If you have been playing FromSoft games long enough, you will know about that Blue bar between health and stamina. Most people don’t really care about this bar, but in Elden Ring, it is a lot more important than you probably think it is. It is FP and it is the basis of all your Magic and Skill uses. If you have a very low FP bar, then you won’t be able to do much at all.
There are only really 4 ways to increase your FP and not all of them are permanent. You can level up your Mind attribute, use FP-boosting Talismans, find specific Crystal Tears for your Physick, or use items that decrease FP usage. Every one of these is very important, especially if you have a Mage build.
If you don’t increase your FP and you rely on skills, that is a very bad idea because you will run out very quickly. If you use FP a lot, make sure you reallocate some health flasks to be FP flasks so you are always ready to give yourself extra FP when you need it most. Always watch your FP so that you don’t find yourself in a situation where you need it but don’t have it.
Easy ways to increase FP
As we said before, your FP is extremely important in this game because you will use it more than any other FromSoft game to date. There are really only 4 ways to increase FP, but some of them only last a small amount of time. When you use those consumables, make sure you use them for something important or else you will be wasting them.
Here are the easiest ways to increase your FP:
1. Level up your Mind attribute
Mind is an attribute that primarily influences FP which is identical to MP or Mana in other titles. The more points in Mind a character has, the larger their focus pool and the more spells they can cast before requiring a recharge. It also influences the Focus Body Stat, which in turn improves a player’s resistance to Sleep and Madness effects.
You will need a decently high Mind level to be able to cast specific spells, and summoning also takes a certain amount of FP. Just make sure you have a good balance among all your stats and you aren’t upgrading one too much. Always keep the bar filled so you are ready for your next encounter. You won’t need to fill the bar too often the higher your Mind level is.
2. Use FP-boosting Talismans
There are a bunch of FP Talismans that will help you on your journey. Always remember that at most, you can only have 4 total Talismans equipped. Try your best to determine which Talismans are best for your build. Obviously, you probably don’t want the Talismans that decrease other stats for the sake of Mind if you do get hit a lot.
If you don’t want any debuffs, make sure to use the Talismans that give all the bonuses to make sure you don’t have any weaknesses. The best thing to do is base your whole build around FP so that you aren’t missing out on anything.
Here is a list of all the FP boosting Talismans:
- Cerulean Seed Talisman – Boosts FP restoration from Flask of Cerulean Tears
- Cerulean Amber Medallion – Raises maximum FP
- Marika’s Scarseal – Raises mind, intelligence, faith, arcane, but also increases damage taken
- Preceptor’s Big Hat – Increases mind to the detriment of stamina
- Navy Hood – Increases mind
- Assassin’s Cerulean Dagger – Critical hits restore FP
- Glintstone Scarab – Lowers FP consumed by sorceries, but increases damage taken
3. Find specific Crystal Tears for your Physick
If you haven’t found it already, there is a Flask called the Flask of Wonderous Physick. It is basically a flask that is just like the other flasks you have but you can customize them with specific items you find around the world. There are a few Crystal Tears that you can use to customize the flask and they are extremely important as an extra flask to use if you are in trouble.
There is a crystal that either stops the decrease of any FP in your bar for about 15 seconds and there is another that fills half of your entire bar with FP. You can find 2 of them and then fill the entire bar with each drink. You only get one drink from the flask within each rest and you need to use it very wisely. Just make sure you know what you are doing when customizing your flask.
4. Use items that decrease FP usage
There are a bunch of items, including Talismans that will decrease the usage of your FP flasks. We already mentioned one before and that is one of the Crystal Tears for the Physick Flask. There is a Talisman that actually decreases FP usage by 20% which is one of the best items in the game. You get it from the giant in front of Caria Manor.
To actually unlock it in his shop, you will need to defeat a couple of main bosses and it will allow you to purchase it from him for 5,000 Runes. Believe me, it is a good investment. There aren’t really any other items that are good for decreasing FP usage, but these will be your best options if you are using too much FP at once.
Why should you increase your FP?
There are many reasons to increase your FP. The first reason is so you can use your skills more often. Weapon skills are by far the best addition to the game and there are soo many to choose from. From Ash or War to the Special weapon skills, there are honestly soo many to choose from.
The second reason is so you can use Magic. If you have never played a Mage class before, FP is how you fight enemies. You will need a ton of FP to be able to deal damage and use spells. Some spells use soo much FP that you need to refill the bar every time you use it.
Just make sure you know what you are doing when it comes to upgrading FP. It is a very important attribute that you shouldn’t overlook even if you don’t have a Magic build.