If you’re someone who prefers to play as a character that utilizes magic and melee in equal measure, then perhaps the Elden Ring Confessor Build is meant for you. It’s a build that is primarily centered around the Strength and Faith stats, letting you play around with several varied Incantations that can provide both attack buffs and healing effects. If you don’t know what these are specifically, then check out our Incantations Vs Sorceries guide for more information on that subject. Besides, our Builds in Elden Ring Guide should also help.
In terms of Dungeons and Dragons, think of the Confessor as the Cleric class. It’s approachable enough that players can spec into it and be able to hold their own against bosses, while still being versatile enough that Soulsborne veterans can utterly wreck shop when it comes down to it.
But it’s still a magic-focused build and people completely new to FromSoftware games are going to have some difficulty understanding the basics of casting and buffing. If you’re one of these players, I highly recommend that you instead check out our Samurai or Greatsword builds before diving headfirst into the Confessor.
With that all out of the way, let’s jump into our Elden Ring Confessor Build guide.
Elden Ring Confessor Build Overview
Now, this goes without saying, but you don’t actually have to begin the game as the Confessor class to utilize the Elden Ring Confessor Build we’re going over in this article. Players have access to 10 different presets when they start the game, but they serve more like ready-made loadouts than a restrictive class choice. Don’t worry if you already started the game as a Bandit or Vagabond, you can still spec over to a Faith or Intelligence based build whenever you choose.
That being said, I do highly recommend that you check out our Best Starting Class guide for some pointers on what works best for you. You also don’t have to pick the Confessor as your class, but it will help in terms of starting gear and save you some of the effort and Runes you’d have to spend otherwise.
For convenience sake, we’ll make a short list of where the starting equipment and incantations of the Confessor can be found in the game world:
- Assassin‘s Approach: This can be purchased from Brother Corhyn in the Roundtable Hold after giving him the Assassin’s Prayerbook.
- Blue Crest Heater Shield: Buy from the Nomadic Merchant near the Bellum Church in Liurnia of the Lakes.
- Broadsword: Acquire from the Nomadic Merchant near the Coastal Cave in West Limgrave.
- Confessor Armor Set: Find and purchase from the Nomadic Merchant on Mt. Gelmir.
- Finger Seal: The Twin Maiden Husks in the Roundtable Hold sell this.
- Urgent Heal: An Incantation sold by Brother Corhyn.
With this, you should be able to easily acquire the starting gear for the Confessor and start your build without any hassle.
Confessor Build Gear
And speaking of gear, we’ll go over our list of recommended Weapons, Armor, and Talismans in more detail below. Everything mentioned is based on our personal preferences and experiences, so don’t take what we say as objective facts. What works for us may not work for you, and the beauty of Elden Ring is that you can switch up your loadout in whatever way you want and whenever you want.
As you level up and acquire some of the Best Melee Weapons or Armor sets in the game, you can choose to switch your gear out whenever you deem suitable.
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The only thing to keep in mind is that the Elden Ring Confessor Build is centered around Strength and Faith, so try avoiding armaments that may require other stats to work. You might not think it, but many melee weapons in the game, like the Elden Ring Moonlight Greatsword, scale primarily with stats like Intelligence.
Confessor Build Weapons
Unlike previous FromSoftware games, Elden Ring features a brand new Ash of War system that allows players to infuse different skills into their weapons and in the process also change their scaling. This means that weapons that otherwise would not have scaling with a particular stat, can gain it if the player chooses the correct type of affinity.
So for example, let’s take a look at the Confessor’s starting Broadsword. This is a weapon that originally has a D in Strength scaling and an E in Dexterity scaling. If players choose to apply the Flame or Sacred affinities to it, then the sword gains a D in Faith scaling where previously there was no scaling at all, and the Strength ranking drops to an E.
Using this you can technically make most weapons useful for any type of build and not be restricted by their original ranks. The only ones that this cannot be done with are the few unique armaments in the game that are specifically designed for particular builds, like the Serpentbone Blade, which is one of the Best Katanas in Elden Ring.
This entire system allows for a great deal of flexibility in how a player builds their character, but we still have some recommendations for our Elden Ring Confessor Build.
To start with, the Uchigatana is a fantastic choice for any character that utilizes melee attacks. I know it’s not a traditional weapon for Faith builds, but I stand by my belief that it is one of the best weapons in the entire game. It’s not even the hardest armament to find in the game, but it is still worth it regardless.
And remember, you’re supposed to be investing in Strength as well as faith with the Confessor. So you can choose to either apply the Heavy affinity for a maximum of an A in Strength scaling, or the Flame and Sacred affinities for a maximum of a B in Faith scaling.
It’s your choice, but remember that the incredibly useful ‘Blood Loss Buildup’ passive effect applies either way. So as you attack frequently and build up the meter, the Hemorrhage status takes effect and deals a lot of damage to your enemies.
The Coded Sword is not a weapon you’ll find during your first 20 or so hours with the game, especially if you’re taking your time exploring the world. But it is an absolute powerhouse of a weapon for Faith builds specifically. So whenever you manage to reach the Royal Capital Leyndell, don’t forget to grab it as one of your first tasks.
This does not inflict any physical damage but instead is capable of dealing Holy damage with each attack. So with a B in Faith scaling by default, which can then be upgraded to an A at +6, we’re looking at an incredibly powerful addition to our Elden Ring Confessor Build. If you’re thinking about adjusting your stats to only use this weapon, I suggest not even touching Strength with a ten-foot pole.
The sword also has access to the ‘Unblockable Blade’ skill, that can only be found on one other armament in the game. It allows the player to inflict damage on their enemies even if they’re blocking.
We’ve been dealing with smaller weapons until now, but it’s finally time to throw a greatsword into the mix. The Blasphemous Blade is a great option for players who like to inflict massive damage in a short amount of time. And with a D ranking in Strength, Dexterity and Faith, it’s a pretty versatile armament as well.
When you upgrade the blade up to +3, the Faith scaling changes into a C. And then later when you reach +10, that rank changes once again to a B. Unfortunately the Strength and Dexterity ranking never goes beyond a C at +9, but it also doesn’t have to either. More on this in our Elden Ring Strength Weapons article.
As a unique piece of gear, the Blasphemous Blade is also not able to be modified with Ashes of War. Its own unique ‘Taker’s Flames’ skill however is something to behold. Players can use this to engulf the weapon in flames, and then each subsequent attack will heal a small percentage of their health bar.
Ever wanted to use a fist weapon that was infused with the power of holy light? Well, now you can with the help of the Cipher Pata, which is not an item that everyone will be comfortable with. It’s basically a pair of short twin blades that emerge from your wrists, and as such, they require you to engage in extremely close-quarters combat.
The Cipher Pata can be acquired as soon as you gain access to the Roundtable Hold, but it also requires a hefty 30 points in Faith to wield properly. In return, the weapon has a C in Faith scaling by default, which then changes into a B at +2 and an A at +10. So yeah, this weapon scales pretty well early on but requires a lot of upgrading to reach its max potential.
This is the only other weapon in the game with access to the ‘Unblockable Blade’ skill, which lets it bypass enemy defenses to land attacks. It also does not deal any Physical damage in favor of only Holy damage.
Sword of Night and Flame
Our final recommendation for weapons in this Elden Ring Confessor Build is the Sword of Night and Flame. And although this weapon is great for Faith builds, it works tremendously for Intelligence builds as well. The only issue is that wielding this requires the player to have 12 points in both Strength and Dexterity, and 24 points in both Faith and Intelligence.
And yes, it is a massive hassle to ask someone to invest so many points in stats that they would not otherwise have a use for. But trust me, the Sword of Night and Flame is absolutely worth it. In fact, I’ll go ahead and say that this weapon is downright broken when taking on bosses with a B in Faith and Intelligence scaling at +10.
Its unique skill ‘Night-and-Flame Stance’ is also able to wipe out enemies in a flash. While using it, you can dish out two types of powerful abilities. One of these is a sweeping flame attack that has a massive arc, while the other is the Comet Azur spell. This sorcery is actually one of the additions in our Elden Ring Best Spells guide.
Confessor Build Sacred Seals
The Sacred Seals in Elden Ring are the catalysts via which you cast all of the Incantations in the game. And while all are able to cast every single Faith based spell, different seals boost different types of Incantations.
Some of them do scale with the Faith stat better than the others, but the only choice you have to make is between what type of spells you prefer to use. Personally, I would suggest:
- Godslayer’s Seal: Improves godslayer type Incantations and reaches S rank Faith scaling at +14.
- Dragon Communion Seal: Boosts Dragon Communion type Incantations and reaches S rank Faith scaling at +7.
- Erdtree Seal: Doesn’t boost any particular type of Incantations, but reaches S rank Faith scaling at +5.
There are a handful more in the game apart from the three mentioned above, but these are the absolute best.
Confessor Build Incantations
Incantations are a core component of any Elden Ring Confessor Build. As mentioned above, these are different from Sorceries and they allow you to perform several different healing, buffing, and offensive spells.
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There are also a lot of Incantations in the game, but we’re going to go over some of the most powerful and useful ones for the Confessor. Once again, the list below is made according to our own preferences. You might feel differently, and that’s okay.
It is down near blasphemous to make a Confessor build without the Lightning Spear. This is a fan favorite ability that has been present in every Dark Souls game to date, and its inclusion in Elden Ring was more or less guaranteed if there was a Faith stat involved.
As the name implies, this allows you to conjure a spear made of lightning in your hand and toss it at the enemy with extreme force. Not only does this feel really good to use, but it also deals a decent amount of damage and has a quick casting time. There’s a reason that the Lightning Spear has been a trademark for most Faith builds for a long time.
I’m not going to lie to you, this is perhaps one of my favorite Incantations in the entire game. It allows you to electrify the weapon in your hand, which then gains the ability to deal a large amount of Lightning damage on top of its regular damage type.
The cost for using this is extremely affordable at 10 FP per cast, and it even lasts for a respectable 90 seconds. When used against bosses, it allows you to shave off massive chunks of health, especially if the seal you’re using to cast it is sufficiently leveled up. A warning though, buffs like this do not work on special weapons like the Moonveil Katana.
In terms of pure value, the Beast Claw cannot be beaten in Elden Ring. It only costs 10 FP to cast, but in return, you get an Incantation that has decent damage and can be used in quick succession, one after the other, as long as you have the FP reserves.
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On top of this, the spell has a moderately quick casting time, and only requires 8 points in Faith to use. It will however take you a while to get this, as you have to collect 5 Deathroot and deliver them to the Beast Clergyman Gurranq in the Bestial Sanctum first.
Now this entry on our Elden Ring Confessor Build is an absolute treat. The Black Flame can be acquired early in the game by finding the Godskin Prayerbook in Stormveil Castle and giving it to Brother Corhyn at the Roundtable Hold. Once purchased, it can be equipped with a reasonable 20 Faith.
This Incantation allows players to throw a ball of black ominous flame at their enemies, which can also be charged to deal additional damage. The best thing about it however is that it deals damage to your targets over time, so you can hit a foe and then stand back to watch the magic happen.
This final selection on our Incantations list might be a little different in nature than some of our other choices, but it’s absolutely worth it. You do have to have 10 points in Arcane and 12 points in Faith to cast this, but the Confessor class already starts with 9 Arcane and 14 Faith. So the requirements are not high at all.
When used, Bloodflame Blade enchants your armaments with a red glow. And when you land a hit with the weapon in question, the spell continues to build up the Blood Loss bar for a short time afterward. Combine this buff with a weapon like the Uchigatana that already inflicts Blood Loss, and you have a monster on your hands that can rend foes in seconds.
Confessor Build Armor
When it comes to Armor in Elden Ring, I don’t put much stock in specific sets and their unique bonuses. I choose a loadout based on weight, as well as how much physical and magical damage reduction they give me.
It’s not worth it to choose a set that might give me +3 to my Faith stat, if the result is a lack of protection from attacks. And in that regard, there are only a few armor sets that I would really recommend for an Elden Ring Confessor Build.
Black Knife Set
While a lot of sets fluctuate between either great physical or magical damage reduction, few manage to do both at the same time. The Black Knife Set is one such set that has decent damage reduction overall, even if it never really excels at anything.
If you’re someone who plays a character that uses ranged magic spells and melee attacks in equal measure, then this is the set for you. Plus, it also look really cool and has a muffling effect that stops enemies from hearing you while sneaking. So if you want to mix in a bit of stealth into your playstyle, then that’s also viable.
The Scaled Set is an absolute beast that is suited for an Elden Confessor Build that prioritizes melee combat. With a 36.7 physical damage reduction, this is genuinely one of the best sets for you in the game. Additionally, it also boasts a higher than regular magic damage reduction, which makes sure that you’re protected against spells as well.
However, the set does weight value of 38, which is incredibly high for most magic builds. So if you’re interested in this armor, then you’ll have to invest a lot of points in Endurance.
Confessor Build Talismans
Talismans play a massive role in all types of builds, and as such the world is completely littered with different types of them. We actually have a guide on the Best Elden Ring Talismans in the entire game, in case you want to learn more about them.
And there are a select few in the game that can really make or break a Confessor build. So we’ll go over them below while explaining why we think you should have them equipped at all times.
Two Fingers Heirloom
The Two Fingers Heirloom is a Talisman that basically increases your Faith stat by a full 5 points. The value of this is easy to understand on paper, as this gives you a very helpful increase to one of your two primary stats as a Confessor. The more Faith you have, the better your gear performs and the more damage you do.
Later on in the game, when a single level up costs tens of thousands of Runes, a Talisman like this also allows you to potentially invest in secondary stats like Endurance and Mind, while not sacrificing the potency of your Faith. So yeah, this is a must-have for any Confessor.
Ancestral Spirit’s Horn
If you know that you are going to be using Incantations a lot, then you have to give the Ancestral Spirit’s Horn a shot. It’s simply a really solid item that makes you self sufficient and ensures that you will use recovery items less frequently
Because this Talisman restores 3 FP to your character for each enemy you kill. There are no conditions to this. You don’t have to score a critical hit and you don’t have to pay for it with some sort of secondary debuff. If you kill a foe you will automatically regain some FP, allowing you to potentially keep on going for a long time before you have to use a Flask of Cerulean Tears.
Playing as a caster can have a lot of pros, but one of the most obvious cons is that you often leave yourself open to enemy attacks. Who amongst us has not tried to cast a spell during a boss fight, only to realize that the window of opportunity was not as large as we first thought, and then paid for it dearly.
So to prevent situations where the long casting times of spells cause us to fumble, we have the Radagon Icon. The purpose of this Talisman is to greatly reduce the casting time of your Spells, allowing you to never be caught off guard. And in terms of Incantations like the Lightning Spear, imagine firing that out like a barrage of machinegun fire.
Confessor Build Playstyle
Unlike pure melee focused builds, the Elden Ring Confessor build can be played as either a pure spellcaster or a hybrid between melee and magic.
If you’re someone who primarily focuses on casting, then your playstyle should be reserved. You should keep your distance from foes at all times, and never get yourself stuck in between a horde of enemies. It’s basically a death sentence if this happens because you will not get the window to cast any of your Incantations or even escape.
You should also allot more slots to your Flasks of Cerulean Tears instead of the Crimson Tears. As a ranged player, you’ll want to make sure that you can replenish your FP at a moment’s notice because otherwise, you’ll be unable to do anything. You won’t be able to cast spells and you won’t be able to heal or buff yourself. Healing flasks should always be available of course, but the main goal here is to keep yourself away from harm at all times.
Meanwhile, if you’re playing as a hybrid, then your playstyle should revolve around buffing your weapons and then getting up close to enemies as much as possible to attack. You shouldn’t aim to dive headfirst into groups, but overall melee armaments have a much better chance of helping you escape from situations like these. Also, keep your flasks split at a 70/30 ratio when it comes to Healing and FP recovery.
Use a mixture of medium and close range Incantations to debuff and damage your enemies from a distance, and then move in close to finish them off with your melee weapons. A personal favorite tactic of mine is to toss Black Flame at tough foes, and then get closer to attack them with my Electrified Armament as they reach the end of their health bars.
The best thing about Confessors is that you can also play as any combination of these two playstyles at the same time. How about playing as someone who attacks first with their greatswords, and then lets their Black Flames finish enemies off as they’re on their last legs? It’s literally all up to you, so keep these tips in mind when building your character.
This has been our Elden Ring Confessor Build guide. While you’re here, why not also check out our Elden Ring Two-Hand Button Guide.
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