Combat in Elden Ring is a comprehensive guide and a collection of tips and tricks for an individual to master Elden Ring's Combat. Being adept at its intricate and punishing combat is the key to progress greatly in Elden Ring. This page will explore and provide insights exploring the topics of Beginner Combat Tips and Tricks, Tarnished Movesets, Recovery Items, Basic Equipment Types, Ashes of Wars, Spirit Ashes, Character Progression, and more.

Combat in Elden Ring

Combat in Elden Ring is a deep system, consisting of basic to advance player actions, special abilities like Ashes of War, Spirit Ashes, Equipment, and their special abilities or skills. Elden Ring is the latest Soulslike title entry of FromSoftware, the developers who defined the genre. Thus, expect that the overall combat of Elden Ring will be intricately designed that can satisfy any player type such as newbies and hardcore alike. One can master the foundations of combat if one is willing to pay attention to its dedicated design. As early as now, it is worth noting that treating Elden Ring's Combat as a regular Action Role Playing game will only get a player so far. As the game is built with skill check gates as experience players call them that will constantly keep the player on their toes and determine if they managed to pick up the combat and game mechanics. If you are a seasoned gamer, you are likely aware of the notorious FromSoftware Title's difficulty and Elden Ring is no different.

Its overall difficulty is most commonly a source of debate but overall the consensus would be hard to punish. Expect to die a lot, especially in your first play-through as you are learning the ropes. All of the player's and enemies' moveset were intricately designed. To the point that constant calculation is required from the player's end. Split second decision makings often encountered especially in major boss fights. Decisions that range from basic attacking, ability usage, dodging, and blocking to advance once such inventory management, etc. Decisions that heavily affect each battle's outcomes directly affect one's progress. Ergo, we have created this page to assist newcomers and intermediate players alike and provide aid in understanding the mechanics of Elden Ring's Combat. Mastering Elden Ring's Combat is everything thus, let deep dive into it and enjoy the process.

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Master the Basics

It is important to understand and master the basics of combat in Elden Ring. Knowing one's basic repertoire is the key to understanding even the hardest mechanics or features of Combat. In this section, we will be listing each of the player's basic movesets or the actions they can do in combat. Each action has its strengths and weaknesses and understanding these plays a pivotal role in the process. Basic movesets such as Regular Attacks, Dodging, Blocking, and more. After mastering the basic foundation of combat, we will cover the rest of the advanced techniques that a player can take advantage of in the later sections.

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Regular Attacks In Elden Ring

In Elden Ring combat, melee attacks form the core aspect for most classes, excluding those focused on spellcasting. You have the opportunity to select from an extensive range of weapons, each possessing unique traits and gameplay styles. Engage in confrontations with the most formidable warriors inhabiting the Lands Between. Enhance your strength by two-handing a weapon or unleash powerful attacks by wielding two weapons of the same type. It is worth noting that each type of weapon has its movesets to master thus, finding your playstyle and mastering it is a must. Understanding the gameplay that you want to achieve dictates the weapons and abilities that you want to build for your character.

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Using Spells in Elden Ring

Within the Lands Between, an abundance of magic courses through, awaiting those who aspire to attain the status of Elden Lord. Those with profound Intelligence among the Tarnished can wield a Glintstone Staff to cast Sorceries, whereas the Faithful rely on Sacred Seals to unleash their Incantations. Spells possess a diverse array of effects, ranging from inflicting damage upon adversaries to augmenting your power, mending injuries, or bestowing special advantages and abilities. When you find yourself resting at a Site of Grace, exercise caution in selecting the spells you wish to commit to memory, ensuring you acquire the necessary power and adaptability. Players will have a vast array of spell selections in Elden Ring. Each of these Spells has unique effects that can aid the player in various situations.

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Using Ashes of War in Elden Ring

In Elden Ring, each weapon possesses a unique ability that can be utilized. While numerous skills are designated as special attacks, others aid in mitigating damage, executing evasive maneuvers, or enhancing your capabilities in diverse manners. Moreover, by obtaining Ashes of War scattered across the Lands Between, you gain the ability to modify the skills of many weapons. Feel free to experiment and combine different skills to discover the ideal configuration that suits your playstyle! Ashes of War are a personal favorite. Adding a flair to my build is a must. Carefully understanding each Ash of War's characteristics will yield great results as players can perform better depending on their current situation. These abilities will have their section to tackle more pointers about it later on.

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Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring

During your adventure, you will encounter the remnants of spirits known as ashes, which can be summoned to assist in combat. These spirits often manifest as defeated enemies scattered across the Lands Between. Along your path, you will encounter a fellow Tarnished who possesses the ability to enhance your summoned spirits. With her guidance, these spirits can grow in strength, enabling them to accompany you in even the most daunting trials you face. An intricate system that may provide companionship to players and we will have a dedicated section that explores the basics of Spirit Ashes.

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Stamina is Everything

Dealing combination attacks, dodging, blocking, sprinting and even spells consumes stamina. Stamina plays a pivotal role in Elden Ring. In my opinion, Stamina is the holy grail stat, especially for melee users. Treating Stamina as an offensive stat is indeed a good perspective. Increasing offensive stats like Faith, Dexterity, or Strength is a good way to improve your overall damage per second. However, if one will neglect the importance of Endurance, the character build that you are hoping for will likely fail in most cases. Your rolls, shield blocks, and the number of regular attacks depend on how much stamina or Endurance Points a Tarnished has. Balancing your stats is a must especially during your first playthrough so you will not end up dying in most cases since you do not have decent stamina points to move around on the battlefield.

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Mastering Weapon Types

Players can explore a plethora of Weapons in Elden Ring. As mentioned previously, you need to find your specific playstyle as it depends on your personal preference or the build that you are going for. An example would be, Katanas for decent weapon attack speed and great attack power or weapon scaling while having a good range, or Colossal Weapons with very slow attack speed but having an immense Attack Power due to its superb Attack Stats Scaling that can crush foes in few amounts of blows. A spear that has magnificent thrust attacks with great range, making players safe from melee attacks. These are just a few examples of weapon types and a lot more are in store for anyone who wants to dive into it.



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Blocking Attacks in Elden Ring

By equipping a Shield, you can raise your guard to effectively defend against incoming attacks. The amount of damage mitigated relies on the stats of your shield, but with perseverance, it is possible to acquire a shield that protects against all forms of Physical Damage. Nevertheless, exercise caution as blocking attacks depletes your Stamina. If your Stamina is fully exhausted, you will be immobilized and vulnerable for a brief but crucial period. While Shields are the best equipment when blocking attacks, other weapons and Spells may be used to guard and mitigate incoming damage.

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Dodging Attacks in Elden Ring

To ensure your survival in combat, the key is to evade incoming attacks rather than absorb them. Employ the dodge roll technique to swiftly maneuver in any direction, evading imminent danger. Utilize the momentary invincibility granted during the roll to pass through incoming attacks unscathed, positioning yourself to retaliate against audacious assailants. In addition to the fundamental dodge roll, Elden Ring provides various other methods to evade attacks, such as jumping over them or employing special skills for defense.

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Parry in Elden Ring

Tarnished can execute a parry maneuver, nullifying incoming attacks and exposing your adversary to a critical strike. In contrast to past Souls games, certain bosses in Elden Ring require multiple successful parries to unleash a single critical hit. Nonetheless, an extensive assortment of parry skills exists, enabling you to enhance your parrying capabilities. These skills offer options such as long-range parrying or even the ability to parry spells, providing you with diverse ways to master the art of parrying.

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Stealth in Elden Ring

Not every confrontation requires a direct approach. Elden Ring incorporates stealth mechanics that enable you to navigate around encounters you wish to evade. Adopt a low crouch to minimize noise, take cover in tall grass or behind substantial objects to remain undetected, and uncover spells, skills, and equipment scattered throughout the Lands Between to maintain stealth. When the time is right to unveil yourself, position yourself behind an unsuspecting enemy to deliver a devastating critical strike. Enemies unaware of your presence will always be susceptible to heightened damage, providing you with a significant advantage.

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Jump Capability in Elden Ring

The jump button in Elden Ring serves a dual purpose, not only facilitating exploration but also introducing an additional element to combat. With powerful jump attacks, players can effectively bridge the gap between opponents and inflict significant stance damage. Furthermore, jumps can be utilized to evade low-to-the-ground attacks, providing invulnerability to the legs and torso while airborne. However, caution is advised, as sustaining a hit while in mid-air will result in being forcefully knocked down. As mentioned, The Jump ability may be taken advantage of thus, reminding oneself that you have this ability is a must since it is easy to forget it exists, especially when trying to avoid dodging different types of attacks in Elden Ring.

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Roll Attack

Roll Attacks is an underrated moveset in Elden Ring. In the early game, players will likely not see its use or effectiveness in battle. However in Bajor Bosses, when optimizing fights while doing advanced techniques such as I-Framing, roll attacks can be valuable assets. Roll Attacks grants the player the ability to transition from evading incoming attacks to an offensive stance and deal attack combinations.

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Watch Your Health Points

Like in other games, watching your health points should be a priority especially when having your first playthrough. Once the HP reaches zero, your character dies. Increasing your Vitality may provide more HP in the process Vigor plays a vital role during your first playthrough, the more HP you have, the higher the chances that you will survive a fight especially when trying to master Bosses. As you master Elden Ring's Combat, you will have the option to reduce the points allotted in your Vitality and put it to offensive stats like Strength or Dexterity.

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Kick in Elden Ring

Kicking targets in Elden Ring has benefits that a player can take advantage of. The kick's damage is abysmally low however, its main purpose is to break the enemy's stance, especially the ones who use a shield. Kicking guarding enemies will have their guard broken and be staggered, open for attacks. Knowing your enemy's loadout is also beneficial and once a shield user surfaces, you will know how to respond and counter these enemies.

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What is FP in Elden Ring?

In the world of Elden Ring, FP, or Focus Points, is a vital statistic among the various stats that define your character. These stats determine your character's abilities, strengths, and vulnerabilities, both in combat and in other situations. FP specifically represents an energy resource that powers your spells and skills. FP is categorized as one of the base stats, which means it is directly influenced by how you allocate your main attributes during character creation. As you distribute your main attributes, such as strength, dexterity, intelligence, and faith, your FP will be affected accordingly. This allocation of attributes plays a significant role in shaping your character's overall capabilities.

Managing FP effectively becomes crucial as you progress through the game. It acts as a finite resource that governs the usage of your spells and skills. Every time you cast a spell or utilize a skill, it consumes a portion of your FP. Therefore, it's important to balance the usage of your abilities, ensuring that you have enough FP to unleash your most potent spells and skills when facing formidable foes. Remember, strategic management of FP is key. Utilize your spells and skills judiciously, balancing their usage with the regeneration of FP through various means, such as resting at bonfires or utilizing specific items.


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Elden Ring Ashes of War Basics

Ashes of War are abilities or weapon skills in the game that plays a vital role in a player's progress. These weapon skills affect a character's build drastically thus understanding the basics of how Ashes of War works is a must. In this section, we will be exploring its basic mechanics and determine how the player can take advantage of it. Topics pertaining to how to get more Ashes of War, Basic Effects and Types, and more. For a complete list of Ashes of War, click this Ashes of War Page or click the image below.

What are Ashes of War?

Each weapon comes with its own unique ability that can be used in various ways. Some of these abilities are designated as special attacks, while others help reduce damage, execute evasive maneuvers, or improve your capabilities in different ways. Additionally, collecting Ashes of War scattered across the Lands Between allows you to modify the skills of many weapons. Don't hesitate to experiment and combine different abilities to find the perfect configuration that matches your playstyle! Personally, players will adore Ashes of War as they add a special touch to my character's build. Taking the time to understand the characteristics of each Ash of War will yield excellent results, as it enables players to perform better depending on their current situation. Later on, we'll delve deeper into these abilities and provide more details about them. For now, let's start with the Types of Ashes of War. For a list of all Ashes of War and their effects, click the image below.

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Regular Ashes of War

These types of Ashes of War are mostly the common ones that a player can get from an NPC, drop rewards, or in exploration from treasure chests and Teardrop Scarabs. Regular Ashes of War can be equipped on any kind of weapon as long it is compatible. It is worth noting that players can duplicate the regular Ashes of War and infuse it with different weapons. Regular Ashes of War are not inferior to special ones as most of them boast special effects that a player can take advantage of. Indeed the special ones may provide unique abilities in combat however, the player's build will dictate what kind of Ashes of War they will use.

Unique Ashes of War

Mostly the bread and butter of the Ashes of War line. Mostly infused in Boss Weapons or Unique Weapons. Its main differences compared to the regular ones are its unique effect and it cannot be duplicated. Getting the special weapons mentioned would be difficult and most of the tied to the player's progress in the game. Unique Ashes of War not only boast unique abilities but also has unique animations that often times a joy to see. These unique abilities mostly resemble Bosses' unique attack animations along with their effects that mimic the Bosses' nature.

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Lion's Claw

Skill of the Redmanes, who fought alongside the General Radahn. Somersault forwards, striking foes with armament.

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Skill of swordsmen from the Land of Reeds. Sheathe blade, holding it at the hip in a composed stance. Follow up with a normal or strong attack to perform a swift slash attack.


Bloodhound's Step

Skill that allows the user to become temporarily invisible while dodging at high speed. Moves faster and travels farther than a regular quickstep. This skill can be used to circle around lock-on targets.

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Transient Moonlight

Sheathe blade, holding it at the hip in a composed stance. Follow up with either a normal or a strong attack to draw the blade at great speed for an instant slash attack. Both attacks fire off a wave of light.

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Ancient Lightning Spear

Imbue the armament with the ancient dragons' red lightning, then throw it as a spear. Can be charged to increase its power.

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Moonlight Greatsword

Raise the sword aloft, bathing it in the light of the dark moon. Temporarily increases magic attack power and imbues blade with frost. Charged attacks release blasts of moonlight.

How to Equip an Ashes of War?

By utilizing a Whetstone Knife in Elden Ring, you have the ability to infuse your armaments with new Skills and Affinities using the Ashes of War. This process can be carried out at the sacred Sites of Grace. Alternatively, players can seek the services of Smithing Master Hewg, located at the Roundtable Hold, which also provides these enhancements. It's important to note that an armament can only possess a single skill at a time. If you choose to imbue it with a new skill, any previously acquired skills will be removed, allowing for a fresh infusion of power. The type of armament you possess determines the specific skills or affinities that can be bestowed upon it. For further clarification, consult the item description of each Ashes of War, as it provides details regarding which armaments it is intended for.

Keep in mind that certain special armaments come with unique skills that cannot be replaced or modified. These exceptional items retain their inherent abilities and cannot be altered through the infusion process. Unlike similar items found in previous titles developed by FromSoftware, such as Embers, Stones, and Gems, Ashes of War in Elden Ring can be used repeatedly without any cost. This means you can experiment with different combinations and enhancements without any limitations or concerns of resource depletion. Harness the power of Ashes of War to shape your armaments and forge a formidable arsenal as you traverse the challenging realms of Elden Ring.

What are Whetstones & Affinities in Elden Ring?

Within the expansive weapon customization system of Elden Ring, affinities play a crucial role in allowing you to modify the attribute scaling and elemental buffs of your attacks. The introduction of the Whetstone Knife unlocks the ability to alter the affinity of your weapons. With this tool in hand, you can utilize the power of Ashes of War to upgrade your weapons with affinities and imbue them with unique status effects, all based on the specific type of Ashes you choose to apply. It's worth noting that the customization options are further enhanced by the existence of various types of whetstones that can be collected. These distinct whetstones expand your range of possibilities when it comes to customization since certain affinities can only be accessed by utilizing specific whetstones.

Embrace the potential of affinities and wield the Whetstone Knife to shape your weapons according to your playstyle and combat preferences. By carefully selecting and applying Ashes of War with the appropriate whetstone, you can unlock a diverse array of affinities and unleash devastating attacks infused with elemental power and special effects. Let your weapon customization journey in Elden Ring be one of the strategic choices and dynamic combat prowess.

Where Can I Get Ashes of War?

The coveted Ashes of War can be acquired through various means within the Lands Between and there are a handful of sources to get the said skills. As the player progresses in the game, Ashes of War will come naturally and your overall repertoire will be filled in a short period.


Conquering Enemies and Bosses

Engage in fierce battles and emerge victorious to claim the valuable Ashes of War as spoils of war. Defeated foes and mighty bosses may drop these precious items, rewarding your skill and tenacity in combat.


Trading with a Specific NPC

Seek out a specific merchant in the Lands Between. They may offer you the opportunity to acquire Ashes of War in exchange for currency. Utilize your negotiation skills to strike a favorable deal and expand your collection of these sought-after artifacts.


Exploring the Vast Lands Between

Embark on a journey of discovery and exploration throughout the breathtaking world of Elden Ring. Keep a keen eye and a steady hand as you navigate treacherous terrains and uncover hidden secrets. The Lands Between is teeming with opportunities to find Ashes of War in unexpected places. Search the remains of fallen warriors, delve into mysterious chests, and explore other points of interest to stumble upon these valuable relics.


The Rewarding Experience

The acquisition of Ashes of War offers a compelling incentive to engage in combat, interact with merchants, and embark on daring expeditions. By employing a combination of strategic battles, shrewd trading, and meticulous exploration, you can amass a formidable arsenal of these artifacts, allowing you to wield their powers and shape your destiny in the unforgiving world of Elden Ring.


Spells in Elden Ring

Spells in Elden Ring consist of a vast selection of Incantations and Sorceries. Each of these spells provides unique effects and abilities that cover both offensive and defensive influences. In this section, we will cover the basic of Spells and their usage, along with important information such as where to find these Spells. For a complete list of Incantations and Sorceries in the game, feel free to click the highlighted titles here or click the images below.

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What are Spells in Elden Ring?

In Elden Ring, sorceries encompass a fascinating branch of magical abilities. These spells rely heavily on a character's Intelligence stat and offer a wide array of effects. From the creation of enchanted projectiles to summoning destructive meteors, and even employing the forbidden practice of blood magic, sorceries possess a versatile range of powers. It is worth noting that certain spells deviate from the typical damage-dealing nature and serve other purposes. To unleash sorceries, one must wield a Staff or a Seal. Tools specially designed for casting these mystical spells. Seek out trainers who can provide an extensive selection of spells in exchange for Runes, while others can be discovered throughout the game world. For certain sorceries, players have the option to charge their casting by holding down the button.

This results in a more potent version of the spell without consuming additional resources. However, it's important to be aware that this charging process will increase the casting time. Fortunately, various items such as Staffs, Talismans, and other equipment are available to aid in reducing cast time and minimizing the consumption of FP (focus points). It's worth mentioning that casting a spell also depletes Stamina, so investing points in the Endurance attribute can prove beneficial. For inspiration on how to optimize your character, be sure to explore different Builds that can guide you in utilizing sorceries to their fullest potential.

What Are Sorceries In Elden Ring

In Elden Ring, Sorceries represent a fascinating branch of magical abilities. These mystical spells rely on a character's Intelligence stat and encompass a wide range of effects, from summoning magical projectiles to invoking devastating meteors. Some sorceries even delve into the dark arts of blood magic, offering unique and diverse ways to wield perplexing power. It's important to note that not all sorceries are solely focused on dealing with damage; there are spells with effects that go beyond causing harm. To cast sorceries, a Glintstone Staff serves as the conduit for channeling magical energy. In the world of Elden Ring, trainers play a crucial role in expanding a sorcerer's repertoire. These trainers offer a selection of spells that can be acquired by trading Runes, a valuable currency within the game. Additionally, sorceries can also be discovered while exploring the vast landscapes and hidden corners of the game world, rewarding intrepid adventurers with newfound magical knowledge.
A notable aspect of sorcery casting is the ability to charge certain spells.

By holding down the cast button, players can unleash a more potent version of a spell without requiring additional resources. However, this heightened power comes at the cost of extended casting time, leaving the sorcerer vulnerable to enemy attacks. Fortunately, various equipment options such as staff, talismans, and other magical artifacts can aid in reducing casting time and managing focus points (FP). It's important to keep in mind that casting spells in Elden Ring depletes the character's stamina. Therefore, investing points into the Endurance attribute can prove advantageous, as it increases stamina capacity, enabling prolonged spellcasting and maintaining a combat edge. For inspiration and guidance on creating a well-optimized character, exploring different builds provides valuable insights and ideas, helping players maximize their potential and develop effective strategies.

How to Get Spells in Elden Ring?

In the enchanting realm of Elden Ring, unlocking the power of spells is an essential endeavor for any aspiring adventurer. These mystical incantations can be acquired through various means, ensuring that players have a plethora of options to expand their magical arsenal. One avenue for obtaining spells involves seeking out knowledgeable trainers who possess a wealth of arcane knowledge. These seasoned mentors eagerly offer a diverse selection of spells in exchange for valuable Runes. Interacting with these trainers not only presents an opportunity to expand one's repertoire of spells but also encourages a deeper understanding of the magical arts. However, the world of Elden Ring is not confined solely to the wisdom of trainers.

The game world itself is a treasure trove of hidden secrets and ancient wonders. As intrepid explorers venture through the vast and mysterious landscapes, they may stumble upon hidden tomes, long-forgotten scrolls, or even encounter enigmatic characters who possess rare spells. These serendipitous discoveries reward the diligent and the curious, granting them access to unique and potent magic. The dual avenues of acquiring spells in Elden Ring, through trainers, and through exploration, offer players a sense of agency and adventure. They are beckoned to interact with knowledgeable mentors and scour the corners of the world, unearthing the secrets of spellcraft and weaving their own destiny in the realm of magic.

What are Incantations in Elden Ring

In the mystical world of Elden Ring, Incantations hold a significant place as a form of powerful magic. These magical spells, known as incantation spells, often rely on a character's Faith stat, reflecting their connection to divine forces. Incantations encompass a diverse array of effects, including healing, curing ailments, inflicting damage upon foes, and imbuing individuals or weapons with enchantments. They offer a versatile range of abilities that can aid adventurers in various ways. To cast incantations, practitioners utilize Sacred Seals as their conduits of magical energy. These sacred artifacts enable the manipulation of mystical forces and serve as the catalysts for unleashing the potent effects of incantation spells. Within Elden Ring, incantations blend aspects of both Miracles and Pyromancies from previous games in the Souls series. This amalgamation of traditional elements and innovative additions results in a collection of familiar favorites, alongside captivating new incantations that expand the magical possibilities for players to explore. Incantations serve as a vital resource for both offensive and defensive strategies, providing the means to heal wounds, dispel afflictions, and wield destructive forces against adversaries. The versatility of incantation spells allows players to adapt their approach to various encounters, granting them the advantage of versatility and adaptability in the face of ever-changing challenges. Whether in dire need of healing, seeking to smite enemies with divine fury, or enhancing their own abilities, incantations empower players to shape their own destinies within the mystical realms of Elden Ring.

As adventurers traverse the expansive landscapes and delve into the depths of Elden Ring, they will encounter a rich tapestry of incantations awaiting discovery. These hidden treasures lie scattered throughout the game world, rewarding diligent explorers with new spells that can turn the tide of battle and unlock new avenues of progress. By unearthing these hidden incantations, players can further augment their magical arsenal and broaden their strategic options, enhancing their overall effectiveness in their quest for triumph. Prepare to immerse yourself in the realm of incantations, where miracles and pyromancies converge to form a captivating fusion of divine and elemental powers. Unleash the might of sacred spells, wield the Sacred Seals with reverence, and embark on a thrilling journey through Elden Ring, where the mastery of incantations can tip the scales in your favor and shape the fate of your character.

What are Memory Slots In Elden Ring?

In Elden Ring, Memory Slots are an important base stat that determines how many spells you can remember. Think of them as magical storage spaces in your mind. These slots allow you to keep track of and use a specific number of sorceries and incantations. To fill your Memory Slots with spells, you need to rest at Sites of Grace. These special locations provide a peaceful and secure environment where you can focus and commit spells to your memory. It's like studying and memorizing the intricate details of each spell, ensuring you can recall and cast them when needed.

It's worth noting that not all spells are created equal when it comes to memory requirements. Some spells are more complex or powerful, and as a result, they occupy more than a single Memory Slot. This means that you must carefully choose which spells to memorize, considering the cost of each one in terms of the available slots. Selecting a mix of spells that complement your playstyle and suit your strategies becomes crucial in optimizing your magical abilities.


Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring

What are Spirit Ashes?

In the world of Elden Ring, Spirit Ashes serve as helpful companions that closely resemble the enemies found in the Lands Between. By utilizing the Spirit Calling Bell, you can summon these spirits to fight alongside you during combat encounters. This page provides valuable information about the mechanics of these spirits, the available types of Spirit Ashes, the costs associated with summoning them, and a community-generated list ranking their relative strengths.

By delving into this comprehensive guide, you will gain a deeper understanding of how these spirit companions operate in battle. You will discover the diverse range of Spirit Ashes that can be summoned, each with its own unique abilities and attributes. Additionally, you will learn about the costs involved in summoning these spirits, whether they require a specific amount of resources or have limitations on their usage.

How to Get Your First Spirit Ashes?

In order to utilize Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring, players need to acquire the Spirit Calling Bell from Renna, who can be found at the Church of Elleh. Similar to other items, Spirit Ashes can be equipped and accessed through your Quick Slots or Pouch. However, it's important to note that they can only be employed while playing in single-player mode and when in close proximity to a Rebirth Monument.

Spirit Ashes Basic Mechanics

Understanding the mechanics of Spirit Ashes is crucial for mastering advanced techniques in Elden Ring. Once you summon spirits in a particular area, you won't be able to summon them again until you rest at a Sites of Grace or utilize the Fast Travel option.


Dismissing Spirit Ashes

If you wish to dismiss a summon, you can reuse the Spirit Ashes to effectively send them away. It's important to note that if you venture beyond the boundaries of a valid summoning area, any active spirits will be automatically dismissed.


Summoning Spirit Ashes

During a boss fight, spirits can only be summoned once per encounter. If they perish during the battle, you won't be able to re-summon them. Additionally, it's not possible to summon spirits while under the effects of the Furlcalling Finger Remedy.


The Cost of Spirit Ashes

To enable spirit summoning again, you must use the remedy once more to cancel its effects. Summoning spirits requires either Focus Points (FP) or Health Points (HP), depending on the specific summon. Be mindful of your resource usage and choose the appropriate summon based on your available FP or HP.

By familiarizing yourself with these mechanics, you'll be well-equipped to effectively utilize Spirit Ashes and optimize your summoning strategies in Elden Ring.

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Click this image for a list of all Spirit Ashes.

When To Summon Spirit Ashes?

In order to utilize Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring, players need to be in close proximity to a Rebirth Monument. These stone obelisks can be found at various Points of Interest and nearly every boss arena. When players are within range of a Rebirth Monument, a monument icon will appear on the left side of the screen, indicating that Spirit Ashes are available for use. This visual cue serves as a reminder that players can unleash the power of these companions in their current location.

How to Unlock Spirit Ashes Upgrades?

In Elden Ring, Roderika stands out as the sole NPC with the ability to enhance Spirit Ashes. However, before she can provide her upgrading services, a short side quest must be completed. To initiate the quest, engage in a conversation with Roderika at the Stormhill Shack. Following that, your next task is to journey to Stormveil Castle and procure the Chrysalids' Memento. Once you have obtained the memento, make your way back to Roderika and return it to her. Afterward, proceed to the Roundtable Hold and engage in multiple conversations with both Roderika and Blacksmith Hewg, exhausting all of their dialogue options. To refresh the area, you can either leave and reenter or employ other methods. Upon returning to the area, you will find Roderika seated across from Blacksmith Hewg. From this point onward, she will possess the ability to upgrade your Spirit Ashes, granting them enhanced power and capabilities. Make the most of this unique opportunity by visiting Roderika and availing yourself of her valuable services to improve your Spirit Ashes and bolster your effectiveness in the world of Elden Ring.

Materials Required to Upgrade Spirit Ashes

In Elden Ring, the process of upgrading Spirit Ashes brings about a universal enhancement to the attack power and defenses of the summoned spirits. This upgrade system applies to two distinct categories of Spirit Ashes, each requiring specific materials for their respective upgrades.


Standard Spirit Ashes

These can be upgraded using Grave Gloveworts. By obtaining and utilizing these materials, the attack power and defenses of the standard Spirit Ashes can be significantly improved.


Renowned Spirit Ashes

The renowned Spirit Ashes, on the other hand, necessitate Ghost Gloveworts as the designated upgrade material. By obtaining and utilizing these unique resources, the renowned Spirit Ashes can be elevated to new levels of strength, enhancing both their offensive and defensive capabilities.

By harnessing the power of these Upgrade Materials and investing them wisely into your Spirit Ashes, you can unleash greater might and resilience upon the spirits summoned to aid you in the challenging world of Elden Ring.


Elden Ring Weapon Types

In the world of Elden Ring, weapons serve as vital tools wielded by the player's character to unleash devastating attacks upon formidable foes, both ordinary enemies and imposing bosses. With an extensive arsenal at their disposal, players can choose from a grand total of 308 weapons, encompassing an assortment of fresh categories unique to this game and a selection of beloved classics from previous titles in the Souls series.
These weapons go beyond mere instruments of destruction.

They embody the means through which players can carve their path through the perilous lands of Elden Ring. Each weapon possesses its own distinct characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses, presenting players with a plethora of strategic choices and playstyles to explore. From swift and elegant blades to mighty hammers capable of shattering defenses, the diverse range of weapons caters to a wide array of combat preferences. This section covers the basic of Weapons such as Types. For a full list of Weapons in Elden Ring, click the title image header below.

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What are Remembrance Weapons?

In Elden Ring, there exists a special category of weapons known as Remembrance or Boss Weapons. These extraordinary weapons are wielded by demigods and bosses, and they possess remarkable qualities. One of their distinguishing features is their ability to harness additional powers and effects, granting players extra advantages and perks during combat. To obtain these coveted weapons, players must exchange a Remembrance with Finger Reader Enia and select one from a range of options provided. Each Remembrance offers a specific set of distinct choices, requiring players to carefully decide which weapon suits their needs best. It's important to note that once a Remembrance is redeemed, it cannot be used again.

These weapons hold considerable value as rewards, surpassing regular weapons in terms of their superior set of statistics. Moreover, they come equipped with a unique Skill that complements their already heightened attributes. This combination of enhanced stats and exclusive abilities makes Remembrance or Boss Weapons highly sought after by players, as they significantly enhance their combat capabilities in the world of Elden Ring.

What are Legendary Weapons?

Within the world of Elden Ring, a select group of weapons known as Legendary Armaments holds a significant place. These exceptional weapons belong to a special class, distinguished by their rarity and unique attributes. Discovering these prized weapons can prove challenging, often requiring dedicated exploration or triumphing over formidable adversaries among the game's bosses. Should one succeed in acquiring all of these Legendary Armaments, a noteworthy achievement or trophy aptly named "Legendary Armaments" awaits as a well-deserved reward. It is worth noting that Remembrance Weapons and Legendary Weapons boast unique skill animations that are a must-try, These weapons improve Character Builds drastically.

Weapon Damage Types in Elden Ring

In Elden Ring, every weapon possesses one or more types of damage. For example, the Longswords inflict both Standard and Pierce Damage. This is because its regular attacks are classified as Standard Damage, while its thrust attack deals with Piercing Damage. Understanding the damage types of your chosen weapon can be advantageous, as certain enemies may have weaknesses or resistances to specific types of damage.

Moreover, in Elden Ring, it is possible to modify the damage type of many weapons by inserting Ashes of War into them through the Ashes of War menu at a Site of Grace. When you select your weapon in this menu, it will display the available Ashes of War that you can use on your weapon, based on the ones you currently possess. This allows you to customize the damage type of your weapon to better suit the weaknesses of your adversaries.

How Does Weapon Scaling Work?

Similar to previous games developed by From Software, Elden Ring features weapons that have specific stat requirements. These requirements must be met in order to effectively wield the weapon. For instance, if you don't meet the requirements, you won't be able to use the weapon's special skill. Therefore, it's important to plan accordingly and seek out weapons that match your abilities. Scaling refers to how much damage a weapon gains based on your investment in a particular stat, such as Strength or Dexterity. Elden Ring follows a similar approach to the Souls franchise in grading scaling with letters. "S" is the best scaling, followed by "A," "B," "C," "D," and "E."

In simple terms, the higher the letter grade, the more damage you will deal by focusing on the corresponding scaling stat. Some weapons have multiple scaling stats, so it's crucial to pay attention to these and prioritize the ones that provide the most damage per attribute point invested. It's possible to alter the scaling on weapons by using the Ash of War, which depends on the Whetblades you have found. For example, using the Heavy Infusion will remove all scaling except for Strength (STR) and enhance the strength scaling on the weapon.

Basics of Weapon Upgrades

In Elden Ring, upgrading weapons is done at the Smithing Table. At this location, you can utilize the Runes and Smithing Stones you've collected to upgrade regular weapons. Additionally, Somber Smithing Stones are used to upgrade unique weapons. When a weapon is upgraded, it progresses from its base version to the "+1" version, indicating that it has been upgraded once. This upgrade not only enhances the weapon's damage but can also improve its overall scaling in certain cases. For example, upgrading the Longsword to Longsword +1 enhances its Strength scaling from D to C, resulting in increased damage from investing in Strength.

Unlike the Souls games, Elden Ring does not involve the use of "Gems" or other materials to alter a weapon's damage type. Instead, Ashes of War and Whetblades found throughout the game are utilized. These can be added or removed from your weapon, enabling you to experiment with different versions of your current weapon and discover the one that suits your preferences the best.


Elden Ring Weapon Types


Weapon Type Description
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Daggers possess a notably limited reach but compensate for it with their rapid attack speed and remarkable Critical Damage. These qualities enable them to execute devastating backstabs and ripostes. If you intend to adopt a stealthy playstyle or frequently employ backstabs and parries, daggers can be an excellent choice of weapon for you.
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Straight Swords
Straight Swords in Elden Ring are dependable weapons that strike a balance between slashing and thrusting attacks, enabling you to deal significant damage to enemies and bosses. These swords are among the more user-friendly weapons in the game, making them accessible for players of varying skill levels. They pair particularly well with shields, as they allow for swift follow-up attacks immediately after blocking, creating openings for counterattacks.
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Greatswords possess the potential to deal tremendous amounts of damage, but they come with a trade-off in terms of mobility. Care must be taken by players wielding these weapons, as their slower swings can leave them vulnerable to enemy and boss attacks. The use of greatswords involves a high-risk, high-reward dynamic, where strategic timing and precision play crucial roles. However, their immense power allows for the satisfying ability to "pancake" many enemies, swiftly incapacitating them and enabling players to emerge from the encounter unscathed.
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Colossal Swords
Colossal Swords take the place of Ultra Greatswords found in the Souls series. As their name suggests, these swords are oversized, often surpassing the height of the Tarnished (the player characters) themselves. Despite their weight and slower swing speed compared to other swords, Colossal Swords offer the advantage of an extended reach and deliver tremendous damage. Properly wielding these massive weapons typically demands a substantial investment in Strength. If a player falls slightly short of the strength requirements, resorting to two-handed wielding can help compensate for the shortfall.
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Thrusting Swords
Thrusting Swords find a middle ground between delivering moderate damage, quick attacks, and providing ample reach, as they puncture and slash enemies. Take it as how Rapiers behave in other titles.
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Heavy Thrusting Swords
Heavy Thrusting Swords specialize in piercing attacks and excel at countering or following up on enemy strikes. Despite their additional weight, these swords deliver increased physical attack power while still allowing players to wield them alongside a shield.
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Curved Swords
Curved Swords are designed for swift slashing attacks, enabling players to deal damage to adversaries while maintaining their mobility. These swords possess the advantage of swift attack speed, surpassing that of numerous other melee weapons in Elden Ring. This makes them particularly effective against agile and nimble opponents. Similar to Thrusting Swords, Curved Swords offer a unique back-step feint. When charging a heavy attack, pressing the Dodge button cancels the attack and executes a back-step attack instead.
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Curved Greatswords
Curved Greatswords excel in delivering powerful slash-based attacks, enabling wielders to unleash significant damage upon enemies. However, these weapons come at the cost of decreased mobility, leaving the wielder susceptible to counterattacks from both regular enemies and imposing bosses.
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Katanas are renowned for their proficiency in mid-range combat, excelling in both slashing and thrusting attacks. Additionally, they possess the ability to inflict the Hemorrhage status effect, commonly known as Bleed, which can cause substantial damage over time. The unique moveset of katanas entices many players to opt for this weapon type.
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Twinblades present a challenging aspect in their handling, as they can be wielded single-handedly, but their true potential is unlocked through dual-handed attacks. These weapons cater to players who enjoy executing spinning slash maneuvers capable of striking multiple targets simultaneously.
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Axes, being weighty weapons, can be effectively handled with a single hand. These weapons excel in close-quarters combat and offer a diverse array of attacks to choose from.
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Greataxes are formidable weapons capable of inflicting substantial damage and effectively breaking through an opponent's guard. However, their power comes at the cost of slow attack speed, which leaves wielders exposed and vulnerable to counterattacks. To wield Greataxes proficiently, players will need to invest significantly in their Strength stats.
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Hammers possess the ability to deliver mighty, yet slow, attacks that can pack a tremendous punch against enemies and bosses. These weapons are particularly renowned for their effectiveness against heavily armored foes, as well as their capability to shatter shields and break through guards.
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Flails exhibit an impressive range, allowing wielders to execute forceful single strikes against hostile characters. It's worth noting, however, that they have a slower attack speed. Unlike whips, flails cannot be parried by enemies. Nevertheless, flails possess the unique ability to perform critical attacks, adding a strategic advantage to their usage.
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Great Hammers
Great Hammers are specifically crafted for delivering slow, yet devastating, heavy attacks capable of dealing significant damage. These weapons excel when facing heavily armored enemies, allowing users to break through their defenses and dismantle shields. Wielding Great Hammers effectively requires substantial investment in Strength stats to fully harness their power.
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Colossal Weapons
Colossal Weapons, distinct from Colossal Swords and Hammers, represent a particular category of weapons in Elden Ring. These mighty weapons are characterized by their substantial weight, necessitating wielders to possess high Strength attributes. With their impressive size and heft, Colossal Weapons have the potential to unleash immense damage upon enemies. However, their slow attack speed leaves the wielder vulnerable to counterattacks from adversaries, adding an element of risk to their usage.
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Spears provide users with the advantage of engaging in melee combat from a safe distance, enabling them to stay out of harm's way. This is especially true for Great Spears, which allow for attacking while keeping a shield raised, enabling users to both block and attack simultaneously. Additionally, spears excel as melee weapons on horseback due to their superior range, making them highly valuable in mounted combat situations.
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Great Spears
Great Spears grant players the ability to unleash devastating strikes from considerable distances, albeit at the cost of reduced attack speed and increased weight due to their exceptional heft. Similar to regular spears, Great Spears enable users to maintain a defensive stance by attacking with a shield raised, allowing for simultaneous blocking and attacking. Moreover, these weapons proved to be formidable choices in mounted combat situations, as their extraordinarily long reach sets them apart from other melee weapons, making them well-suited for engagements on horseback.
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Halberds achieve a harmonious equilibrium between delivering moderate damage and boasting an extended reach. They accomplish this by combining straight thrusting attacks with wide, sweeping swings.
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Reapers possess an extended reach and feature a distinctive sweeping moveset. These weapons prove especially advantageous when attempting to inflict damage behind shields, provided they are swung with the correct spacing and timing.
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Whips typically deal modest to moderate damage and are less effective against heavily armored enemies. However, they compensate for this with their notable advantage of a long reach.
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Fists are dual-wielded weapons that excel in close-quarters combat. They offer users the ability to execute swift and rapid attacks, capable of swiftly eliminating hostile enemies. Dual-wielding is the way to go however, players also have the ability to single-handedly equip it.
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Claws, which are worn on both hands, are highly effective in swift, close-quarters combat. These lightweight implements possess inherent Bleed capabilities and are commonly utilized by individuals specializing in Dexterity Builds.
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Light Bows
Light Bows are ranged weapons designed for dealing damage to enemies from a distance. Like other ranged weapons, they do not provide any guard protection. However, Light Bows possess a distinct advantage in that they allow for quick arrow notching and firing immediately after performing a roll or landing from a jump. This feature enables a more aggressive and mobile playstyle, offering versatility in combat. It is important to note that Light Bows require arrows as ammunition to be utilized effectively.
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Bows serve as long-range weapons capable of dealing damage to hostile characters from a distance. It's important to note that bows do not provide any guard protection, emphasizing the need for users to keep a safe distance from approaching enemies. In order to utilize bows effectively, arrows are required as ammunition.
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Great Bows
Greatbows are formidable ranged weapons that excel at dealing damage to hostile characters from a significant distance. One notable advantage of Greatbows is their considerable potential to break through enemy guards. However, it's important to note that Greatbows do not offer any guard protection to the user, further emphasizing the need to maintain distance from advancing enemies. Unlike other types of bows, Greatbows do not possess the ability to fire while mid-jump. To utilize Greatbows effectively, Great Arrows are required as ammunition.
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Crossbows function as ranged weapons capable of inflicting significant damage on hostile characters from a distance. Unlike bows, crossbows need to be loaded before each shot is fired. It's important to note that crossbows do not provide any guard protection to the user, emphasizing the necessity of maintaining a safe distance from advancing enemies. To utilize crossbows effectively, bolts are required as ammunition.
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Ballistae serve as powerful ranged weapons capable of inflicting substantial damage on hostile characters from a considerable distance. Notably, Ballistae possess significant potential to break through enemy guards. Unlike crossbows, Ballistae do not require loading before firing each shot, providing a more immediate and efficient means of attack. It is important to note that Ballistae, like other ranged weapons, do not provide guard protection to the user, emphasizing the need to maintain distance from advancing enemies. However, Ballistae, in contrast to crossbows, lack the ability to fire while mid-jump. To utilize Ballistae effectively, Great Bolts are required as ammunition.
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Glintstone Staves
Glintstone Staves are essential for casting Sorceries. If you wish to utilize these powerful magic spells, equipping a Glintstone Staff is necessary. Most staves do not possess any additional skills or abilities. Their primary function is to facilitate the casting of Sorceries. As a result, players often rely on a secondary or tertiary weapon for close-quarters combat while using staves primarily for spellcasting purposes.
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Sacred Seals
Sacred Seals play a crucial role in casting Incantations, which are often associated with the Faith Stat. These seals serve as the means to channel divine powers and perform mystical rituals. It's important to note that Sacred Seals cannot be imbued with new Ashes of War or augmented with armament buffs. They retain their inherent properties without the ability to be further enhanced in this manner.
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Torches inflict minimal damage, but their primary purpose lies in warding off unwelcome creatures by applying Fire Damage. Additionally, torches serve as a valuable tool for illuminating dark areas, making them essential for exploration in environments with limited visibility.



Elden Ring Classes

In Elden Ring, classes represent the various combat archetypes that players can choose from during the Character Creation process. Selecting a class has an impact on the player's initial Stats and the Equipment they receive at the beginning of the game. The following information provides an overview of each class, including their attribute point allocation and starting equipment. So players will have an idea of what would be their desired roles or build. Although the starting class only affects the basic stats and weaponry, it will give anyone a basic gameplay overview of a certain build. For more information regarding Classes, click the image header below.

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Purpose of a Starting Class

You have started your first playthrough and decided to pick a class. Wondering about your choice's long-term effect is indeed one of the common receptions of newbie players. In fact, you can be at ease that the starting class will not have a long-term effect on your future build since any player can alter their character builds at mid-game. The purpose of starting classes is for players to understand each of the basic builds and their gameplay. This will lead players to formulate their own conclusion about what optimized builds they will aim for at the end game. Each basic class correlates to a basic build, for example, a Samurai that is being built around Dexterity weapons such as Katanas. A Vagabond Knight that mains Shields and Straight Swords or an Astrologer that exploits the power of Sorceries. This section will provide a basic overview of each class and its starting weapons.


Elden Ring Basic Class Overview


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Starting Stats

  • Vigor: 14
  • Mind: 9
  • Endurance: 12
  • Strength: 16
  • Dexterity: 9
  • Intelligence 7
  • Faith: 8
  • Arcane: 11

Starting Weapons

  • Battle Axe
  • Leather Shield

Hero Overview

The Hero class in Elden Ring is designed for players seeking a powerful and robust character build. The Hero possesses a remarkable combination of high Strength, Vigor, and a modest proficiency in arcane abilities. This class begins the game at level 7, providing a solid foundation for tackling challenges ahead. Equipped with a battle axe and a leather shield, the Hero is well-prepared for close-quarters combat. The battle axe serves as a formidable weapon, capable of inflicting significant damage upon foes, while the leather shield offers reliable defense against incoming attacks.

With a focus on raw strength and durability, the Hero class excels in delivering crushing blows and withstanding punishment. Players who prefer a playstyle centered around brute force and resilience will find the Hero class a suitable choice for their adventures in the world of Elden Ring.

Gladiator Build

In this section, we will showcase a build closest to the current class on the spotlight. Thus, players will be provided with a brief idea of how advanced classes works.





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Starting Stats

  • Vigor: 12
  • Mind: 11
  • Endurance: 13
  • Strength: 12
  • Dexterity: 15
  • Intelligence 9
  • Faith: 8
  • Arcane: 8

Starting Weapons

Samurai Overview

The Samurai class in Elden Ring embodies the agile and versatile warriors of the realm. With a high Dexterity stat as its primary attribute, the Samurai excels in swift and precise combat maneuvers. Additionally, it possesses moderate levels of strength, endurance, mind, and vigor, allowing for adaptability in various situations. Starting the game at level 9, the Samurai class begins with a selection of equipment that complements its combat style. Armed with a katana, the Samurai wields a legendary sword known for its precision and deadly strikes. This weapon enables the class to unleash swift and devastating attacks against enemies.
In addition to the katana, the Samurai carries a bow, providing ranged capabilities for engaging foes from a distance.

The class is supplied with a stock of arrows, including the fiery and impactful flaming arrows, granting the Samurai the ability to deal elemental damage to adversaries. To bolster its defenses, the Samurai also possesses a shield, offering protection against incoming attacks and allowing for strategic blocking and parrying maneuvers. Overall, the Samurai class offers players a well-rounded and agile combat archetype. With its emphasis on Dexterity, combined with a diverse array of equipment, the Samurai is a formidable choice for those seeking a versatile and deadly warrior in the world of Elden Ring.

Supreme Samurai Build

In this section, we will showcase a build closest to the current class on the spotlight. Thus, players will be provided with a brief idea of how advanced classes works.





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Starting Stats

  • Vigor: 10
  • Mind: 11
  • Endurance: 10
  • Strength: 9
  • Dexterity: 13
  • Intelligence 16
  • Faith: 7
  • Arcane: 9

Starting Weapons

Bandit Overview

The Bandit class in Elden Ring represents a cunning and agile character build, adept at both spellcasting and nimble combat. With high Arcane and Dexterity attributes, the Bandit possesses a unique combination of magical prowess and swift, precise movements. Starting the game at level 5, the Bandit begins their journey equipped with a set of essential tools. A dagger serves as the primary melee weapon, allowing the Bandit to deliver quick and stealthy strikes in close quarters. This weapon is ideal for swift and silent takedowns, enabling the class to exploit vulnerabilities in their enemies. To augment their defenses, the Bandit carries a parrying shield, which excels in deflecting and countering enemy attacks. The shield provides opportunities for precise timing and ripostes, allowing the Bandit to turn their adversaries' aggression against them.

In addition to their melee capabilities, the Bandit is equipped with a bow and a supply of arrows. This ranged weapon offers the advantage of engaging enemies from a distance, allowing the Bandit to maintain a tactical advantage. The arrows can be utilized to strike down foes with precision and accuracy. With its emphasis on Arcane and Dexterity, the Bandit class provides a versatile playstyle that combines both magical abilities and agile combat techniques. Players who prefer a swift and adaptable character build will find the Bandit class to be an intriguing choice in the world of Elden Ring.

Black Knife Assassin Build

In this section, we will showcase a build closest to the current class on the spotlight. Thus, players will be provided with a brief idea of how advanced classes works.





Astrologer Overview

The Astrologer class in Elden Ring embodies the mystical practitioners who harness the power of the cosmos. With high Intelligence and Mind attributes, the Astrologer possesses deep knowledge and profound magical abilities. Additionally, it possesses a moderate level of Dexterity, allowing for nimble movements and adaptability. Embarking on the adventure at level 6, the Astrologer begins their journey armed with a combination of magical and melee weaponry. The staff serves as the primary instrument for unleashing devastating spells and manipulating arcane energies. This powerful tool enables the Astrologer to cast a wide range of spells, harnessing the forces of nature and the stars themselves.
In addition to their magical prowess, the Astrologer is equipped with a sword and a small shield.

The sword offers a reliable melee option, allowing the class to engage in close-quarters combat when necessary. The small shield provides a degree of protection, enabling the Astrologer to block incoming attacks and counter with strategic maneuvers.
With their focus on Intelligence and Mind, the Astrologer excels in magical abilities and intellectual pursuits. The class is capable of unraveling the mysteries of the universe and channeling its power into formidable spells. Players who prefer a versatile character build with a strong emphasis on spellcasting will find the Astrologer class to be a captivating choice in the fantastical world of Elden Ring.

Elementalist Build

In this section, we will showcase a build closest to the current class on the spotlight. Thus, players will be provided with a brief idea of how advanced classes works.





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Starting Stats

Starting Weapons

Warrior Overview

The Warrior class in Elden Ring represents a formidable and agile combatant, specializing in swift and precise melee attacks. With high Dexterity and moderate physical stats, the Warrior excels in close-quarters engagements, combining speed and strength to overcome adversaries. Beginning the game at level 8, the Warrior class is equipped with a dual-wielding setup, wielding two scimitars. These curved blades offer a swift and fluid fighting style, allowing the Warrior to unleash rapid strikes with deadly accuracy. The dual scimitars provide versatility in combat, enabling the class to swiftly switch between offensive maneuvers and defensive tactics. To enhance its defensive capabilities, the Warrior also carries a light shield. This shield offers a balance between protection and mobility, allowing the Warrior to block incoming attacks while maintaining agility and maneuverability on the battlefield.

With a focus on high Dexterity, the Warrior class excels in agile combat techniques, relying on speed, precision, and evasive maneuvers to outmaneuver foes. Its proficiency in dual-wielding and the inclusion of a shield provide a diverse range of offensive and defensive options.
Overall, the Warrior class offers a dynamic and fluid playstyle, perfect for players who prefer a fast-paced and agile approach to combat. Whether slashing through enemies with twin scimitars or deftly blocking incoming strikes with a light shield, the Warrior class in Elden Ring is an excellent choice for those seeking a versatile and deadly melee combatant.

Bloodblade Build

In this section, we will showcase a build closest to the current class on the spotlight. Thus, players will be provided with a brief idea of how advanced classes works.





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Starting Stats

Starting Weapons

Prisoner Overview

The Prisoner class in Elden Ring embodies a character who has honed their intellectual and nimble skills, relying on intelligence and dexterity to navigate the challenges ahead. With high intelligence and dexterity attributes, the Prisoner excels in both magical aptitude and precise, agile combat. Commencing their journey at level 9, the Prisoner begins equipped with a versatile arsenal. An Estoc, a piercing sword renowned for its thrusting capabilities, serves as the primary melee weapon. With its long reach and precise strikes, the Estoc allows the Prisoner to exploit weak points in their enemies' defenses, delivering devastating blows.
To harness their magical potential, the Prisoner is armed with a staff, enabling the class to channel potent spells and tap into arcane forces. The staff empowers the Prisoner to cast a wide array of spells, utilizing their high intelligence to manipulate the very fabric of reality.

In addition to their offensive capabilities, the Prisoner carries a shield, providing both protection and a means to parry incoming attacks. This defensive tool allows the Prisoner to deflect enemy strikes and create openings for counterattacks, enhancing their survivability on the battlefield. With an emphasis on high intelligence and dexterity, the Prisoner class offers a versatile playstyle that combines both magical prowess and agile combat techniques. Players who prefer a character build that excels in both spellcasting and swift, precise melee combat will find the Prisoner class a captivating choice within the mysterious world of Elden Ring.

Golden Champion Build

In this section, we will showcase a build closest to the current class on the spotlight. Thus, players will be provided with a brief idea of how advanced classes works.





Confessor Overview

The Confessor class in Elden Ring embodies a devout and spiritually attuned character, wielding the power of faith in their pursuits. With high Faith and moderate physical stats, the Confessor possesses a strong connection to the divine and a decent level of physical prowess. Embarking on their adventure at level 10, the Confessor begins equipped with essential items that reflect their sacred role. A broadsword serves as the primary melee weapon, allowing the Confessor to deliver powerful and precise strikes against their foes. The broadsword combines versatility and strength, making it a reliable choice for close-quarters combat. To bolster their defenses, the Confessor carries a kite shield, providing substantial protection against incoming attacks. This shield offers a larger surface area, allowing the Confessor to effectively block and deflect blows, maintaining a stalwart defense in the face of danger.
The Confessor class also possesses a finger seal, representing their spiritual connection and ability to channel divine powers. This seal enables the Confessor to perform sacred rituals, granting them access to faith-based abilities and miracles.

Through these miracles, the Confessor can heal allies, banish evil forces, and provide blessings to support their comrades in battle. With their emphasis on high Faith and moderate physical stats, the Confessor class offers a unique blend of spiritual strength and combat prowess. Players who prefer a character build that combines faith-based abilities with proficient melee combat will find the Confessor class to be a captivating choice within the rich and mystical world of Elden Ring.

Perfect Paladin Build

In this section, we will showcase a build closest to the current class on the spotlight. Thus, players will be provided with a brief idea of how advanced classes works.





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Starting Weapons

Wretch Overview

The Wretch class in Elden Ring represents the epitome of hardship and deprivation, akin to the "deprived" archetype seen in other games. Unlike other classes, the Wretch begins their journey at level 1, with all stats set at 10, indicating a lack of specialization or inherent strengths in any particular area. Equipped with nothing more than a simple club, the Wretch faces the challenges of the game with limited resources and basic weaponry. The club, though humble, still serves as a reliable tool for close-quarters combat, allowing the Wretch to strike at enemies and defend themselves in dire situations. The lack of distinct strengths or specialized attributes for the Wretch class presents a unique challenge to players. However, it also offers an opportunity for players to mold and shape their character according to their preferred playstyle as they progress through the game.

By investing in specific attributes and acquiring new equipment and skills, the Wretch can transform into a formidable force, adapting to the trials and tribulations of the world of Elden Ring. Choosing the Wretch class requires a tenacious spirit, as players will need to endure and overcome the initial hardships faced with limited resources and basic capabilities. However, the journey of the Wretch offers the potential for significant growth and the satisfaction of witnessing the transformation from a humble beginning to a powerful and versatile character.

Black Blade Build

In this section, we will showcase a build closest to the current class on the spotlight. Thus, players will be provided with a brief idea of how advanced classes works.





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Starting Stats

Starting Weapons

Vagabond Overview

The Vagabond class in Elden Ring embodies a versatile and adaptable character, combining high Vigor, Strength, and Dexterity attributes. This class starts their journey at level 9, equipped with a diverse array of weapons, including a sword, shield, and halberd, reminiscent of the Knight class seen in previous games. With high Vigor, the Vagabond possesses exceptional endurance and resilience, allowing them to withstand punishing battles and endure extended engagements. Their high Strength attribute grants them formidable physical power, enabling them to deliver devastating blows with their weapons. Additionally, their high Dexterity attribute enhances their agility and precision, making them adept at swift and calculated movements.

The Vagabond class's starting equipment reflects their versatility and adaptability in combat scenarios. The sword serves as a reliable and versatile melee weapon, providing a balance between speed and power. The shield complements the sword, offering solid defensive capabilities, allowing the Vagabond to block incoming attacks and counter with well-timed strikes. In addition to the sword and shield, the Vagabond is equipped with a halberd, a polearm weapon with a versatile reach and a combination of slashing and thrusting attacks. The halberd provides an extended-range advantage, enabling the Vagabond to engage enemies from a distance or deliver sweeping strikes in close-quarters combat.

The Vagabond class's balanced combination of high Vigor, Strength, and Dexterity, along with their versatile weapon loadout, allows players to adopt various playstyles. Whether focusing on agile and precise swordplay, defensive strategies with the shield, or exploiting the halberd's reach, the Vagabond class provides a wide range of options to adapt to different encounters. In summary, the Vagabond class in Elden Ring offers a comparable experience to the Knight class of previous games, combining strength, agility, and adaptability.

Inquisitor Build

In this section, we will showcase a build closest to the current class on the spotlight. Thus, players will be provided with a brief idea of how advanced classes works.





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Starting Stats

Starting Weapons

Prophet Overview

The Prophet class in Elden Ring embodies a devout and enlightened character, wielding the powers of faith and divine insight. With high Faith and Mind attributes, the Prophet possesses a profound spiritual connection and intellectual prowess. Additionally, the class possesses moderate levels of arcane and strength, providing a balanced combination of magical and physical abilities. Beginning their journey at level 7, the Prophet class is equipped with a selection of items that reflect their sacred role. A spear serves as the primary weapon, offering a versatile and precise melee option. The spear's longer reach allows the Prophet to engage enemies from a distance while maintaining their defensive position.

To channel their spiritual powers, the Prophet carries a finger seal, symbolizing their divine connection and ability to perform sacred rituals. With the finger seal, the Prophet can call upon faith-based abilities and miracles, empowering them with the ability to heal allies, ward off malevolent forces, and provide blessings to aid their comrades in battle.
To enhance their defenses, the Prophet is equipped with a small shield, offering protection against incoming attacks. This shield allows the Prophet to block and parry enemy strikes, creating opportunities for counterattacks and maintaining a resilient defense on the battlefield.

With high Faith, Mind, and supplementary arcane and strength attributes, the Prophet class combines the power of divine magic and physical prowess. This versatile character build allows players to engage in both spellcasting and precise melee combat, adapting their approach based on the challenges they face.

The Prophet class offers a compelling choice for players who seek a character built rooted in spiritual strength and the ability to wield both magic and martial skills. With their faith-based miracles, the Prophet can bring hope and salvation to their allies

Red Lightning Build

In this section, we will showcase a build closest to the current class on the spotlight. Thus, players will be provided with a brief idea of how advanced classes works.




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    • Anonymous

      If you're struggling with a certain boss or enemy, don't be afraid to swap your Ashes of War. Its the easiest way to change up your arsenal without having to respec and many ashes trivialize certain enemy types.

      • Anonymous

        command grabs suck and have no place in this kind of fighting game. it's a cheap guaranteed hit that usually does almost all your health. it ignores rolling, blocking, and even death. dead enemies have grabbed me and killed me multiple times before falling limp after the attack. **** programming. it could be such a good game, if only the people building it were competent. there's lots to like, but with every bite there's a pinch of dirt for seasoning. ruining the entire experience.

        • Anonymous

          We have DEFENSE, but the game doesn't tell you how it works or what it's for. It just says "Defense increases when you increase attributes". But what is it for?

          • Anonymous

            I'll just leave my review of the combat here shall I?

            Just some background here:
            Elden was my first game I bought on my PS5. It was also the first game I used a controller for.

            In the beginning, the combat felt too hard for me, my main strategy was just to stick behind my shield and guard counter. The Gatefront Godrick knight was my archnemesis for as long as I could remember. I tried every weapon type, had beaten both Godrick and Rennala, nearly slew Morgott before the combat clicked for me.
            At around my twelfth attempt at Morgott, I suddenly began to perform much better, I nearly did phase 1 hitless, and got him down to his phase transition when I finally realised why veterans enjoyed this style of combat. The mix of deliberate strategic movement and frenzied "I'm almost there" combat is what truly sold me here.
            My build was horrifically unoptimised, and my vigor was very close to the starting amount my character had. I could get one shotted by everything in Leyndell, Morgott could destroy me with every hit.
            My saving grace was the fact that I could deal a huge chunk of damage with my weapon (The Bolt of Gransax). Somehow, I was able to survive long enough to kill him.
            The moment where the combat clicked is why I truly fell in love with this game.

            • Anonymous

              Crouch R1 needs a serious nerf. It’s literally all colossal sword users do. If you’re in range it’s going to hit you no matter what and a jump counter doesn’t work because it’s so damn fast. They can roll out of the way, it’s faster and more staggering than a straight sword R1 and it can’t be parried. This is as cancer as ROB.

              • Anonymous

                Could anyone please confirm if there is a battle mechanic available to get out of grab attacks? I’ve read a guide that claims you can mash buttons to get an enemy off of you and reduce damage.

                • Anonymous

                  If I had to suggest some simple tweaks that would increase overall playability.

                  1. Jump- This needs a longer window for punishment with more weight. It doesn’t make any sense that you can jump 6 feet in the air, but you have to fat roll? If there was a correlation between weight and overall recovery frames from jumping that would be great.

                  2. Spears- These really need some sort of cool down or much larger stamina drain from the running power stances stab.

                  3. Attack redirect hits- It is extremely silly to see someone aim their weapon or attack, bosses or players and attack in a 180-270 degree change mid attack. It looks bad and doesn’t make any sense with real physics. This i think is a left over mechanic from dark souls 1. Making the attack go the direction it swings without changing direction mid swing would be nice.

                  4. Jumping turn around swings- This is a counter strike FPS move. Where you jump, turn around mid air and mid swing and hit the other direction. I know some will think this adds to gameplay, but it doesn’t and looks odd and is not punishable which is really strange.

                  5. Improve two handed poise damage- There should be a reason to use a weapon two handed no matter the size. Right now power stances weapons nearly do double damage and with that frog leap being unpunishable it gets to be really goofy. So two handing a weapon should cause at least poise damage.

                  6. Kick or some shield breaking mechanic- Not sure why this doesn’t already happen, but that would be nice.

                  7. Heavy weapon stun lock- I think I know why this was removed, but now magic and WA are way too strong compared to proper spacing and good solid heavy weapon strike. This should allow a follow up hit especially on low poise characters.

                  This game still has a long ways to go, but hopefully some helpful comments could give the devs some more feedback for simple improvements.

                  Good game just still needs some love.

                  • Anonymous

                    Jump attacks need to be punishable either with a parry of some sort or making the recovery time longer. There’s no downside at all to jumping like a battle toad the entire fight. There should be some sort of delay after a jump so that way it’s punishable.

                    • Anonymous

                      I can’t be the only one who is experiencing this:

                      I get staggered, then I roll to avoid the next attack. But my character doesn’t roll. But there was time after the stagger—time enough to be able to roll. And I pressed the roll button late enough that it should register a roll once I’m capable of rolling.

                      The only solution is to spam the heck out of the roll button and then stop once I roll to avoid double rolling. Pretty lame

                      • Anonymous

                        I can’t be the only conservative snob when it comes to Souls-games, who just refuses to jump to evade attacks in combat, right?

                        • Anonymous

                          From what I can tell from reading other posts online (havent tested myself yet), the section that talks about "perfect blocking" is simply not true and does not exist in the game. Should probably be removed until more solid proof comes up.

                          • Anonymous

                            In many underground dungeons, pillars shoot flames down narrow corridors. Attacking them will lower the flame traps/columns. This also applies to crossbow and bow attacks. Manually aiming a bolt or arrow will make the traps deactivated. Haven’t tested magics on the columns, yet.

                            • Anonymous

                              If you crouch and use an HP flask then drink from an FP flask, you will drink from one flask and immediately go to the other one without the "delay" you get from standing, useful for mages who have to heal and refill their magic very quickly.

                              • This might be the wrong section to ask, so i am sorry about that, BUT i wonder if my equipment weight does affect the strength of my jump attacks?

                                • Anonymous

                                  Hitting an enemy while the enemy is unaware of your presence will result a 26% boost in damage that is rounded down when the result is not a whole number.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    You should add that Curved Swords, Thrusting Swords, and Heavy Thrusting Swords have Feints that are executed by charging heavy attack and simultaneously pressing dodge.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      It's like two weeks after launch and I can't find ANY information on how many iframes you get from rolls, jumps, horse mount/dismount etc. Seems really strange that nobody has figured out the precise numbers yet.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Danm i hate the enemy's in this game!, the moment you even show a glimps of your Crimson vial they go totally berserk and attack you with reckless abandon..
                                        its was surprising in Darksouls 3 that the enemy's were more aggressive and that worked out , but having the enemy's go crazy on trying to heal is just bad design,
                                        i wold not mind it if some enemy's did it, but all of them do it.

                                        • Stealth kills seem to give ~20% extra runes, ~25% when combined with weather boost. Tested on first knight enemy at church of elleh. Base runes 64, 77 for stealth kill, 67 weather only, 80 stealth + weather.
                                          EDIT: Seems the bonus is not coming from stealth but is some kind of overkill bonus.
                                          Stealth back stab with dagger dealing 324 not giving bonus, same encounter with sword dealing 331 gives 20% bonus.
                                          Same 20% bonus is gained with a stance break critical stab.
                                          EDIT 2: Tested more and the overkill threshold seems to be about 1.5x the max HP of a unit in a single attack no matter what kind of attack.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Does anyone know how powerful critical hits (parry & backstabs) are yet? I love pvp, but I really hope they tuned it down at least against other players. And yes parrying does take skill, but it should never be a one-shot.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I doubt you could even imagine it That which commanded the stars Giving life its fullest brilliance The Elden Ring Oh, Elden Ring Shattered by someone or something Don't tell me you don't see it Look up at the sky It burns

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