Best Elden Ring Spirit Ashes ranked: Tier list and locations

Best Elden Ring Spirit Ashes
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The world of Elden Ring is a dark, vast open world filled to the brim with a gigantic rogue’s gallery of enemies and bosses to defeat. Many of these foes are difficult to take down, especially if you’re fighting them alone without any fellow players by your side. However, all is not lost as Elden Ring has a unique gameplay mechanic that can help solo players even the odds — Spirit Ashes.

Spirit Ashes are ghostly doppelgangers of characters and enemies you meet throughout the game that you can summon in battle. These NPC allies can be a boon in most combat situations whether you’re fighting gigantic bosses or against other players in Elden Ring’s competitive PvP Colosseum mode. What’s more, is that you can upgrade Spirit Ashes with special items called Grave Gloveworts or Ghost Gloveworts so they can survive longer and deal more damage.

Unfortunately, acquiring Spirit Ashes can be a long and complicated process as they are hidden in the deepest depths of the Lands Between’s many locales. So, we at Windows Central, have taken it upon ourselves to help this task easier for you by creating this handy guide on the best Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring. This guide will feature a tier list of which Spirit Ashes are the strongest, an overview of every Spirit Ash’s abilities, and where you can track them down.

Elden Ring Spirit Ashes: What to look for

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When choosing the Best Elden Ring Spirit Ashes to use, there are several different factors you should consider. While it's reasonable to assume that the best Spirit Ashes are the ones that deal the most amount of damage, it's important to remember that high damage means nothing if the Spirit Ash you're using struggles to actually dish it out against a particular boss. For example, slow and heavy-hitting Spirit Ashes can't keep up with bosses that rapidly move around as they attack, and low-health Spirit Ashes with ranged attacks will die very quickly if you summon them in boss battles with small, claustrophobic arenas. 

For this reason, many of the Spirit Ashes we're recommending in this list have a strong balance of damage output, movement speed, and dodging abilities. These spirits will be effective in a wide variety of Elden Ring's boss battles, and are great to have as your default go-to summons. These types of summons are also very effective in the Spirit Ash-enabled Colosseum PvP DLC arenas, as their high overall versatility doesn't leave any glaring weaknesses for your opponents to exploit.

With that said, you definitely shouldn't count out more specialized Spirit Ashes in situations where you can take full advantage of their unique strengths. For example, Latenna the Albinauric is a phenomenal archer summon that has very low health and no mobility, but extremely long range and exceptional damage. This makes her perfect for battles in large arenas where you can keep the boss far away from her, allowing her to chip away at its health bar safely. Omenkiller Rollo is another example of a top-tier specialized summon, as his heavy-hitting Power Stanced machetes make him extremely effective at staggering bosses and blowing through the defenses of enemies that use shields. 

Generally, the least useful Spirit Ashes are ones like the Jellyfish or Rotten Stray that do little more than apply a status effect. While afflicting a boss with Poison or Scarlet Rot is helpful, you can do this easily yourself with consumables you've made with the Elden Ring crafting system. Overall, you'll generally be better off summoning Spirit Ashes that can fight enemies and bosses more directly.

Elden Ring: Spirit Ashes tier list

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While the vast majority of Elden Ring's Spirit Ash Summons are very helpful, some of them are more effective than others. With that in mind, we've created a definitive tier list that should give you an idea of which ones are the best and which ones aren't worth upgrading or building your character around.

Note that just because a Spirit Ash Summon is in a low tier, it does not mean that they are useless. It simply means that they're generally less useful than the summons we put higher on the list. You should still consider using them if they can bring some valuable utility to a fight; for example, while the Finger Maiden Therolina Puppet is often considered a poor choice since she doesn't have much health and doesn't dodge incoming attacks well. However, when fighting slow bosses, you can easily get away from them, giving Therolina plenty of time to heal you up with her incantations before you jump back into the fray.

Your choice of Spirit Ash will also be limited by the number of Focus Points your character has, which is determined by your Mind attribute. Many highly ranked summons require a hefty amount of FP to conjure, meaning that in general, the best Elden Ring builds for Spirit Ash summons are Faith or Intelligence caster builds that need a good amount of FP anyway. That doesn't mean that there aren't great Spirit Ashes available to low FP melee-focused builds, though, such as the fan-favorite Mimic Tear that requires half of your HP instead of FP to call in.

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TierSpirit Ashes
SMimic Tear, Black Knife Tiche, Latenna the Albinauric, Banished Knight Oleg, Lhutel the Headless
AOmenkiller Rollo, Bloodhound Knight Floh, Kaiden Sellsword, Mad Pumpkin Head, Ancestral Follower, Lone Wolf, Nightmaiden and Swordstress Puppets, Ancient Dragon Knight Kristoff, Banished Knight Engvall
BCleanrot Knight Finlay, Dung Eater Puppet, Perfumer Tricia, Blackflame Monk Amon, Redmane Knight Ogha, Nepheli Loux Puppet
CRotten Stray, Jarwight Puppet, Oracle Envoys, Radahn Soldiers, Greatshield Soldiers, Fire Monk, Page, Mausoleum Soldiers, Albinaurics
DSoldjars of Fortune, Farum Azula Beastman, Battlemage Hugues, Kindred of Rot, Dolores the Sleeping Arrow Puppet, Finger Maiden Therolina Puppet, Godrick Soldiers, Haligtree Soldiers, Fanged Imps, Skeletal Bandit, Skeletal Militiaman, Vulgar Militia, Warhawk, Leyndell Soldiers, Man-Serpent, Depraved Perfumer Carmaan, Demi-Humans
FClaymen, Crystilian, Nomad, Twinsage Sorcerer, Miranda Sprouts, Land Squirts, Giant Rats, Noble Sorcerer, Putrid Corpses, Raya Lucaria Soldiers, Stormhawk Deenh, Winged Misbegotten, Wandering Nobles, Glintstone Sorcerer, Spirit Jellyfish, Marionette Soldiers, Avionette Soldiers, Archer

Below, we've listed several of the Spirit Ashes that topped our tier list. You'll also find detailed descriptions of how each summon works, how much FP it costs to conjure them, and where you can find them.

Elden Ring: Mimic Tear Ashes location

  • FP requirement: None (uses 50% of the player's HP)

In our view, the Mimic Tear Spirit Summon is the best one available in Elden Ring, even after the recent nerf it got in Patch 1.03. This unique Spirit Summon creates an exact copy of your character when you use it, including your stats, armor, weapons, spells, and equipped consumables. It will then fight alongside you, effectively acting like an NPC ally. When upgraded, the Mimic Tear is incredibly tanky and can dish out plenty of damage, making it an invaluable summon that we highly recommend using in Elden Ring's challenging boss fights. Note that using the Mimic Tear uses 50% of your HP instead of your mana, so make sure you drink a healing potion after summoning it.

You can find the Mimic Tear Ashes in the southwestern portion of the Night's Sacred Ground area in Nokron, Eternal City, located in a chest behind a fog wall you need a Stonesword Key to access. There's an enemy inside the room, but you should be able to get a free backstab on them as long as you don't sprint up to them.

Elden Ring: Latenna the Albinauric Ashes location

  • FP requirement: 74

In situations where you're fighting bosses that have a large arena, the Latenna the Albinauric Spirit Summon will often be your best option. She stays exactly where you summon her and pelts enemies with a constant barrage of heavy-hitting magic arrows, and while she doesn't have much health, she does have a crazy long range. This means that you can summon her far away from the boss and then engage it with melee yourself, drawing its aggro while Latenna wears it down from afar.

Getting the Latenna the Albinauric Ashes is a little complicated. First, you have to locate and talk to Latenna at the Slumbering Wolf's Shack in Liurnia of the Lakes, located just after the exit of the Lakeside Crystal Cave. Then you have to travel to the Village of the Albinaurics found west of her position and get the left half of the Secret Haligtree Medallion there. She'll then give you her Spirit Ash Summon once you show the medallion to her. For more details on how to do this, refer to our guide on how to find the Malenia, Blade of Miquella secret boss.

Elden Ring: Lhutel the Headless Ashes location

  • FP requirement: 104

Lhutel the Headless is Elden Ring's best tank Spirit Summon, as she's equipped with heavy armor and a greatshield. She can also throw her spear for solid ranged damage and will constantly teleport around enemies, making it difficult for them to hit her. There are better options if you want big damage from your summons, but Lhutel is the best when it comes to soaking up damage and distracting your opponents.

To get Lhutel, you'll need to complete the Tombsward Catacombs in the center of the Weeping Peninsula region. The dungeon isn't very challenging and only requires you to beat a fairly easy miniboss, so you shouldn't have any trouble.

Elden Ring: Banished Knight Oleg Ashes location

  • FP requirement: 100

Banished Knight Oleg is one of the earliest Spirit Summons you can get in the game, and he also happens to be one of the best. With his thick, heavy armor and extremely high poise, he's an excellent brawler that commands the attention of enemies. His wind attacks do great damage, and while they usually don't stagger bosses, they'll often break the stance of regular enemies quite easily.

Banished Knight Oleg is awarded to you after you kill the final boss of the Fringefolk Hero's Grave dungeon located next to the Stranded Graveyard Site of Grace at the start of the game. Note that you'll need two Stonesword Keys to enter this dungeon.

Elden Ring: Black Knife Tiche Ashes location

  • FP requirement: 132

Black Knife Tiche is a very powerful Spirit Summon that not only dishes out strong damage, but is also very good at avoiding incoming damage as well. This is because she dodges very frequently, making it difficult for enemies and bosses to hit her with any of their attacks. Several of her attacks also reduce enemy HP and deal damage over time since her knife is imbued with the power of the Rune of Death, similar to Maliketh, the Black Blade's greatsword.

To get Black Knife Tiche, you'll need to defeat the boss at the Ringleader's Evergaol on the northwestern tip of the Moonlight Altar area in Liurnia of the Lakes. Once the boss is dead, Black Knife Tiche's Ashes will be awarded to you.

Elden Ring: Bloodhound Knight Floh Ashes location

  • FP requirement: 95

If you like Black Knife Tiche but want a summon that's more aggressive, Bloodhound Knight Floh will be your best bet. Like Tiche, Floh has the mobility to keep up with any enemy, though Floh will commit to more attacks in situations where Tiche would dodge. As a result, Floh generally dies faster than Tiche does, though he deals more damage overall.

To unlock the Bloodhound Knight Floh Ashes, you'll need to complete the Gelmir's Hero Grave on the eastern border of the Mt. Gelmir region. It can be found in a chest that players can open once the Red Wolf of the Champion boss at the end of the dungeon is defeated.

Elden Ring: Omenkiller Rollo Ashes location

  • FP requirement: 113

If you're struggling to deal with enemies or a boss that blocks with shields a lot, look no further than the Omenkiller Rollo Spirit Summon. This summon is identical to the boss you fight at the Village of the Albinaurics, and uses two massive machetes that can easily break the guard of any enemy in the game. These weapons also do an amazing job of stance breaking bosses, giving you an opportunity to crit them with a riposte. Omenkiller Rollo will also occasionally breathe fire if he encounters several enemies at once, crowd controlling them.

You can obtain the Omenkiller Rollo Ashes by defeating the Fell Twin bosses that ambush you on the bridge leading up to the Divine Tower of East Altus. This location is directly next to the elevator that takes you to the Forbidden Lands region.

Elden Ring: Nightmaiden and Swordstress Puppets Ashes location

  • FP requirement: 97

The Nightmaiden and Swordstress Puppets Ashes are an excellent choice if you need versatile summons capable of a variety of different types of offense, though they don't have much health and won't last long if you don't fight closely alongside them. Still, if you keep enemy and boss aggro off of them, they'll do a huge amount of damage over time together with their wide variety of melee and ranged attacks. Their attacks also do plenty of stance damage, ensuring that whatever you're fighting will get staggered.

You can obtain the Nightmaiden and Swordstress Puppets in the southern portion of Nokstella, Eternal City, in a chest located behind a barrier that requires a Swordstone Key to open. Note that there are two Nightmaiden enemies guarding the chest, so be ready for a fight.

Elden Ring: Kaiden Sellsword Ashes location

  • FP requirement: 88

The Kaiden Sellsword is a powerful Spirit Summon that uses several heavy attacks that can stagger enemies and bosses similar to the way Omenkiller Rollo can. The Kaiden Sellsword attacks more frequently and dodges incoming attacks more than Omenkiller Rollo does, but is also less tanky and has less health overall.

You can get the Kaiden Sellsword Ashes by defeating the final boss of the Cliffbottom Catacombs dungeon, which is located in southeastern Liurnia of the Lakes.

Elden Ring: Mad Pumpkin Head Ashes location

  • FP requirement: 110

The Mad Pumpkin Head is an excellent summon that can Bleed enemies with his massive flail, and he also has excellent damage protection thanks to the large metal helmet he wears that significantly reduces damage taken from anything that hits it. He's not as tanky as some other summons, but his ability to Bleed can contribute quite a large chunk of damage during boss fights.

You can get the Mad Pumpkin Head Ashes by defeating the final boss of the Minor Erdtree Catacombs dungeon found on the northwestern tip of the Caelid region. There's an Erdtree Guardian right next to the dungeon entrance, so be careful when you enter it.

Elden Ring: Ancestral Follower Ashes location

  • FP requirement: 86

The Ancestral Followers of the Siofra River region are incredibly flexible in combat since they have plenty of health and fight with both bows and with axes. When summoned using the Ancestral Follower Ashes, this spirit will serve as an excellent "jack of all trades, master of none" ally. They're not as tanky or powerful as other more specialized spirits, but their well-rounded stats and ability to fight at any range makes them incredibly useful.

You can get the Ancestral Follower Ashes by defeating the Ancestor Spirit boss in the Siofra River region. To access this boss, you'll need to light eight fires in the area and then awaken the spirit in the Hallowhorn Grounds.

Elden Ring: Lone Wolf Ashes location

  • FP requirement: 55

Believe it or not, the first Summon Spirits you get in Elden Ring are also some of the best ones in the entire game once you upgrade them. While the Lone Wolf summon starts off relatively weak due to the pitiful damage and low HP of the three wolves, they become surprisingly tanky when upgraded fully. This, coupled with their high agility and ability to stagger enemies and bosses by breaking their stance with rapid attacks, makes them an incredibly effective Spirit Summon in many instances.

All you have to do to get the Lone Wolf Ashes is go to the Church of Elleh in Limgrave after you get your mount, Torrent. Note that the Church of Elleh is located just north of The First Step Site of Grace.

Summon Spirit Ashes to turn the tide of battle in your favor.

With that, you now know where to find Spirit Ashes and decide which ones you wish to take with you into battle. While defeating the enemies of Elden Ring is very possible, it can be very difficult to do so alone. So, if you’re having trouble and can’t access the game’s multiplayer features to summon player allies, Spirit Ashes can be a great boon to help alleviate some of the game’s difficulty.

This consideration towards aiding less experienced get through the toughest challenges is one of the many reasons why Elden Ring is considered one of FromSoftware’s best Xbox games. If you want to know more about why that is, check out our Elden Ring review to learn more about its award-winning gameplay, gorgeous presentation, and sheer wealth of content.

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