Elden Ring features various classes that have their own advantages and disadvantages. The Confessor class allows players to take advantage of using Incantations while wielding a sword as well. If you want to find out about the best Confessor build in Elden Ring, you’ve come to the right place.
We will show you everything you need to know about the class. The Confessor can be a difficult class to master for beginners. However, we will show you the optimal playstyle as well so that you can master this class and finish the game. With that said, let’s dive right in and check out the Confessor build in Elden Ring.
Table of Contents
In this guide, we will look at all the stats, gear, weapons, and other useful items that you will need to use as a Confessor. This class is quite versatile, so you can mix and match a lot of different items. However, we will talk about some of the best gear that will assist you in the end game as well.
Here is a brief rundown of what you can expect in this build:
|Weapons||Sacred Seals||Armor Sets||Talisman||Incantations||Spirit Ashes|
|Uchigatana, Blasphemous Blade, and Sword of Night and Flame.||Erdtree Sacred Seal, God Slayer’s Seal, Clawmark Seal, and Dragon Communion Seal||Mausoleum Knight Set, Black Knife Set, Scaled Set, and Briar Set.||Faithful’s Canvas Talisman, Radagon Icon, Two Fingers Heirloom, and Ancestral Spirit’s Horn.||Lightning Spear, Black Flame, Black Flame Ritual, Beast Claw, and Ancient Dragon’s Lightning Spear.||Night Maiden and Swordtress, Skeletal Militiaman Ashes, Lhutel the Headless, and Omenkiller Rollo.|
Which Stat to Level Up?
Before we take about the gear, let’s take a look at which stats are worth putting points in and which to avoid. Since this is mostly a hybrid build of Strength and Faith, you need to prioritize both of these stats as much as possible.
At level 90, these should be your overall stats:
While you can obviously choose to level up other stats, going for this build will allow you to make the most out of this build. However, if you want to use weapons or items that require other stats like Intelligence, you can level it up instead of Strength or Dexterity.
Make sure that you experiment with your build so that you can find the optimal stats for your play style. However, if you are confused about what to level up, follow the stats we used to get good results. You can always respec your character and reassign the points whenever you want anyways.
When it comes to Armor in Elden Ring, you do not have to put a lot of stock in specific sets and their unique bonuses. Instead, you can mix and match various sets to make the most out of the weight, stats, and protection. While some of the items won’t look good on your character, you’ll have to still use them. After all, you’re playing Elden Ring not Elden Bling.
It’s not worth getting a set that gives you a measly +3 Faith stat if the result is a lack of protection from attacks. In that regard, there are only a few armor sets that you can use viably for the Confessor build.
I have suggested a few armor sets that you can use throughout the game. It depends on your playstyle and requirement to see which one suits you most and which one you’ll want to level up.
Mausoleum Knight Set
This set can be farmed quite easily in Liurnia of the Lakes, or near the Walking Mausoleum in the Weeping Peninsula. However, you might have to farm a lot depending on your RNG. So, do not give up if you do not get the set in a few tries.
The Mausoleum Knight Set has superb physical and magical protection for an armor set that you can earn early in the game. That is one of the main reasons why I suggest that you get this as soon as possible. This will help you get to the endgame without any issues.
Black Knife Set
While a lot of sets fluctuate between either great physical or magical damage reduction, few manage to do both at the same time. The Black Knife Set offers decent damage reduction which is always welcomed. However, it doesn’t offer the best protection but since you’re getting the best of both worlds, it should be alright.
If you want to use ranged magic spells and melee attacks, this is the set for you. Plus, it also looks amazing and has an effect that stops enemies from hearing you while sneaking. So, you can easily backstab enemies since they won’t be able to hear you.
Moving on to the next armor, the Scaled Set is an absolute beast that is suited for the Confessor Build if you want to prioritize melee combat. This set offers some of the best Physical Damage reductions that you can get in the game.
Additionally, it also offers higher than usual magic damage reduction, which makes sure that you’re protected against spells as well.
The only major downside of this set is that it weighs around 38. While you might not think that this is a lot, it can make tons of difference for a Confessor. So if you’re interested in this armor, then you’ll have to invest a lot of points in Endurance.
The Briar set should be your end-game goal when going for the Confessor build. This set can be obtained after defeating Elemer of the Briar, a boss found in The Shaded Castle to the west of the Altus Plateau. Once you’ve defeated him, return to the Roundtable Hold where you can purchase it from Enia.
Keep in mind that this boss is similar to a Bell-Bearing Hunter. So, if you have trouble against those types of bosses, you’ll have to be careful against him as well.
While you can wear the full set, I recommend that you replace the helmet with the Ruler’s Mask. Even though it won’t offer the same amount of protection, it will increase your Faith which is a great thing. This helmet can be found on a corpse northeast of the Abandoned Coffin Lost Grace, which can be accessed from the Ruin-Strewn Precipice dungeon.
Talismans play a massive role in all types of builds. That is why Elden Ring is completely filled with different types of them. There are so many Talismans that you can find across the map that it can be quite overwhelming for a newer player.
However, there are a few that will help you take your Confessor build to the next level. So, make sure that you get the ones we’ve mentioned below to make the most out of your build.
Two Fingers Heirloom
Starting with the Two Fingers Heirloom, it is a Talisman that increases your Faith stat by a full 5 points. It is a straightforward item that will increase your Faith which is a crucial stat for a Confessor. While this might not sound like a big deal, it makes a lot of difference whether in the early game or in the long run.
During the later stages of the game, a single level up costs tens of thousands of Runes. That is when a Talisman like this comes in handy. It allows you to invest in secondary stats like Endurance and Mind. Plus, you won’t be sacrificing the potency of your Faith due to this Talisman.
Ancestral Spirit’s Horn
If you are going to use a lot of Incantations, then the Ancestral Spirit’s Horn will be your best friend. It allows you to become self-sufficient and ensures that you will use recovery items less frequently
The Ancestral Spirit’s Horn restores 3 FP to your character for each enemy you kill. That is all there is to it. There are no hidden debuffs or any other passives. As long as you kill any foe, you will restore 3 FP. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot of FP but when you clear a group of enemies, your FP will be fully back up in no time.
While it doesn’t come in handy against bosses – since you have to fight 1 on 1 or 1 on 2 – it does help you save FP flasks during dungeons until you come across a Site of Grace.
Playing as a caster in Elden RIng has a lot of pros. However, the biggest flaw is that your character is often left open to attacks. Since your character is quite squishy in this build, you will often find yourself dying while casting a spell near an enemy.
To prevent situations where the long casting times of spells cause your death, you need to equip the Radagon Icon. This Talisman allows you to greatly reduce the cast time of your spells. It comes in handy when the boss is running toward you while you are stuck in a casting animation.
Faithful’s Canvas Talisman
Finally, you can also try out the Faithful’s Canvas Talisman as well. This is a great option since it raises the potency of all your incantations. This is great for dealing additional damage or healing yourself if needed. The best part is that you can find this Talisman relatively early in the game. It can be found on a corpse inside the Sellia Crystal Tunnel.
Moving on to the weapons, having the right sword is extremely important for a Confessor. While you can rely on your Incantations to do the heavy lifting, having a good sword goes a long way. The good news is that you can use both your Incantations and armaments to fight enemies.
Before we talk about the weapons, I’d like to mention a few shields as well that will come in handy if you plan to use a sword and shield combo:
|Blue Gold Kite Shield||Fire, Holy||Parry|
|Great Turtle Shield||Lightning||Barricade|
|Shield of the Guilty||Low DEF||Shield Bash|
|One-Eyed Shield||High DEF||Flame Spit|
Whether you want to use the shields or not is up to you. With that said, let’s dive right in and check out the weapons.
To start with, the Uchigatana is a fantastic choice for any character that utilizes melee attacks. While it’s not a traditional weapon for Faith builds, you can use it on the Confessor since it is a strong katana.
If you pick the Samurai class, the Uchigatana will be your starting weapon. Players might think that a starting weapon won’t be this good, but this katana is superb from early to late game. However, if you didn’t pick the Samurai class, worry not because you can still find this weapon pretty early in the game.
The ‘Blood Loss Buildup’ passive effect applies to almost all enemies since you will be leveling up your Strength as a Confessor. As long as you attack frequently and build up the meter, the Hemorrhage status will take place and shred through enemies with high HP.
The Blasphemous Blade is a cool-looking greatsword that has unique look. In PvP, your opponents will surely fear you due to how intimidating this weapon looks. The best part about this weapon is that its skill heals 10% of your max HP plus a base 150 HP upon each hit of an enemy.
As for the stats, you get Str D, Dex D, and Fai D. What’s more is that you can even heal yourself without using your skill. While the healing is significantly reduced, it is still better than having no healing at all. This will allow you to stay in the fight longer and without wasting any Flasks.
If you want one of the best greatswords in Elden Ring, certainly pick this up. To get it, you must progress through the game and reach the Volcano Manor. Here, you will have to face Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy. Defeating him will give you his Remembrance.
Once you have the Remembrance of the Blasphemous, trade it with Enia at the Roundtable Hold to get this amazing weapon
When you upgrade the blade up to +3, the Faith scaling changes into a C. And then later when you reach +10, that rank changes once again to a B. Unfortunately, the Strength and Dexterity ranking never goes beyond a C.
As a unique piece of armament, the Blasphemous Blade is also not able to be modified with Ashes of War. Its unique skill ‘Taker’s Flames’ is something to take note of. Players can use this to engulf the weapon in flames, and then each subsequent attack will heal a small percentage of their health bar.
Sword of Night and Flame
The final weapon that we’ll talk about is the infamous Sword of Night and Flame. If you have been playing Elden Ring for a while, you’ll know how strong this weapon used to be. However, after getting nerfed in a few patches, players stopped using it.
The good news is that you can still use this weapon and get great results without any issues. Although this weapon is great for Faith builds, it works great with Intelligence builds as well. However, the main issue is that equipping this requires the player to have 12 points in both Strength/Dexterity and 24 points in both Faith and Intelligence.
This forces you to put points into only these stats and avoid all others like Vigor, Endurance, and Mind. This can cause your HP, Stamina, and FP to be extremely low. Since you get this weapon a bit later on in the game, I suggest that you respec your character when you have enough points. Otherwise, you’ll be extremely squishy and will get one shot from every boss or strong enemy in the game.
The Sword of Night and Flame was my go-to weapon for the majority of my Intelligence playthrough. It is one of the best weapons for the mid-game due to its scaling and stats. This sword has three unique forms of attack, which provide variety to the user.
Using a heavy attack in the Night and Flame stance will summon a wave of flames that deals an insane amount of damage.
Similarly, if you use a light attack, you’ll summon Comet Azur which has a decent range. This should be your go-to skill in most cases. Not only does it deal a lot of damage, but it also can help you attack from a safe distance as well. Despite getting nerfed in an update, this weapon still holds up against all bosses.
Having the ideal Sacred Seal is crucial when playing the Confessor in Elden Ring. Since there are quite a few options to choose from, we will show you some of the best ones. Keep in mind that your playstyle might require a different seal but the ones mentioned will be useful till the end.
The best Sacred Seal in Elden Ring is easily the Erdtree Seal. It can be looted from a corpse located in Volcano Manor. The fastest way to get here is to start Rya’s quest line. Get her necklace and then find her on top of the Grand Lift of Dectus. She will take you to the manor where you can find this item.
Players looking to go for a complete Faith build will love this seal since it offers tons of damage. While it doesn’t buff any particular type of Incantation, you can gain a lot of damage by upgrading the Erdtree Seal. However, keep in mind that you need to have at least 40 Faith to properly use this.
Dragon Communion Seal
The Dragon Communion Seal is one of the most popular choices for many players dabbling into Incantations in Elden Ring. As the name suggests, it boosts all your Dragon Incantations which are quite strong on their own as well.
If you are familiar with Dragon Incantations, you’ll know how important it is to level up your Faith and Arcane. So, use this seal to further enhance your damage and potentially one-shot most enemies. This can take a lot of players by surprise during a PvP battle.
Keep in mind that you need to gather Dragon Hearts to unlock new Incantations from the Dragon Communion Church. This can be a hassle since certain dragons can be extremely difficult depending on your build.
The Godslayer’s Seal is one of my favorite Sacred Seals in Elden Ring. As the name suggests, it boosts your Godslayer Incantations which are extremely fun to use on their own. You can find this item in Stormveil Castle if you have a spare Stonesword Key on hand.
However, to use it, you need to have 4 Strength and 27 Faith. So, make sure that you level up your Faith quite a bit if you want to make the best use of this seal. This is the primary reason why it isn’t higher on the list. You will have to level up your Faith stat a lot and ignore other stats for the time being.
If you are going for a full Faith build, then this seal will be extremely useful for you. However, for hybrid users, you might want to test out other seals on this list.
Thanks to its low stat requirement, you can use this seal early in the game. It offers a great alternative to your Finger Seal since it enhances all beast-type spells. Plus, you can use it if you want to go for a hybrid melee build.
To get it, you need to get a Deathroot and give it to D, Hunter of the Dead back at the Roundtable Hold. This will unveil the location of a teleporter that will take you straight to Caelid. Now, you need to interact with Guranq the Beast Clergyman.
After giving him one Deathroot, you can get the Clawmark Seal and start buffing your Beast Incantations. Since it only requires 4 Strength and 10 Faith to use, you can start using it as soon as you get it.
As a Confessor in Elden Ring, Incantations are extremely vital as they will allow you to make the most out of your build. There are tons of Incantations in the game that you can use. Some of them allow you to buff your weapon, heal yourself, deal damage to enemies, or dispose of enemies that surround you.
Since there are a lot of options to choose from, we have mentioned some of the best ones. I would suggest that you check out other Incantations as well to see if they suit your style or not. Otherwise, going for the ones mentioned will give you guaranteed results.
The Lightning Spear is one of the best Incantations in Elden Ring. This is especially true for the Confessor class as it goes extremely well with it. If you are a Souls veteran, you’ll know that this spell has been in every Dark Souls game which is a great thing.
As the name suggests, you can throw a large spear of lightning to the ground to deal damage. Not only does it deal tons of damage, but it also looks extremely cool as well. While the casting time is a bit longer than I’d like, you can reduce it by applying the appropriate Talisman.
The Black Flame incantation is a strong spell that is quite common. When you use it, you will throw a ball of raging black fire that will continue to sap foes’ HP for a short time. Plus, you can charge this attack to enhance its potency and cause the fireball to explode upon impact.
The easiest way to get this is to buy it from Brother Corhyn at the Roundtable Hold for 7,500 Runes.
Black Flame Ritual
This incantation allows you to summon a circle of black flame pillars around your character. The longer you charge, the larger the circle will be. This forces enemies to run away from you while this effect is active. If you are getting overwhelmed, use this to cause the enemy to run while you chase them.
To get this, head over to the Mountaintops of the Giants and enter the Spiritcaller’s Cave. Here, you will have to fight a Spirit-Caller Snail. While this fight is easy, it will summon both the Godskin Apostle and the Godskin Noble. Defeating them can be quite troublesome so be prepared for that.
The Beast Claw is one of the best Incantations in the game, and it can be made even better thanks to the Clawmark Seal. To get it, you need to give 5 Deathroot to Gurranq and collect this Incantation. You can use it in quick succession and it only uses 10 FP per use.
The best part is that you only need 8 points in Faith to use this spell; making it a strong spell that you can potentially spam during combat.
Ancient Dragon’s Lightning Spear
Like the Lightning Spear, the Ancient Dragon’s Lightning Spear summons a red lightning spear to stab enemies from above. It creates a spear of red lightning and stabs it into the ground from above. On impact, the spear will burst into trails of lightning covering the area.
The best part is that this spell is a close-range AOE, with many lightning waves spreading out. You can easily take out enemies that get too close for comfort thanks to this. Plus, the damage of this Incantation is insane especially if you use the Dragon Communion Seal.
In patch 1.07, the FP cost for this spell was reduced making it better in the latest updates of the game.
Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring are a great tool in your arsenal. They assist you in combat by either tanking damage or applying debuffs to enemies. The good thing is that you can summon Spirit Ashes against bosses and against groups of enemies as well.
While some players say that this makes the game easy, it is your choice if you want to use them or not. I’d suggest using them if you are a new player to the game.
Lhutel the Headless
This is a Legendary Spirit and Summon in Elden Ring. When used, it summons an allied spirit version of an unmounted Mausoleum Knight. Lhutel will periodically teleport while in combat, allowing her to move around quickly, avoid being surrounded by enemies, and avoid large area of effect attacks from enemies.
Also, the strikes from her lance cause a buildup of the death blight status on her target. Unfortunately, the vast majority of enemies found in Elden Ring are immune to death blight.
Her heavy armor, great shield, teleportation ability, a mix of melee and ranged attacks, and immunity against all status effects allow her to work well alongside a variety of player builds as a “tank” or damage dealer.
However, due to her teleporting around the area, the enemies might stop attacking her and start focusing on you instead.
Night Maiden and Swordtress
When summoned, you will call upon 2 spirits that wield flowing weapons. The good news is that you summon 2 sisters each with their own HP bars. Both of them deal a lot of damage and can tank quite a few hits before going down.
However, summoning them uses a lot of FP so make sure that you have FP flasks ready after you call them.
Skeletal Militiaman Ashes
This is a great Spirt Ash in Elden Ring as it allows you to summon the spirits of 2 skeletal militiamen. While the spirits are a bit weak, they will resurrect after dying. Until the enemy properly finishes them off, these skeletons will continue to rise and attack your foe.
This can be great to remove the aggro of bosses from your character. You can run around for a while and wait for the skeletons to rise again. Once they do, attack the boss or enemy while they are distracted by your summons.
Once a famous perfumer, Rollo imbibed a physick to rid himself of emotion, thus enabling him to enact his nightmarish labor, hunting the Omen. This is a strong summon that can cause bleed damage to the enemy. However, it uses a lot of FP which is a major downside. If you do not level up your Mind stat, you might not be able to summon it.
Unlike pure melee builds, the Confessor build can be played as either a pure spellcaster or a hybrid between melee and magic.
Depending on your playstyle, you need to consider whether you want to be a ranged or melee character. If you prefer ranged combat, invest in spells that allow you to attack from a distance. If you prefer melee combat, choose weapons that complement your magical abilities.
If you’re someone who primarily focuses on casting, then your playstyle should be reserved. You should keep your distance from foes at all times. Since your HP will be quite low, getting near enemies means that you will get the famous “You Died” screen quickly.
Plus, you should also allot more slots to your Flasks of Cerulean Tears instead of the Crimson Tears. As a ranged player, you’ll want to make sure that you can replenish your FP at a moment’s notice, otherwise, you’ll be unable to do anything.
Having fewer Cerulean Tears means that you will run out of FP and become useless. Since Incantations are your go-to in this playstyle, make sure that you always have spare FP for enemies and bosses. That’s not to say that HP flasks aren’t important. They will save your life on more than one occasion.
On the other hand, if you’re playing as a hybrid, your playstyle should revolve around buffing your weapons and getting up close to enemies as much as possible to attack. Make sure that you don’t go headfirst into groups of enemies.
However, your armaments have a much better chance of helping you escape from situations like these. Also, having more Crimson Tears will be beneficial as you will need to heal more often. Make sure that you keep a few FP flasks and a lot of HP flasks. An ideal way to go about this is to follow the 70/30 rule.
Use a mixture of medium and close-range Incantations to debuff and damage your enemies from a distance, and then move in close to finish them off with your melee weapons. You can either buff your weapons or keep Incantations that will help you keep enemies away.
Overall, I suggest that you use a combination of these two playstyles at the same time. However, for this, you need to invest some points into Mind as well. This will allow you to cast a lot of spells while having enough FP for the next Incantation as well.
That’s everything you need to know about the Elden Ring Confessor build. This is a great class if you want to go for a hybrid between magic and melee. The best part is that you can use some of the best Incantations in the game while using great swords if enemies get too close for comfort.
Do you like the Confessor class? Which class is your favorite in Elden Ring? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!