Most games go out of their way to shower us with weapons we might need to slay whatever world-ending, civilization-killing, an honor-defiling problem the protagonist has to deal with. Usually, it’s the curse of abundance, as we struggle to decide which weapon we want to use because they are all cool.

Sometimes, however, a game will hide an interesting weapon somewhere out of sight or lock it with an arcane sequence of actions. Often these hidden weapons are rather powerful, or simply just funny, and finding them is the cost you pay for finding something very cool.

Below you’ll find a few worthwhile examples of weapons (swords and guns alike) that make you make some effort to get them.

10 hidden video game weapons you could easily miss out on
GameReleaseGenreDeveloperSale
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla | Standard Edition (Ubisoft) 2020-11-10 Action RPG Ubisoft 54% Read more
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla | Standard Edition (Xbox Series X) 2020-11-10 Action RPG Ubisoft 57% Read more
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Season Pass (Xbox One, Series X/S) 2020-11-10 Action RPG Ubisoft 40% Read more
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition 2013-11-15 RPG Beamdog 69% Read more
Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Editions (Xbox One) 2019-10-15 RPG Beamdog 56% Read more
Devil May Cry 5 Standard Edition 2019-03-08 Action CAPCOM 76% Read more
Devil May Cry 5 Deluxe Edition 2019-03-08 Action CAPCOM 60% Read more
Dying Light 2015-01-26 Adventure Techland 71% Read more
Dying Light | Platinum Edition 2015-01-26 Adventure Techland 90% Read more
Fallout 4 2015-11-09 RPG Bethesda Game Studios 83% Read more
FINAL FANTASY VII 2013-07-04 RPG SQUARE ENIX 58% Read more
Final Fantasy VII & Final Fantasy VIII Double Pack 2020-12-04 Adventure SQUARE ENIX 34% Read more
FINAL FANTASY VII Remake Intergrade | Digital Deluxe Edition (PS5) 2021-06-10 Action RPG SQUARE ENIX Read more
Gears of War 3 (Xbox One) 2011-09-20 TPS Epic Games, Inc. 41% Read more
Gears of War 4 (Xbox One, Windows 10) 2016-10-11 Action & Shooter The Coalition 86% Read more
Gears 5 (Xbox One, Windows 10) 2019-09-10 Action The Coalition 84% Read more
NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection 2021-06-10 Action Team NINJA 26% Read more
NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection | Deluxe Edition 2021-06-10 Action Team NINJA 29% Read more
Resident Evil / biohazard HD REMASTER 2015-01-19 Adventure CAPCOM CO., LTD. 75% Read more
RESIDENT EVIL 2 / BIOHAZARD RE:2 2019-01-25 Action CAPCOM CO., LTD. 79% Read more
Resident Evil 8: Village 2021-05-07 Horror CAPCOM CO., LTD. 71% Read more
Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition 2014-07-15 Adventure Deep Silver Volition 82% Read more
Saints Row IV 2013-08-22 Adventure Deep Silver Volition 73% Read more
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR 2017-11-17 RPG Bethesda Game Studios 79% Read more
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone (GOG.COM) 2015-10-12 Adventure CD PROJEKT RED 35% Read more

Mjolnir - Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

Release: 2020-11-10
Genre: Action RPG
Developer: Ubisoft

The Assassin’s Creed series doesn’t necessarily shy away from the gear of quasi-legendary status. Even before the setting got weird about Isu-designed creatures and artifacts Ezio could wear the armor of Brutus, the same one who killed Julius Caesar. In the three-boot of Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla you can jump through hoops to get some truly mythic-grade gear, including Mjolnir itself!

Mjolnir - Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

To get Thor’s iconic weapon you have to collect his armor first, which is already quite an endeavor, involving a ton of travel, three miniboss fights, and killing a whole bunch of Order of the Ancients members. When you finally start looking like Thor and thus become worthy, you can travel to a certain location in Norway and pick the hammer up. It’s a bit of work, but the weapon is well worth it.

Key features
  • Another hidden weapon you can get in Valhalla is Excalibur
  • Valhalla is a great Viking-themed adventure in early medieval England, Vinland, and Norway
  • RPG-like progression and equipment system
  • Plenty of things to do in the open world, including building cairns and drinking mead

Flail of Ages – Baldur’s Gate II

Release: 2013-11-15
Genre: RPG
Developer: Beamdog

This one is a bit old, twenty years old, in fact, but it’s still relevant thanks to the Baldur’s Gate II Enhanced Edition. The item in question is called the Flail of Ages, and there’s some assembly required. It can have up to three heads, each with a different elemental effect, and an increasing bonus to hit chance and damage. If you get all three, you get some story and a chance to upgrade it later!

Flail of Ages – Baldur’s Gate II

You can find the three heads by carefully exploring the De’Arnise Keep and there is a chance you’ll only get one chance to do it. If you have it in your inventory when you start the Throne of Bhaal expansion, you’ll have a shot at finding two more heads, bringing it to a total of five elemental damage sources and a 5 bonus. It’s one of the strongest weapons in the game: a troll-killer and a bane of casters.

Key features
  • A 5 magic weapon with multiple damage types is nothing to sneeze at
  • One of the most beloved titles in the genre
  • The Enhanced Edition ensures this classic title can be played on modern systems
  • The Throne of Bhaal expansion is an excellent addition to an already impressive base game

Kalina Ann – Devil May Cry 5

Release: 2019-03-08
Genre: Action
Developer: CAPCOM

Devil May Cry 5 is something of a nostalgia tour of the series, and many familiar names come back in some capacity. That included Lady and her signature weapon, the powerful rocket launcher Kalina Ann. If you’re nosy enough you can have TWO of them in the game. You get a Kalina Ann v2 by just playing the story, but the original requires some snooping around because it’s been lost in the prologue.

Kalina Ann – Devil May Cry 5

You can find it in Mission 11 as you’re going through the ruins. If you destroy the blood clots, there will be some architectural shifting around and a path to a discarded Kalina Ann will be open. If you own both versions of the weapon, you’ll be able to dual-wield it and unleash truly impressive attacks this way, including a devastating beam strike. It’s silly how easy it is to miss it entirely.

Key features
  • The only thing better than a rocket launcher is two rocket launchers
  • Three playable characters, fourth with a DLC
  • Spectacular combat with a high skill ceiling
  • Fantastic graphics powered by the RE Engine

EXPCalibur – Dying Light

Release: 2015-01-26
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Techland

Among the other weapons you can use in Dying Light this one seems almost elegant and refined. It is, indeed, a sword, rather hefty one, too. It’s located on a small rocky island near the Fisherman’s Village, from which you get a pretty view of the city. On the other hand, the blade is put through the chest of a dead person and the corpse spontaneously combusts when you retrieve the sword.

EXPCalibur – Dying Light

EXP Calibur deals pretty hefty damage and can push nearby enemies away if you charge it up. The downside is that it can’t be repaired and the blueprint (found after the body is completely burnt) gives you a weaker version of it. It’s not the best weapon in the game, but it is relatively easy to find, and the golden version is useful even after you wear down its durability.

Key features
  • It is unknown if Excalibur was good at fighting zombies, but EXPCalibur is great at it
  • An open-world action-adventure game set in a city beset by zombies
  • A meaningful day/night cycle
  • A great expansion, and a sequel in the works (at the time of writing)

Missing Score – Final Fantasy VII

Release: 2013-07-04
Genre: RPG
Developer: SQUARE ENIX

Final Fantasy VII has a few secrets in it, up to and including optional characters. This is also the case for the ultimate weapons of our heroes. They always require jumping through hoops to get them, but Barret’s ultimate, Missing Score, can be easily missed because it won’t even appear unless you have the burly freedom fighter in your party at a very specific moment. That’s just rude.

Missing Score – Final Fantasy VII

You can find the box with this weapon during the Raid on Midgar, late in the game. If you’re making your way to Sister Ray AND you have Barret in you party, a treasure chest will appear on the staircase. It’s a very powerful weapon that turns Barret into a very competent magic user AND maintains his regular damage output.

Key features
  • A weapon hidden so well only the rightful user can find it
  • Final Fantasy VII is a classic, grand-scale jRPG
  • A remake introduces FF7 to a new gameplay style and tweaks the story in curious ways
  • Missing Score gets stronger the more powerful Materia it holds

Cluckshot – Gears of War 3

Release: 2011-09-20
Genre: TPS
Developer: Epic Games, Inc.

Definitely not the most serious game on the list, the Cluckshot nevertheless deserves mention, because it’s a grenade launcher that chucks exploding chickens. It’s such a great clucking weapon that after its first appearance in Gear of War 3 it came back for entries 4 and 5. It explodes, it’s funny, and it’s completely out of alignment with the series’ gravitas. Where do you get this wonderful thing?

Cluckshot – Gears of War

You can get one in the first chapter of GoW3, after the platform rises, on the right you’ll see graffiti. Jump the barriers, go upstairs, get the cluckshot. The second one, in Chapter 1 of Act 4, is a tougher cookie. It requires completing an easter egg, playing the game on Insane difficulty, making a car fall off the tracks… It takes three missions of performing specific actions to get the clucking thing.

Key features
  • Have you ever fought a war by tossing chickens at your enemy?
  • A series of excellent third-person shooters
  • Exceptionally satisfying in co-op
  • Cluckshot returns in the Thanksgibbing events of Gears of War 4 and Gears 5

Unlaboured Flawlessness – Ninja Gaiden

Release: 2021-06-10
Genre: Action
Developer: Team NINJA

Before Nioh there was Ninja Gaiden, a series about the exploits of Ryu Hayabusa, a ninja extraordinaire. Ryu has plenty of weapons at his disposal, but one of them is wonderfully weak, despite being the most fundamental: a simple wooden sword, a bokken. But his humble length of wood hides a secret you can reveal by pumping a ton of resources into its upgrade slots.

Unlaboured Flawlessness – Ninja Gaiden

If you, perhaps unreasonably, decide to really invest into this bokken, for a long time you’ll see only minor improvements. Then you upgrade it fully, and the weapon changes into something extraordinary. It looks like an oar, in a reference to Miyamoto Musashi, and the less HP you have left, the more damage it deals. It can take most enemies in a moment, assuming you can survive with a sliver of health.

Key features
  • You upgrade a weak sword to become a powerful oar
  • A demanding, skill-based action game
  • Made by the team which later created Nioh
  • Re-released on several platforms since the original Xbox launch

Assault Shotgun – Resident Evil (also HD Remaster)

Release: 2015-01-19
Genre: Adventure
Developer: CAPCOM CO., LTD.

It’s not a hidden weapon, exactly, because you see it a few times. It’s used quite effectively by Richard on a few occasions, but he isn’t very keen on sharing. Getting your hands on this shotgun requires some effort. In fact, it requires saving Richard’s life so he can later sacrifice himself to save Jill from a big snake or Chris from a big shark, both animals are Umbrella-modified, of course.

Assault Shotgun – Resident Evil

To save Richard and his shotgun you need a Serum, a powerful healing item. The thing is, if you use it on Richard (and manage to administer it quickly enough) you can’t use it on yourself. With a big, angry, venomous snake somewhere nearby, you definitely have a choice to make. It is worth saving Richard, though, because the Assault Shotgun is substantially stronger than the regular one.

Key features
  • Save a life, get a cool shotgun
  • The iconic survival horror
  • Two playable characters
  • Zombies, traps, puzzles and a dense atmosphere

Loud Locust – Saints Row IV

Release: 2014-07-15
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Deep Silver Volition

Saints Row IV took shots and paid mocking tribute to a lot of things, especially from the science-fiction adjacent licenses. It would be weird if it didn’t have some nod toward Men in Black. It comes as Tiny Pistol AKA Loud Locust, a counterpart to Agent J’s famous Noisy Cricket. It’s tiny, it’s loud, it can kill most things in a hit, and it will toss you around like ragdoll when you fire it. Perfect.

Loud Locust – Saints Row IV

To get this tiny beast you need to visit the Let’s Pretend store and go through the “Employees only “ door (shoot it first). A dark staircase and a long, off-putting corridor you’ll get to a room with the developer’s faces that erupt in fireworks when you shoot them. The Locust will be on an armchair, ready for you to wreak havoc with it. It also operates on charge, not ammo, so you’re set for life.

Key features
  • A loving and destructive tribute to Men in Black
  • A cheeky open-world game with superpowers, aliens, and a silly sense of humor
  • Deeply customizable appearance and clothes of the main character
  • Many memorable moments

Viper venomous silver sword – The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone

Release: 2015-10-12
Genre: Adventure
Developer: CD PROJEKT RED

The Witcher 3 expansions have a few unique hidden swords. Aerondight, Gesheft, Vitis, etc. Some of them can only be grabbed in one quest. So is the Viper venomous silver sword. This sword is a doozy, because the conditions you have to meet to get it are dreadfully obscure and you can completely miss out on the sword. First of all, it can only be obtained in the Hearts of Stone expansion.

Viper venomous silver sword – The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone

Second, you have to talk to professor Shakeslock to learn about Mister Mirror. Then you have to decide to save Olgierd, and you do that by accepting Mirtror’s challenge. The thing is, the challenge is timed. The first time around, in the resulting stress, it’s very easy to ignore a point of interest where the sword lies. Once you know what’s where, it’s not so bad, but the first run can be frustrating.

Key features
  • Easily missable part of a pretty decent set of witcher gear
  • Hearts of Stone is inspired by an old Polish legend
  • A great open-world action RPG with several huge maps filled with activities and detail
  • Based on a book series by Andrzej Sapkowski

Secrets of the arsenal

This concludes our selection of the coolest, interesting, easily missable weapons from video games. There are. Of course, many more examples than can be put here, like the Windshear sword from Skyrim, or Ashmaker from Fallout 4, and as more games come out, even more examples will be available.

Hopefully, this will help you find these weapons in the future or check out the games we’ve featured this time. Each of these games is worth giving them a shot, not just because they have cool weapons.