Elden Ring is one of the greatest role-playing video games we have ever played. But the magic stuff can totally throw you for a loop at first, especially if you haven’t previously played any similar Soulsborne game. The game’s got a magic system that’s super cool once you get the hang of it. You’ve got two flavors: sorceries and incantations. Think of incantations in Elden Ring as the do-it-all kind of spells; whether you want to toast an enemy, heal yourself up, or give yourself a little performance boost, these spells have got you covered. Although these items provide many valuable benefits, you may find it difficult to use them.
You’ll stumble upon these spells while you’re out wandering or you can get them from shopkeepers. But some folks are kinda scratching their heads, wondering, “How to cast them to make the magic happen?” For that, you need to have the right stats—once you’ve got that sorted, you need to equip a Sacred Seal – that’s your magic wand for the faith-based incantations. After that, it’s just a matter of selecting the spell from your menu and making sure you’ve got enough FP (that’s your magic juice) to cast it. This guide will teach you the ins and outs of casting Elden Ring incantations.
How to Use & Cast Incantations in Elden Ring
While sorceries are all about how brainy your character is (i.e. Intelligence stat), incantations are more about Faith. Keep in mind that some spells are extra special and might ask for some Intelligence as well. The cool thing is that every class can use incantations; just make sure your stats are up to scratch with what the spell asks for.
Let’s clear up one thing first, Only two classes—the Prophet and Confessor—wake up from their Elden nap ready to cast incants, holding the right gear from the get-go. But if you’re roaming by selecting some other class, you’ve gotta shop around for a Sacred Seal to cast incantations.
Here’s the lowdown on equipping that Seal:
- Tap the button to peek into your inventory.
- Choose a spot to equip for your seal, right hand or left? You decide.
- Use the D-pad to shuffle through your items until you find your Seal.
- With the Sacred Seal in hand, press the bumper—left for offhand or right for the main hand—and you’re now casting spells.
If you want to pack a bigger punch, hold down that bumper to charge up your spells, which can make them stronger or even bigger. Plus, it’s great for timing—like waiting for the perfect moment to buff your pals or heal up. Don’t forget, you’ve got to equip those incantations too. Just sit at a Site of Grace, ponder over your spells, and memorize the ones you want to use. You can find incantations all over the place—shiny loot, tough boss rewards, or from a friendly vendor. To switch between spells, just press up on the D-Pad. To return to your first spell quickly, hold up on that D-Pad, and you’re there.
When you can’t cast a spell even with Seal in hand, you’re either low on FP or you’re not meeting the stat bar for the spell. No sweat, though, sip some Flask of Cerulean Tears to fill up that FP. If you need more FP to start with, boost your Mind stat. And for the spell requirements, you can check out what stats you need for each spell in your inventory menu. Most of the time, boosting your Faith should do the trick.
But remember, you can only equip a few Incantations in Elden Ring simultaneously. It depends on the number of memory slots available for the spells. Although, the whole game journey offers you a lot of slots on different occasions in the game. With that, the more memory slots you own, the more of these items you can equip, cast, and get benefits.
How to Get the Sacred Seal in Elden Ring
So, you’re not a Confessor or Prophet but want to cast some Elden Ring incantations? No problem at all. Here’s a quick guide to getting your hands on a Sacred Seal:
First up, you gotta call Torrent, your trusty horse. He’s essential for getting around the vast world of Elden Ring. Once you are on Torrent, take a trip to Stormveil Castle. You’ll find the entrance through the Castleward Tunnel, way up in the northwest of Limgrave—that’s your starting area.
Get ready to face Margit – don’t stress if he hands you your hat; win or lose, you’re still on track to unlock that Sacred Seal. Once you’ve faced Margit, you’ll meet Melina at a Site of Grace. She’s got the scoop on the Roundtable Hold, which is tucked away in the bottom left corner of your map; it’s like a safe haven with some pretty useful NPCs, including a new shop retailer.
When you get to the Roundtable Hold, take a left down the corridor. You’ll pass some bookshelves—no need to stop for reading now—and you’ll find a cozy little room. Inside, there are two mummified witches who have just what you need: a Finger Seal which is pretty affordable at 800 runes.
Now that you’ve got your hands on the Finger Seal, you’re all set to start using incantations. It’s perfect for beginners because it doesn’t ask much of your stats and it scales well with your Faith level when you’re just starting out. But here’s the exciting part— as you venture further into Elden Ring, you’ll stumble upon all sorts of Sacred Seals, each with their own perks and boosts that’ll really jazz up your spells, especially if you’ve got a specific build in mind.
Best Elden Ring Seals to Cast Incantations
It’s important to understand that all Sacred Seals are capable of casting spells. However, the real magic (pun intended) happens when you match a Sacred Seal to your character’s strongest stats. Because each Seal has a unique affinity with different stats. So, the better the alignment between your stats and your Seal, the stronger your spells become. If you want to enhance your Seal’s ability, consider using Smithing Stones to upgrade it.
Here’s something cool to know: those Sacred Seals you’ll be collecting can actually power up specific types of incantations, and you don’t even have to use them directly for the magic boost. Take the Godslayer’s Seal, for instance, just having it with you amps up your Godskin Apostle incantations’ oomph. These power boosts can add up. If you manage to get your hands on an extra Sacred Seal by trading with another player, you could see your damage bonus shoot up to a solid value.
If you’re all about high-faith Elden Ring builds, then you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your game spells. One way to do this is by using the Erdtree Seal along with a Sacred Seal that will boost the damage of the specific type of incantation you’re using. Keep that in mind as you mix and match to find the best combo for your playstyle.