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Katanas in Elden Ring — how to use them and where to find them

Katanas in Elden Ring — how to use them and where to find them

Whether you watch too much anime or you’re looking for the best weapon in the Elden Ring that offers a good combination of slash and stab damage, Katanas may be what you’re looking for.

no matter what Ruronie Kenshin Most people who play the Elden Ring will find themselves wielding a katana at some point, even as a spare weapon to inflict some damage. Even as the starting weapon for the Samurai class (the Uchigatana you can easily find in Deathtouched Catacombs in Limgrave), the Katana in the Elden Ring is an ideal slash and stab weapon in that it has a slightly faster move set than its contemporaries. In other sword categories, and many of them, they have the added advantage of providing bleed damage, which can be a huge help in taking down enemies that still have blood on them.

Comparing the pound-per-pound damage output, some of the other sword classes can do more damage, but the Katana class will always be slightly better on paper and in game due to the speed of the set of moves compared to how many. Each attack deals damage. Including the ability to deal both stab and slash damage makes Katanas more useful in more battles, and most Katanas often have specific skills that are often stylish and useful in combat.

Finding a katana may be easy in the beginning, but the following are some of the more difficult and more unique items to find in this weapon class.

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Hand of Malenia: Familiar to all Elden Ring players who have tried 1v1 Malenia, Hand of Malenia can be found after confronting Malenia herself and handing her memories to Enia at the Round Table. Aside from Blade’s noticeably high dexterity requirement 48, the most notable thing in Malenian’s Hand is its weapon skill, Waterbird Dance.

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Meteoric Ore Blade: Whether you want a Meteoric Ore Blade: Meteor Mage build or have the intelligence stats you need to wield it, the Meteoric Ore Blade is the perfect weapon for anyone looking for Katana skills with an aspect of gravity magic. The Meteoric Ore Blade itself can be found in Caelid Waypoint Ruins. Requiring 15 Strength, 14 Agility, and 18 Intellect to wield, Ore Blade is especially useful due to its ability to create gravity wells and pull enemies towards the caster, as well as a unique heavy downward slash that staggers most enemies.

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Nagakiba: The longest of the katanas, the boy Nagakiba is a long katana with a base bleed damage of 45 that can be enhanced with Ashes of War. Aside from the Bloodloss Buildup, Nagakiba is also known for his powerful knockback attacks that cover more range due to the size of his blade. In addition to requiring 18 Strength and 22 Dexterity, Nagakiba itself can be obtained via Bloody Finger Hunter Yura’s questline.

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Rivers of Blood: Everyone knows Katana. Rivers of Blood is a Bloodloss expert Katana that handles 52 Bloodloss build-up and uses the Corpse Piler, a blood slinging technique. In addition to the 12 strengths, 18 agility and 20 arcane requirements, potential users of the River of Blood will have to face off against Bloody Finger Okinawa.