Ambush Shard

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Spell Type Night Sorceries
FP Cost 16 Slots Used 1
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Strikes from behind with projectile fired from distance

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Ambush Shard is a Sorcery in Elden Ring. Ambush Shard spell launches a projectile that strikes enemies from behind.

 

One of the night sorceries of Sellia, Town of Sorcery.

Launches a projectile from a distance removed from the caster, so as to strike the enemy from behind.
This sorcery can be cast repeatedly.

The Sellian sorcerers were assassins, and it is said that they often hunted their fellows.

 

Ambush Shard Location in Elden Ring

Ambush Shard can be found at the following location:

 

Elden Ring Ambush Shard Guide

  • Considered a Night Sorcery.
    • Despite this however, the spells damage is not increased by a Staff of Loss.
  • Stamina Cost: 15
  • Inflicts (Sorcery Scaling x 1.46) magic damage
  • This sorcery shoots a projectile from behind an enemy, making it useful for enemies with shields.
  • Due to the nature of Night Sorceries, enemies will not dodge Ambush Shards.
  • It is a viable strategy to use this against shield-bearing enemies, since the sorcery will always try to strike its target from behind.
  • This is one of a handful of unexpected things whose range is increased from wearing the Arrow's Reach Talisman. 

 

Best Ambush Shard Buffs

Use these Buffs to maximize the performance of the Ambush Shard spell. Note that increases in attack power are multiplicative unless stated otherwise.

Ambush Shard

Buff Description Notes
Graven-Mass Talisman +8% Attack Power Can be used with Graven-School Talisman, and stacks additively with it. 
Graven-School Talisman +4% Attack Power Can be used with Graven-Mass Talisman, and stacks additively with it.  
Lord of Blood's Exultation +20% Attack Power Lasts 20 seconds when a nearby player or enemy is inflicted with blood loss.
Magic Scorpion Charm +12% Attack Power  Increases physical damage taken by 10%.
Magic-Shrouding Cracked Tear +20% Attack Power (+15% PvP) Lasts 3 minutes.
Arrow's Reach Talisman Increases Casting Range ---
Rallying Standard +20% Attack Power Lasts 30 seconds.
Ritual Sword Talisman +10% Attack Power Must be at full health.
Terra Magica +35% Attack Power Lasts 30 seconds.
White Mask +10% Attack Power Lasts 20 seconds when a nearby player or enemy is inflicted with blood loss.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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    • Anonymous

      I was looking forward to having some dynamic casting animations like this one for other sorceries. Makes me sad we've spent the majority of another epic adventure holding up our staff and giving it a little twirl.

      • Anonymous

        Doesn't do whats advertised, blocking enemies can block from behind still because this game is trashy like that

        • Anonymous

          I highly recommend this spell for pure spell PVE players! It’s especially effective at getting at those hard to reach targets, like enemies that hide directly bellow you or above you for it always targets behind them.

          • Anonymous

            in theory, a shieldpierce spell is a pretty cool idea. In practice, blocking seems to have an extremely forgiving hitbox such that the slightest angle deviation (like, oh, i don't know, strafing even a little) will cause this spell to be blocked anyways

            • Anonymous

              Don't sleep on this spell, it is absurdly good especially when you bait them with regular spells so don't expect a spell to come from behind them.

              • Anonymous

                This is really funny to use in invasions with Arrows Reach talisman and Concealing Veil. Find a good spot to hide and annoy the host. The host will often start randomly hitting the air because they think you are just invisible. This also seems to cause some people to just disconnect since they assume there is a network problem or a hacker

                • Anonymous

                  Great for low-level invasions with the Veil talisman and boosting magic damage as much as possible.

                  Make the build a glass cannon. The only viable low-level base vigor invasion build in the game.

                  • Anonymous

                    Reminder that the projectile is based on your positioning, not the enemies. If you cast at an enemy while facing their side profile, it'll come out from the opposite side of their profile and not the back. This means that this spell is a little wonky if you're using it on Torrent since you can move while casting so be mindful of that.

                    • Anonymous

                      The counter of those dragon breath spammer. Just time it right when they use it and those dragon head tarnished will fall to the ground.

                      • Anonymous

                        Great spell in theory. Too bad the blocking angles are ****y and still block, even if the spell is behind them.

                        • Guys, I don't know what you all ar talking about shielded enemies, but I tried it against two different shielded enemies and even if the projectile hit their back while they were shielding, the damage they received was halved than hitting them when they weren't using the shield and the animation was like if they were being attacked on the shield. I will still test in different areas, but for now, it may be bugged against some enemies (?)

                          • Anonymous

                            It's good for enemy invaders/npcs cause they're stupid and won't evade it. It's fun using it against Miriam so long as you're locked to her.

                            • Anonymous

                              This spell is great to have if you need to use it against shielded enemies, weakness is their back, sniping from being behind a wall, enemies that dodge your range attacks, and can stop spell casters. Not a spell for every situation but pretty high on the useful scale.

                              • Really handy spell except for the roughly 20-30% of the time it just... doesn't work for whatever reason and hits an enemy's shield, presumably after passing harmlessly through their torso.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Hilariously broken on horseback, you just run away from enemies and cast this with zero thought and they get shredded to pieces.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Fantastic spell for the Flame Chariot enemies as it hits the enemies driving them for full damage and obviously great any enemies using a shield, too. Also used this to hit enemies that I can't hit with other spells due to walls, floors, balcony railings, etc. You just target lock them and the spell will hit them even if they're not in your line of sight. I love this spell. Just don't use it on an incline and you should have pretty good results. The range is pretty good imo.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Nice thing for hitting targets behind a wall or enemys with a shield. But it hast almost no target lock. It moves straigth in a line and your target "evade" the shot just by walking away.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        This is good for pressuring casters. The distance it needs to travel is very short, so you can essentially spam this to prevent them from getting casts off.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          ive only used this for renalla's 1st phase to snipe the singing children. idk what else you can use this on, its just so innacurate

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Amazing spell for any enemy that “blocks” your damage from the front. I’ve found it useful against soldiers with shields (crucible knight im glaring at you), those pumpkin head things, and the slimes with face shields.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I've tried using this in PvP. Can't say I recommend it except as an opener on a stationary target or someone with a big shield turtling on you. It's wildly inaccurate on strafing targets.

                                              • I couldn't hit a thing with this spell, most enemies dodge it on accident unless they're standing perfectly still. Rock Sling seems to work better, they always dodge during the windup which causes them to eat three rocks to the face.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Seems to be a great spell for single encounters but due to the incredibly short range chances are you'll get hit by an attack while trying to cast this spell.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Pretty self explanatory from the name of the spell alone. Fires from behind the target, so they don't react to it as if you were casting a spell in front. If you're fighting a boss or mob that likes to strafe your spells and make you waste your FP then this spell is for you.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Very situational, but when it works boy it works.

                                                      If the target is moving at all sideways, just give up on using it though. Worst tracking ever.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Sometimes the shielding enemies still block your ambush shard so you do the same damage as a head one glintstone pebble. Disappointing, guess even mages need to use melee to break shields.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Are you a mage? Are you sick of after 4 games still having to maneuver a shield bearing enemy to get openings to annihilate them with a well placed spell? Do you wish you could just spam a pebble or soul arrow at them like any other mob while keeping your distance?
                                                          Then howdy partner do I have the spell for you. Make fights against stormveil knights using the shield utterly trivial: keep your distance and keep casting. Blocking still reduces the damage of the spell sometimed but you can bait them into trying to get closer to you instead way more easily than with a front sorcery seeing as they can't facetank with the shield hitbox and smack you. Quick cast, good damage, useful utility. An easy pick for your 3rd or 4th spell slot.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Pretty much like a basic pebble with a higher fp cost. Ennemies that can dodge the pebble don't dodge that spell tho (Think invader NPCs), which is pretty useful. I can also imagine it might have some uses sometimes in pvp.

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