Welcome, fellow Tarnished. We’ve been playing Elden Ring for a good long while now and thought we’d write about it.
The Lands Between can prove to be quite the challenge for the uninitiated. Lucky for you, our journey through these lands have netted us some vital knowledge and insight.
One such insight is the usefulness of Spirit Summons.
In Elden Ring, you can summon spirit allies to aid you in battle against your foes. These spirits can be of great help to you on your journey to become the Elden Lord.
Today, we are going to highlight a few of our favorite Spirit Ashes from our playthrough and let you know where you can find them.
5. Lone Wolf Ashes
“Ashen remains in which spirits yet dwell. Use to summon the spirits of three lone wolves. Spirits of wolves chased from their pack. They later encountered a nameless Tarnished, who welcomed them as hunting companions. The wolf spirits overwhelm enemies with their agility, aiding the summoner in combat.”
The Lone Wolf Ashes summons a pack of three wolves who are very good at drawing the attention of aggressive bosses, leaving you time to breathe, heal, or attack. Each wolf comes with its own health bar, which can extend their aid for a longer period of time.
These ashes are given to players by the Witch Renna at the Church of Elleh in the opening areas of Limgrave right when the ability to summon becomes available. Despite this, these loyal doggos can last you for a good long while.
To attain them, you must return to the Church at night after getting the ability to summon your Spectral Steed from Melina. You will find Renna sitting by the ruins of the church.
Try skipping time to night a few times if she doesn’t appear.
The Lone Wolves cost 55 FP to summon.
4. Mausoleum Soldier Ashes
“Ashen remains in which spirits yet dwell. Use to summon the spirits of five mausoleum soldiers. Spirits of five headless soldiers who confound foes by disappearing and reappearing at will. The mausoleum is where the bodies of soulless demigods are lain to rest, and these soldiers followed their masters into Death by severing their own heads from their bodies.“
The Mausoleum Solider Ashes summons five soldiers who are good at tanking incoming damage from enemies.
Mausoleum Soldier Ashes are located at the base of a small dead tree at the edge of a cliff in the Deeproot Depths.
To get it, you must begin at the Nameless Eternal City Site of Grace located in the Deeproot Depths and go north until you reach the Mausoleum.
From there, go north toward the cliff and follow the edge until you reach the northmost location possible.
The Mausoleum Solider Ashes consume 75 FP to summon.
3. Spirit Jellyfish Ashes
“Ashen remains in which spirits yet dwell. Use to summon a spirit jellyfish. A floating spirit that illuminates its surroundings. Prone to tears, the jellyfish girl searches for her distant home. Will bravely spew poison at foes on her summoner’s behalf. It seems her name is Aurelia.”
Aurelia is a giant , slow-moving, and adorable jellyfish who can perform ranged and melee attacks to nearby enemies. Her ranged attack also builds poison, which is pretty useful.
Aurelia is also unexpectedly tanky and can happily take incoming damage from many early game bosses, giving you ample opportunity to strike back and avenge your jellyfish friend.
Also, she can light up dark areas, which is admittedly only useful circumstantially but it’s still a nice feature to have.
The Jellyfish Ashes is handed to you by a woman in a red hood located at Stormhill Shack in Limgrave. There’s a Site of Grace right next to the shack.
Talk to her a few times and she will give you the ashes, stating that you can probably make better use of it. And how right she was.
The Spirit Jellyfish costs 31 FP to summon.
2. Lhutel the Headless
“Legendary ashen remains. Use to summon the spirit of Lhutel the Headless. Spirit of a headless knight who leads the mausoleum soldiers. Wields a lance enrobed in Death and hurls spectral lances at foes. Lhutel sacrificed her life so that in Death she could continue to protect a soulless demigod until their revival, earning her the hero’s honor of Erdtree Burial.”
You wouldn’t think that a headless knight would be much of a threat but you would be wrong. Lhutel the Headless is only too happy to prove you wrong.
Where to begin with this one… Let’s start with the basics. Lhutel is somewhat similar to the Mausoleum Soldiers but is like their cooler, stronger older sister.
Not only is she a great tank due to her heavy armor but she is also effective at both melee and range, dealing devastating blow after blow if left alone.
On top of that, this summon can teleport, allowing them to close the distance with some of the more mobile bosses in an instant.
And if that wasn’t enough, blows from her lance causes build-up of the instant death status effect!
Lhutel’s ashes are dropped by the Cemetery Shade at the Tombsward Catacombs.
This beast of an ally requires 104 FP to summon but is worth every last point.
1. Mimic Tear
“Legendary ashen remains. Use to summon the spirit of a mimic tear. Summoning consumes HP rather than FP. This spirit takes the form of the summoner to fight alongside them, but its mimicry does not extend to imitating the summoner’s will. Mimic tears are the result of an attempt by the Eternal City to forge a lord.”
The multiplayer experience in From Software games can be hit or miss for some but when it does hit, having a character just like you helping you out of tough situations can be incredibly fun.
The Mimic Tear takes this concept and runs wild with it. These spirit ashes can summon an exact copy of you, the player.
This copy is able to use all of your incantations, spells, weapons, and armor. The Mimic Tear also comes along with an unlimited supply of bolts and arrows.
Another interesting aspect of the Mimic Tear is that it has an unlimited pool of FP, which can open up all kinds of interesting strategies.
Just think of the Mimic Tear as your more aggressive little brother who doesn’t mind taking one for the team.
The Mimic Tear is found in a chest locked behind an imp statue door in the area known as Night’s Sacred Ground.
One last interesting fact about the Mimic Tear is that it costs HP to summon and not FP, like most other summons. This is quite interesting and adds an interesting risk reward dynamic to summoning it.
The Mimic Tear costs 660 HP to summon.
And there you have it! A list of our favorite Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring so far.
We’ve been having a great time discovering and trying out these many different summons.
What are some of your favorite Spirit Ash do you think is the best? Stay tuned for our full review of Elden Ring!
In the meantime, our technical overview of the game can be found here.