Warrior Elden Ring Class Guide: Stats, Weapons, Armor

The Warrior focuses on Dexterity.
The Warrior focuses on Dexterity. / Courtesy of FromSoftware/Bandai Namco, Screenshot by Noam Radcliffe

The Warrior class is the faster, more agile counterpart to the Vagabond, offering Elden Ring players an early boost to their Dexterity. It's fairly simple to build, but as with any Elden Ring class, there is some nuance to observe. Here's what you need to know about building the Warrior, including stats, weapons, and armor.

Warrior Elden Ring Stats Guide

The Warrior starts starts with a huge boost to Dexterity, a smaller one to Mind, and slight bumps to Endurance and Vigor. This makes it offensively formidable in the early game, but slightly less durable than the Vagabond, for example. If you're looking to play a faster, light armor-wearing class, it will serve you well — though any class can take you to any stat destination with a bit of work.

Your two most important stats will be Vigor and Dexterity. Vigor is always an essential Elden Ring stat, but it's especially valuable for players who are wearing lighter armor. You'll rely on your dodging to survive most fights, but you'll want the extra HP from high vigor when you do, inevitably, get hit. Dexterity, on the other hand, will determine how much damage you deal with most of the fast, light and technical weapons in the game. Endurance can be a tertiary priority, allowing you to wear at least some armor; a minimal investment in Strength may also allow you to wield certain weapons.

Stats in Elden Ring provide diminishing returns when they reach their highest levels. An ideal Warrior build aiming for maximal combat efficacy would look something like this:

  • Vigor: 40
  • Dexterity: 50 (34 if two-handing)
  • Mind: 12
  • Intelligence: 10
  • Endurance: 25
  • Strength: 10 (or higher based on weapon requirements)
  • Faith: 8
  • Arcane: 9

You can throw stats into Arcane if you want improved item discovery, or Mind if you want to be able to use your Combat Arts more often. Faith and Intelligence will help you cast more powerful spells, but you likely won't need to worry about that.

Warrior Elden Ring Weapons Guide

In Elden Ring, any weapon can carry you through to the end of the game. But if you're looking for an excellent early option for a Dexterity weapon, look no further than the Uchigatana. This long katana has great range, a swift attack, great scaling, a Weapon Art that pummels enemy poise, and the ability to inflict Bleed.

The location of the Uchigatana.
The location of the Uchigatana. / Courtesy of FromSoftware/Bandai Namco, Screenshot by Noam Radcliffe

To get it, head to the Deathtouched Catacombs in West Limgrave. You'll find them set into the cliffs east and just north of the Warmaster's Shack. Proceed through the dungeon until you're attacked by two skeleton archers firing down on you from above. Make your way up there and you'll find the Uchigatana waiting to be wielded, one- or two-handed.

Warrior Elden Ring Armor Guide

Playing a Dexterity-focused class means having to make the decision between light and medium armor. If you're happy to play through the game with a medium speed roll — not debilitatingly slow, but not very agile — you can run with the Warrior's starting kit and swap out armor as you find it. The more Endurance you have, the heavier the armor you'll be able to equip while retaining that medium roll.

If you're looking to fast roll, you'll need to shed armor until your equip load dips below 1/3 full. The equipment screen will tell you how much weight you have equipped in the bottom right of the screen. It will also let you know which speed roll you're performing.

If you've decided to run a Vagabond strength build instead, you can find our guide here.