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Elden Ring best Spirit Ashes: Tier list, locations, and more

Elden Ring Spirit Ash Summon
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In the many encounters and boss fights that you'll inevitably find yourself in while exploring Elden Ring's open world, you'll have the ability to conjure Spirit Ash Summons. These spirits will fight by your side and are extremely helpful in most situations, as they can distract enemies and make it easier for you to hit them, tank some hits, and even dish out solid damage — especially if you upgrade them using the Grave or Ghost Glovewort materials you'll often find while exploring.

Due to the sheer number of Spirit Ash Summons in the game, though, it can be difficult to know which ones are the best and which ones you should probably avoid using. In this guide, we'll go over a complete tier list that ranks each Spirit Ash Summon in the game, as well as an overview of all of the best summons, what they do, and where you can find them in the Lands Between.

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.

TierSpirit Ash Summons
SMimic Tear, Latenna the Albinauric, Lhutel the Headless, Banished Knight Oleg
ABlack Knife Tiche, Bloodhound Knight Floh, Omenkiller Rollo, Nightmaiden & Swordtress Puppets, Mad Pumpkin Head, Ancestral Follower, Lone Wolf, Kaiden Sellsword, Twinsage Sorcerer, Azula Beastman
BPage, Cleanrot Knight Finlay, Ancient Dragon Knigth Kristoff, Banished Knight Engvall, Battlemage Hugues, Soldjars of Fortune, Nepheli Loux Puppet
CRedmane Knight Ogha, Demi-Humans, Godrick Soldiers, Raya Lucaria Soldiers, Avionette Soldiers, Leyndell Soldiers, Mausoleum Soldiers, Haligtree Soldiers, Radahn Soldiers, Vulgar Militia, Skeletal Bandit
DAlbinaurics, Fanged Imps, Glintstone Sorcerer, Winged Misbegotten
FJellyfish, Giant Rat, Wandering Nobles, Rotten Stray, Stormhawk Deenh, Warhawk

Elden Ring: Mimic Tear Ashes location

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Elden Ring Mimic Tear Ashes

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Elden Ring Mimic Tear 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

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Elden Ring Latenna

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Elden Ring Lakeside Crystal Cave

  • 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

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Elden Ring Lhutel

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Elden Ring Lhutel 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

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Elden Ring Banished Knight Oleg

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Elden Ring Banished Knight Oleg Map

  • 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

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Black Knife Tiche

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Black Knife Tiche 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

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Elden Ring Bloodhound Knight Floh

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Elden Ring Bloodhound Knight Floh 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

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Elden Ring Omenkiller

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Elden Ring Omenkiller Rollo 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

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Nightmaiden and Swordstress Puppets

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Nightmaiden and Swordstress Puppets

  • 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

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Kaiden Sellsword

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Kaiden Sellsword 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

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Elden Ring Pumpkin Head

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Elden Ring Pumpkin Head Map

  • 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

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Elden Ring Ancestral Follower

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Elden Ring Ancestral Follower Map

  • 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

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Elden Ring Lone Wolf

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Elden Ring Lone Wolf Ashes Map

  • 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.

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  • You're missing FP cost. For many builds, a lot of these are too expensive in FP to be useful
  • Good point, will add FP.
  • Bloodhound is honestly A close S tier IMO especially if your doing a blood build. He will often solo an entire boss in dungeons with 2 bosses
  • Does it frustrate anyone else that the Lone Wolf gives you three?
  • The more I play the more broken Mimic Tear is, and the only real fix I can think of is giving it an FP cost instead of health.
  • I noticed a couple of ashes might have been missed. I'd be curious to see if the Dung Eater Puppet specifically is worth ruining his questline for. The wiki ranks him fairly high on their chart:
  • Lhutel is quite reliable and solid and a threat at any range, which is very nice for getting a boss's attention when it's bearing down on you...particularly if you're character is built like mine having almost nothing in vigor. She's saved me several times...and the javelin tossing tank is an interesting character. However her AI is kind of odd and not that aggressive so she isn't quite the best in my experience. Close second would be Kristoff for me. Tanking, damage, aggressive, lightning damage...if I ever don't know what would be an effective summon, he's usually great in any role. But in my game, Black Knife Tiche has been the real MVP. She can avoid damage and therefore tank, she does a lot of damage, she moves around and preoccupies the boss...she feels a little OP to me. Also, everyone loves Oleg but doesn't ever mention Engvall. Maybe he isn't quite as good but he's pretty close I thought and a lot easier to get. Oleg is right at the start but that dungeon is far tougher than the dozens I did before it. And I just think the Mimic is boring as hell. Kinda OP, sure.... but I almost never use it. Obviously build is gonna make all the difference, and while my build seems really powerful (I havent had to try more than twice for any boss post Renalla), I also put basically nothing into Vigor...and the AI using a class that is dead in 1-2 hits usually doesnt last. Cool list though, thanks for making it. I hope someone does a breakdown of every summon and how they act in battle. Not really that it'd be at all necessary or even useful, and many summons are just weak compared to the few best...but I'm sure there's SOME scenario where each one could be useful and I think it'd be interesting to consider for each.
  • A coupe things, Black Knife Tiche is an easy S Tier placement, she has great dodging ability and her special attack ticks boss's health for percentage damage. At the mid to high levels she's a boss melter can solo some of them. Stormhawk Deenh is no where close to F tier. While it doesn't have a ton of health like some other summons it's ability to fly and maneuver often allows it to evade a lot of damage and it's great at getting a boss's aggro. Maybe spend a little more time with game before you put out an article like this.
  • I’ve played through Elden Ring four times now so I’ve spent plenty of time testing stuff, thanks. IMO Deenh sucks. Terrible damage, squishy, and in my experience the flying really doesn’t save him from the bosses at all.
  • DungEater is by far the best Summon in the game. S+ Almost impossible to kill, has high enough damage output that it can take things down by itself. Casts a damage debuff, excellent at holding agro so you can easily snipe out of harms way. Mimic is good, but can be complicated to set up correctly. For example as a squishy caster you would prefer for it to have better armor so it can survive longer. That means casting with the correct armor on, but then you have to manually swap out each individual piece to your normal loadout. You might not have time to do that because you have drawn initial agro. DungEater is cast and forget. Things like Rot and Poison don't seem to affect it. For example - In the Yelough Annix Ruins there are 5 High Level Trolls and 8 rats. I didn't get a point of damage and DE survived all of them. Expensive FP cost, but well worth it. Convoluted procedure to get him and changes the Sellen quest a bit. Took around 30 minutes of running around. You can find a YT vid on the whole procedure because there is no way you would figure out for yourself. Side Note: Once you have unlocked him, there are also 5 other rare Summons you can buy. They aren't great, but if you are a collector they are fun to play with. They all require a special currency which you likely have collected but not known what to do with.