There is a multitude of magnificent weaponry in video games and using a sword in a game is something fans adore. So here are the best swords in video games. I decided to include some of the less obvious picks on this list as well. This list is ranked in no particular order.
Claymore – Dark Souls
While there are other weapons in the first Dark Souls title that are more powerful than this greatsword, the Claymore is the most versatile weapon in the entire game. Its fluid and considerably fast attacks, the moveset that suits any situation, and the scaling make this one of the best weapons in the game.
The Greatsword – Elden Ring
The Greatsword is based on the Dragonslayer sword from Berserk. It’s easily obtainable compared to other weapons of this calibre in Elden Ring. This is a huge sword that will crush anyone unfortunate enough to face a skilled warrior who carries this. This is one of the best scaling weapons in the game.
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Buster Sword – Final Fantasy VII
Cloud Strife’s trademark Buster Sword may take the cake as the most iconic sword in a video game. The sword has since appeared in several other games in the series. This almost comically large sword is about the same size as the hero who is wielding it. Debuting in the original PlayStation game from 1997, the Buster Sword made another appearance in the Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Carnation – Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
“A bewitching blade with an elegant rose-motif hilt, yet strong enough to cleave flesh, hide, or scale with equal ease.”
Carnation is one of the best-looking and best-performing swords in the entire game. You can obtain this after finishing the game and use it for the next playthrough. And I really encourage you to play this game multiple times, as the experience can change immensely with each playthrough.
Nightingale Blade – Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
You can find a lot of great weapons in Skyrim, but I thought to include the Nightingale Blade because of its aesthetics and performance. You can obtain this after completing the Thieves Guild Questline.
This weapon absorbs 25 HP and 25 Stamina from your enemies.
Demon Blade Muramasa – Yakuza: Like A Dragon
Demon Blade Muramasa is the upgraded version of the Nameless Katana. The Bodyguard class can use this marvelous blade in Yakuza: Like A Dragon.
The Energy Sword – Halo
I am sure that everyone remembers this overpowered monster of a sword that cut through foes like paper from Halo. You can defeat almost any enemy with a maximum of two hits with the Energy Sword. Although it is a favorite weapon of the Covenant, Master Chief (and thus players) started wielding the Energy Sword in Halo 2.
Bright Lord’s Sword – Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Middle-earth: Shadow of War introduced a lot of powerful weapons and armor for the player to equip, unlike the previous game. Arguably, the best sword in SoW is the Bright Lord’s Sword. Besides looking insanely cool, it delivers one heck of a punch. As the name implies, it was the Legendary Sword that the Ringmaker himself wielded.
Blades of Chaos – God of War
Kratos wields these iconic blades. Bound to his hands with chains, these swords have a considerable range and will tear through waves of enemies. These blades were featured in every God of War game so far.
Iris – The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone
Iris is the curved saber wielded by Olgierd von Everec from The Witcher 3‘s first DLC. What’s special about this blade is that it charges up with each of your attacks. And you can unleash one huge blow that will demolish enemies, but it will cost 15% of your health. It’s not that big of a sacrifice.
Aerondight – The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
You can obtain Aerondight through a side quest in Blood and Wine. This sword generates power with each attack and you can permanently increase the Max Damage of the weapon if you’re able to kill an enemy with the Max Charged sword.
HF Murasama – Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
You can use this blood-red High Frequency Katana at the end of the game, and this game has a higher reach and higher speed than any other sword in the game. I won’t spoil the game by mentioning when you will obtain this weapon but you’ll definitely get it if you progress through the game to the end.
Sword of Altair – Assassin’s Creed II
As the name implied, it was none other than the legendary master assassin Altair Ibn La Ahad who wielded this sword. You can obtain this legendary sword in both Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood. This is the best sword in both of those games. It features intricate craftsmanship that truly suited Altair.