STAFF PICKS: Top 10 Swords in Video Games

Friday, April 12th, 2013

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Top 10 Swords

Falchion and Parallel Falchion. Neither one made it.

We have done numerous Top “X” lists on this site in the short time we’ve been up. Most of those have been console-based with a few non-game lists on special occasions, such as our Top 5 Moments of 2012 for New Year’s, Top 6 (?) Unrequited Loves for Valentine’s Day, the Top 10 Monsters of Monster Hunter Tri when MH3U released, and the questionably voted Top 10 Scariest Enemies for Halloween (I can say that because I wrote the article). Out of the lists we’ve voted for so far, Top 10 Swords is arguably the most fun we’ve had debating and voting.

It has also been the most tedious as well. But a simple sword battle wouldn’t have been enough; not with all the great swords in video games. To do the weapon justice, we needed to hold a proper tournament.

50 swords started the fight, with 10 surviving the first rounds. But only 1 stands victorious at the end.

So, which sword, when all allies are nowhere to be found, would be the one we grab for? Which is the one we take headlong into a swarm of enemies when there is nowhere left to run? Which is the one that gets us so psyched that we yell to world “Come at me, bro?!” These are our Top 10 Swords in all of Video Gamedom

But before we begin, here are the honorable mentions that fell in battle:

  • Soul Edge from the Soul series
  • The Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts
  • Dagger of Time from Prince of Persia
  • Z-Saber from Mega Man X
  • Sol Blade from Golden Sun
  • Gunblade from Final Fantasy
  • LAST CUT: Falchion from Fire Emblem

There will also be spoilers in this. You have been warned.


10. Valentine from Soul Calibur

Top 10 SwordsWielded by “The Twisting Blade of Solitude” herself, Isabella “Ivy” Valentine, the Valentine is one of the more unique swords to make the list. The sword is whip-like in that it is segmented into smaller parts. It can also expand and contract at will and, like the Soul Edge and Soul Calibur swords, has life force. A dangerous weapon that should give enemy combatants pause.

9. Sword of Mana from the Mana series

Top 10 SwordsOne of the legendary weapons, the Sword of Mana was first introduced to us as just this rusted piece of metal. It wasn’t until we pulled it from the stone, ala King Arthur, that we realized that it was holding back the monsters that terrorize the world. Despite this being the only thing that truly separates the Sword from the other weapons in the game, the Sword of Mana is still one of the more memorable weapons in video games.

8. Muramasa from Muramasa: The Demon Blade

Top 10 SwordsTechnically not one sword but a series of swords in the game, each sword was masterfully created and had certain powers that separated it from others in the game. But who really cares about that; we just like hackin’ and slashin’ with these things. Sheathing a sword starts a healing process. And when it’s fully rejuvenated, you can unleash a devastating attack that kills everything on screen – aside from bosses. No wonder this sword carved a comeback in the final elimination rounds.

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About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.


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  • Matty

    Fail. Master sword is THE classic sword that is a pop culture icon in and of itself, to where it actually could endure the ages. Monado, and the Xenoblade series, have yet to prove they have lasting appeal. Yeah, I’m taking this way too seriously.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      The debate between iconic and powerful was definitely in the forefront of this list. This is why you see things like the Sword of Mana not just in the Top 10 but ahead of other swords on the list, beating Valentine in a head-to-head match-up.
      As for lasting appeal, as long as there are sites like this, it will still be remembered. And it doesn’t hurt that Nintendo wants to expand on the series (I think).

    • Anonymous

      If power were the case, The Blade of Olympus from God of War and Chaoseater from Darksiders should be the top 2.

  • guess that technically means Valentine from Soul Calibur is actually 11 not 10 XD

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      No, Valentine is most definitely 10, unless you’re counting Ultima Weapon as 2.

    • oh wait no i just got confused after five cause you had then ragnell and masamune as one and 2 in third place but they are actually 4 and 3 nvm sorry lol got confused for a second

  • Xx_Kares_xX

    so… you have two swords from legend of Zelda, the Ultima sword from Final Fantasy, but no Buster Sword? A weapon so deep in mythology and badass-ness that it has a game written about it? (Crisis Core) x.x I’m not even that big of a fan of FFVII and I still see this as a huge oversight. And why the sword from Secret of Mana? I love that game but there is NOTHING special about the weapon what so ever. x.x I question the judgement of the staff on this one.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      The Buster Sword was in the running for Top 10 but just couldn’t garner enough support. So was another Final Fantasy sword, Masamune, for what it’s worth.

    • smacd

      I’m glad that the Buster sword isn’t represented. Its one of the worst swords (statistically) in an over-rated game. It may be one that a lot of people can identify, but its by no means a “Top Sword” in any game.

  • smacd

    Must really be a top 9 swords. I can’t take the top choice seriously given the obvious bias of this site. The #2 sword is the real #1.

    • ZigTheHunter

      While it was an obvious choice, I don’t see why you can’t take it seriously as their #1 choice, sure having that we campaigned for the game will color their opinions a bit that doesn’t mean that should makes the game and its sword ineligible for this list, that’s not really fair.

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      The Monado is wielded by gods and is capable of altering the very fabric of the world. The Master Sword is a tool for defeating Ganondorf. Yes, I love Zelda, but the Monado is the superior sword.

  • jedidrummer

    Well i would have put the Master Sword at number one, but at number 2 that’s still respectable, and the Monado at number one is also a fantastic choice. So I really have no complaints. Plus you had the Muramasa and the Beam Katana! Great list!

  • Hiro Masamune

    Glad to see the horrible Master Sword beaten.

    • Anonymous

      >:(
      MASTER SWORD IS AWESOME!!!

  • I may not have liked Xenoblade, but, man, the Monado was one awesome robot-busting blade. Personally, I would not have put it ahead of the likes of the Master Sword, Double Helix Sword, or Ragnell, but I can see why others would.

  • John Ellis

    Fierce Deity Sword should of been ahead of the Master Sword

    • john

      said no one ever

  • This brings back a lot of memories of all the games played over the years. I can’t really say which sword is my favorite, since I like playing all these games.

  • As a huge Zelda fan and a huge Xenoblade fan, I’m happy with the results. The Master Sword is iconic but the Monado is one of the best looking, conceived ideas and one of the best plot devices ever. I would love to make a replica of it.

  • YsyDoesIt

    These were all pretty awesome choices (and I was happy to see Ragnell if not Falchion). And when you look at the objective fact that the Monado is a reality-altering blade inhibited only by the wielder, it’s hard to measure up to that even if the next best competition is simply timeless.

    Also, kudos for having a more diverse list than most other Top 10 Swords lists I’ve seen.

  • The one major disadvantage the Monado has over the Master Sword is that it simply hasn’t been explored as much and hasn’t had the same level of exposure and familiarity seen in the Zelda series–really, we’ve only had one game with it. It’s like going against your childhood friend for the upcoming new kid.

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      I think that’s it. The Master Sword is a great weapon, but the Monado is the stuff of gods and has the power to change the fabric of the world. Can the Master Sword do that?

    • Technically, I suppose BOTH were made by the gods (Link had a part with the Master Sword)…come to think of it, both control time too, but in different aspects.

    • Plus, think about what was involved in the creation of the Monado compared to the Master Sword…

  • Man, what’a buncha jokas! MONADO FOR SURE

  • tucotuti

    I would change #2 for number #1

  • Spookyryu

    I like the positions, with exception of ultima weapon should be higher, and also I like some of the swords in the last story, it would be a great duel betwen master sword, vs monado

  • :/ not your best list guys but that may be me, a few of these just didn’t really feel all that iconic to me, or great… But that’s just how I see it… But considering this was a staff opinion poll I can understand… I don’t personally agree with the choices here, but that’s because some of them were just too obscure to me, my gaming experience is my own so obviously I have some different opinions! So I take it back, I’m not personally in agreement but that doesn’t make this a bad list, just not one I agree with. Still if its served one purpose its now making me consider what I find to be the best swords! I’ll have to think on this myself. That said I like it when you guys do these lists, its fun to read. Looking forward to more of them~

  • Oscar Tong

    Interesting list. Too bad the Elsydeon from “Phantasy Star IV” never made it.

  • RagunaXL

    lol, I clicked this to see where the Sol Blade (Golden Sun) and Gunblade (final fantasy) fell. honorable mention is a mention I suppose.

  • Sniper D. Luffy

    i pick eternal sword for its power over time and space….

  • Jordan

    wheres the blade of Olympus????

  • Anonymous

    the top sword i raiden’s sword from Metal Gear Rising

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    Master Sword should have been first, EVERYBODY knows that sword, It’s Link sword. COME ON.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for spoiling that there were multiple Monados.
    And I’m so close to finishing the game too.

    • Ryan_oprainfall

      Sorry that happened. However, Xenoblade was released in 2010 Japan. 2011 Europe, and 2012 US. It’s been long enough that we wouldn’t spoiler tag it. Still. I feel your pain. That always sucks when that happens.

  • Max

    Monado got in 🙂

  • Destro

    i believe that, like the Monado, the KeyBlade also has the potential and is shaped by the users own desires and experiences which allow it to increase tremendously in strength, range and attack as seen by Roxas gaining Oathkeeper and Oblivion. i also feel the need to point out that the Ultima Weapon is technically in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.