Carian Slicer

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Spell Type Carian Sorceries
FP Cost 4 Slots Used 1
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Performs swift sweeping slash using magical sword

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Int 14

Carian Slicer is a Sorcery in Elden Ring. Carian Slicer spell uses a magical sword to perform a sweeping slash. 

 

One of the sorceries of the Carian royal family.

Conjures a magic sword and delivers a swift sweeping slash.
This sorcery can be used without delay after performing another
action.

Even among the Carian sword sorceries, this is a notably effective technique.

 

Where to find Carian Slicer

Where to find Carian Slicer:

carian slicer

 

Elden Ring Carian Slicer Guide

  • Carian Sorcery.
  • Stamina Cost: 22
  • Deals (Sorcery Scaling x 1.8) magic damage per swing.
  • Carian Slicer can be parried like a melee attack.
  • Can be used like a melee weapon for running, jumping, rolling, and backstep attacks, where it has the same animation, but a significantly faster startup than a regular cast.
  • If properly optimized, this spell is one of the highest DPS outputs in the game, coming at the cost of poise damage and moveset variety.  These weaknesses can be easily offset by many of the other Carian Glintsword attacks.  
  • Has the highest magic damage per FP ratio out of all spells.
  • This spell can be used while riding Torrent. 
  • While riding Torrent, use of this spell does not slow Torrent to walking speed, like most spells or incantations do.

Note: As of Patch 1.08, the power of this sorcery has been reduced only on PVP. 

 

 

 

Builds with Carian Slicer

 

 

 

 

 
Elden Ring Sorceries
Adula's Moonblade  ♦  Ambush Shard  ♦  Briars of Punishment  ♦  Briars of Sin  ♦  Cannon of Haima  ♦  Carian Greatsword  ♦  Carian Phalanx  ♦  Carian Piercer  ♦  Carian Retaliation  ♦  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 Nail  ♦  Glintstone Nails  ♦  Glintstone Pebble  ♦  Glintstone Stars  ♦  Gravitational Missile  ♦  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  ♦  Miriam's Vanishing  ♦  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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    • Anonymous

      WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?????!!!!!
      what were they THINKING?!
      I dunno what they were thinking
      THE **** WERE THEY THINKING?!!!!

      • Anonymous

        This spell is great and all, but I cant really bring myself to use it. I'm replaying with int/faith after a pure strength build to get the ranged mage experience, and this kinda defeats that purpose. Especially when my SoNaF costs zero FP to swing.

        • Anonymous

          This is the most fp efficient sorcery, but not the most efficient spell as the article says.
          This has an MV of 180 for 4 fp, giving a dmg/fp ratio of 45. Discus of light has an MV of 150 for 3 fp, giving a dmg/fp ratio of 50, or 100 if it hits on the way back.

          • Anonymous

            From my testing it takes 6 consecutive hits to proc JUST the first level of sword insigna (or milli's prosthesis) buff. Is it even worth it? Most mobs won't let you land that many hits in a row, not consistently at least.

            • Anonymous

              With this, you get the length of a straightsword (some greatswords too), with the speed of a dagger, and it ignores shields. Not to mention, it is very cheap to cast, with impeccable damage.

              This has got to be one of the most effective spells in the game.

              • Anonymous

                Mind you this spell has a *moveset*. It has a roll attack, backstep attack, sprinting attack, and can be used while jumping.

                I've used this for an entire 5 minutes and I'm already in love with it.

                • Anonymous

                  I can imagine something like this being insanely fun with a dagger-like moveset. Not even as an AoW, just as an alternate 2-handed move set (the way DS3 handled its paired weapons).

                  • Anonymous

                    This, and all other melee spells, proc the Winged Sword Insignia buff.
                    And i do mean ALL of them, even Gavel of Haima, the giant hammer, procs the buff if you land consecutive hits

                    • Anonymous

                      I know this spell is already ridiculous, but I would love if it got a guard counter. Rocking a magic knight build with magic shield and a right-handed staff would be fun. I know it won't happen, but a man can dream.

                      • Anonymous

                        proof leveling mind is a psyop invented by miyazaki to keep mage damage in check. DONT GIVE IN TO THE LIES! THE ONLY STATS YOU NEED ARE VIGOR AND INTELLIGENCE

                        • Anonymous

                          who cares about the nerf, I honestly think it was a bit necessary. I still use it and it's still very viable in a sorcery build, just not broken like it was before

                          • Anonymous

                            They should have increased recovery in-between attacks or increased FP cost by a few points. If I'm spending FP on essentially a standard longsword attack, it should hit harder then an actual longsword

                            • Anonymous

                              10 Aug 2023
                              I think what people are trying to say is that this spell is easily overtaken by Catch Flame, since Catch Flame does way more damage and poise damage than Carian Slicer at the same speed.
                              Carian Slicer already got a 20% damage nerf in 1.08 which is way too much, I agree it was OP, but it didn't have to be nerfed that much while Catch Flame remains the same, now the only way to make this spell viable is to use Lusat/Regal staff with Carian Glinstone staff off-hand since it boosts melee sorceries damage, but otherwise the damage of that spell isn't that good. And losing direct trades against fast thrusting weapons isn't what I would call a fair change, especially for battle mages.

                              • Anonymous

                                Well, they indirectly nerfed this spell. Not that anything changed besides a slight poise damage increase, but now that all other weapons do significantly more poise damage, you'll often find you're losing direct trades. This is probably a fair change, and besides, you could always follow up your slice with a Gavel. It's become a pretty good mix-up. Slicer then either Piercer to roll-catch or Gavel to hyperamor through if they commit.

                                • Anonymous

                                  "Has the highest magic damage per FP ratio out of all spells."

                                  That would be discus of light, unless we're talking about sorceries only.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Wanted to do a melee mage build using the carian glintstone staff and all the sword spells. Currently lvl 90, int 37, cgs level 22, graven school talisman, scorpion charm and a level 9 carian knight sword is stronger. Disappointing build.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      First the whining brutes complain that mages refuse to stand still and fight fair, then they complain when mages stand still and fight fair.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Im always curios why there is no staff damage detection part spamming this spell, the staff always seems to be hitting the enemy.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Im blown away by the number of complaints about low damage.
                                          ...are you just not upgrading your staffs or something?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I love people complaining about Slicer being nerfed in PvP but not Catch Flame

                                            Sorry mages, but faith is and will always be better than magic, even From acknowledges it that's why they didn't nerf us, go cry more while I cast Barrier of Gold and roll catch you with Catch Flame :)

                                            • Anonymous

                                              swing swing swing
                                              why does thing go so FAST and deal so much damage??? My "mage" so far has just been the same as my dex build, but with int instead of dex, and A LOT more damage.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                How much poise to poise 1 slicer and/or 1 swift pebble? I want to prophet cosplay but swift pebble and slicer are worse than thrust sword.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Can't believe this got nerfed and meanwhile Catch Flame is still able to do over 700 damage despite doing way more poise damage than Carian Slicer lol

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Never really used this, still won’t. Although, it’s kinda upsetting that “Carina Slicer” is the best INT dps move

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      A lot of people complain about the nerf in PvP (I agree it was a bit too much) but I still think it's a very powerful spell!

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Kinda useless in PvP unless you are using lusat glinstone staff and carian glinstone staff off-hand to boost melee sorceries damage by 15%, and even then, it just feels okay.
                                                        You are better grabbing a moonveil, does more damage, doesn't cost FP, has a great ash of war, and does actually stun people.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I didn't even know it was possible to have a stat spread bad bad enough to make carian slicer bad, but the comments on this page have showed me that it must be possible

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Needs to be made into an AoW that you can put on staffs. The worst thing about this spell is FromSoftware's continuing obsession with their item rings, which really hampers the use of this on mage builds - you're firing away, something gets up close to you, you then have to whirl the ring around to Carian Slicer to switch to melee mode, and then back again once the thing in question either backs off or dies. If you have a lot of spells equipped (which, if you're a mage, you usually will), that ring HUD is more of a pain than it's worth in the heat of battle.

                                                            AoW on the staff = R1 is caster mode, L2 is melee mode. Add to that the one staff AoW we have (Spinning Weapon) is supposed to be for exactly this but it barely works at all (too slow to activate, weak damage, not the easiest thing to properly aim, leaves you wide open for several frames between the spin finishing and the animation-lock ending), and IMO there's a good case for this being added as an AoW for staffs.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Good spell, but could be better if it was slightly buffed, just like another person said, Catch Flame is better, more damage and more poise damage.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Farron Flashsword but worse
                                                                Terrible damage and terrible poise damage too
                                                                Tried this in duel and invasions and it was so bad

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Lmao this spell is bad in pvp, deal little to no poise damage and easily dodgable, just use a magic infused sword, it is more viable and does more damage

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Why am I forced to use both lusat and carian glinstone staff to make this weapon viable?
                                                                    It needs a damage buff because it's quite trash, only 300 damage per hit

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      For anybody that is playing caster for 1st time and is not a souls vet ,from my experience this is still one of the best spells in game.
                                                                      1.you get in the starting area can be literally on level 1
                                                                      2.Very low FP / STA consumption
                                                                      3.has insane base damage - early game magic resistance is not a big issue (For Renala i used a sword as higher upgraded as i got )
                                                                      4.goes out very quick - great against slow early game boses

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I'm good at PvP. I'm totally not carried by this spell, with minor help from Piercer, Regression, Swift Pebble, Adoula's, and Comet.

                                                                        Joking aside, this spell is insanely good. With the Glintstone staff in the offhand I can out-trade anyone except fist users. Fist users are the hard counter to this.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Do people really think Carian Slicer is bad now? Even with a 20% damage nerf is still find it pretty good for pvp, you just need one hit more to kill but that's it, slicer is as fast as a dagger and does more damage than all straight swords, even with the nerf
                                                                          I'm myself a mage btw

                                                                          • This can true combo with a Colossal Sword's crouch poke, but so can Catch Flame, which has much higher MV (225 vs the 180 of this spell) while also not having its damage reduced in PvP by 20%. While it's true that at its most optimal, this spell was too strong, as it is now it's useless to someone who isn't trying to maximize their spell damage and want to use spells as utility with <80 Int and an Azur's Glintstone Staff. Despite not having a cast-speed increasing catalyst and lower spell buff on the account of needing to put points into Dex for maximum cast speed, Catch Flame will deal more damage than this spell in 99% of situations, even in situations where your opponent isn't using Barrier of Gold, and despite that fact that it deals Fire Damage, and everyone has higher innate Fire Defense than Magic Defense. Maybe for dedicated mages it's still usable, but for hybrid casters you'd be better off respecting to use Incantations if you want to combo with a Colossal Sword.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I feel like this should bounce off of large shields, I mean you're probably already so close to the enemy you're hitting them with the staff part so it's not that outrageous to think you can't one hand it against a big hulking shield.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                People whining about the nerf on this have no idea how much damage it does on an optimal setup. Worst case scenario is takes one more swing to kill now, but most of the time it is still going to kill in the same number of hits as it had that high of damage prior. It requiring you to stack passive poise is also a good tradeoff for using it as it can be that devastating.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Damage nerf, sure because it was strong in high level pvp, but the lack of any poise damage in pvp makes this spell unusable now.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    okay so after some testing in pvp this spell is still good. I was hiiting 600 before nerf now Inhit about 505 so not a big nerf. However if you fight someone who buffed themselves with anti magic miracle then the nerf is siganificant, went from hitting around 300 down to 210 or seomthing.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      It's telling of how from approached magic in this game that the best spell in the game is the fast melee one.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        They should probably reduce damage but increase poise damage instead to compensate. This way it will fulfill the role of offensive melee weapon while reducing it's stupid high AR. For magesstaggering opponent will be better use than outdamaging him, since mages usually sport low vigor and suck at trading blows.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          to the anon who posted 3rd NOV saying "mages have it easy" i did not believe the exaggeration until i tried it myself. I was pure melee only built (str/dex), yknow all that cool katanas and straight swords. I've used everything, halberds, axes, great curved swords to great spears to colossal weapons. Now come to the carian slicer, oh my god almost instant attack, and with Carian Regal Sceptor now i have spinning weapon, which acts like a "heavy attack" (ALSO A VERY STRONG ONE TOO, I MUST ADD) and carian slicer and thats all i need... and if i meet any annoying mages i too have far range spells now!

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