Ash of War: Square Off

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

Ash of War: Square Off is an Ash of War and Upgrade Material in Elden RingAsh of War: Square Off provides Quality affinity and the Square Off Skill. Ashes of War can be equipped on Weapons and Shields to modify the Skill or an equipment, or to apply affinities that modify scaling values.

 

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

"Square Off: This skill starts with the sword held level. Follow up with a normal attack to slash upwards through enemy's guard, or a strong attack to perform a running thrust."

Usable on straight swords.

 

Ash of War: Square Off Location in Elden Ring

Where to find Ash of War: Square Off:

 

Ash of War: Square Off Elden Ring Guide

  • Grants the skill Square Off.
  • Provides the Quality affinity, which balances Strength and Dexterity scaling, decreases Base damage.
  • Can be used with any affinity Upgrade.
  • Can be applied to the following weapon categories, so long as the weapon allows skill replacement: Straight Swords.
  • Activation will put your character into an attacking stance:
    • Your light attack will cause your character to do a forward upward swing which does a large amount of stance damage even to enemies with their shields up, and can cause instant stance break on weaker enemies and in PVP.
    • Your heavy attack will cause your character to do a running forward thrust which does a considerable amount of damage to enemies, can also catch people rolling back after a riposte if timed well in PVP.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Square Off Demonstration

 

 

 

Elden Ring Ash of War: Square Off Notes & Tips

  • Notes and player tips go here.

 

Elden Ring Ashes of War
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    • Anonymous

      Was this patched to stop it from being used on Greatswords? I know for an absolute fact that when the game came out, I could do it. I know because I put it on the Lordsworn greatsword to experiment and compare whether I wanted to use the greatsword or longsword. So, I used it some on both weapons. Obviously this means putting the ash on the greatsword was absolutely possible at that time. At least for me.

      • Anonymous

        It's a shame you can't combo this like in DS3. I loved doing a heavy to light and finish with a heavy 3 hit combo on bosses. Devastating damage.

        • Anonymous

          I really dont get the logic of why they limited certain ashes to certain weapons. This certainly should be useable on at least greatswords

          • Anonymous

            I started a new game as a Bandit, and I bought a Broadsword for my usual early-game killing of the Cleanrot Knight duo to get the Golden Scarab talisman, thinking that knives would not be a sufficient weapon for that fight at low-level. My plan, as usual, was to hit them over and over with two-handed jumping R2s to stagger them for ripostes. However, this weapon skill turned out to be much better for that; the thrust attack was more damage and faster stance breaks than jumping attacks, and was cheap enough that I could do it 9 times before running out of FP, enough to fully kill one of the knights. Not a bad skill.

            • Anonymous

              Based on motion value (MV) data pulled from the game, the R1 of the skill is 600 and the R2 is 800. What that translates to is that the R1 is 6x the poise damage of a regular straight sword R1 attack (5 poise damage on a regular light attack), while the R2 is 8x.

              Translation: The ash of war R1 does 30, and the R2 does 40 poise damage.

              • Anonymous

                The heavy attack lunge benefits from spear talisman on counter hits!

                Heavy broadsword +25 with 70 STR, two handed, I was able to hit 2400+ dmg on albinaurics using shard of Alexander and spear talisman. Absolutely mental

                • Anonymous

                  What's the difference between R1 upwards slash and R2 thrust? People are saying it breaks poise with 2 r2 thrusts but is there a point to the R1 then? I would be disappointed if the R2 is better than the R1 in every way, would be a waste of a cool move.

                  • Anonymous

                    A versatile, reliable, straightforward AoW; as was the case in DS3. This time, it is only relegated to straight swords, however. The L2-R2 noticeably has less hyperamor than its previous title counterpart, likely incentivizing the need for higher passive poise on your armor setups. I've been hit out the running thrust more often than I was back in DS3.

                    • Anonymous

                      Opinions re: Square Off vs. Flame of the Redmanes for breaking stance? Compared to Square Off R2, FotR deals the same poise damage, only costs 2 more FP, and is much easier to land. I think Square Off R2 comes out quicker but does that outweigh the advantages of FotR?

                      • Anonymous

                        This and Unsheathe deserve to be usable on other weapon classes, considering some Greatswords got Stance in DS3, and on the other side Flails don't get their unique Spinning Chain as an ash, meaning they can't have an affinity and the default skill, which is the only purpose this ash and unsheathe serve

                        • Anonymous

                          This and Unsheathe deserve to be usable on other weapon classes, considering some Greatswords got Stance in DS3, and on the other side Flails don't get their unique Spinning Chain as an ash, meaning they can't have an affinity and the default skill, which is the only purpose this ash and unsheathe serve

                          • Anonymous

                            This skill is a boss sodomiser. On Broadsword it just fulls on poise staggers in 2-3 R2 strikes. What makes it even better is that, with certain bosses, if you time another R2 right after they've been staggered, you can loop the boss into a poise break situation. I was able to loop on fatty in that godawful Godskin Duo fight

                            Absolutely mental. Highly recommmended for newer players.

                            • Anonymous

                              This is quite possibly the best Ash of War for straight swords. If it's not on your straight sword, you should be asking yourself why you aren't using it.

                              • Anonymous

                                Square Off R2 has such bonkers posture damage, it single-handedly carries the entire straight sword class in PvE, HARD. Longsword +0 fully breaks posture of Giant Dogs in Caelid with a single L2-R2, every single time.

                                I love it.

                                • Anonymous

                                  The straight sword’s answer to Unsheathe. The main difference in the light and heavy attacks do about the same poise damage. (Took 3 with Cold Noble’s Slender Sword +25). The light is an easy to land uppercut. The heavy hits a little harder and takes a little more time but it moves you forward a few steps and thrusts slightly upwards. Felt easier and faster to land light attacks out of the L2 stance specifically for breaking poise. Recommended it you need something for stance break but aren’t spec’d to use Flame of the Redmanes and want a break from katanas.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Man oh man. I slept on this because I never got much use out of the Stance skill in DS3, but this is a beast of a skill in Elden Ring. Huge damage, hyperarmor during the charge, and hits like a truck. Worth considering on pretty much any build that's using a straight sword.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Deals 40 posture per swing regardless of if it is the R1 or R2. will stagger most bosses in 3 hit, assuming they are landed quick enough to avoid posture meter decay. If the third hit does not stagger, meaning you didn't hit rapid enough, suggest a jump R2 to break the enemy.

                                      • As people have been pointing out, the posture damage is VERY high when hitting with the heavy lunge. Grafted Scion? Land it twice, poise breaks, Land another as they get back up, land another, poise breaks, repeat until dead. Tree Sentinel? Large Giants? Catacomb Guardians? Stone Golems? Pumpkin Head? Yup, works on them all and much more! Literally can carry you through the early game 100%!

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Was trying to find a good skill to work my paladin build that can basically bully enemies, tried a bunch of spears, maces, flail and even a few heavy weapons.

                                          Then I took some reddit advice and gave the Longsword a shot.

                                          HOLY F***** S***!!

                                          With my shield talisman, guard counter talisman and heal on crit talisman, I'm having a freakin ball.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            This skill has very higher posture attack than most people assume. The strong attack movement. sad we can't use it on other weapons except Straightswords

                                            • Anonymous

                                              It makes me so sad you can't at least put this on Curved Swords and Katanas. It would be perfect on the Nakibana to replicate Sephiroth's battle stance, I'm sure it would be great with the extra range too.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                The lunge attack (on Longsword) is so good. The amount of distance it covers is unreal. And just like in DS3, it gives quite a bit of hyperarmor, so you'll usually poise through most light attacks while sending your sword straight to where it needs to go.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Don't sleep on this skill. it absolutely wrecks enemies and breaks stances almost too easily - I re-rolled my confesser after about 10 hours to a 2 handing straight sword "samurai" and defeated margit on my first try with only 2 hours playtime

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