As we all know, Elden Ring can be really challenging and occasionally even unfair to you, but luckily, FormSoftware introduced Spirit Ashes. In all other FS games, summons existed, just in diverse forms, and they had a vital role in many souls-like games. Therefore, we can all agree that summoning in Elden Ring is a must-have skill/ability.
Having a ghostly friend around you to cause harm or distract certain enemies can never be a bad idea. To put it simply, this ability is vital in many aspects of the game.
In The Lands Between, you can find many Spirit Ashes, and each one can be improved with rare materials, but there is a substantial difference in strength between some of them.
In this article, we will cover the best Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring, where to find them, and how much it costs to summon them. So without further ado, here are our top picks, in no particular order.
In some ways, Black Knife Tiche's potential overpowering strength is her only drawback. In fact, as you level up, you might discover that you feel more like the Summon's support than vice versa. Therefore, you should also equip your character with special and unique Elden Ring items to match her strength.
There are many things that make this Summon so strong, but I have to mention one particular, her Black Knife. The Rune of Death imbues her Black Knife, giving all of her attacks Black Flame damage that causes very potent damage over time to anything it strikes. She truly excels against many bosses.
To obtain this Spirit Ash, you must kill Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader. He is located in Ringleader's Evergoal (Southwestern Liurnia)
Maybe her only weakness is that sometimes, she struggles to manage large crowds.
To summon Black Knife Tiche, you will need 132 FP, which means you will need to spend some time in the game to reach that level.
Lhuthel is an outstanding summon, definitely one of the best. She not only deals massive quantities of damage but can also cause Death Blight on enemies, which is a powerful Status Effect. She also has a Greatshield and heavy armor, making her a formidable tank in addition to a powerful damage dealer.
She is one of the most elusive characters in Elden Ring, thanks to her ability to teleport away from incoming strikes.
You can unleash Lhuthel by defeating the boss Cemetery Shade in the Tombsword Catacombs. If you have trouble finding this place, here you can find a complete guide on how to get Lhutel the Headless Summon.
Every Spirit Ash has its own pros and cons, and so has Lhutel.
Aggro-loss (Even though it increases her durability, Lhutel's excessive use of teleportation is particularly destructive against caster players because she continues losing Aggro while performing it)
Aggression (For most players, her not being aggressive enough is also considered a weakness)
Costing just 104 FP to summon, this monstrous Spirit Ash is a great fit for any play style.
For some players, he is the second-best Spirit after Mimic Tear, and since this all depends on your playing style, we will leave it for you to decide. Omenkiller Rollo wields two enormous machetes that can easily breach the defense of any enemy in the game. These weapons are also fantastic for disarming bosses, allowing you to be critical hit them with a counter-attack. He is identical to the boss you battle at the Village of the Albinaurics.
Omenkiller Rollo stands out from other characters since he uses attacks that have the potential to cause burning or bleeding. When used effectively, both status effects can rip a sizable amount of HP from enemies.
You can obtain this Spirit by killing the Fell Twins boss, who is located near the East Atlus Bridge (next to the Capital Outskirts Site of Grace).
In all fairness, it is difficult to find a weakness for Omenkiller Rollo. If I had to choose one, it would be the fact that he would make this game easier for you.
You can summon this fantastic Spirit for 113 FP.
The Mimic Tear Ash is the game's most adaptable and powerful Spirit Ash. You can modify it to suit your needs because it uses the same weapons, talismans, and armor as your character. Basically, it is the exact replica of your character, and we all know how powerful it can be, especially later in the game.
To get the Mimic Tear, you must first defeat one of the toughest Bosses in Elden Ring, Starscourge Radahn. That means you have no chance of acquiring this Spirit Ash early in the game. After defeating Radahn, you will be able to go to Nokron, the Eternal City, where this Spirit Ash is located, hidden in a chest behind an imp statue in the Night's Sacred Ground area. Additionally, you will have to kill the Mimic Tear Boss.
Summoning the Mimic Tear depletes your health, which means it uses HP instead of FP. It costs exactly 660 HP, so it's typically a good idea to heal immediately after you summon it. It is advisable to go to Roderika and upgrade the Mimic Tear Ash. You should do it whenever you get the chance so that its Damage and Health remain as high as they can be until they reach their +10 maximum.
If your character is weak, the Mimic Tear Spirit won't be beneficial.
Dung Eater is a reliable summon. He is not the strongest, but his aggression is his biggest strength, and on top of that, he is a good Tank. Is owning his Spirit recommended? Definitely, it's fun to have him around. Additionally, you figuratively transform the worst individual in Lands Between into your spirit slave. It's truly a dark fate for such a deserving person. Dung Eater also has his own Quest Line, where you can fight him, but his Spirit Ash is more valuable. Here you can find his and other great Side Quests in Elden Ring.
You must start Ranni's questline to obtain the Dung Eater Puppet and then proceed to Seluvis' Rise to start Seluvis' quest. Here you can find the complete guide to Rani's questline. You will then receive a potion from Seluvis, which is meant for another character, but instead, give it to Dung Eater. At that point, you will be able to buy his Spirit Ash.
You can summon his Spirit for 118 FP.
Ancient Dragon Knight Kristoff is maybe the most underrated Spirit Ash in Elden Ring, and for some reason, many players never try his abilities.
He doesn't move as quickly or deal as much damage as some other summons, but he still runs towards the enemies to either poke them or bash them. It typically works well enough to grab their attention, which is what many players look for in a Summon.
He does knock down human-sized enemies, providing a free setup for a deadly jump attack. He can also launch his weapon into the air to bring down a lightning bolt for a long-range strike, which is an incredible move.
To obtain his Spirit Ash, you must kill the Ancient Hero of Zamor Boss. He is located in Sainted Hero's Grave, west of Lyndell (Royal Capital).
You can summon his Spirit for 108 FP.
Spirit Ashes are a matter of personal preference, and you may discover others that are more appropriate for your play style. In this list, we could not include other great Spirit Ashes, and therefore, we will make another list with some honorable mentions.
Nightmaiden & Swordtress Puppets: This Spirit Ash is hidden in a chest behind an imp statue in Nokstella, Eternal City.
Radahn Soldier Ashes: You can find this Spirit Ash in the War-Dead Catacombs, the northern tip of Radahn's arena.
Azula Beastman Ashes: You can find this Spirit Ash at the bottom level of the Dragon Temple, in Crumbling Farum Azula.
Azula Beastman Ashes: You can find it on a corpse in a graveyard in Nokron, Eternal City.
Lone Wolf Ashes: Renna will give you this Spirit Ash after you get the ability to summon your Spectral Steed Whistle. Renna is located in the Church of Elleh, Limegrave.
Spirit Jellyfish Ashes: You can find this Spirit in Stormhill Shack in Limgrave. You just need to talk to Roderika several times, and she will give it to you. This is also another underrated Spirit Ash.