Briars of Punishment

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Spell Type Aberrant Sorceries
FP Cost 13 Slots Used 1
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Wounds caster to unleash trail of bloodthrorns

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Briars of Punishment is a Sorcery in Elden Ring. Briars of Punishment: Wounds caster to unleash trail of bloodthorns.

 

An aberrant sorcery discovered by exiled criminals.
Theirs are the sorceries most reviled by the academy.
Wounds the caster with thorns of sin, sending a trail of bloodthorns running over the ground to impale enemies from below.
This sorcery can be cast repeatedly.
The guilty, their eyes gouged by thorns, lived in eternal darkness. There, they discovered the blood star.

 

Where to find Briars of Punishment

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Elden Ring Briars of Punishment Guide

  • Aberrant Sorcery
  • Stamina Cost: 22
  • Deals (Sorcery Scaling x 2.12) magic damage.
  • Inflicts Hemorrhage buildup (60) on hit.
  • Long range. Has slight tracking.
  • Costs 50 HP to cast. This cost is reduced by the Arcane stat, if the staff has Arcane scaling (tested with Albinauric Staff)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Elden Ring Sorceries
Adula's Moonblade  ♦  Ambush Shard  ♦  Briars of Sin  ♦  Cannon of Haima  ♦  Carian Greatsword  ♦  Carian Phalanx  ♦  Carian Piercer  ♦  Carian Retaliation  ♦  Carian Slicer  ♦  Collapsing Stars  ♦  Comet  ♦  Comet Azur  ♦  Crystal Barrage  ♦  Crystal Burst  ♦  Crystal Release  ♦  Crystal Torrent  ♦  Eternal Darkness  ♦  Explosive Ghostflame  ♦  Fia's Mist  ♦  Founding Rain of Stars  ♦  Freezing Mist  ♦  Frozen Armament  ♦  Gavel of Haima  ♦  Gelmir's Fury  ♦  Glintblade Phalanx  ♦  Glintstone Arc  ♦  Glintstone Cometshard  ♦  Glintstone Icecrag  ♦  Glintstone Pebble  ♦  Glintstone Stars  ♦  Gravity Well  ♦  Great Glintstone Shard  ♦  Great Oracular Bubble  ♦  Greatblade Phalanx  ♦  Loretta's Greatbow  ♦  Loretta's Mastery  ♦  Lucidity  ♦  Magic Downpour  ♦  Magic Glintblade  ♦  Magma Shot  ♦  Meteorite  ♦  Meteorite of Astel  ♦  Night Comet  ♦  Night Maiden's Mist  ♦  Night Shard  ♦  Oracle Bubbles  ♦  Rancorcall  ♦  Ranni's Dark Moon  ♦  Rennala's Full Moon  ♦  Rock Blaster  ♦  Rock Sling  ♦  Roiling Magma  ♦  Rykard's Rancor  ♦  Scholar's Armament  ♦  Scholar's Shield  ♦  Shard Spiral  ♦  Shatter Earth  ♦  Shattering Crystal  ♦  Star Shower  ♦  Starlight  ♦  Stars of Ruin  ♦  Swift Glintstone Shard  ♦  Terra Magica  ♦  Thop's Barrier  ♦  Thops's Barrier (Spell)  ♦  Tibia's Summons  ♦  Unseen Blade  ♦  Unseen Form  ♦  Zamor Ice Storm (Spell)

 




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    • Astrologers, if you don't want to invest into Faith past the starting 7 points to hit 24:
      - Two Fingers Heirloom +5
      - Imp Head (Corpse) +2 (there are other helms too)
      - Faith-knot Crystal Tear +10
      I had actual points invested for a while not just for this but other sorceries. This feels better.

      • Anonymous

        I whoop general niall at castle sol with this its a beast on the albinuric staff i made it viable i cant believe it

        • Anonymous

          When people finally discovered how to make briars spells useful by chaincasting, Froms just removed chaincasting.

          • Costs 80 hp to cast regardless of how much health you have. Is not affected by resistances or reductions, but I don't know about staff stat scaling. Azur's and Lusat's staves don't boost the cost, either.

            • Anonymous

              The damage is comparably mediocre even wield two staff of guilty and wear full damage boost set. Disappointed.

              • Anonymous

                Does the blood loss buildup always scale with Arcane or with the normal staff sorcery scaling? The Wiki page here just says "This buildup is affected by the Arcane stat, if the staff has Arcane scaling", but what happens if it doesn't?

                • Anonymous

                  I'm pretty damn positive this spell being faith is a fromsoft typo. It only makes sense it should be arc. Just like how the arc weapons were all busted on release.

                  • Anonymous

                    Honestly unless they un-nerf the bloodthorn spells in some way, they’re useless. Most shard or icecrag spells will out damage this without having to wear garbage armor and wield a pointless staff in your offhand. This thing doesn’t build bloodloss anymore (not literally, it’s just so little it may as well not do it at all) even with the Albinauric staff. The spell damage will probably kill whatever you’re attacking before it procs, and you’ll do a ton of damage to yourself for no reason. If you want magic damage + blood loss use the Clayman’s Spear. If you want blood loss at range with magic damage… well it’s not really possible anymore. Maybe one of the bows? Horn bow with blood loss arrows may work. Otherwise, use flies.

                    • Anonymous

                      Don't use this with albunauric staff. It's slow as balls and you do more blood damage to yourself with the arcane scaling. If you want long-range bleed, just use swarm of flies or a crossbow, and if you just want to use this, use staff of the guilty on a faith build so you can dip your toe into other sorceries like pebble or slicer too

                      • Anonymous

                        After 1.04 this spell is useless. Even with the Albinauric staff and 80 arcane this pretty much will not proc blood loss before the target dies unless it’s a boss with a ton of health. Flies are way better.

                        Sucks cuz I finally figured out how to do a bloodloss/magic build and the change basically removed this as being a possible ranged magic damage blood loss.

                        • Anonymous

                          I am sure this does n't inflict bleed status effect . I tested on godskin apostle after nearly a dozen tries no bleed effect

                          • Anonymous

                            Of all the things they could buff about this, the recovery? Really? Not the 3 years it takes to cast? Not the damage that struggles to pass Cometshard even after equipping an entire set, using the Albinauric Staff with 80/50 Arc/Int and Staff of the Guilty in off-hand? Bleh. There's always next patch for us would-be bloodmagi.

                            • Anonymous

                              There is literally zero information to suggest that the heretical/aberrant sorceries inflict blood loss and the wiki seems to reflect this. I don't play in PVP and between the literal game not saying it inflicts hemorrhage and the wiki not saying it inflicts hemorrhage, I'm left to have no ****ing idea. One would assume that a sorcery that's ENTIRE aesthetic is blood would be able to inflict it but in using this in pve rather often, I haven't seen it inflict bloodloss once.
                              (Build references: Int 70 Faith 50 Arc 18 ... If the bloodloss effect scales with arcane then I dunno, maybe that should be MENTIONED somewhere)

                              • Anonymous

                                Definitely needs a buff as its damage and bloodloss are too low compared to spells of the same cost while this one also drains your hp.

                                • Anonymous

                                  So, interesting tech. Normally, your repeat casts would give you a slight reduced cast time on successive casts by just repeatedly slamming the staff down, but if you switch to Briars of Sin, Sin will combo and come out REALLY fast.

                                  • "yo let's make the one of the coolest sorcery sets use the most stupid and useless spells, wait also let's also just make those spells dimestore incantations to really make the whole thing pointless! "
                                    -miyazaki probably

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I have some situations when was hit during a cast, but got new thorns from right side with smaller damage. Pretty cool, if it isnt a bug.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Here was a very rough test of a blood mage. It’s not a full caster build, and my stats are wrong. (I didn’t use Full Moon sorcery because I couldn’t at the time). I also forgot to open with Seppuku. It’s NG+ and I’m level 202, but it gives a good idea of how this can work. It’s just for fun, I know I’m not pro. :)
                                        You can see the blood loss procs on the boss when the thorns hit.

                                        https://youtu.be/KMwZi7rzVfE

                                        • Anonymous

                                          So, this is considered a sorcery but requires faith to cast and to proc blood you need to use the arcane staff. How high were the devs when they thought of this

                                          • Anonymous

                                            So, this is considered a sorcery but requires faith to cast and to proc blood you need to use the arcane staff. How high were the devs when they thought of this

                                            • Question: is it viable to meet the minimum faith requirements for spells like this and Rykards Rancor and just use the spell power scaling from a normal Int staff? Like how in DS3 a mainly Int build could use dark sorceries with only a minor drop in damage?

                                              I'm really enticed by some of the sorceries with Faith requirements but I'm concerned about the stat spread

                                              • Question: is it viable to meet the minimum faith requirements for spells like this and Rykards Rancor and just use the spell power scaling from a normal Int staff? Like how in DS3 a mainly Int build could use dark sorceries with only a minor drop in damage?

                                                I'm really enticed by some of the sorceries with Faith requirements but I'm concerned about the stat spread

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  This can be chained with Glintstone Pebble for instant casts if you don't feel like relying too much on Briars of Sin. Haven't tested with other sorcery specific spells tho, so maybe there are better combinations.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    This can be chained with Glintstone Pebble for instant casts if you don't feel like relying too much on Briars of Sin. Haven't tested with other sorcery specific spells tho, so maybe there are better combinations.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Someone needs to update the text on the interactive map. It says its an Incantation over there not a Sorcery

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Test with Albinaruic Staff +13, Arcane 35, Intellegence 24
                                                        474 base damage
                                                        502 with just chest (5.90% increase in damage)
                                                        502 with just gloves (5.90% increase in damage)
                                                        502 with just helmet (5.90% increase in damage)
                                                        529 with chest and gloves (11.60% increase in damage)
                                                        529 with chest and helmet (11.60% increase in damage)
                                                        529 with gloves and helmet (11.60% increase in damage)
                                                        560 with full set (18.14% increase in damage)

                                                        Other Tips:
                                                        After the first ritual/cast, you may chain cast it for faster speed, and you may switch to Briars of Sin during the chain cast to instantly cast it for when enemies get too close to you. You may get hit during the Briars of Sin cast, but you shouldn't be interrupted unless by a massive attack because of the hyper armor. Lastly, if you hold the Staff of the Guilty in your opposite hand, you will gain the additional 30% damage bonus on these two spells even when casting with the Albinaruic Staff.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Update with the Arcane fix. The Albinauric staff INCREASES BLOOD LOSS BUILD UP when you use it to cast the spell. I suspect this is because it scales off arcane. Hold the Staff of Guilty in one hand and cast it with the Albinauric staff in the other hand. With Albrecht’s hat and gloves, the staff of guilty, and Albinauric staff, I was decimating everything in my path with zero problem and no sorcery damage talismans. Don’t forget the combo the spells. Since Albinauric scales sorcery off arcane AND Int, you can use this combination with just about any spells and they are still effective, while the thorn spells are excellent.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Also you can cast this an incredible amount of times with the Primal Glintstone Blade if you’ve got the hp. Rocking about 35 Vigor at the moment and even when I don’t use HP talismans it feels like my mana pool is huge (30 Mind) compared to using some of the harder hitting slower spells.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Little update. 60INT and 65ARC. +25 Albinauric’s Staff for casting, Albrecht’s hat/gloves, staff of guilty in off hand. Can get blood loss proc on tougher larger mobs in about 3 to 4 casts. 2 to 3 casts on players. Hits for over 1000 without the Full Moon debuff and no sorcery or magic damage buffs or talismans. And about 600-700 to larger enemies (like clean rot knights) while they block. You can also Seppuku yourself while using the blood loss talisman to further increase the damage of your spells. It’s really nice for hitting stuff as it comes to you and switching to a weapon with blood loss. I’ve been using Eleonara’s (so I have not been utilizing Seppuku to boost my damage while casting at the moment.) Having a great time and destroying all kinds of stuff and I’m not really equipped talisman-wise for damage.

                                                              Also spamming this spell and then combo-ing to Briars of Sin for the instant PBAE when enemies get to me has been fantastic in pvp.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                if your trying to use the death spells and realizing now that they ****ing suck but are determined to keep using them add the two blood spells for mix up. Sadly the fp costs for both death and blood magic dont really justify their damage even with a decent 46/46 spread with death staff the death spells are pratically uselss outside of pvp and even then they are medicore in pvp.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  It's looted off of a body on a cliff above the big fire guy that drops the thorn whip. There are two enemies next to it.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    It's looted off of a body on a cliff above the big fire guy that drops the thorn whip. There are two enemies next to it.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Located in Mountaintops of the Giants, NE of Zamor Ruins, on a corpse among the cultists before the obnoxiously long, blocky bridge.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        From Giants’ Mountaintop Catacombs site of grace, walk outside too the left passed the pyromancers and it’ll be on a body next to a tree

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          It is a Item pickup Near the Giant's Mountaintop Catacombs by the fire ladies and whip man. Left side before going over the bridge.

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