Elden Ring Grave Scythe Build: Weapons, Armor & Tips

Here is an exceptional build-around for the Grave Scythe Elden Ring Weapon, along with details about Armor, Talismans, and playstyle.

The Grave Scythe is one of the OP-est of Scythes in Elden Ring. As it scales in pure strength and dexterity, making a build around the Grave Scythe Elden Ring should prove beneficial in many battles. The sheer strength of the Grave Scythe will make you feel like a literal Grim Reaper, as its statistics are also amazingly balanced. Finding out the location of the Grave Scythe is important so that you can get it early on and start making a build.

Key Takeaways
  • Elden Ring Grave Scythe Build combines a Bleed and Fire type of build, which can cause great havoc.
  • The Primary weapon in the Grave Scythe build is the Grave Scythe itself.
  • For the secondary weapon in the build, I have the Fingerprint Stone Shield, which blocks literally any type of attack, elemental or physical. 
  • Flaming Strike is an Ash Of War for the Scythe that deals in Fire Damage and heavily impacts enemies.
  • Recommended Spells: Rennala’s Fullmoon, Meteorite, Carian Greatsword, and Comet Azur.
  • Recommended Talismans: Starscourge Heirloom, Shard Of Alexander, Two Fingers Heirloom, and Assassin’s Crimson Dagger.
  • Best armor set for the Build: Carian’s Knight Armor Set.

Grave Scythe Build 

Grave Scythe Build Elden Ring
Elden Ring: Grave Scythe Build – Image by eXputer

The Grave Scythe Elden Ring build is inspired by many creative Youtubers and a little in working from us gamers at eXputer. This build primarily focuses on agility and fire-based damage. In my opinion, with this build you can defeat enemies like the Dragonlord Placidusax with complete ease. Margit can literally be defeated on your first try, even if you are below level 40. The mix and match of bleed effect and fire would prove to be deadly.

Statistic Requirement For Build: Vigor: 50 | Strength: 60 | Endurance: 56 

Equip Load: 33.3/68.8 [Medium]



Primary Weapon Grave Scythe
Secondary Weapon Fingerprint Stone Shield
Ashes of War Flaming Strike / Shield Crash
Talismans Starscourge Heirloom, Shard Of Alexander, Two Fingers Heirloom, Assasin’s Crimson Dagger
Spells Rennala’s Fullmoon, Meteorite, Carian Greatsword, Comet Azur
Head & Chest Armor Carian Knight Helm & Armor
Arms Armor Carian Knight Gauntlet 
Legs Armor Carian Knight Greaves

This table shows each and every item required to complete this entire build. Each entree of the table provides a unique capability in this Grave Scythe Build that is necessary. Some changes can be made to make the build-up to your own preference if you haven’t unlocked some of the items yet. But nonetheless, these are the only items required for you to actually become the “Death Reaper”

Primary Weapon 

Grave Scythe In Build Elden Ring
Elden Ring: Grave Scythe– Screenshot Captured by eXputer
Magic 33 0
Physical 49 144
Light 33 0
Fire 33 0
Holy 33 0
Crit/Boost 33 100
Scaling D Dexterity
D Strength

Of course, the primary weapon of this build is going to be the Grave Scythe since the whole of it is built around it. Ashes Of War skills can be added if you are not fulfilled with its Spinning Slash Skill. It is actually the heaviest scythe in the game and the strongest.

  • The blood loss (55) build it creates alongside the Flame Art Affinity can cause havoc.
  • The Grave Scythe weapon has an amazing pro; when you wield the weapon, it increases your vitality by 35.
  • Another great ability of the weapon is that it has an Anti-Block system.
  • It literally sees past the balances the 40% damage received from heavy blocks and much more.


The Grave Scythes are actually dropped by the Skeleton Mages. They can be found near the Lake Facing Cliffs, specifically spawning in the nearby Graveyard.

Secondary Weapon 

Fingerprint Stone Shield ER
Elden Ring: Fingerprint Stone Shield – Screenshot Grab: eXputer
Fingerprint Stone Shield GUARD ATTACK
Magic 77 0
Physical 100 158
Light 79 0
Fire 81 0
Holy 75 0
Crit/Boost 90 100
Scaling D Strength

The Fingerprint Stone Shield is basically an indestructible force that protects you from physical damage coming from major bosses. From my standpoint, this addition will make your Grave Scythe Build a much more balanced and explosive build. 

  • The benefit of this shield is that it can be the Ashes Of War can be embedded in it.
  • Despite its heavy appearance, there is not a lot of stamina used with this shield.
  • You can stagger weak enemies in Elden Ring via guard-stancing with the stone shield.
  • Infuse the shield with Fire Infusion so that it blocks out each and every fire attack a boss like Dragon makes.
  • Magic Infusion can also be made so that at least 96% of the Magic Damage can be nullified.


After defeating the Omen King, you must head to the Cathedral Of The Forsaken. Head or drop down toward the bottom of the area. Before that, you must jump up on the violin-playing head statue. Dropping down thrice will make you spot the Fingerprint Stone Shield closer and closer.

Ashes Of War 

Ashes of War In ER
Elden Ring: Ashes of War – Screenshot Grab: eXputer

The Ashes Of War are extremely useful skills that can be added to weapons. These skills give you additional affinity or ornamental boosts. Many enemies and bosses have different territorial and power advantages. They are essential in almost every custom build.

Primary Ash Of War

Flaming Strike In ER
Elden Ring: Flaming Strike – Image Credit Copyright: eXputer

This Ashes Of War is specifically for your primary weapon of choice AKA the Grave Scythe. What you will be using will directly impact your gameplay with Grave Scythe because it increases the armament’s base affinity 10 folds. In my opinion, “Flaming Strike” is an incredibly underused Ashes Of War and fits well with the Dexterity and Strength of the Grave Scythe Build and makes it into a flame build.

Secondary Ash Of War

Shield Crash Talisman In ER
Elden Ring: Shield Crash – Image Credit Copyright: eXputer

Like primary for the primary weapon and vice versa, secondary for the secondary weapon. In my build, the secondary is the Fingerprint Stone Shield, which is pretty powerful. But when paired with the Shield Crash, it becomes a defense and attack combo. You can literally parry and counter enemies and deplete their health significantly. It is incredibly powerful, especially when you are in the game’s early stages.


Spells In Grave Scythe Build Elden Ring
Elden Ring: Spells And Incantations – Image Credit Copyright: eXputer

Most of the time in Elden Ring you are given a state where your weapon takes time to charge its ability, or you are on low FP. You could also get overpowered by a crowd of enemies. In those scenarios, Spells or Incantations provide good assistance.

Carian Greatsword

Carian Greatsword In Grave Scythe Build
Elden Ring: Carian Greatsword – Image Captured by eXputer

The Carian Greatsword is a popular Incantation that can greatly help your matchups. The Incantation creates a huge Greatsword that gives a huge blow to the enemy. You get the power of a literal knight to conquer your enemies with a small FP cost of 12.

Comet Azur 

Comet Azur In Grave Scythe Build Elden Ring
Elden Ring: Comet Azur – [Image credit: eXputer]
The Comet Azur tends to make a huge impact on your opponents. This is sort of a cool-blasted Kamehameha shot at your enemy for a long period of time if you tend to hold it. Comet Azur costs a lot of FP but is definitely worth it.


Meteorite In grave Scythe Build Elden Ring
Elden Ring: Meteorite – Screenshot Captured by eXputer

To kill enemies constantly or keep them stunned while you heal, you can use Meteorite. This sorcery basically manipulates gravity to create a voice spraying Meteors. Meteorite makes sure your opponents stay at a safe distance in order not to get caught. It is a great act of intimidation and obviously great to impart damage to your enemies in both PVP and PVE. 

Rennala’s Fullmoon

Rennala’s FullmoonIn Grave Scythe Build Elden Ring
Elden Ring: Rennala’s Fullmoon – Image Captured by eXputer

If you use and equip the Rennala’s Fullmoon, you will see how potent it is in Elden Ring. This is a sort of one-shot spell if your enemy gets hit by it. However Based on my assessment, it is fairly easy to avoid, so that’s why you may as well leave it for bigger tanks in the game. They won’t be able to avoid and take tremendous amounts of damage.


Talismans In ER
Elden Ring: Talismans – Image Credit Copyright: eXputer

There are multiple effects brought to your build through Talismans. During a battle, you can become desperate for extra XP to finish bosses in one go. This can be made possible by adding the right type of Talismans to your build.

Assassin’s Crimson Dagger

Assassin's Crimson Dagger In ER
Elden Ring: Assassin’s Crimson Dagger – Screenshot Captured by eXputer

This ability lets you restore about 10% of your health whenever you can hit the opponent with critical hits. This can be useful because your build will surely make you hit so many critical hits that you can even fully restore your health by 10 Critical Hits.

Two Fingers Heirloom 

Two Fingers Heirloom In ER
Elden Ring: Two Fingers Heirloom – Image Captured by us

This Talisman is particularly useful with your Primary Weapon as it goes hand in hand with the Flame Art. You see, when your faith is increased, your Flame Art does a significantly high amount of damage as an affinity. The Two Fingers Heirloom helps raise faith so that Flame Art can make your fights more devastating for your opponents.

Shard Of Alexander 

Shard Of Alexander In ER
Elden Ring: Shard Of Alexander – Screenshot Grab: eXputer

Usually, the attack of power of your Ashes Of War is more than enough to fight big enemies. But later in the game, the opponents get harder and harder to fight, so extra help is needed. So I recommend using the Shard Of Alexander as it will provide that extra damaging help, giving you that extra boost in Attack Power.

Starscourge Heirloom

Starscourge Heirloom In ER
Elden Ring: Starscourge Heirloom – Screenshot Captured by eXputer

From the start, the most strength has been the main aspect of this Grave Scythe Elden Ring Build. I have added several little affinities and armaments in order to make this build as strong as intended. Now, you must add a special Talisman that will help you further increase the Strength of my build.

Armor Set 

Armor Set In ER
Elden Ring: Armor Set – Image Credit Copyright: eXputer

The Carian Armor Set Armor set protects you against all kinds of strengthened physical attacks. It is light and is consistently good against all types of Magic and Sorcery. The Carian set is one of the coolest-looking armor sets you can potentially wear. It is basically the best addition made to your Grave Scythe Build.

Damage Type Negation Value
Physical 11.9
Strike 10.9
Pierce 11.9
Slash 12.4
Fire 11.9
Magic 12.4
Holy 11.9
Light 9.5
Resistance Value
Immunity 28
Robustness 46
Focus 21
Vitality 23
Poise 12

So this is how you make the best Grave Reaper Build from scratch. This build will help you conquer the world of the Elden Ring. Try not to change much about the build because each attribute, weaponry, and sorcery coincide, so it would disrupt the balance. If you want to know how to make a quality build, check our guide. Check out our guides over the Best Axes, Swords, and Bows in the game 


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