Black Flame

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Spell Type Godskin Apostle Incantations
FP Cost 18 Slots Used 1
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Throws a ball of raging black fire

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Black Flame is an Incantation in Elden Ring. Black Flame spell throws a fireball of black flame that can be charged to deal additional damage and explode on impact. It also does damage over time after hitting a target. Updated to Patch 1.07.

 

A black flame incantation of the Godskin Apostles.


Throws a ball of raging black fire.
Charging enhances potency and causes the fireball to explode.

Black flame is weighty. After dealing damage it continues to sap
foes' HP for a very short time.

 

Where to find Black Flame

Where to find Black Flame:

Godskin Prayerbook Location:

  • Location: Stormveil Castle
  • Nearest Site of Grace: Liftside Chamber
  • From the liftside chamber exit into the courtyard and head due South hugging the rightside wall until you see a set of stairs that goes underground. You'll find a room that is guarded by four Rats, and ahead, is a doorway that is blocked by a white fog. To dispel this, you will need to use a Stonesword Key on the Imp Statue. You'll find a stock room upon unlocking the doorway, the room has a treasure chest where the book is.

 

Elden Ring Black Flame Guide

  • Godskin Apostle Incantation
  • Stamina Cost: 25
  • Deals fire damage on the initial impact, then applies a black flame effect to enemies that deals 2-5% of of their total health over 2 seconds. The initial damage is improved with Incant Scaling, but the damage-over-time effect cannot be improved.
  • Charging the spell increases the initial fire damage, and also causes the fireball to explode on impact, potentially hitting more than one enemy or hitting an enemy that you would otherwise have missed
  • Very effective against bosses and enemies with large health pools.
  • This potency of this incantation is enhanced by the Godslayer's Seal
  • The damage over time effect does not scale with anything, which means it can be effective even at low levels of Faith in order to deal damage from afar to high-health enemies.
  • NOTE: Since Patch 1.07 Stamina Attack Power against guarded enemies has been Increased.

 

 

 

Builds with Black Flame

 

 

 

 

 

Elden Ring Black Flame Notes and tips

  • Updated to patch 1.07. See Patch Notes for details.
  • Other notes and player tips go here.
 
Elden Ring Incantations
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    • Anonymous

      Decent spell but sort of slow and several bosses will dodge it. if you use it, make sure to have an alternate spell to deal with bosses that like to dodge.

      • Anonymous

        'Deals fire damage on the initial impact, then applies a black flame effect to enemies that deals 2-5% of of their total health over 2 seconds.'

        How to get the 5% health sap? Either I'm blind or charging doesn't improve damage over time.

        • Anonymous

          Can someone update this page? There's an actual formula to the burning: "[MaxHP x 0,001] + 1" damage, done 10 times per second for 2 seconds. This same formula also applies to the other Black Flame spells, including Black Flame Blade.

          • Anonymous

            flame shrouding cracked tear does buff it! wow, so I guess everything fire and incantation related will buff it, that's a lot

            • Anonymous

              I've tested this against burning slugs, which take damage and die in ~20 hits despite being 100% fireproof (tested with regular flame incantations). However I'm pretty sure I've hit the fire giant over 50 times with it in the course of one fight without killing him. Either I get bad at math when I'm fighting or something weird is going on.

              • Anonymous

                Anyone else has this bug where if you don’t charge it up to the last tick it reverts back to a non charged fireball? I’m on Xbox one S

                • Anonymous

                  is this an obviously better choice for a memory slot than flame sling? and is it worth the extra 7 fp to cast 18 for this 11 for flame sling?

                  • Anonymous

                    Page says the DoT deals 2-5% max health over 2 seconds... what does this mean? The page for Black Flame Blade says the DoT deals 2% + 20 damage over 2 seconds, is this the same effect?

                    • Anonymous

                      I find it hard to complain about this spell. You can buff it to Hell, you can roll catch, the damage is great, BUT, I miss the DS3 poise beast.

                      • Anonymous

                        I was walkin' through the city streets
                        And a man walks up to me and pulls out his sword
                        "Target lock, cast Black Flame"
                        Man, I'm at a slightly lower elevation

                        I threw it on the GROUND

                        • Anonymous

                          so if you reduce an enemy's max hp with say the black knife, does the DoT of black flame spells go down since it's based on a certain percentage of their hp at the time? or is it based on their true max hp regardless of the debuff?

                          • Anonymous

                            First apply gold vow from a knife or anything light. ( or the banner halbred if you have the weight) left hand is jelly fish shield( which comes next, the effect wears off instantly once it leaves your hand) activate the buff skill, flocks canvas, ritual sword, godfrey icon, all these stack. Last talisman can be more power w flock canvas, for me, I keep it either armor or hp.

                            • Anonymous

                              This spell melts bosses. Best paired with Lightning Spear for weaker enemies and this spell for enemies you can't two shot with spear. This is because Black Flame takes into account of percentage based damage on any enemy's health bar which means you will always do effective damage no matter how high their hp or defenses are. The downside to this spell is that it is slow and the projectile arcs which means it's difficult to use against fast or flying opponents. You can charge it for extra damage but even lodging one in a quick cast takes some time.

                              • Anonymous

                                Its probably very helpfull if your doing a no level up run, you can use godrick Rune or two finger heirloom talisman for +5 faith using Prophet 16 faith to end up 21 and use it, wich will alway do 5% of a boss health or high health ennemies, in general most of the blackflame type ritual are useful for it, black flame is just easy to get early.

                                • Anonymous

                                  It has about the same dmg/fp cost ratio as flame sling but in the end if you do some testing flame sling will come on top, still good to burst faster than flame sling tho.

                                  • After about 300 hours playing this game so far and using most weapons, ashes, spells and skills - this spell, rotten breath and swarm of flies never leave my spell bar. You have been warned, black flame may be addictive.

                                    • Was the best black flame skill before the update and is still the best in Version 1.04. Nice range, hits hard and very low FP cost. SBF hits in a wider angle but it travels very short and it sprays the flame in a weird upward way and the flame will go over the head of enemies even if they are in range.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Tested on Miriel, did 760 extra damage ontop of the initial 1,005. Probably a good incantation to carry into NG+ and beyond to punish bosses for their higher health pools.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Much better after the needed buff. Now actually does more damage than lightning spear (lol). I have found use in PVP even because of the superior free aiming. Still mediocre in some cases, but as a pure incant user this has now replaced lightning spear entirely to me. Better in PVE and arguably in PVP since nobody is hit by lightning spear anymore. You have frenzy burst or beastial sling as superior options to spear in those niche cases.

                                          It is also very much worth nothing this DOES do AOE damage, about as well as fully charged lightning spear but not requiring a chargeup. I'd say the range is very, very slightly worse on AOE but not by much.

                                          Alltogether, black flame is now B tier as far as incantations go. Better than LS if you use Godslayer Seal.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            If they will buff casting speed for this even more, we could reliably cosplay Godskins, yeeting fireballs at any sight of healing...

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I still fail to see a reason to use this over flames of frenzy. More damage, less fp required, aoe and causes madness.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Broken in PVE. Basically the go-to spell for destroying bosses. Due to the way it scales with max HP, it pretty much makes any other spell redundant (barring weaknesses or one-shot setups). For example the big fireball spell cast with a fully upgraded giant seal with 60 faith still does less damage than this, in most cases.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Imagine shooting blue little rocks from a stick when you can channel literal god slaying black flames from your hand

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    This incantation is basically the nightmare of so many bosses... If it's an animal or a corpse or made of wood, this thing will destroy that boss. The only bosses that resist this are the ones with a shield (obviously) and the knight type as their armors value against fire is high as well as, obviously, the dragons. I only learned that I could charge it way later in the game and this spell, even as uncharged, has the best Dmg/FP usage I could find in general. (There are stronger sorcery and incantation spells, but their FP usage is far higher too.) The only kinda-downside is the cast time which doesn't come close to most of the sorcery with the same type of spell output as those can be spam-cast and this one has to do the baseball arc throw every times.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Might sound odd but I really wish the Godskin spells did Holy damage. None of these seem that useful on a fire build considering giant spells, and holy could use some more damage spells. Plus its kind of a cult/religion and would work well with black blade.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Just Spamming this without charging deals good damage on almost all bosses and its quite easy to do while avoiding attacks. So just run and cast and run and cast.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Further, inspection shows Black Flame group spells don't seem to stack its sapping effect simultaneously. Only one active sapping effect will be active from black flame. However, Black Blade incantation, Maliketh's Black Blade, Black Knife all can stack active sapping effects the faster you apply.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            So I checked the effect data, and the actual number for the max health sap is in fact on par with the black blade incantation, which is 0.1% every 0.1 seconds for 2 seconds total. Identical to black blade's max health sap effects, but not Black Knife. I don't really want to spam this on every black flame abilities, but I checked Black Flame and Black Flame Ritual and they both do the same 2% max health it is likely all black flame sap for 2%.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              The damage-over-time from Black Flame is static at 5% of max health over about 2 seconds. Tested on the fire slugs outside of Guest Hall in Volcano Manor with 40, 20, and 99 FTH: in each case it did exactly 21 damage (they're immune to normal fire damage but not the DoT). Also not affected by any talismans, incant scaling, or seal type. This makes it a good pick for builds where faith isn't your primary stat.

                                                              The normal fire damage increases with incant scaling, can be boosted by Fire Scorpion Talisman, etc.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Ok, so, we have black flame (2 after ng+), we have the ability to make a flame enchanted Zweihander, and we have a rough equivalent to the Ring of favor. All we need is the functional fashion and legend will rise again!

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Tested if Flame grants me strength affects this
                                                                  Without FGMS: 791 initial damage
                                                                  With FGMS: 949 initial damage

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Black Flame spells deal fire damage and apply a DoT after the fact that deals % max HP damage that scales up with your Faith stat.
                                                                    Bloodflame spells deal fire damage and then apply a "burn" than causes Bleed buildup instead of damage.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Anyone know if the close up, black flame version of Combustion / O' Flame the Black Flame Acolytes use is available to the player? The largest downfall of Black Flame Incants imo is that they aren't super quick and hard to use against certain bosses due to low speed.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        All of the blackflame spells seem to deal percentage based damage. At 42 faith, I hit Fortissax for 1.3k damage with this. Before Foritssax, I hit one of the giant bees for 542. It seems the more hp an enemy has, the more damage it does.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          After some testing on "Banished Knight", It seems that "Black Flame" gains a "backstab bonus" meaning damage increases if you strike the backs of enemies. With 41 Faith and "Godslayer Seal +11", starting combat with a fully charged "Black Flame", did 434 (Initial + [DOT]) to the back of a full hp knight, The second "Black Flame" ball did 350 (Initial + [DOT]), to his front-side, leaving him on 1 hp. 434 + 351 = 785 HP. The incantation also interacts with "Flame, Grant me Strength", an incantation that boosts fire damage among other things. It's unclear weather the [DOT] counts as fire or physical damage, but I assume only the initial impact of "Black Flame" does fire damage, while the [DOT] does physical. With the buff, The first fireball did 517 (initial + [DOT]) to his back (front-side damage is 416), and the second fireball did 395, killing the knight instantly (NO [DOT]).

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Some people are questioning the viability of this spell compared to fire sling. The damage increase to fp cost increase isnt proportional, thats the trade off. In non-endurance boss fights, you wanna get as much damage out as possible in the short time windows you get. So having this way not be more cost efficient, but its more effective! And thats the big difference.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              this is a faith builds bread and butter against a lot of bosses that don't give you time to charge a spell, especially since you can get the seal that boosts it early and that one also has higher spell buff than the starter

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                this is a faith builds bread and butter against a lot of bosses that don't give you time to charge a spell, especially since you can get the seal that boosts it early and that one also has higher spell buff than the starter

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  The spell balance in this game kinda blows, this and lightning spear are some of the only incantions that are fast and strong enough to be worth using on bosses

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Threw it at a fire slug and the initial hit did no dmg, but it did take dmg from the DOT, dmg seems to also be buffed with the fire dmg buffing tear

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      But what kind of Damage does it actually do i wonder, dark damage doesnt seem to be a thing in this game so is it physical like ds1? I could honestly see it doing physical, fire, holy, or magic dmg, or some combo of those.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        You can also purchase this incantation along with most other spells if you choose to give the spell books to Miriel, Pastor of Vows instead of Brother Corhyn.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Absolute God Tier spell, I’m currently on post game and still annihilating bosses with this due to the percentage DoT damage.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Black Flame will be more useful than Flame Sling against higher HP opponents, because the burn AFTER deals %HP damage. Thus it's more efficient to use Flame Sling against low HP enemies, and Black Flame against higher HP enemies.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              The full item description is:

                                                                                              A black flame incantation of the Godskin Apostles.

                                                                                              Throws a ball of raging black fire.
                                                                                              Charging enhances potency and causes the fireball to explore.

                                                                                              Black flame is weighty. After dealing damage it continues to sap foes' HP for a very short time.

                                                                                              • The full description is:

                                                                                                FP Cost 18
                                                                                                Slots Used 1
                                                                                                Faith 20

                                                                                                "A black flame incantation of the Godskin Apostles.

                                                                                                Throws a ball of raging black fire.
                                                                                                Charging enhances potency and causes the fireball to explode.

                                                                                                Black flame is weighty. After dealing damage it continues to sap foes' HP for a very short time.

                                                                                                • at 30 faith Black Flame with Godslayer's Seal+2 deals ~40% more than Flame Sling, although it uses 63% more FP.

                                                                                                  However, if the message below is ture, this spell might be scaling with faith pretty hard when you have Faith high enough.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    At 20 faith and black flame does essentially equal damage as flame sling but costs 6 extra FP. Been testing on the dog and sword orge near the liftside chamber grace.

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