What's the highest possible attack rating for a melee weapon in dark souls?

Assuming max stats and using any enchantment on any weapon. Right now I am getting 706 rating with the crystal demon's greataxe +5.

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    This is too broad. There are too many weapons and too many stat combinations to determine this.
    – Ben
    Commented Aug 29, 2015 at 3:27
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    @Ben Well, there should one simple answer, so... not "too broad" IMO.
    – Ealhad
    Commented Aug 29, 2015 at 7:37
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    @user2656801 Just to clarify : do you mean pure Physical Damage, or total AR, including elements ?
    – Ealhad
    Commented Aug 29, 2015 at 7:46
  • The highest possible will be to be level 999, using best stat scaled weapon, and max the stat(s). It isn't practical, but it is "max".
    – Nelson
    Commented Aug 29, 2015 at 13:33
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    @Ben If could answer it himself, he wouldn't need to ask the question... and I've never seen a rule saying "no hard-to-answer questions", so my vote is to keep this open. Commented Aug 30, 2015 at 5:19

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The Demon's Greataxe has the highest potential raw damage, due to nice base attack rating and S-scaling in Strength. A Crystal Demon's Greataxe +5 wielded with 99 Strength has 767 attack rating.
Note : Two-handing doesn't boost damage at 99 Strength

This weapon can be enchanted.

The best weapon augmentation is Darkmoon Blade ; when rank 3 in the Blade of the Darkmoon covenant, (magic) damage increase is 2.1x of the magic adjust of the equipped talisman.

The best talisman is the Darkmoon Talisman. With 99 Faith, it has 240 magic adjust, resulting in 504 magic damage for Darkmoon Blade.

Maximum attack rating in Dark Souls : 1271, with 99 Strength and Faith, Crystal Demon's Greataxe +5, Darkmoon Talisman, and Darkmoon Blade.

Starting with the Cleric class, this is SL174, long but not that hard to achieve. No ring nor equipment piece can boost this rating.

Here is the build on Mugenmonkey.

Praise the Sun !

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    Good job. I got 1272 attack rating in game. You are right this is the highest attack rating in the game. Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 14:39

The strongest unbuffed weapon, with 99 all stats & ignoring stuff like RTSR & Power Within, is an Enchanted Demon Great Machete with 812 AR. Enchanted Demon's Greathammer has an AR of 811, & the axe has an AR of 810 I'm unsure what the exact number of a 99 int Tin Crystalization Catalyst Crystal Magic Weapon buff is, but tumblebuffing that onto the Great Machete would give you the highest AR in the game Without using glitches, the highest AR is a CMW TCC buffed Crystal Demon's Greataxe, with a base AR of 767 But in terms of what would do the most damage, a tumblebuffed CMW Moonlight Greatsword is most effective


A rating closer to the actual maximum would be the 2132 AR achievable by tumblebuffing a +5 Grant with Crystal Magic Weapon using a Tin Crystallization Catalyst + RTSR + Power within's 40% (1523 is the total displayed amount, as PW's AR increase isn't shown in menu). Stats were 50 STR, 50 INT and 50 FAI, so you could expect even more.

I'll do some testing later today with an Enhanced Great club +5 with Darkmoon blade +3 + Darkmoon talisman and Crystal Magic weapon + Tin Crystallization Catalyst.


With glitches and spells the highest is +5 enchanted great club with 99 strength And Int and faith (faith is for later), to increase it use powerwithin and RTSR and tumble buff the weapon and caster swap the caster from talisman to tin crystallisation catalyst and use the spell dark moon blade at max rank with the blade of the dark moons and have a friend use the trident dance you should reach well over 2.5k (I forgot the actual number)

Now to avoided glitches use the crystal demons greataxe and do the steps before just don’t tumble buff/caster swap and the weapon buff should be Darkmoon Blade with the darkmoon talisman

  • From a suggested edit: "TCC and Crystal magic weapon + max level dragon torso stone roar does slightly more damage than DMB and DMC buff, tested 1889 with DMB+3+base level DTS 1941 with CMW+DTSmax level, tested with 99 str 99 faith 99 int"
    – pppery
    Commented Jul 18, 2021 at 21:49

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