We have 6 different weapons in Archero and every one has pretty unique benefits (and disadvantages), but I can already tell you that some are for sure better than others.
The critical thing here is that it’s a really long (and expensive) road to level up your weapon and doing that with the wrong one (or the one that you have at the highest rarity), can throw you back so much later in the game that I decided to give you a full guide about the weapons with my clear recommendation what weapons you should choose to be your primary weapon.
Weapon Tier List
Here my list (aligned with the opinion and experience of other players that I play Archero with) about the clear ranking of all weapons.
#1 – Brightspear
- Pro: Almost never misses
- Pro: Really effective against everything
- Con: No great epic unique effect
The latest weapon introduced and also the strongest, without any doubt. Especially newer players don’t like the slow attack rate but you will almost never miss any strike as the projectile is hitting with the fasted speed of all weapons, basically instant. The unique epic effect, increased damage on similar targets, you will not gain that much but the Brightspear is already so strong that it doesn’t need that to be stronger. If you don’t use it now, work on it to use it in the future, you will not regret it!
#2 – Stalker Staff
- Pro: Projectiles follow enemies
- Pro: Very viable against all kinds of enemies
- Con: Doesn’t really work on older devices…
This was a close one with also a disclaimer here – if you use an older device and have performance issues, you shouldn’t use it as it can slow your device down, cause lags and give you a disadvantage. If your device can handle it, this is for sure the second strongest weapon in Archero with projectiles that are slow but following targets, especially when paired with talents that give you additional projectiles or Ricochet, this is a beast that will give you a room full of projectiles.
Here’s also one thing that I really like against enemies that charge towards you. You can wait until you see the projectile glow and step away. This will place the projectile on the ground and is really effective against charging enemies, especially against bosses that charge and hunt you all the time because they will walk straight into all the projectile.
It takes some time to master this skill but if you do, you will find yourself being a lot more effective and I personally just love playing with the Stalker Staff!
#3 – Death Scythe
- Pro: High Damage
- Pro: 50% Chance to execute enemies <30% HP
- Con: Slooooooow
This is very likely the favorite of new players but don’t confuse damage with DPS (damage per second)! The thing is, the damage here is great, the knockback and execution chance as well, but this weapon is really slow. It deals massive damage but doesn’t do that very fast and if you miss, you will find yourself in a less effective spot really fast.
Overall, the epic ability of the Death Skythe makes it rank that high here on the list for me because 50% chance to execute enemies right away is a lot, especially against enemies that are really annoying to kill – but keep in mind that it’s slow and I personally don’t enjoy it for that reason because it takes a lot of viability.
#4 – Saw Blade
- Pro: Fast & Dodging, Never Misses
- Con: Needs Multi-Shot
I actually was surprised when I talked to several veteran players about this weapon and some really said this is the best one for them.
Breaking it down, the reason is that it’s super fun to play but you need to get talents that will reward you with additional projectiles or you will miss the splash damage you need for this weapon. This makes is a little bit squishy but if you are willing to take the risk, you can get the most effective weapon if talent drops are in your favor.
If you run a chapter with only a few melee enemies it will really shine, but I don’t see this as a weapon you should go after as your primary weapon in Archero.
#5 – Gale Force
This crossbow inspired weapon came with the 2.30 update and has actually quite a cool special ability with an extra meter. But that’s only cool on paper and in reality you will see that it can be squishy when it fires that special shots that hit really hard and you will not always hit them into an enemy striking with full force when you miss or hit a wall.
Also, as a new weapon you need a lot of time to get the copies to fuse it up to at least epic to make it useful plus it’s really slow. It’s so slow that you just want to fall asleep and I personally don’t enjoy playing it at all!
#6 – Tornado
- Pro: Great against swarms
- Con: Random success
Tornado is interesting because you can get additional damage in on the way back when the blade returns, this is great because it can boost your damage output a lot – but it’s also bad because it will give you more “randomness” to your runs. If you have a great run with lots of returning damage, you will do great, if not, then you will fail pretty much. For that reason I simply can’t rank the Tornado any higher as the weapons above mentioned are by far better and more consistent.
#7 – Brave Bow
Actually quite sad to see that the signature weapon of Archero is also the worst weapon on this tier list here… The stats are average and there’s nothing the bow is really bad or good in. The damage output is, well, the damage output that is mediocre and there are no special abilities that really contribute anything. This is the only weapon you really don’t want to put any focus on…