Elden Ring - Best Dexterity Builds for PvE

A guide on the best Dexterity builds for PVE in Elden Ring. Included are the best starting classes for Dexterity builds (pure and hybrid), recommended stat distribution, best weapons, armor, talisman, shields, skills (Ashes of War), and spells.

Elden Ring - Best Dexterity Builds for PVE

Best Dexterity Builds for PVE in Elden Ring


Dexterity builds are among the most versatile character builds in the Elden Ring. Their focus on Dexterity grants them access to several fast-swinging weapon types and armaments like spears and bows that boast incredible range. Dual-wielding is also viable for improved damage output while use of certain sorceries and incantations to gain weapon buffs and other beneficial effects further increase the build’s flexibility.

Primary Stats Vigor, Dexterity, Endurance,
Secondary Stats Strength, Intelligence, Faith
Weapons Daggers, Straight Swords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Reapers, Spears, Light Bows
Shields Small Shields, Standard Shields
Beginner Recommendation ★★★★★

Best Character Builds

Starting Classes

Warrior and Samurai

Elden Ring - Warrior Starting Class Elden Ring - Samurai Starting Class

The Hero and Vagabond are the best starting classes for Dexterity builds because of their high initial Dexterity stat. Both classes also boat decent amounts of Intelligence and Faith to utilize different sorceries and incantations to their advantage.

Best Starting Classes to Choose

Initial Stats

Warrior 8 11 12 11 10 16 10 8 9
Samurai 9 12 11 13 12 15 9 8 8

Stats and Parameters List

Samurai Build

Recommended Stat Distribution (Lv. 50) using Samurai Starting Class

Key stats are indicated in green. From Lv.51 onwards, you can continue investing points to these attributes towards the soft caps based on your performance towards the late stages of the game. The key stat Dexterity should be increased up to the level that allows you to wield the weapon you want to use during the end-game. Otherwise, continue raising other stats such as Vigor and Endurance for increased survivability or start putting points on non-primary attributes if you are making a hybrid of this build.

Stat Value
Vigor 25
Mind 11
Endurance 20
Strength 12
Dexterity 36
Intelligence 9
Faith 8
Arcane 8

Recommended Equipment

Weapons Uchigatana, Falchion, Bloodhound’s Fang (raise Strength to 18 to wield)
Shields Beast Crest Heater Shield, Great Turtle Shield (raise Strength to 14 to wield)
Talisman Any

Recommended Weapon Upgrades (Ashes of War)

Ash of War Effect
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Ashes of War List

Recommended Spells (Sorceries and Incantations)

There are no recommended Sorceries and Incantations for this build since Intelligence and Faith are not key stats. Feel free to increase the said parameters to customize this build based on your preferences or if you intend to wield weapons that scale with Dexterity/Intelligence or Dexterity/Faith.

Other Character Builds

Character Builds
Elden Ring - Hero Starting ClassStrength Builds Elden Ring - Warrior Starting ClassDexterity Builds Elden Ring - Vagabond Starting ClassQuality Builds
Elden Ring - Astrologer Starting ClassSorcery Builds Elden Ring - Confessor Starting ClassFaith Builds

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