This is every Ash of War in Elden Ring ranked from most likely to make you Elden Lord to most likely to turn you into dragon food.
Elden Ring can be punishing. When you reach the end game areas and face the likes of Malenia, Blade of Miquella, it can even be frustrating.
One of these items is an Ash of War, a special skill that you can add to your weapon.
It can completely change the way your weapons feel. Some weapons even have their own unique Ash of War, like the Sacred Relic Sword, which slashes out a deadly wave of gold.
These special skills can make your journey through the Lands Between a lot more pleasant.
So here is every Ash of War in Elden Ring ranked from best to worst.
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|S||Bloodhound’s Step, Seppuku, Black Flame Tornado, Blood Slash, Golden Parry|
|A||Flame of the Redmanes, War Cry, Parry, Storm Wall, Barricade Shield, Kick, Braggart’s Roar, Raptor of the Mists, Carian Grandeur, Prelate’s Charge, Lightning Ram, Prayerful Strike, Sacred Ring of Light, Golden Land, Golden Vow, Vow of the Indomitable, Blood Blade, Blood Tax, Ice Spear, Hoarfrost Stomp, Thops’s Barrier|
|B||Rain of Arrows, Wild Strikes, Cragblade, Ground Slam, Hoarah Loux’s Earthshaker, Lion’s Claw, Barbaric Roar, Troll’s Roar, Impaling Thrust, Piercing Fang, Unsheathe, Quickstep, Spinning Strikes, Storm Blade, Storm Assault, Vaccum Slice, Royal Knight’s Resolve, Glinstone Pebble, Glintblade Phalanx, Carian Greatsword, Spinning Weapon, Loretta’s Slash, Wave of Darkness, Thunderbolt, Lightning Slash, Sacred Blade, Sacred Order, Shared Order, Golden Slam, Holy Ground, White Shadow’s Lure, Assassin’s Gambit, Carian Retaliation|
|C||Enchanted Shot, Through and Through, Shield Charge, Barrage, Stamp (Upward Cut), Stamp (Sweep), Earthshaker, Repeating Thrust, Double Slash, Sword Dance, Square Off, Stormcaller, Phantom Slash, Determination, Gravitas, Flaming Strike, Eruption, Poisonous Mist, Poison Moth Flight, Chilling Mist, Spectral Lance, Lifesteal Fist|
|D||Mighty Shot, Sky Shot, Endure, Spinning Slash, Beast’s Roar, Giant Hunt, Storm Stomp, Shield Crash, No Skill|
And that is every Ash of War ranked. All 91 of them. But like all things in Elden Ring, how well an item performs for you will significantly depend on your build.
For instance, if you’re using the Frost Mage build, an Ash of War with cold properties could be a game-changer.
But if you’re using the Vampire Build, you might want to check out some of the Bleed Ashes of War.
Here’s everything you should know about using an Ash of War in Elden Ring.
Elden Ring: Ash of War Tips & Tricks
You need to know a few things to make the most of your Ash of War in Elden Ring.
Whetblades & Affinities
In Elden Ring, players will encounter several Whetblades while they adventure through the Lands Between. These will allow players to add an Ash of War to their weapon.
Depending on the type of Whetblades you will find, you’ll also be able to tie the Ash of War to an affinity.
This affinity will allow your weapon to scale with an additional attribute. This is very important for players looking to use a weapon that does not scale with their strongest attribute.
Here is every Whetblade you will find in Elden Ring and the affinity it can imbue your weapon with:
- Whetstone Knife
- You will need this to add new Ashes of War and affinities to your weapons.
- Standard – Grants no new affinities to your weapon
- Iron Whetblade
- Quality – Raises strength and dexterity affinity
- Keen – Raises dexterity affinity
- Heavy – Raises strength affinity
- Glintstone Whetblade
- Magic – Raises Intelligence affinity but decreases physical affinities
- Cold – Raises Intelligence affinity but decreases physical affinities. Adds Frostbite damage to attacks.
- Red-Hot Whetblade
- Fire – Decreases physical affinities but adds flame damage to weapons.
- Flame-Art – Boosts Faith affinity but decreases physical affinities. Adds flame damage to weapons.
- Sanctified Whetblade
- Lightning – Boosts dexterity affinity. Adds lightning damage to weapons.
- Sacred – Boosts faith affinity. Adds holy damage to weapons.
- Black Whetblade
- Poison – Boosts strength, dexterity, and arcane affinity. Adds poison to weapons.
- Blood -Boosts arcane affinity. Adds bleed to weapons.
- Occult – Boosts arcane affinity. Stops Those Who Live With Death from reviving themselves after being struck down.
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Best Ash of War for Boss Fights
The best Ash of War that players can have equipped for any boss fight is Bloodhound’s Step. Bloodhound’s Step allows players to shadow step away from danger. The player will vanish and quickly move away from an attack.
Players can have it on a low-weight dagger and switch to it only when needed.
It’s great for avoiding some of Malenia’s flurry attacks or even Godfrey’s stomps.
Best Ash of War For Shields
When it comes to shields, players will want an Ash of War that will allow them to either parry or completely negate incoming damage.
You can go for just the regular Parry Ash of War, allowing you to parry incoming physical attacks. But if you’re looking for one with a little more usability, then the Golden Parry will enable you to parry attacks within a certain range.
This means that even if the attack doesn’t connect with you, there is a chance you can still parry it.
For players that have Intelligence builds, the Carian Retaliation might be more helpful. It allows you to parry incoming projectiles and turn them into Carian glintswords.
Best Ash of War For Bows
Bows aren’t usually a focus to builds in Elden Ring. They aren’t too strong, and to be helpful, and you’ll need to be fighting at a range. This means they are pretty much out of the question for any boss fights.
But players can use some pretty neat Ash of Wars to get the most out of them.
The most notable one is Rain of Arrows. This Ash of War will allow players to shoot a volley of arrows into the sky and have them rain down on enemies.
When attached with Radahn’s Arrows, it can give the same effect that Starscrouage Radahn gives his arrows during his boss battle.
You should also check out the best bows in Elden Ring to see which one is best suited for you!
Things to Know:
- Flames of the Redmane
- Flames of the Redmane can stagger enemies and even bosses quickly. It can stagger one of the final bosses, Radagon of the Golden Order, in four hits when used with a +25 weapon.
To get your weapon to +25, you’ll need to know where to find Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones!
- Hoarfrost Stomp
- Although it was recently nerfed, it can perform well primarily when used with talismans that help boost your skill damage, like Godfrey’s Icon.
- Carian Retaliation
- The Caraian Retaliation has been officially nerfed with the latest 1.04 Update. This means that players will no longer be able to use it to quickly take down bosses.
- Black Flame Tornado
- Ash of War can be strengthened by following the Black Flame Mage build guide.
- Unique Weapon Skills
- These skills work like an Ash of War but are tied to specific weapons and can not be duplicated. The Sacred Relic Sword’s Wave of Gold is one of these skills.
- Ashes of War Consume FP
- Ashes of War do consume Focus Points for the most part. So if you’re going to base your build heavily on an Ash of War, then make sure you have enough Cerulean Flasks to refill your Focus Points mid-boss battle.
- Some Scarabs will drop Ashes of War
- There are scarabs around the map that, when killed, will drop an Ash of War.
- They look similar to health and FP scarabs, but they usually have a unique color.
- These are some of the best weapons for an Ash of War:
- Gargoyle’s Twinblade
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