Ash of War: Determination

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Affinity Quality
Skill Determination
Effect Grants affinities and skills to an armament.

Ash of War: Determination is an Ash of War and Upgrade Material in Elden RingAsh of War: Determination provides the Quality affinity and allows you to buff yourself to empower your next attack. Ashes of War can be used to modify the Skill of an equipment piece, or to apply affinities that modify scaling values.


This Ash of War grants an armament the Quality affinity and the following skill:

"Determination: A knightly skill. Hold the flat of the armament to your face and pledge your resolve, powering up your next attack."

Usable on all melee armaments.


Ash of War: Determination Location in Elden Ring

Where to find Ash of War: Determination:


Ash of War: Determination Elden Ring Guide


Determination Demonstration





Elden Ring Ash of War: Determination Notes & Tips

  • Sell Value: runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 300
  • Boosts Damage of next attack by about 60%
  • Applies to Critical Attacks but at a reduced 20% damage boost
  • the effect is lost after 10 seconds or after first attack
  • Note: As of Patch 1.09, the effectiveness of the Determination Ashe of war has decreased in PVP only



  •  Patch 1.03 : No longer applies to weapons in the other hand.


Elden Ring Ashes of War
Ash of War: Assassin's Gambit  ♦  Ash of War: Barbaric Roar  ♦  Ash of War: Barrage  ♦  Ash of War: Barricade Shield  ♦  Ash of War: Beast's Roar  ♦  Ash of War: Black Flame Tornado  ♦  Ash of War: Blood Blade  ♦  Ash of War: Blood Tax  ♦  Ash of War: Bloodhound's Step  ♦  Ash of War: Bloody Slash  ♦  Ash of War: Braggart's Roar  ♦  Ash of War: Carian Grandeur  ♦  Ash of War: Carian Greatsword  ♦  Ash of War: Carian Retaliation  ♦  Ash of War: Charge Forth  ♦  Ash of War: Chilling Mist  ♦  Ash of War: Cragblade  ♦  Ash of War: Double Slash  ♦  Ash of War: Earthshaker  ♦  Ash of War: Enchanted Shot  ♦  Ash of War: Endure  ♦  Ash of War: Eruption  ♦  Ash of War: Flame of the Redmanes  ♦  Ash of War: Flaming Strike  ♦  Ash of War: Giant Hunt  ♦  Ash of War: Glintblade Phalanx  ♦  Ash of War: Glintstone Pebble  ♦  Ash of War: Golden Land  ♦  Ash of War: Golden Parry  ♦  Ash of War: Golden Slam  ♦  Ash of War: Golden Vow  ♦  Ash of War: Gravitas  ♦  Ash of War: Ground Slam  ♦  Ash of War: Hoarah Loux's Earthshaker  ♦  Ash of War: Hoarfrost Stomp  ♦  Ash of War: Holy Ground  ♦  Ash of War: Ice Spear  ♦  Ash of War: Impaling Thrust  ♦  Ash of War: Kick  ♦  Ash of War: Lifesteal Fist  ♦  Ash of War: Lightning Ram  ♦  Ash of War: Lightning Slash  ♦  Ash of War: Lion's Claw  ♦  Ash of War: Loretta's Slash  ♦  Ash of War: Mighty Shot  ♦  Ash of War: No Skill  ♦  Ash of War: Parry  ♦  Ash of War: Phantom Slash  ♦  Ash of War: Piercing Fang  ♦  Ash of War: Poison Moth Flight  ♦  Ash of War: Poisonous Mist  ♦  Ash of War: Prayerful Strike  ♦  Ash of War: Prelate's Charge  ♦  Ash of War: Quickstep  ♦  Ash of War: Rain of Arrows  ♦  Ash of War: Raptor of the Mists  ♦  Ash of War: Repeating Thrust  ♦  Ash of War: Royal Knight's Resolve  ♦  Ash of War: Sacred Blade  ♦  Ash of War: Sacred Order  ♦  Ash of War: Sacred Ring of Light  ♦  Ash of War: Seppuku  ♦  Ash of War: Shared Order  ♦  Ash of War: Shield Bash  ♦  Ash of War: Shield Crash  ♦  Ash of War: Sky Shot  ♦  Ash of War: Spectral Lance  ♦  Ash of War: Spinning Slash  ♦  Ash of War: Spinning Strikes  ♦  Ash of War: Spinning Weapon  ♦  Ash of War: Square Off  ♦  Ash of War: Stamp (Sweep)  ♦  Ash of War: Stamp (Upward Cut)  ♦  Ash of War: Storm Assault  ♦  Ash of War: Storm Blade  ♦  Ash of War: Storm Stomp  ♦  Ash of War: Storm Wall  ♦  Ash of War: Stormcaller  ♦  Ash of War: Sword Dance  ♦  Ash of War: Thops's Barrier  ♦  Ash of War: Through and Through  ♦  Ash of War: Thunderbolt  ♦  Ash of War: Troll's Roar  ♦  Ash of War: Unsheathe  ♦  Ash of War: Vacuum Slice  ♦  Ash of War: Vow of the Indomitable  ♦  Ash of War: War Cry  ♦  Ash of War: Waves of Darkness  ♦  Ash of War: White Shadow's Lure  ♦  Ash of War: Wild Strikes  ♦  Lost Ashes of War  ♦  Messages


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    • Anonymous

      this is a early versoin of royal knigths resolve its way more accespable for early builds whould recomend for vagabond

      • I honestly believe this needs a duration buff to even be mediocre. I don’t know why anyone would run this over royal knights resolve, or really any of the other weapon buffs in game. It would be a major benefit if this version either lasted 30 seconds or never wore off. You could get something like cragblade where you do bonus physical damage and poise damage AND lasts for 30 seconds over the possibility of multiple attacks or you could run this lol. It definitely needs some love.

        • Anonymous

          endure is more tanky, rkr is more damaging, so have this be a mix of the two, like a war cry buff on off-hand

          • Yeah, royal knights resolve costs more fp so you think that would make the difference between these two balanced except, consider, have you ever seen anyone use determination when they have both ashes of war?

            • Anonymous

              only on "next attack"? what happen if the attack hit consecutively, does it still benefit on the other hits or just the first that landed?

              • Anonymous

                Damage scaling works very oddly with split damage and critical hits, it seems to apply much more than 20% if you're using magic damage at least.

                SL1 Wretched (using radagons soreseal), +6 misericorde, tested on godrick knights outside at gatefront ruins:
                Magic Misericorde - 935 w/ AoW, 619 w/o - 51% damage increase
                Standard Misericorde - 630 w/ AoW, 525 w/o - 20% damage increase

                Haven't tested other damage types, not sure if it applies to holy, fire, or knights resolve either. Will definitely be using this + magic infusion and sleep pots for my SL1 run. Enjoy!

                • Just found out that Determination still applies its damage boost to shield bashing skills & such. You can use it with something like Dragonclaw Shield to get some pretty respectable damage done, but still unsure if this intended because the Determination boost doesn't disappear after hitting someone with it... well, within the 10 seconds you're using it anyway.

                  Or maybe Fromsoft is giving greatshields a little bit of love.

                  • Anonymous

                    It no longer works for casters, if you're using a staff in your off hand and casting and use determination as a buff on a dagger in your main you won't get the added damage.

                    • Anonymous


                      "Fixed a bug with the Ash of War, Determination and Royal Knight's Resolve, where the damage buff will also apply to other weapons without that skill."

                      • Anonymous

                        The scarab doesn't spawn for me?
                        Am i doing something wrong?
                        i certainly don't already have the ash yet either.

                        • Anonymous

                          Determination gives a ~60% buff at 10 FP for 10 seconds. Royal Knight's Resolve gives a ~80% buff at 15 FP for 10 seconds.

                          • Anonymous

                            Also increases riposte/backstab damage (seems to increase it by around 21%). Combine it with Misericorde + Dagger Talisman and you'll pretty much oneshot everything whilst you have the buff up. I'm gonna be very scared of any invader running this with Misercorde.

                            • Anonymous

                              Has anyone tried to use it and after swapping to another weapon? My question is: Can you activate Determination, then swap to another weapon and still have the damage buff? The buff applies to the weapon or the character?

                              • Anonymous

                                Activates quickly, doesn’t cost much, and lasts long enough for use during good openings- this is a very, very strong ash to use for posture breaking, and for the criticals that follow it

                                • Anonymous

                                  This works for spells/incantations while you have a determination buffed weapon in main-hand and also it doesn't disappear on mutli spell casts

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Some quick testing shows that the next strike does ~60% more damage, and significantly more poise damage.
                                    Just a very quick test to give people an idea of its effect

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Some quick testing shows that the next strike does ~60% more damage, and significantly more poise damage.
                                      Just a very quick test to give people an idea of its effect

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Some quick testing shows that the next strike does ~60% more damage, and significantly more poise damage.
                                        Just a very quick test to give people an idea of its effect

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