Should You Upgrade Your Starting Weapon in Elden Ring?

Can your starter weapon help you become Elden Lord?

by Elliott Gatica
Elden Ring Should You Upgrade Your Starting Weapon?

Elden Ring has a plethora of weapons ranging from all different styles that fit all sorts of builds. Everything can be upgraded from your starter weapon, special weapons, and boss weapons, but not readily available to do so. For players who have decided to ride the wave past the hype period for the game, the question will be asked. Should you upgrade your starting weapon in Elden Ring? We’ll break this down for you.

Should You Upgrade Your Starting Weapon in Elden Ring?

Personally, I’d say you should upgrade your starting weapon, but up to a certain degree. You can clear this game with any kind of weapon you want. Obviously, there are weapons that are just outright stronger than others, with a clearly defined meta at this point in the game’s lifespan.

Upgrading your starting weapon would be dependent on your skill. If you are not a seasoned Soulsborne player, you should probably hold off on upgrading your starting weapon. Like I previously mentioned about weapon meta, you’ll notice that your starter weapons will easily be outclassed by other weapons you find later down the line in your playthrough.

Smithing Stones don’t come easily to you until you are at least level 50 or higher and are in the midwest section of the map. By the time you defeat the first two mandatory bosses of the game, you will have access to Liurnia, all of Limgrave, and Caelid. There are plenty of bosses to fight who will drop weapons of the same class that are most likely stronger or scale better than your starting weapons.


In most cases, those weapons will most likely have some kind of passive or unique skill, making them more versatile in combat than your starting gear. This is mostly a trend you see in all types of games in the RPG games. The starting gear is fine, but power creep is something that can’t really be mitigated.

If your guarding, parrying, and enemy choreographing skills are amazing, you can upgrade your starting weapons. They aren’t bad per se, and they can definitely put in some work thanks to the help of Ashes of War. Anything is viable in Elden Ring, especially if you have the skill to do so.

So, really, it boils down to your skill in these types of games. The newer you are to these types of games, hold off until you get something a bit better. Higher stats can help you win fights that might feel impossible to you.

Elden Ring is out now for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X/S, and PC.

About The Author

Elliott is a passionate gamer who has dipped his feet into basically every genre there is. He has a soft spot for fighters, shooters, and action RPGs though. Catch him throwing hands once the new iterations of Tekken, Street Fighter, and Mortal Kombat come out.