Not only are Katanas one of the slickest looking weapons in Elden Ring, but they’re also apparently the most popular weapon in the game. According to a survey put out by Frontline Gaming Japan, they asked 1700 players of varying skill types, build types, and hours played what they’ve been focusing on. Since the increase of players prioritizing dexterity over strength, it doesn’t come as a surprise to see that Katanas are more popular than ever.
While players may have a whole new world to explore, it seems as if the gameplay of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice still resonates strongly, as they will be able to take the skills they learned from this title, and apply them to an open-world setting.
As you navigate the world of Elden Ring, you’ll be challenged not only by enemies but environments, as well. Having these extra points in Dexterity will allow you to navigate the world easier, making sure that you won’t die from a single fall from a high place.
Since there are many benefits to prioritizing Dexterity, many players seemed to have gravitated to the Katana as their weapon of choice for this new adventure. There are quite a few reasons as to why, since the Katana has a much larger range than a standard sword, you’ll be able to deliver devastating attacks quickly and with precision, and let’s face it, Samurai are cool. Who wouldn’t want to find some of the best weapons in the game, and not put them to use?
With certain weapons like the Nagakiba Katana, you’ll also be able to put a fair amount of distance between yourself and your enemies, as well as having one of the most powerful swords that the game has to offer. In a game that will consistently push you to your limits, it’s always nice to have a little bit of an unfair advantage. This will also come as a huge advantage when you’re facing off against player characters in PVP, as you’ll be able to keep the pressure on them as they try to find out how to avoid your attacks.
Finding out your best playstyle and strategy is key to surviving in the world of Elden Ring, so if you’ve been struggling with your current character choices, it may not hurt to switch things up and try out what other players are considering to be the best weapon type in the game.
Elden Ring is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.