Builds for Elden Ring focuses on various combinations that are created by a player which consists of a specified Stats, Weapons, Armor, and many more which can help the player achieve their goal through battle and exploration. Each Elden Ring Best Build listed is unique and has a different approach to a user's playstyle that can be used in both PvE and PvP situations. Listed below are the various Builds that we recommend for players to try and use. 

Elden Ring Builds can be changed via a Rebirth mechanic that allows you to Respec your character. You can unlock this function by defeating Rennala Queen of the Full Moon. Once defeated, you'll be able to trade Larval Tears for a Respec. Please visit the Rebirth Page for more information on how to respec your character if you'd like to try out further Builds that may be different from your own. Some Builds in Elden Ring will require very specific requirements, though most Builds are playable effectively by any Class.

Builds are a fundamental piece of Elden Ring's replay value. If you want to try your hand at crafting a build of your own, consider checking out the following pages:

 

Elden Ring Best Builds by Stat

To make an OP build in Elden Ring, players usually invest stat points into a "main" stat that is the focus of the build based on the selected weapon scaling. In addition, players usually invest into Vigor, Endurance and Mind to cover basic HP, stamina and focus points management. Weapon and Magic scaling is an integral part of any build, so make sure to understand Upgrades and Status Effects as well as Damage Types (poison builds, bleed builds, fire builds, etc).

The Elden Ring Builds on this page cover different playstyles focusing on Status Effects and damage output , and can be categorized based on their main stat:

Elden Ring Builds for Progression

The Best Builds will evolve with the player in Elden Ring. Your Classes choice is important for the beginning of the game, but you can adapt and evolve as you allocate your stats and develop your build. For this reason, we have created groupings of builds to help you on each stage of the game. 

Beginner builds focus on easy to access items for the starting areas and simplicity in execution. These builds are a starting point and can evolve into any of our later builds that match the main stats, or you can opt to use Rebirth and change your build entirely: ArcherBarbarianBerserkerBlood BladeDragon PriestMagePaladinSamuraiSpellblade

Midgame builds are aimed at level 50+, exploring around Liurnia of the Lakes, and experimenting more with hybrids and specialty weapons: Blackflame ApostleBlood DragonChampionColossal KnightEnchanted KnightMagic ArcherMagusMoonveil SamuraiSorcererSword SageTemplar

Lategame builds are for players 100+ who are around or past Leyndell and have access to a great variety of min-max equipment, and need versatility to destroy any boss: Battlemage, Blackflame Spellblade, Blasphemous BeastmasterBlazing Bushido, Blood Dancer, Cold-Blooded Raptor, Colossus Guardian, Crystal Mage, Darkmoon Spellblade, Deathblade, Dragon Knight, Frenzied Acolyte, Frost KnightGolden Eye, Hellfire HeraldLightning Lancer, Moonveil Shinobi, Scorching Slayer, Thundering Swordspear

Endgame and NG+ builds are optimized and min-max ready builds to ensure your success on any encounter: Blackflame Bushido, Black Knife Assassin, Blasphemous Herald, Carian Spellknight, Crusader, Dark Knight, Death Knight, Dragon Warrior, Elementalist, Eochaid Executioner, Freezing Battlemage, Golden Champion, Gravity God, Lightning Dragoon, Royal Knight, Sanguine Samurai, Sorcery Sentinel, Venomous Bloodblade

 

 

Elden Ring Builds: Best Builds for all Playstyles

 

Elden Ring Beginner Builds Ranked

  1. Paladin: A tanky melee Build that can Block attacks with a Shield while buffing and healing allies.
  2. Mage: A pure caster Build that can range enemies down in any scenario.
  3. Samurai: Focus on melee with Katana while ranging enemies down with your Bow. Great mounted combat as well.
  4. Bloodblade: A dual-wielding Dex Build that uses Bleed to shred enemies
  5. Spellblade: A ranged/melee hybrid Build that uses magic and melee to destroy enemies 
  6. Berserker: A dual-wielding Greatsword Build that does insane damage per swings, allowing you to one shot most enemies
  7. Barbarian: A Colossus Weapon focused Build that uses Charge Attacks to run over enemies
  8. Dragon Priest: Powerful Faith Caster with Draconic Spells that dominates bosses.
  9. Archer: A pure ranged Build that can wield a Bow effectively at any range

Elden Ring Midgame Builds Ranked

  1. Sword Sage: A Build highlighting the use of the Sword of Night and Flame, while also making use of Death Sorceries.
  2. Moonveil Samurai: An Int/Dex hybrid Samurai that can use Magic and uses the Moonveil Katana to devastating results.
  3. Blood Dragon: An Arcane focused Build that dual wields two blades, making use of the Hemorrhage status effect and Dragon Incantations.
  4. Templar: A tanky Faith melee build that is sword and board focused, making liberal use of Block Counters to boost damage and stagger enemies.
  5. Sorcerer: A purely ranged spellcaster that flings spells with deadly precision while staying out of melee combat.
  6. Magus: A hybrid melee spellcaster that uses Glintblade Phalanx to its fullest while dealing Critical Damage on the regular.
  7. Black Flame Apostle: A hybrid spellcaster that buffs its weapon with Black Flame Blade, while chucking fire balls at its enemies.
  8. Champion: A dual wielding greatsword build that focuses on the use of Jump Attacks to shell out tons of damage in seconds.
  9. Colossal Knight: A Strength build that uses Colossal Weapons to get the maximum damage per swing, often killing enemies and Bosses before they've even attacked.
  10. Enchanted Knight: A melee build that uses Carian Sword Sorceries in one hand while using a Shield in the other.
  11. Magic Archer: A hybrid ranged melee build with a heavy focus on wielding a Bow and picking off enemies at range

Elden Ring Late Game Builds Ranked

  1. Moonveil Shinobi: A dual katana build using Moonveil to stagger and annihilate enemies with ease.
  2. Scorching Slayer: A Twinblade Build that uses Fire to stagger and decimate enemies while they are helpless.
  3. Dragon Knight: An Arcane/Faith Build that focuses on the use of Dragon Spells to burn enemies to a crisp.
  4. Frenzied Acolyte: An Arcane/Faith Build that focuses on Frenzy Spells to melt enemeis and drive them mad.
  5. Frost Knight: A melee Build that focuses on the use of Frostbite to take down enemies in an instant.
  6. Blasphemous Beastmaster: A Strength/Faith Build that uses Bestial Incantations at range and the Blasphemous Blade in melee combat
  7. Deathblade: An Intelligence/Faith Build that uses the Sword of Night and Flame to dispatch enemies at range or in melee combat
  8. Cold-Blooded Raptor: A Strength/Intelligence Build that uses Claws to shred enemies and set Hemorrage and Frostbite.
  9. Crystal Mage: An Intelligence based Build that uses a mix of Glinstone and Crystal Sorceries to range down enemies with predjudice.
  10. Hellfire Herald: A dual wielding greatsword build that destroy enemies rapidly while with staining punishment
  11. Blood Dancer: A Bleed Build that focuses on the use of Twinblades and Dragon magic to erase enemies in seconds.
  12. Colossus Guardian: A Strength Build that pounds enemies to dust with a single Colossus Hammer.
  13. Darkmoon Spellblade: A melee mage build that uses the Dark Moon Greatsword to stagger enemies at range and get repeated Critical Attacks.
  14. Blazing Bushido: A Samurai Build that uses the Nagakiba and a Greatbow to take on enemies at range or in close combat.
  15. Lightning Lancer: A tanky build that uses a Greatshield and Spear to dispatch enemies while buffing itself and throwing Lightning around like Zeus
  16. Blackflame Spellblade: A Dex/Faith Build that focuses on the use of Black Flame Incantations and Bleeding.
  17. Battlemage: A melee focused mage that can deal incredible damage up close, while also ranging down enemies from afar, all while using Armor and a Shield.
  18. Golden Eye: A purely ranged Bow Build that focuses on dealing Holy Damage and Bleed, while casting some Incantations.
  19. Thundering Swordspear: A melee focused build that uses Lighting to strike enemies at range, and to boost damage in melee.

Elden Ring Endgame Builds Ranked

  1. Gravity God: A Quality Build (Strength/Dexterity) Build that uses the Fallingstar Beast Jaw to deadly effect
  2. Blasphemous Herald: A melee build that uses Jump Attacks and the Blasphemous Blade to demolish enemies point blank and at range.
  3. Sanguine Samurai: A Dexterity/Arcane Build that uses the Rivers of Blood Katana to bleed enemies to death
  4. Moonlight Crusader: An Intelligence-based warrior that uses the Dark Moon Greatsword and Spells.
  5. Carian Spellknight: An Intelligence Build that uses Carian Grandeur to slice enemies to bits.
  6. Metor Mage: An Intelligence Mage Build that uses Gravity Spells effectively.
  7. Nebula Knight: A Dexterity/Intelligence tank Build that uses a Shield and Wing of Astel to blow enemies away.
  8. Dragon Warrior: An Arcane melee Build that uses dual curved swords to rapidly build up Attack Power and then unleash devastating Dragon Spells.
  9. Death Knight: An Intelligence Build that uses the Sword of Night and Flame, and Carian Knight's Shield to destroy enemies in melee and at range.
  10. Dark Knight: An Intelligence Build that can range down enemies with Night Sorceries or punish them in melee combat with dual Greatswords.
  11. Elementalist: An Intelligence/Faith Build that can cast any spell in the game effectively, and relies only on Magic.
  12. Magic Dragonknight: An Arcane Build that uses Dragon Spells to their fullest, melting Bosses and enemies in mere seconds.
  13. Blackflame Bushido: A Faith/Dexterity Samurai build that uses Black Flame spells and Phantom Slash to burn enemies to a crisp.
  14. Golden Champion: A Dexterity based tanky warrior that can Block Counter, Parry and Dual Wield all in one setup.
  15. Royal Knight: A Strength/Intelligence Build that uses two Magic-base Weapons and a Greatshield to freeze enemies in melee and at range.
  16. Lightning Dragoon: A Quality Build (Strength/Dexterity) that uses Block Counters and Lightning to electrify enemies from any distance.
  17. Serpent Samurai: A Samurai Build that uses Poison and Dexterity to drain enemies of HP over time and via repeated strikes.
  18. Sorcery Sentinel: A Quality Build (Strength/Dexterity) that deals solid melee damage, and can eliminate enemies at range with magic damage.
  19. Eochaid Executioner: A Strength/Arcane Build that uses the Marais Executioner's Sword or Regalia of Eochaid to deal massive damage via Eochaid's Dancing Blade
  20. Freezing Battlemage: A melee mage build that uses Carian Slicer and other Carian Sword Sorceries to their fullest!
  21. Venomous Bloodblade: A Quality Build that uses Bleed and Poison to boost Attack Power extremely high while dual wielding Curved Swords.
  22. Inquisitor: A Quality build that uses Ghiza's Wheel to devastating effect.
  23. Howling Starfist: A Dexterity Build that uses Star Fists and Beast's Roar to melee and range enemies down at any distance.
  24. Flame Dancer: A Strength/Faith Build that uses a Greatshield for Block Counters, Flame Dance to destroy groups of enemies, and Fire Incantations for ranged attacks.
  25. Crusader: A Faith/melee hybrid Build that utilizes Block Counters as well as Faith-based Incantations to deal high damage while being very tanky.
  26. Colossal Crusher: A pure Strength Build that uses Troll's Roar to crush enemies into oblivion via Staggers and Critical Strikes.
  27. Black Knife Assassin: A dual Daggers Build that uses Faith and Dexterity to shred enemies up close via repeated strikes.
  28. Bloody Bowman: A pure Archer Build that uses Dexterity and Strength and status effect arrows to defeat enemies.

 

Elden Ring Journey 2 Builds Ranked

  1. Crimson Duelist: An Arcane Build that bleeds out enemies in seconds.
  2. Pyromancer: A Faith caster than only uses Fire Magic.
  3. Soul Samurai: A Dexterity/Intelligence build that uses Spells and the Nagakiba to slash enemies to pieces.
  4. Sword Saint: A Dexterity/Faith Build that uses the Sacred Relic Sword and optimizes Wave of Gold.
  5. Godslayer: A Strength/Faith Build that uses the Godslayer's Greatsword to burn enemies to a crisp.
  6. Slumbering Swordstress: A Sleep focused build that uses Sword of St.Trina.
  7. Mad King: An Arcane/Faith/Dexterity Build that uses Madness, Hemorrhage and Morgott's Cursed Sword.
  8. Black Blade: A Strength/Faith Build that uses the Black Blade Incantation and Maliketh's Black Blade to wipe out 20% Boss HP in seconds.
  9. Starscourge: A General Radahn inspired Build that uses the Starscourge Greatsword and his Armor Set.
  10. Golden Sword Sage: A pure Holy Damage Build that uses Golden Order Incantations, Faith and Intelligence to face down opponents.
  11. Waterfowl Warrior: A Samurai Build that uses the Hand of Malenia's Waterfowl Dance to destroy Bosses in seconds.
  12. Carian Cavalier: A Quality Build that uses a Halberd to destroy enemies in seconds with repeated strikes.

 

ELDEN RING BUILDS BY STATS

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Elden Ring Builds: Newly Added

 

Elden Ring Crimson Duelist Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

An Arcane build that uses Rogier's Rapier and Sepukku to bleed enemies to death very quickly.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff yourself with Seppuku and use the unique R2 attack of Rogier's Rapier that hits twice to one shot most enemies, triggering blood loss with nearly every R2 attack, boosting your Attack Power from White Mask and Lord of Blood's Exultation, as well as Winged Sword Insignia and Millicent's Prosthesis. This gives you very high Attack Rating very quickly, and is easy to maintain since you can one shot most every enemy quickly.

By using Carian Retaliation on a Shield in your left hand you will be have the most possible frames for Parrying, making it easier to Parry than just about any other setup. This allows you to get Critical Attacks when needed, when you aren't focusing on R2s of course. You can also Parry spells, and fling them back at casters for more damage as well.

 

Elden Ring Starscourge Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Strength Build that uses the Starscourge Greatsword and its devastating weapon skill: Starcaller Cry.

The way this Build works is that you'll use Sacrificial Axe in your offhand and Starscourge Greatsword in your right. When you dual wield the Starscourge Greatsword, since it's a paired weapon, you will still technically have the Axe equipped, which will provide you 4 FP every time you kill an enemy. This allows you to use Starcaller Cry more liberally, which is great.

Starcaller Cry should be used on large groups of enemies since it has a huge AoE radius, and can often one shot weaker enemies. Make sure you use the follow up attack to finish off tougher to kill enemies, since it does far more damage than the cry itself.

Jump Attacks can be used on lone enemies or on Bosses that you struggle to perform Starcaller Cry against. Remember to start the cry when bosses are just on the edge of the AoE to give you time to pull off the follow up attack without being interrupted. Your armor does have good Poise, but some bosses hit really hard.

 

 

Elden Ring Pyromancer Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Faith spellcaster Build that only uses Fire Magic to burn enemies to a crisp.

The way this Build works is that you'll use the higher Incantation Scaling of Erdtree Seal to cast your spells, while still getting the buff from Giant's Seal by holding it in your off hand. You can even swap to Giant's Seals later on when you get another from another player or in New Game Plus.

You'll use Golden Vow to buff yourself, increasing your spell damage as well as defenses, and you can use Flame, Grant Me Strength for tougher fights and Bosses. Burn, O Flame! is a Dragon killer, and is very effective against enemies you can get under, or that are very large in size, since each column can hit for very good damage.

Flame of the Fell God works well as a setup spell cast before you aggro a tough enemy or at the beginning of a Boss fight when it's closing the distance to you. If you fire off Giantsflame Take Thee immediately after casting this, they will usually detonate together for some serious burst damage. 

Giantsflame Take This is your Boss killer and is useful against tough enemies and tightly packed groups. It's expensive so don't use it all the time, just when you need it. The rest of the time use Flame, Fall Upon Them to deal with regular groups of enemies, since it's more Mana efficient and can AoE very effectively, often killing many enemies at once.

 

Elden Ring Slumbering Swordstress Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Quality (Strength/Dexterity) Build that uses Sleep to dispatch enemies very quickly.

The way this Build works is that you'll use two Sword of St. Trina to dual wield attack enemies and set them asleep quickly while fighting them. Dual Wield attacks hit more rapidly than single attacks, allowing you to build up enemy Sleep bars much more quickly.

You can use Mists of Slumber to begin the fight, often putting enemies to sleep quickly, but if not your right hand weapon will be buffed with more Sleep build up. This will allow you to put the enemy to sleep more easily with follow up attacks.

 

Elden Ring Intelligence Builds

 

Elden Ring Mage Build (Beginner)

A pure ranged Build that focuses on ranging enemies down from afar, without the need to ever engage in melee combat.

Glintstone Pebble is your bread and butter and has longer range than Great Glintstone Shard, but less damage. Good for thinning out enemies.

Glintstone Arc is good for packs, but is very situational, and shouldn't be used much.

Loretta's Greatbow is your long range high damage ability that can be charged for even more damage. Use this to hit enemies very far away that are dangerous.

Carian Slicer is great for fights where you can't stay at range because it's too dangerous or when enemies are very aggressive.

Carian Piercer is great for invaders and NPC invaders, and can keep you safe.

Ash of War: Glintstone Phalanx does incredible damage if you upgrade your melee weapon. It also staggers enemies easily, allowing critical attacks. Use it on aggressive enemies.

 

Elden Ring Sorcerer Build (Outdated)

NOTE: As of patch 1.03 Determination no longer applies the buff to any source of damage other than the weapon to which the Ash of War is applied. It can no longer be used to increase the damage of sorceries or incantations. See the next build for a similar updated variant of this build.

An advancement of the Mage Build showcasing what to use next and where to go in terms of a caster only type of Build around level 50 or so.

How this Build works is that you'll hold your staff in your left hand and dagger in the right, and buff yourself with Determination** pressing L2 as necessary. This will provide you a ten second buff that increases all spell damage by 60% unless you hit something with your Dagger, which you don't want to do. This is very situational and may not be needed but is great when facing tough enemies or when you need to spam spells.

Glintstone Pebble will be your bread and butter to pick off enemies through out levels, and even works well against some Bosses because of its long range. Glintstone Arc is an AoE spell used when enemies are grouped up, and is very situational.

Great Glintstone Shard is great against aggressive enemies or large enemies that don't dodge, dealing about 80% more damage than Pebble, but with a higher cost and shorter range. Use this when you need to burst something charging at you down in a hurry.

Loretta's Longbow is used when you need extreme range to take out a dangerous foe and can be used to cheese many enemies in the game by staying just outside their aggro range and casting it. Buff with Determination for best results.

Lastly Rock Sling is used against enemies that are resistant to Magic Damage, because it deals Physical Damage, so it's great in the Liurnia of the Lakes area. It's further boosted by Meteorite Staff since it's a Gravity Sorcery as well.

Elden Ring Sorcerer Build (Mage Level 50)

An advancement of the Mage Build showcasing what to use next and where to go in terms of a caster only type of Build around level 50 or so.

Glintstone Pebble and Carian Slicer are your main spells. Carian Slicer is fast, deals high damage in a small melee AoE, and costs very little FP, it has the highest damage per FP ratio of all spells. Glintstone Pebble is used if you need to kill mobs from affar.

Great Glintstone Shard is only used when ranged burst damage is required. It deals 35-45% more damage than Glinstone Pebble, travels 5-10% farther, but costs 70% more FP.

Rock Sling deals very high damage but has a long casting time. It's even moer effective against enemies resistant to Magic Damage, because it deals Physical Damage. It's damage is further boosted by Meteorite Staff since it's a Gravity Sorcery. It also deals quite high poise damage, often staggering enemies in a few casts.

Lastly, Loretta's Longbow is a situational spell used when you need extreme range to take out a dangerous foe from afar. It can be used to cheese many enemies in the game by staying just outside their aggro range and casting it.

 

Elden Ring Spellblade Build

A melee-focused Mage Build that uses magic to enhance and deal damage up close to enemies.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff your Rapier or Estoc with Scholar's Armament to double your melee damage or so early on, allowing you to one or two shot most enemies. Make sure that you have both your Staff and Weapon out at the same time or you won't be able to buff it. You can use Glintstone Pebble to thin enemies when their are many to prevent yourself from being swarmed, and also to hit enemies that you can't get to physically.

Carian Slicer is your money maker and makes short work of Bosses and challenging enemies. You'll spam this repeatedly when you get openings to melt Boss HP. It's absolutely devastating. Just know that you deal almost no Stagger with this Spell so you will have to read enemy ques and dodge when they begin to retaliate.

You can use a Shield in some scenarios where Blocking is beneficial, but it rarely is since it drains your Stamina when Blocking and you need it to attack rapidly with Carian Slicer.

 

Elden Ring Magus Build (Level 50)

A melee-mage Build that uses Scholar's Armament and Glintstone Phalanx to deal Critical Damage to enemies.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff your Rapier with Scholar's Armament and then hit L2 to use Glintstone Phalanx. Make sure you use the Keen version of this Ash of War or you won't be able to buff it!

Glintstone Phalanx usually staggers enemies in one or two bursts, so be ready to deal Critical Damage with your Rapier which has a Critical Rating of 130 which is pretty damn good. This allows you to kill tough enemies easily.

Use Glintstone Pebble to thin out enemies or to reach enemies you cannot get with melee attacks, or on horseback as necessary.

Use  Carian Greatsword when outnumbered or when on horseback in order to dispatch enemies easily.

 

 

Elden Ring Enchanted Knight Build (Level 50)

A medium-armor melee-based sorcerer Build that allows you to Block with a Shield while attacking with Carian Sword Sorceries in your right hand.

You need to have a well rounded stat spread for this Build since you are playing it like a melee character that uses a Shield, so good Vigor and Endurance helps with Blocking and taking damage. Make sure you have enough Intelligence to deal damage, but don't go crazy and leave your character vulnerable. You will be in melee range so you will get hit.

When facing tough enemies buff with Barricade Shield to reduce the Stamina consumption of Blocking so that you have more Stamina to use Carian Slicer or Carian Greatsword.

Spam Carian Slicer to melt bosses and tough enemies and use Carian Greatsword when mounted or when getting too close to some enemies is risky. Use Carian Piercer against NPC Invaders, and use Glintstone Pebble to tackle flying enemies or enemies you cannot reach with melee attacks.

 

Elden Ring Moonveil Samurai Build (Level 50)

A melee-mage Build that uses Transient Moonlight to stagger enemies and deal critical damage.

The way this Build works is that you use Transient Moonlight with R2 instead of R1 to stagger enemies and then critically strike them. Using the Assassin's Cerulean Dagger and Carian Filigreed Crest recovers the cost of using Transient Moonlight so that you never run out of FP.

Use Loretta's Greatbow to take out difficult enemies at range, and use Glintstone Pebble to do the same when they aren't quite as far away.

Carian Greatsword is used to AoE enemies that are grouped up, and is benefited by Radagon Icon.

 

 

Elden Ring Sword Sage Build (Level 50)

The Sword Sage is a combination of Intelligence and Faith, using the Sword of Night and Flame and Death Sorceries.

The way this Build works is that you increase your Intelligence and Faith high enough to use Sword of Night and Flame and Ancient Death Rancor, which requires 34 Int and 24 Faith.

Sword of Night and Flame has an amazing Weapon Art that allows you to do a Comet-like beam with L2 and R1 that does insane damage and has great range. L2 and R2 is a flame strike in an AoE in front of you that can wipe out packs of enemies.

Rancorcall and Ancient Death Rancor require Intelligence and Faith to use, so are a natural fit here. Meteorite Staff is not the ideal staff to use here, and you'll want to swap this out for Prince of Death's Staff once you get it, as it scales off both Int and Faith. It also boosts the damage of Death Sorceries, which both of these are.

Ancient Death Rancor does incredible stagger damage to enemies, allowing you to pin them down if you spam this, which is fantastic solo and in co op play. It's particularly good against fast moving enemies and bosses that are hard to hit with Sword of Night and Flame's Weapon arts

 

Elden Ring Darkmoon Spellblade Build (Level 100)

A melee mage build that focuses on the use of the Dark Moon Greatsword and other Glintblade Sorceries to destroy its enemies.

Generally how this Build works is that you'll sent up your combo of either Magic Glintblade & Moonlight Greatsword or Greatblade Phalanx & Moonlight Greatsword against enemies depending on what you are facing (Magic Glintblade for weaker ones, Greatblade Phalanx for tougher ones).

It generally goes something like this, buff your Greatsword with L2, cast Magic Glintblade or Greatblade Phalanx and then either hold R2 or charge forward into range and then hold R2 and then hit R2 again. You're trying to time it so that the wave from the Greatsword connects with the enemy around the same time as the spell, or just before, so that the spell staggers after the wave, allowing you an opening for a second wave.

You can use Unseen Form to help you navigate levels, avoiding ranged enemies that might hit you unsuspectingly, allowing you to range them down with Glintstone Pebble or Magic Glintblade.

Loretta's Greatbow is there for very long range when the situation calls for it. Sometimes you just need a bit of range, and this spell single handedly takes care of that.

 

 

Elden Ring Battlemage Build (Level 100)

I melee mage Build that uses Sorceries as their only means of damage while wielding a Shield in their off-hand to protect themselves and buff their damage.

The way this Build works is that you use the Jellyfish Shield in your left hand and the Carian Glintstone Staff and Dagger in your right, and use Carian Slicer as your melee attack. It's cheaper than Glintstone Pebble, allowing you to use it nearly twice as much, helping to preserve FP.

You can use your Jellyfish Shield to Block effectively, and also use its Skill: Contagious Fury to boost your damage by 20% for 30 seconds, including your Spell Damage. This lets you defeat enemies more easily, and sometimes gives you just enough damage to one shot enemies with Glintstone Pebble, where Royal Knights Resolve would be too much damage and a waste of FP.

Carian Greatsword is there for AoE when needed, and Loretta's Greatbow is there for long range damage as necessary. Having these options makes you much more flexible, which a Battlemage should be in my opinion.

Lastly, when you want to go full on Carian Slicer, like before a Boss, you'll swap your Staff to your left hand and buff with Royal Knight's Resolve with your Dagger before spamming L1 to melt tough enemies or Bosses.

 

Elden Ring Deathblade Build (Level 100)

An Intelligence/Faith Build thas uses the Sword of Night and Flame to full effect, while also using both Sorceries and Incantations to dispatch enemies.

The way this Build works is that you'll prioritize using the magic attack of Sword of Night and Flame, by using things that boost its damage, as well as the damage of your regular weapon attacks. Magic Scorpion Charm, Golden Vow, Spellblade Set and Terra Magica all boost this damage, making it much more deadly. You can still use the Flame attack when you want as well, but you'll buff with Flame, Grant Me Strength instead of Terra Magica when using it to boost Fire Damage instead of magic.

You also deal incredible damage just with regular melee attacks, as the Sword of Night and Flame has one of the highest Attack Ratings in Elden Ring. If you can get someone to drop you a second one, consider dual wielding them for even more deadly melee attacks.

You'll supplement your melee attacks and weapon skills with magic, most notably Black Flame when you need some mid range Fire Damage, or Magic Glintblade when you need mid range Magic Damage. You'll use Loretta's Greatbow to take out things from really long range, and Ancient Death Rancor is there to stagger enemies and Bosses (particularly those that you can target the head), giving you an opening to use Sword of Night and Flame's Skills.

 

 

Elden Ring Crystal Mage Build (Level 100)

The Crystal Mage Build is an Intelligence focused Build that uses Crystal and Glintstone Sorceries to dispatch enemies at range.

This Build uses the Crystal Staff to boost the damage of both Crystal Torrent and Shattering Crystal. Lusat's Glintstone Staff costs too much FP to use consistently, and we don't meet the requirements to use Carian Regal Staff yet, so this is the next best one when it comes to scaling.

You'll use Contagious Fury by keeping your Shield in your left hand, buffing your spell damage by 20% for 30 seconds when you use it. This helps range things down more easily, and it has a short animation, allowing you to use it rather easily in boss encounters.

Use Shattering Crystal to AoE and against big enemies, as they get hit by the most Crystals. Crystal Torrent is there to melt bosses and enemies at good range, and when combined with Terra Magica, it can kill most enemies and some Bosses in a single cast.

Glintstone Pebble and Great Glinstone Shard are there for trash enemies, while Comet can be used on the more difficult ones, where using Crystal Torrent is not possible due to its long animation. It can be held down for even longer range, allowing you to hit distant enemies effectively.

Bestial Vitality is there for a small heal over time to restore health to reactive Ritual Sword Talisman when you reach full HP, increasing your damage by 10% once again.

 

Elden Ring Frost Knight Build (Level 100)

The Frost Knight Build is a melee focused Build that uses the Ice Spear Ash of War to deal Magic Damage at range, and to set the Frostbite Status Effect reliably on enemies.

This Build uses Ice Spear to add even more Magic Damage to the Clayman's Harpoon, and to range down enemies from a distance. It also sets the Frostbite Status Effect with enough hits, wiping out a chunk of enemy HP, increasing the damage they take, and reducing their Stamina recovery.

Additionally, Ice Spear does tons of Stance damage at range, allowing you to break enemy stances easily, allowing for frequent critical attacks. When combined with Block Counters, that also do very high stance damage, you can soften enemies up as they approach and then finish them with Block Counters or stagger them and then finish them.

Scholar's Shield will make the Carian Knight Shield nearly 100% Magic Resistant, allowing you to block magic attacks with ease. And on top of that it, boosts your Guard Boost by 25%, allowing you to block attacks more easily. It's not a bad replacement for Barricade Shield (post 1.03 patch) if you can get your Guard Boost high enough, which is why we use the Greatshield Talisman.

Terra Magica is there to buff your damage in fights where you can setup beforehand, just make sure to remain in its area to gain increased damage. You can use Scholar's Armament if you went Standard or Heavy on your weapon instead of Cold or Frost to further buff your damage.

Magic Glintblade is there for a longer range option, and Greatblade Phalanx is useful for stagger damage.

 

 

Elden Ring Moonveil Shinobi Build (Level 100)

A melee-mage Build that uses Transient Moonlight and Glintstone Phalanx to stagger enemies and to set both Hemorrhage and Frostbite on them.

The way this Build works is that you will swap to your Cold Uchigatana and throw up Glinstone Phalanx before swapping back to dual wield. You'll move to melee range using L2 and R2 to use Transient Moonlight, staggering enemies with the combination of both the Phalanx and Moonveil as they hit at roughly the same time. You may not need both, but this is the play for tougher enemies and bosses. Once downed, spam L1 to set Hemorrhage and Frostbite on the target to finish them off  quickly.

Use Loretta's Greatbow to take out difficult enemies at range, and use Great Glinstone Shard to do the same when they aren't quite as far away, as it has been patched since 1.03 to be much better.

Make sure to Critically Strike enemies you stagger to regain FP if they are not Bosses, since you likely won't need to spam dual wield attacks to finish them off.

 

Elden Ring Cold-Blooded Raptor Build (Level 100)

A Strength/Intelligence Build that uses Claws to deal damage rapidly, and to also set the Hemorrhage and Frostbite status effects.

The way this Build works is that you'll two hand your Claws, which brings out a second one and buff with Royal Knight's Resolve to boost the damage with both Claws. This is possible because they are only considered one Weapon, and buffs both Claws. You'll then Jump Attack enemies or bosses for increased damage, finishing them off with R1 attacks if they survive. Keep the Sacrificial Axe in your left hand to regain 4 FP per kill, even when dual wielding your Claws.

You'll build up Hemorrhage and Frostbite on anything that doesn't die in a few hits, ripping off huge chunks of HP rapidly, making your damage output very high.

You can supplement your melee playstyle with spells to give you ranged attacks, though they will be less powerful than a pure mage Build. Still you have options depending on the situation, and Greatblade Phalanx is fantastic as it works well with a melee playstyle and helps to stagger enemies.

 

 

Elden Ring Dark Knight Build (Level 150)

An Intelligence Build that power stances Greatswords to great effect, dealing high magic and physical damage in melee and at range.

The way this Build works is that you will power stance Helphen's Steeple and Dark Moon Greatsword, with Steeple in your right hand and Dark Moon in your left. You'll buff with Moonlight Greatsword, and then buff with Ruinous Ghostflame and then do primarily jump attacks on enemies to kill most regular enemies in one attack. Some more difficult enemies may take more.

You can rebuff easily because Ruinous Ghostflame has a modest cast time, and it only lasts half as long as Moonlight Greatsword, so you'll need to use it twice for every one cast of Moonlight. You may not be able to rebuff with Moonlight in tough fights, but you absolutely should with Ruinous in order to gain more Frost build up.

You can swap our Steeple for Staff of Loss when you need to cast Night Comet or Night Shard, to range down enemies where it's easier to do. You can swap back and forth as necessary, maybe even multiple times during the same fight.

 

Elden Ring Elementalist Build (Level 150)

An Intelligence/Faith Build that can cast nearly any spell in the game, and only uses ranged magic to destroy enemies.

The way this Build works is that you will use Prince of Death's Staff to cast Sorceries and Golden Order Seal to cast Incantations. You'll buff with Golden Vow to increase your spell damage, as well as boost your defenses. Then you'll select the spell that's best suited for the situation.

Stone of Guarranq is your ranged Physical Damage spell that can be chained effectively at modest range. You can also use Rock Sling, but it casts slower, though it does have longer range and does more stagger damage.

Lightning Spear is your Lightning Damage spell that you'll use to take out enemies weak to Lightning. You can charge it for extra damage as needed and it does +10% damage in the rain.

Black Flame is your ranged Fire Damage spell that deals that can be charged for extra damage, and also does a small damage over time based on the max HP of the enemy. Catch Flame is used in melee situations where enemies are so aggressive you can't cast spells. Catch Flame is cast quickly after you roll or sprint, allowing you to "melee" enemies with it.

Great Glintstone Shard is your ranged spell that has good range and average damage and can be spammed. You can use other Magic Damage spells as well like Loretta's Greatbow for more range, or you can use Comet for a more spammable higher damage Great Glintstone Shard.

Triple Rings of Light is your go to Holy Damage spell that has a modest range and good spread. Litany of  Proper Death is a great AoE that annihilates undead and prevents them from respawning.

 

 

Elden Ring Freezing Battlemage Build (Level 150)

A melee mage build that uses Carian Slicer and other Carian Sword Sorceries to their fullest!

The way this Build works is that you'll use Carian Slicer to its fullest by casting it with Lusat's Glintstone Staff and wielding Carian Glintstone Staff in the other hand or by using Contagious Fury from the Jellyfish Shield. Lusat's Glintstone Staff increases FP cost by 50%, but Carian Slicer only costs 6 FP to begin with, so you can get away with it here in order to boost damage.

You'll use Adula's Moonblade for larger enemies that are hard to hit with Carian Slicer and for AoE groups, and the damage of this Spell and all Cold Sorceries is boosted by 10% because of the Snow Witch Hat.

Carian Piercer is there for NPC invaders or actual invaders, as it has incredible hit boxes, and allows you to roll catch easily. Glinstone Icecrag is your ranged option that helps build up Frostbite, and deals decent damage, but is slow and doesn't have great range. You could swap this for Great Glintstone Shard if you want.

Freezing Mist is used to set Frostbite on tough enemies or Bosses to reduce their damage absorption, allowing you to deal more Magic Damage with your spells.

 

Elden Ring Carian Spellknight Build (Level 150)

An Intelligence Build that uses the Carian Grandeur to one shot difficult tough enemies and some Bosses.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow and use your Shield to Block Counter regular enemies around the landscape. You'll use Carian Grandeur to one shot anything that's more difficult, and you can use Loretta's Greatbow and Great Glintstone Shard to pick things off at range as necessary.

Greatblade Phalanx is used to help stagger an enemy when connecting with Carian Grandeur close to the time it lands. You can use Terra Magica to buff your Magic Damage before a tough fight if you have time, making you even more deadly.

Founding Rain of Stars works well for larger enemies, or those that aren't extremely mobile, like Dragons or Godskin Noble. Rykard's Rancor gives you a high damage Fire Spell you can use when enemies are highly magic resistant.

 

 

Elden Ring Death Knight Build (Level 150)

An Intelligence Build that uses the Sword of Night and Flame and Shield as well as some Death Sorceries

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow and use Rancor and Sword of Night and Flame to take on regular enemies, using Carian Knight's Shield to Block Counter as needed.

You'll swap to Ancient Death Rancor for more difficult enemies, and you'll use the Night Comet ability of Sword of Night and Flame to finish them of while they are staggered from Ancient Death Rancor. 

If you can get the drop on a tough enemy or Boss, you'll place Terra Magica down first to boost your Magic Damage even further, before unloading with Ancient Death Rancor, and then firing off the Night Comet ability of Night and Flame when they get close to you.

 

Elden Ring Royal Knight Build (Level 150)

A Strength/Intelligence Build that uses the Royal Greatsword and Clayman's Harpoon to set Frostbite and destroy enemies.

The way this Build works is that you'll swap between using the Royal Greatsword and Clayman's Harpoon depending on the circumstances, while Blocking with your Eclipse Greatshield and using Guard Counters for massive damage and Critical Attacks.

Wolf's Assault does devastating damage if you can land the first hit, and the AoE will often one shot groups of enemies, and both of these hits build up Frostbite, though the normal weapon attacks of the Royal Greatsword do not.

You can swap to the Clayman's Harpoon, using the Cold version for better Strength scaling, and to help set the Frostbite status effect more easily. You'll use Ice Spear with it to range enemies when needed, using to Stance Break enemies by filling their stagger meter now and then.

You can buff with Scholar's Shield if you want to equip a staff, which further boosts the Guard Boost and damage negation of your Shield, making you damn near invincible while Blocking. Keep in mind you can use Clayman's Harpoon to Block and attack at the same time, so it's a good strategy against enemies you are having a hard time with.

 

 

Elden Ring Moonlight Crusader Build (Level 150)

An Intelligence Build that uses the Dark Moon Greatsword and spells to range down enemies from a distance.

The way this Build works is that you'll be using the Moonlight Greatsword ability of the Dark Moon Greatsword to change the R2 attack into a wave that can stagger enemies at range when fully charged. This wave deals 100% Magic Damage, which is why we pump Intelligence very high with this Build, even though the Greatsword can scale with other stats. 

Casting Greatblade Phalanx and then hitting with a fully-charged wave from Moonlight Greatsword will stagger most enemies and some Bosses. This combination is extremely deadly and you should use it as much as possible when facing difficult enemies.

Terra Magica boosts all Magic Damage when standing inside its area of effect, so this includes Moonlight Greatsword and any melee attacks you do while inside it, since the Greatsword does some Magic Damage as well. Use this to boost your damage when needed.

Lastly, hitting Bosses with Ranni's Dark Moon will debuff them and can even trigger Frostbite, further reducing the protection they have. Use this first when beginning Boss fights when possible.

 

Elden Ring Meteor Mage Build (Level 150)

An Intelligence Mage Build that uses Gravity Sorceries that deal both Physical and Magic Damage to cataclysmic effect.

The way this Build works is that you'll hold the Meteorite Staff in your left hand in order to give you a passive increase to Gravity Sorcery damage (+30%). You'll then cast with the Carian Regal Scepter in your right hand because it has better Sorcery Scaling at higher Intelligence levels. This makes your Gravity Sorceries hit extremely hard.

You'll use Collapsing Stars and Gravity Well for trash enemies as these are easiest to use in these type of encounters, and remember these spells PULL enemies towards you. You can pull them off edges or down to you, and then hit them with Spinning Weapon to finish them off if needed. Both these spells deal Magic Damage and can be charged, so benefit from Magic Scorpion Charm and Godfrey Icon. Charge them when you can.

Rock Sling is there when you need Physical Damage, or are trying to stagger a Boss. It's hard to use in close quarters so it's very situational.

Meteorite and Meteorite of Astel are used to take down large packs of enemies or large Bosses that have huge hit boxes. Hold down the spell to continue dropping Meteors on them. Use the Cerulean Hidden Tear to remove the FP cost of these spells for 10 seconds when slotted into your Flask of Wonderous Physick. This will allow you to nuke them for a very long time without FP concerns. Meteorite of Astel casts many more Meteors, but costs way more FP.

 

 

Elden Ring Nebula Knight Build (Level 150)

A Dexterity/Intelligence Build that uses the Wing of Astel to great effect by capitalizing on its weapon skill Nebula.

The Nebula Knight Build uses a combination of Block Counters and the weapon skill of Wing of Astel: Nebula to handle any situation effectively. Because Wing of Astel scales well with both Dexterity and Intelligence, we don't use a Great Shield for this Build, due to low Strength. Carian Knight's Shield is an excellent choice for those using a Shield with no Strength investment. And because Scholar's Shield further increases its mitigations and Guard Boost, it only gets even more effective.

Wing of Astel has a unique R2 attack and charged R2 attack that fires 1 or 2 waves of magic forward, depending on whether you charged it or not. These waves deal 100% Magic Damage (just like Nebula), making them benefit greatly from Magic Scorpion as well as Terra Magica. The waves, however, do not benefit from the Axe Talisman, though the damage you deal with the sword itself does. These waves also increase in damage based on your Intelligence, making it imperative for this Build.

Nebula is really your go to for Boss encounters, and it shoots out star clusters in front of you that explode dealing Magic Damage. They group up in tight spaces, but fan out in open locations. You can cast Nebula and then follow up with a Charged R2 for great stagger damage, or just spam Nebula.

 

Elden Golden Sword Sage Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Faith/Intelligence Build that focuses on the use of Holy Damage and Golden Order Incantations.

The way this Build works is that you'll be wielding the Coded Sword, which deals 100% Holy Damage and only scales with Faith. You'll use Sacred Scorpion Charm, Ritual Sword Talisman and Holy-Shrouding Cracked Tear to boost its damage. Use Unblockable Blade for a small cluster of enemies, or against Bosses or enemies that use Shields.

Discus of Light is your go to offensive Golden Order Incantation, and its boosted in damage by Sacred Scorpion Charm, Ritual Sword Talisman, Holy-Shrouded Cracked Tear, Golden Order Seal and Radiant Gold Mask. You could even slot Flock's Canvas Talisman for more damage if you wish. You can chain spam this spell to deal with many enemies and Bosses from a distance.

Triple Rings of Light is used to deal with enemies that dodge when you fling spells, like Black Knife Assassins, Bloodhound Knights, or Godskin Apostles. It deals slightly more damage than Discus of Light on average, but costs about 3x the FP, so I don't advise using it regularly.

Radagon's Rings of Light is a fantastic AoE spell that can wipe out huge packs of enemies, especially if you hold down the cast button, since this further increases range. This can be used from horseback as well, and if it doesn't kill enemies, it will knock them down allowing for easy follow up casts. It has further range and damage than Wrath of Gold, and is also boosted by Golden Order Seal and Radiant Gold Mask.

Elden Stars is your super long range spell that's good at picking off enemies from a long distance, or harassing Bosses while you attack with other spells or Unblockable Blade. You won't use it often, but it's nice to have when you need it.

Litany of Proper Death you will only use against Undead enemies, so only slot this when you need it. And Golden Vow is there to increase damage and defenses further, and Blessing of the Eerdtree is there to keep your HP topped off to proc the effects of Ritual Sword and Ritual Shield Talismans.

Sword of Knight and Flame is useful against Holy Damage resistant enemies, and you should sub this in when needed. Be sure to swap out Sacred Scorpion Charm for Magic or Fire, and to replace Holy-Shrouded Cracked Tear with Magic or Fire as well. Shard of Alexander is also a nice addition here.

 

 

Elden Soul Samurai Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Dexterity Intelligence Build that uses the Nagakiba and Scholar's Armament to phenomenal result.

The way this Build works is that you'll use Unseen Form and the Black Knife Set to sneak up on enemies getting easy backstabs and attacks. These two things will muffle your sound and make you harder to see.

You can use Greatblade Phalanx when you know enemies are going to come at you, and cast Freezing Mist on tough enemies and Bosses to soften up their defenses via the Frostbite status effect.

Cast Founding Rain of Stars at the beginning of Boss fights when they start to come at you, and try to fight around the AoE it creates for best results. Try to dodge and use Double Slash while they are still in the AoE of FRoS.

Loretta's Greatbow is useful for situations where you need some long range or things will be markedly more difficult, and you can use Carian Retaliation to parry projectiles, which is great.

Scholar's Armament is your buff to really boost your damage over the top of a magic infused or cold infused Nagakiba. By keeping it Keen and using Scholar's Armament you will have higher damage potential as long as it remanis buffed.

 

Elden Ring Faith Builds

 

Elden Ring Paladin Build (Beginner)

A tanky healer who can buff and defend allies, allowing them to take the brunt of blows while their teams burns things down.

Before engaging in combat you'll summon your Spirit Ashes and then buff you and them with Golden Vow to increase damage and defenses. Use Barricade Shield when facing Bosses or tough enemies to be able to tank while your summons or companions burn enemies down. 

Boosting Faith will also increase your damage and healing/buffs so prioritize this over Strength, and only use Strength to meet weapon and shield requirements.

Once you gain Heal you'll be able to heal yourself and allies around you, prolonging the life of your summons.

 

Elden Ring Templar Build (Level 50 Paladin)

A tanky melee focused build that can heal itself and allies, as well as deal decent damage with Block Counters and Holy Weapon buffs.

The way this Build works is that you Block Counter off of attacks into your Shield by pressing R2. This often staggers enemies allowing you a Critical Attack, dealing devastating damage, but if not the Block Counter itself does substantial damage on its own.

You'll use Barricade Shield to reduce the Stamina consumption used to Block, allowing for more Block Counters, since these consume considerable Stamina.

Golden Vow is used when Cooperating to buff your group, or your Spirit Summons if you are using a group of them. Sacred Blade is much better when playing solo, as it gives you a ranged option, and buffs your damage considerably for a short while, though it has a long wind up making it hard to use mid boss fight.

Blessing's Boon is good for Coop and solo alike as it adds to the healing over time you are already getting from the Blessed Dew Talisman, and lasts a pretty good amount of time.

Aspects of the Crucible: Tail is your AoE clear spell, and can be replaced with any other AoE when you get one, but it does substantial stagger damage as well, and can drop Trolls and other large enemies with 2 casts. Remember you can hold the cast button when using it to do 2 tail swipes.

 

 

Elden Ring Dragon Priest Build (Beginner)

A Faith-based Build that focuses dealing Fire-Damage and using Dragon Spells to maximum effect.

The way this Build works is that you'll use Catch Flame to one shot most enemies and two or three shot tough enemies. Dragonfire is there to take out big groups of enemies, as it has a huge AoE cone that can keep dealing damage if you hold down R1. 

Spamming Catch Flame and Dragonfire absolutely wrecks enemies and Bosses but tears through your FP quickly, which is why we increase Mind to 20 first. You will also need 2 points into Arcane in order to meet the requirement for Dragonfire if you took the Prophet Class. Faith should then be increased to further boost damage, increasing Arcane as needed to meet the requirements for future Dragon Spells.

Make sure to get Golden Seeds and Sacred Tears as often as you can, and upgrade your Flasks at a Site of Grace as soon as you get them. You need the best and most Flasks you can get for this Build because of its high FP consumption.

 

Elden Ring Blackflame Apostle Build (Level 50)

A Faith-Dex Build that focuses on the use of Black Flame to boost damage and give multiple options to every scenario.

The way this Build works is that you'll carry your Seal in your left hand and weapon in your right, buffing it with either Black Flame Blade or Bloodflame Blade depending on the circumstance. Bloodflame Blade will boost your Bleed build up on your weapon, so if it already has Bleed on it, it will be even higher. It also boosts damage a bit.

Black Flame Blade has a very short cast time but very short duration. It does extra damage, and it's damage over time is based on the Max HP of the enemy, so it's more effective against high HP targets like Bosses and tough enemies, and is fantastic in Co Op where Bosses and enemies have even more HP. It also is good against enemies that can't Bleed.

Black Flame is your ranged spell that does solid damage, and a bit of damage over time as well based on the Max HP of the target, so just like Black Flame Blade is good against high HP enemies. However, you'll use this on many enemies just to clear some out before engaging in melee combat.

Catch Flame is great for enemies that are physical damage resistant, and is slightly cheaper than Black Flame. Use when you need fire damage up close.

 

 

Elden Ring Lightning Lancer Build (Level 100)

A tanky Faith Build that allow for the use of offensive and defensive Incantations while playing in melee.

How this Build works is that you focus on doing Block Counters with your Shield after buffing it with Barricade Shield. With this setup you will take ZERO Stamina damage when Blocking, allowing you to Block even the most deadly of attacks. This conserves Stamina for Block Counters and Attacks.

You'll use Golden Vow, Electrify Armament and Blessing's Boon to buff before tough fights, like boss encounters. Golden Vow boosts your overall damage (including spells), as well as defenses. Electrify Armament buffs your Lighting Damage on your melee attacks by a lot, and Blessing's Boon heals you over time. All 3 of these buffs last 90 seconds, which is quite long.

Lightning Spear is your ranged option for flying enemies, or instances when you just need range. It can be used effectively on horseback as well, and since you can buff with Golden Vow while on horseback you can deal even more damage while riding and casting. You actually two-hand your Seal when riding to use it, so you have even more damage since it scales with Strength.

 

Elden Ring Sword Sage Build (Level 50)

The Sword Sage is a combination of Intelligence and Faith, using the Sword of Night and Flame and Death Sorceries.

The way this Build works is that you increase your Intelligence and Faith high enough to use Sword of Night and Flame and Ancient Death Rancor, which requires 34 Int and 24 Faith.

Sword of Night and Flame has an amazing Weapon Art that allows you to do a Comet-like beam with L2 and R1 that does insane damage and has great range. L2 and R2 is a flame strike in an AoE in front of you that can wipe out packs of enemies.

Rancorcall and Ancient Death Rancor require Intelligence and Faith to use, so are a natural fit here. Meteorite Staff is not the ideal staff to use here, and you'll want to swap this out for Prince of Death's Staff once you get it, as it scales off both Int and Faith. It also boosts the damage of Death Sorceries, which both of these are.

Ancient Death Rancor does incredible stagger damage to enemies, allowing you to pin them down if you spam this, which is fantastic solo and in co op play. It's particularly good against fast moving enemies and bosses that are hard to hit with Sword of Night and Flame's Weapon arts

 

 

Elden Ring Black Flame Spellblade Build (Level 100)

A Dexterity/Faith Build that uses Black Flame and Bleeding to destroy enemies.

The way this Build works is that you'll choose one of the weapons listed above because they come with Bleed on them natively, they call be buffed with Bloodflame Blade, and they can use the Ashes of War listed above.

You'll buff with Bloodflame Blade and Golden Vow as you make your way through Dungeons to increase your damage and Bleeding, and also your protection.

You'll use your Ash of War, whichever one you chose to help set Hemorrhage or Black Flame, depending on what you're facing. Black Flame Blade is more useful when enemies cannot Bleed, when cooperating, or when you cannot hit an enemy often enough to set Hemorrhage because they are so aggressive.

You'll use Black Flame when you need range, and Scouring Black Flame when you need AoE.

 

Elden Ring Hellfire Herald Build (Level 100)

A Dual-Wielding Greatsword Build that flattens enemies with Jump Attacks while using both Fire and Holy Damage.

The way this Build works is that you'll use two Royal Knight's Resolves on two Iron Greatswords either setting them both Flame Art or both Sacred depending on the enemies you are facing.

You'll use Jump Attacks to pancake enemies, which are further boosted by Raptor's Black Feathers, Claw Talisman and Royal Knight's Resolve. You can even buff both weapons if you have enough time for it.

Golden Vow increases your overall damage and defenses, allowing you to deal even more damage while becoming even tankier. Flame, Grant Me Strength allows you buff both your Fire and Physical Damage, and when you have two Flame Art infused Iron Greatswords that's a huge damage boost. 

Buff, Jump Attack, rinse and repeat as necessary.

 

 

Elden Ring Deathblade Build (Level 100)

An Intelligence/Faith Build thas uses the Sword of Night and Flame to full effect, while also using both Sorceries and Incantations to dispatch enemies.

The way this Build works is that you'll prioritize using the magic attack of Sword of Night and Flame, by using things that boost its damage, as well as the damage of your regular weapon attacks. Magic Scorpion Charm, Golden Vow, Spellblade Set and Terra Magica all boost this damage, making it much more deadly. You can still use the Flame attack when you want as well, but you'll buff with Flame, Grant Me Strength instead of Terra Magica when using it to boost Fire Damage instead of magic.

You also deal incredible damage just with regular melee attacks, as the Sword of Night and Flame has one of the highest Attack Ratings in Elden Ring. If you can get someone to drop you a second one, consider dual wielding them for even more deadly melee attacks.

You'll supplement your melee attacks and weapon skills with magic, most notably Black Flame when you need some mid range Fire Damage, or Magic Glintblade when you need mid range Magic Damage. You'll use Loretta's Greatbow to take out things from really long range, and Ancient Death Rancor is there to stagger enemies and Bosses (particularly those that you can target the head), giving you an opening to use Sword of Night and Flame's Skills.

 

Elden Ring Goldeneye Bow Build (Level 100)

A purely ranged Bow Build that focuses on dealing Holy Damage and Bleed, while casting some Incantations.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow and you'll use Golden Arrows to take down targets from a distance with your Erdtree Bow using Mighty Shot. Some fights you won't be able to stay far away and that's when you'll swap to your Black Bow.

You'll use Barrage and quick shots with the Black Bow to set Hemorrhage on targets that are too hard to kill at range, or range is simply not an option using Blood Arrows. You can also pop on the Silver Tear Mask and use the Swarm of Flies spell to assist you here.

Blessing of the Erdtree is used to keep your HP at full so you gain extra damage and should be used before boss fights, or when you need to heal but aren't in immediate danger. It heals for 50% more HP per second than Blessing's Boon, which is a lot.

Protection of the Erdtree can be used before bosses that deal fire, magic, holy or lightning damage that's hard to dodge. And Elden Stars can be used in cooperative play to pressure bosses from a distance.

 

 

Elden Ring Blasphemous Beastmaster Build (Level 100)

A Strength/Faith hybrid build that uses Bestial Incantations and the Blasphemous Blade to destroy enemies at range or in melee combat.

The way this Build works is that you'll focus on using Stone of Gurranq to range down enemies when you can, using the Blasphemous Blade as back up for instances where it is just easier to melee enemies or use Taker's Flames.

You'll carry the Blasphemous Blade and Clawmark Seal in your right hand and Cinquedea in your left, two-handing the Seal when you cast spells to gain extra damage from Strength Scaling, and bonus damage to Bestial Incantations from Cinquedea.

You'll buff with Golden Vow constantly to maintain this buff whenever you are in combat, using Flame, Grant Me Strength for tougher enemies and boss fights. Beast Claw is used for AoE if you need any, and Bestial Sling can be used to take down big targets from close range if you need it.

 

Elden Ring Elementalist Build (Level 150)

An Intelligence/Faith Build that can cast nearly any spell in the game, and only uses ranged magic to destroy enemies.

The way this Build works is that you will use Prince of Death's Staff to cast Sorceries and Golden Order Seal to cast Incantations. You'll buff with Golden Vow to increase your spell damage, as well as boost your defenses. Then you'll select the spell that's best suited for the situation.

Stone of Guarranq is your ranged Physical Damage spell that can be chained effectively at modest range. You can also use Rock Sling, but it casts slower, though it does have longer range and does more stagger damage.

Lightning Spear is your Lightning Damage spell that you'll use to take out enemies weak to Lightning. You can charge it for extra damage as needed and it does +10% damage in the rain.

Black Flame is your ranged Fire Damage spell that deals that can be charged for extra damage, and also does a small damage over time based on the max HP of the enemy. Catch Flame is used in melee situations where enemies are so aggressive you can't cast spells. Catch Flame is cast quickly after you roll or sprint, allowing you to "melee" enemies with it.

Great Glintstone Shard is your ranged spell that has good range and average damage and can be spammed. You can use other Magic Damage spells as well like Loretta's Greatbow for more range, or you can use Comet for a more spammable higher damage Great Glintstone Shard.

Triple Rings of Light is your go to Holy Damage spell that has a modest range and good spread. Litany of  Proper Death is a great AoE that annihilates undead and prevents them from respawning.

 

 

Elden Ring Crusader Build (Level 150)

A melee/caster hybrid that focuses on Faith and Block Counters to obliterate enemies with holy or fire damage.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow as you travel around the game attacking enemies with Sword Dance or with Block Counters after they attack into your Brass Shield.

You'll use Barricade Shield in sections and for Bosses that it is needed for, where Blocking makes a lot of sense, and you'll unslot in sections that you don't need it, allowing you to use Sword Dance without two-handing your Gargoyle's Greatsword.

We use Gargoyle's Greatsword for this Build because it is the only Greatsword with B scaling in Faith that also allows the swapping of Ashes of War. This is crucial since you want to be able to change damage types (Fire or Holy) depending on the scenario.

You can use Elden Stars to begin Boss fights, particularly on the landscape where they are typically not aggroed until you engage them, and Lightning Spear is a good ranged option, as is Black Flame if you want a Fire option. Many spells recently got buffed so you can test them out, but you have crazy high Incantation Scaling so you'll do fantastic damage. Black Blade also works phenomenally with this Build, though you won't get it until way late in the game.

 

Elden Ring Blasphemous Herald Build (Level 150)

A melee build that uses Jump Attacks and the Blasphemous Blade to demolish enemies point blank and at range.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow as you'll use Jump Attacks to destroy enemies with Blasphemous Blade in the right hand and Gargoyle's Greatsword in the left. You'll swap the damage type of the Gargoyle's Greatsword to Flame Art with Flaming Strike, when using Blasphemous Blade. 

You'll swap to Gargoyle's Blackblade when Fire Damage is resisted to give you Holy Damage, and you'll change the Affinity on the Gargoyle's Greatsword to Sacred with the Sacred Order Ash of War. You'll swap back and forth as necessary.

Taker's Flame and Corpse Wax Cutter work nearly identically, allowing you to interchange these weapons without having to learn a new style of play. And Jump Attacks are deadly with Raptor's Black Feathers and Claw Talisman.

Clawmark Seal also allows you to cast Incantations with decent Scaling in a pinch, though you won't lean on them as you'll do way more damage with Jump Attacks and Taker's Flame/Corpse Wax Cutter.

 

 

Elden Ring Blackflame Bushido Build (Level 150)

A Dexterity/Faith Build that uses the Cross-Naginata to to set Hemorrhage and Black Flame on enemies in melee range.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow and you'll use Bloodflame Blade to help set Hemorrhage on most regular enemies, as it adds to the native bleeding of the Cross-Naginata or Nagakiba. You'll then use Phantom Slash if you're using Cross-Naginata or Sword Dance or Double Slash if you're using Nagakiba.

Phantom Slash applies Bloodflame Blade if you're buffed with it to its attacks, and what's great is that it will connect even if you get staggered during your own attack animation, allowing you to stagger enemies in many cases, and allowing you to recover and attack. You'll have to choose your openings a bit more carefully when using Sword Dance or Double Slash, but Sword Dance still has fantastic range.

Black Flame Blade is used on more difficult enemies, and since you have high Faith the damage it adds to your attacks is substantial, and this is in addition to the Black Flame damage over time it places on the enemy. 

Black Flame is great for range when you need it, and Scouring Black Flame is a good AoE that can hit multiple enemies and is good at mid range when enemies are aggressive, and Black Flame might miss. Black Flame Ritual is fantastic against aggressive or large enemies and it hits like a truck. I like to charge it for a larger radius, making it hit more effectively and increasing its damage due to Godfrey Icon. Black Flame's Protection stacks with Golden Vow and will make you very very hard to kill.

 

Elden Ring Black Knife Assassin Build (Level 150)

A Dexterity/Faith Build that uses dual Daggers to rapidly strike enemies and Bosses for high damage the further into combo chains you go.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow and then you'll use your L1 combos to stun lock most enemies, building up your Attack Power because of Millicent's Prosthesis and Winged Sword Insignia. You can use Bloodhound's Step to dodge easily, or you can use Quickstep if you find it difficult to use Bloodhound's Step.

Because you have high Poise from your Armor setup, and you because you'll be using the Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman, you can trade damage without being interrupted quite often, and you'll have very good protection. Golden Vow also provides you with some as well, so you can finish off your combos uninterrupted.

You can use Blessing of the Erdtree and Flame, Grant Me Strength to buff healing and damage for Boss fights. And you can use Blade of Death when you need a ranged option, because melee wouldn't work or work well. Parry is used when enemies cannot be stunlocked with repeated attacks, or when you cannot swing through attacks easily.

 

 

Elden Ring Flame Dancer Build (Level 150)

A Strength/Faith Build that uses the Whip: Giant's Red Braid to great effect, while also slinging Fire Spells.

The way this Build works is that you'll be wielding a Greatshield in order to Block Counter with your Whip. Whips have very long range so you can hit enemies easily with Block Counters, and you'll have a bigger opening due to the Greatshield. Note that you won't stagger enemies on one Block Counter with a Whip, but Whips cannot deal Critical Hits anyway, so this is not so important.

Giant's Red Braid scales with Strength and Faith, making it a good candidate for a Greatshield, but also for the Clawmark Seal that increases in damage with both of these Stats. This allows you to use Incantations effectively, though not as effectively as a pure Incantation build. Still it gives you ranged options like Black Flame, which is very helpful.

Flame Dance is your AoE spell that obliterates packs of enemies and causes them to flinch on each hit. The downside is that it is easily interrupted, which is why high Poise armor is a must. Use this on tough enemies that can be flinched with each hit, or on large groups. Don't use it much on bosses, as you tend to get hit out of it before you can hit all 5x.

 Buff with Golden Vow and Flame, Grant Me Strength as needed to further boost your damage.

 

Elden Black Blade Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Strength Faith Build that utilizes Maliketh's Black Blade and the Black Blade Incantation to optimal effects.

The Black Blade Build uses the Black Blade Incantation to open difficult fights, placing a -10% Max Health debuff on the enemy or Boss for a short time from range. This HP does not come back once this buff expires, so it's only necessary to use this once per fight, but you can use it again if you need a ranged option.

Ideally you want to use Destined Death from Maliketh's Black Blade immediately after this because Destined Death also applies a stacking -10% Max Health debuff. If both of these are applied at the same time, then the enemy or Boss loses 20% of their Max HP that doesn't come back. However, if you wait for one of these debuffs to expire before placing the other you will not get the extra 10% Max Health reduction. So time them close together for best results.

Use Golden Vow to boost your damage and defenses, and Blessing of the Erdtree to keep your HP topped off. You can add other Incantations if you want because you'll have decent Incantation Scaling with the Clawmark Seal since you prioritize Strength and Faith.

Use Jump Attacks on regular enemies, and remember that R1s and R2s with Maliketh's Black Blade have some hyper armor, allowing you to attack through other attacks most of the time.

 

 

Elden Golden Sword Sage Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Faith/Intelligence Build that focuses on the use of Holy Damage and Golden Order Incantations.

The way this Build works is that you'll be wielding the Coded Sword, which deals 100% Holy Damage and only scales with Faith. You'll use Sacred Scorpion Charm, Ritual Sword Talisman and Holy-Shrouding Cracked Tear to boost its damage. Use Unblockable Blade for a small cluster of enemies, or against Bosses or enemies that use Shields.

Discus of Light is your go to offensive Golden Order Incantation, and its boosted in damage by Sacred Scorpion Charm, Ritual Sword Talisman, Holy-Shrouded Cracked Tear, Golden Order Seal and Radiant Gold Mask. You could even slot Flock's Canvas Talisman for more damage if you wish. You can chain spam this spell to deal with many enemies and Bosses from a distance.

Triple Rings of Light is used to deal with enemies that dodge when you fling spells, like Black Knife Assassins, Bloodhound Knights, or Godskin Apostles. It deals slightly more damage than Discus of Light on average, but costs about 3x the FP, so I don't advise using it regularly.

Radagon's Rings of Light is a fantastic AoE spell that can wipe out huge packs of enemies, especially if you hold down the cast button, since this further increases range. This can be used from horseback as well, and if it doesn't kill enemies, it will knock them down allowing for easy follow up casts. It has further range and damage than Wrath of Gold, and is also boosted by Golden Order Seal and Radiant Gold Mask.

Elden Stars is your super long range spell that's good at picking off enemies from a long distance, or harassing Bosses while you attack with other spells or Unblockable Blade. You won't use it often, but it's nice to have when you need it.

Litany of Proper Death you will only use against Undead enemies, so only slot this when you need it. And Golden Vow is there to increase damage and defenses further, and Blessing of the Eerdtree is there to keep your HP topped off to proc the effects of Ritual Sword and Ritual Shield Talismans.

Sword of Knight and Flame is useful against Holy Damage resistant enemies, and you should sub this in when needed. Be sure to swap out Sacred Scorpion Charm for Magic or Fire, and to replace Holy-Shrouded Cracked Tear with Magic or Fire as well. Shard of Alexander is also a nice addition here.

 

Elden Godslayer Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Dexterity/Faith/Strength Build that focuses exclusively on the use of Godslayer's Greatsword.

The way this Build works is that you'll use The Queen's Black Flame to dispatch the toughest enemies and bosses in Elden Ring, while using R1 and R2 attacks on normal enemies. You'll buff with Golden Vow and Flame, Grant Me Strength as necessary to further boost damage when needed.

The Queen's Black Flame has a rather long wind up making it hard to land without trading damage, which is why you will have high Poise from your Armor (over 100) ideally, which will allow you to shrug off even the hardest hitting attacks and still keep using this Skill. Remember that the Queen's Black Flame sets the Black Flame status effect, which deals damage based on the Max HP of the target. This makes it more effective against Bosses with high HP, particularly in co op or NG+.

 

 

Elden Sword Saint Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Dexterity/Faith/Strength Build that focuses on using the Sacred Relic Sword and Wave of Gold.

The way this Build works is that you'll use Wave of Gold to take out packs of large enemies and on Bosses that aren't Holy Damage Resistant. We use Carian Filigreed Crest and Sword of Milos to help manage FP, so you can use Wave of Gold often and not worry about how much FP it costs.

When facing Holy Resistant enemies you'll use Jump Attacks to take them out, since Sword of Milos deals 100% Physical Damage, and Sacred Relic Sword deals about 63% Physical Damage. This will allow you to still deal great damage when attacking this way, bypassing this resistance, and the Claw Talisman only boosts this damage further. You could use the Raptor's Black Feathers for even more Jump Attack Damage if you wish.

 

Elden Ring Strength Builds

 

Elden Ring Berserker Build (Beginner)

A Strength-based Bulid that focuses on deal high damage per swing and via Jump Attacks.

The way this Build works is that you'll grab the two Greatswords as quick as you can and dual wield them from that point forward, attacking with L1 mostly or jumping and L1. Jumping with L1 is absolutely devastating and one shots most enemies, and staggers those it doesn't allowing you to roll away or Quickstep away easily.

You can use Quickstep to dodge attacks and position yourself behind or on the side of enemies easily for follow up attacks as well after landing a Jump Attack. 

Heavy Armor and high Endurance allows you good Physical protection while allowing you to still med roll, which is a must. You need to be able to roll well, even if you do have Quickstep. Eventually you can wear the heaviest armor you find and stop worrying about med roll and just use Quickstep once you get the hang of it.

 

Elden Ring Champion Build (Level 50)

A dual-wielding Build that focuses on the use of Greatsword and Heavy Armor to tank hits while dealing devastating damage via Jump Attacks.

The way this build works is that you'll try to get Jump Attacks with your two Greatswords, which are boosted by the Claw Talisman. Besides this, you'll buff yourself with Golden Vow on your left weapon, and Determination on your right.

Golden Vow lasts 45 seconds when used on an Ash of War, and increases your Attack Rating by about 10%, while also improving your Resistance by 5%. This adds to your already high defenses, making you even harder to kill.

Determination is used in combat to boost the damage of both weapons, but the catch is that you need to to connect with them at the same instant or you only get the increased damage on the first hit. This is another reason we use Jump Attacks, because both weapons connect at the same time.

 

 

Elden Ring Barbarian Build (Beginner)

A Strength-based Build that uses Colossus Weapons to devastating effect, by using buffed Charge Attacks.

The way this Build works is that you'll use the Ash of War: War Cry to buff your damage, and to turn your Charge R2 attacks into actual "Charging" attacks, as in charging forward. These deal increased damage, and are further buffed by the Axe Talisman which increases Charge Attacks by 10%.

You'll begin fights with War Cry, then hit R2 to Charge Attack and follow up with R1 until you're out of Stamina. This should stagger or kill most enemies allowing a Critical Strike if they are still alive. R2 again as they get up if they lived and repeat backing away when you need to regain Stamina.

You'll exhaust your Stamina often so Endurance is important to allow more actions, like rolling and attacking. Additionally the Green Turtle Talisman and the Erdtree's Favor both help with Stamina management, so be sure to get them when you can.

 

Elden Ring Colossal Knight Build (Level 50)

A Strength focused Build that uses the Greatsword to pound enemies into the dirt using Charge Attacks.

Much like the Barbarian Build we take advantage of War Cry's change to R2 attacks, allowing you to deal devastating damage. Not only is this increased via War Cry, but also through both the Axe Talisman and Roar Medallion. Both of these Talismans buff your R2, allowing you to deal substantial damage.

Learning when to use War Cry and how to use it is important because you don't have a ton of FP and you don't want to waste it needlessly. But be sure when using it to lead enemies with R2, and attack with it before they do so that you stagger them and they cannot get an attack off.

If you can chain two R2s together you will send enemies flying into the air, giving you a great opportunity to retreat and regenerate Stamina using the Green Turtle Talisman, and then return for more.

 

 

Elden Ring Archer Build (Beginner)

A pure ranged Build that focuses on only archery. No melee whatsoever.

You'll use your Long Bow and Mighty Shot to pick off enemies at range before they close to melee range. Once close you'll use your Shortbow to evade and fire and use Barrage. Remember that you can jump away and fire in the same motion.

Having high Dexterity will allow you to increase your damage, but make sure to craft or purchase better Arrows and upgrade your Bows as often as you can. This makes a HUGE difference in damage, and might be the main reason Archer Builds fail in general. Not all Arrows are equal, choose the right ones for the situation.

Learn when to use Barrage during Boss fights, and learn how much spacing you need to get it off without taking damage.

 

Elden Ring Magic Archer Build (Level 50)

A bow-based build that focuses on ranged combat, but has the tools to melee in a pinch as well.

This Build focuses primarily on the use of the Horn Bow and Magic Arrows to deal solid damage at long distances with the Mighty Shot skill. Not only does the Horn Bow deal Magic Damage natively, but it also increases the damage you deal with Magic Arrows, making them the go to choice for this Build.

You can use Rain of Arrows on your Shortbow in order to set status effects like Poison or Bleed on tough enemies, and it conserves more arrows than Barrage, but has a pretty high FP cost at 20.

Lazuli Glintstone Swords are your back up in case you need to save some arrows or if you get surrounded somehow and have decent damage and attack very quickly when dual wielded.

 

 

Elden Ring Blazing Bushido Build (Level 100)

A Samurai Build that uses the Nagakiba and a Greatbow to take on enemies at range or in close combat.

The way this Build works is that you'll put Unsheathe on your Nagakiba and select the Quality Affinity to get B/B Scaling out of both Strength and Dexterity. The Greatbow has D/D Scaling with these so it makes sense to pump both for max damage with the Nagakiba and Greatbow. Additionally, keeping the Nagakiba only Physical Damage, will allow you to buff it with Bloodflame Blade.

You'll use Flame, Grant Me Strength to buff your Physical and Fire Damage by 20%, which applies to your Bow attacks as well as your Bloodflame Blade, which is excellent. It has short duration so you'll likely use it far more outside of combat than once it has begun.

Bloodflame Blade applies 40% of your Incantation Scaling to your Weapon as Fire Damage for 60 seconds, and also makes Bleed Build Up last a second or so after you stop swinging, allowing you to set Bleeding more easily on enemies, as their Bleed Bar doesn't deplete as quickly. It has a faster cast time, and you can pull it off in combat with some practice if you need to reapply it.

 

Elden Ring Colossus Guardian Build (Level 100)

The Colossus Guardian Build is a pure Strength Build that focuses on one-handing a single Colossus Weapon to devastating results.

 

The way this Build works is that you slot the Ash of War: Barbaric Roar onto the Prelate's Inferno Crozier with the Blood Affinity so that you set Hemorrhage on enemies, dealing massive damage and triggering Lord of Blood's Exultation, increasing your damage. Barbaric Roar will overwrite any weapon buff you use, so it's best to choose one with a status effect if you can, and Blood still leaves B scaling in Strength.

Using Barbaric Roar will change your R2 attack into a three hit combo that's boosted by Roar Talisman, and Axe Talisman if you hold it all the way down, though it fires off slower if you do this. However, it deals more damage and stagger damage when doing so. You use a high Poise Armor Set like Lionel's Set so that you can successfully pull off your full R2 chain without interruption.

You can buff with Flame, Grant Me Strength before tough fights and Bosses, and use Bestial Vitality to heal up small damage you might take over the course of a level or dungeon. You will take damage with this Build as you exchange blows with enemies and Bosses.

 

 

Elden Ring Scorching Slayer Build (Level 100).

A melee focused build that uses Flames of the Redmanes to stagger enemies and bring them to their knees.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Bloodflame Blade to increase your damage and to help set Hemorrhage on enemies. Despite the fact this weapon has no native Bleed Buildup, it can still do so somewhat effectively due to the speed at which it attacks. Additionally, when Flames of the Redmanes is cast while Bloodflame Blade is active, you will also apply this to enemies as well.

Cast Flames of the Redmanes often to stagger enemies and move in for Critical Hits in order to regain FP via Assassin's Cerulean Dagger. It usually only takes one or two casts at most, even for some bosses.

Once Bosses go down you can spam R1 attacks to proc Hemorrhage, and to deal massive damage. Flame, Grant Me Strength should be reserved for Boss fights and tough enemies. Electrify Armament is there for when Fire Damage is not called for, and you need another damage type.

 

Elden Ring Blasphemous Beastmaster Build (Level 100)

A Strength/Faith hybrid build that uses Bestial Incantations and the Blasphemous Blade to destroy enemies at range or in melee combat.

The way this Build works is that you'll focus on using Stone of Gurranq to range down enemies when you can, using the Blasphemous Blade as back up for instances where it is just easier to melee enemies or use Taker's Flames.

You'll carry the Blasphemous Blade and Clawmark Seal in your right hand and Cinquedea in your left, two-handing the Seal when you cast spells to gain extra damage from Strength Scaling, and bonus damage to Bestial Incantations from Cinquedea.

You'll buff with Golden Vow constantly to maintain this buff whenever you are in combat, using Flame, Grant Me Strength for tougher enemies and boss fights. Beast Claw is used for AoE if you need any, and Bestial Sling can be used to take down big targets from close range if you need it.

 

 

Elden Ring Cold-Blooded Raptor Build (Level 100)

A Strength/Intelligence Build that uses Claws to deal damage rapidly, and to also set the Hemorrhage and Frostbite status effects.

The way this Build works is that you'll two hand your Claws, which brings out a second one and buff with Royal Knight's Resolve to boost the damage with both Claws. This is possible because they are only considered one Weapon, and buffs both Claws. You'll then Jump Attack enemies or bosses for increased damage, finishing them off with R1 attacks if they survive. Keep the Sacrificial Axe in your left hand to regain 4 FP per kill, even when dual wielding your Claws.

You'll build up Hemorrhage and Frostbite on anything that doesn't die in a few hits, ripping off huge chunks of HP rapidly, making your damage output very high.

You can supplement your melee playstyle with spells to give you ranged attacks, though they will be less powerful than a pure mage Build. Still you have options depending on the situation, and Greatblade Phalanx is fantastic as it works well with a melee playstyle and helps to stagger enemies.

 

Elden Ring Sorcery Sentinel Build (Level 150)

A Quality Build (Strength/Dexterity) that deals solid melee damage, and can eliminate enemies at range with magic damage.

The way this Build works is that you'll use Jump Attacks and regular attacks with the Watchdog's Staff to defeat enemies or break their Stance and then Critically Strike them. You'll have high Physical Strike Damage with this Build, which is one of the best damage types to have.

Additionally, you can use the weapon ability of the Watchdog's Staff to range down enemies with 100% Magic Damage. This gives you a ranged option that tracks enemies from a modest distance, and can be queued up over and over. This can allow you to defeat some enemies that are too difficult to hit with your slow swinging Watchdog's Staff. This ability doesn't scale with any Attribute, so it's difficult to raise it's damage.

Sorcery of the Crozier is also good at thinning out enemies so that you don't have to take on many at once. The bane of most slow swinging weapons is multiple enemies, and this ability gives you the tool to handle that situation.

 

 

Elden Ring Venomous Bloodblade Build (Level 150)

A Quality Build that uses Bleed and Poison to boost Attack Power extremely high while dual wielding Curved Swords.

The way this Build works is that you'll typically buff your left-hand weapon with Seppuku to increase its Bleed build up and damage and to trigger Lord of Blood's Exultation. Then you'll lead most fights with Poisonous Mist in order to set Poisoned to also boost your Attack Power by 30% thanks to the Mushroom Crown and Kindred of Rot's Exultation. 

You'll then swing repeatedly with L1, blending enemies down quickly to trigger both Millicent's Prosthesis and Rotten Winged Sword Insignia to further increase your Attack Power, giving you an Attack Rating of well over 1k with each Curved Sword. This allows you to attack rapidly with very high damage, with the occasional Hemorrhage proc, and while the enemy remains Poisoned.

If enemies are immune to Poisoned and Bleed, you can still trigger Lord of Blood's Exultation repeatedly with Seppuku as necessary and you can use the Raw Meat Dumpling to set Poisoned on yourself to gain Kindred of Rot's Exultation's buff.

 

Elden Ring Gravity God Build (Level 150)

A melee build that uses a ranged weapon ability to stagger and deal fantastic damage while remaining safely.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow as you travel around using Gravity Bolt at will to destroy enemies before they can even attack you once. Because Gravity Bolt staggers most enemies in one cast, even if it doesn't kill them it will often disable them preventing them from reaching you.

Gravity Bolt does mostly Physical Damage, which is great against just about every enemy type in the game, and the stagger it provides allows you to stun lock many difficult enemies and Bosses repeatedly from a safe distance.

You can also deal good Jump Attack damage with this Build because it is a Colossal Weapon and because of Raptor's Black Feathers. If you want even more Jump Attack damage you can replace Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman with Claw Talisman.

 

 

Elden Ring Blasphemous Herald Build (Level 150)

A melee build that uses Jump Attacks and the Blasphemous Blade to demolish enemies point blank and at range.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow as you'll use Jump Attacks to destroy enemies with Blasphemous Blade in the right hand and Gargoyle's Greatsword in the left. You'll swap the damage type of the Gargoyle's Greatsword to Flame Art with Flaming Strike, when using Blasphemous Blade. 

You'll swap to Gargoyle's Blackblade when Fire Damage is resisted to give you Holy Damage, and you'll change the Affinity on the Gargoyle's Greatsword to Sacred with the Sacred Order Ash of War. You'll swap back and forth as necessary.

Taker's Flame and Corpse Wax Cutter work nearly identically, allowing you to interchange these weapons without having to learn a new style of play. And Jump Attacks are deadly with Raptor's Black Feathers and Claw Talisman.

Clawmark Seal also allows you to cast Incantations with decent Scaling in a pinch, though you won't lean on them as you'll do way more damage with Jump Attacks and Taker's Flame/Corpse Wax Cutter.

 

Elden Ring Royal Knight Build (Level 150)

A Strength/Intelligence Build that uses the Royal Greatsword and Clayman's Harpoon to set Frostbite and destroy enemies.

The way this Build works is that you'll swap between using the Royal Greatsword and Clayman's Harpoon depending on the circumstances, while Blocking with your Eclipse Greatshield and using Guard Counters for massive damage and Critical Attacks.

Wolf's Assault does devastating damage if you can land the first hit, and the AoE will often one shot groups of enemies, and both of these hits build up Frostbite, though the normal weapon attacks of the Royal Greatsword do not.

You can swap to the Clayman's Harpoon, using the Cold version for better Strength scaling, and to help set the Frostbite status effect more easily. You'll use Ice Spear with it to range enemies when needed, using to Stance Break enemies by filling their stagger meter now and then.

You can buff with Scholar's Shield if you want to equip a staff, which further boosts the Guard Boost and damage negation of your Shield, making you damn near invincible while Blocking. Keep in mind you can use Clayman's Harpoon to Block and attack at the same time, so it's a good strategy against enemies you are having a hard time with.

 

 

Elden Ring Colossal Crusher Build (Level 150)

A pure Strength based Build that uses a giant hammer to pummel enemies into the ground.

The way this Build works is that you'll run around using the Troll's Roar Ash of War to stagger enemies and then follow up with a Critical Attack finishing them off in a matter of seconds. Troll's Roar has a rather long cast time, making it challenging to pull off most of the time, except that you will have high Poise Armor so you will be able to pull this off even if hit.

Assassin's Cerulean Dagger, and Assassin's Crimson Dagger will replenish the cost of Troll's Roar, and replenish any HP you are missing if you get hit while casting it. Colossal Weapons trigger both of these Talismans twice when doing a Critical Attack, making them twice as effective.

When facing Bosses I highly recommend swapping out these two Talismans for Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman and Green Turtle Talisman because you won't be doing as many Critical Strikes. This will give you more protection and more Stamina Recovery, which are needed in longer fights. Remember to use the follow up attack when using Troll's Roar to deal even more damage, and to stagger enemies that don't stagger from the roar itself.

 

Elden Ring Bloody Bowman Build (Level 150)

A Dexterity/Strength Build that uses the Black Bow to unleash a Barrage of Blood and Poison Arrows at enemies.

The way this Build works is that you'll use the Black Bow to range down enemies. Based on what enemies you are facing, you'll use regular Arrows for trash enemies, or enemies that you won't get much out of triggering Hemorrhage or Poison on because they'll be dead too quickly. Stock up on these, as you can purchase about 700 of them for 7k Runes or so.

You'll use Serpent Arrows and Bloodbone Arrows (Fletched) to deal with tough enemies and Bosses. Using the Barrage ability of Black Bow will allows you to set these Statuses very easily through rapid attacks, but will also deal decent damage in their own right.

Save the Bloodbone Arrows for Bosses because of the three types they are the only ones that are crafted, making them a bit more difficult to get, though it's not incredibly hard at this stage. Note that making the Fletched version is ideal, because it increases the Range of these Arrows. When arrows lands outside of their range they deal reduced damage, so having better Range keeps your damage higher.

 

 

Elden Ring Flame Dancer Build (Level 150)

A Strength/Faith Build that uses the Whip: Giant's Red Braid to great effect, while also slinging Fire Spells.

The way this Build works is that you'll be wielding a Greatshield in order to Block Counter with your Whip. Whips have very long range so you can hit enemies easily with Block Counters, and you'll have a bigger opening due to the Greatshield. Note that you won't stagger enemies on one Block Counter with a Whip, but Whips cannot deal Critical Hits anyway, so this is not so important.

Giant's Red Braid scales with Strength and Faith, making it a good candidate for a Greatshield, but also for the Clawmark Seal that increases in damage with both of these Stats. This allows you to use Incantations effectively, though not as effectively as a pure Incantation build. Still it gives you ranged options like Black Flame, which is very helpful.

Flame Dance is your AoE spell that obliterates packs of enemies and causes them to flinch on each hit. The downside is that it is easily interrupted, which is why high Poise armor is a must. Use this on tough enemies that can be flinched with each hit, or on large groups. Don't use it much on bosses, as you tend to get hit out of it before you can hit all 5x.

 Buff with Golden Vow and Flame, Grant Me Strength as needed to further boost your damage.

 

Elden Ring Inquisitor Build (Level 150)

A Quality (Strength/Dexterity) Build that focuses on the use of the Ghiza's Wheel Colossal Weapon for optimal damage.

The way this Build works is that you'll use the one-handed R2 and one-handed charged R2 attacks of Ghiza's Wheel to take advantage of Axe Talisman, and to give you hyper armor, but most importantly to hit multiple times as the wheel spins when it lands. If you two-hand this weapon then it spins behind you instead of in front of you, so it's important to one-hand it and use these R2 attacks, because R1s don't make the wheel spin.

Spinning Wheel does not trigger Hemorrhage easily, and does not trigger Winged Sword Insignia or Millicent's Prosthesis, so it's not particularly useful for tough enemies so we don't use it often. Instead you'll use Jump Attack, buff with Contagious Fury to further boost your R2 damage, and use Charged R2s for even more damage and stagger.

When the wheel spins after an R2 or charged R2, you'll often trigger Hemorrhage in one attack, which will trigger Lord of Blood's Exultation and White Mask if you're using it. This boosts your Attack Power even higher, and you'll often trigger Millicent's Prosthesis at the same time, getting even higher attack rating.

 

 

Elden Black Blade Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Strength Faith Build that utilizes Maliketh's Black Blade and the Black Blade Incantation to optimal effects.

The Black Blade Build uses the Black Blade Incantation to open difficult fights, placing a -10% Max Health debuff on the enemy or Boss for a short time from range. This HP does not come back once this buff expires, so it's only necessary to use this once per fight, but you can use it again if you need a ranged option.

Ideally you want to use Destined Death from Maliketh's Black Blade immediately after this because Destined Death also applies a stacking -10% Max Health debuff. If both of these are applied at the same time, then the enemy or Boss loses 20% of their Max HP that doesn't come back. However, if you wait for one of these debuffs to expire before placing the other you will not get the extra 10% Max Health reduction. So time them close together for best results.

Use Golden Vow to boost your damage and defenses, and Blessing of the Erdtree to keep your HP topped off. You can add other Incantations if you want because you'll have decent Incantation Scaling with the Clawmark Seal since you prioritize Strength and Faith.

Use Jump Attacks on regular enemies, and remember that R1s and R2s with Maliketh's Black Blade have some hyper armor, allowing you to attack through other attacks most of the time.

 

Elden Carian Cavalier Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Quality (Strength/Dexterity) Build that uses a halberd to devastating results on horseback and on foot.

The way this Build works is that you'll use the very fast attacks of Loretta's War Sickle to melt enemies in one or two attacks, and Bosses in less than a minute. When you combine the fast attacks of the War Sickle with high Poise and Talismans like Winged Sword Insignia and Millicent's Prosthesis you get very high DPS.

Casting Freezing Mist on a Boss first will debuff them and increase the damage you do to them before beginning your assault. I usually cast this an then try to keep them in the mist until Frostbite triggers and then go to town.

Halberds are exceptional on horseback because of their hitboxes and attack speed, so learn to fight from horseback when you can, and consider adding the Lance Talisman when doing so for even more damage.

Loretta's Slash is very situational, and this build is not setup to optimize its damage. However, it's great against enemies that hit hard since they can't stagger you out of it, allowing you to connect for damage 99% of the time. Trading damage is fine with this build since you have high protection.

 

 

Elden Godslayer Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Dexterity/Faith/Strength Build that focuses exclusively on the use of Godslayer's Greatsword.

The way this Build works is that you'll use The Queen's Black Flame to dispatch the toughest enemies and bosses in Elden Ring, while using R1 and R2 attacks on normal enemies. You'll buff with Golden Vow and Flame, Grant Me Strength as necessary to further boost damage when needed.

The Queen's Black Flame has a rather long wind up making it hard to land without trading damage, which is why you will have high Poise from your Armor (over 100) ideally, which will allow you to shrug off even the hardest hitting attacks and still keep using this Skill. Remember that the Queen's Black Flame sets the Black Flame status effect, which deals damage based on the Max HP of the target. This makes it more effective against Bosses with high HP, particularly in co op or NG+.

 

Elden Ring Dexterity Builds

 

Elden Ring Samurai Build (Beginner)

A mix of ranged and melee combat, as well as mounted that makes you feel like a proper Samurai while playing Elden Ring, and is wickedly effective.

This Build plays just like a Samurai by picking off targets with your Long Bow, using Mighty Shot to deal increased damage when needed. Swapping to Uchigatana when enemies close the distance to you, using Unsheathe to deal incredible damage. Unsheathe is not only fast, it deals high damage, and gap closes all in one rapid motion for minimal FP cost. Learn to roll back and then use Unsheathe in one movement.

 

Elden Ring Moonveil Samurai Build (Level 50)

A melee-mage Build that uses Transient Moonlight to stagger enemies and deal critical damage.

The way this Build works is that you use Transient Moonlight with R2 instead of R1 to stagger enemies and then critically strike them. Using the Assassin's Cerulean Dagger and Carian Filigreed Crest recovers the cost of using Transient Moonlight so that you never run out of FP.

Use Loretta's Greatbow to take out difficult enemies at range, and use Glintstone Pebble to do the same when they aren't quite as far away.

Carian Greatsword is used to AoE enemies that are grouped up, and is benefited by Radagon Icon.

 

 

Elden Ring Bloodblade Build (Beginner)

A Bleed-focused Build that uses the Bleed Status Effect to continuously rip off huge chunks of enemy health via dual blades.

The way this Build works is that you slot the Ash of War: Bloody Slash on to both Scimitars so that when you strike with both weapons via L1 you build up Bleed faster. To do this you will need a Lost Ashes of War and you'll need to Duplicate it at Blacksmith Hewg.

Focus on using running and jumping L1 attacks as these do 4 hits very quickly, as opposed to just L1 by itself which does 2 or rolling L1 which does 3. 

Keep in mind enemy Bleed bars are not visible, but they drain just like players, meaning you must strike repeatedly and often or you won't rip off chunks of HP via Bleed. Enemies also seem to have increased resistance with each subsequent Bleed, so it will take more and more strikes the more you set this Status.

Play aggressively, but make sure not to get yourself killed going for the Bleed proc. Wear the heaviest Armor you can and still mid roll, so that if you do get hit, it deals the least amount of damage possible.

Use Bloody Slash when necessary, but it's situational. It's long cast time makes it hard to use, even if it's damage is incredibly high.

 

Elden Ring Build: Blazing Bushido Build (Level 100)

A Samurai Build that uses the Nagakiba and a Greatbow to take on enemies at range or in close combat.

The way this Build works is that you'll put Unsheathe on your Nagakiba and select the Quality Affinity to get B/B Scaling out of both Strength and Dexterity. The Greatbow has D/D Scaling with these so it makes sense to pump both for max damage with the Nagakiba and Greatbow. Additionally, keeping the Nagakiba only Physical Damage, will allow you to buff it with Bloodflame Blade.

You'll use Flame, Grant Me Strength to buff your Physical and Fire Damage by 20%, which applies to your Bow attacks as well as your Bloodflame Blade, which is excellent. It has short duration so you'll likely use it far more outside of combat than once it has begun.

Bloodflame Blade applies 40% of your Incantation Scaling to your Weapon as Fire Damage for 60 seconds, and also makes Bleed Build Up last a second or so after you stop swinging, allowing you to set Bleeding more easily on enemies, as their Bleed Bar doesn't deplete as quickly. It has a faster cast time, and you can pull it off in combat with some practice if you need to reapply it.

 

 

Elden Ring Thundering Swordspear Build (Level 100)

A melee focused build that uses Lighting to strike enemies at range, and to boost damage in melee.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow as you make your way around the game, one shotting most easy enemies with Thunderbolt from range, or even tough enemies as necessary. Thunderbolt scales off of base weapon damage and Dexterity scaling, and this is why we chose the Guardian's Swordspear. It has very high base damage and A scaling in Dexterity, and doesn't require much Strength investment.

You can dispatch any in melee if they approach you due to your high Attack Rating, and you can Block with your Shield as necessary. I do advise against Block Countering with this Weapon though as it is slow and will likely get you hit.

Cast Flame, Grant Me Strength when you need extra damage like in a Boss fight or before a tough enemy, and the same with Electrify Armament. Both will boost your melee damage, but not Thunderbolt.

Blessing's Boon can help keep your HP topped off, which is good, especially if you decide to use the Ritual Sword Talisman for extra Thunderbolt Damage, since you need to be at max HP for this to work.

 

Elden Ring Sanguine Samurai Build (Level 150)

An Dexterity/Arcane Build that uses the Rivers of Blood Katana to devastating effect.

The way this Build works is that you will carry Rivers of Blood in your right hand, and use Sacrificial Axe and Dragon Communion Seal in your left. Sacrificial Axe will give you 4 FP, even when you don't meet the requirements for it, every time you kill an enemy as long  as it's in your left hand. 

You'll use Rivers of Blood as your "default" attack, because we reduce the cost of it via Carian Filigreed Crest, and give you FP back with Sacrificial Axe. This combined with 30 or so Mind allows you to pretty much use it at will, as long as you have a few FP flasks.

You can buff with Flame, Grant Me Strength when you're heading into a Boss fight or a difficult enemy because Rivers of Blood does both Physical and Fire Damage, benefitting immensely from this Incantation. You can add others as well since you'll have fairly good Incantation Scaling thanks to the Dragon Communion Seal and high Arcane, but these are optional.

If you manage to acquire Millicent's Prosthesis and Rotten Sword Insignia you can actually use both, but you will need someone to drop you one or the other.

 

 

Elden Ring Venomous Bloodblade Build (Level 150)

A Quality Build that uses Bleed and Poison to boost Attack Power extremely high while dual wielding Curved Swords.

The way this Build works is that you'll typically buff your left-hand weapon with Seppuku to increase its Bleed build up and damage and to trigger Lord of Blood's Exultation. Then you'll lead most fights with Poisonous Mist in order to set Poisoned to also boost your Attack Power by 30% thanks to the Mushroom Crown and Kindred of Rot's Exultation. 

You'll then swing repeatedly with L1, blending enemies down quickly to trigger both Millicent's Prosthesis and Rotten Winged Sword Insignia to further increase your Attack Power, giving you an Attack Rating of well over 1k with each Curved Sword. This allows you to attack rapidly with very high damage, with the occasional Hemorrhage proc, and while the enemy remains Poisoned.

If enemies are immune to Poisoned and Bleed, you can still trigger Lord of Blood's Exultation repeatedly with Seppuku as necessary and you can use the Raw Meat Dumpling to set Poisoned on yourself to gain Kindred of Rot's Exultation's buff.

 

Elden Ring Gravity God Build (Level 150)

A melee build that uses a ranged weapon ability to stagger and deal fantastic damage while remaining safely.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow as you travel around using Gravity Bolt at will to destroy enemies before they can even attack you once. Because Gravity Bolt staggers most enemies in one cast, even if it doesn't kill them it will often disable them preventing them from reaching you.

Gravity Bolt does mostly Physical Damage, which is great against just about every enemy type in the game, and the stagger it provides allows you to stun lock many difficult enemies and Bosses repeatedly from a safe distance.

You can also deal good Jump Attack damage with this Build because it is a Colossal Weapon and because of Raptor's Black Feathers. If you want even more Jump Attack damage you can replace Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman with Claw Talisman.

 

 

Elden Ring Lightning Dragoon Build (Level 150)

A Quality (Strength/Dexterity) melee build that uses the Bolt of Gransax and a Greatshield to electrifying effect

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow and you'll Block Counter as necessary. You'll use Bolt of Gransax as your primary weapon, dealing Physical and Lightning Damage, only swapping to Cleanrot Spear or Treespear when enemies resist Lighting Damage. Since you're using a Shield and Spear you can Block and attack at the same time, protecting yourself from attacks while also dealing damage.

You'll use Ancient Lightning Spear to pick off enemies at range as needed, particularly difficult enemies that can be killed quickly with it, or using it against Bosses when melee is not the best option. Ancient Lightning Spear hits much harder than the Lightning Spear Incantation, and costs about the same FP with this setup, and has much more range as well. You can charge it up for extra damage if you want, or just use it regularly when you don't have the spacing or time to do so.

This Build is a great blend of offense and defense because you can lead with Ancient Lightning Spear and then Block and attack or Block Counter for solid damage in melee when enemies get close. It's also very hard to kill because it can block very easily.

 

Elden Ring Blackflame Bushido Build (Level 150)

A Dexterity/Faith Build that uses the Cross-Naginata to to set Hemorrhage and Black Flame on enemies in melee range.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow and you'll use Bloodflame Blade to help set Hemorrhage on most regular enemies, as it adds to the native bleeding of the Cross-Naginata or Nagakiba. You'll then use Phantom Slash if you're using Cross-Naginata or Sword Dance or Double Slash if you're using Nagakiba.

Phantom Slash applies Bloodflame Blade if you're buffed with it to its attacks, and what's great is that it will connect even if you get staggered during your own attack animation, allowing you to stagger enemies in many cases, and allowing you to recover and attack. You'll have to choose your openings a bit more carefully when using Sword Dance or Double Slash, but Sword Dance still has fantastic range.

Black Flame Blade is used on more difficult enemies, and since you have high Faith the damage it adds to your attacks is substantial, and this is in addition to the Black Flame damage over time it places on the enemy. 

Black Flame is great for range when you need it, and Scouring Black Flame is a good AoE that can hit multiple enemies and is good at mid range when enemies are aggressive, and Black Flame might miss. Black Flame Ritual is fantastic against aggressive or large enemies and it hits like a truck. I like to charge it for a larger radius, making it hit more effectively and increasing its damage due to Godfrey Icon. Black Flame's Protection stacks with Golden Vow and will make you very very hard to kill.

 

 

Elden Ring Golden Champion Build (Level 150)

A Dexterity-based tank build that can Block-Counter, Dual Wield and Parry all in one setup.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Tempering, increasing your Holy Damage and changing your R2 to a special flurry that hits repeatedly with both swords, even if only one is currently equipped. You can use Golden Vow as necessary as well to help with more difficult areas and bosses, 

Ornamental Straight Sword is actually a "paired weapon" allowing you to single hand or dual wield them by pressing Triangle + R1. They are the only Straight Swords in the game that are paired.

You'll use your Sword and Shield setup most of the time, using Golden Parry to Parry enemies from a safe distance, and using your charged R2 to hit enemies repeatedly. Some tough enemies or Bosses you'll go hyper aggressive, and dual wield swinging through enemy attacks to increase your damage as quickly as possible, building up your damage thanks to your Talismans.

 

Elden Ring Black Knife Assassin Build (Level 150)

A Dexterity/Faith Build that uses dual Daggers to rapidly strike enemies and Bosses for high damage the further into combo chains you go.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow and then you'll use your L1 combos to stun lock most enemies, building up your Attack Power because of Millicent's Prosthesis and Winged Sword Insignia. You can use Bloodhound's Step to dodge easily, or you can use Quickstep if you find it difficult to use Bloodhound's Step.

Because you have high Poise from your Armor setup, and you because you'll be using the Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman, you can trade damage without being interrupted quite often, and you'll have very good protection. Golden Vow also provides you with some as well, so you can finish off your combos uninterrupted.

You can use Blessing of the Erdtree and Flame, Grant Me Strength to buff healing and damage for Boss fights. And you can use Blade of Death when you need a ranged option, because melee wouldn't work or work well. Parry is used when enemies cannot be stunlocked with repeated attacks, or when you cannot swing through attacks easily.

 

 

Elden Ring Serpent Samurai Build (Level 150)

An Intelligence Build that uses the Carian Grandeur to one shot difficult tough enemies and some Bosses.

The way this Build works is that you'll be dual wielding the Serpentbone Blade and Uchigatana (or Wakizashi) most of the time, using L1 for dual wield combos when you want, or L2 for Double Slash if you need it.

I like to single hand the Serpentbone Blade when facing difficult enemies that don't stagger easily in order to use the Charged R2 attacks, which usually stagger them in two uses, often finishing them off quickly. Because you have high Poise, you can often swing through at least one attack from them.

The idea is to set the Poison Status effect using a Poison infused Uchigatana and Serpentbone Blade to boost Attack Power, as well as striking repeatedly to boost Attack Power, to crank out high damage per strike.

 

Elden Ring Bloody Bowman Build (Level 150)

A Dexterity/Strength Build that uses the Black Bow to unleash a Barrage of Blood and Poison Arrows at enemies.

The way this Build works is that you'll use the Black Bow to range down enemies. Based on what enemies you are facing, you'll use regular Arrows for trash enemies, or enemies that you won't get much out of triggering Hemorrhage or Poison on because they'll be dead too quickly. Stock up on these, as you can purchase about 700 of them for 7k Runes or so.

You'll use Serpent Arrows and Bloodbone Arrows (Fletched) to deal with tough enemies and Bosses. Using the Barrage ability of Black Bow will allows you to set these Statuses very easily through rapid attacks, but will also deal decent damage in their own right.

Save the Bloodbone Arrows for Bosses because of the three types they are the only ones that are crafted, making them a bit more difficult to get, though it's not incredibly hard at this stage. Note that making the Fletched version is ideal, because it increases the Range of these Arrows. When arrows lands outside of their range they deal reduced damage, so having better Range keeps your damage higher.

 

 

Elden Ring Howling Starfist Build (Level 150)

A Dexterity Build that uses Fists to set Bleeding and to range down enemies with Beast's Roar.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Bloodflame Blade as necessary in order to add more Bleeding build up to your Star Fist, which you will be dual wielding. Attacking repeatedly will not only increase your Attack Power thanks to Rotten Winged Sword Insignia, but also because you will eventually trigger Hemorrhage, triggering White Mask and Lord of Blood's Exultation, further boosting Attack Power.

Charged R2 attacks are very good with the Star Fist because they deal exceptional stance damage, and also count as two-hits, dealing incredible damage and building up Bleed faster than some other Fist R2s. Use them when you can.

Beast's Roar is there to give you a ranged option. This is a Dexterity-based Ash of War, meaning you will want to change your Affinity to Keen on your Star Fist to get the most out of it. This Ash of War has tremendous range and decent damage, allowing you to shore up the weakest aspect of Fist Weapons, range. Use this when you can't get close enough to an enemy to be effective, or if it's just easier to range them down.

 

Elden Ring Nebula Knight Build (Level 150)

A Dexterity/Intelligence Build that uses the Wing of Astel to great effect by capitalizing on its weapon skill Nebula.

The Nebula Knight Build uses a combination of Block Counters and the weapon skill of Wing of Astel: Nebula to handle any situation effectively. Because Wing of Astel scales well with both Dexterity and Intelligence, we don't use a Great Shield for this Build, due to low Strength. Carian Knight's Shield is an excellent choice for those using a Shield with no Strength investment. And because Scholar's Shield further increases its mitigations and Guard Boost, it only gets even more effective.

Wing of Astel has a unique R2 attack and charged R2 attack that fires 1 or 2 waves of magic forward, depending on whether you charged it or not. These waves deal 100% Magic Damage (just like Nebula), making them benefit greatly from Magic Scorpion as well as Terra Magica. The waves, however, do not benefit from the Axe Talisman, though the damage you deal with the sword itself does. These waves also increase in damage based on your Intelligence, making it imperative for this Build.

Nebula is really your go to for Boss encounters, and it shoots out star clusters in front of you that explode dealing Magic Damage. They group up in tight spaces, but fan out in open locations. You can cast Nebula and then follow up with a Charged R2 for great stagger damage, or just spam Nebula.

 

 

Elden Ring Inquisitor Build (Level 150)

A Quality (Strength/Dexterity) Build that focuses on the use of the Ghiza's Wheel Colossal Weapon for optimal damage.

The way this Build works is that you'll use the one-handed R2 and one-handed charged R2 attacks of Ghiza's Wheel to take advantage of Axe Talisman, and to give you hyper armor, but most importantly to hit multiple times as the wheel spins when it lands. If you two-hand this weapon then it spins behind you instead of in front of you, so it's important to one-hand it and use these R2 attacks, because R1s don't make the wheel spin.

Spinning Wheel does not trigger Hemorrhage easily, and does not trigger Winged Sword Insignia or Millicent's Prosthesis, so it's not particularly useful for tough enemies so we don't use it often. Instead you'll use Jump Attack, buff with Contagious Fury to further boost your R2 damage, and use Charged R2s for even more damage and stagger.

When the wheel spins after an R2 or charged R2, you'll often trigger Hemorrhage in one attack, which will trigger Lord of Blood's Exultation and White Mask if you're using it. This boosts your Attack Power even higher, and you'll often trigger Millicent's Prosthesis at the same time, getting even higher attack rating.

 

Elden Ring Waterfowl Warrior Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Dexterity Build that uses Hand of Malenia to devastating results via Waterfowl Dance.

The way this Build works is that you'll use the regular attacks of Hand of Malenia to deal with regular enemies, two-handing it in order to gain max damage and keep your equip load a bit lighter for more armor with higher Poise.

You'll use Waterfowl Dance on tough to kill enemies, packs of enemies and Bosses, using your high Poise and hyper armor of the skill to strike them repeatedly for very high damage, triggering Millicent's Prosthesis and Winged Sword Insignia, boosting repeated L2 damage.

Stamina is an issue for this Build because Waterfowl Dance eats it up, and you likely won't be able to use 3 consecutive L2 pulls twice, without waiting for your Stamina to replenish. Use Greenburst Crystal Tear when facing Bosses to keep your Stamina high, so you don't run out mid attack.

Unlike other Katana Builds, Hemorrhage doesn't play a huge roll in this Build because Waterfowl Dance doesn't build up Bleed fast at all, so don't worry about it, and don't try to maximize Bleeding Build Up.

 

 

Elden Carian Cavalier Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Quality (Strength/Dexterity) Build that uses a halberd to devastating results on horseback and on foot.

The way this Build works is that you'll use the very fast attacks of Loretta's War Sickle to melt enemies in one or two attacks, and Bosses in less than a minute. When you combine the fast attacks of the War Sickle with high Poise and Talismans like Winged Sword Insignia and Millicent's Prosthesis you get very high DPS.

Casting Freezing Mist on a Boss first will debuff them and increase the damage you do to them before beginning your assault. I usually cast this an then try to keep them in the mist until Frostbite triggers and then go to town.

Halberds are exceptional on horseback because of their hitboxes and attack speed, so learn to fight from horseback when you can, and consider adding the Lance Talisman when doing so for even more damage.

Loretta's Slash is very situational, and this build is not setup to optimize its damage. However, it's great against enemies that hit hard since they can't stagger you out of it, allowing you to connect for damage 99% of the time. Trading damage is fine with this build since you have high protection.

 

Elden Ring Mad King Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

An Arcane/Faith/Dexterity Build that focuses on the use of Madness and Morgott's Cursed Sword.

The way this Build works is that you'll use your high Arcane to build up Bleed and Madness quickly via attacks and spells. Swarm of Flies is a good opener on tough enemies that you can then use Cursed-Blood Slice against to set Hemorrhage, as well deal a good amount of damage.

Unendurable Frenzy can be used in boss fights after popping the Cerulean Hidden Tear to melt Bosses in just a few seconds. Just hold the button down and stay out of range of the enemy's attacks and you're golden.

Frenzied Burst is great for picking off enemies at long range when needed. It deals incredibly high damage and pierced the blocks of enemies. Golden Vow and Flame, Grant Me Strength are there to buff your damage further when needed.

 

 

Elden Soul Samurai Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Dexterity Intelligence Build that uses the Nagakiba and Scholar's Armament to phenomenal result.

The way this Build works is that you'll use Unseen Form and the Black Knife Set to sneak up on enemies getting easy backstabs and attacks. These two things will muffle your sound and make you harder to see.

You can use Greatblade Phalanx when you know enemies are going to come at you, and cast Freezing Mist on tough enemies and Bosses to soften up their defenses via the Frostbite status effect.

Cast Founding Rain of Stars at the beginning of Boss fights when they start to come at you, and try to fight around the AoE it creates for best results. Try to dodge and use Double Slash while they are still in the AoE of FRoS.

Loretta's Greatbow is useful for situations where you need some long range or things will be markedly more difficult, and you can use Carian Retaliation to parry projectiles, which is great.

Scholar's Armament is your buff to really boost your damage over the top of a magic infused or cold infused Nagakiba. By keeping it Keen and using Scholar's Armament you will have higher damage potential as long as it remanis buffed.

 

Elden Sword Saint Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

A Dexterity/Faith/Strength Build that focuses on using the Sacred Relic Sword and Wave of Gold.

The way this Build works is that you'll use Wave of Gold to take out packs of large enemies and on Bosses that aren't Holy Damage Resistant. We use Carian Filigreed Crest and Sword of Milos to help manage FP, so you can use Wave of Gold often and not worry about how much FP it costs.

When facing Holy Resistant enemies you'll use Jump Attacks to take them out, since Sword of Milos deals 100% Physical Damage, and Sacred Relic Sword deals about 63% Physical Damage. This will allow you to still deal great damage when attacking this way, bypassing this resistance, and the Claw Talisman only boosts this damage further. You could use the Raptor's Black Feathers for even more Jump Attack Damage if you wish.

Elden Ring Arcane Builds

 

Elden Ring Blood Dragon Build (Level 50)

A dual-wielding Arcane Build that uses Bleeding and Dragon Spells to obliterate enemies.

The way this Build works is that you will Duplicate the Ashes of War: Bloody Slash to put it on both your Scimitars (or other curved swords), and select the Bleed Affinity so that they both apply Bleed build up when they hit an enemy. This will also allow them to scale with Arcane, which both increases their outright damage, and also increases the amount of Bleed build up they apply when hitting an enemy, making enemies Hemorrhage more quickly, ripping off huge chunks of HP.

You can use Bloody Slash against more difficult enemies and Bosses, and its damage increases with weapon upgrades and Arcane, so the more you increase Arcane the more damage this Skill will do.

Dragonclaw is your Spell for tough enemies that turtle behind Shields, making it hard for you to get to them with your Swords. If you have 84 FP you can cast this again much more quickly than the first cast, allowing for a "two-hit" combo that should kill almost anything. It also has hyper armor, allowing you to pull it off through even the heaviest of attacks. You need 15 Mind for 84 FP.

Rotten Breath wipes out packs of enemies easily, and can be used from Horseback. Use this on hard to kill Bosses and enemies as it does incredible damage over time if you can build up their Scarlet Rot bar enough. It's easy mode with this Spell.

 

Elden Ring Blood Dancer Build (Level 100)

An Bleed Build focused on Arcane and the use of Eleonora's Poleblade to deal incredible damage very quickly and set the Hemorrhage status effect.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Flame, Grant Me Strength for tough fights to boost both your Physical and Fire Damage, and Eleonora's Poleblade does both.

You can use Dragonice to wipe out packs of enemies or to set Frostbite on Bosses, though you'll want to lead with Rotten Breath first if they can be effected by Scarlet Rot.

Lightning Spear can be used to pick off lone enemies at range, or to range down a single target, and Dragonclaw is used situationally when you need burst Physical Damage.

Most of the time you'll be leading with Bloodblade Dance to stagger enemies and to Hemorrhage them as quickly as you can. You can swing over and over with L2 to keep building up this Status and to keep staggering enemies.

 

 

Elden Ring Dragon Knight Build (Level 100)

An Arcane/Faith Build that focuses on the use of Dragon Spells, as well as boosting general Incantation and melee damage.

The way this Build works is that you'll increase your Arcane to make your Spells hit hard, and to boost the damage of your Weapon. You should use an Occult Affinity Weapon, with the Bloody Slash Skill, which scales with Arcane for maximum Bloody Slash damage, but you can use any Skill you want.

You need at least 25 Faith to use Golden Vow, and 23 to use certain Dragon Spells, so you can't have less than this. You'll use your Jellyfish Shield's ability: Contagious Fury to boost your Spell Damage and Weapon Damage, and Golden Vow to do the same. You can then chuck Lightning Spears or Black Flame balls at enemies or use Bloody Slash.

You'll use Agheel's Flame or Smarag's Glintstone Breath to take out enemies with larger health pools or Bosses, holding down R1 to cast the spell fully twice. This absolutely melts Bosses, especially when you are buffed with Contagious Fury and Golden Vow. Make sure to equip the Scorpion Charm that best suits the breath you intend to use.

 

Elden Ring Frenzied Acolyte Build (Level 100)

An Arcane/Faith Build that focuses on casting incantations from range, only meleeing when absolutely necessary.

The way this Build works is that you'll use the Dragon Communion Seal in your right hand to cast spells, because it has better Incantation Scaling at this point in the game, and you'll keep the other Seals in your off hand, rotating them to boost the damage of whichever spell you might be casting. For instance, you'd have the Godslayer's Seal in your left hand when casting Black Flame, and rotate to Frenzied Flame Seal when casting The Flame of Frenzy or Frenzied Burst, and Gravel Stone Seal when casting Lightning Spear.

You'll use The Flame of Frenzy spell on large enemies that don't move to quickly or groups of enemies to take them out quickly. Frenzied Burst is your long range sniping spell that will kill most enemies before they can even react, and charging it makes it go through Shields.

Black Flame is there when you don't need either of these to kill enemies, and will conserve some FP, as well as deal damage over time based on the Max HP of the target. Lighting Spear can be cast when Fire is not a good damage type.

You'll buff with Golden Vow and Flame Grant Me Strength as necessary. Often time you won't need these to one shot most enemies, but if you aren't killing most enemies in one cast then you'll want to use Golden Vow. Use Flame, Grant Me Strength for Boss encounters or tough enemies.

 

 

Elden Ring Sanguine Samurai Build (Level 150)

An Dexterity/Arcane Build that uses the Rivers of Blood Katana to devastating effect.

The way this Build works is that you will carry Rivers of Blood in your right hand, and use Sacrificial Axe and Dragon Communion Seal in your left. Sacrificial Axe will give you 4 FP, even when you don't meet the requirements for it, every time you kill an enemy as long  as it's in your left hand. 

You'll use Rivers of Blood as your "default" attack, because we reduce the cost of it via Carian Filigreed Crest, and give you FP back with Sacrificial Axe. This combined with 30 or so Mind allows you to pretty much use it at will, as long as you have a few FP flasks.

You can buff with Flame, Grant Me Strength when you're heading into a Boss fight or a difficult enemy because Rivers of Blood does both Physical and Fire Damage, benefitting immensely from this Incantation. You can add others as well since you'll have fairly good Incantation Scaling thanks to the Dragon Communion Seal and high Arcane, but these are optional.

If you manage to acquire Millicent's Prosthesis and Rotten Sword Insignia you can actually use both, but you will need someone to drop you one or the other.

 

Elden Ring Eochaid Executioner Build (Level 150)

A Strength/Arcane Build that uses the Marais Executioner's Sword or Regalia of Eochaid to deal massive damage via Eochaid's Dancing Blade

The way this Build works is that you'll use Eochaid's Dancing Blade on just about every enemy, when you aren't doing Block Counters off of your Blocks. You're goal is always to get at least one enemy with this Skill in order to boost your Attack Power via Rotten Winged Sword Insignia and Millicent's Prosthesis so that subsequent attacks deal more damage.

Eochaid's Dancing Blade scales off of Strength and Arcane primarily, so you want to invest points heavily here in order to boost its damage as high as possible. Additionally, you can charge this Ability to increase its reach and duration (and also damage if you're using Godfrey Icon), making it more effective, though this isn't always easy to pull off.

You can buff with Flame, Grant Me Strength as needed, since you do mostly Physical Damage with your attacks and with Eochaid's Dancing Blade. This will likely be before tough enemies, and bosses, for best results.

Don't forget that you can Block Counter enemies with your Shield by pressing R2 after blocking, and if you stagger an enemy can do a Charged L2 to finish them off quite easily.

 

 

Elden Ring Dragon Warrior Build (Level 150)

An Arcane Build that uses Bleed and rapid attacks to build up Attack Power and then unleash deadly Dragon attacks.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow and Seppuku when generally moving about the landscape to attack enemies, only buffing your right hand weapon unless facing something fierce. You can use Blessing's Boon and buff your left hand weapon as well when facing tough enemies or Bosses to further boost damage and surviveability.

You'll try to do running L1 attacks to proc Hemorrhage as quickly as possible, which boosts your Attack Power by 30% thanks to Lord of Blood's Exultation and White Mask. Follow up with L1s until you complete a combo, which will have boosted your Attack Power even higher thanks to Winged Sword Insignia and Millicent's Prosthesis, and then swap to your Dragon Communion Seal and fire off 1 or two Dragonclaw or Dragonmaws to hit for crazy high damage.

You can use Ekzyke's Decay to set Scarlet Rot on tough Bosses from range, or to AoE down groups of enemies from a distance. 

 

Elden Ring Magic Dragonknight Build (Level 150)

An Arcane Build that uses Dragon Spells to their fullest, melting Bosses and enemies in mere seconds.

The way this Build works is that you'll buff with Golden Vow and use Block-Counters to deal with trash enemies. Most regular attacks bounce off the Jellyfish Shield because it's a Greatshield, making Block-Counters easier, and the damage of these is increased by the Curved Sword Talisman.

Smarag's Glintstone Breath is your go to Dragon Spell, as it deals a ton of damage, and outperforms Borealis's Mist in the majority of cases, except when enemies have huge HP pools, setting Frostbite may benefit you more here if you can't kill the Boss fast enough with Smarag's Glintstone Breath.

Agheel's Flame is a nice Fire alternative to Smarag's Glintstone Breath, and you should use the Fire Scorpion Charm instead of Magic Scorpion Charm when using this one. Ezyke's Decay is good against tough enemies that you may need the Scarlet Rot status effect against, but it isn't always needed.

Use the Cerulean Hidden Tear when beginning Boss fights to remove FP cost for 10 seconds, in order to nuke Bosses before they can even attack.

 

 

Elden Ring Mad King Build (Level 150-200 | Journey 2)

An Arcane/Faith/Dexterity Build that focuses on the use of Madness and Morgott's Cursed Sword.

The way this Build works is that you'll use your high Arcane to build up Bleed and Madness quickly via attacks and spells. Swarm of Flies is a good opener on tough enemies that you can then use Cursed-Blood Slice against to set Hemorrhage, as well deal a good amount of damage.

Unendurable Frenzy can be used in boss fights after popping the Cerulean Hidden Tear to melt Bosses in just a few seconds. Just hold the button down and stay out of range of the enemy's attacks and you're golden.

Frenzied Burst is great for picking off enemies at long range when needed. It deals incredibly high damage and pierced the blocks of enemies. Golden Vow and Flame, Grant Me Strength are there to buff your damage further when needed.

 

Elden Ring Builds by the Community

Elden Ring Status Blademaster (Level 100)

A master of incantations and arcane weaponry that combines both to apply several status effects to boost his overall damage and decimate any foe.

The way this build work is to apply different status effects to your enemies, and in doing so you're not only taking their HP away faster but, thanks to Kindred of rot's exultation and Lord of blood's exultation talismans, you are boosting your own damage as well. You can achieve these by giving bleed or poison to your weapons through ashes of war, and using weapons with scarlet rot on them like the Antspur Rapier or the Scorpion's stinger. The build itself is pretty flexible because you have several options in the game to help you out with status effects. The dragon communion seal is the best choice cause of his Arc/Faith scaling, the Black knife is a good choice in any build to start a fight cause of the debuff you can apply with it. The bloodhound's step is a great choice for fast combat, but any ash will do as long as you choose poison or bleed damage for your weapon.

If you use Mimic tear as your spirit ash, summon it with Dragon communion seal + Black Knife as this is the best option to help you out with applying different status effects with your incantations while also applying the weapon's debuff. Alternatively you can use the Black knife tiche who also uses this weapon and will apply the dagger's debuff.

I always recommend to try to apply the Scarlet rot debuff first, opening with 1 or 2 Rotten breath's or the use of Antspur rapier are your best choices, while Scarlet Aeonia is a good late game choice in some situations. You can also pair Antspur rapier with Rogier's rapier to have a great dual wielding status machine. Swarm of flies is a great bleed buildup incantation for more big and stationary targets, but can also work effectively if you lure more agile targets to a stationary position, same principle applies for the Poison mist incantation. The Uchigatana with bleed/poison is an amazing choice here (as any with base bleed damage that can be infused with ashes of war), for a late game alternative i recommend the Hand of Malenia which has an amazing skill, bleed damage and a little more of poise damage. Black flame and Black flame ritual are here as personal choice, as i think they are flexible and great incantations overall. Lastly i have to mention Flame, grant me strenghth and Golden vow which are good damage boosters as well.

As an alternative for status buildup you can choose to use coating incantations as well as consumables, with that in mind i recommend switching Scarlet Aeonia for Black flame blade, Bloodflame blade and Poison armament, and also to make room for Vyke's dragonbolt which is a great damage booster overall. But bare in mind that going this route will prevent you from applying ashes of war to provide bleed/poison and arcane scaling on your weapons.

Elden Ring Build: Robin Hood The Mad (level 50 and higher) 

Description Bow and Spear archetype with madness spells/weapon. For lore background Robin Hood aquires a spear and he begins to succumb to temptation craving more and more maddening power.

  • Class: Bandit
  • Flask Spread: More FP the higher levels you get but anything you are comfortable with.
  • Weapon: Vyke's War Spear, Finger Seal or Erdtree Seal (ideally Frenzied Flame Seal but this item linked to a quest line so up to you) and any bow or light bow you want
  • Shield: None but you can use one if u want
  • Armor: Surprisingly I cannot find anything for lore/fashion style maybe Gaurdian Set (no helm) so feel free to experiment with armor try  and find gear with decent Focus value.
  • Primary Stats: Faith, Mind, 
  • Secondary Stats: Dex (at least 20) Strength (at least 16)
  • Skills: Barrage and Mighty Shot depending if you use Light Bow or Bow. No ashes of war for melee as Vyke's War Spear has unique skill.
  • Spells: Up to you try all 5 of the Frenzied Flame spells and go with what you enjoy!

Play this class any way you like it has alot of versatility with crafting different arrow effects. For solo play using bow only can be resource consuming so have a good balance for range and melee, when in CO-OP it is alot of fun using the bow only  but that just preference. I think madness is a interesting mechanic so wanted to build a class around it which had both melee and range, it is viable in PVP to I know the spear gets some hate but it is really fun to use and the skill looks awesome one last lore nod if u use spirit summons try and use ones that summon more than one person then u can have your Merry Men while you get your bow out and attack from the back.

Talisman tips, Increasing resistance to madness can help as you are just as likely to become as mad as your target also reducing FP is helpful but really find a combo you like and go with it.

 

Elden Ring Build: Fingerprint Acolyte (Level 50+)

Description: Themed after Vyke, using Frenzied Flame associated equipment and spells.

  • Class: Confessor
  • Flask Spread: Mostly HP with some FP, depends on playstyle
  • Weapon: Vyke's War Spear, Finger Seal  / Godslayer Seal
  • Shield: In particularly late game, Fingerprint Stone Shield. Any other medium or greatshield works well early game, for a reasonably light and moderately useful one consider the Jellyfish Shield.
  • Armor: Anything you want to wear, but particularly late game the Fingerprint Set. Good early to mid game contenders are the Land of Reeds Set  or the Raging Wolf Set.
  • Primary Stats: Dex, Faith
  • Secondary Stats: Strength, Mind, Endurance
  • Skills: Barricade Shield can be nice on the Fingerprint Stone Shield, but no other Ashes of War fit particularly well
  • Spells: The Frenzied Flame Incantations fit the theme of this build. The Flame of Frenzy staggers bosses, particularly large ones, exceptionally well. Frenzied Burst is a good long-range shield-piercing spell, and Howl of Shabriri is a moderately useful damage buff. The final two spells are quite late-game and situational, but useful. Inescapable Frenzy is good vs NPC invaders if you can land it. Unendurable Frenzy is outstanding combined with defensive buffs and high focus, but situational as well. Other useful incantations are Flame, Cleanse Me, to cure rot, and Flame, Grant Me Strength, which benefits Vyke's War Spear.

Early game, you can pretty easily collect the incantations and eventually make your way up to Vyke's invasion and claim his spear. The spear, paired with a damage buff plus stancebreaking on some bosses from the Flame of Frenzy incantation, is an effective weapon for the majority of the game. Pairing Vyke's War Spear with a shield for guard counter or parry purposes deals with normal enemies well. You can probably invest in faith and dexterity about evenly, if you tend to use more incantations than melee than favor faith but otherwise Vyke's War Spear scales slightly better with dexterity. Enough strength to use whatever shield if you're using one, and then enough endurance, mind, and vigor such that you don't have issues with lack of HP/FP/carrying capacity. Near the endgame, if you want the full Fingerprint Set plus shield you'll need a lot of endurance to not stay burdened.

Elden Ring Build: Vergil Build(Level 150)

Description: This Build is Themed after Vergil from Devil May Cry.

  • Class: Any
  • Flask Spread: Split evenly among FP and HP
  • Weapon: MOONVEIL, WAKIZASHI, Carian GlintBlade Staff
  • Shield: None
  • Armor: Light Armor or Med Armor
  • Primary Stats:  INTELLIGENCE, Mind
  • Secondary Stats: Vigor, Dexterity 
  • Skills: BLOODHOUND'S STEP, Transient Moonlight
  • Spells: Terra Magica, Magic GlintBlade , GlintBlade Phalax, Carian Phalax , GreatBlade Phalax , Carian Retaliation 
  • Talismans:  Radagon Icon , Graven-Mass Talisman ,  Magic Scorpion Charm, Shard Of Alexander 

Play This class any way you would like because its a mix between melee and ranged playstyles. But what i would recommend is using Terra magica at a start of a boss fight or a really difficult encounter because its buffs your dmg then using either one of the phalax spells mentioned above and spamming magic glintblade, However if the enemy comes close to you then use the skill of the moonveil katana Transient Moonlight which will help you do dmg from melee range. After some testing For optimal play You want the Moonveil in your main hand and the Carian GlintBlade Staff in your offhand also equip/slot the Wakazashi with Bloodhound's step because its good for dodging and creating some distance giving you some breathing room. If your above level 150 u would want to focus on dexterity because it  will shorten the casting time of Your spells.

 

Tips for FLASK OF WONDROUS PHYSICK: After Some testing You either want to go with Magic-Shrouding Cracked tear Which boosts the magic attacks or Optionally Stonebarb Cracked Tear Which will help you staggers enemies , Lastly i have to mention that running Cerulean Hidden tear is optimal for this build as it eliminates fp consumption and gives you more time to cast spells and Transient Moonlight.

 

Heavy Turtle (Level 125)

Heavy melee dogfighter build. Extremely high stamina regen combined with a "heavy" greatsword for enomous ammounts of damage aswell as breaking enemy stances with ease.

  • ClassHero
  • Level: 125
  • Attribute Points Distribution: Vigor → 56  |  Mind → 9  |  Endurance → 27  |  Strength → 74  |  Dexterity → 12  |  Intelligence → 7  |
    Faith → 8  |  Arcane → 11
  • Spells: none

 

 

 

  • Stats: HP1907  |   FP75  |  Stamina137 Equip Load →  94.6/95.2  |  Poise →  128  |  Discovery111.0  |  R1 damage 862

    Tl;dr: How to play in short
    This build was designed mainly for PvP, Duels or multiplayer with friends.
    For  PvE you can use Raptor's Black Feathers Chest and Claw Talisman instead of Bull-Goat's Talisman!

    1) Always two-hand your colossal Greatsword (1.2x strength multiplier)!
    2) Only use Flask of Wonderous Physick and Bioled Crab before a major fight, like an invasion or main boss!
    3) Use Crouch + Light Attack to roll-catch enemies in a straight line!
    4) Use fast light attacks if the enemy doesn't back of and tries to trade with you.
    5) Use the Bloodhound's Step Skill of your Greatsword to dodge ash of war skills, ranged attacks or to close the distance!
    6) Use Throwing Dagger to pop the bubble of "Uplifting Aromatic", remove red glowing Ritual Sword Talisman [PvP] or to aggro and lure enemies from further away [PvE].

    7) optional Use "Heavy" Nightrider Glaive+25 with Glintstone Pebble to poke and burst through shields! Hotswap required.


    Giving reasons for certain items (only PvP)
    Turtle Shell, Turtle Talisman, Greenburst Tear: well you can read that in the title. Very high stermina recovery speed is very important for colossal weapons in general, if you intend to hit multiple blows in a rapid fashion.

    Heavy Load → "fat rolling". Title aswell as requring a slightly diffrent playstyle which evolves around blocking with your Greatsword aswell as using/ abusing Bloodhound's Step. Unique heavy load build.

    Bull-Goat's Talisman outpoises the poise damage of Great Spears (112), dual Spear, Katana, etc. (111) with your Poise of 128. So in general going above 122 poise is a huge breakpoint. (not exactly accurate bull-goat -25% poise damage -> still above some certain poise damage caps)

    Feel free, to change, adopt this build in any form you want. Hf.

Elden Ring Greatsword Vampyre Build (Level 100)

A Strength/Faith hybrid build that dual wields Great Swords and uses life steal to stay alive

The way this Build works is that you'll generate HP and FP for every kill thanks to the combiantion of Rykard's Rune, Taker's Cameo, and the passive effects of your Great Swords, power stancing them to do devastating damage with L1 jump attacks. Taker's Flames does great AOE damage and also heals you on hit.

You'll carry the Blasphemous Blade and Clawmark Seal in your right hand and Sword of Milos in your left, two-handing the Seal when you cast spells to gain extra damage from Strength Scaling and bonus damage to Stone of Gurranq, giving you a great ranged option, and the Sword of Milos will refund you some of the FP spent on kill.

You'll buff with Golden Vow and Blessing's Boon constantly to increase your damage output and keeping the Ritual Sword Talisman buff online whenever you are in combat, using Flame, Grant Me Strength for tougher enemies and boss fights.

Against fire immune enemies, swap the Sword of Milos to your right hand and swap the Fire Scorpion Charm for the Roar Talisman, which buffs Milo's Roar, applying a debuff on nearby enemies and making them stagger.

 

Elden Ring Blood-Red Falling Star (Level 150)

A pure Strength build that focuses on running over enemies with a great hammer, causing bloodloss and using lifesteal to stay alive

The way this Build works is that you'll barrel down on enemies with Prelate's Charge while two-handing the Great Stars, causing sucessive hits which heal you thanks to the Great Stars's passive effect and triggering the effects of the Rotten Winged Sword insignia and also causing Bloodloss, which triggers the effects of the Lord of Blood's Exultation and White Mask. 

You'll carry the Great Stars and Clawmark Seal in your right hand and Sacrificial Axe in your left, two-handing the Seal when you cast spells to gain extra damage from Strength Scaling and bonus damage to Stone of Gurranq and Black Flame, giving you a great ranged option, and the Sacrificial Axe will refund you some of the FP spent on kill.
The Sacrificial Axe in your offhand can be infused with Golden Vow as yet another way to buff this build's damage. Bloodflame Blade will obviously apply Bloodflame to the Great Stars, adding more bloodloss buildup and fire damage, which is increased by Flame, Grant Me Strength. Against bloodloss immune enemies use Blackflame Blade instead of Bloodflame Blade.

You'll buff with Golden Vow and Bestial Vitality constantly to increase your damage output and keeping the Ritual Sword Talisman buff online whenever you are in combat, using Flame, Grant Me Strength for tougher enemies and boss fights.

Mohg's Great Rune will infuse Spirit Summons with an effect akin to, and stacking with, the Lord of Blood Exultation, thus making the Mimic Tear the preffered choice for this build. It will also make it so that the summoner will regain HP for every kill the summon scores, making it a great choice for landscape exporation where summoning is permited.

Unga Bunga (171)

Optimal Strength/Poise build with enough for some buffs and range.

The Ungest of Bungas, an absolute unit.  High enough level to achieve optimal Strength and Poise.  Low enough level to still easily participate in multiplayer.  Wins most fights easily by spamming Lion's Claw.  If you do run out of FP, charged R2 is still amazing.  Two Fingers Heirloom and Finger Seal for any buffs/spells with 15 Faith requirement or lower - can be switched with other weapon/talisman if/when there's no use for buffs/spells.  Bull-Goat's Talisman to push Poise to 133 - can be switched with other talismans to focus more on damage if you only need 100 Poise.  Pulley Crossbow +10 with Burred Bolts for punishing enemies who refuse to get under your hammer.

 

Magic Frost Knight (150)

Intelligence/quality build that uses spells from range and levels enemies at melee range with frost attacks

  • Class: Prisoner
  • Flask Spread: 5HP/8FP
  • Weapon: Dark moon greatsword, Carian regal scepter
  • Shield: None
  • Armor: Crucible tree set or Night´s cavalry set
  • Talismans: Erdtree´s favour, Graven-mass talisman, Radagon icon and Dragoncrest shield or Dragoncrest greatshield talisman
  • Primary Stats: Intelligence/Vigor/Mind
  • Secondary Stats: Dexterity/Endurance
  • Stats:
  • Vigor: 40
    Mind: 40
    Endurance: 25
    Strength: 20
    Dexterity: 30
    Intelligence: 60
    Faith: 6
    Arcane: 9
  • Skills: Moonlight greatsword
  • Spells: Adula´s moonblade, Comet, Comet azur, Loretta´s greatbow/mastery and Zamor ice storm

The build works by first using Loretta´s greatbow or Comet to deal damage from range depending on the distance, Comet azur melts away bigger enemies/bosses and when in melee range, buff the Darkmoon greatsword with Moonlight greatsword and start chopping and slicing. Adula´s moonblade is great at melee range as well. If multiple enemies come charging your way, use the Zamor ice storm. Equipping the Godrick´s great rune gives a good boost as well.

Moonveil can be used instead of Dark moon greatsword if you like to be faster at melee range than with a big clumsy greatsword.

Flask spread more on the FP side of things. 

Elden Ring Elden Wizard Build (Level 150-400)

An endgame build for those who aim to be classic Magicians with DEX/INT/FTH-build without using any weapon other than Glintstone Staves and Sacred Seals. Master of Sorcery and Incantation, capable of casting spells very quick and release them to their maximum power.

"Your Spells are your Weapons. Your Distance to your enemies is your Armors. Your FP is your Life. Your Experience is the key to your Survival." No other saying fits better to explain how this pure caster build works. In general this build fits for players who want to go solo in their higher journeys, or assisting other player in Co-op or even good for PvP. Their main roles are Offense and Support with high mobility for dodging many incoming attacks.

Starting this build with level 150 is a challenge. If your Dexterity is at 20 or lower, it's quite a risk if you choose to attack with stronger spells. By increasing your dexterity to 50 you can at least cast the spells fast enough and have better chance to dodge the incoming attacks while or after casting.

The spell choice varies for different players. Offensive spells like Night Comet, Meteorite of Astel, Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike, or Burn, O Flame can have a very high DPS, if used and boosted correctly. One healing spell must be equipped and convert ALL your flasks into Flask of Cerulean Tear ONLY, since healing spells like Lord's Heal or Erdtree Heal heals more HP in comparison to drinking one Flask of Crimson Tear +12. Just by drinking one Flask of Cerulean Tear +12 gives you 220 FP, which gives you the opprtunity to cast Erdtree Heal at least 3x in total.

Equipping the booster catalyst on your off-hand, which corresponds to the specified spell type, and by casting the corresponding spell with a catalyst with the best Sorcery or Incantation scaling is a must. In addition to that, equipping the right Talismans and casting buff spells like Golden Vow and Terra Magica and/or casting debuff spells on enemies with one of Full Moon Sorcery Spells or Greyoll's Roar plus using the Mix of Wondrous Physick with the right boosting Crystal Tears can make the damage output for that spell skyrocketing.

 

caveman brain (150 or higher)

 for those who don't care for nor understand the more sophisticated parts of Elden ring

      if your going to use this build there's no point in expecting you to read this, but just in case. this build is very very simple and easy to use but still very strong in PvP and PvE. just drink your wonderous physick when going in for a charge, and use barbaric roar when needed. remember that you are a not so glass, glass cannon that can kill someone in two hits so be dumb and be a caveman who only knows to attack the enemy.

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      • Anonymous

        I think that it is very odd that most builds above dont recommend a shield. A shield is not for everyone of course, but I found it very comforting to do guard counters against many foes up until Radagon.

        • Anonymous

          the build I'm running now is a flaming dragon dancer build, it has a Nagakiba with sword dance and flame art in the right hand, and in left hand dragon communion seal. talismans are your choice (but I recommend the fire scorpion charm, shard of Alexander, crimson amber medallion+2 and Erdtree's favour+2) and spells are aghells flame, Dragonclaw and any other one you fell like doing. Armor is the drake knight set but with the altered chestplate. put most of your stats into Arc, Fai and Dex.

          • Anonymous

            Using a mix of these through out my runs I have now made one using elements of the blood and poison builds. Using a poison uchigatana and wakizashi at 52 arc, 60 dex, 37 str and using the same talismans as the sanguine samurai build getting a base power of 544(Uchi) and 426(Waki)

            • Anonymous

              I can appreciate this page for offering a wide variety. However, I personally prefer a build that is versatile. This allows me to use most weapons and spells. In turn, gives me the chance to experiment with various weapons, skills, and spells w/o having to rebirth. But then again, unlike most players, I don’t Leroy Jenkins myself through out the various maps/areas. Instead, I prefer being tactical, slow. Turtling my way through gives me an advantage and helps with flask conservation. Which is why I normally clear maps solo, and then seek assistance with bosses (well, after I take a stab at a boss solo).

              I keep my str/dex at roughly 30, with 18 for mind/Int/Fai/arc. My vigor and endurance are at 35. This allows me to survive and experiment!

              • Anonymous

                Fellblood Fangs (150+)
                Description: a Dex-Arc melee build that uses powerstanced curved greatswords to deal tremendous damage and inflict Blood Loss on top.
                Class: Any
                Flask Spread: Evenly between FP and HP
                Primary Stats: Dexterity and Arcane
                Secondary Stats: Vigor, Mind and Endurance
                Recommended stat distribution: 40-50 Vig, 50 Dex, 45-50 Arc, 15 Faith, the rest should go to Mind and End. In PVE, you can also put points into Str after hitting softcaps in Dex, Arc and Mind to utilise BF's scaling.
                Weapons: Morgott's Cursed Sword, Bloodhound Fang, Dragon Communion Seal
                Talismans: Carian Filligrane Crest to reduce the cost of the weapon skill, Shard of Alexander to buff its damage. The other two slots are flexible. You could use Claw Talismans to buff your jump attacks if you use them a lot like I do, Lord of Blood's Exultation if you are focusing on the bleed, Green Turtle Talisman to mitigate stamina consumption from powerstanced attacks, Fire Scorpion Charm to buff Fire damage of your AoW or Bull Goat Talisman for extra poise to avoid being interrupted during WA's animation.
                Incantations and Spells: typically you would probably not have enough FP to effectively use a lot of incants in combat besides buffs, but if you want to, Blood Incantations are a good option. They are less expensive than Dragon Communion ones, fit nicely with the theme of the build and combo nicely with the AoW. Consider them especially if you are using Lord of Blood's talisman, as they can help to build up Bleed with slower weapons that you use.
                Armor: the best protection and poise you can afford while medium rolling. I go with Hoslow set for the drip, but you can use whatever you like. White Mask is nice if bleed is your focus, but I personally hate it's looks.
                How the build works:
                This is mainly a start-hungry PVE build due to the weapons wielded and their scaling, however, I have tried my best to optimize it to to 150 PVP meta and it's certainly viable and strong option there. Now, bear in mind that this build is definitely not min-maxed to be the most optimal certified giantdad boss-melter or whatever. It's just a build centered around two of my most favourite weapons that I find fun and cool to play with and I hope you will find it so as well.
                For this build we powerstance two curved greatswords: Morgott's Cursed Sword in our main hand and Bloodhound Fang in the offhand. There are a couple reasons for that: they are both curved greatswords with native Bleed buildup that scale predominately with Dex. Morgott's CS scales with Arcane as well, however, going for a split Dex/Arc stat distribution is the best option here in my opinion, since this weapon already has a hefty 35 Dex requirement and thus we can get the most out of both weapons at the same time. Bloodhound Fang is an excellent and versatile weapon overall with an extremely high AR, hence we use it as an offhand weapon in this case. Even though you won't not utilize its Quality scaling to full advantage unless you go up to something like lvl 200, Bloodhound Fang will still outperform pretty much any other Curved Greatsword with the stats we have. Getting a regular Blood-infused Curved Greatsword is also an option if you want more status proc, however, bleed is not the main focus here, and the loss in AR with Blood infusion is very significant. You can also modify this build by using BF in your main hand which allows you to buff the weapon and utilise it's powerful AoW if you like it more. However, I believe that Cursed-Blood Slice is better overall if you are skilled enough to use it correctly, as it not only looks just as cool, if not cooler, but is also more reliable and effective against a more diverse cohort of enemies as well as other players compared to the Bloodhound's Finesse.
                Both of this skills combo well into powerstanced jump attacks as well as into each other, so, if your timing is sharp enough and you have a lot of spare FP you could, for example, cover the initial distance to your enemy with CBS and then disengage with BHF, provided you can switch weapons quick enough and the enemy you're fighting is slow and kind enough to let you do so.

                • Anonymous

                  Gigachad (120)¹

                  Description: Surprisingly tanky pure strength build. Allows the user to take a decent amount of punishment, but deal a fairly ridiculous amount of damage in turn with *high* stagger potential.

                  Class: Wretch²

                  Flask Spread: Mostly HP, 0-2 FP³

                  Weapon: Powerstanching Greatsword (the Guts one) and Zweihander -OR- 2 handing Giant Crusher⁴

                  Shield: It's potentially feasible to use a large great shield (like fingerprint or visage) in your off hand; more a personal judgment type of thing

                  Armor: Radahn's, Crucible Knight or (maybe) Veteran's (No helmet; Show the world your smile!)

                  Stat Spread⁵:

                  44 Vit
                  11 Mind
                  43 End
                  60 Str
                  11 Dex
                  10 Int
                  10 Faith
                  10 Arc

                  Skills: Lion's Claw or Giant's Hunt

                  Spells: none

                  Talismans: Great Jar's Arsenal, Green Turtle's Talisman⁶, Dragoncrest Greatshield, Axe Talisman (or Claw Talisman)

                  Notes:

                  ¹If you aren't going to NG+x, 120 should be a fairly good Stopping point. For PvP, I think you could go as high as 150 (I think the meta's 120-150 currently), pumping a mixture of Vit and Str

                  ²Not sure how important it is for you to pick Wretch starting out, but this could be a deal breaker if you're interested in stopping right at 120; if not, I don't think it'll matter.

                  ³I don't personally use ashes of war too much at this point, but that could change while I'm working on the build. That said, I currently use 0 FP flasks, but maybe you want to run more.

                  ⁴I always envisioned Giant's Crusher as more of a meme weapon, but my god I'm kind of in love with it at +15. Fast and Powerful; my only gripe is how much of your FOV it obscures. So, you might prefer powerstancing 2 colossal swords, or even 2 handing one colossal sword (Guts is great in this respect). If you aren't powerstancing/using a greatshield, you can stop investing End around 36 or 37.

                  ⁵Probably the most contentious part of the build. If you want to use heavier armor (again, no helmet) and a) want to power stance or b) want to use a great shield, the End stat is non-negotiable. Everything else seems fairly well-optimized except for Mind; if you're interested in liberally using AOW, you may want to pump Mind as high as 17 or even 20, albeit to the detriment of other stats.

                  ⁶Again, if you're interested in using AOW a lot, you may want to replace Green Tortoise with either Filigreed or Alexander's Shard

                  • Anonymous

                    a sort of dragon cult build

                    left hand ,gravel stone seal and beast crest sheild (the grafted scion one)
                    right hand ,bolt of gransax or dragon kings cragblade
                    talismans , godfrey icon dragon greatsheild talisman pearldrake +2 lightning scorpion
                    flasks,10 crimson 4 cerulian
                    wondrous physic ,lightning shrouding windy crystal
                    armoar ,full malformed dragon
                    spellls , lightning spear lightning stike honed bolt fortisaxs lightning spear lanseaxs glave ancheint dragons liightning strike frozen lightning spear

                    • Anonymous

                      PLEASE make some sort of Hewg or misbegotten build, it is all I want in life at this point, somebody please manage to figure it out!

                      • Anonymous

                        Dragon hunter (150)
                        A quality build that is made for high damage for dragons

                        Class: any
                        Flask Spread: most hp,some fp
                        Weapon: Dragon Kind's cragblade and godskin stitcher
                        Shield: none
                        Armor: any armor
                        Primary Stats: dex str
                        Secondary Stats: viger endurance
                        Skills: thundercloud form
                        Spells: none
                        The Dragon hunter build is made for dragons for the Dragon king's doing a lot of damage to dragons and godskin can be greased with dragonwound. for non dragons, you are going to use thundercloud form for it's high damage and stagger.

                        • Anonymous

                          Let me solo her (181)
                          High level dexterity build utilizing both frost and bleed build up to defeat Malenia.

                          Class: Any
                          Flask Spread: 8 HP and 6 FP
                          Weapon: Cold uchigatana +25 with hoarfrost stomp in right hand, rivers of blood +9 in left.
                          Shield: No shield
                          Armor: Jar head
                          Primary Stats: Dexterity/Vigor/Endurance
                          Secondary Stats: Strength/Intelligence/Mind
                          Stats:
                          40 Vigor
                          24 Mind
                          40 Endurance
                          38 Strength
                          48 Dexterity
                          28 Intelligence
                          22 Faith
                          20 Arcane
                          Skills: Hoarfrost stomp

                          Use the power of Let me solo her to end Malenia's career.

                          • Anonymous

                            Please make a lvl 50 variant of the dragon priest.
                            I want to build this character but the only points of improvement are lvl 100 (dragon knight) and lvl 150 (magic dragonknight).
                            We need a lvl 50 arcane build that uses dragon spells as well

                            • Anonymous

                              Summary of the "dragon knight" is wrong.
                              This is a faith build that uses dragon spells but it says intelligence with death sorceries

                              • Anonymous

                                Death reaper (150)
                                A Quality Build that uses Dex,Arc,int,and some fai

                                Class: any
                                Flask Spread: 10 hp 4 fp
                                Weapon: grave scythe, winged scythe (or halo if you want) and prince of death staff.
                                Shield: none
                                Armor: mid
                                Primary Stats: Dex,int
                                Secondary Stats: arc,fai
                                Skills: Barbaric roar (bleed)
                                Spells: ancient death of rancor, explosive ghostflame, fia mist, tibia's summons, any other you want.
                                still in the testing.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Current Build I'm playing: Faith/Dex, Level 134, basically a glass cannon that can man-handle enemies.
                                  Starting class: Wretch

                                  -Stats-
                                  (baseline | w/Equipment)
                                  Vigor: 38 | 43
                                  Mind: 30 | 30
                                  Endurance: 30 | 35
                                  Strength: 20 | 25
                                  Dexterity: 27 | 37
                                  Intelligence: 10 | 10
                                  Faith: 48 | 48
                                  Arcane: 10 | 10

                                  -Equipment-

                                  Main Hand: Godslayer's Greatsword (+9) *Scales better with dex then faith
                                  Off-Hand: GodSlayer's Seal (+20)
                                  Armor: Crucible Knight Armor Set (mainly because I think it looks cool, Any armor that provides good poise works as well)
                                  Talismans: Radagon's Soreseal | Prosthesis-Wearer Heirloom | For the last two slots it depends on the situation, Radagon's Icon, Godfrey Icon, Faithful's Canvas Talisman, or Fire Scorpion Charm.
                                  Flask: More FP then Health currently 8:6
                                  Wondrous Physick Mix: between StoneBarb Cracked Tear, Leaden Hardtear, Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear, Greenburst Crystal Tear, or Dexterity-knot Crystal Tear

                                  Spells:Blessing's boon or Blessing of the Erdtree (depends on how much FP you want to dedicate to your HoT), Golden Vow, Flame Grant me Strength, Stone of Gurranq, Black Flame, Giantsflame Take Thee. Scouring Black Flame, Black Flame Ritual, and Honed Lightning (you can swap this our for any low FP costing incantation).

                                  -How to play-

                                  The basic idea is to melt everything, wallop anything that doesn't want to melt (or if the FP cost to melt isn't worth it), and when necessary man-handle some meaty boys to create an opening to melt them. You want to be conservative with your FP usage or pack more FP Flask then Health Flask.

                                  -Buff with either Golden Vow, Flame grant me strength, or both as needed. Use your blessing spell as a HoT for either engagements or just general healing if you are low on Health Flasks.
                                  -Usually can just wallop trash mobs with the colossal sword or using your low FP costing incantation as needed.
                                  -For AOE I use scouring black flame, weapon skill (follow-up also when needed), or if the enemy is stationary I pop Black Flame Ritual on them.
                                  -For the meatier boys I use Black Flame or the weapon skill when warranted alongside a mixture of normal and strong attacks. The goal is to break their poise if possible with the weapon attacks.
                                  -When I need to make an opening for the weapon skill I use Stone of Gurranq (usually takes 1-3 shots to stun them), but for the extra meaty boys I use the nuclear option of GiantsFlame Take Thee to knock them on their ass.




                                  • Anonymous

                                    how do i add a build to the strength page. i want to show a meta of metas for all of infinity and dont want some hotshot youtuber with a fancy mic and camera trying to claim he was the founder of it when ive been a god build since the the great shattering.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      i would love to see a build with Siluria's tree cause i think it looks awesome but cant find a good build.

                                      • Back in my day they gave you a longsword and a kite shield, and you said please and thank you for it. And we had to walk 5 miles from the bonfire to the boss, uphill in the snow both ways. You crazy kids and your crazy bleed builds don't know how good you have it.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I'm going to do a VENOMOUS BLOODBLADE build with katana. serpentbone blade on right and RoB on the left ( It is the best katana for bleed but I do not want to spam it's weapon art) do you think that is a good idea.

                                          • Hello, I have less than 50 hours in the game and I am really struggling with my build. I choose (Confessor) Paladin -> Templar (Currently lvl 53). I have the whole set as recommended above.

                                            Build cons:
                                            - The build is missing range, think of the wizards at Liurnia of the Lakes, also can not range any field bosses (Dragons are so hard).
                                            - Although the Noble Slender sword has the longest reach of any straight sword, I am missing a lot of counter-attacks, because the enemy will move/retreat and it will just miss them compared to a Great Sword/Spear.
                                            - Ash of War: Barricade Shield got nerved before I bought the game, it took me a while to understand it is not powerful anymore (the time the build was suggested), but also since using it will deny me buffing the sword without 2-handing it, make it very hard to do any damage with only physical attacks during boss fights. Basically, I do less damage now (Physical dmg) if I did not equip the Ash of War: Sacred Blade on the Noble Slender sword.
                                            - The build is totally focusing around counter attack, but usually bosses have high poise that needs 3 very fast counters to do 1 critical attack. Also, high physical def bosses are the toughest.
                                            - Equipping Greatswords will move me into the heavy equip load. Also, counterattacks are usually slower and can be interrupted.

                                            I don't know how to progress the game, since the next LVL 100 builds are totally different builds/stats/weapons. Please advise. Thank you.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              nice work on the page, but for the builds i have something important to say:
                                              please stop recommending radagon soreseal for late game builds, the absorption lost is ridiculously high and not worth AT ALL, you will be losing a lot more HP than you should and for no reason at all, since at this high level almost every build path has comfortable space to allocate stats and still have good vigor and resistances

                                              so PLEASE stop using radagon seal past 120 or so, at least

                                              • I have a build Idea for some people who went with Int class, but ended up in urge to go for classical hit & dodge souls style.
                                                The idea is in between Dark knight and Royal knight. We can call him Dark Royal Knight :D
                                                The goal is simple - Two handed Royal GS, with 50/50/50 Vig/Str/Int, 20 mind, 26 End (For prisoner) at lvl 150.
                                                Staff of loss +25 with only skill Night shard - when situation cries for range. E.g. to pick undeads from trees etc.
                                                Armor: Haima Glintstone Crown + Gelmir set - tip top to maintain med roll and look cool. Haima crown matches Gelmir set colours and looks pretty dope.

                                                Talismans: Alexander, Claws, Great shield & the one that reduces FP (or Radagon to reduce cast speed of WA).
                                                Game play: Jump dunk everything, roll stab with great damage and range + whenever there's a window go for Wolfs Assault.

                                                Extremely fun, simple minded build. Probably can be min maxed better if you have ideas let me know!

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Hey Fex. I really appreciate all the hard work you put into this and am constantly amazed at how fast you get these videos out. They have been helpful to me in making my spellblade all the way through the game. Have you ever considered making a whip build of any type? I thought that would be pretty fun to try out. Keep up the good work man.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I really enjoy seeing all these builds, though one I have yet to see and would like to see would be one for whips (not just bleed but maybec some variety). I've seen people use the Urumi and the chain whips to great effect but I haven't gathered them to try myself and if I did having some insight to them would be great!

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Glintblade Assassin build. It's a poise-breaking powerhouse with a great theme. 150 build but easily doable at 100. Invest in INT!

                                                      Right-hand: Misercorde with Glintstone Phalanx AoW, Glintstone Kris
                                                      Left-hand: Carian Regal Staff
                                                      Talismans: Dagger Talisman, Assassins Cerulean Dagger, Godfry Icon, Magic Scorpion Charm
                                                      Armor Set: Black Dagger Chest, rest of pieces are up to user. I prefer Black Dagger Hood with Night's Calv legs and hands.

                                                      Stat spread is heavy on INT, but weapons really allow you to boost MND and VIG. I have 50 VIG, 43 MND, and 75 INT, and 14 END. Everything else is Confessor default.

                                                      Glintstone Phalanx AoW, Glintstone Kris AoW, Magic Glintblade, Lorettas Bow, and Gavel of Haima are your bread and butter spells/skills. I also recommend Caria Slicer and Adula's Moonblade. All your other spell slots are up to you.

                                                      We know Glintblade Phalanx AoW is a great poise killer, but coupled with the Kris AoW and it's massive follow up lunge, you'll be doing insane stance breaking damage. This allows you to do awesome crit attacks and gain mana back. Plus, the Kris AoW is chargable so it takes advantage of Godfry Icon while providing more range than the Glintstone Pebble AoW. Sprinkle in Magic Glintblade spells for more awesome damage.

                                                      Black Knight Chest allows you to be sneaky, taking advantage of surprise backstabs. Overall, its a very fun build.

                                                      But why Gavel of Haima? Well, after you preform the lunge from the Kris AoW, hit them with the hammer for tons of damage. The lunge allows you to easily close the gap and stagger the enemy just enough to hammer them. Consider swapping out a talisman for Radagon Icon to speed up the hammer's cast.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        How does ELDEN RING CRUSADER BUILD allow to use sword dance ash of war when shield have barricade? I see it on the video that he has shield equipped (not double handling sword) and access to sword dance and the shield has the barricade skill. For me it only allows barricade shield and sword dance when double handling only.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          something broke here, pressing any of "Intelligence Builds Faith Builds Strength Builds Dexterity Builds Arcane Builds" displays nothing, i tried chrome, edge, firefox and opera, does not work on android chrome on my phone either.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            My attempt at a build focused on power stancing daggers, scaled to level 150:

                                                            Starting Class: Prophet

                                                            -Stats-

                                                            Vigor: 40
                                                            Mind: 25
                                                            Endurance: 26
                                                            Strength: 11
                                                            Dexterity: 50
                                                            Intelligence: 7
                                                            Faith: 60
                                                            Arcane: 10

                                                            -Equipment-

                                                            Armor: Radahn's Set
                                                            Right Hand 1: Keen Misericorde with Bloodhound's Step
                                                            Left Hand 1: Flame Art Erdsteel Dagger with Flame of the Redmanes
                                                            Left Hand 2: Gravel Stone Seal
                                                            Talisman 1: Dragoncrest Greatshield
                                                            Talisman 2: Godskin Swaddling Cloth
                                                            Talisman 3: Old Lord's Talisman
                                                            Talisman 4: Rotten Winged Sword Insignia
                                                            Flasks: 10 HP, 4 FP

                                                            Alternatives: I like using a second Erdsteel Dagger in place of the Misericorde for aesthetics alone. Quickstep may be better than BHS here but BHS is just too fun. Talismans can be swapped depending on the situation such as replacing Dragoncrest Greatshield with Pearldrake Talisman when facing non-physical damage.

                                                            -Spells-

                                                            Electrify Armament
                                                            Golden Vow
                                                            Blessing's Boon
                                                            Dragonbolt Blessing
                                                            Honed Bolt
                                                            Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike
                                                            Fortissax's Lightning Spear
                                                            Bloodflame Blade

                                                            Alternatives: The big lightning spells are mostly for fun and flavor, they can be swapped for utility or simpler spells like Lightning Spear/Strike. A heal spell could be useful if you find yourself running out of hp flasks with extra fp flasks. Bloodflame Blade is an optional weapon buff in case Electrify Armament is ineffective.

                                                            -Game Play-

                                                            Buff up and spam those dagger attacks. Heavy armor and defensive talismans help when trading hits. Spells can be used for range or groups of enemies and Flame of the Redmanes is the ultimate back-up cheese that staggers anything in 1-4 casts. I don't use it unless I have to but daggers are kinda meh so it's good to have a strong alternative.

                                                            When leveling past 150 I'd prioritize Vigor to 60 then Dex to 60 then Faith to 80. Dex could potentially be lowered in favor of Vigor or even Faith.

                                                            • I think it would be easier to just put each build on the page once and list what it can be used for, would make it easier to find things and stop it from being shown 3 different times in different spots

                                                              • I think it would be easier to just put each build on the page once and list what it can be used for, would make it easier to find things and stop it from being shown 3 different times in different spots

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Sorry but many of these builds seem like just content farming for hits and likes and they are absolute garbage. the Death sorceries do not "slap" and their damage is pure garbage, so I'm not sure why you say they slap in the videos.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    thanks for your really incredible builds!! can we get an upgrade on the scorching slayer for 150 please :)

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I am enjoying your Barbarian build. It's fun to whack stuff with a big sword and do a smack down on random stuff. Your map has also been a big help. So thanks for all your work and putting up a really good wiki.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Great stars with prayerful strike ash of war, carian filigreed crest, cerulean amber medallion +2, godskin cloth, great jars arsenal, and the highest poise armor you can get (i was using dung eaters armor). The build also heals allies nearby, so any cooperators and spirit ashes get heals as well. Prayerful strike also slams enemies to the ground so easy slamlock spam. You'll never need hp flasks. (Note: Some dodge rolling required against unslammable enemies.) you need about 50 endurance, 50 vigor, 50 strength, and 20ish faith if you want to use damage buffs(adjust to your liking). Armor is selective, i used heavy because sometimes I have problems getting dodges correct. (Note: You'll need to be right on the boss/enemy because the range is terrible, but one hit with prayerful strike should have you at tip top hp in one swing.) not viable in pvp due to the wind up time of prayerful strike

                                                                        • I started with a paladin -> templar -> lightning lancer build, then rerolled into a dragon knight, hence the confessor start. I'm sure it could be min-maxed better, this is just where I ended up around 150 as a bit of a hybrid between the tanky faith build and a powerful arcane build. Only played in PVE.

                                                                          It focuses on poking from behind a greatshield with Mohgwyn's Sacred Spear, and using the weapon skill to cause massive AOE bleeds. You can also switch some talismans and gear to put out a lot of fire/magic/ice/rot damage from dragon breath's when fighting bosses immune to bleeds.

                                                                          Class: Confessor
                                                                          Flask Spread: Split between FP & HP
                                                                          Weapon: Mohgwyn's Sacred Spear, Golden Beast Crest Shield, and Dragon communion seal
                                                                          Armor: Anything that Med Rolls. Silver Tear Mask is great to boost your Arc to 80, Raptor's Black Feather's boosts jump attacks
                                                                          Spirit ash: Mimic Tear
                                                                          Primary Stats: Arcane (72) & Vigor (45)
                                                                          Secondary Stats: Faith (25) & Mind (25)
                                                                          Other Stats: Mohgwyn's Spear requires 24 STR (19+5 from Soreseal) and 14 DEX
                                                                          Skills: Bloodmoon Ritual + No Skill on shield
                                                                          Incantations: Golden Vow, Flame Grant Me Strength, Blessing's Boon + Lightning Spear, Black Flame, Stone of Gurranq for ranged options
                                                                          Talismans: Radagon's Soreseal, Lord of Blood's Exultation, Rotten Wing Sword Insignia, Carian Filigreed Crest
                                                                          Physick: Thorny Cracked Tear and Opaline Bubbletear are helpful but not necessary

                                                                          How this works is that your shield and spear are plenty enough to deal with most basic enemies. You can poke repeatedly with R1 as it has great interrupt, and the repeated attacks/bleeds will each boost your attack power. It does decent stagger and guard counter damage, so you can lean into that with talismans if you prefer. Against stronger enemies or bosses, you chain 3 Bloodmoon Rituals together, and again the repeated attacks/bleeds will boost attack power. It has a huge AOE sphere that you can use to attack enemies behind walls/trees/floors/ceilings.

                                                                          Against hemmhorage immune bosses, you can swap to the Jellyfish Shield, Fire or Magic Scorpion Charm, Flock's Canvas Talisman, Flame/Magic Shrouding Cracked Tear, and Cerulean Hidden Tear to boost your dragon breath damage pretty high since it's scaling off your Arcane with the Dragon Communion Seal.

                                                                          You don't have to use the Golden Beast Crest Shield, but you've already got 24 STR for the spear and this is the lightest 100 PHY greatshield at that STR requirement than you can put No Skill on and it blocks a lot more area than medium shields. You could swap out the Brass Shield or Banished Knight's Shield or something. If you prefer to play tankier, you could put Barricade Shield on your shield, but then you'd need to swap your spear to 2H to use the weapon skill.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Blood/Arcane Tank Build I'm having a lot of fun in PVE with. This is for 150. Prioritize equipment requirements then pump ARC and VIG. I started as a Confessor so only INT is the default value:

                                                                            VIG: 50
                                                                            MND: 20
                                                                            END: 25
                                                                            STR: 20
                                                                            DEX: 20
                                                                            INT: 9
                                                                            FTH: 15
                                                                            ARC: 70

                                                                            For loadout, you'll want Scavengers Curved Sword with Occult and either Seppeku or Bloody Slash. You'll carry a second weapon as a back up, that being Hoslow's Petal Whip (Occult with Bloodhounds is nice, but consider Flame of the Redmans for poise breaking). Whip is great for staggering, distance control, and crowd control. In the left hand, Spiked Palisade Shield with Occult/Blood and Shield Crash. Occult retains some defensive values while still adding additional bleed, while Blood reduces defense values but makes bloodloss buildup insane when you Shield Crash. Finally, Dragon Communion seal.

                                                                            Use Shield Crash as a gap closer and huge bloodloss attack. Seppeku before fights you need extra bleed on. When you need to stagger, strike, need distance, or crowd control, switch to the whip. Both SCS and Whip are great guard countering weapons when you block with your shield.

                                                                            Alternatively, you can swap out the SCS and Whip for Bloodhounds Fang. Charge in with Shield Crash, knock enemy over, switch to BF, and use the AoW to attack and escape to a distance.

                                                                            Talismans are up to you. I like Greatshield and Curved Sword for shield/guard counter interactions. You'll likely want Lord of Bloods Exultation in there. With 25 END, you should be good to have all the equipment and still medium roll. You won't wear the heaviest armor, but I'm using Hoslows set (minus the helm) for peek fashionsouls. Helm is up to you. White Mask is great, but you may want to try some ARC boosting helms if you don't have the mask yet.

                                                                            Spells are also up to you. 15 FTH is for Flame, Grant Me Strength. I really like Stone of Gurranq for a ranged, physical attack. Swarm of Flies was nerfed in 1.04, but its still awesome for staggering and allowing you to close the gap while still getting bleed on a target. You might consider Bloodflame Talons and/or Bloodboon both for the RP factor and the usefulness.

                                                                            I would also consider a third backup weapon in your inventory for bosses immune to Blood. Any high-ARC scaling weapon will work.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              i'd really love to see a hand of malenia build based somewhere here for 150+ i'm trying to get something playable with it rn

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I would be quite interested in a CROSS-NAGINATA + Shield build, since that weapons unique moveset is kind of wasted on the current only build which 2 hands it.

                                                                                Maybe combine it with frost or poison sorcery/incantations, so you can buff the shield then as well and it can use B scaling if those attributes

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I still haven’t seen any Assassin-type builds from Bandit that focus primarily/just with daggers and a longbow to supplement for *sone range for example. Anything like that on the books?

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Could you do a tank build? While I know you do have some good strength builds, none really give the sort of extreme tankness I'm looking for. I've searched in other places besides fextralife, but they're mostly pretty sketchy or is just using an OP shield, not really tanking. So if you could do a tank build or maybe somebody could reply with a actually good tank build that would be GREATLY appreciated.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Hi,
                                                                                      great work tested many of them.
                                                                                      I would also like to see some builds using sleep or the night sorceries primary

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I would like to quote Markiplier to adress a problem I have with these Builds. "THERE'S NO NUMBERZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!"

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          You should consider doing some raw builds (no scaling). There are a lot of weapons/abilities that don't scale much and work great together (i.e. Miseracorde/Redmanes). Frostbite doesn't seem to scale so its a great effect option; most ashes of war only scale on weapon level. Summons don't scale. Many spells and incantations have fixed damage/healing effects. Without piling hundreds of levels in DEX, INT, etc. you can make a powerful build well under level 100, and you can show the wretch some love; its considered a suboptimal class but if you're primarily focused on life, endurance and mind then its ideal.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Something I’ve been fooling around with as a level 150 upgrade to the black flame/dragon knight, revolving mostly around Faith/Strength. I call it: Destined Death.
                                                                                            Stats:
                                                                                            Vigor-35
                                                                                            Mind-33
                                                                                            Endurance-29 (for equip load)
                                                                                            Strength-40
                                                                                            Dexterity-25
                                                                                            Intelligence-7
                                                                                            Faith-50
                                                                                            Arcane-10
                                                                                            Equipment:
                                                                                            Head-Black Wolf Mask
                                                                                            Chest/legs/arms-Maliketh’s Armor
                                                                                            Talismans-Radagon’s Soreseal, Radagon Icon, Green Turtle Talisman, Flock Canvas Talisman
                                                                                            Right Hand-Maliketh’s Black Blade
                                                                                            Left Hand-Godslayer’s Seal
                                                                                            Spells: (you don’t need all these spell slots, I just use them.)
                                                                                            Golden Vow
                                                                                            Black Flame’s Protection
                                                                                            Black Flame
                                                                                            Black Flame Ritual
                                                                                            Death Lightning
                                                                                            Flame of the Fell God
                                                                                            Black Blade

                                                                                            This build pretty much melts through everything in PVE. Buffing with Golden Vow and Black Flame’s Protection before boss fights makes trading damage always go in your favor. Black Flame allows you to pick off enemies from a distance, Flame off the Fell God does the same thing on a larger scale. Death Lightning is a decent AoE spell that has the benefit of a damage change up while still fitting the theme. Finally, while it’s tricky to pull of just right, Black Flame Ritual to the Destined Death Skill is VERY good, lowering an enemies total HP while getting the double chip off, if it doesn’t kill them first. Personally, I don’t play that much PvP so I’m not sure if it would do well in the current meta, but it is a fun build to play. Hopefully it inspires you.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              The Batman:
                                                                                              Class - Wretch
                                                                                              Armor - Night's Cavalry Armor set with an altered helm
                                                                                              Weapon - Spiked Caestus with Bloodhound Step Ash
                                                                                              Flasks - 80%/20% split on HP/FP
                                                                                              Stats - Pump Dex, Str, Vig, End
                                                                                              Motivation - I heard Marika killed your Parents, Bruce, and Rykard said you look fat.

                                                                                              • Is there no equivalent build of Giant Dad ?

                                                                                                A build can be made around Golem Halberd and maximizing it's range and stagger potential.

                                                                                                A variation of colossal guardian with more focus on stamina and status effect build up (frost).

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  I stopped by during one of the streams that were working on the level 100 Lightning Lance Build . I stopped in while FextraLife was level 70 but the stats don't make sense to me.
                                                                                                  Somehow at level 70 he had:
                                                                                                  Vigor: 25
                                                                                                  Mind: 14
                                                                                                  Endurance:26
                                                                                                  Strength: 34
                                                                                                  Dexterity: 22
                                                                                                  Intelligence: 9
                                                                                                  Faith: 30
                                                                                                  Arcane: 9

                                                                                                  I'm not sure how at level 70 his stats are so high?
                                                                                                  At Level 64 I only have:
                                                                                                  Vigor: 25
                                                                                                  Mind: 13
                                                                                                  Endurance:26
                                                                                                  Strength: 19
                                                                                                  Dexterity: 12
                                                                                                  Intelligence: 9
                                                                                                  Faith: 30
                                                                                                  Arcane: 9

                                                                                                  I'm not sure what he would've had equipped to heavily change those stats? Maybe had a RuneArc activated + some type of Talisman?

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I would love to see a WARMASTER (level 100 or 150)

                                                                                                    - Just like the Elemantalist has access to every spell in the game, the warmaster would have access to every weapon in the game (just regarding str and dex, not magical weapons)
                                                                                                    - A totally mundane character (I noticed a lot of your late game builds have at least some form of magic)
                                                                                                    - Just like the Elementalist has a spell for every situation, the warmaster would have a large arsenal of weapons to choose from for different kind of opponents, from small to colossal, melee to ranged (this means the class is probably only viable once you have unlimited access to regular / somber smithing stones)
                                                                                                    - The warmaster would slot different ashes and apply different greases to adapt to all kinds of situations even better (and as such should have access to a lot of cookbooks)
                                                                                                    - Primary stats would be str and dex, secondary would be vigor and endurance, and probably some mind to pay for the weapons skills.

                                                                                                    The name is quite obviously inspired by Bernahl (warmaster's shack) ;-)

                                                                                                    This could be a great opportunity for you to show off all your favourite weapons in one build, and maybe some niche ones for special occasions. Given that you do a lot of research about damage optimisation, it would also be interesting to see how different weapons (and ashes skills) would scale when being heavy / keen / quality (I would expect quality would outperform in most cases, but maybe there are some cases where it doesn't).

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Who makes the arts for the build videos thumbnails? those are great and i cant find credit to them anywhere

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Must say that I really like that you have a talented artist drawing thumbnails for the builds, it's a nice touch

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          The Primary Stats and Secondary Stats info is good and all, but it would be arguably more helpful to also include approximate/minimum values for all stats. This would would better help you prioritise what to increase and when.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Thank you for putting all of these together. One request would be to include attribute values to target for in the text list for easy reference. Starting/ending values for the mid/late game would be most awesome.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              To the beginners: if all these builds seem daunting to you, I'd like to state that you can basically go in with no build at all, play around with whatever you manage to find, and still beat half the game (or even the entire game). It could make for one enjoyable and unique experience. You will need to be willing to learn any and all skills needed in combat though. It wouldn't be too late to choose from these builds later.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Could you make a Blaidd build with the Royal Greatsword? I love Blaidd as he is my favorite NPC and am sad for what happened to him. I want to do it to honor him.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  All of these should start with wretch in my opinion, just farm for basic gear they need by exploring. Wretch isn’t as weak as it looks, despite starting naked with a club only. The starting level is one despite having all stats at 10, and the first like,15 ish levels are 600 to 1000 runes only. You end up with bigger stats and better allocation soon enough.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Dude. I really appreciate what you do. These builds are insane, and clearly take a lot of time and attention, yet you crank them out almost every day. It sounds weird, but you are a stabilizing force in my life and the world right now. Thank you. Keep up the great work.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      for pve would this be a good build
                                                                                                                      class: prisoner
                                                                                                                      vig: 35
                                                                                                                      mind: 20
                                                                                                                      end: 30-35
                                                                                                                      str: 30
                                                                                                                      dex: 30
                                                                                                                      int: 60-70
                                                                                                                      fth: 6
                                                                                                                      arc: 9
                                                                                                                      with radagon's soreseal
                                                                                                                      some weapons ideas would be claymore and uchigatana both quality, moonveil katana, meteoric ore katana, moonlight greatsword, astels wing, and maybe some curved greatswords

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        is there a way to see just builds made from specific classes like a list of prisoner builds beginner to level 150 and so on?

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Thanks for the amazing work, your builds have been a great base to build on.
                                                                                                                          I'm currently running a modified "Golden Archer" with 40/17/25/20/22/9/38/8 wearing bloodhound set and a godslayer greatsword for when arrows/holy are not the best option, by far my most fun play-through so far.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            Is it possible to do a mage/spell blade hybrid? Where you do magic but if you need to get in close you can?

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              Hi, this is a new build, which I created to do PvE and PvP a little bit different besides the current well-known standard builds like Bleed builds, Moonveil spam etc. It's really funny and a powerful build too, so give it a try. :)

                                                                                                                              ------ The "En Garde!"-build -----
                                                                                                                              A master of riposte and backstab which oneshots most of your enemies, both in PvE and PvP.

                                                                                                                              Class: Samurai, Warrior, Vagabond
                                                                                                                              Flask Spread: 10 HP / 4 FP
                                                                                                                              Main Weapon: Misericorde
                                                                                                                              Off Weapon: Pulley Crossbow
                                                                                                                              Shield: Buckler
                                                                                                                              Armor: Any armor which gives you Midroll
                                                                                                                              Primary Stats: Dex, Vig
                                                                                                                              Secondary Stats: End, Mind
                                                                                                                              Skills: "Flame of the Redmane" (PvE only), "Buckler Parry", "Bloodhound's Step", "Royal Knight's Resolve"
                                                                                                                              Talisman 1: Dagger Talisman (+17% Critical Damage)
                                                                                                                              Talisman 2: Assassin's Crimson Dagger (heals for over 10% of your max. health per Critical Attack)
                                                                                                                              Talisman 3: Assassin's Cerulean Dagger (+15 FP per Critical Attack)
                                                                                                                              Talisman 4: free to use

                                                                                                                              # How to use this build? #
                                                                                                                              This build is all about utilizing the amazing 140 crit modifier of the Misericorde in addition to the 17% extra crit damage of the Dagger Talisman.

                                                                                                                              Critical Attacks can be applied by four different ways:
                                                                                                                              1) Parry (Buckler)
                                                                                                                              2) Poise break (Flame of the Redmane)
                                                                                                                              3) Backstab
                                                                                                                              4) Sleep (Pulley Crossbow with Sleepbone Bolt)

                                                                                                                              In PvE you are mainly using Flame of the Redmane and your Buckler to either stagger your enemies or parry them to make them vulnerable to a critical attack. Most of the time 2-3 FotR will stagger them easily. Both of your Assassin's Talismans will help sustaining your HP and FP as it will be applied twice, when using a dagger type weapon like the Misericorde.
                                                                                                                              In PvP you can swap FotR for Bloodhound's Step to increase your mobility or Royal Knight's Resolve to increase your next damage by 80%, which results 99% to an oneshot when landing a critical hit. The Pulley Crossbow is also an amazing weapon to quickly apply sleep on your target as it fires 3 bolts at once.

                                                                                                                              Maybe you can add some Faith or Intelligence to make use of Armament spells, but you can also just use some Grease.

                                                                                                                              • A lot of these builds are interesting and unique! My recommendation, consistently add talismans to the build templates. As an example, you have 4 EXCELLENT talismans for your blood dancer build, but you only see them via watching the video which can be a bit cumbersome!

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  All the beginner builds require smithing stones to level up your weapons. And Limgrave tunnels is always the place mentioned to farm them. Do yourself a favor - If you don't have a flail/hammer before you go in there, go to the vendor on the beach and pay 600 for the club. Far worth the investment vs chipping away at the trolls for 12 dmg each swing.

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    Just want you to know that in the article about Shinobi build is Uchigatana wrote wrong. There is "Uchigatna"

                                                                                                                                    • Alucard from Castlevania
                                                                                                                                      I saw someone on reddit doing the same thing but they did pure faith figured I'd share my version.
                                                                                                                                      I've never used this in PvP but I'm sure it wouldn't be terrible, but I'm just gonna say it's PvE focused.
                                                                                                                                      Flasks: 10 or 8 Red and 4 or 6 Blue.
                                                                                                                                      Weapons: Sword of Night and Flame or Estoc and Golden Order Seal w/ Prince of Death's Staff
                                                                                                                                      Shield: Banished Knight's Shield
                                                                                                                                      Armor: Hoslow's Set w/ No Helm
                                                                                                                                      Stats: VIG, FTH, and INT w/ MND and END
                                                                                                                                      Skills: Night and Flame Stance and Bloodhound's Step
                                                                                                                                      Spells: Incantation and Sorcery trees you can use include Blood, Fire Giant, Fire Monk, Godskin Apostle, Aberrant, Death, Magma, and Night.

                                                                                                                                      Flask balance really depends on how you play alucard kinda like the games themselves alucard is very versatile when it comes to playstyle, I recommend 10/4 or 8/6 balance though. Your weapon choice between sword of night and flame and Estoc comes down to playstyle, most of the time you're gonna want night and flame though. Also, the reason Sword of Night of Flame is on this build is because it is kinda like the Crissaegrim from Lords of Shadow. The only shield that looks like Alucard's Shield, alternatively you could use no shield. For armor in my opinion Hoslow's Set is pretty close, instead of no helm you could wear a circlet. For stats it's pretty hard to get a good balance until later levels I recommend waiting until level 100 or more and then just respec, however this build doesn't truly shine til' level 150+. If you're wondering about stat balance, FTH and INT should be even or close and VIG should never be lower than FTH or INT. MND should never be higher then FTH, INT, or VIG and END should never be higher then MND. For STR and DEX I recommend using the lowest stats to wield equipment, but at level 200+ you can do whatever you want. Night and Flame is obviously with Sword of Night and Flame. For Estoc though Bloodhound's Step is generally always good but switching ashes for specific fights is always smart. Shield ashes are kinda useless unless you have a specific need. Spells is where all the versatility comes in the amount of spells that fit with a vampire from the castlevania universe in this game is unreal, I mainly use any variation of blood, death, and fire. Some spells in the trees I listed don't really make sense you'll just have to filter through and pick the most alucard like ones.

                                                                                                                                      • What do you think about grouping builds, that transition into each other in one "build-line" or even "build-tree". This way you can always see, what the low level builds can build into and you can start farming or looking for gear, that you need later on, early in the game.

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