Elden Ring is a sea of different types of gameplays and builds but one that fascinates the most is the Magic side of the spectrum. Though physical damage or melee is very much viable, it’s the spectacle and various elemental prowess of Magic that catches the attention of most audiences. Magic too is divided into two different types Sorcery and Incantations.
Incantations and Sorcery are further sub-divided into different schools of casting each having its particular purpose and or damage type, the layers of gameplay in Elden Ring are quite extensive. In this article, we will be sticking to the Black Flame Incantations also known as Godslayer Incantations, and belong to the Godskin Apostle Incantations school.
The Black Flame Incantations works the best with the Godslayer Seal. And all the various Black Flame Incantations you can get your hands on in Elden Ring are:
- Black Flame
- Black Flame Blade
- Scouring Black Flame
- Noble Presence
- Black Flame Ritual
- Black Flame’s Protection
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If you have come across the Godslayer enemies in Elden Ring you will be aware of this flame type. The Black flame these incantations spew out is different than your regular fire or flame as they deal percentage-based damage to your enemies. The initial damage of the hit is your regular fire damage while applying the Black flame effect which ticks away 2- 5% of health over time, damage duration is dependent on the source or type of incantation that’s applying it.
As it is a type of Incantation it is scaled with the Faith attribute and you require a Sacred Seal to cast it. The Sacred Seal that works the best with these types of Incantations is the Godslayer’s Seal, more on this later. Considering it deals fire-based damage, Talismans and Mixed Physick or items that boost fire damage also boost Black Flame’s effectiveness. Fire Scorpion Charm adds 12% more damage and the Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear boosts damage by 20%.
- FP Cost: 18
- Faith Requirement: 20
- Description: Throws a ball of raging black fire.
- Stamina Cost: 25
This is the basic incantations that throws a ball of Black Flame at an enemy. It deals fire damage when the ball hits the enemy and applies the Black flame effect which deals 2-5% of the total HP damage over the next 2 seconds. The initial damage is scalable with Faith but the percentage based overtime damage stays the same. You can charge the ball as well to deal extra damage and explode on impact for a more AOE based attack.
Black Flame Location
Black Flame can be acquired by giving the Godskin Prayerbook to any Incantation merchant like Brother Corhyn or Miriel, Pastor of Vows for 7500 Runes. You can get the Godskin Prayerbook by unlocking a fog room with a Stonesword Key in Stormveil Castle, exact location linked here.
Black Flame Blade
- FP Cost: 15
- Faith Requirement: 17
- Description: Enchants right-hand armament with black flame.
- Stamina Cost: 10
This coats the weapon with only Physical based damage with black flame dealing the particular damage with each weapon swing. This lasts for a short duration, only 6 seconds, but the casting speed is fairly quick and can be applied in between attacks without the worry of getting stuck in animation. It damages for 2 seconds over time when the weapon hits the target dealing 20 damage along with 20 more for every 1000 HP the enemy has, resulting in 2% damage over time.
Black Flame Blade Location
Same way as Black Flame, the Black Flame Blade can be acquired by giving the Godskin Prayerbook to any Incantation merchant like Brother Corhyn or Miriel, Pastor of Vows for 6000 Runes. You can get the Godskin Prayerbook by unlocking a fog room with a Stonesword Key in Stormveil Castle, exact location linked here.
Scouring Black Flame
- FP Cost: 27
- Faith Requirement: 28
- Description: Sweeps area before caster with black flame.
- Stamina Cost: 36
This is a ranged attack that sweeps a wider area in front of the player perfect for dealing with multiple enemies running towards you. It can be charged to deal extra damage and go further than normal. This is rather an ineffective spell and will only be beneficial if you are rocking every kind of item that boosts the Godslayer incantations. This spell is useful in tight corridors or straight pillars of enemies that stay within the spread of the spell.
Scouring Black Flame Location
Dropped by killing the Godskin Apostle in the Windmill Village in the northeast Altus Plateau region, Location marked below.
- FP Cost: 20
- Faith Requirement: 26
- Description: Thrust out belly with gusto to unleash repelling shockwave.
- Stamina Cost: 35
This lets you send out an explosion in your immediate radius dealing Black flame damage. The explosion is very effective against smaller human-based enemies as they are thrown in the air with it. This specific Incantation is further boosted by 20% by the Godskin Noble Robe chest piece. The Incantation can also be charged up for more damage output. It is a harder spell to land as the range is not that huge and the time it takes is relatively long too, but if you time it right then you can deal a great amount of damage.
Noble Presence Location
Acquired from defeating the Godskin Noble at the Volcano Manor. The location is marked below.
Black Flame Ritual
- FP Cost: 36
- Faith Requirement: 42
- Description: Summons circle of black flame pillars around caster.
- Stamina Cost: 39
This creates a circle of Black flame around the player that stays in place for some duration and deals black flame effect to any stepping on to it. Perfect for dealing with surrounding enemies and also trapping aggressive enemies to rush towards you only to be burned. It can be used for zoning as well due to its sustained presence once cast. You can also increase the size of the circle by charging the spell before releasing it.
Black Flame Ritual Location
Found in the Spiritcaller Cave in the Mountaintops of the Giants from defeating the Godskin Apostle & Godskin Noble in a consecutive boss encounter. The location of the cave is marked below.
Black Flame’s Protection
- FP Cost: 30
- Faith Requirement: 30
- Description: Increases physical damage negation.
- Stamina Cost: 13
This is a personal buff that increases physical-based damage negation by 35%. On the contrary, it takes away the healing power of any healing source like flasks by 20%. It lasts for 70 seconds so there is not much of a worry about running out mid-fight. Can be stacked with other damage negation spells like Golden Vow. Ideal for builds that don’t rely on healing as such and know how to dodge most attacks, the overall net impact is in favor of this spell.
Black Flame’s Protection Location
Received from Gideon Ofnir, after selecting the “about the secret medalion” dialogue option. In order for this question to appear, you will first need Haligtree Secret Medallion (Left) and Haligtree Secret Medallion (Right). If you missed Gideon due to story progression then it can be purchased at Twin Maiden Husks after defeating Sir Gideon Ofnir, the All-Knowing.
Haligtree Secret Medallion (Left) is acquired by completing the Castle Sol in Mountaintops of the Giants.
Haligtree Secret Medallion (Right) is given by Albus, who is disguised as a pot past the Perfumer guarding the path up from the Village of the Albinaurics Site of Grace in the swamp caves west of Liurnia of the Lakes.
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This particular seal will boost Godslayer incantations by 10%, and if you wield two at a time then the effect is stacked up. Incant Scaling of 291 at +25 upgrade level with 60 Faith and 329 Incant Scaling at +25 upgrade level with 80 Faith. The highest level of upgrade for this seal results in an S rating in Faith giving you the most output in Incant Scaling. If you are building a character that utilizes the Godslayer incantations the most then this is your go-to seal.
Godslayer Seal Location
In the same fog room, which you unlock with a Stonesword Key to find the Godskin Prayerbook in Stormveil Castle, the exact location is linked here.
These are all the incantations from the Godslayer school, some of these are great, especially against enemies that have large health pools considering the percentage-based damage of black flame. But some are just mediocre and are not that effective either in damage or in delivery, you can always enhance the effectiveness by using the boosting items mentioned above. If you are not going for a Godslayer theme build then using other incarnations in tandem with these will have the best result.