Ash of War: Waves of Darkness

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Affinity Magic
Skill Waves of Darkness
Effect Grants affinities and skills to an armament.

Ash of War: Waves of Darkness is an Ash of War and Upgrade Material in Elden RingAsh of War: Waves of Darkness provides Magic affinity and the Waves of Darkness 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 Magic affinity and the following skill:

"Waves of Darkness: Plunge armament into the ground to release three waves of darkness. Follow up with a strong attack to swing the armament in a sweeping strike."

Usable on greataxes, warhammers, and colossal weapons.

 

Ash of War: Waves of Darkness Location in Elden Ring

Where to find Ash of War: Waves of Darkness:

 

Ash of War: Waves of Darkness Elden Ring Guide

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Waves of Darkness Demonstration

 

 

 

 

Elden Ring Ash of War: Waves of Darkness Notes & Tips

  • This ash is currently bugged; the initial shockwaves may not register as hits when fighting real players in pvp. The final sweep attack will also not register when connected on enemies in both pvp and pve. - Fixed in patch 1.05.

 

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    • Anonymous

      Cool gravity magic which scales off int that would've been a wonderful spacing tool for casters and something other than Rock Sling, yet isn't accessible to gravity casters without completing 70% of the game, carrying around a giant unwieldy slab of steel and putting X points in STR. Thanks so much.

      • Anonymous

        I have mine on a +25 cold crescent moon axe and it does pretty decent damage. But the follow up R2 seems redundant I haven't been able to land it one single time, the second or third shockwave kills anything I've been trying to test it out on. I'm going to give it one more try at mountaintop of the giants and if I can't land the follow up R2 on the trolls that I'm assuming have a decent health pool I'm changing it out for something I can get full value for the FP cost of casting it.

        • Anonymous

          Haha i just landed full force of it with followup against full bullgoat rune arced multibuffed guy and it killed him for 2,5k hp :D Priceless moment

          • putting this on brick hammer feels like cheating. gives the hammer more crowd-control utility obviously, but 1-on-1 hit them with the waves -> charge brick hammer while they're staggering -> break poise + crit -> waves again while they're recovering from crit

            • Anonymous

              80 int build here, been using this in PvP for a while.

              Update fixing it feels nice but does anyone else feel like the wave damage was nerfed?

              • Anonymous

                I typically come to these comments for ideas, thought I'd a combo I found on my own. Waves of Darkness can be put on Heavy Butchering Blade, which has "Hitting an enemy restores 1% HP per hit", the blade can then be used with Bloodflame Blade incantation, which can then trigger Lord of Blood's Exultation. You will gain the life even without using a normal attack, just spam WoD.

                • Anonymous

                  WOOO! The R2 follow up is fixed and actually works now. But I want to know something that doesn't seem to be anywhere... How does this skill scale in damage? does it scale with INT or something else like just upgrade level or total AR? I'm planning to use this on a strength heavy gravity themed build and I wanna choose the right weapons to put this sick WA on.

                  • Anonymous

                    Been invading with this outside Melania's door. It's real nice there. Nice and tight space where nobody can run away. Muahahaha...

                    • Anonymous

                      Rather than nerfing or buffing things they NEED to fix obviously broken things like this. Like cool you nerfed moonveil but this ash STILL doesn't work properly

                      • Anonymous

                        Rarely seen in PVP, which is actually a good thing since that means most people don’t know how it works.

                        • Anonymous

                          This helped me handle Commander Nialls summoners very quickly right at the start.
                          Bugged is annoying but still useful.

                          • Anonymous

                            Most enemies that can be staggered are stunlocked and hit with the three waves easily, even Malenia (though she may dodge the third strike). I wish they fixed this ash already so we could use it to its full potential

                            • Anonymous

                              Great Stars is one of the best weapons for this, because you get healed every time you hit something with Great Stars. While normally you only get healed very slightly, Waves of Darkness attacks 3 times and every attack can hit multiple enemies, so you can get many slight heals at once, which can result in decent healing

                              • Anonymous

                                even without the followup its absurdly strong. playing RL65, ive been hit for over 1k per wave, with the initial hit also doing around 1k. Rather fight moonveil lol

                                • Anonymous

                                  If I could put this on a staff I'd happily class have rock sling and Waves of Darkness as my only two purple spells for a gravity mage build.

                                  Thanks for the dopamine high with rocks long but the one sniff of purple then nothing for most of the game is mean

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I am definitely getting hits with the follow up R2, but the AOE just pushes enemies out of range. When used without FP the follow up connects.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I can confirm the follow up attack still does nothing. Just tested it by changing weapons, leveling up, and activating godrick's rune. It never did anything after each of these steps.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Bugged or not, Waves of Darkness is amazing on Great Stars. At level 130 I have 30str and 50int, the AR is above 700 when set to Magic. Without other buffs I was able to rain down on Tiche before she could get a melee slash in. With mimic tears I was able to consecutively stun Malenia into a fast defeat.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          What's up with all this misinformation?, Is it still bugged or not? I can't test it myself since I've gotta do NG+ to get the remberence again (all mausoleums used up).

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I really wish they would fix the bug on this weapon art. It's definitely my favorite one in the game, the bugged follow-up just really bothers me so I don't use it near as much as I would if it worked properly. I know it's really powerful without it and the follow-up would only be marginally helpful anyways, it just really rubs me the wrong way that I don't have the option to use it even if I wanted to lol.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Just tested: follow-up attack is still missing a hitbox as of today in patch 1.04. Will the Giant Dads of the world ever be able to fully power up their bass cannons? The world may never know...

                                              • Anonymous

                                                So the follow-up swipe is bugged to not have a hit box, but if it did, wouldn't it end up knocking enemies out of the AoE for the last damage pulse?

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Still bugged. Spin attack follow up does nothing, and even the waves let people stand in it and they just don't get hit.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Would have liked this on a staff so gravity casters had something other than rock sling for 80% of the game.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Bugged as of yet.

                                                      How do we know it's a bug? If you run out of FP on the first part, the follow-up actually DOES have a hitbox.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        The initial smash and follow-up sweep are based on your weapon's AR, but the waves scale with Affinity Scaling + Int. For efficient damage output, use with 50 Int and a fully upgraded Magic weapon.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Alright, so even though it looks like this is a gravity specific WA, it does not force your damage to a specific element, nor does it require intellect to scale. Much like any basic attacking WA, this skill scales primarily off your AR and will deal any physical and/or elemental damage that your weapon may have. Additionally, it will apply ailments like bleed, and it seems to work with weapon buffs like Bloodflame and Blackflame blade. Weapons with on-hit effects also apply.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            this is buggd as hell, using this with scholars armament, i get substantialy higher damage with lower ar, i suspect the weapon buff is counted twice for some reason.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              This skill does insane damage. I've hit 10k+ with a single cast on a giant, I killed NG+ Morgott with it in 4 casts and an R2. Brick Hammer Magic Enchanted +25, 40 str 40 int. Buff yourself with Golden Vow, Magic Damage physic. Regularly hits most enemies for 1000+ per wave. I got my 10k hit with those buffs as well as 30% from poisoning myself, the 30% magic damage circle buff, skill damage / magic damage talisman, and the perfumers enrage.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                As of patch 1.03, this ash of war is still currently bugged, where the final sweep still does not register. A shame too, because this is definitely one of the stronger ashes in the 'Gravitas' type family.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Latest patch (1.03) did not fix the heavy follow-up whiffing even on large, high poise enemies that wouldn't stagger and iframe like another commenter pointing out might be the cause. Ash of War: Golden lands has the weapon animation and heavy follow-up and the heavy follow-up works on that.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    So, while the followup R2 doesn't seem to work, you can cancel the followup input window by crouching. This lets you charge an R2 or poke with a crouch R1 while the shockwaves are still going out.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Pretty sure the issue with the follow up is caused by the hit animation of the shockwave. It appears the shockwave hot grants a sort of immunity like one stagger animations and what not. I base this assumption purely on my incredibly limited testing and just some guess work to try and explain the unfortunate truth that part of this skill doesn't seem to work. Otherwise the shockwaves are still strong as ****

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        For me waves register BUT the whirling attack after waves does not! Does anyone know when they will fix it?

                                                                        • Please fix this ashes, it is currently bugged and either the first waves wont register as hits on real players or the final sweep attack wont register as a hit on normal enemies, tested many times and they do nothing

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