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Here Are The 5 Best Incantations In Elden Ring and How to Use Them

Here Are The 5 Best Incantations In Elden Ring and How to Use Them

If you are not going for a typical physical Strength or Dexterity build in Elden Ring and like to explore the fun side of this game then you should be looking into the magical world. That sounds very Disney-esque but it’s further from the truth as this magic can destroy anyone that might stand in your way.

Magic in Elden Ring comes in two varieties. Sorcery for which you need a Staff to cast and requires Intelligence stat upgrading. The second is Incantations for which you need a Sacred Seal to cast and is scaled and accessed through upgrading Faith levels. Though I started the game with a Sorcery build I am looking forward to re-speccing into an Incantation one because due to their great variety and to put it crudely they LOOK amazing.

There are many Incantations and it is also divided into distinct schools so each has its flavor to add to the mix. And depending on your preference and playstyle you will be most likely sticking to some specific brand of Incantation. To make your decision easy we will be discussing the best incantations in Elden Ring so you can choose that school to specialize in. The top Incantations are:

  • Flame, Grant Me Strength & Golden Vow
  • Lightning Strike
  • Pest Threads
  • Swarm of Flies

Flame, Grant Me Strength & Golden Vow

Both these Incantations serve a similar purpose and can be stacked upon each other hence they are mentioned together.

  • Flame, Grant Me Strength is a buff that raises physical and fire-based attacks by 20% in PVE and by 15% in PVP. It lasts a total of 30 seconds and can be stretched by using the Old Lord’s Talisman. It requires 28 FP to cast and 15 Faith is needed to use it. This is from the Fire Monk Incantations school and only buffs yourself. When you are rocking a pyromancy build this will be a must-have as it gives anything with fire damage a significant boost including both weapons and Incantations. Though weapons with no Physical damage or other elemental damage will not benefit from this so combine it accordingly.
  • Golden Vow is another buff that increases attack power by 15% in PVE and 7.5% in PVP along with a buff to damage-received reduction by 10% in PVE and 5% in PVP. This Incantation is an AOE one where it buffs yourself and your allies or friends you are playing with. It costs 47 FP to cast and stays activated for a whopping 80 seconds which can be further increased to 104 seconds by Old Lord’s Talisman. It requires 25 Faith to be used and belongs to the Erdtree Incantations school. Not only it benefits you but your whole party and that long timer gives you freedom to not worry about running out and rebuffing any time soon.

Both these buffs can be stacked upon each other giving the player an insane boost before going for a fight. Using them both just before a boss fight is a viable tactic to steam roll most confrontations.

Flame, Grant Me Strength Location

It can be found on a body behind Fort Gael in the Caelid region. It will be guarded by two of those flamethrower tank enemies so approach carefully. The exact map location is marked below.

Golden Vow Location

Can be found on a dead body in the Corpse-Stench Shack in Mt Gelmir. You will be invaded when you reach this shack by an NPC, Anastasia, Tarnished-Eater, and defeating her will reward a weapon too. The exact location is marked below.

Lightning Strike

An attack type Incantation which belongs to the Dragon Cult Incantation school. It costs 21 FP to use and requires 28 Faith level to be utilized.

It first spreads lightning in a straight line on the ground in front of you and summons a lightning strike from above at the end. The best thing about this spell is its two-step damage, the first damage it inflicts is from the lightning spread on the ground and the second is huge damage proc from the lightning strike from above.

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It can easily dispatch PVE enemies when they are lined up and charging toward you and you can easily spam it with its quick casting so you can keep the pressure on PVP opponents too just be aware of the FP meter. That last lightning strike is especially helpful in boss and large enemy encounters.

Lightning Strike Location

Found in a crevasse in Weeping Peninsula sandwiched between the Minor Erdtree and Frenzy flame village. This requires you to platform your way down on some headstones sticking from the side of the cliff. At the bottom, there will be a scarab which you can kill and get this Incantation. The area with the scarab is constantly getting struck by lightning and there will be many giant bats so tread carefully.

Pest Thread

If you have faced those huge prawn enemies, the homing projectiles they attack you with from a distance, this is that attack essentially. It belongs to the Servants of Rot Incantations school and use up 19 FP to launch and requires 11 Faith to use.

This is one of the most annoying attacks to get hit with as you launch many projectiles at once and all of them seek the target very effectively even if they are moving or dodging, and even if some of them land on the enemy then surely their HP bar will be depleted immensely.

The range on these is extraordinary so you can launch them from a very comfortable distance from your target and they will reach. These can even stagger some huge targets if you spam them. It’s like a homing machine gun. In PVP, enemy players will be panic dodging everywhere just to get out of their reach, even then there is a chance some of these threads will land, and in this situation, you can either spam some more or go in for a hit or two.

Pest Thread Location


This Incantation can be bought by an NPC Gowry in Caelid just before Sellia, Town of Sorcery, the location is marked on the map below. You won’t be able to buy it right away as it’s connected to Millicent’s questline. The quest can be followed along with the video attached as well. Gowry will start selling some incantations once you move along the quest and after a few initial steps visit him again for him to update his stock with this particular incantation.

Swarm Of Flies

One of the best Incantations for the Blood Incantations school and for those who want to delve into a bleed build. It uses 14 FP to release these flies and require 11 Faith and 16 Arcane both to use it in the first place.

Another homing incantation but this time these are slow and does a small explosion when they reach their destination. Though they are slow they do track very well and they are known in the community as “Blood Bees”. They stick to the target before exploding and both these states inflict bleed build-up with the explosion further speeds up the meter, and we all know how devastating bleed procs are.

In both PVE and PVP, this proves to be deadly because of its bleed potential from a distance. You can spam it in PVE and large enemies will be eaten up by the flies along with the bleed procs they induce. In PVP they can panic the opponent to make some stupid decision and fall into your trap.

Swarm Of Flies Location

This Incantation is found on a corpse along the east wall, in a shallow cave, of the Mohgwyn Palace blood swamp. The exact location is marked on the map below. You can get to Mohgwyn Palace by following Varre’s questline early on in the game or through a portal gate in the Mountaintops of the Giants. You can see the ways to get here by checking this link.

These are some of the best and highest damage dealing Incantations in Elden Ring which can be utilized in both PVP and PVE due to their amazing versatility. The first ones are amazing at buffing before entering a fight while others present surprising offensive plays.

A good incantation becomes a driving force for your overall build and we have given you some right here to better focus your playstyle towards. Incantations like Lightning Strike has many other lightning-based spells so you can easily specialize in just this elemental damage, the same goes for bleed.