Best PvP Builds in Elden Ring

Player killing at its finest.

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PvP has been a staple of all of the FromSoftware games. With the advent and subsequent popularity of Dark Souls, PvP has become just as crucial as PvE, with a lot of the older games’ population still thriving on an active PvP player base despite long since finishing the game’s story.

As such, Elden Ring has taken the classic invasion PvP concept of the previous games and polished it even further in FromSoftware’s latest installment of the games. This refined version allows players to tune the invasion system further so they do not have to worry about getting attacked during a difficult mission or area.

Many of these invaders (or the player themselves) end up utilizing special builds to make PvP as smooth as possible for them. Some builds focus on dealing heavy damage while others specialize in inflicting status effects like Bleed, Poison, Scarlet Rot, Frost, and Madness. On the magic front, sorceries can do heavy damage via Intelligence builds while incantations do the same through Faith.

Each of these builds will be detailed based on the primary stat of the build and the best possible choice for each stat. We will start off with the best Strength build.

Strength – The Guts Strength build

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Build Stats

Level: 131

Vigor: 38

Mind: 14

Endurance: 38

Strength: 78

Dexterity: 18

Intelligence: 19

Faith: 18

Arcane: 11

Recommended Gear

Weapon: 2x Heavy Greatsword, Clawmark Seal

Armor: Any, maintain medium equip load

Talisman: Any attack boosting charm

Spells

Ash of War: Royal Knight’s Resolve

Sorceries: N/A

Incantations: Flame, Grant Me Strength, Golden Vow

Based on the classic manga Berserk from the 80s, written by the late, legendary manga artist, Kentarou Miura, this Strength build takes inspiration from its main character Guts. This build is based on greatswords and is extremely focused on destroying targets as quickly as possible, often with one shot.

This build involves buffing oneself with Flame, Grant Me Strength, and Golden Vow while using Royal Knight’s Resolve via the greatswords to do a huge burst of heavy damage. This is further amplified by the fact that there are two greatswords attacking in succession. If the first hit doesn’t kill the invader (or victim), the second definitely will.

Dexterity – Master of the Blade build

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Build Stats

Level: 150

Vigor: 60

Mind: 20

Endurance: 27

Strength: 18

Dexterity: 80

Intelligence: 9

Faith: 14

Arcane: 9

Recommended Gear

Weapon: Hand of Malenia, 2x Keen Nagakiba, any infusible shield

Armor: Any, maintain medium equip load

Talisman: Rotten Winged Sword Insignia, Millicent’s Prosthesis

Spells

Ash of War: Bloodhound Step

Sorceries: N/A

Incantations: N/A

The way this build works is to infuse the shield with Bloodhound’s Step for defensive purposes while the Nagakiba are infused with Hoarfrost Stomp and Seppuku each. Primarily, using buffed katanas would naturally proc bleed on attack, with Hoarfrost Stomp providing a solid stagger for this build as well.

The main meat of this build comes from the Rotten Winged Sword Insignia and Millicent’s Prosthesis in combination with each other. This will ensure that consecutive hits will do more damage over time, including adding in bleed procs with each attack. This will make sure no invaders leave alive, or at the very least, will dishonorably retreat.

Intelligence – Snow Witch build

Build Stats

Level: 150

Vigor: 40

Mind: 36

Endurance: 20

Strength: 12

Dexterity: 18

Intelligence: 80

Faith: 14

Arcane: 9

Recommended Gear

Weapon: Moonveil, Carian Regal Scepter

Armor: Snow Witch set (Important!)

Talisman: Graven-Mass Talisman, Erdtree’s Favor

Spells

Ash of War: N/A

Sorceries: Comet Azur, Adula’s Moonblade, Stars of Ruin, Cannon of Hama, Ranni’s Dark Moon

Incantations: N/A

This build focuses on pure sorcery power. Even though this is a PvP build, its utility in PvE cannot be ignored. Comet Azur is quite possibly the most overpowered sorcery in the game, just shredding bosses and Tarnished alike. If used in PvP, however, the slow start-up time of this spell can be its downfall, as it is easy to avoid for experienced players who can see it coming. In PvE, the only drawback is the massive FP sustain needs, which can be taken care of with a certain wondrous physick.

As far as the PvP aspect goes, Moonveil is quite possibly the best katana in the game, with its special ability, launching a slash of pure glintstone magic that ignores armor entirely, making for a great invader killer. In PvE, this katana shreds bosses with the same finesse as it does other Tarnished. With the Graven-Mass Talisman boosting all sorcery damage, this build is an all-around favorite of players everywhere.

Faith – Sith Lord build

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Build Stats

Level: 130

Vigor: 44

Mind: 30

Endurance: 25

Strength: 25

Dexterity: 35

Intelligence: 10

Faith: 50

Arcane: 10

Recommended Gear

Weapon: Twinblade, Finger Seal

Armor: Confessor Hood, Night’s Cavalry Armor, Preceptor Gloves, Preceptor Boots

Talisman: Assassin’s Crimson Dagger, Two Fingers Heirloom, Marika’s Soreseal

Spells

Ash of War: Bloodhound’s Step

Sorceries: N/A

Incantations: Vyke’s Dragonbolt, Ancient Dragons’ Lightning Strike, Ancient Dragons’ Lightning Spear, Lansseax’s Glaive

More than just a cosplay build, the Sith Lord build decimates players with the staggering power of Faith and its primary incantations, Ancient Dragons’ Lightning Strike and Ancient Dragons’ Lightning Spear. These spells used in conjunction with the Twinblade buffed with Vyke’s Dragonbolt, make this Sith Lord look complete with its armor pieces.

In PvP, this build essentially lets you run into enemies after buffing up with Vyke’s Dragonbolt, spamming Bloodhound’s Step to close the gap while staying on them and attacking with the Twinblade. Whenever an opening presents itself, any of the three lightning incantations will decimate whatever is leftover from the invader’s HP.

Arcane – Sanguine Samurai build

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Build Stats

Level: 150

Vigor: 50

Mind: 30

Endurance: 18

Strength: 12

Dexterity: 48

Intelligence: 9

Faith: 15

Arcane: 50

Recommended Gear

Weapon: Rivers of Blood

Armor: White Mask, any other armor that maintains medium equip load

Talisman: Lord of Blood’s Exultation, Rotten Winged Sword Insignia, Carian Filigreed Crest, Shard of Alexander

Spells

Ash of War: N/A

Sorceries: N/A

Incantations: N/A

Not much to say about this build, every Elden Ring player knows by now how overpowered Rivers of Blood is. Apart from the innate bleed effect of its katana status, its Corpse Piler ability just further embodies the bloody nature of this weapon. Causing rapid blood loss once an enemy is caught in its combo, there is very little they can do except bleed out.

Add to this, the White Mask combined with the Lord of Blood’s Exultation buffs damage and attack rating every time bleed procs, while the Rotten Winged Sword Insignia buffs each hit with more damage, including the six from Corpse Piler. The Carian Filigreed Crest and Shard of Alexander make sure that the FP costs and damage of the spell stay up to par till the endgame.