12 Best Talismans in Elden Ring, Ranked

Hunt down the best Talismans!

Abbas Ahmad
Abbas Ahmad
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Talismans are crucial items that grant various buffs and passive effects in Elden Ring. They’re akin to Rings in Dark Souls but have far-reaching impacts in Elden Ring, as they can either make or break your build. That is why we will look into the best Talismans in Elden Ring.

Initially, your loadout will support only one Talisman, but it expands to four as you progress down the game. Picking the best Talismans, however, is a daunting task as there are so many of them. Luckily, we’re here to help, and we’ve already done the heavy lifting for you.

So, read on to find out which Talisman is worth looking into and where to find them in Elden Ring.


Shard of Alexander

Shard of Alexander

Before we begin, it’s worth noting that Elden Ring is brimming with incredible Talismans. However, some are situational, and others impact different builds, and if you pick the right one for your build, you can cakewalk any boss fight. With that said, let’s start off with the best Talisman: the Shard of Alexander.

Why the Shard of Alexander is the Best Talisman in Elden Ring?

Much like Talismans, there are tons of useful Ashes of Wars, which most players rely on. The Shard of Alexander goes hand in hand with Ashes of Wars as it boosts weapons skills by 15%. Honestly, this is no small amount, and any melee player can reap its benefits!

To get this Talisman, you must complete Alexander’s questline, Elden Ring’s NPC. Should you meet him in the Crumbling Farum Azula, he’ll challenge you to a duel, and beating him will earn you the Shard of Alexander.


Radagon’s Soreseal

Radagon's Soreseal

Moving on to the Legendary Talisman, Radagon’s Soreseal, is also extremely useful for pure melee builds, relying on physical damage. The Radagon’s Soreseal, besides raising your Vigor and Endurance, also adds 5 points to your Strength and Dexterity. That’s an extra 20 levels without spending any Runes!

However, you’ll be taking 15% extra damage as a trade-off, which shouldn’t be of concern since your only way of avoiding damage is to learn enemy attack patterns. You can find this Talisman extremely early in Fort Faroth, and it lies on a corpse past the bats and rats’ enemies.


Scorpion Charms

Scorpion Charms

There are four kinds of Scorpion Charms found in Elden Ring. They are the Fire, Lightning, Magic, and Sacred Scorpions Charms, and each greatly boosts Fire, Lightning, Magic and Holy damage, respectively.

Again, there’s the damage negation debuff, but since casters make the most of elemental damage, it’s hardly seen as a bane. Such players prefer taking things safe, after all! Also, weapons with infusions and skills that deal such damage types can also benefit from it. Here’s where you can find the Scorpion Charms in Elden Ring:

  • You will find the Fire Scorpion Charm in Fort Laiedd, Mt Gelmir.
  •  The Lightning Scorpion Charm is in a sealed room in the Wyndham Catacombs.
  •  If you partake in Seluvis’ questline, you can get the Magic Scorpion Charm.
  •  To get the Sacred Scorpion Charm, you must beat invader Anastasia, which spawns in Smouldering Church, Caelid.


Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman

Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman

The Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman is another Legendary Talisman, making it one of the best in Elden Ring. It amps up your physical damage resistance, allowing you to tank several hits before dying to the enemy. You will feel the difference kick in when taking on tough bosses like Godfrey, First Elden Lord.

However, you will mostly use it near the end game, as it’s found in Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree. Traversing through the vines should lead you to a hole. If you drop down here, you will find a chest with the Talisman.


Graven-Mass Talisman

Graven-Mass Talisman

The Graven-Mass Talisman provides an active power buff to all Sorceries. The best part is that there’s no snag to using this one. What’s more, the potency of your spells further improves when used alongside Lusat’s Glintstone Staff, making it a must-have for Sorcerer builds in general.

As far as getting it goes, players must solve an exciting puzzle surrounding the Albinauric Rise in the Consecrated Snowfield. Turning the Imps against each other using a Bewitching Branch should solve the puzzle. After that, climb to the top of the rise to find a chest that holds the Talisman.


Erdtree Favor +2

Erdtree's Favor +2

If you’re looking for an all-purpose Talisman that can cater to various builds, consider picking up the Erdtree Favor +2. It raises three of your stats, including HP, Stamina and Equip Load. Not only will you last longer when fighting enemies, but you will also have the extra equip load to wear your favorite gear without hitting the fat roll debuff.

Plus, it’s one of the 8 Legendary Talismans, meaning it’s gonna be a good one. That said, players can get it after landing in the Ashen Capital. It sits on a severed branch in an open area, guarded by 3 Tree Spirits. The best approach is to quickly snag the Talisman and run for it without paying attention to the enemies.


Rotten Winged Sword Insignia

Rotten Winged Sword Insignia

The Rotten Winged Sword Insignia goes hand in hand with powerstancing builds as it boosts damage if you keep hitting enemies. Generally, it takes three hits to trigger the effect, but it’s less for dual-wielded weapons like Katanas. Also, the buff only gets better from here as it stacks over three tiers.

To get it, you must see Millicent’s questline to the very end of the Haligtree. Over here, you will have to assist her in beating 4 NPCs, earning you the Rotten Winged Sword Insignia.


Radagon Icon

Radagon Icon

The Radagon Icon shortens spell-casting time, making it a popular choice among spellslingers. This makes the Talisman extremely useful against agile enemies that avoid incoming spells. Plus, you can get it relatively early, which doesn’t require much effort.

It is found inside a chest in Raya Lucaria Academy. The quickest way to get it is to head out into the courtyard from the Debate Parlor Grace. After that, keep hugging the right wall, and jump off the fence. There should be a ladder in front of you which will take you to the chest.


Great-Jar’s Arsenal

Great-Jar Arsenal

Souls veterans will remember the Great-Jar’s Arsenal as the Havel Ring. This is an essential piece of equipment that can benefit any build as it grants an enormous bump to max equip load. This is also helpful if you’re running a beefy setup, as it helps avoid fat rolling.

However, it’s frustrating to get as you must win the Great-Jar’s challenge in Caelid. As such, it’ll take several tries before vanquishing the three NPC duelists. But, once you beat all three, speak to the Great-Jar to earn his Talisman.


Lord of Blood’s Exultation

Lord of Blood's Exultation

One of the most popular builds in Elden Ring is undeniably those with bleed as its highlight. That said, bleed-focused build can take advantage of the Lord of Blood’s Exultation to make quick work of bosses, providing a 20 seconds attack buff every time they suffer blood loss. With this at your disposal, you can trivialize boss fights like Malenia and Mohg.

The Lord of Blood’s Exultation is located inside the Lyndell Catacombs. As always, if you make it to the end of the catacomb and open up the boss room, you’ll fight Esgar, Priest of Blood, who dops the Talisman.


Claw Talisman

Claw Talisman

It goes without saying that players with hefty weapons love jumping attacks, and the Claw Talisman was truly made for that purpose. Similar Talismans grant buffs to various damage types, but the Claw Talisman is the most sought-after, as any melee weapon can use jumping attacks.

The best part is that it’s found very early. While going through Stormveil Castle, you’ll find the Claw Talisman on top of the tower with the docile hawks.


Gold Scarab

Gold Scarab best talismans Elden Ring

Finally, we have the Gold Scarab. Players looking to farm some Runes can seek this Talisman as enemies yield 20% extra Runes. There are some neat Rune farming spots from which you can reap great benefits, and if you have the Gold Scarab equipped, you’ll be making bank twice as fast.

You can snag this handy Talisman after defeating the Cleanrot Knights Duo boss in the Abandoned Cave in Caelid. Try heading east of the Smoldering Wall Grace, and you’ll quickly reach the Abandoned Cave.

Final Thoughts

That’s all for the best Talismans in Elden Ring! The ones mentioned here are some of the best you’ll find and will likely be compatible with your build. But if they aren’t, Elden Ring won’t leave you hanging, as there’s at least a hundred more for you to hunt down. That said, let us know which Talisman is your favorite in the comments below!

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Abbas is a Guides Writer for WhatifGaming. He enjoys trying out a wide range of games, from obscure indies to AAA titles, but his heart truly lies in the unforgiving world of Soulsborne games, claiming mastery over every single entry. While he's quick to brag about his parrying skills, let’s just say that he may not be as adept as he claims out to be.
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