Elden Ring: 8 BEST Builds [700+ Hours Experience]

I have listed the best builds that are too good for the PvE or PvP, and also mid to early game featuring all details.

Players in Elden Ring get to make unique builds by using some of the best weapons, talismans, spells, and incantations and leveling up the character attributes accordingly. I have curated the best Elden Ring builds for the early, mid, and late games for the lowly tarnished ones. These include Dexterity Build, Faith Build, Sorcery, Bandit, Strength, and other builds.

Key Takeaways
  • Elden Ring provides a wide array of armor, weapons, talismans, and stats for character customization.
  • The game offers numerous build types, including Battlemage, Samurai, Blackflame, Berserker, and Death Knight.
  • Builds are categorized based on attributes such as strength, dexterity, intelligence, arcane, and faith.
  • Choosing the best build depends on player preferences and playstyle.
  • Notable Elden Ring builds include the Death Maul build, a hybrid Strength and Faith build, and the Vampire build.
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Elden Ring Best Builds Summary

Dexterity And Intelligence -Dexterity to 20 levels
-Intelligence to 50-60 levels
-Endurance at 15-20 levels
-Vigor at 25-30 Levels
-Raging of WolfMoonveil Katana, Moonlight GreatswordAssassin‘s Crimson Dagger, Stargazer Heirloom, and Ancestral Spirit’s Horn-
Faith And Strength-Vigor to 25-30 Levels
-Endurance to Levels 15-20
-Dexterity at Level 20
-Black KnifeUchigatana, Coded Sword, Cipher Pata, Blasphemous Blade, Sword of Night and Sword of FlameTwo Fingers Heirloom, Radagon Icon and Ancesteral Spirit’s HornLightning Spear, Electrify Armament, Beast Claw, Black Flame, and Bloodflame Blade
Pure Sorcery-Intelligence at 60 levels -Mind to Level 30-35
-Vigor at 30 Level
-Stamina at Level 15
-Dexterity to Level 20
-Raya Lucarian
-Karolos Glintstone Crown -Carian Knight
-Azur’s Glintstone
Lusat’s Glintstone, Azur’s Glintstone, Meteorite, Meteoric Ore BladePrimal Glintstone Blade, Graven School, Cerulean Amber MedallionComet Azur, Carian Slicer, Glintblade Phalanx, and Glintsone Comet
Pure Faith Or Lightning -Faith to Level 60
-Mind to Level 30-35
-Vigor at 30 Level
-Endurance and Dexterity to 15-20 levels.
-Twinned ArmorUchigatana, Rivers of BloodStarscourage Heirloom, Faithful’s Canvas, Marika’s Scarseal, and Two Fnger’s HeirloomLightning Spear, Electrify Armament, Ancient Dragon’s Lightening Spear, Blessing of the Erdtree, Flame, and Grant Me Strength
Darth Maul--Black Knife TwinbladeRadagon’s Soreseal, Green Turtle Talisman, and Erdtree FavorBloodflame
Ultimate Strength --Banished Knight
-Beast Champion
-Fire Prelate
-General Radahn
Starscourage Greatsword, Axe of Godrick, Grafted Blade Greatsword, Ordovis’ Greatsword and Prelate’s Inferno CrozierStarscourage Heirloom, Ragadon’s Sorseal, and Arsenal Charm,-
Bandit Archery Or Bleed-Strength at Level 45 -Dexterity to Level 35-45 -Royal RemainsUchigatana, Reduvia, Horn Bow, and Golem Great BowArrow’s Reach, Arrow’s Sting, Lord of Blood’s Exultation, and Kindred of Rot’s Exultation-
-Mix of Gear Pieces
Rivers of Blood, Blasphemous BladeTaker’s Cameo, Millicent‘s Prosthesis, Godskin Swaddling Cloth, and Lord of Blood’s Exultation-

Dexterity And Intelligence Build

Elden Ring Best Builds
Dexterity And Intelligence Build/Moonveil Katana Build Elden Ring
Build Armor Set Weapon Talisman
Dexterity And Intelligence Raging of Wolf
  • Moonveil Katana
  • Moonlight Greatsword
  • Assassin‘s Crimson Dagger
  • Stargazer Heirloom
  • Ancestral Spirit’s Horn
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For a Dexterity and Intelligence build in Elden Ring, focus on the following character attributes:

  • Increase Dexterity to 20 levels for improved weapon damage.
  • Raise Intelligence to 50-60 levels to enhance spell effectiveness.

Secondary attributes:

  • Invest around 30 levels in Mind for faster spell casting.
  • Allocate 25-30 levels to Vigor for increased health.
  • Put 15-20 levels into Endurance for better stamina.

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  • Allows you to be agile and deadly in the short range.
  • While allowing you to be a powerhouse in the long range as well.
  • Viable for every section of Elden Ring.
  • Can only be realized to its full potential in the mid-late game.

Faith And Strength Build

Faith And Strength Build
FTH/STR Build Also Known As Paladin Build
Build Armor Set Weapon Talisman Incantation
Faith And Strength Black Knife Set
  • Two Fingers Heirloom
  • Radagon Icon Ancestral Spirits Horn
  • Lightning Spear
  • Electrify Armament
  • Beast Claw
  • Black Flame
  • Bloodflame Blade
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Creating a Faith and Strength build is challenging and ideal for Soulsborne veterans. However, it’s tough in the early game, requiring grinding to acquire the best lightning and holy spells.

You’ll need to defeat dragons for a Dragon Heart item and buy dragon spells, which demand at least 20 Arcane levels.

  • With this Faith and Arcane build, you’ll excel at ranged damage, prioritizing ranged playstyle over melee.
  • Aim for Faith at 50, Arcane at 30-40, and Mind at 30 levels.
  • Stock up on Golden Seeds and Sacred Tears for your flasks.

For secondary attributes, I invested in Vigor (25-30), Endurance (15-20), and Dexterity (20) to reduce casting time.

  • Homage to an iconic and fan favorite From Software character.
  • Offers devastating damage in most sections of Elden Ring.
  • Can only be realized to its full potential in the mid-late game.
  • Not viable when fighting “God bosses” if you are depending on Holy damage.

Pure Sorcery Build

Elden Ring Best Builds
Pure Sorcery or Intelligence Magic Build Elden Ring
Build Armor Set Weapon Talisman Incantation
Pure Sorcery
  • Raya Lucarian
  • Karolos Glintstone Crown
  • Carian Knight
  • Azur’s Glintstone
  • Lusat’s
  • Lusat’s Glintstone
  • Azur’s Glintstone
  • Meteorite
  • Meteoric Ore Blade
  • Primal Glintstone Blade
  • Graven School
  • Cerulean Amber Medallion
  • Comet Azur, Carian Slicer
  • Glintblade Phalanx
  • Glintstone Comet
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My next favorite build is the pure sorcery or pure intelligence build. The Comet Azur build is a prime example of this approach, capitalizing on magic’s effectiveness against nearly 80% of the game’s bosses.

  • Invest heavily in intelligence, aiming for at least 60 levels, and bolster Mind to 30-35 levels. This maximizes your sorcery’s potential.
  • Focus on secondary attributes such as Vigor (30), Stamina (15), and Dexterity (20) to reduce spell-casting times.
  • Ignore Faith and Arcane for this sorcery-focused build.

Utilize a staff as your primary weapon, with the option to wield a secondary weapon for lesser foes, although it becomes less necessary in the mid to late game.

  • Easy and simple to create.
  • Allows you to take on bosses with much more ease.
  • Can do heavy damage at a distance.
  • You have difficulty in taking on enemies who are strong against intelligence-based attacks.
  • You have to sacrifice more of your Crimson Tear flask slots for Cerulean Tears.  

Pure Faith Or Lightning Build

Lightning Holy Build Elden Ring
Pure Lightning Caster Build Elden Ring
Build Armor Set Weapon Talisman Incantation
Pure Faith Or Lightning Twinned Armor
  • Starscourage Heirloom
  • Faithful’s Canvas
  • Marika’s Scarseal
  • and Two Fnger’s Heirloom
  • Lightning Spear
  • Electrify Armament
  • Ancient Dragon’s Lightning Spear
  • Blessing of the Erdtree
  • Flame
  • Grant Me Strength
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The pure lightning attacks caster build in Elden Ring offers versatility and powerful ranged and AoE damage. You can use lightning incantations, thunderbolts, and lightning spells to deal with enemies and bosses effectively.

  • To excel in this build, prioritize Faith at 60 and Mind at 30-35.
  • Vigor should be raised to 30, and Endurance and Dexterity can be kept at 15-20 levels.
  • Avoid investing in Strength and Arcane, except for keeping Strength at a minimum of 15.
  • Easy and simple to create.
  • Offers high damage.
  • It is not viable for “God bosses” and is the worst build to have when taking on Elden Beast.

Darth Maul Build

Darth Maul Build
Elden Ring Darth Maul Build
Build Armor Set Weapon Talisman Incantation
Darth Maul Black Knife Twinblade
  • Radagon’s Soreseal
  • Green Turtle Talisman Erdtree Favor
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Strength and Faith are primary attributes if making a Darth Maul build is your focus in the game.

One of the writers here at eXputer has already curated an Elden Ring Darth Maul build guide, which lists how to collect gear, weapons, incantation, and other necessary items required to make Darth Maul build in the game. This is one of my personal favorite builds, thanks to it having no downsides.

  • Easy and simple to create.
  • Can drain away the health of your enemies with the help of Bleed.
  • Can be realized to its full potential well early in Elden Ring.
  • None.

Ultimate Strength Build

STR heavy weapon and shields
Best STR Build
Build Armor Set Weapon Talisman
Ultimate Strength
  • Starscourage Heirloom
  • Ragadon’s Sorseal
  • Arsenal Charm
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The best strength build should be the one that can give you high survivability in the Elden Ring by rocking the heaviest armor pieces, shields, and weapons. Using a strength build has less to do with dealing with the highest DPS and more with making the boss feel worthless and challenging to kill you. After all, any tarnished one who equips heavy armor, shield, and weapon will be a menace to look at.

The Elden Ring Greatsword build is the closest and most accurate description of the ultimate Strength build in the game. You can get a decent armor set and an amazing greatsword at the very start of the game. 

  • Easy and simple to create.
  • One of the highest damaging builds in Elden Ring.
  • High survivability.
  • Limited variety.
  • Some players may consider it a bit slow.
  • Playstyle can start to feel a bit repetitive when the same build in used throughout Elden Ring.

Bandit Archery Or Bleed Build

Ranged and melee builds
Bandit Best Elden Ring Build
Build Armor Set Weapon Talisman
Bandit Archery Or Bleed Royal Remains
  • Uchigatana
  • Reduvia
  • Horn Bow
  • Golem Great Bow
  • Arrow’s Reach
  • Arrow’s Sting
  • Lord of Blood’s Exultation
  • Kindred of Rot’s Exultation
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Bandit build in Elden Ring can be easily made further into archery or bleed build as well. This starting class mainly focuses on dexterity and strength and that is why has the perfect balance between approaching enemies from range using arrows or up close and personal using melee weapons.

The primary character attributes for this playstyle or build are Dex and STR, because the ranged damage from bows, and crossbows scale excellent as you level up Dexterity and strength levels. You may check Elden Ring Bow Build as well.

  • The Bandit starting class is the perfect character you should start Elden Ring if you want to create an archery-focused build from early on.
  • You should keep Strength up to 45 and Dexterity to 35-45 for an effective archery build in the game.

Armor Set

You can pick any armor set you want while rocking the archery build. However, for the Bleed build in Elden Ring, I’d recommend picking the Royal Remains armor set, as it looks cool while rocking the bleed build in the game.

Other than that, if you’re going for the archery bandit build in Elden Ring, then I’d recommend going with the White Reed Set with Okina Mask as a headpiece. 

  • Allows you to be agile and deadly.
  • It can drain away the health of your enemies, thanks to Bleed.
  • None.

Vampire Build

Elden Ring Best Builds
Vampire Build Elden Ring
Build Armor Set Weapon Talisman
  • Starting
  • A mix of Gear Pieces
  • Rivers of Blood
  • Blasphemous Blade
  • Taker’s Cameo
  • Millicent‘s Prosthesis
  • Godskin Swaddling Cloth
  • Lord of Blood’s Exultation
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The vampire build has a heavy focus on draining the enemy’s health upon killing them hence the term vampire.

This is not an official build as no item or weapon you equip while rocking this build comes with the term “vampire”. However, the name just fits right since your lowly tarnished character can suck enemies’ health after killing them.

One of my fellow writers has also curated a mid-to-late game Elden Ring Vampire build that entails the best weapons, talismans, and armor sets. It also focuses on how to get each of the items to make the perfect vampire build in the game.

To make this build you’d need to reach and access mid-to-late game content. Killing the Rykard boss would be the start since you need that great rune to get a weapon that drains the enemy’s health. 

  • Allows you to regenerate health.
  • Melts away the health of your enemies with Bleed.
  • Can only be created in the late game.
  • Generally, a pretty complex build.

My Thoughts

My Steam Profile showcasing my playtime in Elden Ring

I’ve tried hundreds of niche and meta-focused builds throughout the updates, and currently, my go-to is a reliable Strength and Faith build. If you asked me in 2022, I would’ve easily recommended some top-tier Bleed builds, but after the nerfs and changes, I’ve seen that Faith and Strength hybrids have either gotten constant buffs or stayed consistent in the meta.

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My in-game save slots, each focusing on unique builds

For your weapons here, I’d recommend going for the Blasphemous Blade if you need versatility or the Erdsteel Dagger if you prefer customization. And for the incantations, my current experience on Madness incantations, specifically Frenzied Burst and Unendurable Frenzy, has been extremely satisfying thus far in both PvP and PvE.

That is pretty much everything I had to list in my best builds guide. What has been your go-to build so far in the game? Have you tried replacing your existing character attributes using a Larval Tear? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.


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Daniyal is a Guides Writer and Editor at eXputer with over one year of experience in content writing. He's had a passion for tech and gaming for more than 15 years. Ever since his first console, the PS2, he's constantly branching off to different genres, and his go-to at the moment is the Souls experience pioneered by FromSoftware, which is evident by his 1,500+ hours of game time on Elden Ring. You can learn some more about Daniyal's gaming journey on his Steam & Xbox profiles.

Experience: 1+ Years || Mainly Covers Guides || Education: Bachelors in Computer Sciences.

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