How to get Zweihander in Elden Ring & best builds

Souhardya Choudhury
Character with a Zweihander in Elden Ring

If you are a connoisseur of real-life gothic weapons, the Zweihander in Elden Ring has to be a must-have Colossal Sword for you. Here’s how to get it easily along with the best builds for it in Elden Ring.

Elden Ring‘s new Shadow of the Erdtree DLC is set to be released on June 21 as players will be looking forward to getting back into the game now and brushing up the mechanics with some of the best weapons and armor before the expansion arrives.

With a boatload of weapons to choose from, some people might fancy the Zweihander Colossal Sword due to its sheer length and gothic look.

Here’s how to get Zweihander in Elden Ring.

How to get Zweihander in Elden Ring

Make your way to the southern part of Weeping Peninsula in Elden Ring, find the Isolated Merchant Shack, and buy the Zweihander from them for 6500 Runes. You can simply start heading south and follow the road from the starting Site of Grace itself in Limgrave.

The Zweihander is a rather powerful weapon due to its Strength-Dex scaling, and as it is a Colossal Sword, its base damage will increase massively with each upgrade in Elden Ring. As it uses normal Smithing Stones to be upgraded, it can go up to a +25.

Best Zweihander builds in Elden Ring

As there are no status effect build-ups with the Zweihander in Elden Ring, you don’t have to worry about any other stats like Arcane or Faith (unless you infuse it with such Ash of War). This is why, the best builds with the Zweihander comprise of Strength or Dex scaling builds.

You can infuse this weapon with various Ashes of War, so turning it into a Heavy or Fire weapon will make it scale better with Strength. However, if you are a Dex fan, feel free to infuse some Keen or Lightning Ash of War to make it scale better with Dexterity.

Here are the best Talismans to use with Zweihander in Elden Ring:

  • Shard of Alexander: Greatly boosts Attack Power of Skills by 15%.
  • Millicent’s Prosthesis (if going for Dex scaling): Increases Dexterity by 5, and raises attack power with successive attacks.
  • Starscourge Heirloom (if going for Strength scaling): Increases Strength by 5.

This was everything you had to know about getting the Zweihander and using it in builds in Elden Ring. For more on the game, check out our other guides:

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