Elden Ring has so many weapons, spells, Sorceries, and much more in its arsenal, combined with the breathtaking gameplay aspect, immersive combat, exciting storyline, and many other things to uncover. Weapon and character levels will determine how you approach the enemies or play out your first experience in the game. That said, we have curated the Intelligence Build for players who’d love to play as sorcerers.
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My Best Elden Ring Intelligence Build
Before we begin, here is a summary of the Best Intelligence Build in Elden Ring:
|33.0||20.0||- Meteorite Staff|
- Carian Glintstone Staff
- Keen Rapier
- Moonveil Katana
|- Carian Knight Armor Set |
- Spellblade Armor Set
|- Glintstone Pebble|
- Comet Azur
- Carian Slicer
- Glintstone Cometshard
These are the few attributes to focus on while creating an Intelligence-based build. This is an early-game intelligence build for Elden Ring. You can carry this during the mid-game as well. However, you will need to prioritize investing more points in Intelligence and Mind first and then Vigor.
In short, Intelligence empowers players to cast sorceries and wield corresponding weapons. Higher Intelligence allows the use of specific weapons effectively.
- Mind lets players adjust Focus Points, enhancing Sorcery Spells and other skills for combat and character progression.
- I strongly suggest investing in Mind for more frequent and potent spell-casting.
Best Weapons To Use
Here is a summarized look at the best Intelligence Weapons, along with their stats in Elden Ring:
|Meteorite Staff||Glintstone Staff||ATK: 30|
|Guard: 17||Guard: 17||Guard: 17||Guard: 17||17.0|
|Carian Glintstone Staff||Glintstone Staff||ATK: 25|
|Guard: 15||Guard: 15||Guard: 15||Guard: 15||10.0|
|Keen Rapier||Thrusting Sword||ATK: 96|
|Guard: 30||Guard: 30||Guard: 30||Guard: 30||20.0|
|Moonveil Katana||Katana||ATK: 73|
|Guard: 26||Guard: 26||31.0|
The Meteorite Staff, a popular Glintstone staff in Elden Ring, excels at casting Sorceries. It scales with Intelligence (S), making it an excellent choice, in my opinion, for Intelligence-based sorcerers, enhancing spell power and Magic Damage.
Carian Glintstone Staff
The Carian Glintstone Staff is an excellent choice for an Intelligence build, enhancing Sorceries and overall damage. It’s upgradeable with Smithing Stones, offering significant damage potential, surpassing the Meteorite Staff at +10. In my experience, it provides easy use for Carian Sword Sorceries, and a Sorcery stat of 163 makes players formidable in battle.
As for the melee option for players, the Keen Rapier is one of the best, allowing for consistent Thrusting attacks, lunging enemies back, and shoving the blade through their guts with ease. It focuses on quick competitive Thrusts against enemies and is an excellent choice to pair with the abovementioned staff.
- The main reason that the Keen Rapier has been mentioned in my Intelligence Build is that the critical stat is relatively high on the sword, which allows for increased fused damage.
- When paired with one of the staff based on Intelligence, it will automatically buff the adventurer, aiding them greatly in battle.
This is another great weapon that scales excellently with Intelligence. However, you will need a little bit of dexterity to wield the weapon effectively. Overall, Moonveil Katana can be the second-best weapon after your primary magic staff.
Before we head into more detail, here is a quick look at the comparison between the best handpicked Armor sets for the Intelligence build:
|Carian Knight Helmet||Immunity: 12|
|Vs Strike: 3.8|
Vs Slash: 4.4
Vs Pierce: 4.2
|Carian Knight Armor||Immunity: 28|
|Vs Strike: 10.8|
Vs Slash: 12.3
Vs Pierce: 11.8
|Carian Knight Gauntlets||Immunity: 9|
|Vs Strike: 2.7|
Vs Slash: 3.1
Vs Pierce: 2.9
|Carian Knight Greaves||Immunity: 17|
|Vs Strike: 6.2|
Vs Slash: 7.1
Vs Pierce: 6.8
|Spellblade’s Pointed Hat||Immunity: 15|
|Vs Strike: 0.8|
Vs Slash: 1.3
Vs Pierce: 1.3
|Spellblade’s Traveling Attire||Immunity: 35|
|Vs Strike: 2.6|
Vs Slash: 4.1
Vs Pierce: 4.1
|Spellblade’s Gloves||Immunity: 11|
|Vs Strike: 0.5|
Vs Slash: 0.9
Vs Pierce: 0.9
|Spellblade’s Trousers||Immunity: 25|
|Vs Strike: 2.2|
Vs Slash: 2.9
Vs Pierce: 2.9
Carian Knight Armor Set
The Carian Knight set has a Medium weight and allows for a consistent defense against all types of attacks, mainly focusing on Magic and Physical. Players can expect to be protected to the heavens while in combat with the knight set that increases players’ Resistance and will allow negating debuffs from you.
Carian Knight Helmet
The Helmet boosts overall defense by guarding against Magic, Fire, Light, Holy, Strike Damage, Physical Damage, Slash, and Pierce. It varies for different characters, providing damage mitigation and Resistance.
Here is how much damage the Helmet can negate and how much Resistance it can provide:
Carian Knight Armor
Wearing the Carian Knight Armor boosts resistance to enemy attacks, offering substantial protection for the torso, shoulders, and elemental damage. It significantly enhances resistance to Strike, Slash, and Pierce damage, as well as physical damage, crucial for preserving HP and survival in battle.
Carian Knight Gauntlets
The Carian Knight Gauntlets boost Resistance against Magic and Elemental damage for hands and arms. They protect against attacks on exposed arms and hands, albeit with some weight.
Carian Knight Greaves
The Carian Knight Greaves are worn around legs like trousers; they offer the legs and feet excellent protection from Magic Damage, Slash, and other damages.
The Spellblade set is one of the most popular sets in Elden Ring, with it offering countless benefits to the adventurer. With this Intelligence Build, players will need to invest as much as they can into sorceries, and with the Spellblade set in hand, they will buff their Glintstone Sorcery Skills, allowing them to cast more potent spells.
Spellblade Pointed Hat
While traversing the lands of Elden Ring, you will encounter many enemies, which is where the Spellblade Pointed Hat will allow you to cast powerful spells while also giving you the ultimate protection from enemy spells, which are usually extremely strong and can render you useless. It will also increase your overall defense.
Spellblade Traveling Attire
The Spellblade Travelling Attire is a piece that is adorned over the torso of the adventurer and provides a buff to enemy damage resistance and personal defense, which gains you an advantage while in battle with your opponents. Spellcasting has also increased significantly, and you can achieve victory quickly.
A piece that looks gorgeous from view, the Spellblade Gloves allow for personal protection from enemy attacks launched at the hand, helping lower the chances of damage to your HP and increasing your overall resistance to all sorts of damage, including Magic damage and many more.
The spellblade Trousers protect your legs from enemy launches and help significantly with damage negation, specifically Magic and Holy damage. It is a versatile piece that can benefit you and your party greatly.
Here’s a quick comparison of some of the Best Spells that you can use for your Intelligence Build in Elden Ring:
|Spell||Spell Type||FP Cost||Int Required|
|Glintstone Pebble||Glintstone Sorceries||7.0||10.0|
|Comet Azur||Primeval Sorceries||40 (10)||60.0|
|Carian Slicer||Carian Sorceries||4.0||14.0|
|Meteorite||Gravity Sorceries||30 (10)||30.0|
|Glintstone Cometshard||Glintstone Sorceries||17.0||36.0|
The Glintstone Pebble is one of your main sorceries for damage. When combined with an Intelligence build, since it requires 10 Intelligence points, players can make ranged attacks to enemies with Glintstone Pebble. Casting speed is incredibly fast, accounting for consistent damage output towards enemies, and it can also be chain-casted
The Comet Azur is one of the most popular Spells; with a laser beam aimed at enemies, it pierces through opponents, rendering them useless and buffing players’ damage. Comet Azur’s casting speed is adequate, allowing for proper damage output. It requires Intelligence investment, and players are advised to invest points to Intelligence for the highest damage output.
The Carian Slicer casts a sword that will wipe out all sorts of enemies. It requires 14 Intelligence points and can be cast repeatedly, allowing for even more significant damage dealt with foes. The casting speed is pretty fast, and it can also be chain-casted.
The Meteorite’s main aim is to cast short but brilliant meteors from atop onto the enemies’ heads, piercing them and causing significant damage. Meteorite does not end until the spell-casting duration is over, and you can cast it repeatedly. It can easily cast over 2 meteorites at any given time.
The Glintstone Shard allows for a singular comet that the shard will launch in the general direction of enemies and can destroy them with significant damage. It requires 26 INT Points and is incredibly handy when dealing with stricter enemies with a lot of HP. The Cometshard will deal increased AoE damage, which makes it a better candidate than most spells.
Intelligence Build Playstyle
- With the Meteorite Staff, perform consistent attacks, including Meteorite Spells.
- Combine it with Carian Slicer for Sweeping Slashes.
- Adapt attack sequences: switch between normal and charged attacks.
- For bosses, use Carian Glintstone Staff with Comet Azur for laser beams.
- Furthermore, consider using the Spellblade set for faster and stronger Comet Azur casting on boss fights.
My Experience Using Intelligence Builds
While I don’t like Magic Builds at all, I tried a hybrid build in Elden Ring, and it was great for long-range and close-range encounters. In my first playthrough, I used dual Uchigatana until I got my hands on Moonveil Katana. Using the weapon was a really fun experience for me, and I used it for a while, even on subsequent playthroughs during my experience.
During the setup for the Age of Stars ending, I found Dark Moon Greatsword, which just forced me to shift to a hybrid build. The weapon looked really gorgeous, so I instantly decided to respec and put around 50 points in intelligence. I had the best experience with the build, so I instantly decided to respec and put around 50 points in intelligence. As such, I highly recommend you should try it, too.
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