Ash of War: War Cry

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Affinity Heavy
Skill War Cry
Effect Grants affinities and skills to an armament.

Ash of War: War Cry is an Ash of War and Upgrade Material in Elden RingAsh of War: War Cry provides Heavy affinity and the War Cry 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 Heavy affinity and the following skill:

"War Cry: Give a war cry to rally the spirit and increase attack power. While active, strong attacks change to charging attacks."

Usable on melee armaments (daggers, thrusting swords, and whips excepted).

 

Ash of War: War Cry Location in Elden Ring

Where to find Ash of War: War Cry:

 

Ash of War: War Cry Elden Ring Guide

 

Elden Ring Ash of War: War Cry Notes & Tips

  • When this ash is active, holding down R2 will give you a charging attack that will stagger most enemies multiple times before landing in a heavy swing.
  • Charging in this context does not mean powering up your swing but rather charging as in moving forward unstoppably.
  • Counts as a weapon buff despite the appearance of a red aura around the player model; using a weapon grease or weapon-enhancing incantation will remove the War Cry effect.
  • Buff stacks with Stormhawk Deenh summon's war cry AoE buff.

 

Builds with Ash of War: War Cry

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

War Cry Demonstration

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Barbarian Written Guide

 

 

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: Determination  ♦  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: 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

      Seems dogshit against anything that can't be easily staggered with how painfully slow it is atleast on a colossal weapon, might be better on smaller weapons though.

      • Anonymous

        Your charged attacks can do an amazing amount of damage when they land with this weapon art, but good luck pulling it off against a boss that isn't easily staggered or a giant enemy without them just smacking you out of it and stopping you from even landing your attack.

        • Anonymous

          In der deutschen Beschreibung wurde es falsch übersetzt. Dort steht "aufgeladene" o.ä., statt "voranstürmende" (oder was auch immer).

          • Anonymous

            When combined with a status effect (cold, blood, poison, even rot!) The fully charged heavy applies what appears to be double the listed status. Tested with all status effects however weapon type and/or scaling has slight variation in results. Has very nice gameplay implications for characters with lower int/arc for procing status effects when you only need one to two charged hits. Extremely fun in practice would highly recommend on slower weapons as they often have high status values

            • Anonymous

              So reading all these damage buffs to "Roars" and getting together the Roar Medallion, Axe Talisman and Highland Axe and wow this might be the most underwhelming build I can imagine to play the game with.

              I'm going for Barbaric Roar later, but currently my gimmick is to get about +10 damage on my hits and a heavy attack that has pretty much no use, and most of the Elite enemies in the game are so fast anyways that it's better to bait backstabs or chip with R1 anyways, meanwhile there would be so many other abilities to trivialize the content.

              • Anonymous

                Even though I didn't use Heavy Affinity, it increased Strength Scaling. This result was learned from a weapon with no strength scaling at all.

                • Anonymous

                  pretty sure this was nerfed in the latest patch. I could have sworn it used to buff the attack power of both weapons when dual wielding but now it only buffs 1 weapon.

                  • Anonymous

                    I played through the entire game, all bosses, with a war cry build. As soon as I could I got the ash from Bernahl, the road medal, the axe medal, the barbed cracked tear, and the highland axe for my offhand. Most used weapon was the Greatsword. And with that much experience, I can say... This skill still sucks. With all those pieces of gear buffing my war cry R2s, sure, they hit decently hard, but especially factoring in misses and interrupts, the damage output was nowhere even close to just RKR jumping attacks or even Flame of the Redmanes spam and critical hits. Was it satisfying to kill Morgott in three hits? Hell yes. Were Malenia and Maliketh absolute nightmares? Also yes. In PvE, not even as much bull goat as my 47 endurance allowed plus the bull goat talisman was enough to poise through very much at all, and in PvP, forget it. You will be dead to magic or weapon skills before you even have a chance. When I dropped all the war cry gear and switched to Giant Hunt, PvP became much easier, imagine that.

                    • Anonymous

                      Ive been running a sort of Nepheli build on a new playthrough and I never knew this AoW was better than Barbaric Roar and it even stacks with my dedicated summon of Stormhawk Deenh also the fact that it also buffs powerstancing weapons.

                      • Anonymous

                        Use this on your right hand and a thrusting sword/dagger/whip on your left then 2 hand the left weapon. The charge itself from the fully charged R2.

                        • Anonymous

                          Using a bleed colossal weapon the charged R2 will instant proc bleed. Plus the hyper armor and poise damage this AoW is surprisingly powerful.

                          • Anonymous

                            if I'm running a charge attack focused build (like what certain other people have suggested here in the comments), do I need an armor set with a high amount of poise as well? or can the charge attacks hyperarmor through heavy hits?

                            • Anonymous

                              The charged attack poise with this roar is just ridiculous, I have tanked through ultras with only like 35 passive poise. I found the niche for this ash of war, love it.

                              • I've been using this ash on my strength build and it absolutely wrecks.

                                Main-Hand: Fire Affinity Colossal weapon with Ash of War: War Cry
                                Off-Hand: Highland Axe
                                Talismans: Axe Talisman, Roar Medaillion and Fire Scorpion Charm
                                Flask of Wondrous Physick: Spiked Cracked Tear and Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear
                                Other buffs: (in this order) Ash of War: Golden Vow + Flame, Grant me Strength

                                A heads-up though, I'm fairly sure that bosses have input-reading on charge attacks.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Is it me or do (at least for some weapons) uncharged R2's also come out quicker when buffed? I tested the Gargoyles' Greataxes' uncharged R2's both buffed and unbuffed and the buffed uncharged attacks definitely felt quicker and with less time inbetween hit 1 and 2.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    In light of all of the ridiculous builds involving status procs and powerful spells, this ash of war feels overlooked. Take note of the insane damage your greatsword will do as you steadily level it and your strength to several increments throughout the game. If you don't poise through an enemy attack through sheer willpower, your characters hitbox will, somehow, graze under an opponents swing missing entirely.

                                    For the non-magic user, this ash of war is simply incredible and it's weird how little it's discussed.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I think something is fishy here; this page says this buffs your right hand weapon, but i am testing this now and that's false, i am dual wielding and it boosts the AP for both hands. On the other hand, barbaric roar doesn't, and only boosts your right hand. Please check this

                                      • Anonymous

                                        For anyone wondering where to get this after the Warmaster is dead or disappeared, you can get it at the volcano Manor from Bernahl.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          handed in the bell bearing to the twins to buy war cry and still isnt available. I have also finished the knights stroyline so am in a complicated place and dont know where to get it. Can anyone help with this?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            This + Roar Medallion + Axe Talisman + Spiked Cracked Tear + random heavy weapon = killing Liurnia Erdtree Avatar in 5 hits. 2 hits Radagon's Redwolf if you can land them. This can be achievable very early in the game. Everything you need is in Limgrave. You can go even further by eating Exalted Meat and summon Stormhawk Deenh.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              bernahl didnt sell that ash for me. i bought everything from him in the warmaster shack and later in vulcan and i dont have this ash...

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I wish you could still to go straight into the dragging charge by rolling and then holding r2. it feels so much better than the first charge.

                                                • This isn't working how I'd expect when dual wielding. Could someone else test this? I'm using two of the same weapon (Nagakiba) with War Cry on the left hand and a spammable skill on the right hand. Using 2H mode on left weapon to activate war cry, only my right hand weapon damage gets buffed on the status page. If I switch to dual wield and then back to 2H left weapon it'll also cause the buff to disappear immediately, the same as putting away a weapon that has an active buff on it. Finally, applying any weapon buff to the right hand weapon immediately removes the War Cry buff.

                                                  Basically, even though it's a red aura surrounding the player, it seems like the buff is actually getting attached to the right hand weapon (even if activated from the left), and so follows the same rules as weapon enchants.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    This AoW can deal some insane damage with a great sword or colossal sword and is a high risk high reward skill. It has two attacks both with a short range shoulder charge followed up by a weapon attack that can deal considerable poise damage to the target. The shoulder charge provides a large increase to poise so you can ram through enemy attacks but you will take full damage if an attack lands on you while your charging. The shoulder charge can also momentarily stun targets, even stronger knights with shields if you hit them while their shield is down. The first attack is followed up with an over head slam. Most weaker enemies will be out right flattened with this first attack. The second attack is even more devastating. You charge forward again this time dragging your sword along the ground and follow up with an extremely powerful upswing. The second attack can send enemies flying into the air if your wielding a colossal weapon. When used properly you can devastate even really strong knights with shields if your timing is right. Oh and it also provides a damage buff to all of your other weapon attacks as well.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      One of the few methods of hitting enemies that gain poise after taking repeated hits in a short amount of time (armoured knights, omen seekers, cleaver misbegottens, etc). On dual fist weapons, you can occasionally stun-lock bigger enemies that don't instantly jab when their poise procs.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        So every one knows you can earn this buff by using it then switching armaments to you main weapons. The buff will remain active, since I think it buffs your toon instead of your weapon. (Unlike seppuku)

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Best with Greatsword (Colossal Sword). Hold down the heavy attack then it will do a charging forward (can cause stagger ie. Banished Knight enemies) then downward attack making enemies go flat to the ground.

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