength, 14 dexterity, and 27 arcane. The stats themselves are relatively low, but it has a total of three different attribute requirements, which can be a bit much for some.
Don’t expect to get this weapon until the late game. as you’ll need to fight Mogh, Lord of Blood. Once he drops his remembrance, you can take it to the Roundtable Hold to exchange it for this weapon.