Whether you’re a long-time fan of The Witcher 3 or just starting out, what weapons you’ll use in your playthrough is surely at the forefront of your mind. With such an immersive world that boasts a large assortment of weapons, it’s only natural to be curious what you should use to slay the monsters you encounter.
But which weapon is the best to pick? This all depends on the play-style you choose. It’s also a well-known fact that Geralt sports two swords crossed on his back – steel and silver – which means you have two different kinds of swords to look out for. With this list of the best weapons ranked, you’ll be well on your way with your monster-hunting journey.
10 Griffin Steel Sword – Mastercrafted
You can’t go wrong with the Witcher School swords. They have many additional effects that add to your overall damage output and abilities, that it’s always a good choice to stick with one of these. They also focus on specific areas, which help with the kind of build you’re going for. In the case of the Griffin, it’s great for a mixture of magic and physical combat. It offers +20% sign intensity and +25% critical hit chance, giving this a whopper of a hit when utilizing your signs in combination with your weapon. You can find the crafting diagram east of Boxholm, in the ruins.
9 Feline Steel Sword – Mastercrafted
A product of the School of the Cat gear set, this sword features a focus on continual damage throughout the fight. It carries the effects of +10% critical hit chance and +15% chance to cause bleeding, which results in ongoing loss of HP even when not actively attacking the enemy. This makes this sword a perfect choice if you’re going for a more combat-based build, rather than magic. Like all Witcher school swords, it offers three slots for runes to add to your optimal fight style. The diagram for this sword can be found inside Kaer Gelen, located in the northern mountains of Ard Skellig.
8 Ursine Steel Sword – Mastercrafted
The Ursine gear set belongs to the School of the Bear, so it’s unsurprising that the stats of this sucker focus more on brute force and physical damage. Not only does it have a +75% critical hit damage bonus, it also gives you +20% adrenaline point gain. If you want to play as a hard-hitting, murder machine then this is the sword for you. The diagram for this weapon is located west of The Pellar’s Hut (found in Blackbough, Velen) in a cave.
7 Toussaint Steel Sword – Crafted
Second-best on the rank of steel swords, this blade packs a real punch. Just like the other damage-focused weapons, it carries a lot of the same effects – though it does add a +15% chance of burning. So why is this sword considered top-tier? Its ability to pierce armor is crazy high, coming in at +250. It also has three slots available for runes, which allows you to continue with a damage build or add an extra boost to your signs if you want to go the magic route. To obtain this sword, you’ll have to have the Blood and Wine DLC so you can find the loot.
6 Iris – Olgierd’s Sword
The best of the best in terms of steel swords. Unlike the other weapons mentioned, this doesn’t carry any of the same stats or effects. Its damage can be high, but that’s not why this sword comes in at number one. Instead, the reason for its rank is due to the unique pushback it gives – a shove that’s even stronger than Aard. As you fight with the sword, energy will charge and as soon as the sword turns red, it will cause an energy explosion resulting in extra damage and partial loss of the enemy’s Vitality. In order to get this one, you’ll need the Hearts of Stone expansion to complete the quest “Whatsoever a Man Soweth…”.
5 Griffin Silver Sword – Mastercrafted
Unlike the steel swords, which are used for human opponents, the silver swords focus on taking down monsters. This is reflected not only in what Geralt automatically draws depending on the nearing enemy but also in the percentage of bonus experience awarded (in this case, +20% exp from monsters). Just like its steel counterpart, the Griffin is optimal if you’re going for a magic-based build due to its +20% sign intensity. Add on three runes and you’ve got yourself a powerful weapon! This diagram is found at Kaer Dhu in the Western Tower.
4 Feline Silver Sword – Mastercrafted
If you’re focusing on a magic build, the Feline sword gives another choice of weapon. Similar to the Griffin, it offers a boost to your magic. Instead of a general uplift to the signs, though, it gives a +15% upgrade to the Aard Sign. Add this onto the +25% critical hit bonus and the +10% chance of dismemberment and you’ll be knocking down monsters like there’s no tomorrow. You can find the crafting diagram in a cave east of Harviken, Skellige.
3 Ursine Silver Sword – Mastercrafted
The power of the bear can be found in this sword, as it hits just as hard as the steel variation of this weapon. In terms of damage, the Ursine is a boss due to its +14% chance of dismemberment and +75% critical hit bonus. It also has the same +20% adrenaline point gain as the steel, which is really helpful if you choose to build out your mutant skills to utilize the Adrenaline Rush. If you want to add this to your weapon collection, head northeast of Olena’s Grove to the small island there.
This sword is a relic and a fun weapon to use. Just like the Ursine and Feline swords, it has a focus on physical damage rather than the utilization of signs. It shares some of the same effects, too, such as critical hit damage and critical hit chance, but it also gives a +9% chance of bleeding along with a +1-2% chance of dismemberment. This sword is meant for hard-hitting kills, which lives up to its “bloody” name. To obtain this sword, you’ll have to complete a treasure hunt quest. There are two that can result in this sword as loot: “Inheritance” and “Battlefield Loot”.
This is the Holy Grail of the silver swords. It’s commonly regarded as the best silver sword you can get in the game, though it does require you to have the DLC Blood and Wine. What makes this sword so OP? Every time you hit with it, its damage increases by 10%. Not only that, but if it’s fully-charged it will always critically hit your enemies. Even better? If the sword is fully-charged during the final blow, the damage will be permanently raised – damage that already starts at 522 of the HP. To get this amazing weapon, you’ll want to complete the quest “There Can Only Be One”, which has several requirements before it can be completed.