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.

But it doesn’t need to be like that. There are plenty of weapons, items, and equipment that players can find to create the best possible Elden Ring build.

One of those items is an Ash of War. An Ash of War imbues certain weapons with a special skill that can mean all the difference. Some of them are great, but some of them might send you to an early grave.

So here is every Ash of War in Elden Ring ranked from best to worst.

Last Updated - September 8, 2022 - Updated text to include the Bloodhound's Step nerf after Update 1.06
Elden Ring Skills

Elden Ring Ash of War Tier List

Here is every Ash of War in Elden Ring ranked after Elden Ring Patch 1.06.

S Seppuku, Golden Parry, Golden Vow, Lion’s Claw
A Bloodhound’s Step, Flame of the Redmanes, Black Flame Tornado, Wave of Darkness, Hoarah Loux’s Earthshaker, Prelate’s Charge, War Cry, Parry, Storm Wall, Barricade Shield, Kick, Braggart’s Roar, Raptor of the Mists, Carian Grandeur, Lightning Ram, Prayerful Strike, Sacred Ring of Light, Golden Land, Vow of the Indomitable, Blood Blade, Blood Tax, Ice Spear, Hoarfrost Stomp, Thops’s Barrier, Blood Slash
B Rain of Arrows, Wild Strikes, Cragblade, Ground Slam, 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, 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 like the Hoarfrost Stomp will help you build towards Frostbite a lot quicker.

Frostbite decreases an enemy’s resistance to magic damage by 50% and makes them an easier target.

But if you’re using the Vampire Build with OP health regeneration, you might want to look for an Ash of War with Bleed properties. This will help you build towards blood loss quicker and completely decimate your enemy.

Bleed builds are actually the most prominent meta in the Elden Ring PVP scene.

Elden Ring Ash of War Tips & Tricks

Here are the most important things to know when using an Ash of War in Elden Ring. Understanding these properties is important and will help you work towards more proficient builds.

Whetblades & Affinities

Elden Ring Whetstone

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.

To make the most of an affinity, make sure to know what the best weapon for each attribute is in Elden Ring.

A lot of great items can be found in all of the Evergaol Locations! Here is a complete walkthrough of every Evergaol location and the bosses you’ll be facing.

Best Ash of War in Elden Ring for Boss Fight

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.

Despite the latest nerf on Update 1.06, this Ash of War remains the best option when facing bosses.

Players can have it on a low-weight dagger and switch to it only when needed. Obtaining it can be a bit difficult since you’ll need to battle a high-level Night’s Cavalry!

It’s great for avoiding some of Malenia’s flurry attacks or even Godfrey’s stomp when you reach the later areas of Elden Ring.

Elden Ring Bloodhound's Step

Best Ash of War in Elden Ring For Shields

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.

When it comes to shields, players will want an Ash of War that will allow them to either parry or completely negate incoming damage.

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.

Elden Ring Golden Parry

Best Ash of War in Elden Ring For Bows

The most notable Ash for bows 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.

Bows aren’t usually a focus to builds in Elden Ring. They aren’t too strong, and for them to be helpful, you’ll need to be fighting at a range. This means they are pretty much out of the question for any boss fights.

You should also check out the best bows in Elden Ring to see which one is best suited for you!

Elden Ring Rain of Arrows

Best Ash of War in Elden Ring for PVP Duels

The best Ash of War for PVP duels in Elden Ring depends on the type of build that you’re looking to use.

For many players, Seppuku is a must-have Ash of War due to its ability to strengthen any Bleed build. For other players, Royal Knight’s Resolve can make all the difference when it comes to strength.

But these two are pretty popular in the PVP meta. There are players that are able to take shields with a weapon skill and one-shot other players.

Take a look at the three most powerful Elden Ring PVP meta builds to get an idea of how to set up a good PVP character.

Most Important Things to Know When Using an Ash of War

  • 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.
  • Hoarfrost Stomp
  • 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.
    • It is still a fantastic counter to magic builds in PVP.
  • Black Flame Tornado
  • 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.
    • The Bloodhound’s Fang is the only somber weapon that can still be imbued with an Ash of War.
  • Ashes of War Consume Focus Points
  • 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:
    • Uchigatana
    • Gargoyle’s Twinblade
    • Greatsword
    • Misericorde
    • Cross-Naginata
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