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Solo Leveling: Arise Weapon Tier List (April 2024)

Never go into a gate barehanded.

The first thing you’ll roll for in Solo Leveling: Arise is characters, and that’s perfectly fine. However, once you’ve got all the ones you want, your next goal is to min-max weapons. So, to help you avoid making bad investments, here is the definitive Solo Leveling: Arise weapons tier list.

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Solo Leveling: Arise Player Weapons Tier List

The main ranking factors for player weapons are how easy they are to get and how good their skills are. This means that even an R weapon can pop up in a higher tier. So, first, let’s look at the tier list of all player weapons in Solo Leveling: Arise.

Player Weapon Tier List

Player Weapon Summaries

S+ Tier

  • Demonic Plum Flower Sword (SSR): Extremely easy to use and amazing DPS. The overall best and most beginner-friendly weapon in the game.
  • Shadow Scythe (SSR): Life steal + great DPS. Its move set is also nice, allowing you to clear packs with easy.
  • The Huntsman (SSR): Ramps up really well with its passives. Best ranged weapon in Solo Leveling Arise, and the break on it is simply ridiculous.
  • West Wind (SR): The best ranged DPS SR weapon on this SLA tier list. Every passive skill is an upgrade, and it scales really well with extra crit rate. Until you can upgrade SSR weapons, use this one.

S Tier

  • Demon King’s Longsword (SSR): You have to counter attacks for this weapon to work properly. It has a high skill ceiling, but the rewards are just too good.
  • Orb of Avarice (SR): Another fire weapon with great damage, but this one has poor scaling. It’s excellent for early/mid-game.
  • Theti’s Grimoire (SSR): I was so wrong about this thing until I reached the higher-level content. Early on, the passives are irrelevant as you’ll be one-shotting things mostly, but later, especially when you get it to 5 stars, the damage it dishes out is insane, and the interrupt is extremely useful against bosses.

A Tier

  • Baruka’s Dagger (SR): The best melee DPS SR weapon in Solo Leveling Arise. Changes the special skill at 1 star to make it more versatile, and at 5 stars, you get a 40% increased Crit rate for 5 seconds after making a back attack.
  • Black Hawk (SR): Procs your QTE skills when you use the special attack. Also gets damage boosts if you can do perfect evades. The better you are, the stronger this gun is.
  • Burning Demon’s Grimoire (SR): One of the best non-SSR fire weapons. Great stats and passive skills, and it scales really well if you invest in mana.
  • Kasaka’s Venom Fang (SR): Gets a flat-out 30% interrupt chance on Core attacks at 1 star. Also applies really strong DoT.
  • Radiru Family’s Longbow (SR): It takes time to ramp up, just like Knight Killer, but this one just does more damage by default.
  • Vulcan’s Rage (SSR): Benefits a lot from being upgraded and has high AoE burst damage. Other SSRs are just flat-out better, though.

B Tier

  • Demon Knight’s Spear (SR): The passive works very well on this thing, actually. However, you’ve got better SR options.
  • Knight Killer (SR): DPS looks great on paper, but it needs time to ramp up, and chances are that you’ll kill the enemies before it reaches its full potential.
  • Lustrous Dragon Sword (SR): Its best passive skill is on 5 stars, making it a fairly bad investment.
  • Naga Guardian Dragon’s Trident (SR): Solid DPS and AoE, but requires you to really be in melee. You have better options than this regarding SR weapons.
  • Orc’s Broadsword (SR): Has really good passives, but you’ll need it to be on 5 stars to be really good, hence the low rank.

C Tier

  • Dragonscale Broadsword (SR): Jack of all trades, master of none. It has okayish AoE, single-target DPS, and buffs, but it doesn’t excel at any of those.
  • Frostbite Falchion (SR): At 3 stars, you get to double cast the special skill that interrupts enemies. Great overall utility weapon, but that’s all it is.
  • Rock Golem Hammer (SR): Good defensive weapon if you’re the tank, especially on 1 star. However, with all the good tanks in the game, it’s kind of wasteful to use it.

D Tier

  • Rare weapons are simply rare weapons. You’ll get plenty of them, and none compare to SR/SSRs. So, salvage them.

Solo Leveling: Arise Hunter Weapons Tier List

The hunter-exclusive weapons’ ranking is such that the more they improve good hunters, the higher they rank (mediocre weapons for already bad characters are then just bad investments). So, with that in mind, here is the tier list of all hunter weapons in Solo Leveling: Arise.

Hunter Weapon Tier List

Hunter Weapon Summaries

S+ Tier

  • Intercept (SSR) – The attack speed buff you get off of this weapon is crazy good for Tae Gyu. Again, you’ll see its true power only once you get it to 5 stars.
  • Night-Thoughts (SSR) – Amazing damage increase for Emma. You’ll want to upgrade this one and the Seo weapon as quickly as possible.
  • Unparalleled Bravery (SSR) – These make Seo even more OP. If you can get both these and her to 5 stars, she is easily the best DPS in the game.

S Tier

  • Eternal Slumber (SSR) – Typo in the item description right now, but a good overall support weapon for Byung Gu. Excellent if you can get it maxed.
  • Equivalent Exchange (SSR) – Stat increases for Choi Jong In and defense shred for enemies. Overall, pretty solid.
  • Solid Logic (SSR) – Read its effect as a flat-out 10% crit rate increase for all party members when on 5 stars. It makes Bora more viable.

A Tier

  • An Open Hand (SSR) – The effect looks very nice on paper. But Dongsoo is kind of garbage, so there isn’t much reason to go for these.
  • On a Different Level (SSR) – Massively buffs Woo Jinchul and actually turns him into a playable character. However, you’ll need to invest a lot both into the weapon and him to get there.
  • Suppressed White Tiger’s Soul (SSR) – Considering how strong Yoonho is by default, these gloves don’t buff him that much.

B Tier

  • Steel Bow (SR) – 24% Crit damage increase. Good for DPS characters. Together with the Steel Dagger, the best SR weapon on this SLA tier list.
  • Steel Dagger (SR) – Depending on how much crit you’re stacking, it might either be better or worse than the bow.
  • Ancient Grimoire (SR) – Upgraded Essence of Magic.
  • Essence of Magic (R) – Probably the best R hunter weapon because of its Power gauge regeneration increase.

C Tier

  • Bow (R) – Crit damage increase is nice if you have no better weapons.
  • Dagger (R) – Basic Attack damage increase.
  • Shield (R) – Good on tanks if you’ve got nothing better.
  • Steel Longsword (SR) – Bit better than the regular sword, but still garbage.
  • Steel Staff (SR) – This weapon would be good if you could use QTEs as basic attacks.
  • Steel Shield (SR) – A minor upgrade over the R shield.

D Tier

  • Core Axe (SR) – Same as the hatchet.
  • Hatchet (R) – Core Attack damage increase. If only you could spam it more to make this worthwhile.
  • Staff (R) – Absolutely useless.
  • Sword (R) – Absolutely useless.

Well, that does it for our Solo Leveling Arise weapons tier list. Rolling for weapons should be much easier now that you know which ones are meta. For more on the game, check out our reroll guide and the US & UK release date. We’ve also got a look at all Solo Leveling Arise codes, plus a characters tier list.


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