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Best Build for the Sword of Night and Flame in Elden Ring

Best Build for the Sword of Night and Flame in Elden Ring

The Sword of Night and Flame is widely regarded as one of the strongest weapons in the game. With that said, you can gain access to it at an extremely early part of your playthrough and keep using it till the End of the Game.

Therefore, we’ve concocted a build for the Sword of Night and Flame that’ll have you dish out the great amount of damage you can deal in the Early and Late Game.

The best build for the Sword of Night Flame requires you to invest heavily in Intelligence and Faith, choose the Astrologer class, wear the Royal Remains armor set, upgrade the Sword to +6, use the Carian Filigreed Crest and Radagon’s Soreseal as Talismans while using Flames Grant Me Strength and The Flame of Frenzy as Incantations.


However, getting all of these items, especially finding the 5 Somber Stones, is easier said than done. Therefore, we’ve compiled a detailed step-by-step guide to finding the Sword of Night and Flame.

For this build, we recommend the Astrologer Class. We’ve been testing it out with the sword and are having a blast! Regarding leveling, here are the best Sword of Night and Flame stats.

AttributeStarting StatsEnd Game Stats
Faith 2441

How To Get The Sword of Night and Flame

Sword of Night and Flame Location
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Before tearing down swathes of enemies, getting the sword is your priority. Thankfully, getting the sword is relatively straightforward. For simplicity’s sake, we recommend getting the sword when doing Ranni’s quest, as you’ll be stopping at the Caria Manor, where the sword is located.

You can, however, resort to ulterior means and get to the sword early if you please. After you’ve reached the Manor, here’s what you need to do:

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Drop down from this particular point
  • As soon as you beat the hand spiders, head towards the Lower Manor Site, and instead of entering the dungeon, go towards the left.
  • Once you see a set of buildings, move towards the highest point, drop down, and climb down the ladder toward the building in the center.
  • You can spot The Sword of Night and Flame in a chest!

Best Sword Of Night And Flame Build

Before we get to how you can get your Sword to +6 (alongside leaving some extra for your Talisman), we’ll look at the best Sword of Night and Flame build. This build is designed to form the Early Game and will have you dealing massive amounts of damage right from the get-go.

Golden Order Seal

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The Golden Order Seal is a late-game item that you can reach without needing to do any fighting. It scales your incantations with Intelligence and Faith. Generally, since we’ll rely heavily on Magic damage throughout the build, the seal is a worthwhile addendum.

Armor: Royal Remains

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While you can pick out any set of armor that you please as you move towards the later stages of the game, the Royal Remains set is found extremely close (more on that down below) to where you can find the Sword and is, therefore, a great pick-up if you’re already heading that way anyway.

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Talisman 1: Radagon’s Soreseal

Since you aren’t meant to really be a character that soaks up damage with this build in the first place, Radagon’s Soreseal and its primary caveat – an increase in damage taken – is primarily negated. We’ve primarily picked it up to meet the Strength requirements for the Sword and have some HP at earlier levels.

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Talisman 2: Carian Filigreed Crest

The Carian Filigreed Crest reduces the amount of FP consumed when using a skill. This is great when you are in the heat of battle, and landing a few more shots will lead to you taking down your target.

Incantation 1: Flames Grant Me Strength

This raises your physical attack and fire attack. This directly increases the damage to your R2. But it does nothing for your beam. However, the damage bumps you gain from using this incantation are significant, making it more than worthwhile.

Incantation 2: The Flame Of Frenzy

Despite the sword being considered OP, it still can’t stagger enemies. Therefore, two charges of Frenzy, while likely dealing less damage, will allow you to get more hits off in the long run.

Finding The Golden Seal

You must’ve gotten 1/2 of the fragment at the Fort for the Golden Seal. But you need a second one. For that, you will need to get to Fort Haight. Once you do, here are the steps you need to follow:


Beware, this is a long run!

  • Head to Bellum Church
  • Once you do, keep moving forward toward the large white building
  • Once there, head towards the Grand Lift of Dectus
  • Keep moving Eastwards until you reach a large Castle.
  • Head inside towards the Capital Outskirts and grab the Golden Seeds found in the middle adjacent to a tree.

Upgrading The Sword To +5 / +6

Level 2

Head to the main Caria Manor gate. Once there, roam around the adjacent forest and try to kill the hands that come up from underneath the surface. If you have the sword, this should be fairly easy. All you need to do is land a Flame Strike and immediately land another once the first one hits.

You can then roll back and sprint back after a few seconds to get your loot. You can get a Level 2 Somber Smithing Stone with some luck, as their drop rate is pretty high. So, this is a good farming spot regardless of whether you want to upgrade the sword.

Level 3

To get a Level 3 Somber Stone, follow this path:

  • Head to the location where you found the Lost Grace; at the head of it, you’ll find an entrance
  • Go into the two alleyways, and keep moving forward until you see two corpses. Once there, loot the corpse on the left for a Level 3 Stone.

Level 4

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For Levels 4 and 5, you’ll need to head to the Selia Crystal Tunnel. Once there, here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Immediately as you enter, drop down and grab the Grace.
  • Once you have it, climb the ladder and head to the Crystal Hall towards the left and jump on the wooden roof, and head towards the opening.
  • Keep running straight, avoiding the ambush, and up a ladder. Behind you is a Level 4 stone!

Level 5

Level 5 is perhaps the easiest one yet. For it, go to the grace that leads you to the Swamp of Aeonia. After you get it, head North until you find a small opening in the landscape. Once you do, head towards Caelid until you meet an enemy. You’ll be able to find the stone right behind them! You can also choose to kill the enemy for fun. However, they don’t drop anything special.

Level 6

fallingstar beast

For the final sixth one, you’ll need to take down the Fallingstar Beast you should have spotted inside the Tunnel mentioned earlier. After taking him out, you’ll be able to get the sixth stone allowing you to get a fully upgraded Sword!

Finding The Incantations / Spells

You’ll need The Flame of Frenzy and Flames Grant Me Strength to complete this build. Getting both of them is relatively easy and doesn’t require much effort. You might have already gotten them by this stage of the game.

The Flame Of Frenzy

flame of frenzy location

Head to the spot shown above in the Callu Baptismal Church. Once there, you’ll be able to find the Incantation nearby. You might need to take a few rounds before you can get it, though. However, it is in the same general location in most cases.

Flames Grant Me Strength

This particular Incantation is found between two Firebreather Machines and Caelid. It is located exactly behind Fort Gael on a body between the two Firebreathers.