Madness

Status Effect

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Effect Target loses FP and takes health damage
Mitigated by Clarifying Cured Meat
Clarifying Horn Charm
Cured by Clarifying Boluses
Lucidity
Resistive Stat Focus

Madness is a Status Effect in Elden Ring. Status Effects are various buffs or ailments that apply either a beneficial or detrimental effect to the target. Status Effects can be applied to both enemies and players alike. Status Effects are triggered after a buildup meter is filled by repeated application of attacks that cause the effect. Both players and enemies can have varying resistances to a given Status Effect.

 

Elden Ring Madness Guide

Madness is a status effect that builds up through the repeated application of the effect. Madness is inflicted via various means including Weapons, Skills, and Spells. Once the Madness meter is filled, the effect is triggered and the target loses Focus Points (FP), rendering them unable to cast Spells. The target also takes health damage. 

 

Madness Effects in Elden Ring

Targets afflicted with Madness lose FP and take damage.

  • Deals damage equal to 100+15% of the target's max HP, and causes FP loss of 30+10% of their max FP.
  • The Madness effect can be mitigated by raising your Focus stat. Focus can be improved by adding points into Mind.

 

Elden Ring Madness Effect on Players

This section lists information pertaining to the Madness effect and its relation to Players

 

Madness Sources (Weapons)

The following weapons cause the Madness effect:

Madness Sources (Skills & Spells)

The following Skills & Spells cause the Madness effect:

Madness Sources (Others)

The following are other sources of the Madness effect:

 

Mitigating Madness

The following Equipment, Skills, Spells, and Items offer resistance to the Madness effect:

  • Equipment: N/A
  • Skill: N/A
  • Spell: N/A
  • Item: N/A

Curing Madness

The following Skills, Spells, and Items can be used to remove the Madness effect:

 

Elden Ring Madness Effect on Enemies

This section lists information pertaining to the Madness effect and its relation to Enemies and Bosses.

 

Enemies that cause Madness

The following Enemies, NPC, Invaders and Bosses can inflict the Madness effect on players:

 

Madness Vulnerable

The following Enemies, NPC, Invaders and Bosses are weak to the Madness effect. Weakness indicates a target has a much lower threshold for the effect, requiring fewer applications to fill the build up meter and trigger the effect.

Madness Resistant

The following EnemiesNPC, Invaders and Bosses are resistant to the Madness effect. Resistance indicates a target has a much higher threshold for the effect, requiring many more applications to fill the build up meter and finally trigger the effect.

  • N/A

Madness Immune

The following EnemiesNPC, Invaders and Bosses are immune to the Madness effect. Immunity indicates a target is impossible or near-impossible to afflict with a given effect.

  • Most Non-Invader enemies
  • Most Bosses

 

 

Elden Ring Madness Notes & Tips

  • Notes & Tips go here.

 

Status Effects in Elden Ring
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    • Anonymous

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      • Anonymous

        A very interesting status effect that's obviously new to the series. Unfortunately it doesn't see much use since most enemies can't inflict it nor have it inflicted upon them as well. A missed opportunity? Perhaps we'll see more use of it in the DLC. Scaling that madness tower was a fun challenge/puzzle the first playthrough though.

        • Anonymous

          It’s like bleed except when it procs you are forced to stand still for 5 seconds completely vulnerable with no option to defend yourself, isn’t that fair?

          • Anonymous

            I wish this worked on more enemies, after all it has an entire ending dedicated to it, yet its almost useless for other things than pvp

            • Anonymous

              They need to put in a hotfix that disables madness entirely in PVP until they can fix the phantom status build-up.

              • Anonymous

                imagine a katana that does madness buildup. faith scaling katana and all that. could call it “chaos blade.” a totally unique name that i came up with myself

                • Anonymous

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                  • Anonymous

                    using madness only incants with a mimic tear i as able to proc madness on the dragon guarding Farum Azula. it put a weird orange cloud over his head and he couldnt use fp. is there anything else other than humanoid weak to madness?

                    • Anonymous

                      Madness should have been to Faith builds what Frostbite is to Intelligence.
                      Make it a weapon infusion with Faith scaling, fire split damage and madness build up.
                      And let it affect humanoid enemies: soldiers, burger kings, knights, battle mages, nobles, commoners, ancestral followers, perfumers, bk assassins, miners, crucible knights, nox, kaiden, zamor, omen killers, bulgar militia etc.. so it's not worthless in PvE.

                      • Anonymous

                        Yes, an AOW for madness would be cool, but I think it is well balance at least for lvl 40-130, even further if you use the double spear build. Flame of Frenzy works well on bosses regarding poise, burst is nice to have as a back up range (both with low level investment), howl works with increased physical Defence to raise attack for sudden attacks on higher lvl and combining Vykes Spear with Bestial Sling gives you decent attack/defense maneuvers.
                        What’s really missing a madness enchantment, how cool would it be to look at your own weapon, covering it with burning freakin lasers and then go literally madevil on your opponents asses…

                        • Anonymous

                          The way this procs should have changed if you were embraced by the frenzied flame. It should have been canceled out altogether or restore health or something. Not only does it have the longest combat animation once it procs, it’s missing major story components that should change the effect on the player.

                          • Anonymous

                            The weapons and attacks with this weapon should stack on the player when used. It’s almost like the madness isn’t really madness it acts more like a psychic attack, which it’s not. It’s Chaos. Make it chaotic.

                            • Anonymous

                              I feel like Madness should be able to be procced on everything with a clear mind that Lifesteal Fist can grapple.

                              Not a crazy amount of stuff by any stretch but enough to make it PvE viable too, apart from raw spell damage.

                              • It'd be nice if it affected any humanoid enemy, there are a few enemies that are clearly afflicted by madness in the game, some soldiers, knights and villagers, but you can only inflict it yourself on NPC invaders, some Tarnished enemies and other players...

                                • Anonymous

                                  I require an ash of war that does madness NOW (if you dare mention vykes war spear I will rip your eyes out so they can't witness the true beauty of madness flame"

                                  • Anonymous

                                    a nice change to madness is to not have arcane increase madness build-up, but rather faith as all the incantations and weapons that deal with madness scale with faith, but have the build-up be reduced compared to arcane so as to not do too much damage AND proc madness alot.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      There are Miranda Flowers that cause frenzy. They are black and near that big frenzy flame tower near the Church of Inhibition.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        gideon ofnir as a boss can be afflicted with madness, tho is seems to be quite high as it was was finished him off after he had healed too

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Really wish there was a madness infusion, would love to have something similar to cold infusion but for faith builds. The fact that faith infusions completely destroy physical with no alternative is extremely annoying, and faith is in desperate need of a good status in PvP.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            So the hints say that only humans can be afflicted with madness. Does becoming a dragon by way of dragon communion help mitigate this?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              death doesn't work in pve and neither does madness, i really don't know what the game had in mind for those two status other than pvp.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Under enemies that cause madness section some mention of the MIranda plants that do this should be mentioned. They're near Vyke and also in Ansel River where you're teleported from Renna's Rise.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Okay, so I think this is how it works: Everything started with the One Great, as Hyetta explains. Two fingers plus three make a hand, after all. This was a state of nothingness, where everything was blended together. However, the Greater Will decided to create individual life and souls. That was when pain and sorrow came into the world, as beings who were once part of the same entity could now come into opposition to one another.

                                                  There are two sources of Madness we see in the game: Either someone else inflicts you with it, or you're driven to the brink by the things that have happened to you. The important thing to remember is that Madness in Elden Ring isn't merely a psychological condition, it physically manifests as flame in people that have lost their minds. You (and some enemies) can literally use this flame to attack people.

                                                  The Flame of Frenzy was also summoned into this world by the Nomadic Merchant tribe after they had been buried alive by Golden Order fanatics. This situation is similar to what you find on Mt. Gelmir, which, as Gideon will inform you, was stage for "the most appalling battle in the entirety of the Shattering."

                                                  It seems to me, then, that the Flame of Frenzy is part of all creatures in the Lands Between. But only after having been completely violated by the current order, or after having been spurned by it like the Tarnished, will it take hold in them - a curse that manifests from pure despair, the desire to end a world that one considers cruel and beyond repair.

                                                  This might seem evil at first, but there's actually an incredibly rare drop you can get from those horrifying screaming Albinaurics you can find at Volcano Manor. It's the "Black Dumpling" headpiece, and its description reads:

                                                  "Mask forced on a victim's head to lend torture an extra degree of cruelty. It magnifies one's fears and makes them acutely aware of all forms of pain. When the Black Dumpling goes on, the torturer no longer seeks answers; only to inflict suffering without hope of relief."

                                                  It is the only piece of armor I'm aware of that trriggers a special effect after the Madness gauge is filled. The Lands Between are a pretty horrifying place.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Madness barely works in PVE but is fantastic in PVP wish it would proc against all humanoids would make madness so much better

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      But what's the lore behind it? There is a tower with a village next to it and a good chunk of volcano manor is affected too. But where does it come from? I also noticed some soldiers eating their comrades in the volcano manor region, so is it like a curse that affects people who do horrible things?

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I actually love this status effect, has interesting lore behind it and the incantations have a deeply visceral feel to them.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Madness already doesn't work on bosses and now its way harder to proc in PVP compared to something like bleed making an already niche playstyle completely pointless.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Guy A: "I have a great idea for a new status effect!"
                                                            Guy B: "A new status effect?"
                                                            Guy A: "A new status effect!"
                                                            Guy B: "What does it do?"
                                                            Guy A: "A target afflicted by it will be stunned, lose all their FP and take damage!"
                                                            Guy B: "Lose all their FP? Well only players have FP, so this'll be some kind of cool new Status designed for PvP then?"
                                                            Guy A: "No!"
                                                            Guy B: "Sound gr- Wait what?"
                                                            Guy A: "Also... There should be only... *PROCEEDS TO COUNT ON HIS FINGERS LIKE A CHILD* 7... 8... 9... 10 source of it the game total. Yes. 10."
                                                            Guy B: "Urgh... Well I guess I'll tell the weapons guys"
                                                            Guy A: "No rush. Only 2 of them are weapons. One of which is a greatshield."
                                                            Guy B: "Well at least the spells are decent..."
                                                            Miyazaki a month after launch: "NERF THEM!"

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I just saw a video of a troll in Limgrave getting the madness proc. Like fire eyes, stopping to hold them and everything. So... what else could get the proc if they aren't a tarnished? lol

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I understand status effects procing through rolls has been a thing since the beginning of souls. But can they at least make it so sleep and madness can't do that?

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Just like every design in this game - looks cool, sounds cool, but ridiculously unbalanced and unfair.

                                                                  "Hey, we have this poison status effect that does basically no damage! Sounds cool! Now we add a status effect that on proc deals huge amount of damage and stuns you for seconds!"

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Hahahahahahahaha How Is Madness Real Hahahaha Tarnished Just Ride Away From The Frenzied Flame Like Tarnished Close Your Eyes Haha.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I really like this BUT.

                                                                      Does this affect enemies/any bosses?

                                                                      I got vykes spear, it has intrinsic madness buildup, maybe i'll test a bit.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I love being stunlocked to death even when I manage to avoid being hit but somehow the status effect will still proc through Iframes :D

                                                                        • It doesn't seem to be mentioned here but isn't it true that if you get affected by this and drink crimson tears it makes it much worse? Like if the madness gauge is partly full. You're better off just waiting it out if you don't have boluses.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Please remove the line "rendering them unable to cast Spells" as I found this misleading. I assumed madness would trigger some form of silence to prevent casters from using skills or spells. This is not the case, it just drains HP and FP, you can still uses skills and spells once madness has triggered.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Current bug while a player is going through the animation of madness they are invulnerable....which kinda negates the point of makeing them vulnerable at all...

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I find it weird that this only works on other players/npcs. You come across other creatures like rats and giants that have been afflicted by the flame of frenzy, so why can't you inflict madness on them?

                                                                                • Madness is an awesome addition to the souls series.
                                                                                  I wish they flushed out the weapons/mechanics a bit more with it. As it sits, it's more powerful than Bleed, Poison, Frostbite, pretty much all other status effects. I get why they didn't shower us with a bunch of these weapons, because it's literally too powerful.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    People who are asking about madness and bosses. Madness only affects humans. Nothing else. If its bigger than you its not human. So all the human looking bosses that are twixe youe height aren't affected. Only humans.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      So does this not affect bosses? I been trying to get a boss with this effect but it never happens.
                                                                                      Still a cool new status effect. Shame theres only a single weapon that that status.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        shame there's only one proper melee weapon that causes madness, yeah the greatshield is there but greatshield only builds is a bit of a meme, maybe they'll add a str madness weapon in the dlc

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          So I just finished the game, and before going to NG+, decided to invade 3 times to advance Varre’s questline. Same dude each time, he would snipe me from across the map with a madness bolt, stunlock me and do it two more times to kill me. Not complaining because I’m **** at PvP, but is this working as intended? Lol, seems broken if I can’t move or roll out of it if the first one hits me.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            For anyone struggling with the eye of sauron madness tower, you can do some parkour on the rocks at the nearby minor erdtree to skip most of the segment and take down the tower easily.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Honestly I'm loving how most of the statuses seem pvp-viable in elden ring, they are all strong without being downright broken. Some weapons with particularly quick buildups may need some balancing here and there but I sure hope they don't get nerfed to the ground.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Madness comes from being touched too much. Defiled. No regulation over the exposure youve absorbed. One finger simple interaction, two fingers guidance, 3 fingers intrusion upon your mind and character. Vyke was covered in fingerprints and was even poked in the eye that left a "repulsive" searing fingerprint indicating that his vision, sight, morals and ethics were disoriented and warped by excrusiating discomfort. A blinded animal in pain will lash out and go for anyone that comes too close.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  any way to test to see how madness works on enemies? i tried on normal foot soldiers, bears, dragons....its kind of hard to tell if i maange to hit enough to proc madness on them vs proc-ing frostbite and bloodloss.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Honestly, if less bosses were immune, it would be great. I like that it’s the faith version of sleep. Sad there aren’t any sleep spells in this one, but this is probably for the better as int has so much going for it rn.Madness is really cool just rare that you can actually utilize it outside of pvp.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I love madness. It's new, and maybe in need of some tweeks, but it's great. Pretty much the only build for it right now involves Vyke's spear. It would be nice to get some madness related AoW's in the game.

                                                                                                      Let's chill on the nerf talk. Looking at you arcane boys in the glass houses complaining about madness.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Not a big fan of this status - frankly, this would still be powerful if it didn't cause any damage and didn't steal any FP. The stun alone is already a borderline guaranteed death sentence in most situations.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          A host I was invading had summoned Hunter D for the mariner fight. One cast of laser beam did 4k in madness damage

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            If you hit the small frenzy-afflicted Miranda Flowers with madness-inducing attacks, they explode in a cloud of madness like if you were to poison a Land Squirt. Not sure if anyone knew that.

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