Samurai is a starting Class in Elden Ring. The Samurai has high Dexterity, Medium strength, endurance, mind and vigor. It starts the game level 9 with a katana, bow, arrows (flaming arrows too!) and a shield. The Classes only determine the starting Stats and Equipment of the player, but as the game progresses, players can freely change their build to their preferred playstyle. There are 10 Classes in Elden Ring that the player can begin the game with.

 

A capable fighter from the distant land of reeds. Handy with Katana and Longbows.

 

Samurai Starting Equipment for Elden Ring

This class starts with the following equipment:

Armor:

 

Starting items for Samurai  in Elden Ring

This class starts with the following items:

 

Samurai Builds in Elden Ring 

More Samurai builds coming soon!

 

 

 

Elden Ring Samurai Notes & Tips

  • Unsheathe is an extremely powerful ability. Learning to use it often makes this Class much more powerful.
  • Thin out enemies with Arrows and then finish them with the Uchigatana.
  • A second copy of the Uchigatana can be found inside the Deathtouched Catacombs in Stormhill, Limgrave. This allows the Samurai class to dual wield two Uchigatanas almost immediately at early game, allowing one to rapidly inflict Bleed buildup at ease.
  • The best stat spread for pure Dexterity builds and tied with Vagabond for Strength/Dexterity hybrid builds. Also ideal for Dexterity/Arcane hybrid builds requiring 11 or more Strength, Bandit is better for 10 or less Strength.
  • Recommended for New Players and Veterans.

 

 

Elden Ring Classes
Astrologer  ♦  Bandit  ♦  Confessor  ♦  Hero  ♦  Prisoner  ♦  Prophet  ♦  Vagabond  ♦  Warrior  ♦  Wretch



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    • Anonymous

      Best starting class, IMO. We have:
      - An excellent starting weapon with a very good move set: slashes, stabs, overhead stance breaking AoW
      - You can get a second Uchi very early, very easily, which lets you power stance them for zero cost and awesome PvE potential
      - The Longbow is great for making the most out of early fights, letting you pull aggro, with good damage
      - Great DEX oriented starting stats
      - Cool armor
      What more do you need? PvP potential? Everyone knows how to fight katanas already, so that epic PvP montage will have to wait.

      • Anonymous

        Do note that if you’re two handing your uchi most of the time and NOT spamming Unsheathe, then it’s more efficient to invest in Strength (and Heavy-infuse your uchi) rather than Dex. I’ll be doing this for my next character which is a Strength Samurai with a Quickstep Uchi and Kick Caestus (aka Karate lol). Caestus and Uchi are two extremely fun weapons that also have complementary damage types and (with Spiked Caestus) shared access to bleed. It all should make for a strong enough (and again, fun) build without having to crutch on unsheathe. Using Quickstep for style points, it’s cooler than rolling and the Uchi is one of the subset of weapons that had a crouch/roll/quickstep attack animation that’s designed to look fluid after a quickstep not after a crouch or roll.

        • Anonymous

          The Samurai class will make no foot step noise or alert enemies when running, as long as it is double handing ANY weapon.

          Credit: BrockstarHeart

          • Anonymous

            this class is like the Vagabond of Dexterity builds, everything about it is just as good, but its focused on Dex instead of Str.

            • Anonymous

              The armor lore talks about the Land of Reeds being taken over by a "blood-soaked madness". It sounds like a cool location for a DLC.

              • This is the best class for cheesing the Grafted Scion in the beginning. Pick good distances to use mighty shot with flame arrows and it'll do some mean damage to him. Plus when you do beat him you can use the ornamental swords without any levelling up required (even though they're kind of mediocre).

                • Anonymous

                  SOME DAYS, SOME NIGHTS
                  SOME LIVE, SOME DIE
                  IN THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI
                  SOME FIGHT, SOME BLEED
                  SUN UP TO SUN DOWN
                  THE SONS OF A BATTLECRY

                  • Anonymous

                    Don't even care if this is "OP" or whatever, it's just plain FUN in a way none of the other classes quite get

                    • Anonymous

                      The Samurai is the Bandit class but with better stats, better blade, better bow, better armor, better reach, better range, and better bleed. I would say better shield, but the Samurai doesn't need one. Oh, and you can get a second Uchi right away, or the wakizashi with a little effort. Bandit class is a less difficult Wretch class.

                      • Anonymous

                        In an attempt to prove how unfairly powerful the Samurai starting weapon (Uchigatana) is, I set out on a miserable journey power-stancing two of these and getting as far as I could possibly get without upgrading them. Before it began, I said goodbye to my loved ones and made way through Limgrave, Stormveil Castle, Ruin-Strewn Precipice, Raya Lucaria Academy, Altus Plateau, Mt. Gelmir, those dunes where you fight Radahn, and Leyndell, Royal Capital. However my mental state, (of which was was extremely fragile at the time) after being pressed and pushed to it’s limit far enough, B r o k e… I was in Farum Azula, with my finesse beginning to fail me with how strong the enemies were. I kept getting useless Curved Greatswords that did up to 600 AR, Beating the Godskin Duo was a feat obviously, but then I remembered Maliketh/Beast Clergyman, that boss that likes social distancing had been a “progress roadblock” of which I could never have survived, even with the bleed buildup I did. I suffering beyond the point of madness, to the point where madness would’ve been a blessing at the time… And that is when my mission ended. If someone managed to out last me and beat the whole like me, I would love to know…

                        • Anonymous

                          Beta: use this class because of overpowered sword that can easily destroy every boss. Chad: use this class because of sekiro and anime

                          • Anonymous

                            hey you have the level labeled as soul lvl instead of rune lvl. Small typo i know but i thought i should point it out

                            • Anonymous

                              Samurai is broken af. I only used Uchigatana throughout the game. You don't even need a bleed effect, just make it Keen and whatever ashes of war you put in.

                              • Anonymous

                                Samurai along with uchigatana can end the game easily. No need to use too many bombastic builds on the internet

                                • Anonymous

                                  I'm Japanese, and this looks like a very well made modeling. This is probably the armor of a samurai of not so high rank.
                                  The ropes hanging from the back of samurai armor are called "agemaki," which are used to hold the shoulder armor in place.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    There's a saying I like: "One sword keeps another in the sheath." Sometimes, the threat of violence alone is a deterrent. Sometimes, by taking a life, others can be preserved. It's the code the samurai lived by...

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Rushing to fort Faroth for the Radagon Soreseal allows you to use the Naginata without leveling up. You'll take more damage but ehh

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I started as a warrior but could still turn myself into a samurai with the armor and weapons since the stats are similar

                                        • Anonymous

                                          This is actually the most optimal class to use if you want to be a pure Quality build (40/40 Str Dex or whatever the soft cap for this game is)

                                          Vagabond is also a good choice being only level more.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Samurai, and Vagabond, are the 2 most versatile classes. There is almost no "going wrong" when you choose this class, you can make most builds work with great optimization, except heavy Str based builds that use almost no Dex.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I wonder if the Uchi will be near the beginning of the game like in the previous titles. I like doing my first run of each game maining the Uchi, but I wanna pick Wretch, not Samurai, so I hope the in-world location follows the usual trend

                                              • Comparing physical classes where "Relevant" stats are Vigor, Endurance, Strength, and Dexterity:
                                                Relevant stat totals: Hero = 51 | Vagabond = 53 | Samurai = 52
                                                Hero starts at level 7 where Vagabond and Samurai start at level 9, so Hero's 51 is effectively 53 at level 9.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Bro looks awesome. Sadly I think I gotta go with wrench for first play through ( for a working bottom to top), but that armor would look sick on horseback. I can’t wait for this game

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Going to use this and swap the Uchigatana for a spear and stay on my horse to be Gyoubu Masataka Oniwa lmao

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      This is definitely going to be my starting class, beat dark souls 1 and 2 with no shield 2-handing uchigatana

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