Elden Ring Ashes of War Guide

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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.

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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.

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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
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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!

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Ash of War Affinity Additional Info Applicable Armaments
Mighty ShotStandardNo special effects, but applies the AoW's skillAll weapons and shields
ParryStandardNo special effects, but applies the AoW's skillAll weapons and shields
No SkillStandardNo special effects, but applies the AoW's skillAll weapons and shields
Storm WallStandardNo special effects, but applies the AoW's skillAll weapons and shields
Sky ShotStandardNo special effects, but applies the AoW's skillAll weapons and shields
Enchanted ShotStandardNo special effects, but applies the AoW's skillAll weapons and shields
BarrageStandardNo special effects, but applies the AoW's skillAll weapons and shields
Barricade ShieldStandardNo special effects, but applies the AoW's skillAll weapons and shields
Raptor of the MistsKeenIncreases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damageSwords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Double SlashKeenIncreases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damageSwords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Beast's RoarKeenIncreases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damageSwords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Repeating ThrustKeenIncreases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damageSwords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
UnsheatheKeenIncreases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damageSwords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
QuickstepKeenIncreases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damageSwords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Spinning SlashKeenIncreases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damageSwords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Impaling ThrustKeenIncreases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damageSwords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Sword DanceKeenIncreases Dexterity scaling, but will decrease Strength and base damageSwords, Double-Edged Swords, Katanas, Greatswords, Spears, Great Spears
Vacuum SliceQualityBalances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damageSwords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Giant HuntQualityBalances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damageSwords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Storm StompQualityBalances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damageSwords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Storm BladeQualityBalances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damageSwords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Storm AssaultQualityBalances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damageSwords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Square OffQualityBalances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damageSwords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
Charge ForthQualityBalances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damageSwords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
DeterminationQualityBalances Strength and Dexterity scaling, but will decrease base damageSwords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Katanas, Double-Edged Swords, Hammers, Axes, Strengths, Spears, Great Spears
GravitasMagicIncreases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Waves of DarknessMagicIncreases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Carian RetaliationMagicIncreases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Glintstone PebbleMagicIncreases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Carian GreatswordMagicIncreases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Glintblade PhalanxMagicIncreases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Thops's BarrierMagicIncreases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Spinning WeaponMagicIncreases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Carian GrandeurMagicIncreases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Loretta's SlashMagicIncreases Intelligence scaling and adds Magic, but reduces Strength/Dexterity scaling and base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Golden VowSacredIncreases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negationAll melee weapons
Golden LandSacredIncreases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negationGreat Axes, Warhammers, Colossal Weapons
Golden SlamSacredIncreases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negationAll melee weapons
Sacred BladeSacredIncreases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negationAll melee weapons (except whips, fists, and claws)
Sacred OrderSacredIncreases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negationAll melee weapons
Sacred Ring of LightSacredIncreases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negationPolearms (excluding Great Spears)
Vow of the IndomitableSacredIncreases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negationShields
Prayerful StrikeSacredIncreases Faith scaling and adds Holy, but reduces physical damage and damage negationAxes, Hammers
Lightning RamLightningIncreases Dexterity and Strength scaling and adds Lightning, but reduces base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Lightning SlashLightningIncreases Dexterity and Strength scaling and adds Lightning, but reduces base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
ThunderboltLightningIncreases Dexterity and Strength scaling and adds Lightning, but reduces base damageKatanas, Swords, Greatswords, Curved Swords, Spears, Great Spears, Hammers, Axes, Double-Edged Swords
Poison Moth FlightPoisonIncreases Strength, Arcane, and Dexterity scaling, and adds PoisonNot Yet Known
Poisonous MistPoisonIncreases Strength, Arcane, and Dexterity scaling, and adds PoisonAll melee weapons (except whips, fists, and claws)
Flaming StrikeFireDecreases default scaling but adds Fire damageAll melee weapons (except whips and colossal weapons)
Black Flame TornadoFireDecreases default scaling but adds Fire damagePolearms, Twinblades
Flame of the RedmanesFireDecreases default scaling but adds Fire damageAll melee weapons
EruptionFireDecreases default scaling but adds Fire damageSwords, Hammers, Axes
Stamp (Upward Cut)HeavyIncreases Strength scaling but reduces all other scalingHammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Stamp (Sweep)HeavyIncreases Strength scaling but reduces all other scalingHammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Wild StrikesHeavyIncreases Strength scaling but reduces all other scalingHammers, Axes, and Large Swords
War CryHeavyIncreases Strength scaling but reduces all other scalingHammers, Axes, and Large Swords
KickHeavyIncreases Strength scaling but reduces all other scalingHammers, Axes, and Large Swords
EndureHeavyIncreases Strength scaling but reduces all other scalingHammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Ground SlamHeavyIncreases Strength scaling but reduces all other scalingHammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Lion's ClawHeavyIncreases Strength scaling but reduces all other scalingHammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Hoarah Loux's EarthshakerHeavyIncreases Strength scaling but reduces all other scalingHammers, Axes, and Large Swords
CragbladeHeavyIncreases Strength scaling but reduces all other scalingHammers, Axes, and Large Swords
Hoarfrost StompColdAdds Intelligence scaling with FrostbiteAll melee weapons
Chilling MistColdAdds Intelligence scaling with FrostbiteAll melee weapons (except claws, fists, and whips)
Ice SpearColdAdds Intelligence scaling with FrostbiteSpears and Twinblades
Blood TaxBloodAdds Arcane scaling with BleedAll thrusting weapons (except colossal weapons)
Bloody SlashBloodAdds Arcane scaling with BleedSwords (except colossal weapons)
SeppukuBloodAdds Arcane scaling with BleedSwords and Thrusting Polearms
Spectral LanceOccultAdds Arcane scaling but will decrease other scaling, and undead enemies will be unable to revive themselvesPolearms (excluding reapers)
Assassin's GambitOccultAdds Arcane scaling but will decrease other scaling, and undead enemies will be unable to revive themselvesSmaller Straight Swords and Thrusting Swords
Lifesteal FistOccultAdds Arcane scaling but will decrease other scaling, and undead enemies will be unable to revive themselvesFists 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.