Best Vagabond Builds in Elden Ring: Weapons, Armor Sets, and More

Adiba Chowdhury
By Adiba Chowdhury
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Thinking of playing Elden Ring as a Vagabond? Keep reading to learn about all the best builds you can get for this class, from early game to late game.

Elden Ring is the latest open-world medieval fantasy RPG developed by FromSoftware. It not only offers a rich and complex storyline but also offers a vast open-world for exploration with incredibly powerful monsters to fight. Not only that, but Elden Ring also gives you the complete freedom to choose the character class that fits your playstyle.

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Among the ten classes available in the game, Vagabond is by far the best class for beginners and seasoned Souls players alike. With that being said, how you bring out the maximum potential of your character comes down to the build you choose. That’s why, in this guide, we will be discussing the best Vagabond builds you can create in Elden Ring.

Vagabond Class Stats

The Vagabond from Elden Ring is a tank class that can plow through enemies while enduring extensive damage, making them the strongest class with well-rounded stats. Below is the starting stat distribution for the Vagabond Class:

  • Vigor – 15
  • Strength – 14
  • Dexterity – 13
  • Endurance – 11
  • Mind – 10
  • Intelligence – 9
  • Faith – 9
  • Arcane – 7

Why play as Vagabond in Elden Ring

Vagabond is among the strongest classes in the game. Given its strong focus on Vigor, Strength, and Dexterity, the Vagabond class especially excels at dealing with physical damage. Not only that, but the Vagabond starts off its journey as a Level 9 character, which is the second-highest starting level after the Confessor class.

Moreover, Vagabond comes equipped with the best set of starting armor in the game, offering players maximum protection in the early game until better gear becomes available. Furthermore, the Vagabond class also comes equipped with Longsword and Heater shield, which are the best starting weapon and shield you will find in the game.

Interestingly, only the Vagabond Class has access to some of the game’s heaviest and highest damage dealing weapons. This makes them the optimum choice for players who love to engage in melee-focused combat. Not only that, this class excels at blocking and enduring hits at the lowest HP cost.

Best Builds for Vagabond Class

In this section, we will go over the best builds for the Vagabond class in the early game and late game.

Best Early Game Vagabond Builds

  • Primary Stats:
    • Strength: 20+
    • Vigor: 20+
  • Secondary Stats:
    • Endurance: 20+
    • Dexterity: As needed
  • Weapons:
    • Lordsworn’s Greatsword – This greatsword deals a great deal of physical damage and has a crit rate of 110. The Lordsworn’s greatsword is great for hitting enemies over a wider area, and comes with the Stamp (Upward Cut) skill that greatly helps with maintaining stance and positioning. You can loot this greatsword from the back of a carriage in Gatefront Ruins.
    • Claymore – This can be either used alone or dual wielded with other greatswords to really take the fight down to the next level. Moreover, it also comes with the Lion’s Claw skill which allows you to perform a somersault towards the enemy during attack. This is a good early game weapon which does not require you to get into any fights to obtain. You will find this in Weeping Peninsula’s Castle Morne.
    • Sacrificial Axe – With a high physical damage and crit rate, this axe will serve you relatively well in the early game. Moreover, this weapon comes with the Wild Strikes skill that allows you to swing your axe and hit enemies over a wide area of effect. You can obtain the Sacrificial Axe by defeating the Deathbird in Castle Morne.
  • Armor Sets:
    • Cleanrot Set – A medium-weight armor set with high Elemental Damage absorption, Robustness Resistance and Immunity. Individual pieces of this set is dropped by Cleanrot Knights.
    • Bull-Goat Set – A heavy-weight armor set that will provide you with high Immunity, Robustness Resistance and Vitality. Moreover, it also provides the highest level of Physical Defense and Poise. You can snag this armor set by killing Great Horned Tragoth.
  • Shields:
    • Heater Shield – For this build, your starting shield is the best you will get. It is a medium shield that will block 100% of any and all physical damage. However, in the late game, you may opt for other shields with no skills on them.
  • Skills:
    • Ash of War: Endure – This skill increases Strength scaling while reducing others and can be paired with any melee weapon or equipment to boost Poise and reduce Damage intake. You can purchase this Ash of War for 600 runes at the Warmaster’s Shack.
    • Ash of War: Cragblade – This skill increases player’s Attack power while also increasing the chance of breaking the enemy’s stance. You can find this in a sword monument west of Impassable Greatbridge site of grace.
  • Talismans:
    • Erdtree’s Favor – This all-rounder talisman not only increases the player’s HP and Stamina, but also their Equip Load, allowing them to perform dodge rolls more easily despite wearing heavy armor and wielding heavy weapons. This item is located in Fringefolk Hero’s grave.
    • Claw Talisman – This talisman increases the height of your jumps so that you can land more devastating jump attacks. This will come in especially handy if you’re dual-wielding weapons. The Claw talisman can be found in Stormveil Castle’s watchtower.
    • Green Turtle Talisman – This talisman helps you recover stamina much faster. You will find the Green Turtle Talisman in Limgrave’s Summonwater Village.

Best Late Game Vagabond Builds

  • Primary Stats:
    • Strength: 40+
    • Dexterity: 20+
  • Secondary Stats:
    • Vigor: 20+
    • Endurance: 20+
  • Weapons:
    • Axe of Godrick – This is a greataxe which scales both Strength and Dexterity. It is a powerful weapon that lands hard hits with a high crit rate. Moreover, it also has a unique skill called I Command Thee, Kneel! which creates shockwaves on the floor upon contact. You can get this weapon by defeating Godrick the Grafted.
    • Bloodhound’s Fang – This is a curved greatsword that is not only a heavy-hitter but also lands a hemmorage status effect on enemies, resulting in them taking additional damage. You can find this weapon in Limgrave by fighting the Bloodhound Knight Darriwil.
    • Golden Halberd – Another great weapon that deals both high physical damage and holy damage. This weapon also has a 100 crit rate. You can obtain the Golden Halberd by defeating the Tree Sentinel in Limgrave, so relatively early game but will require you to have a Strength of 30+ before you can wield it.
    • Starscourge Greatsword – This is a colossal sword that not only deals physical damage but also substantial amount of magical damage as well. The Starscourge Greatsword has a unique skill called Starcaller Cry that pulls enemies towards the players and allows them to follow up with a ground slam. Players can get this colossal sword by defeating Starscourge Radahn and trading the Remembrance of the Starscourge with Enia.
  • Armor Sets:
    • General Radahn Set – It is a heavy-weight armor set. Given that it provides equal level of protection against both physical and elemental damage, the General Radahn is the best late game armor set you will find in the game. Players can purchase this from Enia at the Roundtable Hold for 36,000 runes after beating Starscourge Radahn.
    • Beast Champion Set  – This is also another heavy-weight armor set which can be obtained in late-game. This armor set which offers ample protection against both physical and elemental damage. Players can obtain this set by killing Knight Bernahl in Crumbling Farum Azula.
  • Shields:
    • Haligtree Crest Greatshield – This greatshield offers protection against both physical and elemental damages alike but has a high Stregth requirement of 36. The Haligtree Crest Greatshield is dropped by the Haligtree Knight in Miquella’s Haligtree legacy dungeon.
    • Icon Shield – This is another greatshield with a well balanced stat distribution between physical and elemental defense. You can obtain this from inside a collapsed building in Altus Plateau’s Woodfolk Ruins. 
  • Skills:
    • Ash of War: Endure – The endure skill will help you greatly even in late-game where you have to fight more powerful demigods.
    • Ash of War: War Cry – The War Cry skill allows players to increase their attack power and deal more damage by converting strong attacks to charged attacks. This skill is a must have if you’re aiming for a melee-focused strength build. You can purchase this for for 800 runes from both Knight Bernahl in Warmaster’s Shack or the Twin Maiden Husks at Roundtable hold.
    • Ash of War: Quickstep – This skill increases the movement speed of players so that they can avoid incoming damage and quickly reposition themselves to get an upperhand in battle. You can purchase this for for 800 runes from both Knight Bernahl in Warmaster’s Shack or the Twin Maiden Husks at Roundtable hold.
  • Talismans:
    • Erdtree’s Favor – You will want to carry this talisman even in the late game as it will keep increasing your HP, Stamina and Equip load substantially as you level up.
    • Starscourge Heirloom – This talisman will raise your Strength by 5 and is a must have for strength-based builds. You can loot the Starscourge Heirloom from a chest in Fort Gael.
    • Claw Talisman – The claw talisman is great to have even in late game as jump attacks are essential in Vagabond builds.
  • Flask Spread: For both early and late game Vagabond builds, your flask spread should almost entirely be focused on HP, with a single flask for FP.

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By Adiba Chowdhury Deputy Evergreen Editor
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