Best Elden Ring Vagabond Build: Gear & Stats

Strengthen your Vagabond build using the best Elden Ring Vagabond Build guide. You'll dominate PvE and PvP with this aggressive build!

Elden Ring comes with a huge variety of starting classes to pick from. One of those is the Vagabond class. To know whether the Vagabond is a great class, you can consult the Elden Ring class tier list. Regardless, you can still optimize the build by using the best Elden Ring Vagabond Build.

Key Takeaways
  • The Vagabond class is perhaps the most versatile starting class, allowing you to adapt to almost any build you want. 
  • Prioritize Strength (level 40) and Dexterity (level 15), with Vigor and Endurance as secondary stats (level 20).
  • Recommended weapons: Lordsworn’s Greatsword, Grafted Blade Greatsword, Claymore, and the Greatsword.
  • Ideal armor: Raptor’s Black Feathers.
  • Suitable Talismans: The Erdtree Favor, The Claw Talisman, and Radagon’s Scarseal.

Here’s a summarized look at the optimal Vagabond Build in Elden Ring:

Build StatsWeaponsTalismanArmor
Vigor: 25
Mind: 10
Endurance: 25
Strength: 40
Dexterity: 15
Intelligence: 9
Faith: 9
Arcane: 7
Lordsworn’s Greatsword
Grafted Blade Greatsword
Claymore
Greatsword
Erdtree Favor
Claw Talisman
Radagon’s Scarseal
Raptor's Black Feather

Vagabond Build Weapons

Elden Ring Vagabond Build
Elden Ring – Vagabond Build

Here are all the weapons that you can use for the Vagabond Build:

WeaponsPhysicalMagicFireLightHolyCriticalBoost
Lordsworn’s GreatswordAttack: 136
Guard: 50
Guard: 35Guard: 35Guard: 35Guard: 35Attack: 110Guard: 35
Grafted Blade GreatswordAttack: 157
Guard: 48
Guard: 48Guard: 48Guard: 48Guard: 48Attack: 100Guard: 43
ClaymoreAttack: 138
Guard: 50
Guard: 35Guard: 35Guard: 35Guard: 35Attack: 100Guard: 35
GreatswordAttack: 164
Guard: 67
Guard: 50Guard: 50Guard: 50Guard: 50Attack: 100Guard: 50

Vagabond is actually a great class. It comes with a good blend of starting stats and is recommended for most new players to the Soulborne franchise. With the highest starting Vigor and decent Strength, the Vagabond class is a great class for those who struggle in the early game.

But what makes it amazing is the fact that it is versatile enough to become almost any build. You can use it for a dex build as well as a strength build. But the build that works the best with Vagabond is an aggressive tank-style build.

With the Vagabond Build, you can expect to dual-wield two great swords and always jump head-in into all fights. With that being said, these are the weapons that work best with the aggressive strength-based Vagabond build.

Lordsworn’s Greatsword

Elden Ring Vagabond Build Lordsworn's Greatsword
Elden Ring – Lordsworn’s Greatsword
  Attack
Physical Attack 136
Critical Attack 110
  Guard
Physical Guard 50
Magic Guard 35
Fire Guard 35
Light Guard 35
Holy Guard 35
Boost Guard 35

Lordsworn’s Greatsword is a great sword that you can get quite early on with the Vagabond build due to its requirements. You will need 16 in Strength and 10 in Dex.

To find the Lordsworn’s Greatsword, you will need to head near the Gatefront Ruins. Over there, you can find a large wagon with a chest in the back. Inside you will find the Lordsworn’s Greatsword.

The Lordsworn’s Greatsword comes with its skill, Stamp, which is an Upward cut. The weapon scales with Strength and Dexterity with an initial D scale. You can infuse the weapon with Ashes of War, allowing you to push the scaling to B for both scales.

Grafted Blade Greatsword

Elden Ring Vagabond Build
Grafted Blade Greatsword
  Attack
Physical Attack 157
Critical Attack 100
  Guard
Physical Guard 64
Magic Guard 48
Fire Guard 48
Light Guard 48
Holy Guard 48
Boost Guard 43

If you want to go over the top with and strengthen your Vagabond Build, consider using the Grafted Blade Greatsword. Despite having Greatsword in its name, you can consider this titan of a sword as a colossal sword.

Regardless, the weapon works well due to its Strength and Dex scaling, which have an initial C and E scale, respectively. But you can upgrade the weapon to get a B and D scale on those stats. You will have to beat Leonine Misbegotten boss to attain the Grafted Blade Greatsword. If you want to have an easier time fighting the boss, consider using your Ashens Remains to aid you in battle.

Grafted Blade Greatsword comes with its skill, Oath of Vengeance. It gives your poise a boost. If you do not know what poise is, it is the attribute that dictates how easily you can get staggered while in the middle of an attack. Therefore, with a higher poise, you can truly become a tank.

Claymore

Elden Vagabond Build Quality Claymore
Claymore
  Attack
Physical Attack 138
Critical Attack 100
  Guard
Physical Guard 50
Magic Guard 35
Fire Guard 35
Light Guard 35
Holy Guard 35
Boost Guard 35

The Claymore is yet another Greatsword that you can use with your Elden Ring Vagabond Build. Although my aim is to use two Greatswords together, it will be perfectly fine if you opt to only use the Claymore as a two-handed weapon.

Again, it is a weapon that you can get quite early on in the game with a 16 Strength and 13 Dex requirement. To get the Claymore, you will need to go to Castle Morne. From the main courtyard entrance, head right. It will lead you to a path to the entrance of a building in the North. The sword can be found in a chest right as you enter the building.

The Claymore comes with a great skill that suits the Vagabond playstyle. It is called the Lion’s Claw, and it allows players to somersault toward enemies. Due to its initial 138 physical damage as well as strength scaling, the Claymore is a great fit.

Greatsword

Elden heavy Greatsword
Heavy Greatsword
  Attack
Physical Attack 164
Critical Attack 100
  Guard
Physical Guard 67
Magic Guard 50
Fire Guard 50
Light Guard 50
Holy Guard 50
Boost Guard 50

The Greatsword, despite its simple name, is an excellent weapon, comparable in size to the Grafted Blade Greatsword. It’s a direct nod to Guts’ sword from Berserk and works well with it. With a strength requirement of 31 and 12 in Dex, it’s accessible earlier than the Grafted Blade. While it scales for both, prioritize Strength with its C scale. Enhance its scaling with heavy Ashes of War for an A grade in Strength.

To obtain the Greatsword, go to Dragonbarrow on Caelid’s map, near Caelem Ruins Site of Grace. Raid a caravan northwest of the ruins, but be wary of guarding enemies. The Greatsword comes with the Stamp skill, effective against larger enemies and useful for absorbing a hit.

These Strength-focused blades, including the Greatsword, complement the Vagabond build, aiming for a berserker-like warrior feel.

Vagabond Build Talisman & Armor

As for the Elden Ring Vagabond Talisman, you want to use those that can assist in wielding strength-based swords.

Erdtree Favor

Elden Erdtree's Favor
Erdtree’s Favor Talisman

The Erdtree Favor works great with the Vagabond Build, as due to the weapons, I’m rocking a heavy build. To help you maintain agility in battle, the Talisman will provide you with additional endurance, health, and equip load. The increased equipment load will give you the slight edge needed to remain in the medium roll category.

To get the Erdtree Favor, you need to head to the starting area of the game. And that is where you will find the Fringefolk Hero’s Grave. You will need two stoneword keys to get past the imp statues. You could try getting this Talisman early on in the game if you picked the stonesword keys as your keepsake.

Claw Talisman

Elden Ring Vagabond Build Claw Talisman
Elden Ring – Claw Talisman

The Claw Talisman will help with the Vagabond play style. Essentially it boosts your jump attacks, allowing you to deal more damage. As you will be using the jump attacks quite often to rain down on enemies, having this Talisman will be favorable.

You will need to head towards Stormveil Castle to find the Claw Talisman. Once you fast-travel to the Rampart Tower Site of Grace, try to head to the destroyed pillar after jumping onto the rooftop. Following the path will eventually lead you to a watchtower-like structure.

Climbing the ladder will take you to a corpse from which you can loot the Talisman. The Claw Talisman will give +15% damage to all jumping attacks, making it a must-have item for Vagabond build.

Radagon’s Scarseal

Elden Ring Radagon's Soreseal
Radagon’s Soreseal Talisman

If you want even more endurance and Strength initially, then you can consider using the Radagon’s Scarseal. It raises your Vigor, Endurance, Strength, and Dexterity by +3. However, there is a caveat. You will take 10% more damage as a side effect.

Early on, this might be a significant number, but as you progress, it might become worth it. Especially if you upgrade all your flasks using golden seeds and sacred tears, then the slight damage might not be too significant as you’ll be better equipped to deal with it.

You can get the Radagon’s Scarseal by fighting the Weeping Evergaol in the Weeping Peninsula. For this purpose, you will also need stonesword keys.

Raptor’s Black Feathers

Elden Ring Vagabond Build Raptor's Black Feathers
Elden Ring – Raptor’s Black Feathers

Let’s first review the stats of Raptor’s Black Feathers:

Damage Negation:

Physical VS Strike VS Slash VS Pierce Magic Fire Lightning Holy
8.0 8.8 9.5 9.5 10.2 10.2 10.9 9.5

Resistance:

Immunity Robustness Focus Vitality Poise
57 35 60 60 5

As for armor, I mostly want to work with something that keeps me in the medium-roll range. But the one suggestion for the Vagabond Build is the Raptor’s Black Feathers. It is essentially a cloak-like chest armor, part of the Raptor’s Armor set. It is a light-medium armor and strengthens your jump attacks by +10% damage.

This, combined with the Claw Talisman, could give you a total of 25% increase. The armor can be found in the Sage’s Cave behind an illusory wall in a chest behind. 

Vagabond Build Stats

Here’s a look at ideal stats, though they might take you some time to get:

Vigor 25
Mind 10
Endurance 25
Strength 40
Dexterity 15
Intelligence 9
Faith 9
Arcane 7

As for the stats, it can depend on which weapons you are using with your Vagabond Build. If you are opting for the colossal swords, then you will definitely need a higher strength. Otherwise, you can go on the lower end of Strength and remain near the 18 range.

Again, it depends on which weapons you are using and their requirements. But for the very safe side, assuming you want to go all out, I will say that a 40 strength is the best out there for the Vagabond Build. As for dexterity, you only need to reach the base requirement for most of the weapons, and that’s usually around 13-15, so a 15 in Dex is fine.

Once you have all these stats, you need to pump your points into Vigor and Endurance. The Vagabond build is very aggressive, so you need to have the health needed to trade blows. Furthermore, if you are wielding all the heavy greatswords or colossal swords, then you certainly need endurance to maintain your medium roll.

Faith, Arcane, and Intelligence do not have any role in the Vagabond build; therefore, you can leave them at their default.

Tips

With that, we have the agabond build. We discussed all appropriate options for weapons that suit the strength-heavy build. Additionally, there are some Talismans that you can use to aid you in the appropriate playstyle.

The one thing to remember is that the jump attack is your friend with the Vagabond Build. For your stats, Strength is the number one priority until we meet our requirements.

From there onwards, it’s just about increasing your endurance and Vigor to give you the edge in battle, especially in terms of defense.

At the end of the day, a build depends more on the player’s preferences, and it can be customized to their needs. If you are looking for another build to dive into, consider this: Elden Ring Rivers of Blood Build guide.

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