Elden Ring: How to Summon Spirits and Use Spirit Ashes

A player summons spirit ashes against a Storm Troll in Elden Ring.

Elden Ring is here, and it doesn't appear to have fallen short of player expectations. Not just in terms of story and world-building, but in terms of classic Soulsborne difficulty too. You best hope you've become well accustomed to dodging, or the likes of Margit and other bosses are going to be a challenge.

One thing that players can do for a little help, or to distract their enemy, is summon spirits using the Spirit Calling Bell and spirit ashes. Throughout your time playing Elden Ring, you can summon many allies to help you, from wolves to knights to jellyfish.

However, some players have had trouble trying to figure out how these work, or where to find new spirit ashes that suit their play style more. In this guide, we explain how to summon spirit ashes across The Lands Between in Elden Ring, and how to upgrade your spirit ashes.

How to Summon Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring

In order to summon spirits in Elden Ring, you'll first need the Spirit Calling Bell. Once you've acquired this, you are then granted the ability to summon spirits using spirit ashes whenever you're near to a Rebirth Monument.

Rebirth Monuments are found in every boss arena and other important areas, so you'll find that you can summon spirits to aid you in most situations. Whenever you use spirit ashes, they'll each come with an individual cost to you that is normally FP points. You can also only summon spirit ashes once per Rebirth Monument until you have rested at a Site of Grace.

To summon a spirit, you'll need spirit ashes. Your first will likely be Lone Wolf Ashes, and you can summon them by selecting them and hitting 'Use'.

How to Get New Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring

New spirit ashes can be found all over The Lands Between, usually for completing quests, clearing dungeons, or as gifts. We have noted some spirit ashes and how to get them below, but you can find even more using the customisable map from our friends at MapGenie above.

  • Fanged Imp Ashes - A Keepsake that can be chosen at the beginning of the game.
  • Lone Wolf Ashes - A gift from Renna the Witch, or can be bought from Twin Maiden Husks at Roundtable Hold.
  • Wandering Noble Ashes - Can be found in Stormfoot Catacombs.
  • Banished Knight Oleg - A reward for defeating the Ulcerated Tree Spirit in Fringefolk Hero's Grave.
  • Spirit Jellyfish - Given to you by speaking with Roderika near the Stormhill Shack Site of Grace.

How to Upgrade Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring

If you're looking to upgrade your spirit ashes, so they're even stronger when summoned, you'll need to speak with Roderika and have finished her quest. She can be found in Stormhill Shack cloaked in red, and will require you to bring her Chrysalid's Memento from Stormveil Castle. Once you've completed this, and rested, Roderika will have set up shop in Roundtable Hold.

Be sure to upgrade your most-used spirit ashes so that they can keep up with the increasing difficulty of bosses throughout Elden Ring. For Roderika to upgrade your spirit ashes, she will need Grave Glovewort or Ghost Glovewort, which can typically be found in dungeons. Upgrades to spirit ashes will then improve their health, as well as their attacking power and defensive abilities.

That's how to unlock, use, and upgrade spirit ashes in Elden Ring! For more on Elden Ring, take a look at how you can farm for Runes, our weapons list, and each Boss that you'll encounter around The Land Between.

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