Elden Ring Ashes of War Guide

A player faces boss, Godrick the Grafted, in Elden Ring.


A player faces boss, Godrick the Grafted, in Elden Ring.

Elden Ring is here, and fans are far from disappointed by The Lands Between. As you follow quest lines and get lost, you'll encounter various bosses and enemies, as well as an abundance of different items that can be used to upgrade or transform your gear and equipment.

Ashes of War are a form of item/skill in Elden Ring that can be used on your armaments - weapons and shields - to raise specific stats on them. Some will be able to increase the damage you deal, while others will inflict a specific type of damage, such as Frost or Bleed.

Using an Ash of War on your weapon can make them all the more powerful, but it will cost you an amount of FP that can't be replenished using your Sacred Flasks, unfortunately, so these can't be used constantly. Without further ado, here's everything you need to know about using an Ash of War in Elden Ring, where to find them, their affinities and applicable armaments.

How to Use Ashes of War in Elden Ring

To be able to use Ashes of War in Elden Ring, you will first need to acquire the Whetstone Knife, which can be found near Gatefront Ruins. Southwest of the area, there will be a set of stairs that lead to an underground room containing a chest, and inside the chest will be the Whetstone Knife and Ash of War: Storm Stomp.

After this, you can go to any nearby Site of Grace and select 'Ashes of War' from the menu. When here, you can take a look at what Ashes of War you possess, preview them on various weapons and shields, then choose whether to apply the skill or skill and effect to that piece of gear.

At any point, even prior to acquiring the Whetstone Knife, you can also add an Ash of War to any of your armaments by speaking with Blacksmith Hewg at Roundtable Hold. Roundtable Hold will be unlocked whenever you venture to a Site of grace beyond Limgrave. Melina will speak with you as you rest, and then she will take you to the Roundtable Hold, where you can interact with various merchants and NPC's, including Blacksmith Hewg.

Ashes of War will help to scale your gear to your character's stats, and can improve certain stat affinities on your chosen piece of gear. You can also head back to any Site of Grace to remove an Ash of War from a piece of gear at any point. As you may already have learnt, each weapon in Elden Ring will have an affinity, and Ashes of War can alter these affinities. Affinities are as follows:

  • Keen - Dexterity
  • Heavy - Strength
  • Quality - Strength and Dexterity
  • Magic - Intelligence
  • Sacred - Faith
  • Cold - Intelligence, with Frost
  • Lightning - Dexterity, with Lightning Damage
  • Fire - Strength, with Fire Damage
  • Occult - Arcane, prevents the undead from reviving themselves
  • Blood - Arcane, with Bleed
  • Poison - Strength, Dexterity, and Arcane, with Poison

Also, using your Ash of War will use FP, so keep this in mind!

Ash of War Locations in Elden Ring

Thanks to our friends at MapGenie, the fully customisable map of The Lands Between above shows the locations of various Ashes of War in Elden Ring. These are typically found as drops from various bosses and enemies, or can be looted from corpses around the map. Ashes of War can also be dropped by Teardrop Scarabs around the map too, so don't miss out on any of those. If you're particularly lucky, an Ash of War can occasionally be looted from corpses you may find.

Lost Ashes of War, used to duplicate Ashes of War, can also be purchased from merchants such as the Isolated Merchant and the Nomadic Merchant of Ainsel River.

Ash of War Affinities in Elden Ring

In the below table, we've listed every Ash of War in Elden Ring. We have also included the type, affinities, and what armaments the Ash of War can be used on!

Ash of War
Affinity
Additional Info
Applicable Armaments
Mighty Shot
Standard
No special effects, but applies the AoW's skill
All weapons and shields
Parry
Standard
No special effects, but applies the AoW's skill
All weapons and shields
No Skill
Standard
No special effects, but applies the AoW's skill
All weapons and shields
Storm Wall
Standard
No special effects, but applies the AoW's skill
All weapons and shields
Sky Shot
Standard
No special effects, but applies the AoW's skill
All weapons and shields
Enchanted Shot
Standard
No special effects, but applies the AoW's skill
All weapons and shields
Barrage
Standard
No special effects, but applies the AoW's skill
All weapons and shields
Barricade Shield
Standard
No special effects, but applies the AoW's skill
All weapons and shields
Raptor of the Mists
Keen
Increases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damage
Swords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Double Slash
Keen
Increases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damage
Swords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Beast's Roar
Keen
Increases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damage
Swords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Repeating Thrust
Keen
Increases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damage
Swords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Unsheathe
Keen
Increases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damage
Swords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Quickstep
Keen
Increases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damage
Swords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Spinning Slash
Keen
Increases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damage
Swords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Impaling Thrust
Keen
Increases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damage
Swords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Sword Dance
Keen
Increases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damage
Swords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Vacuum Slice
Quality
Balances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damage
Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Giant Hunt
Quality
Balances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damage
Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Storm Stomp
Quality
Balances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damage
Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Storm Blade
Quality
Balances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damage
Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Storm Assault
Quality
Balances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damage
Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Square Off
Quality
Balances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damage
Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Charge Forth
Quality
Balances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damage
Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Determination
Quality
Balances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damage
Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Gravitas
Magic
Increases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Waves of Darkness
Magic
Increases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Carian Retaliation
Magic
Increases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Glintstone Pebble
Magic
Increases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Carian Greatsword
Magic
Increases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Glintblade Phalanx
Magic
Increases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Thops's Barrier
Magic
Increases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Spinning Weapon
Magic
Increases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Carian Grandeur
Magic
Increases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Loretta's Slash
Magic
Increases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Golden Vow
Sacred
Increases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negation
All melee weapons
Golden Land
Sacred
Increases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negation
Great Axes, Warhammers, Colossal Weapons
Golden Slam
Sacred
Increases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negation
All melee weapons
Sacred Blade
Sacred
Increases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negation
All melee weapons (except whips, fists, and claws)
Sacred Order
Sacred
Increases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negation
All melee weapons
Sacred Ring of Light
Sacred
Increases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negation
Polearms (excluding Great Spears)
Vow of the Indomitable
Sacred
Increases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negation
Shields
Prayerful Strike
Sacred
Increases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negation
Axes, Hammers
Lightning Ram
Lightning
Increases Dexterity and Strength scaling and adds Lightning, but reduces base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Lightning Slash
Lightning
Increases Dexterity and Strength scaling and adds Lightning, but reduces base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Thunderbolt
Lightning
Increases Dexterity and Strength scaling and adds Lightning, but reduces base damage
Katanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Poison Moth Flight
Poison
Increases Strength, Arcane, and Dexterity scaling, and adds Poison
Not Yet Known
Poisonous Mist
Poison
Increases Strength, Arcane, and Dexterity scaling, and adds Poison
All melee weapons (except whips, fists, and claws)
Flaming Strike
Fire
Decreases default scaling but adds Fire damage
All melee weapons (except whips and colossal weapons)
Black Flame Tornado
Fire
Decreases default scaling but adds Fire damage
Polearms, Twinblades
Flame of the Redmanes
Fire
Decreases default scaling but adds Fire damage
All melee weapons
Eruption
Fire
Decreases default scaling but adds Fire damage
Swords, Hammers, Axes
Stamp (Upward Cut)
Heavy
Increases Strength scaling but reduces all other scaling
Hammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Stamp (Sweep)
Heavy
Increases Strength scaling but reduces all other scaling
Hammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Wild Strikes
Heavy
Increases Strength scaling but reduces all other scaling
Hammers, Axes, and Large Swords
War Cry
Heavy
Increases Strength scaling but reduces all other scaling
Hammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Kick
Heavy
Increases Strength scaling but reduces all other scaling
Hammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Endure
Heavy
Increases Strength scaling but reduces all other scaling
Hammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Ground Slam
Heavy
Increases Strength scaling but reduces all other scaling
Hammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Lion's Claw
Heavy
Increases Strength scaling but reduces all other scaling
Hammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Hoarah Loux's Earthshaker
Heavy
Increases Strength scaling but reduces all other scaling
Hammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Cragblade
Heavy
Increases Strength scaling but reduces all other scaling
Hammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Hoarfrost Stomp
Cold
Adds Intelligence scaling with Frostbite
All melee weapons
Chilling Mist
Cold
Adds Intelligence scaling with Frostbite
All melee weapons (except claws, fists, and whips)
Ice Spear
Cold
Adds Intelligence scaling with Frostbite
Spears and Twinblades
Blood Tax
Blood
Adds Arcane scaling with Bleed
All thrusting weapons (except colossal weapons)
Bloody Slash
Blood
Adds Arcane scaling with Bleed
Swords (except colossal weapons)
Seppuku
Blood
Adds Arcane scaling with Bleed
Swords and Thrusting Polearms
Spectral Lance
Occult
Adds Arcane scaling but will decrease other scaling, and undead enemies will be unable to revive themselves
Polearms (excluding reapers)
Assassin's Gambit
Occult
Adds Arcane scaling but will decrease other scaling, and undead enemies will be unable to revive themselves
Smaller Straight Swords and Thrusting Swords
Lifesteal Fist
Occult
Adds Arcane scaling but will decrease other scaling, and undead enemies will be unable to revive themselves
Fists and Claws

That's everything you need to know about Ashes of War in Elden Ring! For more on the game, take a look at how you can farm for Runes, where to get Sacred Tears, Larval Tears, and Crystal Tears, and the weapons that you'll encounter, and add Ashes of War to, around The Land Between.

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