The 13 BEST Elden Ring Staffs [Battle-Tested]

I have listed the 13 best Staff after spending 600+ hours for Intelligence or int/dex build to beat bosses to a pulp.

Choosing a Staff early in the game shouldn’t be underestimated. One bad decision could put you far behind in the game’s progression, and killing bosses can become a dream. That being said, our guide will help you pick the top-tier staff in the game for early, mid, and end games.

You can improve the weapon’s attributes by upgrading from Blacksmith or leveling up your character accordingly. Also, these staves are the best for making intelligence builds. Also, upgrading weapons and your character will ask for thousands of runes and that is why our Elden Ring Rune farming methods will help you acquire runes faster in the game.

Key Highlights

These are the 13 Best Elden Ring Staffs with their requirements:

  • Wizards, Mages, and Sorcerers prefer Staffs for dealing Magic and Elemental damage from a distance using spells and incantations.
  • Early-game staff choice is vital as it significantly impacts game progression and boss battles.
  • Intelligence builds benefit most from these staffs.
  • Staff choice significantly impacts your character’s capabilities and is crucial for magic-oriented gameplay in Elden Ring.

Elden Ring Best Staffs Comparison

Let’s have a quick look at the Comparison between some of the Best Staffs in Elden Ring:

Weapons Physical (ATK)Physical (Guard)Crit Boost
Prince of Death’s Staff25.025.0100.015.0
Astrologer’s Staff25.025.0100.015.0
Carian Glintstone Staff25.025.0100.015.0
Crystal Staff31.028.0100.017.0
Rotten Crystal Staff42.028.0100.017.0
Lusat’s Glintstone Staff24.025.0100.015.0
Meteorite Staff39.028.00.017.0
Staff of the Guilty38.028.0100.017.0
Digger’s Staff38.028.0100.017.0
Azur’s Glintstone Staff24.025.0100.015.0
Demi-Human Queen’s Staff31.025.00.015.0
Academy Glintstone Staff25.025.0100.015.0
Carian Regal Scepter Staff24.025.0100.015.0

Furthermore, Wizard Builds, Astrologer Builds, and Intelligence Builds prefer using staffs as a weapon to level up in the Elden Ring. Intelligence Stat is an important part of the Mage class. This attribute contributes the most when it comes to dealing with damage. 

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top-tier Elden Ring Staves [Image Credit: eXputer]

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Prince Of Death’s Staff

Best staff for Death Sorceries
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Prince Of Death’s Staff In The Game [Image Credit: eXputer]

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

25

0

0

0

0

100

Guard                                                                

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

25

15

15

15

15

15

Out of 18 magic staff in total, Prince of Death’s Staff makes its way to the number 10 position. Embedded with sullied amber, the Prince of Death’s Staff is primarily scaled with Strength, Intelligence, and Faith which are graded E, D, and D correspondingly. The Prince of Death’s Staff requires six strength, 18 intelligence, and faith each.

The great thing about the Prince of Death’s Staff is that it can be upgraded by smithing stones. It is also compatible with Ashes of War. This allows the user to improve the staff and make full use of it.

  • Upgradable via smithing stones
  • Compatible with Ashes of War
  • Death Sorceries buff
  • No specific weapon skill
  • Specific location to obtain
  • Stat dependency for effectiveness

Astrologer’s Staff

Astrologer’s Staff
Astrologer’s Staff [Image Credit: eXputer]

A Similar Read: Elden Ring Incantations

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

25

0

0

0

0

100

Guard

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

25

15

15

15

15

15

Starting equipment for the Astrologer class, the Astrologer’s Staff can also be bought from the Nomadic Merchant for 800 Runes in the Liurnia of the Lakes. Upgradable and compatible with Ashes of War, the Astrologer’s Staff scales E in strength and C in intelligence.

As for Strength and Intelligence requirements, they are seven and 16, respectively. With the sorcery damage of 166, the Astrologer’s Staff proves just how effective it is.

  • Intelligence Scaling
  • Buffable with Magic
  • Starting Equipment Option Available for Astrologer Class
  • Can be bought at an early-access area too
  • Lacks specific skills

Carian Glintstone Staff

Best staff for Carian Sword Sorceries
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Carian Glintstone Staff In The Game [Image Credit: eXputer]

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

25

0

0

0

0

100

Guard

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

25

15

15

15

15

15

The Carian Glintstone Staff is primarily scaled with Strength and Intelligence and is extremely useful for players with higher intelligence. Embedded with a blue glintstone, the Carian Glintstone staff can be found on a corpse in the Carian study hall. The Carian Glintstone staff grades E and C in strength and intelligence, while it requires six, 24, and eight when it comes to strength, intelligence, and dexterity.

With the sorcery damage of 163 and the ability to both be upgraded by smithing stones and infused with Ashes War, the Carian Glintstone staff becomes unrivaled to many others if used right. I think this can be the best intelligence-build staff that can carry you from mid to late game.

  • Strength and intelligence scaling
  • High sorcery damage (163)
  • Upgradeable with smithing stones
  • Infusible with Ashes War
  • Suitable for mid-late game
  • Singular focus on intelligence
  • Found in a specific location

An Interesting Read: Elden Ring Best Ranged Weapons

Crystal Staff

Best staff for Crystalian Sorceries
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Crystal Staff In The Game [Image Credit: eXputer]

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

31

0

0

0

0

100

Guard

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

28

17

17

17

17

17

The Crystal staff is made from pure crystal, an achievement considered to be impossible for a human to complete. The Crystal staff is located in the Academy Crystal Cave. It scales D and B and requires eight and 48 in strength and intelligence.

With the already great sorcery damage of 168, having the leverage to upgrade it with somber-smithing stones goes far. The only thing that puts The Crystal staff back a step is the fact that it can’t be infused with Ashes of War, so you definitely should always look for a better staff.

  • Strength & Intelligence Scaling
  • Enhances Crystalian Sorceries
  • Found in Crystal Cave
  • Upgradable with Smithing Stones
  • Increases Sorcery Damage
  • No Weapon Skill
  • Limited Crystalian Spells
  • Minimal Difference in Scaling

Rotten Crystal Staff

The highest physical damage staff
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Rotten Crystal Staff In The Game [Image Credit: eXputer]

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

42

0

0

0

0

100

Guard

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

28

17

17

17

17

17

A slight upgrade of The Crystal staff when it comes to physical attack, the Rotten Crystal staff is the new coming of its predecessor. Everything that The Crystal staff has, the Rotten Crystal staff has the same. So, it doesn’t matter much. Lastly, if you get your hands on either of them, they’ll turn out to be fairly useful.

  • Strength and intelligence scaling
  • Inflicts Rot status effect
  • Enhances Crystalian sorceries
  • Upgradable with Somber Stones
  • Increases sorcery damage by 10%
  • Certain spells unaffected
  • Lower spell scaling than Crystal Staff

Also, check out: Elden Ring Best Melee Weapons

Lusat’s Glintstone Staff

Best staff for Sorcery Scaling
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Lusat’s Glintstone Staff In The Game [Image Credit: eXputer]

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

24

0

0

0

0

100

Guard

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

25

15

15

15

15

15

Lusat’s Glintstone Staff, one of Elden Ring’s best, requires deep insight into stone wisdom to wield. It’s not wise to pursue it early.

Other magic staffs surpass Lusat’s Glintstone. Graded D and B, it require 10 strength and 52 intelligence. Obtain it after defeating Nox Swordstress and Nox Priest (duo boss) north of their chamber. No Ashes of War infusion allowed.

Lusat’s Glintstone Staff can use somber smithing stones and inherit your hand weapon’s skill. An intelligence build needs 52 Intelligence or late-game progression.

  • High sorcery damage scaling
  • Scales with Strength and Intelligence
  • Enhances the power of sorceries
  • Consumes additional FP.
  • Increases FP costs by 50%.

Meteorite Staff

Best staff for Gravity Sorceries
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Meteorite Staff [Image Credit: eXputer]

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

39

0

0

0

0

0

Guard

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

28

17

17

17

17

17

Meteorite Staff unarguably takes the cake when it comes to early-game. It scales D in strength and S in intelligence. The meteorite staff requires six and 18 strength and intelligence and has sorcery damage of 60.

The best way to utilize it is to use it to the fullest in the early stages of the game and discard it as your game progresses. Keeping it would be an unwise decision as there are better staff than the meteorite staff in the latter half.

  • High early-game scaling
  • Scales well with Intelligence
  • Boosts gravity sorceries
  • Accessible early on
  • Cannot be upgraded
  • Limited late-game effectiveness

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Staff of the Guilty

Best staff for Thorn Sorceries
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Staff Of The Guilty In The Game [Image Credit: eXputer]

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

38

0

0

0

0

100

Guard

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

28

17

17

17

17

17

The Staff of the Guilty scales primarily with Strength and Faith and is great for blood-thorn sorcery. It is graded D and C in strength and Faith and requires 8 and 12. The Staff of the Guilty is not compatible with Ashes of War, although somber smithing stones can upgrade it.

  • Blood Thorn Sorcery Boost
  • Enhances Thorn Sorceries
  • High Blood loss Buildup
  • Low Intelligence Scaling
  • Subpar Scaling Overall
  • Rare Drop Rate (2%)

Digger’s Staff

Best staff for Stonedigger Sorceries
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Digger’s Staff [Image Credit: eXputer]

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

38

0

0

0

0

100

Guard

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

28

17

17

17

17

17

The Digger’s staff is particularly used to mine, requiring eight and 12, and graded D and C in strength and intelligence. The Digger’s staff is very easy to find, which means it’s a brilliant staff for early-game and should be used at its fullest until moving forward.

Another reason that it is highly regarded early on is that it can be infused with ashes of war, upgraded by smithing stones, and has sorcery damage of 146. Digger’s staff is the best staff in Elden Ring if you’re using mining-oriented spells because they deal more damage.

  • Boosts Stonedigger sorceries
  • Scales with Intelligence, Strength
  • Enhances sorcery power
  • Found relatively quickly
  • Upgradable with Smithing Stones
  • Limited sorcery variety
  • No special weapon skill

Azur’s Glintstone Staff

Best staff for reducing casting time
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Azur’s Glintstone Staff In The Game [Image Credit: eXputer]

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

24

0

0

0

0

100

Guard

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

25

15

15

15

15

15

The Azur’s Glintstone Staff is one of the most all-around in the game. It works early-game, mid-game, and end-game, although early-game has better options. The Azur’s Glintstone Staff cannot be infused with Ashes of War, but somber smithing stones can upgrade it.

It requires 10 and 52 and is graded D and B in strength and intelligence. Players should start looking for it when they have unlocked all the shortcuts, so they don’t face any real difficulty while searching.

  • Scales well with Intelligence
  • Ideal for spellcasters
  • Reduces sorcery casting time
  • Enhances PvP advantages
  • Increases casting speed
  • Consumes extra FP
  • Limited spell-specific benefits

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Demi-Human Queen’s Staff

Best staff for low intelligence builds
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Demi-Human Queen’s Staff best early game [Image Credit: eXputer]

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

31

0

0

0

0

0

Guard

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

25

15

15

15

15

15

The Demi-Human Queen’s Staff is a great weapon to hurt the enemy from range. Despite it being a staff, its ability to strike the enemy from a distance won fans over. The Demi-Human Queen’s Staff scales primarily with Strength. The Demi-Human Queen mini-boss drops it in the Weeping Peninsula.

The Demi-Human Queen’s Staff is an excellent weapon for newcomers as it requires low strength(6) and intelligence(10) yet still gets the job done. Furthermore, you can also upgrade it with smithing stones, which means that you can carry on using The Demi-Human Queen’s Staff throughout your journey. 

I used Demi-Human Queen’s Staff for the most part of our first playthrough of Elden Ring and have made excellent intelligence and int/dex builds using this staff. 

  • Strength and intelligence scaling
  • Potent for glintstone Sorceries
  • Suitable for low intelligence
  • No special weapon skill

Academy Glintstone Staff

Best mid-game staff
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Academy Glintstone Staff In The Game [Image Credit: eXputer]

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

25

0

0

0

0

100

Guard

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

25

15

15

15

15

15

The Academy Glinststone Staff primarily scales with strength and intelligence, a decent weapon for spell casters. The Academy Glinststone Staff requires six strength and 28 intelligence and is graded E and B. The sorcery damage of 130 with the addition of compatibility with Ashes of War and upgradability via smithing stones makes the Academy Glinststone Staff a force to be reckoned with.

  • Scales with Strength, Intelligence
  • Ideal for spellcasters
  • Can be buffed magically
  • High sell value
  • No specific weapon skill
  • Relatively low drop rate

Carian Regal Scepter Staff

Best staff for Full Moon Sorceries
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Carian Regal Scepter In The Game [Image Credit: eXputer]

Attack

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Crit

24

0

0

0

0

100

Guard

Physical

Magic

Fire

Lightning

Holy

Boost

25

15

15

15

15

15

Being a wizard in Elden Ring can be very useful for your game. If a player is starting Elden Ring as a magic class, he will already have enough start to get started. As you get more involved, you will be required to upgrade staff. 

Carian regal scepter can help you in becoming the best sorcerer. The player must have level 8 strength, 10 dexterity, and 60 intelligence to acquire this. Carian Regal Scepter is earned as the reward for slaying Rennala, the EldenRing’s major boss. It’s a powerful weapon for characters with the highest intelligence; sorcerers use it mostly. 

The passive bonus of the Carian Regal Scepter is it boosts full moon sorceries, but they are few in number in the game. The player can upgrade it to +10 by accruing Somber Smithing Stones, but for that addition, +5 intelligence is also required. 

The player can get himself equipped with this scepter by defeating Rennala, the Full Moon Queen at the Academy of Raya Lucaria. She is one of the game bosses. Getting her down will reward the player with the remembrance of the Full Moon Queen item, which is traded at the Roundtable Hold for obtaining the Carian Regal Scepter.

  • High Intelligence Requirement
  • Boosts Full Moon Sorceries
  • Strong Magic Damage Scaling
  • Spinning Weapon Skill
  • Upgradeable with Somber Stones
  • Limited to Specific Builds
  • Outdamaged by Some Staffs
  • Specific Location to Obtain
  • Previous Patch Scaling Changes

Alternative Staffs

When choosing a Staff in Elden Ring there are other good options to consider but, I chose not to add them for specific reasons.

  • Gelmir Glintstone Staff: It is a good hybrid intelligence and faith staff but it has a minor scaling in strength.
  • Staff of Loss: Boost spells that cause an attack impossible to predict but this attack is much less damaging.
  • Albinauric Staff: It scales with both Intelligence and Arcane but it is outclassed by the other staffs.
  • Carian Glintblade Staff: It has a passive that boosts the effectiveness of Glintblade spells but it only has a C rank in intelligence scaling.

These are the 13 best staff in Elden Ring. Let me know if I have missed anything. Comment below if there are any other staffs that you feel are better than some mentioned in this list. In the end, it comes down to preference. What you may feel worked best for you might not have worked out for someone else.

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Huzaifa is eXputer's Review Editor, who’s all about RPG games. He’s got several years of experience critically judging games and writing his unbiased thoughts on them. You can also find his content published on sites like Twinfinite & GearNuke. Huzaifa has been gaming for 23+ years, during which he managed to amass 400+ hours on Elden Ring! You can follow his gaming activity on his Xbox and Steam Profiles.

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