Elden Ring Hero Build: Top 4 Hero Builds

I've been playing Elden Ring for more than 800+ hours, thus my recommendations on the best Hero Builds come from personal experience!

Elden Ring Best Hero Builds
Elden Ring Best Hero Builds

Elden Ring offers you, the player, 10 base classes to choose from when you start a new game, one of them being the Hero class. The Hero is described as a champion who relies on pure, unadulterated Strength to disengage any enemy that may oppose them. While there are many contenders for the Best Hero Build that you can work towards, here are my top 4 recommendations!

About The Author

My hours in Elden Ring have far exceeded 800+ hours. As a gamer, I am fond of uncovering the secrets of every game, including Elden Ring. Thus, you can trust my information as I bring first-hand experience to the table!

Key Takeaways

  • Hero uses just unadulterated, pure Strength to defeat any foe who stands in their way.
  • Its four suggested builds are Nimble Bloodhound, Guts, The Black Swordsman (Level 100), Warhammer Barbarian (Level 150), and Starscourge Champion (Level 100).
  • Each build has unique characteristics, weapons, talismans, and spells.
  • Offensively using weapons serves as both offense and defense.
  • I have used certain Talismans to boost my Defense!
  • Spells aid in boosting output damage.
  • Dragon claw shield in Nimble BloodhoundGreatsword in Guts, and Giant-Crusher in Warhammer Barbarian are among the adaptable and potent weapons.

Here is a comparison table for the Best Elden Ring Hero Builds:

1Nimble Bloodhound (Level 150)502535601592511
2Guts, The Black Swordsman (Level 100)401525451292511
3Warhammer Barbarian (Level 150)502535751271511
4Starscourge Champion (Level 100)352030501371511

Nimble Bloodhound (Level 150)

Attributes and Stats

Hero Builds are often known for their brute-force nature, relying on a heavy weapon to stomp their enemies. However, as far as the damage per second metric is concerned, both heavy and light weapons fare quite equally and have a strong potential to reach those high DPS numbers. TraitorNeo’s agile strength-oriented build is one of the Best Hero Build in Elden Ring that goes to show just that as he demonstrates a unique way of forging your Hero:

  • Vigor – 50 (High HP and survivability is important with close-combat weapons)
  • Mind – 25
  • Endurance – 35 (To allow for relatively heavy armor)
  • Strength – 60
  • Dexterity – 15
  • Intelligence – 9
  • Faith – 25 (Sufficient enough to use the specified buffs and incantations)
  • Arcane – 11

Weapon Choice

Beastman’s Curved Sword

Curved SwordSlash
Spinning SlashFP 6 ( - 12)
Wgt. 4Passive -
  • Agile and versatile, ideal for high DPS.
  • Base damage: 113
  • Requires 13 strength and 11 dexterity.
  • Scales well with Strength and Dexterity.
  • Infuse with Heavy Ash of War for enhanced agility.
  • Dual-wielding maximizes its effectiveness.
  • Drops from Azula Beastman in Crumbling Farum Azula.
Elden Ring Beastman’s Curved Sword
The Beastman’s Curved Sword has a chance of dropping from Azula Beastman in Crumbling Farum Azula

Clawmark’s Seal

  • Strength-focused build supplement.
  • Requires 4 strength and 10 faith.
  • Scales with Strength and Faith.
  • Peaks at B-scaling in both attributes.
  • Obtainable from Gurranq, Beast Clergyman, in Caelid.
Sacred SealsStrike
No SkillFP -
Wgt. 1.5Passive Boosts Bestial Incantations

Dragonclaw Shield

  • Offers strong defense and offense.
  • Great absorption against elemental damage.
  • 100% physical damage absorption.
  • Weapon art: Shield Bash inflicts solid damage.
  • Upgrades to peak at 227 physical and 147 holy damage.
Shield BashFP 10
Wgt. 13.5Passive -

Armor Combination

The Raptor’s Black Feathers in Elden Ring are ideal for this build, enhancing plunging attack damage. It weighs 7.7 units and boosts plunge attack damage. You can choose the rest of your armor based on appearance or prioritize poise with 35 Endurance.

Talisman Options

Erdtree’s Favor

NameErdtree's Favor
EffectRaises maximum HP, stamina, and equip load
  • Increases maximum HP, Stamina, and Equipment load.
  • Obtained in Fringefolk Hero’s Grave.
  • Upgrade to +1 and +2 versions later for enhanced benefits.

Claw Talisman

NameClaw Talisman
Effectincreases jump attack damage by 15% (7.5% in PvP).

The Claw Talisman is an integral part of Hero build and will go a long way in significantly increasing the damage of plunging attacks since it stacks with the Raptor’s Black Feathers. It can be obtained quite early in the game and boosts jump attacks by roughly 15%. It is located in Stormveil Castle and requires quite a trek to get to the central watchtower, at the top of which it can be looted off a corpse.

Elden Ring Claw Talisman
Yes, you guessed it – this is the place from the Elden Ring trailer!

Great-Jar’s Arsenal

NameGreat-Jar's Arsenal
EffectVastly raises the maximum equip load by 19%.
  • Increases equipment load by 20%.
  • Obtainable after defeating trio invaders in Draggonbarrow.

Dragoncrest Shield

NameDragoncrest Shield
EffectReduces physical damage taken (10/13/17%).
  • Enhances physical damage negation.
  • Basic version found near Bestial Sanctum.
  • Upgrade for better performance at Sainted Hero’s Grave.

Spells to Memorize

Flame, Grant me Strength

Spell TypeFire Monk Incantation
FP Cost 28Slots Used 1
Effectraises physical and fire-affinity attack power
  • Costs 28 FP and requires 15 faith.
  • Boosts physical and fire attack power by 20% for 30 seconds.
  • Found behind Fort Gael.

Vyke’s Dragonbolt

Spell TypeDragon Cult Incantations
FP Cost 28Slots Used 1
EffectEnchants right-hand armament with lightning damage
  • Increases weapon damage, particularly plunge attacks.
  • Costs 35 HP and requires 23 faith.
  • Lasts for 70 seconds.
  • Enhances equipment load by 15%.
Elden Ring Vyke’s Dragonbolt
Vyke’s Dragonbolt’s is just Electrify Armament, but better!

Guts, The Black Swordsman (Level 100)

Attributes and Stats

Include a Guts cosplay in your Best Hero Build for Elden Ring, paying homage to Kentaro Miura. The build, popularized by Taco Fun Box, offers strong performance.

  • Vigor – 40 (Decent HP for Level 100)
  • Mind – 15
  • Endurance – 25
  • Strength – 45 (Pump many more attribute points into this when scaling)
  • Dexterity – 12
  • Intelligence – 9
  • Faith – 25 (Sufficient enough to use the specified buffs and incantations)
  • Arcane – 11

Weapon Choice


No Guts build is possible without the original greatsword, a Colossal Sword that is community-wide revered as an easter egg of Berserk, closely following the clean design of Guts’s sword. Weighing in at 23.0 units, the greatsword demands its worthy wielders to approach it with 31 strength and 12 dexterity, a hefty stat requirement. However, it offers a natural scaling of C in Strength and E in Dexterity, although that can be fine-tuned.

Colossal SwordStandard
Stamp (Upward Cut)FP 5 ( - 8)
Wgt. 23Passive -

The versatile greatsword in Elden Ring can be infused with Ashes of War and reinforced with Smithing Stones. For this Hero build, opt for a heavy infusion to achieve pure A scaling in Strength at +20. Use Lion’s Claw Ash of War, dropped by a Lion Guardian in Fort Gael. Obtain the greatsword in Caelid, east of the Caelim Ruins Site of Grace, from a chest at the back of a black caravan.

Elden Ring Greatsword
Did you know you can get the Greatsword in just under 20 minutes?

Finger Seal

Sacred SealsStrike
No SkillFP -
Wgt. 1.5Passive -

The Guts-inspired Best Hero Build in Elden Ring incorporates additional items for viability, including magic. It focuses on buff-related incantations. Use the Finger Seal, requiring 4 strength and 10 faith, offering a C scaling in Faith.

The Finger Seal is one of the best sacred seals in Elden Ring because it is an S-tier catalyst that can be obtained incredibly early, serving as the starting equipment for Confessor and Prophet Classes, and being sold by the Twin Maiden Husks. Additionally, at +14 reinforcement with Smithing Stones, it achieves a D scaling in Strength and an S scaling in Faith as well as a spellbuff of 232.


Small ShieldStrike
Buckler ParryFP -
Wgt. 1.5Passive -

Going off a similar tangent as the Finger Seal, it is purely optional for you to equip a small shield like a Buckler – I primarily have it on to parry certain enemies that are a pain to deal with, such as Crucible Knights.

The Buckler can be obtained through several means, on top of being part of the starting kit of the Bandit Class. Other than that, it can be purchased off of Gatekeeper Gostoc at Stormveil Castle or from the Twin Maiden Husks after offering them Gostoc’s Bell Bearing (which you get if you slay Gostoc).

The Buckler is king when it comes to executing parrying due to its early animation start-up time and high amount of parry frames. Furthermore, you can infuse it with the Golden Parry Ash of War dropped by a Teardrop Scarab within Capital Outskirts to increase the hitbox of your parry.

While the Buckler excels at parrying, it performs poorly as a blocking tool at the cost of such a maneuver.

Armor Combination

To resemble Guts, The Black Swordsman, in Elden Ring, consider wearing Blaidd’s Set, particularly the chest piece, gauntlets, and greaves, with a bare head. Acquiring Blaidd’s set involves completing Ranni’s Questline, which is vital to the story, unlocking exploration of three areas and the chance to battle Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, a Demigod boss.

Talisman Options

Starscourge Heirloom

NameStarscourage Heirloom
Effectraises strength by 5
  • Increases Strength by 5.
  • Found in Fort Gael, southeastern Caelid.

Ritual Sword Talisman

NameRitual Sword Talisman
EffectRaises attack power by 10% when HP is at maximum.
  • Increases attack power by roughly 10% at full health.
  • Found in Lux Ruins after defeating Demi-Human Queen Gilika.
Elden Ring Ritual Sword Talisman
“A talisman patterned after swords used in ritual combat held to honor the Erdtree.”

Radagon’s Soreseal

NameRadagon`s Soreseal
EffectRaises vigor, endurance, strength, and dexterity by 5 each, but increases damage taken by 15%
  • Increases Vigor, Endurance, Strength, and Dexterity by +5.
  • Lowers all resistances by 15% (counter with Golden Vow).
  • Found in Fort Faroth.

Shard of Alexander

NameShard of Alexander
EffectGreatly boosts the attack power of Skills by 15%

Spells to Memorize

Flame, Grant me Strength

Spell TypeFire Monk Incantation
FP Cost 28Slots Used 1
EffectRaises physical and fire-affinity attack power.
  • Costs 28 FP.
  • Grants a 20% increase in physical and fire attack power for 30 seconds.
  • Found at the rear of Fort Gael in Caelid.

Golden Vow

Spell TypeErdtree Incantations
FP Cost 47Slots Used 1
EffectIncreases attack and defense for oneself and allies
  • Costs 47 FP.
  • Grants a 15% damage increase and 10% damage reduction for 80 seconds.
  • Essential for countering Radagon’s Soreseal’s side effects.
Elden Ring Golden Vow
Statistically the most used incantation in PvP!

Warhammer Barbarian (Level 150) 

Attributes and Stats

Apart from exploiting the damage inflicted by plunging attacks, charged heavy attacks are also a very powerful part of strength weapons used on Hero Builds. I’m not simply referring to your average charged heavy attack here, but the ones brought about by the Barbaric War Ash of War, which is known for changing charged heavy attacks into an entire combo that deals tremendous stamina and physical damage! Here are the stats for one of the Best Hero Build:

  • Vigor – 50 (Solid HP for good survivability)
  • Mind – 25
  • Endurance – 35
  • Strength – 75 (In order to wield our main weapon at considerable damage)
  • Dexterity – 12
  • Intelligence – 7
  • Faith – 15 (Sufficient enough to use Flame, Grant me Strength)
  • Arcane – 11

Weapon Choice


Colossal WeaponStrike
EndureFP 9
Wgt. 26.5Passive -
Elden Ring Giant-Crusher
The Giant Crusher is found in a chest towards the south of the Outer Wall Phantom Tree Site of Grace.

Clawmark’s Seal

  • Increases damage with the Giant-Crusher.
  • Obtainable from Gurranq, Beast Clergyman near Bestial Sanctum.
  • Requires 4 strength and 10 faith.
  • Scales to B in both Strength and Faith at +25 reinforcement.
Sacred SealsStrike
No SkillFP -
Wgt. 1.5Passive Boosts
Bestial Incantations


  • Used for casting Golden Vow.
  • Ideal for low stat investment and negligible effect on Equipment Load.
  • Requires 5 strength and 9 dexterity.
  • Alternative to Golden Vow Ash of War.

Note: Golden Vow Ash of War buffs damage by 13% and damage reduction by 5% for 80 seconds.

DaggersSlash / Pierce
QuickstepFP 3
Wgt. 1.5Passive -

Armor Combination

For this Hero build, prioritize high poise to execute the heavy combo without interruption. Wearing Lionel’s Set is recommended, offering 79 poise at a weight cost of 50.7 units. You can obtain it reasonably mid-game in Leyndell, Royal Capital, by heading to the Lower Capital Church Site of Grace and salvaging the set from a room with a large bed.

Talisman Options

Green Turtle Talisman

NameGreen Turtle Talisman
Effectraises stamina recovery speed by 8 per second (17.7%).
  • Boosts stamina regeneration by 8 points per second.
  • Obtainable in Summonwater Village with a Stonesword key.

Roar Medallion

NameRoar Medallion
Effectincreases the damage of roars and breath attacks by 15%.
  • Enhances Barbaric Roar with an additional 15% multiplicative damage buff.
  • Obtainable early in the game by defeating the Stonedigger Troll boss in Limgrave Tunnels.
Elden Ring Roar Medallion
Now I realize why the Stonedigger Trolls roar so much…

Axe Talisman

NameAxe Talisman
Effectincreases charge attack damage by 10%.
  • Enhances charged attacks by roughly 10%.
  • The Talisman can be obtained quite early in the game, in a prison cell in Mistwood Ruins towards the west of Limgrave.

Lord of Blood’s Exultation

NameLord of Blood’s Exultation
EffectVastly raises the attack power by 20% when Blood Loss occurs in the area. (12% in PvP)

The main reason why we’re rocking a blood infusion on the Giant-Crusher is due to this very Talisman right here! Having a blood infusion along with the savage heavy combo, you’ll be inflicting bleed buildups left and right, causing very frequent bloodloss and this is where the Lord of Blood’s Exultation will come into play. As it increases your attack power by 20% for 20 seconds whenever you inflict blood loss, you can very well imagine to be sweeping through bosses and field enemies!

Spells to Memorize

Bestial Vitality

Spell TypeBestial Incantation
FP Cost 18Slots Used 1
EffectHeals over a period of time.

To support the heavy blows and exchanges in this build, a healing incantation is beneficial. Among the options, Bestial Vitality is the ideal choice as it synergizes well with the Clawmark’s Seal, boosting Bestial Incantations. Requiring 12 Faith and costing 18 FP, it heals 5 HP per second for two minutes, providing valuable sustain to the Hero build.

Flame, Grant me Strength

Spell TypeFire Monk Incantation
FP Cost 28Slots Used 1
EffectRaises physical and fire-affinity attack power.
  • Boosts physical and fire damage by 20% for 30 seconds.
  • Stacks multiplicatively with Golden Vow.
  • Found at the back of Fort Gael in Caelid.
Elden Ring Flame, Grant me Strength
O Flame! Praise the Flame!

Starscourge Champion (Level 100)

Attributes and Stats

Coming to the final entry of the Best Hero Build, I would like to present to you my own build that I am currently using in my second Elden Ring playthrough – I like to call it the Starscourge Champion!

I have personally had great success with this build in all kinds of situations, sweeping through hoards of enemies, taking down formidable bosses, and giving cheeky invaders a run for their money!

  • Vigor – 35
  • Mind – 20
  • Endurance – 30 (Good enough to wield well-poised armor with the help of Talismans)
  • Strength – 50 (Enough to wield my main armament of choice one-handedly)
  • Dexterity – 13
  • Intelligence – 7
  • Faith – 15 (Sufficient enough to use the specified buffs and incantations)
  • Arcane – 11

Weapon Choice

Ruins Greatsword

I started playing Elden Ring with the Lordsworn’s Greatsword, moving onto the greatsword, finally settling with the Ruins Greatsword, which in my opinion, is the Blasphemous Blade equivalent of Colossal Swords. The Ruins Greatsword is the heaviest of the nine legendary armaments in Elden Ring, weighing 23.0 units.

Thus, it reasonably requires 50 strength and 16 intelligence to wield properly, rewarding its wielders with a B scaling in Strength and an E scaling in Faith, which can be significantly improved.

As far as upgrading is concerned, the Ruins Greatsword requires Somber Smithing Stones to upgrade to +10, at which it achieves an S scaling in Strength and a D scaling in Faith, exhibiting 303 physical, 90 magic, and 168 stamina damage.

The Ruins Greatsword does not even require the capability to be infused with ashes of war because its weapon art, Wave of Destruction is nasty. I can not count the number of times I’ve used it to clear waves of enemies and stagger bosses from a safe distance!

Clawmark’s Seal

  • Essential for any Best Hero Build in Elden Ring.
  • Scales decently with Strength, making it valuable for Strength builds.
  • Requires 4 strength and 10 faith to use.
  • Natural scaling of D in both Strength and Faith.
  • Upgrading it with Smithing Stones improves scaling to B-tier in both attributes.
  • Best utilized with Bestial Incantations, boosting their effectiveness.
  • Obtained from Gurranq, Beast Clergyman, after feeding him one Deathroot.
  • Deathroot can be obtained from slaying the Tibia Mariner boss in Summonwater Village, northwest Limgrave.


I have personally never relied on shields in any FromSoftware game, mainly because I love to dual wield or two-hand my weapons. However, the only instance I find myself using a shield in these games is if I ever come across a cumbersome boss that can be parried, which in Elden Ring has to be the Crucible Knight! Look no further than the Buckler if you’re like me, who seeks an excellent parry tool.

While being one of the worst small shields in the game in terms of damage absorption, the Buckler has always made its mark for being one of the best parry tools. Additionally, in Elden Ring, it is factually the best parry tool in general due to its early start-up time and the fact that it possesses the most parry frames out of all other parry tools, besting even the Caestus.

Armor Combination

The armor combination for this Hero build in Elden Ring is very open-ended; you can go for a more fashionable combination or a more poised one. I personally prefer a mix of both, although leaning towards having the most poise possible for my given level of Endurance.

In the very beginning, I wore a weird amalgamation of the heaviest, most poised armor pieces I had until I started getting proper armor sets.

After dwindling through different kinds of armor sets, I have settled for this: Blaidd’s Armor, Radahn’s Gauntlets, and Radahn’s Greaves, leaving my head bare because I like the way it looks.

I prefer this combination mainly because I rever Radahn as one of my favorite bosses in Elden Ring – thus the name Starscourge Champion!

Talisman Options

Ancestral Spirit’s Horn

  • Restores 3 FP every time you defeat an enemy.
  • Useful for general exploration, allowing conservation of Cerulean Tears for bosses.
  • Obtained from giving the Remembrance of the Regal Ancestor to Enia at Roundtable Hold.

Bull-Goat’s Talisman

  • Increases poise by 33%.
  • Essential for executing heavy attacks and weapon arts without interruption.
  • Found in the back of Dragonbarrow Cave on a corpse.
Elden Ring Bull-Goat's Talisman
The Talisman can be found in the back of Dragonbarrow Cave, towards the end, located on a corpse.

Axe Talisman

  • Enhances charged attacks, maximizing damage output.
  • Particularly useful for the Ruins Greatsword’s heavy attack.
  • Obtained early in the game in Mistwood Ruins in Limgrave

Great-Jar Arsenal

  • Increases maximum Equipment load by roughly 20%.
  • Allows for more freedom in wearing heavy armor sets.
  • Obtained as a reward from the Great-Jar after defeating his three invader knights in Caelid.

Spells to Memorize

Flame, Grant me Strength

I, too, recognized Flame, Grant me Strength to be a must-have incantation when I obtained all the way in the backside of Fort Gael in Caelid, behind the two flamethrower enemies.

This incantation is amazing because, with the requirement of just 15 faith, it increases physical and fire damage by 20% at the cost of just 28 FP, lasting for the next half a minute.

This will make the Ruins Greatsword do much more damage than before!

Bestial Vitality

I would take minor chips of damage throughout my playthrough, which I generally never wanted to waste an entire Flask of Crimson Tears on. Therefore, I decided to opt for a healing spell and am now content with the Bestial Vitality incantation.

This is particularly because it becomes much more potent with the Clawmark’s Seal, a Sacred Seal that boosts Bestial Incantaitons! Bestial Vitality requires 12 Fatih to use and at the cost of 18 FP, heals for 5 HP per second for the next two minutes.

Elden Ring Bestial Vitality
5 HP per second for 120 seconds totals up to 600 HP!



How do you get the Vyke’s Dragonbolt?

Vyke’s Dragonbolt is a very commonly sought-after incantation that, oddly enough, increases your maximum equipment load along with buffing your weapon with red lightning. The incantation can be obtained from defeating Roundtable Knight Vyke, who is encountered in the Lord Contender’s Evergaol (Mountaintop of the Giants, towards the southwest bank of the frozen lake) under the alias “Festering Fingerprint Vyke.”

How do you get the Ruins Greatsword?

The Ruins Greatsword is one of the nine legendary armaments in Elden Ring which is obtained after defeating the dual boss fight featuring a Misbegotten Warrior and a Crucible Knight in the Redmane Plaza.

How do you get the Lord of Blood’s Exultation?

The Lord of Blood’s Exultation Talisman requires navigating through the labyrinth. You can reach this underground maze from the Avenue Balcony Site of Grace, from which you should go down and towards the left until you come across a well. Once in the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds, you will need to make your way to the Leyndell Catacombs, where, after unlocking the giant boss door, you will encounter Esgar, Priest of Blood. Defeating this formidable opponent will drop you the Lord of Blood’s Exultation.

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