Nearly every spear and thrusting sword deal Thrust Damage. Some also deal Regular Damage as part of their moveset. Thrusting can also be performed by other weapon types, as a secondary move, and is typically activated by a weapon's Strong Attack. Nearly all ammunition deal Thrust Damage and are used with bows and crossbows.
To lower Thrust Damage, it is necessary to raise the Thrust Defense stat.
As a general rule, the heavier an armor piece is, the higher its defense against Physical damage it will be.
Light armor sets are not the best choice to reduce Thrust Damage. The Lord's Blade Set and Xanthous Set are the heaviest of all light armors, and therefore offer higher defense against Thrust Damage. Lighter armor sets that offer very good Thrust Defense for their weight are the fully upgraded Crimson Set and Big Hat's Set.
Unlike armor, shields modify damage based on a percentage and all forms of Physical Damage are affected by its single modifier. Many of the standard shields and greatshields protect against 100% of Physical Damage; the Knight Shield, Black Iron Greatshield and Hollow Soldier Shield are examples of these.
Daggers ( † ) denote weapons that also inflict Regular Damage as part of its moveset.
Slashes ( / ) denote weapons that also inflict Slash Damage as part of its moveset.
Asterisks ( * ) denote weapons that also inflict Elemental Damage.[note 1]