Pest Threads

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Spell Type Servants of Rot Incantations
FP Cost 19 Slots Used 1
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Launches countless sticky threads before caster

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Pest Threads is an Incantation in Elden Ring. Pest Threads spell conjures sticky threads that deal damage to enemies.

 

Incantation of the servants of rot.

Secretes countless sticky threads, launching them forwards.

A technique of the pale pests who crawl through the lands afflicted by scarlet rot; the abandoned children of the goddess.
"Do you have an interest in rot incantations?"

 

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Elden Ring Pest Threads Guide

  • Servants of Rot Incantation
  • Stamina Cost: 29
  • Deals physical and slightly magic damage
  • This incantation can do extremely high damage to large boss enemies like Dragonlord Placidusax and the Elden Beast, even without a significant amount of optimization 
    • This is because the projectiles to damage to every piece of geometry they pass though, and the wings/arms/legs of larger bosses are counted separately 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Elden Ring Incantations
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    • Anonymous

      Getting hit by this at point blank range actually hurts a lot. Running a glass cannon blue dancer build, i noticed it can take off more than half of someones healthbar in a single cast. In some cases even oneshotting them. Pair that with the impressive tracking & the ability to hit a target multiple times (but only when cast at a target within dagger range) & you have a powerful spell. Not broken, as you can still just use a shield or strafe it in most cases. But pretty good.

      • Anonymous

        A lot of comments and the page saying this does very good damage to large bosses but that hasn't been my experience with it I've never seen it hit for more than a couple of hundred. I used it on the dragons near fort faroth and I've tried using it on Lansseax but it wasn't worth the FP price of casting it.
        Can anyone explain this and if there's something I'm doing wrong or if I'm missing something?

        • Anonymous

          Did this get nerfed, or am I just not understanding this incantation properly? This did nothing to dragons for me. Nothing. Even with 44 faith. Maybe because I'm a clawmark seal user? Does it need to be a different seal?

          • Anonymous

            Arguably the best offensive incantation in the game for two main reasons:
            1) Unmatched damage against large enemies (ex: dragons, gargoyles, elden beast)
            2) Great tracking against mobile enemies (ex: birds, runebears, mounted knights, NPC invaders)

            • Anonymous

              Aaand now I'm struggling against the Elden Beast and Gowry is all depressed and won't sell anything to me anymore smh

              • Anonymous

                The damage this spell deals against larger enemies is absolutely insane. Dragons and especially the Elden Beast get their health bar deleted in a matter of seconds. With the Erdtree Seal at 80 Faith, I'm dealing well over 3000 DPS against the Elden Beast. It's pretty much the Faith equivalent of Astel's Meteorites.

                I believe the reason for its huge damage against large creatures (while being mediocre at best against humanoid enemies) is that it has a rather unique combination of being able to pass through enemy hitboxes while also having good tracking. So each of the projectiles can hit the enemy, pass through its hitbox, turn around, hit it again and again. And if it happens to hit one of the bosses limbs/wings while doing so, it will tick for additional damage too.

                • Anonymous

                  This spell is how you kill Rykard without Serpent-Hunter. Absurd scaling with absurdly large enemies. Near-useless on your average enemy, but oh man is this satisfying to delete the healthbars of anything giant.

                  • Anonymous

                    This is decent for setting up combos, even very simple ones, like Pest Threads -> Lightning Spear. If they get stunned by the threads lightning spear will most likely connect (given enough cast speed)
                    But Tiple Rings of Light still is the best setup combo spell faith user have rn. Not much options compared to sorceries, especially after the removal of chain casting in 1.05 unfortunately

                    • Anonymous

                      Melts tree spirits, and it's easy to do that since you hug them all the time. Wait for it to spit fire and cast one, boom that's 1/5th of its health gone

                      • Anonymous

                        Does anyone know if this incant is boosted by the (Rotten) Winged Sword Insignia talisman and the Thorny Cracked Tear? Would be kinda crazy.

                        • Anonymous

                          I just got these and I thought I'd wasted 7500 runes after seeing the disappointing damage it was doing to the marionette enemies near the gate of sellia. But after reading some of these comments I think I might have been a bit quick to write them off as worthless. I'm trying them on the next erdtree avatar or wormface I come across ( I hate both of those boss types)

                          • Anonymous

                            It does so much damage on larger enemies because every time the threads hit a new piece of geometry, it hits the boss again. That means anything with wings etc. is extremely vulnerable to this. You can maximize damage with this by going in melee range to maximize the number of folds in the boss’s mesh that they pass through.

                            The same is true for the discus of light incantation, but it only has “2” projectiles if you count the return.

                            • Anonymous

                              If you spam this ability in PVP a house centipede will be laying on your junk when you wake up the next morning singing fly like a bird by Mariah Carey

                              • Anonymous

                                While absolutely garbage on small targets, this thing shreds large enemies, so its essentially a giant killer.

                                • Anonymous

                                  If you are struggling on Placidusax or Elden beast then this incant is a must try. You can dish out thousands of damage very quickly if you get just a few seconds opening to cast this at melee range

                                  • Tested it out against Placidusax in coop and it's potentially even more broken than Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike although it is a lot more of a pain to use effectively.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I think this is actually missable on a playthrough. I didnt go back to Gowry until after the final step of Milicent's Quest. Now he is stuck in a dialog loop, and I can no longer purchase anything. Darn.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Using this against the Elden Beast with 60 int and 30 faith with +10 Golden order Seal yields near 2000 damage if cast at melee range. Had good results helping out folks as a cooperator.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I've tried every op incantation on youtube, This beats them all.
                                          Kinda sucks vs small targets it's fast low fp and spammable. With 75 faith and +10 erd tree it takes seconds to plow through big bosses.

                                          In pvp it's hard to dodge but the damage is a bit lacking

                                          • Anonymous

                                            So after playing a pure faith caster for almost 200 hours, this is the best incantation for pure damage out there. Fast casting speed, low stamina, low FP cost, strong knockback on weaker/light weight foes and extremely high damage on large, heavy targets. The only *possible* downside might be its range but even then; it's just a little shorter than Lightning Spear.
                                            You could solely rely on this spell with any faith build and wreck all the content in the game.

                                            I decided against using this spell since it trivializes most bosses and negates the use of all the other incantations I could use. This needs a nerf, either to damage, duration, or range.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Highly spammable. Great vs large bodied enemies and nice to have for things weak to physical damage. Highly situational but so good at what it does. S-tier incantation.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Tracking on this for pvp is actually quite nutty, if they dodge throught it, does a 360 and hit them in the back or side, get hard countered by shield, but nice against two hander or dual build. Does around catch flame damage.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I gave Millicent the prosthesis and completed her quest by siding with her in co-op.
                                                  Visited Gowry and he still doesn't sell this. There's either a bug, or this page is missing something

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I just saved Millicent but Gowry only sells Glintstone Stars, Night Shard, and Night Maiden’s Mist. Pest Threads is not showing up for me. Anybody know why? I’ve been looking forward to unlocking it. :(

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Something worth noting:

                                                      This incant seems to hit multiple times on larger enemies. I'm guessing the hitbox itself refreshes every ~8 frames or so in the context of 60 fps. In other words, on small targets, it'll only hit for the number of threads, but on big targets, a single cast has the potential to hit HUNDREDS of times.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I killed him pretty early in the game and he turned into a bug and didn't drop anything. Just went back and he had resurrected some how lmao but did drop everythin

                                                        • You can also buy it from Gowry once he returns to his shack after Millicent visits it. I haven’t killed him in my playthrough so I can’t say if his bell allows you to buy it.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Kinda broken? At 50 faith it absolutely shreds, was fighting mohg in the Forsaken Depths and it was doing 2k damage per cast, is it glitched or something?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              This is absolutely disgusting against big enemies like dragons, I was doing 2500 damage per properly aimed cast against Lichdragon Fortissax

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                So far they have missed every target i have used them on.. even medium sized enemies. Just travel passed them and hit the ground.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  One weird property of this incantation is that some of the projectiles can hit targets while you're behind cover. Because the projectiles fan out around you first before homing in on their target, some of them can reach walls and other obstacles you're hiding behind and connect. They'll connect reliably as long as you have a target lock and are within range. For example, if a group of Raya Lucaria Sorcerers on the way to the Debate Parlor have you pinned down behind a wall or railing on the staircases, you can use this incantation to thin them out from safety. There's probably sorceries and some other incantations that are better for this, but for such a low Faith requirement incantation I thought it was interesting.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    As said in a few other comments, the attack fires projectiles that go through targets up to its max range or until it's reached the end of whatever you're auto-targeting. It deals non-specific physical damage, meaning it's not slashing, striking, or piercing damage. It is lowered by physical defense only, and can be buffed by effects that boost physical damage as a whole. Does not get buffed by damage-type specific effects like that of the Spear Talisman. The larger the target, the longer time it has to hit the same target several times; the best way to use this is to either with target lock off or aiming at a part that would require the spell to go through the enemy a bit first before reaching the intended target. Can hit several enemies at once if unlocked targeting is used, though target locking allows it to pinpoint all the threads.
                                                                    As it's still an incantation, it is also boosted by spell casting speed gained from Radagon's Icon, Azur Staff, and dexterity stat; this affects only the speed in which the incantation comes out, not how fast the threads travel or how fast you begin to cast it. The middle animation before they leave you is what is affected.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      this spell seems to have tracking on enemies even if you aren't locked onto them, though it's a much smaller "connect" range than locking on gives it. potentially useful for targeting enemies behind cover, though its relatively short range hinders that aspect.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        This and bubbles from the Doothammer...pardon, Envoy's Long Horn, are large boss killers. The bigger targets are, the better...

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          incredible good spell vs dragon ,giants and big enemy like mohg.
                                                                          i have 80 faith and i dealing 1000-2000 damage depends on aim , one of the best spells for cleric for pve

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Here's how this spell works: You cast it, and the threads hit the enemy. This usually does around 400 damage for me. After a short pause, if the threads are still inside the enemy, they start doing 400 damage every TICK, meaning that in about a second, you'll go from 400 damage to 4,000 or more. There are several keys to making this work. First, the threads will travel for about a second before they despawn, meaning this spell is most efficient at point blank range. If you're casting it at it's maximum range, you'll only see the minimum damage. Second, it only deals damage for as long as the threads are actually inside the enemy. Most enemies are therefore too small to be seriously affected, but this also means positioning is important. The smallest enemy I've found this spell to work on is the giant lobsters. If you stand in front of the lobster and cast it, it does about twice as much as casting from the side, as the threads will travel the length of the lobster.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              tested this out. when i strike an enemy that is at the spell's maximum range, i can deal around 800 damage unbuffed. if the enemy is standing right next to me or above me, and is large enough to tower my character, i can deal over 2k-3k damage unbuffed. fully buffed i can hit nearly 7k

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                this spells absolutely melts dragons... I have 55 faith and it did 4k damage per cast on fortissax if it connected properly

                                                                                • People down-voting the amazing results others are getting, "You have no idea how to use the incantation correctly, clearly." The larger the enemy is, the more damage it will do AND, as one person wrote, it can chain through damage. Here's an example: Fighting a dragon. Target it's head, cast spell. Decent damage is done from close range. Now, keep the head targeted, but either (1) hope it moves a leg, a tail, a wing, or it's body between you and it's head. Cast the spell. The threads cause damage and go through whatever body part is blocking them from reaching the dragon's head. This is one of the best single (large enemy) target melting abilities in the game. When you're using it right, you'll know it. Absolutely wrecks. Need more testing against enemies with high SRot resists though, but beyond those, it shreds everything I've used it on so far.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    This helped me shred the final boss. If your spec'd into faith with emphasis on casting, this will help you against the boss if u can manage to hug him.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Spammable spell with decent damage on targets with large hit boxes. Rather useless on human sized enemies

                                                                                      This spell helped me beat the Astel dungeon boss in Consecrated Snowfield. Might not hit as hard as a fully charged Flame of Frenzy but it casts really damn fast and does good damage when all the projectiles hit. It can also hit multiple times on bigger enemies, if say a limb gets in the way it’ll do damage and then keep going to the targeted area and hit again

                                                                                      Not bad for pvp either as people rarely seem to expect it with how fast it comes out and it has decent tracking

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Just got it today and tried it on a caravan giant in Altus Plateau and it made no dmg to it, a bit disappointed :(

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Right up there with Rotten Breath in the lineup of "most broken spells in the game". 5k per cast against the fire giant. Blew through his HP like it was nothing. Had 45k damage on screen when he switched phases. Just crazy, crazy damage.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            If you have finished the Millicent questline and cannot purchase the spell, you can kill him and he'll drop a bell bearing with the spell available

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Apparently if you finish millicent'w quest he won't sell you anything afterwards, yet another missed spell do to b.s. restrictions

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Best comparison to this spell is Pierce Ammo from Monster Hunter. Against small enemies, it's not that great. Against big enemies though, this will absolutely shred through them when cast at close range. It's got great tracking as well, so good for taking down flying enemies.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  this spell completely thrashes any boss bigger than a person. the threads circle and hit multiple times. the closer you are when you cast, the longer they last, the more hits you get in. I've done 3k+ on a single cast before.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I dont really know how i feel about this spell yet. I feel like it deserves a buff but it can straight up violate large enemies. the little projectile needles can chip multiple times inside an enemies hitbox. And the way they move can make it hit for even longer if you get lucky. trust me it is absolutely wacky on large bosses/enemies but it aint much when it comes to dealing with mob enemies at range. pretty much any incantation will outclass it in that department. overall fun spell. plz add bleed or rot and make it insane

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