Elden Ring Attribute Scaling and Bonus Weapon Damage Guide

Just like any other role-playing game, Elden Ring requires its players to familiarize themselves with how weapon scaling works in...

Just like any other role-playing game, Elden Ring requires its players to familiarize themselves with how weapon scaling works in order to make the best out of their characters. Weapon Scaling in Elden Ring will help enhance the damage of weapons which is necessary against higher-level enemies.

How Attribute Scaling For Weapons Works in Elden Ring

While using any of the attributes out of Strength, Dexterity, or Faith, you can easily convert their stats into damage. If you are worried about how weapon scaling works in Elden Ring, just read this guide till the end to find some useful information.

For example, a Katana in Elden Ring, such as an Uchigatana, primarily focuses on Strength and Dexterity, with its stats showing 115+18 attack power (base form).

The 115 section of the attack power attribute is non-changeable. You can even try to upgrade it at an anvil or blacksmith, but the results will be the same number.

However, we can’t say the same about the +18 section of the attack power attribute. This section is a bonus attribute, and below it is your Attribute Scaling section that deals with the Strength, Dexterity, Arcane, and Faith of a weapon.

The Attribute Scaling of the Uchigatana has a D-Grade in both Strength and Dexterity. This depicts that Strength and Dexterity are linked to bonus damage.

Scaling helps us to enhance the damage that these attributes will cause by going to Sites of Grace. This means that it will make some adjustments to Uchigatana.

For example, it can convert Dexterity from D-grade to C-grade. So, the damage caused due to Dexterity increases with scaling.

Scaling is divided into different ranks such as S, A, B, C, D, E, where S is the best and the worth decreases as you go down the rank towards E.

From a general point of view, the ranks D and E are probably the worst ranks for a starter weapon. Therefore, it’s necessary to upgrade the attributes your weapon is currently on.

Upgrading the weapon will cause the damage to increase from +18 to +20, thus enhancing your power through scaling.

Just keep leveling up the attribute to create a large effect. Keep in mind that you should choose the scaling according to your gameplay. For example, if you are good at Strength, then scale the weapon to A grade strength to utilize it in the best way and ace the game.

How To Improve Weapon Scaling

There are several possible ways to improve and change your weapon Scaling in Elding Ring.

Using Blacksmiths

You can upgrade your weapon scaling via blacksmiths. Considering a weapon such as a Nagakiba sword, to level it with the help of a Smithing Stone, you’ll see an increase in its base damage along with its attribute scaling.

This occurs due to the upgrade in your weapon. Once you upgrade a weapon, your attribute scaling automatically improves using a Smithing Stone.

Occasionally, upgrading your weapon will improve the rank associated with your weapon’s Strength and Dexterity.

Using Ashes of War and Affinities

Changing your Attribute Rank will surely help you build a stronger weapon. This can be done by visiting a Site of Grace and then selecting an Ash of War from the menu.

For example, another Katana such as Nagakiba, which primarily focuses on Strength and Dexterity, can have its Ash of Wars altered.

Simply apply different Ashes of Wars to the weapon until you find the most suitable one.

Next step is the Affinity menu, and these affinities will alter the rank of your weapon in the Attribute Scaling section.

Affinities are distributed into their own types ranging from Heavy to Blood.

  • Keen: increases Dexterity scaling.
  • Heavy: increases Strength scaling.
  • Quality: Stabilizes both Strength and Dexterity scaling,
  • Standard: doesn’t apply any affinity.
  • Blood: includes arcane scaling.

Using the Heavy Affinity for the Nagakiba weapon will increase its Strength from the attribute scaling section resulting in an improvement in its rank.

This is hand down the best method to improve your weapon’s Attribute Scaling in Elden Ring.

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