Potency and Agility are two essential stats to consider when choosing a weapon in Steelrising, especially on your first playthrough. In the jargon of souls, these are strength and dexterity.
Your power weapons are likely to be bigger, slower, and hit harder, making them ideal for players who already know what they’re doing. Agility weapons are faster but don’t hit as hard. They’re best for the first few games when you need to learn as much as possible, and longer fights are guaranteed anyway.
We cover the best agility weapons you can find in Steelrising, as well as the best support option in the entire game.
Best Starting Agility Weapon: Armored Fans
Shielded Fans are fast, easy to use, and best of all, come with the Shield special move. There are few ways to stagger enemies in Steelrising, but the Shield ability will stun any non-boss enemy for a few seconds, allowing you to get free hits. Even bosses will struggle to deal damage to you, and while you’ll still take damage to both health and stamina with the shield, it can save you in a pinch.
Remember that the Shield move doesn’t cover areas to your side or behind you, so don’t expect to block anything outside of its intended use. There’s a brief recovery animation when you come out of the shield, so if you’re not careful you can get caught trying to reset.
Fans aren’t the best agility weapon, but they give a great introduction to how they work.
Best Overall Agility Weapon: Falchion and Saber
While the Falchion and Saber aren’t a pure ability scaling weapon, with only a C agility bonus at level 4, it more than makes up for that shortcoming with its moveset. The basic light attack provides a lot of forward momentum. He and all follow-ups have minimal recovery, meaning you can easily dodge if something goes wrong.
The weapon’s heavy attacks aren’t immediately practical. Still, because you’re using two blades at once, you deal tons of root damage, which is your primary way to stun everything in the game.
Combine his helpful attacks with the Blade Tornado Special move for a really good time. The move uses a lot of stamina and has a long cooldown, but if you stun an enemy with regular attacks or elemental effects, it’s a free full combo.
Best Elemental Agility Weapon: Frosted Fans
Elemental effects are extremely powerful in Steelrising, but frozen status is borderline. Once you build an enemy’s full freeze meter, they will freeze for over ten seconds, giving you that much time to attack.
Frosted Fans is the best of both worlds, offering good damage and agility scaling with the ability to apply passive Frost buildup through its Summon of Ice Special move. It has the same move as the armored fans but lacks the shield so you’ll have to stay on offense, but if you were comfortable with the starting weapon the transition won’t cause much of a problem.
Best Support Weapon: Charleville 1789 Shield Musket
There is no better weapon to apply the frozen condition than the Charleville 1789 Shield Musket. You don’t need to upgrade it much to make good use of it, and it’s usable from start to finish of the game.
Its light and heavy attacks apply frost to enemies, but fully charged heavy attacks apply between one-third and one-half of an enemy’s frost accumulation bar. Most enemies in Steelrising will also give you plenty of time to apply status, and after a freeze with a Blade Tornado or a few fully charged heavyweights of the Falchion and Saber will send whatever you fight flying off their backs.
The only limitation of the Charleville 1789 Shield Musket is ammo. You need Alchemy Capsules to use it, which you can only get by defeating regular mobs and occasionally picking up Automat’s corpse.
If you have enough, you don’t have to worry about Musket damage, as its main purpose is to apply statuses, which it does with aplomb, allowing you to smash almost any Steelrising enemy that comes your way. are not naturally resistant to ice. damage. That’s most of them, so enjoy!