Best Samurai Build in Elden Ring: Weapons, armor, stats, more

Joseph Pascoulis
elden ring character with samurai armor and weapons

Looking for the best Samurai build in Elden Ring? Here are our recommended stats, weapon, armor, and more.

Elden Ring allows players to fully express themselves with their build, providing options to get creative. Whether players want to create a build that fully indulges in the game’s magic or make a more traditional sword and shield character, Elden Ring has more than enough weapons, armor, and stats to fulfill a player’s wishes.

One of the most popular starting classes in Elden Ring is the Samurai, as it provides a great starting base for players. Perhaps it’s also a popular choice thanks to FromSoftware’s game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which follows a shinobi.

So, if you’re looking to create the best Samurai build in Elden Ring, here are our recommended weapons, armor, and stats you need to do so.

Best Samurai Build in Elden Ring

Here’s everything you need for the best Elden Ring Samurai build:

Starting ClassSamurai
StatsDexterity, Endurance, Strength, and Vigor
ArmorWhite Reed set
TalismansProsthesis-Wearer Heirloom, Starscourge Heirloom, Winged Sword Insignia, & Green Turtle Talisman
Elden Ring character in a cliff
Elden Ring features many starting classes.

Best Elden Ring Samurai build stats

The Samurai starting class in Elden Ring starts with stats that are focused on Dexterity, Endurance, Strength, and Vigor, so we recommend continuing to progress these stats as you level up.

Here are the Samurai starting class stats in Elden Ring:


Best Elden Ring Samurai build weapon

Elden Ring features various Katanas, the traditional swords Samurais used in Japanese history. There are many great options, but we recommend the Nagakiba.

This sword has a lot of range and great damage, and it’s perfect for Samurai builds that focus on Dexterity, as that’s the stats this weapon scales with. You can find the Nagakiba by completing Bloody Finger Hunter Yura questline, or, if you kill Yura, he will drop it for you to pick it up.

Best Elden Ring Samurai build armor

The best Samurai armor in Elden Ring is the White Reed set, but the starting Land of Reeds set will get you through most of the game. These are both great for keeping your weight low, providing good protection, and also looking like a Samurai.

If you don’t start as a Samurai in Elden Ring, you can purchase the Lands of Reeds set from the Isolated Merchant’s Shack Site in Caelid for 4,500 Runes.

You can find the White Reed set in Elden Ring by following these steps:

  1. Head to the Spiritcaller Cave in the Mountaintops of the Giants.
  2. Progress through the cave until you find the spirit Inaba.
  3. Defeat the enemies here and you will find the armor at the back of the room.

Best Elden Ring Samurai build Talismans

Here are the best Talismans to aid your Samurai build in Elden Ring:

TalismanEffectHow to get
Prosthesis-Wearer HeirloomRaises DexteritySuccessfully complete the Gowry side quest in Caelid
Starscourge HeirloomRaises StrengthDiscovered in a chest located within Fort Gael, situated to the west of Caelid
Winged Sword InsigniaIncreases attack potency with each consecutive strikeDefeat Cleanrot Knight in Stillwater Cave, which is found in southern Liurnia
Green Turtle Talisman Raises stamina recovery speedFound in Summonwater Village’s underground area in Limgrave

How to play as a Samurai in Elden Ring

You can play as a Samurai in Elden Ring by selecting the Samurai starting class when creating a new character.

If you have already started a playthrough and did not select the Samurai starting class, you can always change your character’s stats using a Larval Tear when talking to Rennala. Then, use our recommended weapons, armor, and Talismans.

Well, there you have it, that was everything you need to create the best Samurai build in Elden Ring. For more, make sure you check out some of our other guides on FromSoftware’s RPG below:

Where to find Castle Sol in Elden Ring: Location, items, more | How to get Bloodflame Blade in Elden Ring & best builds | Where to find Somber Smithing Stone 7 in Elden Ring | All Elden Ring achievements & trophies: Hidden, Platinum, more | Elden Ring progression: Best route & recommended levels | Who is Vyke in Elden Ring? Lore explained | How to get Zweihander in Elden Ring & best builds | Is Elden Ring harder than other soulsborne games?

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About The Author

Joseph is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel, specializing in shooters such as Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Fortnite, and Overwatch. He also enjoys Souls-likes, the Resident Evil franchise, and Tekken. After writing for KeenGamer, he joined CharlieIntel in 2021. If Joseph isn't writing about games, he's most likely playing them. You can contact him at [email protected].