There are 8 total stats in Elden Ring that you can level up using Runes. Each stat offers different benefits to your character that you can use to excel in combat. The Dex/Int stat allows you to use powerful Sorcercies and other Dex and Int-based weapons. That is why this guide will show you the best Dex/Int build in Elden Ring.
The primary classes that scale best with Dex/Int are Prisoner, Samurai, and Wretch (since you can evenly distribute stats in the latter class). So, if you are planning to do a new playthrough with one of these classes and looking to go for a Dex/Int build, this guide is perfect for you!
Dex/Int Build in Elden Ring
As aforementioned, the Dex/Int build allows you to cast various Sorceries that you find across the map. There are tons of Sorcery types, each with its own benefits and negatives. In this guide, we will take about all the best things that you can use in your Dex/Int build.
With that said, though, I still suggest that you try out other items and experiment with what suits your playstyle. Elden Ring offers a lot of freedom which is a good thing. So, make sure that you try out different weapons, items, and gear to find the perfect one for yourself.
Here is a brief rundown of what you can expect in the Dex/Int build:
|Armor Sets||Talisman||Sorceries||Weapons||Spirit Ashes|
|Raya Lucarian Sorcerer Set, Spellblade Set, and Black Knife Set||Erdtree’s Favor, Graven Mass Talisman, Radagon Icon, and Shard of Alexander.||Comet Azur, Carian Slicer, Carian Phalanx, Loretta’s Great Bow, Swift Glintstone Shard, and Founding Rain of Stars.||Moonveil Katana, Lusat’s Glintstone Staff, Meteorite Staff, Prince of Death’s Staff, and Astrologer’s Staff.||Lhutel the Headless, Night Maiden and Swordtress, Skeletal Militiaman Ashes, and Omenkiller Rollo.|
Which Stat to Level Up?
Before we take about the gear, let’s take a look at which stats are worth putting points in and which to avoid. Since this build uses a lot of Intelligence and Dexterity, you need to prioritize both of these stats as much as possible.
Here is a rundown of the stats that are going to be beneficial for you:
- Intelligence: This is your primary magic stat, so give preference to this the most as it further boosts your spells’ capabilities and even complements any magic scaling Ashes of War.
- Endurance: As you stay behind and cast away you will be consuming stamina as well, so upgrade this stat to give yourself enough stamina to deal magic and dodge away when danger is near. 15 to 20 levels are more than enough.
- Vigor: Level this enough so that you can take a major hit or two especially one-shot attacks, again your goal is staying out of enemy range so more health will ultimately be wasted levels as you won’t be needing it.
- Mind: This will increase your FP bar, giving you more resources to cast spells and consume flasks efficiently.
- Dexterity: This stat should be leveled up as much as you can. Having more dex will lead to lesser casting speeds and will allow you to wield stronger weapons.
When it comes to Armor in Elden Ring, you do not have to put a lot of stock in specific sets and their unique bonuses. Instead, you can mix and match various sets to make the most out of the weight, stats, and protection. While some of the items won’t look good on your character, you’ll have to still use them.
It’s not worth getting a set that gives you a measly +3 Dex/Int stat if the result is a lack of protection from attacks. In that regard, there are only a few armor sets that you can use viably for a Dex/Int build.
I have suggested a few armor sets that you can use throughout the game. It depends on your playstyle and requirement to see which one suits you most and which one you’ll want to level up.
Raya Lucarian Sorcerer Set
During the early stages of the game, you will come across a dungeon called Raya Lucaria Academy. Here, you will encounter many sorcerer enemies that have a mask and cool robes as their attire. Luckily, you can get this outfit for yourself as well.
The best part is that it works well with your INT build if you want to focus more on that part of the build. The Raya Lucarian Sorcerer Set is a lightweight armor that caters to Intelligence characters, offering light Physical and moderate Magical defense.
This armor provides your character with protection and different resistance against all types of damage and negative status effects.
Moving on to the Spellblade Set, it offers great stats and looks amazing as well. If you have played the game a bit, you’ll notice that this outfit is worn by Rogier which can be found in the Roundtable Hold. He drops this after he passes away so you can just pick it up at that point without any worries.
Keep in mind that this outfit does not boost the damage of your sorceries. Instead, it only boosts the effects of your Ashes of War. So, if you plan to use a melee weapon like the Moonveil Katana, this is a good outfit to have. Despite what the in-game description set says, it increases the damage of Magic dealing ashes of war/skills by 2% per piece.
Black Knife Set
While a lot of sets fluctuate between either great physical or magical damage reduction, few manage to do both at the same time. The Black Knife Set offers decent damage reduction which is always welcomed. However, it doesn’t offer the best protection but since you’re getting the best of both worlds, it should be alright.
If you want to use ranged magic spells and melee attacks, this is the set for you. Plus, it also looks amazing and has an effect that stops enemies from hearing you while sneaking. So, you can easily backstab enemies since they won’t be able to hear you.
Talismans play a massive role in all types of builds. That is why Elden Ring is completely filled with different types of them. There are so many Talismans that you can find across the map that it can be quite overwhelming for a newer player.
However, there are a few that will help you take your Dex/Int build to the next level. So, make sure that you get the ones we’ve mentioned below to make the most out of your build.
While playing a Dex/Int build, you will often find yourself having issues with your total equipment load, HP, and Stamina. Since you won’t be directly applying points into Vigor or Strength, having this talisman allows you to have increased stats.
While this might not sound like a big deal, it actually makes a lot of difference. Since you need all the HP, Endurance, and equipment load you can get, make sure that you equip this talisman. There are three variants of it (normal, +1, and +2). If you can get your hands on the +2 variant, make sure that you equip it.
Graven Mass Talisman
You can also try out the Graven Mass Talisman as well. This is a great option since it raises the potency of all your sorceries. This is great for dealing additional damage or healing yourself if needed. The best part is that it greatly increases the potency which means that all your spells will deal tons of damage.
Combine this with the next talisman and your charged attacks will almost one shot enemies without any issues.
Playing as a caster in Elden Ring has a lot of pros. However, the biggest flaw is that your character is often left open to attacks. Since your character is somewhat squishy in this build, you will often find yourself dying while casting a spell near an enemy.
To prevent situations where the long casting times of spells cause your death, you need to equip the Radagon Icon. This Talisman allows you to greatly reduce the cast time of your spells. It comes in handy when the boss is running toward you while you are stuck in a casting animation.
Shard of Alexander
Shard of Alexander can be obtained by completing the quest of Alexander at Crumbling Farum Azula. It greatly boosts the damage of your skills by 15%, which is a massive amount. This falls perfectly in line with your Moonveil Katana since you will be using its skills most of the time.
If you are leveling up your INT stat in Elden Ring, Sorceries are extremely vital as they will allow you to make the most out of your build. There are tons of spells in the game that you can use. Some of them allow you to buff your character, heal yourself, or deal damage to enemies.
Since there are a lot of options to choose from, we have mentioned some of the best ones. I would suggest that you check out other Sorceries as well to see if they suit your style or not. Otherwise, going for the ones mentioned will give you guaranteed results.
Starting with the most popular sorcery in the game – Comet Azur. This is not only one of the strongest spells buts it’s downright broken at times. While it has been nerfed now and players have learned how to counter it, this spell was a menace when Elden Ring initially came out.
To use it, you must require a hefty amount of stats but the damage it dishes out is insane. You fire a laser from your staff in a straight line that deals damage to anything it hits. On top of that, it has a long range which makes it harder for the enemy to dodge.
If you use this against bosses, you can quickly shred through their HP without a second thought. Some bosses are so easy due to this that you won’t even feel a challenge against them.
The Carian Slicer is a short and simple spell. It allows you to use your staff to slice in front of you like a sword. It deals a decent amount of damage but its main purpose is to force the enemy to reposition. If you are using this against bosses, then I suggest that you wait for a good moment and then use it.
Certain bosses can be hit with this spell a lot while they are either charging or just finished an attack. However, make sure that you only use it if you get a chance. Since you have to get close to the enemy, you are leaving yourself open.
The Carian Phalanx is a great spell that has multiple uses. For starters, you can cast it and run toward the enemy in PvP to force them to back off. This forces them to stop attacking you and roll through all the daggers. Meanwhile, you can run at them at full force and swing your sword if you are carrying it.
Otherwise, you can use it as a defensive spell as well. If the enemy gets too close, the daggers will fly toward them and force them to roll away. The best part is that if you use it against bosses or normal enemies, they are bound to get hit with all the daggers since they can’t dodge it easily.
Loretta’s Great Bow
Moving on to a spell that I like a lot but is somewhat tricky to use. Loretta’s Great Bow allows the caster to charge an attack and fire a large magical arrow. While it deals a lot of damage and can take out even the strongest enemies at full charge, it is difficult to hit.
In PvP, the players will almost always dodge it since this attack can be easily telegraphed. Plus, you need to charge for quite a bit for it to fully become active. During that time, you are extremely vulnerable and the enemy can charge toward you.
Swift Glintstone Shard
The Swift Glintstone Shard is a simple spell that is good for the earlier stages of the game. It causes your character to fire a single bolt of magical projectile that goes in a straight line. While it doesn’t deal a lot of damage, the casting time is extremely low.
Plus, it doesn’t consume a lot of FP either so you can potentially spam it on weaker enemies or even bosses to reduce their HP. Since it is a quick attack, you can use it and immediately run away if the boss is charging toward you.
Founding Rain of Stars
This spell not only looks pretty but also deals a lot of damage. If you use it in PvP, the enemy will be forced to reposition and attack from a different angle. When you cast it, the attack takes a few seconds to come raining down. However, if you use it against bosses, they will often take all the damage since they do not roll away.
Thanks to its high area of effect damage, you can take care of enemies that are in groups without any worries.
Moving on to the weapons, having the right sword is extremely important for Dex/Int build. While you can rely on your Sorceries to do the heavy lifting, having a good sword goes a long way. The good news is that you can use both your Sorceries and armaments to fight enemies.
The Moonveil katana is one of my favorite weapons in Elden Ring. It does a mix of magical and physical damage with every hit. Plus, it also has the bleed effect which is always a welcomed addition. On top of that, its skill – Transient Moonlight – is extremely effective against a lot of enemies in the game.
When you use it, your character will fire a straight wave while unsheathing the katana. This can be used to force the enemy to either dodge and be vulnerable or take the damage in PvP. With all these effects, bleeding takes the backseat with this weapon.
This weapon should be ideal for a Dex/Int build but you can try a few more swords as well if you want to try out different weapons. Otherwise, I highly suggest sticking with the Moonveil as it has great stats and works wonders with this build.
Lusat’s Glintstone Staff
Found after killing Nox Swordstress & Nox Priest boss. This staff is a weird one. The initial Intelligence requirement is huge, and it is upgraded with Somber Stones. Also, it has another doozy, it costs 50% more FP to cast each spell with this staff on the contrary the damage output is greater too.
This staff is recommended for players that prefer to keep higher FP flasks and have massive Mind investment, or if you are rocking Cerulean Hidden Tear talisman that eliminates all FP consumption for some time to truly take advantage of that enhanced damage without the downside of the FP running out early.
Found in the Caelid Region, this staff is the best thing your mage can find early on, you can beeline to it right from the beginning of the game without any fight. It has the best Intelligence (S) and Sorcery Scaling (248) that you can get at the start of the game and can carry you through much of the journey. Also, if you are fond of using gravity sorcery like Rock Sling then this staff can be in the S-tier for you.
Mind you, this staff cannot be upgraded at any smith so there is a point where other staves will overtake this when they are upgraded enough. Though this staff can be your backup choice until you are collecting all the necessary resources to upgrade your main staff.
Prince of Death’s Staff
Prince of Death’s Staff is a Glintstone Staff in Elden Ring. The Prince of Death’s Staff scales primarily with Intelligence and Faith and is a good weapon for death sorceries. This staff has good scaling with E in STR, D in INT, and D in Faith. If you are someone who uses a lot of Dark Sorceries, then this weapon is ideal for you as it boosts that effect.
You can get this staff in the Deeproot Depths by making your way across the map and finding it in a tower when you are climbing the large roots. One of the good parts about this staff is that it is light in weight so you don’t have to worry about having a heavy load.
The Astrologer’s Staff is a sleeper hit in Elden Ring. This is the starting staff of the Astrologer class, which can be underestimated very easily considering it a starting weapon. But as you upgrade it, it will show you that in terms of sheer numbers and stats, this staff is second to the Academy staff mentioned before. So pump this bad boy at the smiths and bask in the glory of this mighty humble staff.
Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring are a great tool in your arsenal. They assist you in combat by either tanking damage or applying debuffs to enemies. The good thing is that you can summon Spirit Ashes against bosses and against groups of enemies as well.
While some players say that this makes the game easy, it is your choice if you want to use them or not. I’d suggest using them if you are a new player to the game
Lhutel the Headless
This is a Legendary Spirit and Summon in Elden Ring. When used, it summons an allied spirit version of an unmounted Mausoleum Knight. Lhutel will periodically teleport while in combat, allowing her to move around quickly, avoid being surrounded by enemies, and avoid large area-of-effect attacks from enemies.
Also, the strikes from her lance cause a buildup of the death blight status on her target. Unfortunately, the vast majority of enemies found in Elden Ring are immune to death blight.
Her heavy armor, great shield, teleportation ability, a mix of melee and ranged attacks, and immunity against all status effects allow her to work well alongside a variety of player builds as a “tank” or damage dealer.
However, due to her teleporting around the area, the enemies might stop attacking her and start focusing on her instead.
Night Maiden and Swordtress
When summoned, you will call upon 2 spirits that wield flowing weapons. The good news is that you summon 2 sisters each with their own HP bars. Both of them deal a lot of damage and can tank quite a few hits before going down.
However, summoning them uses a lot of FP, so make sure that you have FP flasks ready after you call them.
Skeletal Militiaman Ashes
This is a great Spirt Ash in Elden Ring as it allows you to summon the spirits of 2 skeletal militiamen. While the spirits are a bit weak, they will resurrect after dying. Until the enemy properly finishes them off, these skeletons will continue to rise and attack your foe.
This can be great to remove the aggro of bosses from your character. You can run around for a while and wait for the skeletons to rise again. Once they do, attack the boss or enemy while they are distracted by your summons.
Once a famous perfumer, Rollo imbibed a physick to rid himself of emotion, thus enabling him to enact his nightmarish labor, hunting the Omen. This is a strong summon that can cause bleeding damage to the enemy. However, it uses a lot of FP which is a major downside. If you do not level up your Mind stat, you might not be able to summon it.
Dex/Int Build Playstyle
There are two ways in which you can make use of the Dex/Int build – ranged or melee hybrid. If you want to rely on ranged, then make sure that you have all the appropriate Sorceries equipped alongside tons of FP flasks. This will allow you to safely cast magic while having tons of flasks to refill your FP.
Make sure that you stay away from the enemy and roll away whenever they come close. Since you won’t have a lot of HP or Stamina, you’ll probably get one-shot by most mid-late game bosses and enemies. You will have to play slow and only rely on your ranged damage Sorceries.
Alternatively, you can choose to play as a melee/ranged hybrid. In this style, you can use some Sorceries from a distance to deal damage while you close the gap. When the enemy gets up close and personal, you can use your weapon like the Moonveil Katana to slice and dice through them.
I suggest going for the hybrid build since it’s more fun. However, since everyone has their own playstyle, you can choose to go for the ranged build as well. While you won’t have as much fun as with ranged sorceries, it is still a blast to play.
That’s everything you need to know about the best Dex/Int build in Elden Ring. These are great stats to level up if you want to go for a hybrid between magic and melee. The best part is that you can use some of the best Sorceries in the game while using great swords if enemies get too close for comfort.
Do you like using the Dex/Int build? Which stat is your favorite in Elden Ring to level up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!