ELDEN RING – Best Builds Collection (PVE / PVP)

Frequently Requested Builds

Helpful Information

What is a Build?

A build is an accumulation of your stats, armor, weapons, talismans, and any spells or incantations. A buff routine is not a build, nor is a spirit summon a build, (exception being mimic tear), and a save that has every stat past their soft cap is not a build, it’s just an overleveled character. Making a pre-thought-out build is recommended for optimizing damage output and survivability. If this is your first playthrough I highly recommend playing as blind as possible because nothing beats the joy of discovery and self-guided exploration on a first playthrough.

Some Information Regarding these Builds

Any build will be viable in PvE but the reverse (PvP) is not always true. 51 poise is the only relevant breakpoint for poise in PvE. However, I recommend at least getting 88 poise, a good way to achieve this is to use the armor optimizer in the build planner and plan for 88 poise. (109 is recommended as well, but not necessary. See the poise breakpoints sheet for more information). I also recommend removing any talisman that increases damage taken, such as soreseals, scarseals, and scorpion charms as well as dragoncrest greatshield (nerfed from 20% to 5%) for PvP. If you see a talisman like red/blue feathered branchsword that means it is a hardswap talisman that you swap to once you take significant damage.

You will almost always want to start with something like ritual shield -> blessed dew if you take chip damage -> blue feathered branch sword. Hardswap talismans will be on the left side for easier access.

PVE Builds

Strength

Dexterity

Intelligence

Faith

Arcane

PVP Builds

Strength

Dexterity

Intelligence

Faith

Arcane

FAQ

Why Are All the Builds Made for 125-150? 

Optimal/meta for duels is at 125, this is where most activity and balance is to be had. Most players will beat the game around 125-150 so doing high level co-op is also more available at this level. Any build at 125 is a “complete” build and can be made viable even if they are hybrid builds. If you are higher than the build being showcased just work your damage stat(s) up to their final softcap and if you have any leftover stats you could put them into either: endurance for light roll or just more stamina, mind for more fp/casting, or faith for buffs such as golden vow/fmgs etc.

I Just Started this Build. What Should I Level / Do First?

I always recommend leveling vigor up first after you ensure you are at least medium rolling with the bare minimum requirements being met. If you are doing a build with weapons that can’t be accessed till late game I highly recommend picking a weapon from the same class/type with lower/similar requirements that you will use later. Some good early game weapons for any build are: uchigatana, broadsword, and estoc. Soreseal, axe talisman, and claw talisman are also good early game talismans. Feel free to upgrade this weapon to at least +24/+9 since besides max level smithing stones, they can all be bought. 

The Build I Want Requires NG+ What Do I Do?

If you are certain your build requires NG+ to fully access it then I suggest trading to get the items you need. There are plenty of DC servers that offer free trading services and if you are on PC you can always just use cheat engine. If this is your first playthrough and you do not feel like spoiling it by getting duped items then almost every item has a “lesser” equivalent that can be acquired in your first playthrough. (One scavenger one bandits curved sword for example instead of two scavs).

That’s all! I really appreciate it if you’ve made it this far. See you in the game!

Volodymyr Azimoff
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I love games and I live games. Video games are my passion, my hobby and my job. My experience with games started back in 1994 with the Metal Mutant game on ZX Spectrum computer. And since then, I’ve been playing on anything from consoles, to mobile devices. My first official job in the game industry started back in 2005, and I'm still doing what I love to do.

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