Best Samurai Build In Elden Ring [Expert Recommendations]

After spending over 150+ hours, here's my Samurai Build guide with the best way to utilize your Katanas and the bleed status effect.

It doesn’t matter if you’re completely new to the Soulsborne games or a veteran of the genre; you absolutely cannot go wrong with the Elden Ring Samurai Build. It’s a tried and tested formula that has been utilized in previous FromSoftware games to incredible effect, and it also carries through into this latest game, albeit with a few new unique additions.

Key Takeaways
  • This Samurai Build is written with starting gear in mind, but you can substitute any of the gear mentioned below with a stronger but similar alternative.
  • The starting samurai melee armament scales really well with either Strength or Dexterity.
  • As you are very fragile when starting off with the game, you want to lure away enemies that aren’t weak from their companions using the Longbow then take them on 1-on-1 using the Katana.

Best Samurai Build

Elden Ring Samurai Build
Elden Ring Samurai Build.

Before getting into the details, let’s first have a look at the Sumarai Build Summary which you can go for in Elden Ring:

Minimum StatsWeaponArmorKatanaTalisman
-Vigor: 12
-Mind: 11
-Endurance: 13
-Strength: 12
-Dexterity: 15
-Intelligence: 9
-Faith: 8
-Arcane: 8
LongbowLand of Reeds Armor SetUchigatana-Arrow’s Reach Talisman
-Axe Talisman
-Assassin‘s Crimson Dagger

Consider choosing the Elden Ring Samurai class for your character creation. The Samurai class begins with the Uchigatana as its primary melee weapon, ideal for your desired build. It also provides the Longbow, a strong early-game ranged weapon and grants the impressive Land of Reeds set as your initial armor.

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Alternatively, if you’ve started with a different class but aim for this build, you can still obtain the Uchigatana in the optional Deathtouched Catacombs in Limgrave’s north. Additionally, the Longbow is available for purchase from the Twin Maiden Husks NPC at the Roundtable Hold, where the first Blacksmith resides.

Samurai Build Gear

Let’s delve into the Samurai Build gear, beginning with the best early melee weapon. This build considers starting gear, yet you can swap the mentioned gear for stronger alternatives.

Uchigatana

early game armor sets and weapons
Uchigatana.
Attribute Scaling Attribute Requirements Katana Type Weight Passive Effects Unsheathe
STR D, DEX D STR 15, DEX 15 Slash/Pierce 5.5 Bleed FP – (10 15)
Attack Guard
Physical Damage 155 Physical Resistance 45
Magic Damage 0 Magic Resistance 30
Fire Damage 0 Fire Resistance 30
Lightning Damage 0 Lightning Resistance 30
Holy Damage 0 Holy Resistance 30
Critical Damage 100 Guard Boost 30

Uchigatana is one of the select few Katanas in the Elden Ring that stands out as an impressive and highly useful weapon, proving effective even after dozens of hours of gameplay. Initially, I used the slightly upgraded Uchigatana for around 50 hours, effortlessly defeating both optional and legacy bosses. However, I later switched to the Elden Ring Meteoric Ore Blade.

  • The Uchigatana induces Hemorrhage via its ‘Blood Loss Buildup,’ dealing substantial damage after repeated attacks.
  • Its ‘Unsheathe’ skill, accessed by two-handing the weapon and using the Skill button, executes a potent wide slash effective against single or multiple enemies
weapon art for breaking stances
Uchigatana’s ‘Unsheathe’ Skill.

Initially, the Uchigatana has a D scaling for both Strength and Dexterity. You can invest points in either stat without significantly affecting the inflicted damage. In Elden Ring, you can use Ashes of War to alter the weapon’s Affinity to suit your preference.

Elden Ring Samurai Build
Affinities.
  • High Strength? Apply Heavy Affinity to boost Uchigatana’s Str scaling to A, amps up damage.
  • High Dexterity? Use Keen Affinity to switch Dex scaling to A, ups damage potential.

Both of these are viable options, but since we’re going for a Samurai Build that prioritizes fast hits and the ability to quickly dodge away from enemy attacks, I do think that Dexterity is the correct choice here. This is by no means the Elden Ring’s best dex build, but I do think that it’s the first step toward one.

Longbow

best arrows to kill enemies from range
Longbow.
Attribute Scaling Attribute Requirements Bow Type Weight Mighty Shot
STR E, DEX D STR 9, DEX 14 None 4.0 FP 6
Attack
Physical Damage 80
Magic Damage 0
Fire Damage 0
Lightning Damage 0
Holy Damage 0
Critical Damage 100
RNG 50

As far as the Longbow is concerned, it’s simply a really solid ranged weapon. Its “Mighty Shot” skill is also a great Ash of War that uses up a tiny amount of FP but is capable of dealing large amounts of damage with little to no effort.

  • Buy Regular Arrows from Merchant Kalé at Church of Elleh for 20 Runes each, available from the game’s beginning. They will seem cheaper with Rune farming.

Alternatively, you can also craft Bone Arrows by yourself if you want access to ammunition on the go. The recipe can be acquired by purchasing Deserter’s Cookbook [1] for 150 Runes from the same vendor as mentioned above. Once you have it, you can use 3x Thin Animal Bones to create Bone Arrows anytime you want from the crafting menu.

Armor

Elden Ring Samurai Build
Land of Reeds Armor Set.

The Land of Reeds armor set definitely looks cool, but it’s actually the least important part of this Samurai Build. Anything will do as long as it provides decent physical damage negation and is light.

You want to stay at a maximum of a Medium Load to allow for fast dodging, and investing a few points in Endurance can help increase the weight of the gear you can carry without being encumbered. If you feel really confident in your dodging skill, you can even choose to take off your armor until you reach Low Load. This will greatly increase the speed and distance of your dodge rolls but at the cost of basically no damage negation.

Talismans

As far as Talismans in Elden Ring is concerned, I have four main recommendations for new players:

Arrow’s Reach Talisman

Arrow's Reach Talisman
Arrow’s Reach Talisman [Image by Me]
Weight Effect
0.7 Increases the range of projectiles.

 

It enhances the distance of your ranged weapon’s shots, allowing you to hit enemies from further away. With this equipped, you can snipe enemies from further away and make sure that you kill them before they ever reach you.

Axe Talisman

Axe Talisman
Axe Talisman [Image by Me]
 
Weight Effect
0.8 Increases Charge Attack damage by 10%

It increases the power of your charged attacks. The Uchigatana, in particular, has great reach and a devastating heavy two-handed attack. So with Axe Talisman, you can know that each charged blow has a greater chance to stagger.

Rotten Winged Sword Insignia

Rotten WInged Sword Insignia
Rotten WInged Sword Insignia [Image Credit: Me]
Weight Effect
1.4 Greatly raises attack power with successive attacks (6%, 8%, 13%)

As a melee build playstyle, Samurai relies heavily on doing consecutive attacks while fighting enemies or bosses in the Elden Ring. That is why you must acquire and equip the Rotten Winged Sword Insignia talisman, which will be the best talisman for Samura’s playstyle in Elden Ring.

Assassin’s Crimson Dagger

Assassin's Crimson Dagger
Assassin’s Crimson Dagger [Image by Me]
Weight Effect
0.8 Critical attacks restore 10% + 85 HP

It restores health on critical hits. As mentioned before, the Uchigatana has a devastating heavy attack while using the ‘Unsheathe’ skill and a great charged attack, both of which can stagger enemies easily. And when you have the opportunity to gain health from these moments, you should try to avail them as much as possible. 

Samurai Build Stats

Elden Ring Samurai Build 66
Attributes.

The samurai melee armament excels with either Strength or Dexterity. Choose one at the outset, but commit to it as you progress. I recommened a Dex-focused playstyle for its compatibility with katanas’ swift slashes.

  • Both starting weapons feature powerful FP-based skills, like the Uchigatana’s ‘Unsheathe’ move. Invest in the Mind attribute to enhance the effectiveness of Ashes of War.
  • Increase your FP meter by investing in Mind or allocate more uses to the Flask of Cerulean Tears for better healing.
  • Prioritize Vigor to boost Hit Points and improve overall durability. This is crucial for the Samurai build, enabling you to endure hits while wielding a two-handed weapon.
  • Enhancing evasion is important, but a larger health pool provides a significant defensive advantage.

Samurai Build Playstyle

Elden Ring Samurai Build
Elden Ring Best Samurai Playstyle.

During the first couple of hours of the game, your character will be extremely fragile, and a few hits can easily kill them. So while playing as an Elden Ring Samurai, you want to utilize some of the strategies I detail below.

  • Keep distance from groups; use Longbow to pick off stragglers.
  • Use ‘Mighty Shot’ for weak foes; follow up with another shot if needed.
  • Lure enemies away with Longbow and break them off the group to engage them one by one.
  • Melee against one enemy, focus on precise, powerful strikes.
  • Utilize Uchigatana two-handed for quick ‘Unsheathe’ skill, but be cautious of vulnerability.
  • Samurai Build is not reliant on shields; focus on offense rather than parrying.

This makes it so that when you press the Skill button, the game automatically uses the Ash of War of the weapon in your other hand instead. And in this situation, that happens to be the ‘Unsheathe’ skill.

What Is Samurai Class In Elden Ring?

The Samurai is one of the best characters in the game. It provides the players with a plethora of choices in terms of weapons and attributes. The samurai class also has high dexterity, endurance, and strength. These features make it a perfect starting class for both veterans and new players.

  • Starts with a Katana and Longbow, ideal for both melee and ranged combat.
  • Beginning at Level 9, allows diverse stat allocation for various playstyles.
  • Enables swift attacks and nimble dodges for fast-paced battles.
  • Susceptible to quick defeats due to low durability.
  • Provided armor might not offer enough protection.
  • Success heavily depends on player skill due to the build’s offensive focus over defense.

Other Available Samurai Builds

Other viable Samurai Builds are also available in the game in addition to the one mentioned above. All these builds focus on different stats, spells, skills, and weapons and help you get the most out of the Samurai Class. These builds allow you to complete the entire game using the Samurai Class. 

Rivers of Blood Build

Rivers of Blood
Rivers of Blood [Image Credit: Me]
Attribute Scaling Attribute Requirements Katana Type Weight Passive Effects Corpse Piler
STR E, DEX D, ARC D STR 15, DEX 15, ARC 20 Slash/Pierce 6.5 Bleed FP 17
Attack Guard
Physical Damage 155 Physical Resistance 36
Magic Damage 0 Magic Resistance 27
Fire Damage 76 Fire Resistance 62
Lightning Damage 0 Lightning Resistance 40
Holy Damage 0 Holy Resistance 33
Critical Damage 100 Guard Boost 31

This Samurai Build makes use of the Rivers of Blood Katana to inflict bleed damage to all enemies and bosses. This Build makes use of the Arcane, Vigor, and Endurance stats. These stats are the prime focus in the Rivers of Blood build and are prioritized.

In terms of secondary weapons, you can use Mohgwyn’s Sacred Spear, Medium Shield, and the Dragon Communion Seal with the Katana. You can also use the White Mask armor as it pairs extremely well with this build. You can also use the Shard of Alexander and Lord of Blood’s Exultation talismans.

Moonveil Crit Build

Moonveil
Moonveil [Image by Me]
This build makes use of the Moonveil as its primary weapon. It is one of the most powerful weapons in the game and has been featured in the Elden Ring Weapons Tier List. This build focuses on Intelligence, Dexterity, Arcane, and Vigor stats. You can pair up the Moonveil Katana with the Black Knife, the White Reed, or the Land of Reeds armor sets.

Moonveil Stats:

Attribute Scaling Attribute Requirements Katana Type Weight Passive Effects Transient Moonlight
STR E, DEX D, INT C STR 12, DEX 18, INT 23 Slash/Pierce 6.5 Bleed FP – (15 20)

In terms of Talismans, you can use the Carian Filigreed Crest and the Assassin’s Cerulean Dagger. These talismans help you replenish your FP and lower its spell cost.

As this build focuses on dealing damage through spells, you can use Loretta’s Greatbow, Carian Greatsword, and the Flintstone Pebble spells. All these spells use FP to conjure weapons and deal damage. You can follow our Moonveil Katana Build to learn more about this particular Samurai Build.

My Take On Samurai Build

Samurai Class is arguably one of the best classes in the game. As someone with experience in the Samurai build, I can say that it makes your early game pretty easy if you understand the mechanics. Now, stats allocation depends on what type of build you are going. If you just want to increase the physical damage to your Katana, then I think allocating points to Dexterity is enough.

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My Elden Ring Save Slot

However, for a Moonveil or Rivers of Blood Build, allocating points to Intelligence and Arcane is necessary. That being said, you should also focus on getting a more cool-looking armor than what you already get at the start. I think the best one for that is the Ronin’s Set. For more in-depth sight, Read the Review of Elden Ring by Abdul Haddi.

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