Best Elden Ring Sword And Shield Build [2024]

I have a vast experience playing Elden Ring and my hours exceed 400+! With that said, here is my best take on the Sword and Shield Build in Elden Ring!

Elden Ring Sword and Shield Build
Elden Ring Sword and Shield Build
About The Author

I have been playing Elden Ring for 7+ months and have uncovered a lot of secrets in the game! With an experience of using different weapons and builds, you can trust my information related to any aspect of Elden Ring!

Sword and shields cover a major portion of the Elden Ring’s arsenal. However, it serves a unique role for the playthrough and aid players with the best gameplay experience. In my early stages of Elden Ring, I found it to be troublesome! Whether you are on a quest or not, enemies are always lurking in the shadows of the open world of Lands Between.

Key Takeaways

  • Sword and Shield Build in Elden Ring focus on Strength, Vigor, and Dexterity. The starting character is Vagabond.
  • Initially, Zweihander is a good sword to have in your arsenal. It scales with Dexterity and Strength and works brilliantly with any shield.
  • As the game progresses, you must get hold of the Starscourge Greatsword. It comes with the gravitational forces of its special skill, the Starcaller Cry.
  • Speaking of Armor, Raging Wolf Set and Beast Champion Set do well with this build. They have defensive abilities and good damage negation.
  • The Dragonclaw Shield makes a great combo with any greatsword, providing a physical guard damage of 100.
  • Stamina recovery is important in Sword and Shield Build, and for that Green Turtle talisman helps a lot. Great Jar’s Arsenal talisman comes in handy to increase the equipment load.

Sword And Shield Build

Here is my comparison table for the Sword and Shield Build:


However, coming prepared with the right stats and arsenal can greatly benefit players to keep a safe side from these enemies. Moreover, it will also ensure success in combat, especially the boss fights. My guide entails all the details you need to know for building the best Elden Ring sword and shield build. With that said, let’s get right into it. 

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If you are going to focus on the single character build to progress in the storyline, there are numerous aspects that you will need to incorporate to build a perfect character.

  1. Choose a Class: Select a Class that aligns with your sword and shield build. In this case, the Vagabond Class is recommended for its focus on Strength, Vigor, and Dexterity.
  2. Initial Stat Allocation: Your character’s initial stats should prioritize Strength, Vigor, and Dexterity. These attributes will enhance your melee combat capabilities, increase HP, and boost damage output.
  3. Endurance: Invest in Endurance as it is crucial for blocking and rolling during combat, which is essential for a sword and shield build in Elden Ring.

Apart from these, the next most important stat that you might want to increase, in my opinion, is Endurance. This is because it covers blocking and rolling during the combat, which is not an exception in the case of the sword and shield build in Elden Ring. 



With a game of infuriatingly huge arsenal of weapons, making the right choice for maximizing the damage output and defense can become overwhelming. However, to make things easy, I advise that you start with any item that you can find early in the game and then progress to obtain the final endgame item to meet the build requirements. 

As for the weapon, you can start with any sword. However, if you really need a perfect entry sword with a shield, then I’d suggest using the Zweihander. Zweihander is a colossal sword that makes up an ideal heavy-weight combat weapon for the builds involving shield. If the heavyweight concerns players, then I’d suggest you consider it for the scaling with Strength and Dexterity. This way, your character will be dishing out huge damage to the enemies and boss fights. 

Elden Ring Zweihander
  1. Zweihander (Starting Weapon):
    • Base Physical Damage: 141
    • Critical Damage: 100 (Instantly kills enemies during Critical Attacks)
    • Cost: 3500 Runes
    • Location: Purchase from the Isolated Merchant in the Weeping Peninsula, west of the area.
  2. Starscourge Greatsword (Endgame Weapon):
    • Requirements: Strength 38, Dexterity 12, Intelligence 15
    • This colossal sword is ideal for the endgame phase.
    • Features the unique skill “Starcaller Cry,” which draws enemies toward you with gravitational force and delivers a powerful slam attack with the Greatsword.
Elden Ring Starscourge Greatsword
Starscourge Greatsword

To obtain the weapon, you will be making a trade with Enia at the Roundtable Hold as a part of the storyline. This means you can only obtain it when you have progressed enough to use the Starscourge Greatsword. Or you can beat the mighty Starscourge Radahn boss to trade the soul for his sword. 


Additionally, you will also need a defensive element like armors to protect the character from potential threats. Survival in the Elden Ring is extremely difficult, but it does not necessarily have to be. For that instance, I would recommend you to obtain Beast Champion Armour to satisfy your defensive needs for the character build. 

Beast Champion set is an aesthetic fashion-soul armor set that not only pleases the defensive side but also adds a unique outlook to the character. The complete set grants a whopping 37.6 Physical and 28 Magic Damage Negation. On the other side, it is dropped by an NPC Knight Bernahl, which is part of the storyline. If you are a completionist player, you might want to complete his questline before making any horrendous move. 

Elden Ring Beast Champion Set
Beast Champion Set
Physical Damage33.5
VS Strike31.5
VS Slash35.5
VS Pierce34.9

As for the early game, you can consider armor sets like Raging Wolf for both fashion and Damage Negation. It goes well with the sword and shield builds with medium weight and 29.3 Physical and 22.1 Magical Damage Negation. 

Raging Wolf Set
Raging Wolf Set
Physical Damage25.9
VS Strike23
VS Slash25.9
VS Pierce24.9


Lastly, you will need a good shield to perform the Parry and get the damaging kill on the enemies. One of the best shields I’ve found for the build is Dragonclaw Shield. It is a Greatshield that combined with the Greatsword will boost your block and Parry attacks on the enemies.

Elden Ring Dragonclaw Shield
Dragonclaw Shield
  1. Dragonclaw Shield:
  2. Shield Usage Tips:
    • Avoid keeping your shield up constantly, as it depletes stamina quickly.
    • Continuous blocking reduces stamina regeneration speed.
    • Learn enemy attack patterns and raise your shield at the right moments for efficient stamina management.

Since you are already putting a value on Strength and Dexterity, it is vital to experiment with different weapons. It includes spears and rapiers, which will be a great help during the tough bosses with clusters of strikes. Using these spears and rapiers will allow you to keep up your shield and still attack the enemy, thus boosting your defenses even further. Apart from that, you can continue with your sword and shield build as you were for the sake of the character playstyle. 


Talismans are items that are dropped by the bosses and unique enemies. These items will contribute a unique effect to the damage and defensive strategies of the players. Considering the painful balancing of the Elden Ring, Talismans can make a huge difference in increasing your chances of survival. As for sword and shield build, you might also want to fill your Talisman slots to gain tactical advantage during the combat for survival and offense. 

The first and most important Talisman is will be Green Turtle Talisman. You are already wearing a heavy load with a huge sword that may hinder your performance by using more Stamina.

To ease that, Green Turtle Talisman will increase the stamina recovery speed. This is a great aid when you are swinging and smashing your Greatsword in boss fights. To obtain the Talisman, all you need to do is to come to Summonwater Village, the northeast side of the Limgrave on the map. 

Elden Ring Green Turtle Talisman
Green Turtle Talisman

Here you will be looking for turtles roaming around underground stairs. You will not be allowed to enter the underground stairs as it requires a Stonesword Key. Upon interacting with the Stonesword Key statue, you will easily gain access to the basement. Take the straight path to the door that you will need to open by interacting. In the room, you will find a chest with the Green Turtle Talisman. 

You will also need Great Jar’s Arsenal Talisman to boost your equipment load. As the name implies, you will be picking up loot and all kinds of items after defeating the bosses and enemies.

Great Jar Talisman will enhance your equipment load to maximize the performance of your character. You can obtain this Talisman by completing the Great Jar questline. You still have the freedom to add more Talismans that fit your character and playthrough requirements. 

Elden Ring Great Jar's Arsenal
Great Jar’s Arsenal

From my personal experience, there are no limits to adding and removing items and accessories from your perfect sword and shield build in Elden Ring. You can include your own choices that meet your playstyle and ease of access early in the game. So make sure to experiment with different equipment and Talismans for the playthrough you want to pursue in Elden Ring.

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