Elden Ring: The BEST Deathblight Build

Our Deathblight Build guide mentions how to kill other tarnished players in PvP invasions by casting deathblight status effect.

Elden Ring has an intense storyline, exciting quests, and dungeons to explore. Amongst that madness comes a plethora of best builds that players can mix and match to conquer enemies and defeat the most formidable opponents, and this is where the Elden Ring Deathblight Build steps in. 

Key Takeaways
  • The Deathblight build excels in PvP Invasions, focusing on instant enemy kills.
  • Prioritize Strength and Dexterity as primary stats, with Faith and Vigor as secondary stats.
  • The Erdtree Greatshield is the primary weapon, utilizing Golden Retaliation to reflect witchcraft and spells.
  • Equip the Eclipse Shotel as the secondary weapon for close combat.
  • Opt for the Royal Remains Set for the ideal armor.
  • Recommended Talismans include Old Lord’s Talisman, Taker’s Cameo, Blessed Dew Talisman, Sacred Scorpion Charm, and Erdtree’s Favor.
  • Key incantations for the build are Fire’s Deadly Sin, Golden Vow, and Blessing of the Erdtree.
  • Use Holy Shrouding Cracked Tear from Crystal Tears to boost Holy attacks.

Deathblight Build In Elden Ring

Following is a summary of the Deathblight Build in Elden Ring:

WeaponIncantationsTalismansCrystal TearsArmor Sets
-Erdtree Greatshield
-Eclipse Shotel
-Fire’s Deadly Sin
-Golden Vow
-Blessing of the Erdtree
-Old Lord’s Talisman
-Taker’s Cameo
-Blessed Dew Talisman
-Sacred Scorpion Charm
Erdtree’s Favor
Holy Shrouding Cracked TearRoyal Remains Set

Attributes

Elden Ring Deathblight Build character attributes
Character Attributes

Like always, there are a few attributes to focus on in the Deathblight Build, I found three of them to be primary and the last one to be secondary:

  • Strength 
  • Dexterity
  • Faith 
  • Vigor 

Weapons

Here are all the Weapons that work the best with the Deathblight Build:

WeaponPhysicalMagicFireLightHolyCrit
Erdtree GreatshieldAttack: 120
Guard: 100

Guard: 66
Guard: 49Guard: 45Attack: 78
Guard: 76
Attack: 100
Guard: 57
Eclipse ShotelAttack: 77
Guard: 35
Guard: 25Guard: 25Guard: 25Attack: 77
Guard: 50
Attack: 100
Guard: 25

For the Deathblight Build, even weapons are more unconventional, as you will use a shield as a primary weapon instead of any staff or sacred seals

Erdtree Greatshield

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Erdtree Greatshield In The Game (Image by eXputer)

The Erdtree Greatshield is the main star of this build, with its main aim to reflect even the best spells and corruption-based debuffs that are launched against the players; the shield itself can also be used as a weapon to launch deadly shots at enemies and friends for PvE and PvP. the weapon itself scales off of Strength and Faith, which allows players to cast insanely strong incantations on their opponents.

The shield’s “Golden Retaliation” skill is essential here, unleashing its protecting magic that will instantly reflect all witchcraft and spells back onto the enemy, whether in PvE or PvP.

  Attack
Physical Damage 120
Magic Damage 0
Fire Damage 0
Light Damage 0
Holy Damage 78
Crit Damage 100
  Guard
Physical Guard 100
Magic Guard 66
Fire Guard 49
Light Guard 45
Holy Guard 76
Boost Guard 57

Eclipse Shotel

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Eclipse Shotel In The Game (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

The secondary weapon that I advise using is the Eclipse Shotel. Its primary passive allows the “Death Ailment” status to be placed upon enemies, and then it continues with a fire flare that will bring them down until they die. With the skill “Death Flare,” the weapon can finish the opponent with an explosion that will make them disappear. 

  Attack
Physical Damage 77
Magic Damage 0
Fire Damage 0
Light Damage 0
Holy Damage 77
Crit Damage 100
  Guard
Physical Guard 35
Magic Guard 25
Fire Guard 25
Light Guard 25
Holy Guard 50
Boost Guard 25

Incantations

In my experience, the Deathblight Build focuses primarily on broken incantations that will provide a consistent damage output and support the player by helping them achieve victory by obliterating their opponents. 

Below are the best incantations I could find for Deathblight build:

Fire’s Deadly Sin

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Fire’s Deadly Sin In The Game (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

The main objective of Fire’s Deadly Sin is to ignite the caster and the surrounding area in flames. Over time, this will deplete the caster’s HP, but it is highly potent, as it also lights the opponents on fire, allowing players to slash through them and kill them off consistently. 

The incantation can be charged by holding it for a few seconds before casting it, increasing the overall potency of the flames and the damage output. It requires about 19 Faith Points and uses up the player’s one Memory Slot.

Golden Vow

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Golden Vow Incantation (Image credit: eXputer)

Yet another excellent incantation is the Golden’s Vow, which is overpowered for the Deathblight Build. Upon casting Golden Vow, players will see an overall buff applied to their attack power.

There is a 15% attack increase and a 10% personal protection increase against all kinds of damage, including Physical, Slash, Pierce, or elemental. Golden Vow requires around 25 Faith Points and uses up one Memory Slot.

Blessing of the Erdtree

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Blessing Of The Erdtree Incantation (Image Captured by Us)

Lastly, in my experience, players should have another incantation in their arsenal is the Blessing of the Erdtree, which is essentially a healing incantation that will bless the caster and their allies while facing difficult enemies or PvP battles. It will slowly restore a massive chunk of HP when instant cast, which is crucial since you will set yourself on fire for the buffs

This incantation has the power to restore 12 HP every second, continuously, for a duration of 90 seconds. It requires at least 38 Faith Points to cast, uses one Memory Slot, and takes up 50 stamina. 

Talismans

These are the best talismans that favor Elden Ring Deathblight Build players significantly in the game

Old Lord’s Talisman

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Old Lord’s Talisman In The Game (Image Captured by eXputer)

Firstly, I propose utilizing the Old Lord’s Talisman as it is insanely essential for PvP; It dramatically increases the duration by 30%, which significantly helps players achieve victory when facing more formidable enemies. On the subject of spells, check out our Elden Ring Spells Tier List.

Taker’s Cameo

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Taker’s Cameo In The Game (Image by eXputer)

The Taker’s Cameo is a pretty self-explanatory talisman, as it allows players to regain a certain amount of HP after slashing and thrashing their way through enemies and obliterating them. Per defeat, you will gain a 7% HP regain.

Blessed Dew Talisman

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Blessed Dew Talisman In The Game (Image by eXputer)

Blessed Dew Talisman aids the player when facing difficult opponents in PvP or PvE as it helps you regain your fallen HP slowly, and the Health Bar will start to fill up again. It is essential to pair with Fire’s Deadly Sin, which significantly depletes players’ HP. Per second, it aims to heal around 2-3 HP, which can fill up the bar slowly but surely. The talisman will not add too much to the Equip Load Limit. 

Sacred Scorpion Charm

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Sacred Scorpion Charm In The Game (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

I advise using Sacred Scorpion Charm, as it will obliterate opponents when in the arena. It buffs your Holy Damage enormously; this directly benefits the Erdtree Greatshield, as it is based on the Holy Damage output. The small side effect of the charm is that it will slowly deplete the damage negation, which the high Holy Damage output can overcome. 

Erdtree’s Favor

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Erdtree’s Favor In The Game (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

I recommend using Erdtree’s Favor as it increases players’ overall maximum HP. This can significantly benefit players using this build as they can use the enhanced HP bar and cast the incantations to increase their overall damage output.

  • Players can upgrade Erdtree’s Favor to +0, +1, and +2.
  • The standard +0 will enhance HP by 3%, increase stamina by 6.75%, and increase Equip Load by 5%.
  • Upgrading to +1 will buff HP by 3.5%, stamina will increase by 8.25%, and Equip Load will be enhanced by 6.5%.
  • Upgrading to +2 enhances HP by 4%, stamina by 9.5%, and Equip Load will be increased by 8%. 

Crystal Tears

Crystals Tears are often looked over for the Deathblight Build, but they can highly support players when mixed into the Flask of Wonderous Physicks to improve their overall effects. 

Below written are the best Crystal Tears I found for Deathblight Build:

Holy Shrouding Cracked Tear

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Holy-Shrouding Cracked Tear In The Game (Image credit: eXputer)

The Holy Shrouding Cracked Tear aims to aid adventurers on the battlefield and temporarily buff the Holy attacks launched by players.

You can find Crystal Tears at “Sites of Grace.” Mixing it into the Flask of Wondrous Physick will increase Holy Damage output. 

Armor Sets

Although there is not an immediate necessity for any armor set for the Deathblight Build, there is still a set that you might want to consider for personal protection. 

Royal Remains Set 

The Royal Remains Set is an all-rounder armor set that can offer excellent protection from all kinds of damage from opponents, and it is a great set to have in your arsenal. It consists of chest armor, helmets, gauges, and greaves, which can work perfectly to guard the player. 

ArmorPhysicalStrikeSlashPierceMagicFireLightHoly
Royal Remains Helm4.24.04.64.23.43.62.83.1
Royal Remains Armor11.911.412.911.99.510.28.08.8
Royal Remains Gauntlets2.92.83.22.92.32.51.92.1
Royal Remains Greaves6.86.57.46.85.45.84.55.0

With that, this wraps up the Deathblight Build; let us know what you think in the comments below! 

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