Ballistae are a type of Weapon in Elden Ring. Ballistae are ranged weapons that can be used to inflict high damage on hostile characters from afar and with great potential to break guard. Unlike Crossbows, they do not need to be loaded before firing each shot. They grant no guard protection, encouraging users to maintain distance from advancing enemies. Ballistae do not share the ability to fire mid-jump with crossbows. Ballistae require Great Bolts as ammunition.

Ballistae can not be given new Ashes of War, greased, spell buffed, or given new affinities.

 See also: Crossbows

Elden Ring Ballistae

 

 

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Elden Ring Ballistae Base Value

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Hand Ballista

135

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100

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30

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14

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10.0

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Jar Cannon

192

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100

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34

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12

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15.0

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Elden Ring Ballistae Max Standard Values

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Name Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Cri Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst Wgt
Hand Ballista 600 - - - - 100 150 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10
Jar Cannon 672 - - - - 100 180 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15



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    • Anonymous

      Any chance we would have a mock gatling gun in a future DLC? Rephrasing the question: any medieval equivalent to such a rapid fire weapon?

      • Anonymous

        So I just found out that you can tank these shots with enough poise. If you’re over the poise threshold it doesn’t knock you over you just do a slight dizzy animation and recover faster than the shooter can reload. Watch out if using it close range on heavy armor opponents.

        • Anonymous

          These are just about my favourite things in the game! I really hope DLC gives us nonsense like a Pulley Ballista, or a Black-Key Greatcrossbow for dedicated sniping ;)

          • Anonymous

            Jar Cannon is hilarious for low level stormveil invasions. Knocking people off the wall as the progress from the front gate, or sniping them as they try and clear the courtyard.

            • Anonymous

              Best kept as a utility in your inventory instead of being a part of your build due to the high weight requirement and long recovery time. Very useful for picking off small enemies like bleed dogs, or knocking a single target on their ass, or harassing other players.

              Pro tip, in your weapon menu accessed through your equipment, press L3 and select the last option and remove any weapons that stop it being your first option. Now make sure your first right hand weapon slot. You can now equip it by pressing options and pressing X 4 times and circle twice. You can unequip it in the same way. This is super handy for any form of pvp when there's more than 5 seconds running distance between you and your target.

              • Anonymous

                Man, I just wanted those to not have to be reloaded *immediately* after each shot. 200 recovery frames (pulled the number out of my ass) is way too much.

                Would have really loved those if they worked like crossbows and let you reload whenever you want to.

                • Anonymous

                  Use this to invade right before the fire giant boss fight. You normally spawn on an overlook right on top of the summoning grace for some explosive bolts to the face. And then you go hide for some lols

                  • Anonymous

                    The Jar cannon has WAY more range than the hand ballista, despite the stats showing the same number, especially with thunder great bolts, there is almost no drop

                    • Anonymous

                      The Jar cannon has WAY more range than the hand ballista, despite the stats showing the same number, especially with thunder great bolts, there is almost no drop

                      • Anonymous

                        The Jar cannon has WAY more range than the hand ballista, despite the stats showing the same number, especially with thunder great bolts, there is almost no drop

                        • Anonymous

                          too bad there aren’t any more of these. definitely feels like someone at From saw mortal shell and went “hey... i like that thing shell guy has. let’s make one too! or rather, let’s make two too!!”

                          • Anonymous

                            too bad there aren’t any more of these. definitely feels like someone at From saw mortal shell and went “hey... i like that thing shell guy has. let’s make one too! or rather, let’s make two too!!”

                            • I really want to do a crossbow and ballista only run but ballista ammo is so expensive :( Need an ability or weapon that doesn't require a lot of odd stats to farm in the farming spot.

                              • Anonymous

                                Ballistae are super fun to use, but since your character holds them so low its easy to shoot the ground you're standing on if you're trying to shoot low off of a platform. I've messed up a lot of shots because I wasn't close enough to the edge.

                                • Anonymous

                                  I don't really know what I was expecting but unfortunately they can not be powerstanced (not sure about 2 of the exact same ballista weapon though)
                                  therefore Time for tears!

                                  • Ballistas are so awesome. Jar Cannon at max level can almost reach 700 damage with the right bolts, and the Hand Ballista isn't too shabby either with it's lighter weight. When we get more DLC, I hope they add a couple more cause they're really fun.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      So what other things can I use to increase the damage from these besides upgrades and the Arrow talisman? because the Jar Cannon hits like a truck and I want to make a build around it.

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