Dex builds in Elden Ring are builds that emphasize the dexterity stat. Dex builds, unlike Strength builds, prefer nimbleness and cooler combos over heavier swords that deal more damage. Since the inception of the Souls formulae, dex builds have been very common and have led to some of the best weapons in the series, from the Washing Pole to the Fachion. Due to its sheer scale, Elden Ring allows for the most creative when it comes to creating builds and that is very true for dex builds. Today we will cover the best dex builds in Elden Ring. We hope you find this guide useful, for more Elden Ring guides check out Elden Ring Best Builds and Best Elden Ring Skills.
Dex Builds In Elden Ring
Dex Builds require high dexterity and a dex weapon like a katana or a curved sword. Since they are melee-focused, we also recommend a high vigor level and high endurance. The main focus of dex builds is to get in and out as quickly as possible while dealing the most damage. Due to their speed and sick combos, dex builds in Elden Ring excel in both PvE and PvP. Some of the best weapons in the game are also Dex weapons.
Pure Dex Build
Pure Dex builds are the simplest and purest of all dex builds. The focus here is to pump dex as high as possible and rely only on brute skill and melee combat to play your way through Elden Ring. Pure dex builds in Elden Ring are some of the most fun in Elden Ring due to their versatility, weapons, and combos. Pure dex builds are quick and have some of the most unique moves in the game, like a quickstep following a heavy attack.
For a pure dex build in Elden Ring, we recommend a high dexterity level of at least 40 with high vigor and endurance. We recommend the Uchigatana or a Curved Sword as your weapon although you may choose any weapon that scales with dex. While you may use a shield to get acquainted with this playstyle, we recommend two handing your weapon to make the most out of it. All in all, pure dex builds are a simple, fun way to play through Elden Ring.
Powerstanced Dex Build – Warrior Class
The Warrior class starts with two falchions which are more than enough to serve till the endgame. This build builds directly upon the warrior class. The main focus here is speed and damage using two weapons. This build has some of the best and craziest combos in Elden Ring that look extremely cool and can finish off enemies very quickly.
For the Powerstanced Dex build in Elden Ring, we recommend a Dex of around 40 with high endurance. The one drawback of this build is that for people used to shields it will have a high learning curve. We recommend using L1 attacks exclusively for R1 attacks will trigger the right-hand weapon only. Some of our favorite combinations for this build are the dual falchions for early game and a Nagakiba and Uchigatana for late-game players. All in all, the Powerstanced Dex build in Elden Ring is one of the best ways to play the game.
Bleed Dex Build
The focus of a bleed build featuring dex in Elden Ring is to use a katana that deals bleed damage and has the ability to cause blood loss on your foes. Your primary aim in such a build will be to get in as much damage as possible using the blood loss affliction. Blood loss can be extremely devastating and can cause insane amounts of damage alongside stagger. Due to blood loss, this build is also arguably the best Elden Ring PvP dex build.
For this build, you may choose to go powerstanced. For your weapons, we recommend a weapon that scales with strength and arcane or a dex weapon that can be buffed with bloodflame blade. Our favorites are the Rivers of blood or the nagabika with bloodflame blade. Morgotts cursed sword is also a decent late-game weapon for this build. We recommend a dex level of 35 and above and an arcane level of at least 20 for this build.
Intelligence Dex Build
The Moonveil Katana shows that bleed intelligence builds are here and they are here to stay. This build uses the Moonveil Katana as your primary weapon to deal high amounts of intelligence damage with almost broken weapon artes that can stagger and kill most foes in Elden Ring very quickly.
For this build, we recommend the Moonveil Katana as your primary weapon with another dex weapon in your off-hand. We also recommend a staff in your off-hand. We recommend an intelligence level of around 40 and a dex level of around 30. The main goal of this Elden Ring dex build is to effectively manage ranged and melee combat.
You will be using the moonveil as your primary weapon, going in for damage and close-quarters combat. The weapon rate of the Moonveil will let you escape combat in moments of danger. Alongside all this, the staff will let you cast support and damage spells like Lorretas greatbow and glintstone shard from afar to clear out group and/or take care of enemies. Due to its versatility, the Intelligence Dex build in Elden Ring is suited for both PvP and PvE.
Quality builds are some of the best builds in games by Hidetaka Miyazaki. Quality builds take strength and dex builds and combine them to give you the best of both worlds: the high strength and dps of strength builds with the nimbleness and quick moves of dex builds. Quality builds also allow for some of the best weapons in Elden Ring – for there are many weapons in the game that require both Strength and Dexterity.
For a quality build, we recommend a strength and dexterity of above 35 each and a vigor of at least 30. For a quality build, we recommend picking your favorite weapon and using the Quality affinity if it has poor quality scaling. Our favorites for this build are the cross naginata and Bloodhound Curved Sword. The main objective for such a build is close combat, so make sure your reflexes are in check.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Arestrength builds better than dex builds in Elden Ring?
Nope. It all comes down to individual playstyle. If you prefer bigger swords with tankier aesthetics and an emphasis on blocking, you will probably prefer strength builds, if you will nimbleness and rolling, you will prefer Dex builds in Elden Ring.
What is the best dex build in Elden Ring?
In Elden Ring, the best dex build comes down to the player themself. Whatever you have the most fun with will ultimately be the best build for you.. The most powerful dex builds in Elden Ring, however, from this list are the Bleed build and the Intelligence Dex build in Elden RIng.
Are these all the Elden Ring Dex builds?
No. Due to the open-world nature of Elden Ring, players are recommended to explore and craft their own playstyles. You may end up making multiple Elden Ring Dex builds of your own. These are only the builds we are aware of and have experience with.