Swarm of Flies

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Spell Type Blood Incantations
FP Cost 14 Slots Used 1
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Releases a swarm of bloodflies before the caster

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Swarm of Flies is an Incantation in Elden Ring. Swarm of Flies spell releases a swarm of frenzied bloodflies that seek their target and inflict Hemorrhage

 

A Blood Oath incantation, shared from the Lord of Blood's power.

Releases a swarm of bloodflies before the caster to assault foes. The vile swarm deals damage and builds up onset of blood loss. This incantation can be cast while in motion.

The new palace of the Lord of Blood lies in a swamp of festering blood, and these flies are said to spawn from excrement in that land.

 

Where to find Swarm of Flies

Where to find Swarm of Flies:

  • Found on a corpse along the east wall (in a shallow cave) of the Mohgwyn Palace blood marsh, directly north from the Palace Approach Ledge-Road Site of Grace. [Elden Ring Map Link]

 

Elden Ring Swarm of Flies Guide

  • Blood Incantation
  • Stamina Cost: 24
  • Can be cast while in motion.
  • Can be cast while crouching, and unlike other spells the player will remain crouching after this spell is cast.
  • This spell's Hemorrhage build-up was nerfed in Patch 1.04.

 

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    • Anonymous

      Ive been having success with it so far. Running dragon communion seal on a heavy arcane build. Its a guaranteed blood loss on anything it hits. If not it can be easily topped off by a bleed weapon, bloodboon which is also really handy. Or just casting this again.
      This might be useless info but The game seems to consider the spell as fire damage. Or it just removes frostbite for some reason. So in theory, you could cast this. Use dragon ice to proc frostbite while the flies are traveling. Then as you prepare the follow up breath the flies should have hit Removing the status while rapidly applying bleed to a most likely stun locked enemy. Causes blood Loss to trigger more stun. Just in time for the follow up dragon ice to reapply frostbite. Netting you a guaranteed 45 percent loss of max health on whatever you hit plus whatever damage dragon ice dealt. Nasty nasty stuff. Not sure about the effectiveness on npcs or invaders. But bosses or mid to large sized enemies. this should work with the right range.

      • Anonymous

        Gne gne gne, From, bleed too op! Pls nerf!1!

        How many useless human being have cried on this? How much do their butts hurt after being hit by this? Play pve, and don't ruin others' games. Thanks.

        • Anonymous

          Gne gne gne, From, bleed too op! Pls nerf!1!

          How many useless human being have cried on this? How much do their butts hurt after being hit by this? Play pve, and don't ruin others' games. Thanks.

          • Anonymous

            This move is such cancer to deal with against people that really stack bleed. To help counter bleed, you use boluses, to use boluses, you need to create some distance, you create some distance, they use this. They should nerf the tracking at least so that it can't do a complete 180 and come back at you if you dodge it.

            • Anonymous

              As a player with only 17 Arcane I can get a bleed proc about every other cast post nerf. It's fantastic at staggering and stunlocking enemies like knights and omen. Leaves them wide open for jump attacks. It's not broken anymore but still a great incant.

              • Anonymous

                Bleed players really upset this got nerfed when they're still the best builds in the game. Like oh no now you need to get close to annihilate bosses for free. It's still good aswell what's the issue

                • Anonymous

                  I like how all the top comments before the nerf are all "must have for bosses, helped me DESTROY Malenia" and then post nerf its somehow pvp's fault.

                  • Anonymous

                    This thing apparently does fire damage…? I cast it at a Miranda flower and it burst into flames as if I had hit it with a pyromancy spell.

                    • Anonymous

                      all these salty pvp players are ruining my solo game i tried going for a blood build and everything is getting nerfed so now i gotta constantly change every update

                      • Anonymous

                        Glad it got hit with the nerd bat. Now I go I to pvp and it isn't a three-man squad just spamming this at me. The game is more fun, for me at least. Besides, faith already has the best toolkit in the game, it literally has a hard counter for every situation in pve. This wasn't needed.

                        • Anonymous

                          For all the "yep, this is in a good place now" people. What exactly is the point of this incantation now? At exactly which point, do you imagine, should I choose to dedicate a slot to a slowly floating pile of itch that unceremoniously floats over to a target to do a small poof and do absolutely nothing, over say - I don't know - any other direct dealing damage spell like lightning spear, black flame, flame sling, stone of gurranq, etc? Please, riddle me this one.

                          • Anonymous

                            Yeah it was pvpers that got this nerfed, not people cheesing every boss including goddess of get stunlocked.

                            • Anonymous

                              I love how people talk about bleed as if it's some kind of exploit and not a mechanic that has been in the series since Demon's Souls. Y'all just salty that someone one-shot you in pvp and you can't pretend to be a sweaty god anymore.

                              • Anonymous

                                wiki description should include:
                                "Now nerfed to hell even in PVE due to crying PVP players. Thanks FromSoft."

                                • Anonymous

                                  There's literally no difference with the bloodloss build up since the "nerf". People being childish as always :)

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I find it extremely funny people complaining about bleed as of bleed doesn’t work as intended blood loss does kill you quickly…

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Still a great spell, but was nerfed enough for me to justify not using it because I didn’t like leaning on it so much. So yeah, as a str/arc Mohg Spear user: thanks for nerfing this and buffing Bloodflame talons.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Oh no, now you might actually have to learn to play the game as intended! Hopefully they nerf bleed completely.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          lmao to all of those anonymous comments who downvote and frown upon who's using this thing. The spell is far from unusable, it's still a viable choice if you lack bleed arrows and still triggers bloodloss pretty quickly on high arcane builds. I bet you're running moonveil+comet of ****ery to oneshot bosses and show off in the beautiful and balanced pvp section of this pve-based game.


                                          Casuls.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            yeah now we have to fight late game bosses that are gael on crack because they nerfed this
                                            good job nuking it FROM
                                            why don't you nuke bleed like ds3 and make it not viable for the rest of its life too?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I simply don't understad people. At first they complain about this skill being too OP but whent it got nerfed they start to complain about this skill being nerfed.
                                              I mean... what?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                despite what any complainer says the spell still has an extremely powerful role. it just isnt the complete best choice in every situation. if you so deeply desperately want it to be broken again just uninstall the game and load it up without updates.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I love it how Fromsoft nerfs everything that needs a slight adjustment and gives it the nuclear treatment.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Honestly I just used it to kill the dragonkin soldier in Lake of Rot at lvl 20 with zero weapon upgrades post patch, still works super good for spamming at bosses. I know that's not a super hard boss but its end game and all my damage came from that or a +10 Lhutel the headless summon and I killed him 3rd try pretty easy.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      instead of turning this into Swarm of Turds, they should have buffed the other blood spells. Now the only viable ones are the bloodflame weapon buff and bloodflame Talons

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Still ok for its stagger potential on certain enemies; just no longer an instant bleed on command button. Surprised this got nerfed; and yet Rivers of Blood is sitting pretty with its broken @ss. Miyazaki and his love of katana. . .

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          For Arc primary builds (60-80 Arcane), the nerf doesn't seem all that substantial. I'm guessing the nerf will affect people who are barely exceeding the base requirements.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            The nerf is here. Looks like the 2-3 quick bleeds that you get from casting AND attacking are gone. As someone said there’s now a cool down that doesn’t let enemies/bosses bleed multiple times quickly from this. At least so far what I’ve noticed.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Malenia: I am Malenia, blade of Miquella. I have never known defeat.

                                                              Bunch of red flies: ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                This spell unfortunately got nerfed. They put a prolonged bleed cooldown on this spell.
                                                                The way the nerf works is kinda strange, but if this spell bleeds proc the 15% max health damage. It will put on a pretty long cooldown which during about 3 seconds enemy will not receive any bleed build-up from any source. (Think of the enemy is bleeding (poison) during that 3 seconds.)

                                                                But this cooldown will not happen if this spell builds enemy 99% build-up and you use another bleed source to proc it. It eliminates the chain bleed you see in a lot of youtube videos where the enemy bleeds 2 - 3 times from one blood flies cast.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Clapped as of 1.04.

                                                                  Does half as many hits. Took three to four casts to proc bleed once with Dragon Incant Seal, Arc 60, on Fort Faroth dragon.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    If it bleeds this will wreck it. S-tier incantation. Spammable and staggeringly effective. Kind of a pain to get but oh so worth it.

                                                                    • i had some weird results on the test giant with this spell, with the frenzied flame talisman +8 i got 2 bleed procs in for 1200ish total damage.
                                                                      then i tried my stronger dragon talisman+10 and it only did a single bleed proc, it also seemed to last shorter overall. anyone know why?

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        If the invader casts this in front of you do not try to poise through it and hit him. You will die! Do not cast rock sling when one of these things is about to hit you. You will die! And for the love of god do not go near me the host when a guy is spamming this spell at you! Im trying to run a gank, not a zoo. I have no idea why this spell makes people into animals.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          It sets the giant hand enemies on fire. I noticed other commenters mentioning they light plants on fire too. Makes up for not having blood fire on arcane weapons!

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I'm no expert on pvp in this game, but since it seems no other comment is offering advice on countering this in pvp I'll throw my hat in the ring. If someone is spamming this at you in a duel it's your queue to close distance as quickly as possible and slap them around until they stop. I haven't had good luck trying to outdo this in a ranged battle, but bloodhound step may be advisable for barrel stuffing people who use this.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              For those of those wondering. Yes it does do fire damage. It belongs to the blood fire family like the armament and the slpells you get from Mhog. It’s in the description. One of the spell from the Lord of Blood. His spells do that burn and bleed dmg.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I got this from killing varre the white mask guy. I'm playing on ps4 and have not patching it updated my game. I couldn't find swarm of flys at the moghwyn palace cave but killed varre and got it

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  got this from killing varre the white mask guy. I'm playing on ps4 and have not patched or updated my game. I couldn't find swarm of flys at the moghwyn palace cave but killed varre and got it

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Pretty decent in pvp for harassment - Any magic or stationary art of war that your opponent tries to use will cause them to get bled by these little buggers. Really, really effective against Rivers of Blood crutchers because the special attack locks you in place for a while and this will 100% stagger them out of it if they try to use corpsepiler while one of these is chasing them. Use this with the dragon seal and high arcane and it bleeds in a fraction of a second. Can be countered by just rolling straight into it before it activates, but they'll still get some bleed buildup on them.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      This incantation makes up for literally all the other incantations being complete garbage.

                                                                                      You'd think Malenia's scarlet incantation would be the best thing in the game, but nooooo here comes the flies of Death that will murder everything.

                                                                                      Let's go.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I haven't noticed this on normal enemies yet, but Swarm of Flies apparently also applies fire damage. I just used it on a group of those giant hand enemies and they kept getting lit on fire and rolled around to put themselves out. It is, in fact, bloodFLAME magic.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I haven't noticed this on any other enemy, but Swarm of Flies consistently sets the giant hand enemies on fire and causes them to panic. Either this is some kind of unintended effect or it also deals fire damage.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            literally, get this spell and you win the game... Super difficult moonlight boss? ah yes first try
                                                                                            collosal dragon? not even a scratch, who even needs mimic when you have light armour and a +10 talisman with this thing

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              little to none fp consumption, high range, tracking, decent damage (buffed with flame grant me strenght) and procs insta-bleed with each cast. You can tear apart anything weak to bleed by walking and blowing mosquitoes, lol- This spell was brutal in DK3 too (and with better sound effects), yet no one used it

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                So this costs 14 FP and does way more %HP than the Blackflame spells - yeah seems fair. Buff blackflame please

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  If you're struggling with Malenia, then try summoning Black Knife Tiche and spamming swarm of flies on her while staying a medium distance away. I was able to get it done in a single attempt with the combo

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Who would've thunk that a bunch of literally s**t-eating flies would be the ultimate doom of many a dragon and demigod - it's absolutely hilarious!! Hopefully this won't get nerfed to oblivion.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I killed Melenia with just this skill, its rather strong. Can cheese most bosses with a couple incantations.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        I'm getting mixed signals about the efficacy of this spell. Co-op-ers have hit me with it a few times, and some have insta-proced bleed while others have done barely a tenth of my bleed bar.
                                                                                                        Does it require high ARC (40+) to be viable?

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          This is honestly too strong, and I say that as an arcane purist from day 1 who regularly abuses this spell.

                                                                                                          On my 50 arcane co-op build I put a lot of investment into having a dual spear setup with seppuku on one, and frostbite+bloodhound step on the other. It is extremely powerful and melts bosses. You know what's even better? Just standing still and pressing "swam of flies" repeatedly. It does not need arcane, and even with base stats and ~100 incantation buff it outperforms my build.

                                                                                                          Testing on the dragon outside of Fort Faroth shows that I need 3 hits of a 260 buildup weapon, and it increases for each additional bleed proc. Not only does swarm of flies proc a bleed on every cast (700+ buildup!), it does not seem to cause the enemy's bleed resistance to go up after each proc, which normally happens for weapons.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            I love how everyone screams to the nerf, when this is the most niche spell in the entire game lol
                                                                                                            you know, it cant melt bosses and enemies that can't bleed :)

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              genuinely impossible to counter if its a 1v2 invasion and one dude rushes you while the other spams this from 30 miles behind him

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                if you're a faith arcane build in pvp use this spell and the black knife against fingerprint shield abusers.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  This spell and the ice dragon breath absolutely carried me through Malenia. It has such a slow travel time that she dodged the initial cast but since it tracks it hits her anyway. I have only 20 arcane and she would get blood loss off 4-5 ticks. Does crazy stagger. Will probably get nerfed

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Please don't use it against Radagon and Elden Beast, they are both immune to bleed . Need to be said as out of 80 coop sessions in 60 of them were blood biulds that either buffed themselves for bleed, or spammed millions of flies... No that doesn't help bring down boss faster please switch to any other non status effect incantation like stone of gurrang or even better black flame...

                                                                                                                    • one of the strongest pve spells without the hint of a doubt, in some respects even more broken than the laser beam cause enemies cant just move out of it, though the kill time is much higher obviously. magma wyrm theodorix fell in less than 3 flasks with 115 fp.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        How does the damage of this spell scale best? Dragon Communion build with high arcane investment and minimal faith requirement is better, or is faith important to this spell's damage?

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          I spam this to make Melania a much easier fight and make Mohg look ridiculous as he, out of all bosses, is weak to bloodloss.
                                                                                                                          The stagger is high too, it feels like on the verge of nerfing and I only hope it wouldn't get nerf too bad in PvE.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            To counter this: 1- Have poise. 2- Use your environment to your advantage. The Swarm of Flies projectile is very slow at first, but picks up speed the longer it lasts, so you have time to guide it towards walls or pillars, instead. 3- Once hit by the projectile, a static cloud of flies spawns with you at its center, don't stay inside it. 4- *** it. Just fight fire with fire and use it yourself.

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