Black Blade

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Spell Type Erdtree Incantations
FP Cost 26 Slots Used 2
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Black blade spinning slash that emits wave of light.

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Black Blade is an Incantation in Elden Ring. Black Blade spell throws a drill attack emitting a wave of light. Updated to Patch 1.07.

 

Power gleaned from the remembrance of Maliketh.

Caster creates an illusory black blade, then leaps forward to deliver a spinning slash that emits a wave of light. This can be followed up with one additional attack.

This blade was once imbued with Destined Death. In addition to dealing damage, it reduces foes' maximum HP and continues to sap their current HP for a very short time.

 

Where to find Black Blade

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Elden Ring Black Blade Guide

  • Erdtree Incantation
  • Stamina Cost: 44
  • Note: In Patch 1.07, the stamina cost has been reduced to 44 from 51. Improved turning performance and shortened recovery time. The sword and the wave attack have been changed so that they hit at the same time. Attack power, stamina attack power and poise damage of each part have been decreased. Decreased the number of times the wave part hits large enemies.
    (This incantation is currently missing its follow up attack when cast from the left hand. This issue will be corrected in a future update.)
  • Reduces enemy max HP by 10% for 15 seconds.
  • Saps enemy HP for 2 seconds
  • The damage type is 100% Holy Damage. The sapping damage can be increased by Holy-Shrouding Cracked Tear and Sacred Scorpion Charm, as well as other generic attack buffs like Golden Vow, etc.
  • Debuff stacks with either the Destined Death OR Blade of Death but NOT both.
  • Black Blade performs a spinning slash that emits a vertical wave that passes through enemies. The follow-up spin and its wave is angled diagonally.
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Elden Ring Black Blade Notes and Tips

  • Updated to patch 1.07. See Patch Notes for details.
  • You can add this to Black Knife Assassin build to dual stack buffs.
  • Other notes and player tips go here. 
 
Elden Ring Incantations
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    • Anonymous

      It has a left hand glitch so you can't use the full combo, and it doesn't even hit as hard as the black knife weapon art at 60fth and 282 incant scaling

      • Anonymous

        This spell is bugged. For some reason putting in an additional input no longer allows the second animation and simply restarts the original spell animation

        • Anonymous

          This Incantation is currently glitched if you decide to use it with your left hand seal.

          It makes you unable to do the follow up attack and has you reset to the first attack.

          • Anonymous

            Literally have other spells that manifest swords that have a melee hitbox but this doesn’t. Silly and non-intuitive.

            • Anonymous

              I have found that while it doesn’t stack with blade of death and dagger of death. It will stack with black blade summon.

              • Anonymous

                After using it for a bit I like this incantation a lot more than I thought I was going to after reading some of the comments here. The range might not match frenzied burst but it comes out a lot quicker and just like frenzied burst it will pass through at least one enemy to hit one target-locked behind it. I have 80 FTH and this hits hard for me, even without the two fingers heirloom or sacred scorpion. It also looks pretty spectacular every time it's cast. There is a lot to like here and I'm happy I duplicated Maliketh's remembrance to get this and the sword.
                The only let down was using it on the Omen in the shunning grounds, I don't know what their holy damage negation is, but seeing it wreck T-Rex dogs then doing negligible damage to late game Omen makes it perfectly clear holy damage on it's own for a pure faith build isn't as viable as a faith/pyromancer build.

                • Anonymous

                  I don't know which I want to cash in from the remembrance. This needing two slots makes me wary of how much use I'll get out of it and a comment saying the actual blade does no damage only the projectile is another thing against it. So should I just take the sword? but I took the sacred blade from the Elden Beast remembrance so I'm not sure I need another holy damage sword. Opinions on this are most welcome.

                  • Anonymous

                    This is a really cool looking incantation, but isn't it castrated by doing holy damage? Maybe not for the Albinaurics down hill from the palace approach ledge road in the video here but don't a lot of end game enemies and bosses have high holy damage negation? or am I missing something?

                    • Anonymous

                      Its raw damage is not anything crazy, but the fact that it temporarily lowers enemies' max health aswell as causing dot makes it excellent against tanky enemies and especially bosses, it's range isn't anything to scoff at not to mention it's just absolutely awesome looking.

                      • Anonymous

                        Why fromsoft... why doesn't the blade have an actual hitbox.
                        Adulas moonblade is faster, can be chaincasted and has both blade and projectile hitbox.
                        It just doesn't make any sense that this spell cant hit with the blade.

                        • Anonymous

                          "The damage type is Holy Damage and scales with Faith. The sapping damage can be increased by Holy-Shrouding Cracked Tear and Sacred Scorpion Charm, as well as other generic attack buffs like Golden Vow, Flame Grant Me Strength, etc."

                          doesnt flame grant me strength only increase physical and flame damage? so this wouldnt be affected since this deals entirely holy damage, right? i dont know how to edit the wiki so someone else do it pls.

                          • Anonymous

                            For all faith incantation users here’s a little tip for using this weapon. Against bosses with large health pools immediately use this weapon for the first projectile to cause the boss to lose about 10% of their health pool with the tick damage. This is very good because you maximize the damage the sword deals by immediately using it! Unless you are fighting a boss like Malenia who can heal back to full, this will put a big dent into a boss’s health bar with the simple press of a button. Outside of this utility, it’s an alright/ pretty good incantation for PvE despite the 2 slots taken away. 8/10 if you ask me.

                            • Anonymous

                              Absolutely baffled as to how the current state of this, Maliketh's Black Blade, and the Black Knife made it to the final release. God-slaying weapons, imbued with the power of death, all totally worthless against the final bosses all of whom are gods and demigods. It would be so easy to just add another damage type (death? dark? occult???) that only these sources deal. Hell, join it with occult weapons, which as an "elemental" upgrade feel seriously undercooked.

                              • Anonymous

                                So I've been playing around with the black blade incantation, and I've noticed something. When I hit the troll outside the secluded cell site of grace, it takes the first hit and the sapping damage. On the second input, it takes the hit damage, the sapping damage, but also takes a third chunk of damage. Idk what NG+ I'm in (enough to platinum the game), and this seems to happen to SOME of the enemies with higher HP. Has anyone seen this? If so, how did you get it to proc more consistently?

                                • Anonymous

                                  I would like delete this thing and make it to the Malikeths Black Balde skill instead of what we have right now. With the same stats as the original weapon skill. Just imagine, it could be one of the broken weapons after Rivers Of Blood.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Its amazing against mage cause you can hyperarmor their spell, the wave does a hefty 70 poise, wich the stun true combo into a chain casted honed bolt, and than a roll catch honed bolt. If someone roll into you to dodge it, you can cast catch flame instantly to hit the end if their roll. Really nice spell for pvp

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Try sprinting Catch Flame or Bestial Sling into Black Blade combo. Makes you hit with an invisible Black Blade in front of yourself.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I really wish it dealt more damage or cost a little bit less FP maybe like 20 because as it stands outside of an opening act on a meaty enemies ie mostly bosses it's quite inefficient to incorporate it as an incantation I would use frequently even as burst damage it can't quality so I'm hoping for a buff honestly.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Best opening attack to use on tanky bosses in the game. Super fun to help people with Radagon/Elden Beast and immediately chunk their health the moment each fight starts.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            One of my favorite incantations. While it may not be the most efficient, the original hit plus the follow up does solid damage to bosses, as well as the DOT effect and the health bar reduction. Bosses like placidusax that are resistant to both fire and lightning get shredded by this spell. Looks badass too.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              From personal experience with the incantation;

                                              PVE: Great for bosses. Will apply a 20% reduction to the bosses max health allowing you to drop a boss 20% in your first hit. The draining effect from hitting the incantation is nice but for the FP cost is not worth in my opinion as I would rather use blackflame fireball for its HP drain effect at a much more efficient FP cost. I use this as a way to quickly remove 20% of a bosses health and then continue the fight as normal.

                                              PVP: Pretty poor. It has a long wind-up which is really obvious making the actual projectile pretty easy to dodge. The damage for the wind-up is not particularly impressive either. Fortunately it does have the benefit of having high hyper armour meaning its really hard to break you out the spell. If you are invading it might be useful if it hits someone as a surprise but in a duel you will find very few opportunities to actually hit someone with the projectile.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Unfortunately, obsolete and useless even after the 1.04 patch. Doesn't do enough for the FP cost and windup when lightning spear/giant's flame take thee exist. Also the actual black blade AoW and black knife AoW are strictly better.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  The hilarious thing about this Incant is that if you cast two spells as part of a combo, using this as your third cast will yield some...interesting results...

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I'm noticing damage buffs from both flame shrouded and holy shrouded cracked tears; separately and together. I've also noticed this with other black flame incantations. Holy flames cook many bosses.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      So this doesn't stack and phantom hit applies the max hp debuff
                                                      So for pvp this is really easy to just debuff someone without even hitting and swap to something else

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Slow and short range. More show than impact. Stay away . If you are faith build use swarm of flied wherever you are considering to use this

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Great projectile speed and tracking. Hits hard, casting has decent hyper armor. Late game you should have enough fp to not worry about efficiency as much. Great incantation for the toolbox.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            absolutely obliterated dragonlord placidusax on my third try with this, and i thought rotten breath was cheddar

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              It’s a good spell, its just that faith users have access to two phenomenal weapons: Blasphemous Blade and Envoys Long Horn. These weapons skills (Takers Flames & Bubble Shower) absolutely destroy everything and are much more worthy of your FP usage.
                                                              Another thing is by the time you get this spell, the only bosses left in the game are holy resistant, which makes it seem less useful.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I shouldn't need to look up a wikipedia article to know this does holy damage. They really did need to update the game to not need so much third party involvement to be able to make decisions in game.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  We need a page dedicated to the destined death flame effect. I've seen some really strange behaviors from this such as low health enemies dying after the HP reduction wears off or enemies being incapable of dying until it wears off.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    So fun fact. Based on the data shown, the 10% max health debuff does stack! But Few rules apply.

                                                                    1, You can only stack Black Blade incantation's 10% max health debuff with either Maliketh's Black Blade or Black Knife's 10% max health debuff
                                                                    2, You cannot stack Maliketh's Black Blade's 10% max health debuff with Black Knife's.
                                                                    3, Under any circumstance the buff will not stack with itself, must be Black Blade incantation and one of your choices from above mentioned.
                                                                    4, Boss which is already under 80% health, the debuff stacking will do pretty much nothing.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I guess I dont understand the reduce max hp ability all that much - like I assume a mob/boss doesnt receive that hp back similar to us vs maliketh?

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Cast this on Great Stars with Prelate's Charge ash, then Flame, Grant Me Strength and then Golden Vow. Lord of Blood's Exultation + Rotten Winged Sword Insignia + Millicent's Prosthesis.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          i dont belive its damage is holy since enemies with High holy resistance like Radagon and Elden beast recieve pretty good damage from it.
                                                                          I think that is a "rune of death" special type of damage.

                                                                          To add to this, Malekiths Black Blade (wich does holy damage) does less damage than the blasphemous blade (wich does fire) but Destined Death does between 2.3k and 3.2k of damage to the elden beast, while Taker's Flames did less (belive that around 1.7k)

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Might just be large enemies but each wave can hit up to two times doing pretty good damage, this thing can also hit and go through multiple enemies that are lined up, and lastly a nice alternative to Frenzied burst for long range attacks, a lot of diversity but most importantly it looks cool

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              One of the issues I have with souls games is that a lot of good weapons/spells come way too late in the game. I guess it pretty much makes NG+ a requirement.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                i've got very epic moment while using this spell on pvp, so basicly i met with a frost mage, i think he's very dedicated frosmage since he wear ranni's hat, and use icerag instead of pebble, not to mention his constang spam of ranni's dark moon right after casting that ice tornado, very crafty, i in the other hand was doing my elden bling build with 80 faith, i basicly went to this red mage look with red colour incantations and some buff, unfortunate for him cuz i've always brought barrier of gold with me, despite that he manage to chip my 60% of my hp, and then the epic moment come, his hp is low so was mine, then i use this spell to finish him off at the samd time he use adula's moonblade and both of our spell hit, he died from the damage while i died from frostbite lol.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I've noticed that the black flame effect that stays after this or the actual sword burns for much shorter than the black knife's black flame projectile.

                                                                                  Black Knife's flame definitely lingers longer on the target than this does. Though It also looks like the burn ticks faster on the spell than on the knife's projectile.
                                                                                  can't really confirm if it ticks faster or not for sure though because things just keep dying too quick.

                                                                                  Though I can say without a doubt, black knife's black flame lasts longer than both the black sword and the black blade incantation.

                                                                                  this might also be my eyes playing tricks on me but the flame effect left behind seems a lot more red and black where as the flame effect the black knife leaves on the victim is much more faded in colors.

                                                                                  • This is one of those spells that seems worse than it is until you realize you can use the distance. It deals reasonably heavy damage and does the Maliketh burn effect. It is a bit of a slow cast but worth it with the range

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      One thing people miss about this incantation is that it has incredible range. Most clips of people demonstrating it use it like a melee spell. But the range is greater than spells like black flame/lightning spear.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Does the damage significantly increase with the clawmark? Or is it not much of a difference using a different seal.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          There is a glitch if you chain this after Honed Bolt. Use Honed Bolt 2x then switch to black blade and your character then spins their torso while their legs stay still. It is very easy to pull off

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I dig further into how the 10% max health is being reduce and notice a "bug" or "problem" with any kind of temporary max health reduction form black blade, black knife or Maliketh's Black Blade. The thing is due to the way FromSoftware implemented it, the 10% max health reduction only kick in after your black blade or black knife's projectile due it own damage.

                                                                                            What dose that mean? If enemy has 100/100 health. Your projectile deal 20 damage and now enemy has 80/100 health, then their max health get reduced by 10% so enemy now has 80/90 health.

                                                                                            So basically not only the enemy never get that instant full 10% health reduction, but also the max health ticks is essentially lowered because now only 2% of 90 health. Some might think it is just temporary anyway what is the big deal? The thing is after the 10% health buff expired, enemy will not regain that health. It is similar to what happen if you put on the Primal Glint blade Talisman and put is off, Your reduced 50% health will not regain.

                                                                                            An ideal implementation or "bug fix" will be first applied the 10% max health reduction, so same example 90/90 health and then deal the damage. So player can at least get a free small bleed on enemy. Also the 10% max health reduction will do nothing if target current health already below that point. But the sap is still pretty good.

                                                                                            • Pretty clutch spell for Elden Beast. Much better range than the black flame inc I use for radagon, and it flies in a straight line so if you're in range you can even hit the beast with it when it starts to do it's flying into the sky thing.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                So I checked the actual effects, this incantation temporarily reduce target max health for 10% for 15 second and sap enemy's max health for 0.1% every 0.1s for total 2 second (2% total non-temporarily). I will post black knife's actual data in it's comment section as well.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  How exactly does the max hp reduction work on bosses? Is it a one-time debuff to their max hp that eventually wears off, but the boss doesn't recover the health lost? Or does the remaining HP scale back up to how much it should be once the effect is lost?

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    This incantation does holy damage, right? Elden beast heals with holy damage, right? but I killed the beast with this incantation. i'm so confused.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      How does this compare against the black knife's art? Seems kinda similar? Is the main diff the max hp reduction? Seems sick either way gonna get it rn

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        I feel for this incantation to really be powerful the HP debuff should proc before the damage as when it's PvE it deals decent damage while pvp it does 500-700 depending on seal and buffs

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          So, I tested this spell a fair bit on the two gargoyles at the 'Across the Roots' grace.
                                                                                                          Using a Clawmark Seal+25, 46 Faith and 60 Strength
                                                                                                          Apparently the lower one on the roots takes a tock of about 411 damage and then another one while the flames tick up for just above 100 damage, this can result in killing it in one hit rather consistently.
                                                                                                          The one at the top though is a different issue entirely, as it seems to not get that second tick, no matter if the spell is charged or not. This hints at the earlier mentioned sweet spot range for the spell being just under the effective range of Giantsflame. Counterintuitively, the blade whirl part of the spell does no damage by itself.
                                                                                                          Additionally I am sure this doesn't profit from the Godfrey Icon (indeed, charging seems to not increase the damage at all, but might increase the sweet spot interval), the Radagon Icon, the Old Lord's Talisman in any meaningful way, but the Sacred Scorpion Talisman seems to add damage as expected by this being holy damage.
                                                                                                          Raising the Incant scaling from 288 by 6 via the Starscourge and Two Fingers Heirloom increases the damage of the initial hit from 411 to 420 giving us a 1.5 base for the initial hit and the total burn damage from 595 to 607, meaning the burn itself scales with 0.5.

                                                                                                          I find myself a bit baffled as to where to place this spell to be honest. For such a late spell the scaling is merely okay, and easily outdone by Giantsflame. The saving grace of this one would be the maximum health reduction, but I do not think it stacks or lasts infinitely, as this spell clearly leaves the red 'downwards' aura on enemies it hit. The research into this is more than a bit tricky, as I would need a spell that deals very quick ticks of damage to get an accurate measure of the health of a target to compare it with and without the effect.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            FYI - this is one of the few spells that comes with super armor, meaning it’s uninterruptible and you can’t be hit cancelled out of it. You can still take damage during the animation, but the spell will go off, regardless (unless you die first, obviously). This alone makes this a god-like ability, as most other comparable spells are much more difficult to execute in mid-to-close range.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Love the red-black effect, wish we had a little more Maliketh/Destined Death themed spell or stuff in general

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                This looks to be a crucible spell judging from the background, ill test with armor set to see if it buffs it

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  So I think from the background it’s an erdtree incantation. Testing with crucible knight armor at 50 faith showed 600-ish damage against trolls in consecrated snow-whatever. I believe it might have a sweet spot mechanic as well since a few swings did 1200 damage. Note I didn’t use the follow up attack and waited for the lifesap to end before each swing.

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