There are 8 total stats in Elden Ring that you can level up using Runes. Each stat offers different benefits to your character that you can use to excel in combat. The Faith stat allows you to use powerful Incantations and other Faith-based weapons. That is why this guide will show you the best Faith build in Elden Ring.
The primary classes that scale best with Faith are Confessor, Prophet, and Wretch (since you can evenly distribute stats in the latter class). So, if you are planning to do a new playthrough with one of these classes and looking to go for a Faith build, this guide is perfect for you!
Faith Build in Elden Ring
As aforementioned, the Faith build allows you to cast various Incantations that you find across the map. There are tons of Incantation types each with its own benefits and negatives. In this guide, we will take about all the best things that you can use in your Faith build.
With that said though, I still suggest that you try out other items and experiment with what suits your playstyle. Elden Ring offers a lot of freedom which is a good thing. So, make sure that you try out different weapons, items, and gear to find the perfect one for yourself.
Here is a brief rundown of what you can expect in the Faith build in terms of the best Armor Sets, Talismans, Incantations, Weapons and Sacred Seals:
|Mausoleum Knight Set, Briar Set, Malformed Dragon Set, and Black Knife Set
|Faithful’s Canvas Talisman, Radagon Icon, Two Fingers Heirloom, Godfrey Icon, and Ancestral Spirit’s Horn.
|Lightning Spear, Black Flame, Black Flame Ritual, Beast Claw, and Ancient Dragon’s Lightning Spear.
|Blasphemous Blade, Sword of Night and Flame, Winged Scythe, Golden Order Greatsword, Maliketh’s Black Blade, and Godslayers Greatsword
|Erdtree Sacred Seal, God Slayer’s Seal, Clawmark Seal, and Dragon Communion Seal
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.
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 a Faith 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.
The Briar set should be your end-game goal when going for a Faith build or if you are playing the Confessor. 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.
Malformed Dragon Set
Getting the Malformed Dragon Set can be a bit difficult depending on how much trouble you have with the Draconic Tree Sentinel. This one can be found right outside the fog gate of Maliketh the Black Blade. While the overall fight plays out like any other Tree Sentinal, his horse breathes fire which can cause a lot of issues.
This armor set is quite strong and offers amazing stats for Faith build users. It gives a lot of protection against Physical damage as well as decent protection against magic damage. At this stage of the game, you’ll certainly want an armor set like this.
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
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 Faith 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 Faith build user. 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 which is why what we are going to be taking advantage of in this Elden Ring Faith build. 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.
This Talisman is extremely strong and viable for Faith builds. Plus, you can obtain it easily as well. You need to enter the Golden Lineage Evergaol located on the right side after the Grand Lift of Dectus. Here, you’ll fight a boss which isn’t that hard.
When you equip this Talisman, you will enhance the damage of all your charged spells by 15%. This is a big deal, especially in the late game. There are tons of Incantations that you need to charge. With this item, you can deal insane amounts of damage.
Faithful’s Canvas Talisman
Finally, you can also try out 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.
If you are going for the Faith build in Elden Ring, Incantations are extremely vital as they will allow you to make the most out of your build and class. 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 and Prophet classes as it goes extremely well with them. 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.
Moving on to the weapons, having the right sword is extremely important for Faith build. 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.
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.
The Winged Scythe has great Faith scaling, to begin with, and it only gets better with each upgrade. The Ash of War it has – Angel’s Wings – is the best, where its initial strike staggers most enemies and the second hit does amazing damage on top of great reach. Also, this weapon has bleed buildup too and we all know that mechanic is extremely powerful in Elden Ring.
If you are having issues against enemies with high armor, make sure that you pick up the Winged Scythe and slice them in half. Plus, you can also use it to close the gap between you and your foe quickly.
While I’m not the biggest fan of sythes in Elden Ring, I cannot deny that the Winged Scythe is one of the best bleed weapons in the game. Plus, you can find this amazing weapon in the Tombsward Ruins which is near the area where you start the game. So, if you want a good bleed weapon with your FAI build, make sure that you pick it up early in the game as soon as you start.
However, as you can see, it requires a high FAI rating before you can properly equip it. So, it might take a while before you can fully utilize this weapon.
Golden Order Greatsword
While most players overlook this weapon due to its relatively mediocre stats, you cannot deny how awesome it looks. The design of this greatsword is one of the best I’ve seen in Elden Ring and the stats are quite decent as well.
Its scaling stats are Str E, Dex D, and Fai C. If you upgrade this sword, you’ll find out that the scaling is superb and this weapon can deal tons of damage. So, if you are going for a mix of Dexterity and Faith build, this greatsword will come in handy. To properly wield it, you must have 16 Str, 21 Dex, and 28 Fai.
Getting this weapon is easier said than done. It is found inside the Cave of the Forlorn. You need to defeat the Misbegotten Crusader to get it. The boss fight is somewhat difficult as the entire area is quite high-leveled, but if you have fought the Leonine Misbegotten, this fight is extremely similar to that.
Maliketh’s Black Blade
As the name suggests, you can get this weapon after defeating Maliketh. When you first see this weapon, it will not have the best stats when it comes to Faith weapons. However, after upgrading it a few times, it is one of the best Faith weapons in the game.
Plus, you can take a page right out of Maliketh’s book by using its ability – Destined Death. You will swing the blade around your character, which deals a lot of Holy damage. This is a great skill that can help you take out enemies that get too close to you or surround you.
On top of that, if the enemy gets hit, their maximum HP will be lowered briefly, and their health will be drained as well for a short time. This puts a lot of pressure on the player, especially in PvP.
Fans of the Dex/Fai build will want to get this weapon as soon as possible. Thanks to the high base stats and its ability – Queen’s Black Flame – you can quickly dispose of any person standing in your way. The skill boosts your fire damage and leaves a lasting effect in the form of the burn effect.
If you master the timing of this skill, you can keep the enemy burning and they will take a lot of damage over the duration of the fight.
Having the ideal Sacred Seal is crucial when playing the Faith build 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.
Faith Build Playstyle
There are two ways in which you can make use of the Faith build – ranged or melee hybrid. If you want to rely on ranged, then make sure that you have all the appropriate Incantations equipped alongside tons of FP flasks. This will allow you to safely cast magic while having tons of flasks to refill your FP.
Make sure that you stay away from the enemy and roll away whenever they come close. Since you won’t have enough HP or Stamina, you’ll probably get one-shot by most mid-late game bosses and enemies. You will have to play slow and only rely on your ranged damage Incantations.
Alternatively, you can choose to play as a melee/ranged hybrid. In this style, you can buff your sword with an Incantation and attack the enemy up close and personal. Plus, you can take certain Incantations like the Black Flame Ritual so that you deal tons of damage to enemies that get too close.
I suggest going for the hybrid build since it’s more fun. However, since everyone has their own playstyle, you can choose to go for the ranged build as well. While you won’t have as much fun as with ranged sorceries, it is still a blast to play.
That’s everything you need to know about the best Faith build in Elden Ring. This is a great stat to level up 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.
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