Okay so I have been watching Rorie comment on Dark Souls II stream complain about DEX builds and weapons. I felt the same way until I was done with the game because it seems like the DEX weapons are "hidden". I am only using weapons that I have tested and that can be found relatively early in the game. You can look up where to find these weapons online.
|Weapon Type||Notable Weapons||Notes||Pros||Cons|
Can get rapier from blacksmith @start of the game. Can get Ricards' after defeating one boss and has S scaling with awesome moveset.
|Curved Swords||If you pick swordsman you start off w/ Scimitar+1 and Falchion is bought @start of game. Similar movesets Falchion has higher damage|
|Daggers||Dagger is the first weapon found in game. Though the damage is low back stabs are insane. Parry Dagger is good for two handers who like to parry. Mages who want to focus on magic stats decent choice as well with thrust swords. Not for DEX heavy melee builds.|
|Strike Weapon||While it is a weapon geared more for quality builds at +10 has A scale with dex and is the only strike weapon for the most part for dex builds. Found at merchant in the forest of the giants.|
|Katanas||These weapons are not found until later in game. You could get your first one in under 4 bosses. Blacksteel has the best damage while IMO Uchi's moveset has a thrust attack which is nice for tight spots. Chaos blade is decent for people who want to do sorcery because it scales which fire which is affected by INT however it does drain HP per hit and most mages have little HP.|
|Bows||With the upgrades made from DSI to DSII with ranged attacks bows are a DEX players best friend. Short bow is bought from blacksmith @start *EDIT* Can Farm longbow in Forrest of Fallen Giants The Hollow Soldiers with bows drop them. (got one myself) One is behind the gate where Pate traps you, one is on the roof towards Cale and one is right outside the Soldiers Rest Bonfire. This weapon you can get at the start will last you to Drangleic Castle which is awesome!|
|Twinblades||These weapons have very cool moveset it does come at a cost and that is durability. First one is found after third boss if you went straight for it. Like katanas does cause high damage for dex weapon but uses more durability.|
I do know there are curved great swords, whips, and spears I either did not try those out or thought you will not find one until deep into the game. You may notice I list short range as a con and I debated over this. The reason why I listed it as a con is because most Defense high armor requires STR and this is for a DEX build therefore will not have as high DEF. That on top of the rolls being affected with ADP for beginners it will be tougher until you raise the ADP.