Because when I killed that hoe King Jeremiah in the Painted World, I got what I've discovered to be the coolest weapon in the game (note: I did not say most effective). Upon equipping this masterpiece of weak ass destruction, I instantly transformed into Simon Belmont, and I ask you fellow know-it-all Dark Souls vets one question:
Can this weapon be made into a badass soul-claimer? --- PSN: HBFTK 360: DeathbyHighKick
I'm using the normal whip on lightning now +4 and it's pretty good, but the notched whip i would go for a scaling upgrade, they're not bad people just bash it cuz of the animations and no backstab, but it also can't be parried and has a wide double hand attack range. --- Official Nemesis Of the UMVC3 Board...S.T.A.R.S...
Notched Whip + 15 is like 190 attack with a B scaling in DEX.
Even with 40 DEX B scaling is sorta low, and 190 base damage is REALLY low. Most of that B scaling bonus would be wasted picking up the slack of such poor base damage. But that wouldn't be enough to hold it back if it weren't for the fact that the moveset sucks badly also. Elemental versions aren't much better imo.
The R1 is very slow and telegraphed and has a short range and narrow hit area. The R2 combo isn't bad but isn't enough to compensate imo. Plus the coup de grace is you cannot backstab or riposte with whips (I might be wrong, but I tried over and over on all the Hollow soldiers in Undead Burg and could never do it).
So for PVE? Just about any weapon could be good. Notched whip + 15 and 40 dex with a cinder/pine resin or Crystal Magic Weapon would still do well vs. monsters. Just about anything will.
NG+ and beyond I think the damage would start to suck.