Elden Ring Vagabond Class Guide: Starting Equipment, Stats, Tips

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Elden Ring features ten classes that the player can choose from. Each class is different from the others and provides various advantages. Plus, the variety means that players of all playstyles can get a chance to shine. Whether you’re a fan of using ranged characters or melee, Elden Ring has got it all. Today, we will be taking a look at the Vagabond and discussing its stats, items, and how you should play.

This beginners guide will cover everything you need to know about the Vagabond class and how to build it. Since many new players are playing Elden Ring, we will explain each step in-depth and ensure that you master this class. With that said, let’s dive right in and take a look at the beginner’s guide for Vagabond in Elden Ring.

Vagabond Class Beginner’s Guide in Elden Ring

Elden Ring Vagabond Class | Complete Beginner's Guide

The Vagabond is the first class you’ll see in Elden Ring, which is selected by default. If you’ve played any of the Dark Souls games, you will notice that this class resembles the knight. It is even described as “A knight exiled from their homeland to wander. A solid, armor-clad origin.” by the game.

This class is highly beginner-friendly as it offers decent stats and a good choice of weapons from the start. The main focus while playing this class should be to use your shield for blocking or parrying while using either a heavy weapon or a longsword.

Starting Equipment

Elden Ring Vagabond Class | Complete Beginner's Guide

You start out with the following weapons:

  • Longsword
  • Halberd
  • Heater Sheild

On top of that, your armor set is quite strong as well, especially in the early game – albeit a bit heavy. Here’s what you will be wearing in terms of armor at the start of the game:

  • Vagabond Knight Helm
  • Vagabond Knight Armor
  • Vagabond Knight Gauntlets
  • Vagabond Knight Greaves

You will also have the Memory of Grace which allows players to lose all runes and return to the last site of lost grace. Keep in mind that this item is available for all starting classes. There is another choice that all classes get, called Keepsake. We won’t get into detail about that but getting the Golden Seed is the optimal choice for almost any class.

Once you enter the world of Elden Ring, you will notice that your rolls are pretty slow. Since you have so much weight load, your rolls are known as “fat rolls” or “heavy rolls.” To avoid this, we highly suggest that you remove the Halberd from your equipment inventory. Doing so will put you at a medium load and allow you to roll quicker.


Elden Ring Vagabond Class | Complete Beginner's Guide

As for the stats, the Vagabond starts at level 9 and has the highest Vigor in the game. Having increased Vigor means that your HP will increase. Your Strength is also relatively high, allowing you to deal decent damage and lift heavy weapons. Plus, you also have a Dexterity of 13, which is a nice stat to have.

  • Level – 9
  • Vigor – 15
  • Dexterity – 13
  • Mind – 10
  • Intelligence – 9
  • Endurance – 11
  • Faith – 9
  • Strength – 14
  • Arcane – 7

As you would have probably figured out, you should primarily focus on Vigor, Strength, and Endurance with this class. This will allow you to have high HP, decent stamina, and deal good damage. Not only will you be allowed to make more mistakes as your health will be higher, but you will also punish enemies as well, thanks to your damage.

Here is a quick stat breakdown in case you didn’t know what each stat does:

VigorDetermines the overall HP of your character. This stat also affects your fire resistance and immunity as well.
DexterityThis boosts the attack power of dexterity-scaling armaments, reduces the casting time of Spells, softens your fall damage, and makes it difficult to be knocked off your horse. It also allows you to wield Dexterity-based Armaments.
MindMind is related to your character’s FP. Having high points in this stat means that you will have high FP and can cast more spells.
Intelligence Attribute required to perform glintstone sorceries. It boosts the magic power of Intelligence-scaling Sorceries and improves Magic Resistance.
EnduranceThe more Endurance you have, the more stamina your character will have. This allows you to attack more and dodge more as well. Plus, Endurance also affects the equip load of your character as well.
FaithFaith is required to cast incantations. It also boosts your magic power as well.
Strength This stat allows you to wield Strength-based Armaments and determine how much damage you deal with them. It also boosts your Physical Defense.
ArcaneHaving high Arcane means that you will discover more items when you kill enemies. It also raises your defense against holy damage.

The stats shown in the picture above are experimental as this is my first playthrough. Although, I feel like these are good as I am not having issues with any bosses so far. I would love to know what stats you prefer and which class you’re using.

Vagabond Tips For Beginners

Elden Ring Vagabond Class | Complete Beginner's Guide

Now that you are familiar with the basic stats and equipment of the Vagabond let’s take a look at how you should use him. Since this is a physical damage-based build, you should use a Grace Site to allocate FP flasks to HP flasks. Since you won’t be using any spells, FP is useless for you. The only way it comes in handy is when you want to do a summoning before a boss fight. You’ll have enough FP to summon, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Elden Ring Vagabond Class | Complete Beginner's Guide

While you can dual wield weapons, we suggest using a sword and a shield. This will allow you to use one of the best combat features in Elden Ring – the Guard Counter. If you successfully guard an attack by holding R1 (block button on your respective platform), press R2 (heavy attack), and you will do a counter. You’ll hear a sound and see a white outline around your character if you do this successfully. This attack allows you to stagger most enemies and deal a good amount of damage while keeping your guard up.

Plus, the shield you start out with – Heater Shield – is pretty good. You can upgrade it to +1, and it will block 100 Physical Damage. Just keep an eye on your Stamina meter, though. If you keep blocking, you will run out of stamina and be vulnerable to damage. If you feel confident, you can even start parrying enemies and land a critical strike on them to deal additional damage.

That’s everything you need to know about the Vagabond class in Elden Ring. We will be covering all the classes, so if your favorite class hasn’t been covered yet, let us know in the comments below. How is your experience with Elden Ring so far? Are you having fun with the game? Let us know in the comments!

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