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Elden Ring BEST Faith Build: Stats & Gear [2024]

After playing for 700+ hours, here is the Best Faith Build guide that mentions the best weapons, talismans, incantations, & stats you should have to become a lightning god

One of the eight main attributes in Elden Ring that plays a massive role in the effectiveness of the character and the apons is Faith. Like other states, Faith will also affect the properties governing your character and his weaknesses and strengths. Hence, it’s advised to focus on this particular attribute, utilize Elden Ring Best Faith Build, and become the master of Spells and Incantations!

Elden Ring Faith Build Summary
  • Faith builds focus on maxing out the Faith stat to deal massive damage with Sacred incantations and Spells.
  • Recommended starting classes: Confessor or Prophet for high Faith stats.
  • Prioritize leveling Faith to at least 60, along with Mind and Vigor to around 40-45.
  • Use Whetblades to add Faith scaling to weapons that lack it.
  • Playstyle involves staying at mid to long range and using lightning bolts or Lightning Armament for a hybrid approach.

Best Elden Ring Faith Build

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Best faith build to dominate enemies and bosses [Screenshot by eXputer]
BuildArmor SetWeaponsSacred SealTalismanCrystal TearsIncantations
Faith Build- Malformed Dragon Set
- Tree Sentinel Set
- Night’s Cavalry Set
- Winged Scythe
- Gargoyle’s Black Blades
- Sacred Relic Sword
- Treespear
- Sword Of Night
Golden Order Seal- Faithful’s Canvas
- Lightning Scorpion Charm
- Erdtree’s Favor
- Godfrey Icon
- Lightning-shrouding Cracked Tear
- Faith-knot Crystal Tear
- Lightning Spear
- Electrify Armament
- Vyke’s Dragonbolt
- Golden Vow
- Ancient Dragon’s Lightning Spear
- Ancient Dragons’ Lightning Strike
- Flame
- Flame Grant Me Strength

Creating a Faith build in Elden Ring gives you access to potent lightning and holy incantations, but it can vary in effectiveness against different enemies.

There are two main playstyles for Faith builds:

  1. Ranged or Medium to Long-Distance Engagement: Focus on engaging enemies from a distance using lightning or holy spells.
  2. Hybrid Build: Invest in both Strength and Faith attributes for a balanced approach, allowing you to handle encounters up close and from a distance.

In either playstyle, prioritizing attribute leveling through runes is crucial for the success of your faith or lightning build.

Character Attributes

FaithMindVigorDexterity EnduranceStrength
60.040.040-4520-2535.035.0

While making a build, your character attributes should be given the most attention since all of your weapons, talismans, armor sets, and more will reciprocate the scaling for which you level up your tarnished one.

That being said, I have respected my character attributes several times and have finally created a pure lightning or faith built in the Elden Ring that scales well with this playstyle. Here are the detailed aspects of leveling up each character attribute to create the perfect faith build you need.

  1. Faith: Prioritize leveling up Faith the most, as it directly impacts the scaling of your incantations, including holy, lightning, flame, and more. Aim for at least level 60 Faith to maximize scaling for your spells.
  2. Mind: Focus on leveling up Mind as the second priority. It enhances your mana pool and spell-casting abilities. Aim for at least level 40 Mind to ensure you have enough mana for ranged, buff, and defensive incantations.
  3. Vigor: Invest in Vigor to increase your health points (HP). Having a substantial HP pool is essential for survivability, especially against tough bosses. Aim for level 40-45 Vigor to withstand mid to late-game challenges.
  4. Dexterity: Consider leveling up Dexterity to 20-25. This stat can reduce spell-casting times and allow you to wield various dexterity-based weapons effectively. It provides versatility to your faith or lightning build.
  5. Endurance: Increase Endurance to level 35 to wear heavy armor and reduce incoming damage. This attribute is vital for maximizing your character’s durability and tankiness.
  6. Strength: Having a strength level of 35 is recommended for hybrid builds or transitioning between faith and melee playstyles. It provides flexibility without the need for respeccing.
  7. Arcane & Intelligence: These attributes are not necessary for a faith or lightning build. Keep them as low as possible, focusing your rune investments on other stats for optima

Armor Sets

Here are my top picks for armor sets if you are wreaking havoc on enemies and bosses using the lightning, thunder, or faith build.

However, my recommended armor sets do not consider the abovementioned Endurance level.

  • Briar Set.
  • Crucible Axe set.
  • Crucible Tree set.
  • Gelmir Knight set.
  • Godrick Knight set.
  • Iron set.
  • Kaiden set.
  • Night’s Cavalry set.
  • Royal Knight set.
  • Malformed Dragon set.
  • Tree Sentinel set.

All of these armor sets should allow you to be equipped without overloading your equipment capacity. If you still can’t wear these armor pieces, then sadly, you’d need to use a larval tear and respect your character attributes; only this time, invest more into Endurance.

I have respec’d the character attributes a couple of times, and my go-to armor sets so far are Malformed Dragon set, Tree Sentinel set, and Night’s Cavalry armor set.

Armor SetPhysicalStrikeSlashPierceMagicFireLightHoly
Malformed Dragon Set36.732.738.436.728.228.230.028.2
Night Cavalry Set30.528.030.529.323.627.423.627.4
Tree Sentinel Set41.023.741.038.328.237.527.430.7

We’ve listed below how to acquire these armor sets and get the best physical and elemental defense stats from enemies’ and bosses’ attacks in the Elden Ring.

Malformed Dragon Set

Malformed Dragons armor set
Malformed Dragons armor set – Elden Ring [Screenshot by eXputer]
Damage Negation Value Status Resistance Value
Physical 36.7 Immunity 135
VS Strike 32.7 Robustness 181
VS Slash 38.4 Focus 91
VS Pierce 36.7 Vitality 91
Magic 28.2 Poise 56
Fire 28.2
Light 30
Holy 28.2

Obtaining the Malformed Dragon set is probably the easy-to-acquire armor set in the late game. All you need to do is kill the draconic tree sentinel that appears before the fog wall of Maliketh, the Black Blade in Crumbling Farum Azula. There is another draconic tree sentinel field boss that appears in Capital Outskirts. However, killing that one will not drop the armor set for you.

Night Cavalry Set

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Night’s Cavalry Armor Set
Damage Negation Value Status Resistance Value
Physical 30.5 Immunity 91
VS Strike 28 Robustness 135
VS Slash 30.5 Focus 57
VS Pierce 29.3 Vitality 57
Magic 23.6 Poise 44
Fire 27.4
Light 23.6
Holy 27.4

To obtain the Night’s Cavalry armor set for my faith build, I ventured to the Inner Consecrated Snowfield site of grace at night. There, I encountered two giants pulling a caravan, guarded by two Night’s Cavalry enemies. After defeating them, I received the complete Knight’s Cavalry armor set in Elden Ring. This armor set offers solid damage negation and resistance against various status ailments.

Tree Sentinel Set

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Tree Sentinel Armor Set (Image Captured by eXputer)
Damage Negation Value Status Resistance Value
Physical 41 Immunity 159
VS Strike 32.7 Robustness 215
VS Slash 41 Focus 100
VS Pierce 38.3 Vitality 110
Magic 28.2 Poise 60
Fire 37.5
Light 27.4
Holy 30.7

I had a challenging time obtaining the Tree Sentinel armor set for my lightning build in Elden Ring. It’s located inside Auriza Hero’s Grave, and I had to solve a puzzle to destroy the roaming chariots in the hallways. To figure out the puzzle, I watched a video guide, as it was quite complex. Nevertheless, equipping the Tree Sentinel armor set provided excellent damage protection for my faith build. Here are the detailed stats of this formidable armor set.

Weapons

Here’s a quick comparison of the Best Weapons for the Faith Build in Elden Ring:

WeaponPhysicalMagicFireLightningHolyCritBoost
Winged ScytheAttack: 87
Guard: 30
Guard: 25Guard: 25Guard: 25Attack: 104
Guard: 55
Attack: 100Guard: 30
Gargoyle’s Black BladesAttack: 81
Guard: 32
Guard: 26Guard: 26Guard: 26Attack: 97
Guard: 59
Attack: 100Guard: 32
Sacred Relic SwordAttacl: 118
Guard: 62
Guard: 33Guard: 33Guard: 33Attack: 76
Guard: 45
Attack: 110Guard: 42
TreespearAttack: 112
Guard: 55
Guard: 35Guard: 35Guard: 35Attack: 79
Guard: 48
Attack: 100Guard: 45
Sword Of NightAttack: 87
Guard: 36
Attack: 56
Guard: 42
Attack: 56
Guard: 42
Guard: 26Guard: 26Attack: 100Guard: 31

Winged Scythe, Gargoyle’s Black Blades, Sacred Relic Sword, Treespear, and Sword of Night and Flame are my favorite picks if you want perfect lighting or faith build.

Winged Scythe

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Winged Scythe [Screenshot by eXputer]
Attack:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Crit
87 0 0 0 104 100

Guard:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Boost
30 25 25 25 55 30

Obtaining the Winged Scythe, an excellent faith-scaling weapon in Elden Ring, is quite easy early in the game. This scythe not only scales well with your faith character attribute but also has a blood loss buildup of 55 per hit. What makes it even better is that it comes with a unique two-hit Ash of War by default, dealing both physical and holy damage. To acquire the Winged Scythe, head to Tombsward Ruins, where you’ll find stairs leading to a dark hall connected to a room with a treasure chest. That’s where you’ll discover this potent weapon.

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Winged Scythe Stats (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

Winged Scythe can’t be infused with other incantations for buffing purposes, and if you want to upgrade this unique weapon, you will need Somber Smithing Stones. To properly wield this weapon early in the game, you must put at least a 24 faith level; otherwise, you won’t be able to get the best out of Winged Scythe.

Gargoyle’s Black Blades

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Blackblade Elden Ring [Screenshot by eXputer]
Attack:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Crit
81 0 0 0 97 100

Guard:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Boost
32 26 26 26 59 32

Gargoyle’s Black Blades are exceptional twinblades in Elden Ring that scale well with faith and deal both physical and holy damage to enemies. They also benefit from Strength character attributes, so having higher Strength will result in better damage output. To obtain these powerful twinblades early in the game, head to the area just before the room containing Grand Lift of Rold, where you’ll encounter the formidable Black Blade Kindred.

Defeating this colossal enemy will reward you with Gargoyle’s Black Blades. Keep in mind that, like many named weapons in Elden Ring, you can’t apply incantations to buff these blades, and they require Somber Smithing Stones for upgrades.

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Gargoyle’s Blackblades Stats (Image credit: eXputer)

Sacred Relic Sword

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Sacred Relic Sword (Image Captured by Us)

Attack:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Crit
118 0 0 0 76 110

Guard:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Boost
62 33 33 33 45 42

The next top-tier end-game faith weapon that you should have while running lightning or faith build in Elden Ring is Sacred Relic Sword. This weapon comes with a unique weapon skill called Wave of Gold that slashes foes as it covers an excellent distance. To properly wield Sacred Relic Sword in Elden Ring, you will need to have at least 24 Dexterity, 22 Faith, and 14 Strength.

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Sacred Relic Sword Stats (Image Captured by eXputer)

Sacred Relic Sword is an end-game weapon and can be acquired after beating the Elden Beast and trading its Remembrance with Enia at the Roundtable Hold. Besides dealing physical damage, this weapon also does a decent amount of Holy damage, and it scales with the Faith character attribute.

Sacred Relic Sword cannot be buffed using various incantations and can be upgraded using Somber Smithing Stones only.

Treespear

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Treespear (Image by eXputer)

Attack:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Crit
112 0 0 0 79 100

Guard:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Boost
55 35 35 35 48 45

Treespear is an excellent offensive weapon that can be used with a shield equipped on the other hand. Most spears in Elden Ring are used the most by having some of the best shields equipped on the other hand, and the same logic applies with Treespear as well.

This weapon comes with Sacred Order Ashes of War, and you can also buff this weapon using various magic and incantations. Moreover, Treespear can be upgraded up to +25 using the Smithing Stones easily purchased from Enia after giving her various Bell Bearings.

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Treespear Stats (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

You’d need 15 Strength, 22 Dexterity, and 18 Faith to wield Treespear in Elden Ring.

In order to find the location of Treespear, you will need to reach Liurnia Highway South Site of Grace and then take the road that leads towards the southeast. You’d come across a stopped Caravan at the edge of a broken bridge that a troll would guard. Loot the treasure behind this Caravan to acquire the Treespear for your lightning build in the game.

Sword Of Night

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Sword Of Night And Flame (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

Attack:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Crit
87 56 56 0 0 100

Guard:

Physical Magic Fire Lightning Holy Crit
36 42 42 26 26 31

I recommend using the Sword of Night and Flame, a hybrid weapon for INT/FTH players in Elden Ring. To wield it effectively, you need at least 24 Faith, 24 Intelligence, 12 Dexterity, and 12 Strength. The Night skill attack scales with Intelligence, while the Flame attack scales with Faith.

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Sword Of Night And Flame Stats (Image credit: eXputer)

Despite a nerf in Patch 1.03, the Sword of Night and Flame remains a potent weapon when upgraded to +10 by a Blacksmith. Obtain it at Caria Manor by accessing the walkways above the castle, jumping down to a platform on the left, and finding it in a treasure chest.

All five weapons I have suggested above are the best faith weapons in Elden Ring and will give better results if you use them with the faith or lightning build recommended in my guide.

Sacred Seal

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Finger Seal – One of the best-sacred seals [Screenshot by eXputer]
Choosing the right sacred seal for your faith or lightning build is essential to maximize your character’s effectiveness. Here’s a summary of the top sacred seals and their purposes:

  1. Finger Seal: Suitable for early to mid-game faith builds. It can be acquired easily and purchased from Twin Maiden Husks for 800 runes after unlocking the Roundtable Hold location.
  2. God Slayer’s Seal: A great choice for mid to late-game faith builds. You can obtain it at Stormveil Castle with a stonesword key.
  3. Gravel Stone Seal: Enhances dragon cult incantations, making it crucial for faith or lightning builds. Obtain it by defeating a spear-wielding knight near the Capital Rampart Site of Grace.
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    Gravel Stone Sacred Seal (Image Captured by Us)
  4. Golden Order Seal: Offers passive buffs to Fundamentalist’s incantations, including various spells. Acquire it by visiting the Minor Erdtree Church Site of Grace outside Leyndell.
    Golden Order Sacred Seal
    Golden Order Sacred Seal – Elden Ring [Screenshot by eXputer]

When selecting a sacred seal for your build, consider the primary incantations you intend to use. Finger Seal is a versatile choice for early and mid-game, while God Slayer’s Seal becomes relevant for more advanced builds. Gravel Stone Seal enhances dragon cult incantations, making it valuable if you focus on those spells. The Golden Order Seal is ideal for those relying on Fundamentalist’s incantations.

It’s essential to ensure that you benefit from the passive buffs of all four sacred seals to maximize the power of your incantations. Failing to do so may result in reduced effectiveness for your chosen spells.

Talismans

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Erdtree’s Favor +2 – An Endgame Talisman [Screenshot by eXputer]
Faithful’s Canvas Talisman, Lightning Scorpion Charm, Erdtree’s Favor, and Godfrey Icon are my go-to talismans for pure faith or lightning build-in Elden Ring.

Faithful’s Canvas

Faithful's Canvas Talisman
Faithful’s Canvas Talisman – Elden Ring [Screenshot by eXputer]
The first Talisman, Faithful’s Canvas, significantly increases the overall potency or attack power of all incantations that a tarnished one cast: be it lightning, holy, bestial, flame, dark flame, or more. Players can obtain this talisman by venturing into the Sellia Crystal Tunnel. Faithful’s Canvas Talisman can be found on a corpse that will be guarded by two insect-like creatures who are also called Prawn Miners.

Lightning Scorpion Charm

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Lightning Scorpion Charm (Image Captured by eXputer)

The Lightning Scorpion Charm is a crucial talisman for a lightning build. It boosts lightning-based attacks by 12% but reduces damage resistance, making you more vulnerable.

For faith builds relying on lightning bolts, it provides an immediate 12% base damage increase. Obtain it at Wyndham Catacombs, behind an Imp statue’s fog wall, requiring at least one stone sword key.

Erdtree’s Favor

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Erdtree’s Favor (Image by eXputer)

Erdtree’s Favor is a vital talisman for my ultimate faith build. By prioritizing Faith and Mind leveling, you can boost Vigor, Stamina, and Endurance with this talisman equipped.

There are three variants: Erdtree’s Favor, Erdtree’s Favor +1, and Erdtree’s Favor +2. All three benefit the lightning build, but Erdtree’s Favor +2, found guarded by three Lesser Ulcerated Tree Spirits in Leyndell, Ashen Capital, offers the best late-game advantages.

Godfrey Icon

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Godfrey Icon Elden Ring [Screenshot by eXputer]
The Godfrey Icon is a crucial talisman for charged incantations, spells, and skills. It’s relatively easy to obtain by defeating the boss of Golden Lineage Evergaol, located to the right after the Grand Lift of Dectus operates.

This talisman is essential for progressing your faith build, falling between early to mid-game. Equipping the Godfrey Icon increases the base damage of charged spells or skills by 15%, making it ideal for spells like Lightning Spear in the pure lightning build.

Flask Of Wondrous Physick Crystal Tears Mix

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Lightning-Shrouding Cracked Crystal Tear (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

Using the best crystal tears will amplify the overall damage you deal while running with the Faith build in Elden Ring. I recommend using the Lightning-shrouding Cracked Tear and Faith-knot Crystal Tear because the former increases the overall lightning damage by 20% for three minutes, and the latter increases the Faith Stat by +10 levels for the next three minutes.

Using both will give you a significant bump on all lightning-based incantations you cast on enemies and bosses. 

Incantations

Lightning Incantations
Lightning Incantations Faith Build [Screenshot by eXputer]
Faith or lightning-based incantations are the bread and butter of pure faith built in the Elden Ring. I have discussed everything in detail, including the incantations that are my favorite, and we’ve also tested them in the field. Your faith builds will lack a punch if you’re not equipped with the chants listed below.

  • Lightning Spear.
  • Electrify Armament.
  • Vyke’s Dragonbolt.
  • Golden Vow.
  • Ancient Dragon’s Lightning Spear.
  • Ancient Dragons’ Lightning Strike.
  • Fortissax’s Lightning Spear.
  • Lansseax’s Glaive.
  • Blessing of the Erdtree.
  • Flame.
  • Flame Grant Me Strength.

My favorite incantations for a lightning or pure faith build include the Ancient Dragon and red-colored lightning incantations, which excel at AoE damage and self-buffing.

In my opinion, the best incantation in Elden Ring is Lightning Spear. It offers the versatility of charging for high-damage strikes or spamming from a safe distance, making it hard to find a better alternative.

Aside from Lightning Spear, Golden Vow is another key incantation in my Faith build. It boosts not only your attack power and defense but also benefits allies. Casting it near your allies extends the buffs to all players in the vicinity, making it a valuable asset.

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Golden Vow Elden Ring [Screenshot by eXputer]
The third frequently used incantation, “Flame Grant Me Strength,” is essential for faith build. Although it’s more associated with pyromancy builds, it can be effectively used in conjunction with the lightning build.

For defensive and healing purposes in a faith or lightning build, my top choices are “Blessing of the Erdtree” and “Erdtree Heal.” “Blessing of the Erdtree” gradually restores lost health over 90 seconds, while “Erdtree Heal” provides an instant and substantial HP boost.

About Faith Stat 

The Faith stat in Elden Ring determines how good a player is at casting incantations and spells. On top of that, it also allows the player to equip certain weapons that are linked to spell-casting. Faith will have a direct effect on the interactions your character will be involved in and out of the combat.

Keep in mind that faith is the most important attribute required to perform the sacred incantations in the Elden Ring. It will affect directly the player’s ability to cast spells and incantations. Also, the ability to equip the weapons that scale with Faith is affected. 

Watch our video for detailed end-game Faith build content: 

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Here’s how To Add Faith Scaling Into The Weapons:

In Elden Ring, if your favorite weapon lacks innate Faith scaling, you can manually add it using Whetblades. These items can be found throughout the game world and allow you to infuse specific elemental damage, including Faith scaling, into the weapon of your choice.

Additionally, you can enhance a weapon’s affinity by infusing it with Ashes Of War. However, if you’re using a weapon that cannot be infused with Ashes Of War, you won’t be able to add any scaling, including Faith, to it in Elden Ring.

My Experience Using Faith Builds

I am quite used to faith builds, both aggressive and passive. I have always tended to use pyromancies, as they both look amazing and are very fun to use. One of the faith weapons I constantly use is the Blasphemous Blade since it does very great damage and heals quite well.

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It’s something I’ve used most of the time I’ve played Elden Ring and it is something I main. I’ve only used talismans, which increase my FP and Faith, like Radagon’s Soreseal, and used whichever seal I could find as they haven’t ever made a huge difference in damage output for me. In terms of combat, though, I’m happy to report that Faith’s expertise in close-range and long-range combat never let me fail against any in-game boss.

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