Elden Ring is full of all types of builds, and even if you choose a specific class, you aren’t locked into it for the whole game. You can reallocate later on, but what if you want to get into Magic very early on when you don’t have access to Rennala?
To use Magic as a Samurai, you are going to have to find a good Staff or Sacred Seal, as many Sorceries and Incantations as you can, increase Attributes needed for Magic, find armor that boosts Magic, and reallocate Attributes to best fit your build later on. All of these are necessary if you want to have a good Magic build while playing as Samurai.
When you create a class, you aren’t locked into that specific class. You do have to deal with it in the beginning, but you can change your class around to whatever you want later on. The downside is, the starting stats will stay the same no matter what so you could be getting fewer points in the necessary Attribute slots.
How can you use Magic as Samurai?
As we said before, you aren’t locked into a specific class your whole playthrough. You can change it later on, but you only can drop your attributes to your class’s starting attributes. This means that you will have fewer points to put into another attribute slot. The best thing to do is mix Melee with Magic to best fit with the Samurai class.
If you are relatively early on in your playthrough, maybe consider making a new character so you don’t have to have that debuff by having starting attributes in odd spots. If you want to go full Magic, then you should definitely create a new character. If you want a mixed build, then stick with Samurai.
Here are the 5 main ways you can use Magic as a Samurai:
1. Find yourself a good Staff or Sacred Seal
There are a ton of good Staffs and Sacred Seals to find in the game and it is up to you which one you want to use. Early on, you probably want to use whatever you can get, but it does matter once you start getting different Spells and Incantations. Some Staffs and Sacred Seals boost certain things and it can be hard to fully say what is the best for each one.
If you do find a good Magic weapon, make sure to check it out and read what it does. You should also check out what attributes you need for it and see what it boosts for Magic items. Everything you find can be useful in some way.
2. Find yourself as many Sorceries or Incantations
There are over 200 different Sorceries and Incantations that you can find and obviously, there are Staffs and Sacred Seals that boost certain ones. They are spread over the entire world so it can be confusing where the good ones are, but there are a lot of good ones to find. Rock Sling is by far our favorite spell to have and it homes in on any target you are fighting.
If you do choose a specific Sorcery or Incantation, make sure that the weapon used to activate them boosts the specific ones you have equipped. It can be a little confusing at first, but once you figure out what to use, you can base your build around that. Just make sure you have the correct levels for it.
3. Increase the needed Attributes for Magic
There are really 3 Attributes you need to upgrade Magic spells. There is Faith, Intelligence, and Arcane. Each one is important in its own way and the game will give you all the information needed to wield every single one in the game. If you don’t know about specific sorcery, look it up on a wiki to see exactly what to do with it.
Faith is usually for Incantations, Intelligence is usually for Sorceries, and Arcane is used a little for both Sorceries and Incantations. Obviously, Samurai doesn’t have many Attributes in those three, so determine what you want to use and upgrade accordingly.
- Faith – Attribute required to perform sacred Incantations. Also boosts the magic power of faith-scaling Incantations.
- Intelligence – Attribute required to perform Glintstone sorceries. Also boosts the magic power of intelligence-scaling Sorceries and improves Magic Resistance.
- Arcane – Attribute governing Discovery. Also affects Holy Defense, Vitality, and certain Sorceries and Incantations.
4. Find armor that boosts Magic
There are a ton of armor types that actually boost Magic damage. Certain armor sets will actually boost specific sorcery types so you really need to read what each one does for you. There is some really weird-looking armor sets that you can get later on that give you a ton of Magic boosts. Just make sure you take advantage of any buff that you can get to maximize damage.
You don’t necessarily have to use armor sets to boost damage, but it does help. If you have a mixed build with melee as well, it is probably not a good idea to have limited armor because you still need to get closer to your enemies.
5. Reallocate your attributes for more Magic damage
Once you get to Lurnia of the Lakes, you can go to the Academy. This is a place full of Wizards that can easily defeat you, but if you can get through it and defeat Rennala, then you have the option to reallocate your attributes. You can do it once you get a Larval Tear and you can build an entirely new Magic build if you want to.
Keep in mind that the starting stats for the Samurai will limit certain attributes because you start with a pretty high Dexterity stat. Just make sure to focus on the stats that the specific Magic weapons will use and you won’t have a hard time at all. Up until you reallocate, you will probably need to use a mixed build, but you can change to a full Magic build later on if you know what you are doing.