The Vagabond is Elden Ring's take on the classic knight class that has appeared in every game in the Souls series. It's about as straightforward as an Elden Ring class can be, making it a great class for first-time players to enter try. Here's how you'll want to build it out, from stats to weapons and armor.
Vagabond Elden Ring Stats Guide
The Vagabond starts with high Vigor, Strength, and Dexterity. These are the stats that govern HP and attack damage, so Vagabond players will be on the fast track to a strong melee build. They'll also benefit from the class's starting equipment, which includes the Longsword, Halberd, Heater Shield, and the full Vagabond Knight armor set.
Vagabond is a particularly good starting class for players looking to build high strength sword-and-shield knights, but it can also work for players looking to pivot to a more agile Dexterity-focused build — which illustrates how starting class in Elden Ring is less important than how you invest your levels during the course of your adventure.
Assuming you're going the Strength and Vigor route, you'll want to pour the majority of your levels into Vigor, Strength and Endurance. You may need to level your Dexterity up a couple of points based on the weapon you decide to run, but you can cross that bridge when you come to it.
Stats in Elden Ring provide diminishing returns when they reach their highest levels. An ideal Vagabond Strength build aiming for maximal combat efficacy would look something like this:
- Vigor: 40
- Dexterity: 15 (higher if a weapon requires it)
- Mind: 10
- Intelligence: 9
- Endurance: 25
- Strength: 51 (34 if two-handing)
- Arcane: 7
Aim for these totals and it'll be hard to go wrong, even if you divert a point here or there to one of the other attributes.
Vagabond Elden Ring Weapons Guide
Any weapon, given sufficient upgrading, can carry you through to the end of the game, but the starting Longsword is particularly good for a starting weapon. Your Heater Shield is also perfectly serviceable as a shield, as it provides full physical resistance.
If you'd prefer to swap to a two-handed weapon, a great option available early on in your adventure is the Lordsworn's Greatsword. You'll find it in West Limgrave, in the back of a carriage in the Gatefront Ruins.
There are plenty of other cool and interesting Strength weapons in Elden Ring, so feel free to experiment with new weapons you find. Ultimately, how the weapon feels to wield means more than its stats.
Vagabond Elden Ring Armor Guide
The Vagabond starts with perfectly suitable heavy armor. But if you're trying to go full impervious tank mode, you'll need to find the armor of the Dung Eater. That will mean making it all the way to Leyndell, Capital City. Once you do, the Dung Eater will appear in the Roundtable Hold. Find the Roundtable Hold's mirror location in the Capital City and you'll get the Seedbed Curse.
Return to the Dung Eater and you'll receive the key to the Leyndell sewers. Go down the stairs from the Avenue Balcony site of grace, then jump over the wall on your left and climb down the well you find. Proceed through the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds to find the Dung Eater locked in a cell. If you kill him, he'll drop his armor.