Waves of Darkness

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Plunge armament into the ground to release three waves of darkness. Follow up with a strong attack to swing the armament in a sweeping strike.

Waves of Darkness is a Skill in Elden Ring. Waves of Darkness is a skill that plunges armament into the ground to release three waves of darkness. 

 

How to get Waves of Darkness in Elden Ring

 

Elden Ring Waves of Darkness Guide, Notes & Tips

  • This is an Ash of War Skill, associated with the Ash of War: Waves of Darkness.
  • FP Cost: 16
  • Heavy Attack follow-up FP Cost: 5
  • This Skill is not Chargeable
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Waves of Darkness Demonstration

 

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      Did some testing on the Waves of Darkness Ash of War on my Longhaft Axe, it offered me quite the insight on scaling.

      My stats:
      Strength 56
      Int 29

      Here is the damage for ONE wave of darkness:

      Heavy affinity 384
      Cold affinity 416
      Magic affinity 432

      So, first observation is that cold and magic affinities give it more damage. What about scaling? For this I put on the stargazer talisman for + 5 int. Results:

      Heavy 396
      Cold 429
      Magic 448

      For all three, +5 increases damage by .97%, across the board!
      This is HUGE discovery, it means scaling damage on the ash does not change via affinity, merely base damage of it changes and scaling is the same.

      • Anonymous

        This is absolutely devastating against 1v1 bosses if you follow up with this after knocking them to the ground, the time it takes to use is basically the same it takes your opponent to get back up.

        • Anonymous

          Weird interaction with Pickaxe. Does an additional hit on the enemy you're hugging in front of you. Was able to replicate this with rotten hammer but not consistent. Also has a weird interaction with status effects. The waves alone seem to not inflict any status as just hitting the enemy with the wave several times never proc frostbite but hitting with the weapon part will cause build up. The weird part is I sometimes inflict frostbite in 1 cast(no follow up R2) against Omens. There's probably weapon detection during the wave pulse where if your weapon is intersecting with the enemy's body, it will inflict additional build up. The Pickaxe has the pointy end that extends farther than other weapons. Haven't tried other weapons with big "heads".

          • Anonymous

            Most likely scales with int

            At 10 int, 56 Str, +18 two handed hitting with the weapon too on Omen:
            Heavy: 1408
            Cold: 1489
            Magic: 1479

            • Anonymous

              Decent pvp move to tell someone get out of my face and if they persist and try to power through it you can hit them with the follow up heavy to punish them good

              • Anonymous

                This has quickly become my go to AoW, I have it on a +25 crescent moon axe. I have another + 25 CMA and they do nice damage. I used WoD earlier while powerstancing both. The heavy follow up sweeping attack looked like both axes held together that was doing the follow up. Is that correct AND does that mean the follow up heavy does damage from both axes?

                • Anonymous

                  The waves off of this skill will proc the healing from Great Stars and Butchering Knife for each enemy hit. Great for bursting enemies while tanking damage.

                  • Do the waves take on elements? Rage Gaming did a bleed build with it and said the waves will do bleed if you use bloodflame blade on it. I know not all ashes of war can do that. Storm Blade sure doesn't so why would this one?

                    • Anonymous

                      I see comments saying the follow up sweeping attack has been patched and sorted out but if it has been fixed I'm still not able to land the follow up and it seems like a fundamental problem in how the AoW works. I'm hoping for some feedback from anyone who has been using it for a while on the window I have to trigger that sweeping attack. I cast it and I'm in the centre of the circle of waves as they slam down and every time I try the follow up the axe swing is inside the radius of the waves as they hit and I have never seen the axe connect with any enemy up to now, and it isn't me not paying attention, its on a cold axe so if it made contact I'd see the after effects of it. .
                      So is this a timing thing on my part that I'm getting wrong? is it possible to trigger the follow up swing between the second and third delayed impact?

                      • Anonymous

                        want to shred bosses? cold rotten axe with this ash of war and buffed by shard of alexander, golden vow, flame GMS, and magic physick.

                        • Anonymous

                          as of patch 1.05 this is fixed now the follow up swing now registers. now go slap in rotten axe with cold affinity for scarlet rot and frost which so deadly. the waves itself can proc the statuses.

                          it slaps pvp. the last wave catches people of guard. in pve, use the weapon and set up above. also you must have atleast 70 poise advisable 100 poise so you dont get staggered easily.

                          one of the best ashes of war out there.

                          • Anonymous

                            this or hoarah loux? i mainly play dex build on my invasions so i’m wondering if it’s time to switch to strength to try out the heavy STR weapons or can you guys suggest a dex weapon that’s good with this AoW

                            • Anonymous

                              The follow up swing is bugged I think, doesn’t hit anything. It’ doesn’t activate another wave so it’s pointless to use. Still a great ash of war, love it on my Prelate Crozier.

                              • Anonymous

                                Ignore the comments. I held off on this for a long time because of the comments, but it works fine and does a ton of damage. Its like earthshaker, but youre only committed to the first half.

                                • Anonymous

                                  This, Gravitas and Nebula on a staff would have added some dynamism to staff combat aside from the usual point-and-shoot.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    The follow up doesn't hit at all, ONLY THE WEAPON SWING tho, the third shockwave does hit, it's really god damage despite that issue, around 3k with high 60/60 str/int

                                    • Anonymous

                                      A nice low FP PvP group punisher. The delay on the third Shockwave catches a lot of people off guard as they roll into try and trade.

                                      I've had success clearing small ro medium size rooms.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        This would be uber badass if the follow up hit actually had a hit box. The initial stab into the ground plus the 3 waves of damage plus the follow up 360 hit could result in a 5 hit combo.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          testing this on the Zweihander, the "follow up strong attack" has no hitbox, shame because other than that its an ok weapon art that gives poise when casting

                                          • Anonymous

                                            This is one of the reward choices for turning in "Remembrance of the Naturalborn" which you get from Astel, Naturalborn of the Void. She is the final boss in the Outer Cloister area at the end of Ainsel River underground region.

                                            The other choice for the remembrance is Bastard's Stars flail.

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