Elden Ring Incantation Vs Sorcery: Best Spells To Pick

This guide presents the Best Elden Ring Incantation vs Sorcery to make the most of the gameplay and to make the most of your spells.

Elden Ring is already a hit with the masses as it pays homage to the souls’ games. My guide mentions an in-depth look into some of the key combat-oriented mechanics, such as incantations and sorceries. Well, the game is pretty complex, to begin with, and it requires a mastery of game mechanics and multiple incantations and sorceries to make the most of your magic side of the Elden Ring experience.

Key Takeaways
  • Elden Ring offers two magic types: Sorceries and Incantations.
  • Sorceries:
    • Require Intelligence and a staff.
    • Focus on dealing with damage.
    • Top sorceries: Swift Glintstone Shard, Glintstone Cometshard, Comet Azur, Loretta’s Greatbow, Carian Slicer, Meteorite.
    • Purchase Swift Glintstone Shard, Carian Slicer, and Glintstone Comet Shard from Sellen.
    • Find Comet Azur near the Debate Parlor in Raya Lucaria Academy.
    • Obtain Loretta’s Greatbow from Royal Knight Loretta (Caria Manor) and Meteorite from Alabaster Lord (Royal Grave Evergoal).
  • Incantations:
    • Require Faith, seals, or claw marks.
    • Primarily for buffs and healing.
    • Top incantations: Heal Incantation, Assassin’s Approach, Flame Sling, Flame of Frenzy Incantation, Dragon Claw Incantation, Flame Cleanse Me Incantation.
    • Buy Heal, Assassin’s Approach, and Flame Sling from Brother Corhyn.
    • Discover Flame of Frenzy in Callu Baptismal Church, Dragon Claw in Church of Dragon Communion, and Flame Cleanse Me northeast of Divine Tower of Liurnia.
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Elden Ring Best Sorceries

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Sorcery in the works

Here are all the Best Sorceries you should check out in Elden Ring:

SorceryFP CostRequirement
Swift Glintstone Shard5Intelligence 12
Glintstone Cometshard17Intelligence 36
Comet Azur40Intelligence 60
Loretta’s Greatbow24Intelligence 26
Carian Slicer4Intelligence 14
Meteorite 30Intelligence 30

Sorcerers in the Elden Ring will start with Glintstone sorceries, but you can get your hands on many other types of magical spells. As you make your way through the Elden Ring’s world, you’ll also gain access to blood and death sorceries, which you can use to lure enemies towards yourself or even cast spells to make meteorites fall from the Sky.

Swift Glintstone Shard

Swift Glintstone Shard
Location of the Glintstone Shard Spell

When it comes to Incantation vs Sorcery, although this particular spell is not the most powerful on the list, it’s still helpful and can come in handy to deal some well-needed damage to small fry enemies.

Small fries like standard soldiers or some kind of insects or bugs can efficiently be executed using a few Glintstone Shards. It serves as a conduit to launch special projectiles towards your enemies.

The Swift Glintstone Shard has an FP Cost of 3, and you must have an Intelligence of 12 to use the Glintstone Shard, so keep this in mind!

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Glintstone Cometshard

GlintStone CometShard
The Glintstone CometShard in Action

The Glintstone Cometshard is kind of the older brother of the Swiftshard. It’s much slower and deals a more incredible amount of damage than the swift variant of the sorcery. The Cometshard also moves slower, but it makes up for this slowdown with its damage.

Consider it a simple trade-off that’s pretty much worth it for all I know. Here’s a suggestion: Start switching between the Cometshard and the Swift Glintstone, depending on which enemy you face.

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Comet Azur

Comet Azur
Location of the Comet Azur Spell

The Comet Azur spell is a formidable choice for dealing massive damage to enemies. To maximize its effectiveness, I would advise you to have a sufficient amount of FP saved up. I’d also recommend reserving the Comet for critical moments in boss battles when you have a clear opening.

Exercise caution and evaluate the circumstances, as misusing the Comet could lead to a counterattack from the boss. The spell consumes around 40 FP and occupies three slots from what I’ve tested, requiring careful management of both FP and spell slots. Additionally, having an intelligence stat of approximately 60 is necessary for optimal usage.

Loretta’s Greatbow

Lorettas Greatbow
Location of Loretta’s Crossbow

An excellent spell for dealing damage to beefier enemies is Loretta’s Crossbow. It lets you control a substantial magical bow that fires a giant Glintstone arrow straight into your enemies.

Charging up this spell to deal tons of damage is also possible, making it perfect for taking down enemies with giant hitboxes. These huge bosses also move slowly, making it much easier to aim and damage these enemies in my opinion, so that you won’t waste any Glintstone rounds.

Carian Slicer

Carian Slicer - The Best Melee Elden Ring Sorcery
Carian Slicer’s Location

While ranged spells are going to be your forte as a spell caster, I believe you also need to look at melee options to make the most of your experience on the battlefield in the Elden Ring World. I’d recommend the Carian Slicer to be the Best Elden Ring Sorcery for that specific requirement.

It’s pretty normal to dual-wield a default sword with your staff alongside it. I suggest you go with the Carian Slicer Spell instead, as it enables you to hack and slash any nearby enemies with a mystical sword you can summon.


Meteorite Spell - Elden Ring Sorcery
The Meteorite Spell

Enabling the Meteorite spell will cast a shower of meteorites around you, deal tons of damage to all the enemies located in the vicinity, and give you some breathing room to assess the circumstances of the battle and figure out a quick plan to take out all of the enemies that are adamant about bringing you down.

When facing a group of enemies at once, I suggest using Meteorite to spread them out and use the other spells I’ve mentioned to pick off all of the remaining enemies.

This spell can create three meteorites that fall from the sky. The spell requires FP around 30 and uses up just one slot, but make sure to rack up your intelligence points, so you have around 30 intelligence points to use this spell.

Best Incantations

Elden Ring Best Incantations
An incantation in progress

Let’s quickly go through the Best Incantations in Elden Ring:

IncantationsFP CostRequirement
Heal Incantation32Faith 12
Assassin’s Approach 15Faith 10
Flame Sling11Faith 10
Flame of Frenzy Incantation15Faith 16
Dragon Claw Incantation32Faith 17 and Arcane 13
Flame, Cleanse Me Incantation 14Faith 12

Sorcery uses up your intelligence, but what about the incantations? Well, they use the Faith stat. Incantations, at least in my experience, have many more variations regarding healing, dealing with damage, and enabling you to apply buffs to yourself and debuffs to your enemies.

Heal Incantation

Heal - One of the Best Elden Ring Spells
Elden Ring Warriors Healing Themselves

This one pretty much explains itself, as you can heal yourself with this spell. If you find yourself in a difficult position where you’ve finally run out of charges you carry with you in your Flask of Crimson tears, especially when you’re up against a few enemies or even worse bosses, then you can use the heal spell.

The amount of FP used isn’t much, which is used to make the most of the heal spell and get your health back up instantly. This spell is critical as part of your arsenal and can help you out whenever you’re stuck in a tight spot. Make sure to have it equipped in a spare spell slot, especially if you haven’t come across Golden Seeds or Sacred Tears, which are the sacred Flasks you carry around with you.

Assassin’s Approach 

Assassins Approach - Elden Ring Spell
A stealthy takedown

The Assassin’s approach offers a unique playstyle. For those who like to be stealthy and wander around without alerting enemies and take them out silently and swiftly, the Assassin’s approach is the best incantation for you.

It’s pretty useful when it comes down to booming and exploring the world without encountering enemies all the time. Obviously, I don’t think it is a useful incantation when it comes to dealing with boss fights, as bosses can be resilient, determined, and aggressive.

Use the Assassin’s approach to stealthily evade enemies and relocate yourself to areas otherwise deemed dangerous to traverse. If you sneak up on an enemy, you can perform a melee action to achieve a backstab action capable of dealing tons of damage, making combat engagement all the easier.

Flame Sling

Flame Sling - Best Elden Ring Incantation
Flame Sling in Action

Regarding Incantation vs Sorcery, the Flame Sling takes the cake. The Flame Sling is simple yet effective. It’s the default spell that enables you to cast fireballs in Elden, producing a flaming sphere that you can hurl towards unsuspecting enemies to be able to deal a considerable amount of damage. It’s pretty good to use as a basic attack spell, which you can always count on as it costs a few FP to cast and use. It’s a great basic Incantations to have on hand.

Flame Sling costs an FP of around 11, which enables you to throw balls of fire. It takes up only one slot and requires you to have a faith of around 10.

You can head over to Brother Corhyn to get a hold of the Flame Sling Spell found in the Roundtable Hold. You can purchase this spell from him for around 800 Runes.

Flame Of Frenzy Incantation

Flame of Frenzy - Best Elden Ring Incantation

In contrast to Flame Sling, it has a considerable charging period, so make sure to back away from the enemies and make some room for yourself before you cast this spell. A great ranged Elden Ring Incantation for staggering your enemies.

The Spell costs 15 FP and uses up one slot. It requires you to have a faith of around 16.

Dragon Claw Incantation

Dragon Claw - Elden Ring Incantation
Location of the Dragon Claw

Looking for a melee spell in my Elden Ring Incantation vs Sorcery guide? Then, you can rely on the Dragon Claw, which is capable of dealing a copious amount of damage to any enemy before you. This is an excellent incantation to use during bosSpellhts, which pose a challenge.

You need to practice patience when it comes to making the most of this spell, as you’ll have to wait for the enemy to tire out after unleashing a barrage of attacks. Then, maintain some distance, continue using some ranged spells, and finish him with the Dragon Claw. It’s a great Elden Ring Incantation.

Dragon Claw requires you to have an FP of 32 to utilize and takes up just one slot. You need to not only have a faith of 17, but you also need 13 Arcane Points.

Flame, Cleanse Me Incantation 

Flame, Cleanse Me - Best Elden Ring Incantations Vs Sorceries
Location of Flame Cleanse Me

You gotta know about this Elden Ring Incantation. Some tiring debuffs and status effects, such as Rot and Poison, hinder your health and performance in the Elden Ring.

These effects can pretty much take down even the beefiest of enemies and the strongest of characters. You can opt to recover from these diseases by using consumables that you can easily craft, or you could opt to go the route using an incantation such as Flame, Cleanse Me, which is pretty handy why you’re affected.

Enable the spell to prevent any further poison and rot effects on your character, saving you from impending death. It’s the best Elden Ring Incantations to rejuvenate yourself from the effects of rot and poison, so make sure to have it on hand!

My Preference On The Incantation Vs Sorcery Debate

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My Elden Ring hours on Steam

After 20+ playthroughs during the 900+ hours of playtime in Elden Ring on my WaterJuice Steam account, I was fascinated by the variety of spells in the title. I sometimes went for sorceries and other times for incantations, depending on my mood and build. Both are quite identical and different from each other at the same time.

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My Elden Ring save slots on Steam

I personally prefer using incantations as they allow for a wider range of builds. I had the freedom of going completely healer or offensive. It felt to me that incantations were viable regardless of the way I used them. While sorceries were extremely fun to use, incantations were both visually and gameplay-wise superior. They never feel stale to use.

My Ending Thoughts

And that’s pretty much a wrap for the Best Elden Ring Incantation vs Sorcery that you can use on your journey in the Elden Ring World. Indeed, these spells will aid you on your quest to vanquish foes and enemies ranging from small fry to undefeatable Bosses. Elden Ring is indeed a challenging game, and you’ll need to master the basics and the intricacies of the game to use all the gameplay mechanics.

Don’t like the idea of playing as a Sorcerer or a Prophet? You can choose a variety of classes in Elden Ring, and you can look at our Elden Ring Starting Classes guide and choose a class according to your personality, character, and the playstyle you’re looking for.

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