What’s the best steel sword in The Witcher 3? We know you’ve been asking, and we’re here to answer. Swords are a big deal in the world of The Witcher 3. You’ve got some pretty powerful and sharp double-edged weapons at your disposal, but more often than not you’ll want to use the right blade that best suits your current situation. And that’s where we come in, today at Offmetagaming we’ll be taking a look at some of the best steel swords ever forged in the Witcher 3 universe.
Steel swords are amongst the most common weapon types in The Witcher 3 and can be easily found at vendors, through crafting, or looted from monsters. They are usually used against humans and are ideal for taking down enemies that need to be stunned, such as drowners. Steel swords can also be upgraded with glyphs and runes to make them even more powerful. So if you’re going for a pure witcher build or just wish to add a little bit of witchery to your arsenal, We’ve got you covered with this list of 10 of the best steel swords in The Witcher 3.
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The 10 Best Ever Forged Witcher 3 Steel Swords
Here are the best steel swords in the Witcher 3:
- The Aerondight
- Beann’shie Steel Sword
- Black Unicorn
- Tor Lara
- Harpy Relic Sword
- Viper Venomous Steel Sword
- Ofieri Saber
- Manticore Steel Sword
What made the Aerondight steal the 1st spot on this list, isn’t the fact that it improves over time, but rather its power grows with each combat, that is to say, it would never become either obsolete or inferior to the other swords’ power. Consequently, that makes it the Witcher 3 best steel swords to date.
You acquire it through a secondary mission in Blood and Wine, consisting not only of defeating some random old man, but you must first complete certain tasks that correspond to the 5 knightly virtues. Otherwise put, Generosity, Courage, Honor, Compassion, and wisdom.
Beann’shie Steel Sword
The Beann’shie Relic Steel Sword is one of those two-handed weapons that you can craft using a diagram. If you do so, you will obtain a level 44 Relic Steel Sword, which happens to be one of the Witcher 3’s best weapons.
It is located in the very same area in the Skellige Islands where you can also find the Diagram for Longclaw in Freya’s Garden. Note that during the Wandering in the Dark quest, if you don’t find the diagram at the beginning, don’t loot the chest. Instead, leave it behind and return later. Then the contents of the chest will be randomly replaced.
The Black Unicorn Relic is a level 46 steel sword that you will need to craft. The diagram is located in Kaer Morhen, near the fortress. You will be able to obtain the diagram only if you complete The Lord of the Forest quest. As mentioned a couple of lines above, you have to be at least level 46 first to use it. Still, this sword does pack a decent punch with 360-440 damage, also it has a chance to bleed and boosts Aard’s signal strength.
Tor Lara is not quite on par with Aerondight, but as a mid-game weapon option, it is still a fine sword. Following a similar path to the Black Unicorn, the Tor Lara steel sword focuses mostly on direct physical damage, providing significant increases in critical hit, bleed, and dismemberment chance.
The Tor Lara raises the intensity of Aard’s sign by +19, plus a 12% chance of causing burns and a 3% chance of an instant kill. The minimum level to wield the Tor Lara sword is level 43.
Harpy Relic Sword
The Harpy Relic silver sword of level 37 is crafted through a diagram. which can be found in Velen in two different ways: one is by going on a quest and the other is simply by approaching Crow’s Perch. This is a very powerful sword, although it has no additional properties besides the damage it causes. It deals between 427 and 523 damage and has a chance to bleed out.
As its name suggests, the Longclaw is a long steel sword of level 37. You can find its diagram inside the relic chests in the east of the Skellige Islands, Hindasrfjall. This level 37 weapon has between 297 and 363 damage, improves Yrden’s signal by 30%, and also penetrates armor. You’ll need to find a key to unlock the room where the chest is, but it’s worth it.
Viper Venomous Steel Sword
The Viper sword is one the best swords you can use when starting in The Witcher 3, however, these are the only ones you will be able to unlock. You can find them without having to leave White Orchard. Just head to the Castle Ruins to the west to grab the steel one.
The Viper Venomous Steel Sword is the best weapon you can grab early on in the game, and what’s more, it increases the intensity of Aard’s sign, the critical attack damage, the chance to do critical damage, and also the bonus that they poison. Not only that but they bring with them 20% more experience when fighting monsters.
The Ofieri Saber, part of Ofieri’s armor set, can also be found in Hearts of Stone. It has a minimum level of 36 to be able to wield it, does a more than decent amount of damage, and also increases the intensity of signals. Also, the Ofieri set an excellent recommendation, whether you’re at the beginning of the game or more advanced.
The Ofieri Saber would be seen as an Improved version of Wolf Swords, which are very useful as well. You can find the diagram for this one-handed weapon in Crow’s Perch in Kaher Morhen. once you get it, try your best to upgrade it as soon as you get a chance. So you’ll enjoy the extra boost of swiftness and cheer power one gets when wielding this great blade.
Manticore Steel Sword
Similarly to the feline swords, the Manticore steel sword ( available only with Blood and Wine DLC) is among the most lethal weapons in the Witcher 3, however unlike their feline peers, the Manticore sword is only available in its Grandmaster form, which means it is not an option in the early part of the game. Once you reach level 40, however, you’ll find it hard to find anything better than this fantastic sword that can deliver some of the hardest hits in the entire game.
And voila, you’ve reached the end of this list. Make sure to drop a comment below and let us know which one of these Steel swords piqued your interest the most. Also, have a look at some of our other Witcher 3 guides right below :