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

attributes required elden ring wiki guide 18Requires
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.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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 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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    • Anonymous

      Never really understood why people try to use this against me in pvp. I mean im sure it does great damage but im not gonna just stand there and let you cast it.

      • Anonymous

        This is always in my 1st slot. Efficient in pve, stunlocks many enemies. Excellent in low lvl PvP against anyone that can't poise through it. Great at chasing down with running attack. Low stamina cost, high dmg, fast as hell. No real downside but can be parried.

        • This is far and above the most overpowered magic in this game, second being bestial sling. Why bother with Comet Azur when you can do half the setup for the same dps, lots of mobility, and sustainability? The hitbox is also way bigger than it looks like, having by far the most phantom range out of everything in the game. Even more powerful in PvP, taking advantage of latency for even more phantom range, having a very fast moveset, lots of burst damage, very fast rolling attacks, and next to no recovery. Not the most broken thing in the game to be certain, but definitely the most powerful magic.

          • Anonymous

            Wait how can you use it for critcal strikes whenever I tried to use for backstabs or when I parry it just does a reguler attack

            • Anonymous

              Went from STR/FTH build in DS3 thinking to be a magical ranged fighter this time around. Ended up turning bosses into a mush with this thing here. 10/10 would recommend

              • Anonymous

                no point using straight swords when you can just use this. Honestly sword enjoyers should just respec to int

                • Really useful spell, low fp cost and decent damage. In the right hands it is deadly. I wish you could dual staves and power stance this spell lol

                  • Anonymous

                    It needs nerf, to much dmg and cast speed with no fp cost, it can be countered, but considering latency and conection problems in souls games it can be realy braindead shredering cancer.

                    • Anonymous

                      Disgustingly op in PvE, at high int/dex with the right staves/talismans it puts a single hit will put out the same damage as a buffed charged MLGS R2

                      • Anonymous

                        if you equip this spell in your left hand, you still have the full moveset of the spell, which is unlike melee weapons, they only get the regular light attack chain, unable to do dodge/crouch and other similar attacks.

                        • Anonymous

                          Having PVP fun using this and Swift Glintstone Shard on a pure Faith build using Staff of Loss. The Vagabond has exactly enough Int to use Carian Slicer if you put on the Stargazer Heirloom. Synergizes well since the lower level sorceries are still very good.

                          • Anonymous

                            It's very disappointing this does absolutely zippo poise damage I mean even dagger level is sufficient but nothing. Makes it very difficult to be a viable melee spell outside of using a heavy weapon to "dual wield" but at that point you might as well use a rapier to get better damage and actually poise lock a low poise set build. Not bad but not the best melee spell

                            • Anonymous

                              You know it barely does any poise damage right? Just trade hits. Range is short and its rather predictable, man up.

                              • Anonymous

                                "Quick short range slash does 1/5 of my health, nerf it aggghhh!" - the dual bleed build guys, halberd+estoc flaming strike guys, crouching poke spammers and dual wielding jumping spam guys.

                                • Anonymous

                                  "So mages are generally supposed to be long range fighters that suffer in close ranges?"
                                  "Yeah."
                                  "So why do they have an attack that's both faster and stronger than my R1s?"

                                  • Anonymous

                                    My gerd... This needs a nerf to balance it out. Give it same speed of straight swords or lower the damage. Looks wise it's dope tho

                                    • Anonymous

                                      With this spell, you get to recreate both the two hit combo and straight sword -> ultra moveswap glitch(without the range) from ds3.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        This thing doesn't have the right to deal SO MUCH damage for it's speed... I mean, I got 60 vig with Crimson Amber +2, and this legit did about 30% of my HP bar in 1 slice. Just to clarify - host wasn't buffed, only thing he did is drink flask. Only had colossal pokes do similar damage, and they are usually slower and can be seen, well, because your opponent wields a huge sword in his hand... But you never know what magical thing will fly out of mage's staff. Kinda same thing with sacred seals, but I can't think of any incantation that was this fast and deal so much damage. Closest thing is catch flame, but it's damage is NOWHERE near to that. And hitbox is way shorter.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          How they should nerf this is just make it like the Farron Flashsword from DS3 give it the straight swrod moveset.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            This is technically the only "weapon" that attack faster when you increase Dexterity as it will increase casting speed.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Giving scrolls to Sellen is a bad choice as she moves. It should be given to Miriel at the church of vows.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Genuinely insane spell. Deals insane damage, costs hardly any FP, incredibly fast when done running, can be comboed into Carian Piercer to obliterate new players, this spell is better than my main weapon (Loretta's War Sickle).

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  This thing does as much damage as a 2H greatsword heavy attack on a 66 strength build, but it's also an amazing roll catch, comes out lightning fast, is incredibly spammable, and can be boosted by a dozen different damage sources. Nerf it, thanks. Farron Flashsword was fine in DS3, we don't need to give Sorcerers even more broken tools.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    People downvote comments that complain that this spell is to op because they don't want their precious crutch to be nerfed.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Deals way to much damage for how quick fast and also the fact it casts little to no fp. It needs a damage nerf.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        The best feature of this spell is how it doesnt have cast time if you use it after a roll, which is extremely useful on bosses in particular since you can take advantage of every punish window. Highly reccomend this especially if youre using a slow weapon in your main haind

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          The talismans that give you attack power off of consecutive hits works with this and carian greatsword. (Winged Talisman etc)

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Slot this after moonblade. Most people usually roll into you while they dodge moonblade, slicing them to pieces even heavy poise will die before they can react. finished a lot of people this way just 2-3 swing, it's too fast for them to try to trade with.
                                                            if they got away can even follow with Piercer to finished. Melee mage never be stronger in any soul game.

                                                            • the DPS on this thing is insane, even bleed builds can't match what this can do, and the stamina and fp cost on this is so laughably low you can reduce most boss's health bar by half in just one punish window.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Kinda don't get why there are so many int scaling weapons in this game. This spell is like a better version of any weapon when you are completely focusing on intelligence, at least for PVE. Deals in one hit about the same as any normal weapon, is faster than most weapons, requires almost no FP.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  "Behold! I have spent decades learning magic so that I may create a blade out of pure magic to fight you with!"
                                                                  "Wouldn't it have been less time consuming to just get a real sword and learn how to use that?"
                                                                  "SILENCE!"

                                                                  • Dual-Staff Test
                                                                    Carian Slicer while Godrick Soldier blocking with Lordsworn's Shield (51 Guarded Damage Negation)

                                                                    Damage Numbers:
                                                                    123 - Attack with Carian Glintstone / Meteorite
                                                                    123 - Attack with Carian Glintstone / empty
                                                                    159 - Attack with Meteorite / empty
                                                                    183 - Attack with Meteorite / Carian Glintstone

                                                                    15% damage increase

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      It seems like the carian glintbladestaff does not increase the dmg on this spell if it is in Offhand while using regal scepter/lusats. Maybe a bug

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        The damage on this spell should be nerfed it should not be able take a third of someone's health in a few hits.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Give this spell to your Mimic Tear so they can use sorceries with a shield while having a quick means of retaliation.

                                                                          Since Mimic Tear's FP essentially regenerates, they can use this as much as possible. They don't need to stack up in Mind points or load up with Cerulean Tears.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            If you're playing a spellblade and have a weapon in your other hand, this spell is still good for two reasons: (as mentioned) you can attack with your weapon then this to avoid the start-up cast and it's very good against high stability shields if you're using a weapon that would bounce off them otherwise (dagger, curved sword, etc.) as Slicer will pass through them and do chip damage.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Chain casting this spell while a boss is down deals way more damage than "stabbing" the boss in the weak spot, must have for a mage

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Like it's DS3 counterpart, this lovely thing seems to have unique running attack and rolling attack frames.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I finished the sellen quest and I forgot to buy it before, miriel doesn’t sell it either, how can I have it?

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    little tip someone told me:

                                                                                    it can be sometimes difficult to get the skill underway because the first cast is a bit slow and in melee you might get staggered by quicker weapons before you can launch this skill. But instead if you for example play a Rapier in the right hand, do a light attack, then immediately follow up spamming Carian Slicer.
                                                                                    This lets you bypass the lengthy initial cast time, plus its a free extra hit which also staggers a bit.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      initial spell animation is a bit like a slower sword swing, but once you got the first hit you can spam it 2-3 times per second for little FP and it does IMMENSE dmg.
                                                                                      If you are greedy you can melt through some bosses for around 40-50% of their hp in the first second of the fight between his spawn and his first action.
                                                                                      It's only downside is the lack of stagger, but I think it'd be too strong if it did that aswell.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Probably my favorite spell. Low FP cost to damage ratio makes this a very reliable and useful spell.

                                                                                        Determination/resolve + Carian slicer is a dps machine, they're huge boosts to spammy spells like this.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          A very reliable spell with low cost to keep in your pocket for consistent DPS, especially if your main is something gimmicky.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            This plus the Royal knights resolve ashes of war and the lusat’s staff i did like 8k damage to the fire giant and instantly went to phase 2

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Has anyone tested this with upgraded carian glinststone staff vs carian regal scepter? I wonder if carian's sword magic bonus would make it the stronger staff for this spell between the two.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Sellen is not required to purchase these spells. All spell scrolls and books should go to miriel, pastor of vows at the church of vows. He can learn/teach all forms of magic without any repercussions as he does not have an npc quest that gets him immediately killed. (Thanks miazaki and george for subverting expectation and not slaughtering literally every single npc in the first five minutes of us meeting them.... )

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  To answer what someone asked, longer staves do not increase the range on this. The player character grasps the magical sword at it's "hilt" resulting in the same range regardless of what staff is used
                                                                                                  From what I've used so far, anyway.

                                                                                                  • I have only 2-3 Gripes with this spell: I want to use this as my primary Melee Weapon but...
                                                                                                    1) No Guard Counter R2 press after Blocking with a Shield.
                                                                                                    2) No R2 Charge and Heavy Attacks. You can't charge R1 as magic either for a heavier swing.
                                                                                                    3) On Horseback its Amazing - but I wish I could press L1 and L2 to light and heavy attack on the LEFT side of the mount. R1 only slashes on the right - so you always have to align your mount rightward and get close to enemies, and turn around if they flank you from your left.
                                                                                                    TBH only lacking Guard Counters and left side slashing on Torrent Mounted Combat - is the only major thing it's missing...
                                                                                                    Aside from that, this might just be the best spell in the game.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      If standing, the spell cast time is a little long, BUT if you use it out of a run it comes out very fast.
                                                                                                      Try it, it's a shorter cast if you run up right before.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        i wonder if anyone can do a bit of testing on this...

                                                                                                        do certain staffs extend the reach of this spell? that certainly was the case in dark souls 3. like the man-grub's staff...

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          This spell is absolutely INSANE in PvP and PvE. This will blender anything and anyone to death, given they aren't resistant to magic damage. Just make sure to do the running attack/rolling attack, not the neutral attack. Slice and dice.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            For better or for worse, the Carian Slicer is the best dps and most FP efficient spell out of all the Carian Sword series of spells. Of course the spell is strong in it's own right even when compared to other top tier spells like the Pebble.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Good from Torrent and comes out crazy fast from rolling. When you need mobility, this beats everything but a Quickstep dagger, and deals waaay more damage.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Must have for a mage build..a good combo spell that required less fp (can spam a lot)..and do a lot of damage to boss and enemy...fast casting...damage scale with int..

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  REALLY solid all around useful spell. It's great on horseback and quick to get little enemies off of you when getting ganged on.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    You have to give Sellen the Royal Academy Scroll you find further down the road before she will sell you this spell in case you are wondering why she doesn’t have it

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Must have, costs almost no FP and does very good damage because of how fast you can spam it. Also ignores block.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        The damage is honestly quite surprising and you can pretty much avoid the cast when attack while running and start comboing.

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