as it were, this topic also includes the Whip, as their is not enough room for the whip to be in a seperate list, and the whip is more related to a Fist Wepaon more than anything else, just to clarify. As it were, fist weapons also include unarmed and dragon body, as they both qualify as 'fist'. As it were, all Fist weapons and Whips are the least common weapons within Dark Souls, and anyone who objects is a fraud. All Fist weapons follow their own qualities, as were. The Caestus is similar to straight swords in scaling, and is also the weakest weapon of fists. However, the qualities of attacks is similar to that of a normal unarmed attack, although kick still remains, and it also includes the fact that is more so of a boxer in a sense. The Claws, which orintate towards a Curved Sword in Scaling, is able to cause bleed damage upon enemies, and has a greater base damage than the previous fist weapon mentioned. The last one, the Dragon Bone Fist, is the greatest of them all, with it having the greatest base damage out of them all, and the scaling orientates only to Strength. Also it is the heaviest, so players must be wary that it takes 8 weight to hold it. As it were, the magic effects dragon weapons have is unable for this dragon weapon as well, however it is given a great R@ attack that has its own minature power towards it, which replaces the absence of force that other dragon weapons have. All three weapons orintate to different classes of weapons that are actually of better quality, although these fists are those of the disiplined and steady.
As for the rest, the Whips are more orientated towards scalings similar to Katanas, although they re completely useless against armored beings, orientated only to the bare. However, unlike the fist weapons, they have a longer reach than almost all other weapons. Even more so, the Notched whip has less of a base damage, due to its bleed effect it has. As it were, whips would seemingly be used by those who can master the quality of dodging and harassing, as it does a better job of ranged combat that other melee weapons, and faster than crossbows. However, the quality of only affecting those bare make this weapon almost 'immunified' by people with armor, so users beware. Using a large area is as good as a small one, so the environment that will only hinder and help you would be that of Ledges, as you can not do a proper drop attack, nor can you do critical attacks with such whips. As it were, the Dark Hand also does fist damage, although it is that of no scaling, and fixed at 200. As it is, it is harder to use than any other fist weapon, as only rolls, movements, and the usage of R1 attacks is useful, as the R@ attack does the same damage as R1 if the enemy is not an NPC. However its capability of drawing Humanity from NPCs and Players makes it an annoying wepaon, although barely ever used.
The Dragon Fist weapon brought from the Dragon body is another matter, in which it is able to do from around 100 to 700 damage in total, depending on the enemy. Whether it scales with the dragon covenant like Dragon breath is unknown, but the fist quality of such a thing makes it very useful, despite how it says on the stats that it does 20. Unarmed is useless, and not recommended. As it is, the only other quality noticed, is that fact the the Dragon bone Fist has a resistance to fire and magic by 30 or 50. As it were, these weapons are underminded compared to the rest, but it has a good amount of quality towards themselkves as well.