Elden Ring Mage Build: Weapons, Armor, & Spells

Elden Ring is the most accessible From Software game to this date and Elden Ring has also made switching between builds a lot easier compared to Dark Souls 3. There is much variety of builds in Elden Ring, all are unique and different from one another offering different advantages, and speaking of builds, perhaps we can interest you with our Strength build, Dexterity, Faith build, Frenzy, Intelligence build, and even Let Me Solo Her build guides. However, our Elden Ring Mage Build guide focuses exclusively on making the best Mage build possible in the game.

Elden Ring is the critically acclaimed open-world RPG developed by From Software, who also developed the critically acclaimed Dark Souls series and the Game Of The Year 2019 Sekiro Shadows Die Twice. Elden Ring took the world by storm when it was released in February 2022.

The game won Most Anticipated Game awards in both 2020 and 2021 from the game awards and Elden Ring was actually able to live up to the hype. That’s certainly not the case for most games nowadays.

Mage Build Stats In Elden Ring

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Astrologer class 

If you’re going for the Best Elden Ring Mage build then your starting class should be Astrologer and your stats should look like the ones mentioned in the image above.

Now, the stats you need to focus on are Intelligence and Mind because most of the weapons you will be using will scale with Intelligence and some spells will require a hefty amount of Intelligence. Of course, you will need FP to use those spells, and FP is increased by leveling up Mind.

Just because your main focus is Intelligence and Mind doesn’t mean that you should start ignoring all the other stats. When it comes to leveling up stats, your second priority should be Vigor. There’s no point in only leveling up Mind and Intelligence if you start dying with one hit from late-game bosses. 

Aside from Vigor, you also need to occasionally level up Endurance for the extra stamina and equip load. And you will also need to level up Strength and Dexterity strategically.

Another benefit of leveling up intelligence is that you will be able to use the Law of Regression and solve Goldmask’s riddle if you are going for the Perfect Order ending and not waste two Larvae Tears in the process.

Endgame Stats

StatsLevel 60Level 120
Vigor 2332
Mind2538
Endurance1518
Strength1212
Dexterity1313
Intelligence 3570
Faith77
Arcane99

To further enhance your Mage build, you will need to equip the proper talismans which are discussed later in this guide.

Best Mage Armors In Elden Ring

Now there are quite a lot of Mage armors, all offering different advantages for your magic-based build, It’s simply not possible to select a single armor as universally the best but we have prepared this list to inform you of all the advantages and disadvantages of armor set so you can select which works best for you. We also have a guide for Best Light Armor Sets in Elden Ring.

SpellBlade Set

The Spellblade set
The Spellblade set- Rogier 

SpellBlade set is a battle-oriented set and it also looks great if you’re only wearing armor for fashion. The SpellBlade set boosts the damage of Cold or Magic-based Ashes of War by 2% per piece however, it does not boost any sorcery spells.

Spoiler: This armor set is dropped by Sorcerer Rogier at the Roundtable hold after he dies.

Battlemage Set

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Battlemage set

The Battlemage armor set offers a decent amount of resistance for physical, magic, and elemental damage. The helmet of the battlemage set gives 2 extra points for both Strength and Intelligence thus allowing you to invest some of your ruins in other stats.

This armor set is dropped by certain Battlemage enemies located at the west of East Windmill Pasture or the East of West Windmill Pasture.

Carian Knight Set

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Carian Knight Set

The Carian Knight set is one of the most fashionable armor sets on this list. It offers a balance good balance between Physical and Magical Defense. Aside from being fashionable, It is also relatively very easy to get and offers a good amount of damage resistance, having more physical damage resistance and similar magical damage resistance compared to the Battlemage set. Overall It offers good protection for relatively low weight.

It is located in the Raya Lucaria Academy in the graveyard section. At the right side of the gate entrance where the rotating lift is, you’ll find a platform where you can drop to.

Keep following the path and you’ll find some enemies worshiping the statue, you can either kill the enemies and grab the glowing item or just grab the glowing item and run away.

Queen of the Full Moon Set

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Queen of the Full moon- Rennala

The Queen of the Full Moon armor set is a light weighted armor set offering decent resistance to physical but a good amount of resistance to magical and elemental damage. The helmet of this armor set increases your Intelligence by 3 thus allowing you to invest some of your ruins in other stats.

This armor can be bought from Enia after defeating Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon. If you can’t beat her still, then consider reading our Elden Ring Rennala Cheese Method guide.

Best Mage Weapons In Elden Ring

For your Mage build, there are two weapon types you need to look out for

  • Staff
  • Melee Weapon

Staff is required if you wish to use sorceries in Elden Ring and a trusty sword should always be in hand if you ever find yourself in a tough position and out of FP therefore we consider these the best weapons for a mage build

Meteorite Staff

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Meteorite Staff

The Meteorite Staff is the ideal staff to have in the early game and it can also quite easily be considered as one of the best staff in Elden ring. It primarily scales with Intelligence and it can’t be upgraded so you don’t need to worry about upgrading this staff because the damage will increase as you level up Intelligence.

This staff also boosts the damage of gravity sorceries by 30%. If you acquire Meteorite Staff, then you should not sleep on obtaining Meteoric Ore Blade in Elden Ring.

The Meteorite staff is located at the Street of Sages Ruins in Swamp near Sellen Crystal Tunnel in Caelid.

  • Required Stats: Str 6; Int 18
  • Scaling: Str D; Int S

Carian Regal Scepter

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Carian Regal Scepter 

Although, not exactly a staff. It still offers the same uses as a staff. The Carian Regal Scepter can easily be considered as the best staff in Elden Ring. It also requires a hefty amount of Intelligence but that shouldn’t be a problem because you will be upgrading Intelligence anyway for your mage build.

It also boosts Full Moon Sorceries. We would recommend switching to this staff as soon as you get the required stats to wield it.

In order to get The Carian Regal Scepter, you have to defeat Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, and draw out the weapon from Enia through the Remembrance of the Full Moon Queen. Also, go through our 7 BEST Elden Ring Remembrance Weapons and learn the top-tier ones in the game.

  • Required Stats: Str 8; Dex 10; Int 60
  • Scaling: Str E; Dex E; Int S 

In this guide, we are focusing on the best weapons for your mage build but if you’re looking for more variety then why not read our Elden Ring Best Staff guide.

Moonveil

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Moonveil

Now moving on to melee weapons, We said previously in our guide that you would have to level up Dexterity and Strength strategically. If you’re the type of player who wants dexterity for Katanas then the Moonveil is easily the best Katana you can get for your mage build.

The Moonveil also offers Blood loss build-up and its ash of war is quick to use and can do a lot of damage to your foes, It primarily scales with Intelligence. The Moonveil is also considered one of the best katanas in Elden Ring. If you are more curious about katanas then why not read our Elden Ring Best Katanas guide.

If you have been following along with our guide then you will need to equip the Prothesis Wearer Heirloom talisman to use the Moonveil. To obtain this talisman, you need to complete Gowry’s quest and return to Millecent.

The Moonveil can be obtained in the early game, It is obtained after defeating the Magma Wyrm in the Gael Tunnel- Caelid.

  • Required Stats: Str 12; Dex 18; Int 23
  • Scaling: Str E; Dex D; Int C

Dark Moon Greatsword

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Dark Moon Greatsword

Perhaps Katanas are not your style and you wish to wield a Greatsword for the extra damage and the sweet extra poise damage. Then why not wield From Software’s most iconic weapon the Dark Moon Greatsword, also known as the Moonlight Greatsword in Dark Souls.

The Dark Moon Greatsword or Moonlight Greatsword in Elden Ring primarily scales with Intelligence, making it perfect for a mage build. It also offers Frost build-up and its ash of war allows you to hit enemies from afar while still doing the poise damage. The Dark Moon Greatsword is also considered one of the best swords in Elden Ring.

If you have been following along with our guide then you will need to equip the Starscourge Heirloom talisman to use the Dark Moon greatsword. This talisman is looted from a chest in Fort Gael in Caelid.

The Dark Moon Greatsword can be found in the Cathedral of Manus Celes after completing Ranni’s quest, We have this detailed guide here that will walk you through Ranni’s Quest.

  • Required Stats: Str 16; Dex 11; Int 38
  • Scaling: Str D; Dex D; Int C

Best Sorceries In Elden Ring

Of course, the mage build can’t be complete without sorceries. Sorceries are a type of magic in Elden Ring. They are mostly dependent on Intelligence and staff is required to perform sorceries, We consider these as a few of the best spells in Elden Ring for a mage build.

Glintstone Pebble

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Glintstone Pebble

Not exactly the strongest or the flashiest type of sorcery but the Glintstone Pebble is great in the early game. It is great at chipping away a small amount of health of your enemies from a distance. It only costs 7 FP and it consumes 1 slot. We would recommend using this sorcery only in the early game.

It is a starting spell of the Astrologer class. It can also be purchased from sorceress Sellen at Limgrave: Waypoint Ruins or from Thops at the Church Of Irith for 1000 ruins.

  • Required Stats: Int 10

Rock Sling

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Rock Sling

The Rock Sling is the ideal sorcery to have in the early game, It allows you to launch rocks from the ground to nearby enemies. It does a decent amount of physical damage and poise damage making it ideal to be used against bosses or tough enemies to stagger them quickly. Its FP cost is 18 and it consumes 1 slot.

The Rock Sling sorcery is found in a chest in an underground cellar north of the Street of Sages Ruins near the Meteorite Staff.

  • Required Stats: Int 18

Loretta’s Greatbow

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Loretta’s Greatbow

As the name suggests, The Loretta’s Greatbow summons a greatbow in hand that fires a projectile. It can be further charged to increase the damage. It can be great for damaging your enemies from afar. Its FP cost is 28 and it consumes 1 slot.

Loretta’s Bow sorcery is obtained in the Caria Manor after defeating the Royal Knight Loretta.

  • Required Stats: Int 26

Carian Greatsword

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Carian Greatsword

The Carian Greatsword is one of the best melee sorceries in Elden Ring. It summons a greatsword with quite a lot of range and it can be used repeatedly. It works extremely well against Black Knife Assassins type enemies because the Carian Greatsword can stagger them very quickly and their side steps are unable to dodge the Carian Greatsword, Its FP cost is 14 and consumes 1 slot.

The Carian Greatsword is available for purchase from Miriel, Pastor of Vows, also known as “dog” in the Elden Ring community.

  • Required Stats: Int 24

Meteorite of Astel

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Meteorite of Astel

The Meteorite of Astel sorcery allows you to summon a bunch of meteors out of the void and launch them toward the enemy. This spell is useful against multiple enemies and is extremely useful against massive enemies such as dragons.

Its FP cost is 60 initially but the spell can last indefinitely until your FP runs out. You can also use the Cerulean Hidden Crystal Tear in Elden Ring to remove all FP consumption briefly. This spell consumes 2 slots.

The Meteorite of Astel Sorcery is obtained after defeating Astel, Stars of Darkness in the Yelough Anix Tunnel.

  • Required Stats: Int 55

Comet Azur

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Comet Azur

The Comet Azur can easily be considered one of the best sorceries in Elden Ring. It creates a giant comet that deals a huge amount of damage to enemies from afar. It is able to end the health of even end-game bosses within seconds with the right build.

If you are interested then consider reading our Elden Ring Comet Azur build guide. Its FP cost is 40 initially but can be used indefinitely until your FP runs out. You can also use the Cerulean Hidden Tear to remove all FP consumption briefly. This spell consumes 3 slots.

Getting the Comet Azur is a lengthy process, consider our reading Comet Azur location guide.

  • Required Stats: Int 60

Best Mage Talismans In Elden Ring

Talismans are accessories that can be equipped. They work similarly to Rings in Dark Souls. Some of the best talismans in Elden Ring can offer different advantages for the players while some are a trade-off. They can be obtained from defeating enemies, looting from chests, and purchasing from Merchants

We consider these as the best talismans for a mage build in Elden Ring.

Cerulean Amber Medallion

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Cerulean Amber Medallion

The Cerulean Amber Medallion increases your maximum FP by 7/9/11% depending on the variation of this medallion. There are 3 variations of the Medallion (base, +1, +2).

The Base talisman can be obtained after defeating the Bloodhound knight in the Lakeside Crystal Cave. The +1 variant is found in Castle Sol, on a corpse hanging by the wooden ledge. The +2 variant is found in the Lunar Estate Ruins. It is found in a treasure chest in an underground room northwest of the runes. One Stonesword key is required.

Stargazer Heirloom

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Stargazer Heirloom 

The Stargazer Heirloom increases your Intelligence by +5, making it perfect for mage builds. It allows you to reach the required stats for end-game sorceries quicker and it also allows you to invest some of your ruins in other stats.

The Stargazer Heirloom is found on a body lying on top of the Divine Tower of Liurna. The Carian Inverted Statue is required to obtain this talisman. You obtain the Inverted Statue during Ranni’s Quest.

Radagons Icon

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Radagons Icon 

The Radagons Icon talisman shortens spell casting time thus making you quicker when using sorceries and saving you time.

The Radagons Icon is located in the Raya Lucaria Academy, found in a treasure chest on the second floor of the Debate Parlor Site of grace.

Erdtree’s Favour

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Erdtree’s Favour

You don’t have to be a mage to appreciate the Erdtree’s Favour because it works well with every build. It is considered one of the best talismans in Elden Ring as it increases the maximum HP, Stamina, and Equip load thus allowing you to invest some of your runes in other stats. There are 3 variations of the talisman. 

The Base talisman is located in the Fringefolk Hero’s Grave located next to the Stranded Graveyard Site of Grace. Two Stonesword Seals are required.

The +1 variant is found in the boss room after the boss fight with Mohg, The Omen. The +2 variant is found in Leyndell, Ashen Capital. It can only be accessed after defeating Maliketh, the Black Blade.

The talisman is guarded by three Lesser Ulcerated Tree Spirits. In order to reach the area, you will need to enter Leyndell through the Forbidden Land Site of Grace.

Moon of Nokstella

Moon of Nokstella
Moon of Nokstella 

Being able to equip more spells is never a bad thing and the Moon of Nokstella talisman helps with just that. It increases memory slots by 2, allowing you to equip more spells.

The Moon of Nokstella talisman is found in a chest underneath the massive throne in Nokstella, Eternal City.

Marika’s Soreseal

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Marika’s Soreseal

Marika’s Soreseal can easily be considered as one of the best talismans for a mage build in Elden Ring. It greatly increases attributes but it also increases damage taken. It increases attributes such as Mind, Intelligence, Faith, and Arcane by +5. It also increases the damage taken by 15% but the trade-off is worth it.

The Marika’s Soreseal is found on an Altar in a sealed room in the southeast lower levels in Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree. A Stonesword key is required.

Since Marika’s Soreseal is located in one of the end game areas. A great alternative to this talisman is Marika’s Scarseal. The Scarseal increases the attributes by +3 and the damage taken is increased by 10%.

Marika’s Scarseal is found on a corpse at the base of the waterfall found at Siofra River.

Memory Stones

Memory Stone Location
Memory Stones 

Collecting Memory Stones is compulsory for a mage build in Elden Ring because memory stones increase the number of sorceries the player can equip at a time. There are 8 Memory Stones in Elden Ring.

Roundtable Hold 

Players can buy a Memory Stone for 3000 runes from Twin Maiden Husks. The Memory Stone will not be available for purchase until players have defeated Godrick The Grafted and restored his great rune.

Oridys’s Rise

The Oridys’s Rise is located in the southern section of Limgrave, near the Crater-pocked Glade Site of Grace. In order to enter the tower, you will need to seek and kill 3 wise beasts which refer to those blue turtles. The Memory Stone is located in the chest at the top of the tower

Converted Tower

The tower is located on the east side of Liurna. To climb the tower, players will need the Erudition gesture which can be acquired after giving the spare Academy Glintstone Key to Thops. The Memory Stone is located in the chest.

Testu’s Rise

Testu’s Rise is located north of Raya Lucaria Academy. Similar to the Oridys’s Rise, you need to find and kill 3 wise beasts to enter the tower.

Raya Lucaria Academy

Players will come face to face with the Red Wolf of Radagon boss while exploring the Raya Lucaria Academy. The memory stone will drop after you defeat the boss.

Seluvis’s Rise

Seluvis’s Rise is located north of Liurna, It can only be accessed after players have started Ranni’s Quest.

Lenne’s Rise

Lenne’s Rise is located on the eastern side of Caelid. The Memory Stone is located in the chest at the top of the tower. Players would have to use Torrent to get to the Memory Stone

Mt. Gelmir

The Memory Stone is obtained after defeating the optional boss Demi-Human Queen Maggie. She is located northeast of Hermit Village.

That concludes our Elden Ring mage build guide. Elden Ring is available now on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC. Do let us know what you think about the game in the comment section below.

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