Elden Ring: Best Faith Builds - Best Spells, Gear & Attributes

Published: Jan. 30, 2023
Updated: Jan. 30, 2023

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In this Elden Ring guide, you will learn the best faith-based builds, including all important spells, gear, and attributes. As an addition, we show you builds for PvE and PvP, so you always have the right build for every situation.

In this Guide you'll find: The following article, we'll explain everything you need to know to use the best Faith builds in the Between Lands. This includes different builds for early, mid and late games as well as a build for PvP. With every build, we give you all the information about the attributes, the spells, the equipment, and where they are found. So if you want to get to the bottom of the various bosses as a paladin or with strong dragon magic, you've come to the right place.

The Perfect Start to Your Faith Build in Elden Ring

When you start a new game and have chosen a Faith Build in this playthrough, there are a total of three different classes you can choose to start with. Each of these classes has its own strengths and weaknesses and can make it easier or more difficult for you to start your adventure. In the following paragraph, we will go into all three classes and inform you about their advantages and disadvantages.

Tip: Basically you can also play a Faith Build with almost every starting class later in the game, so if you decide to do so during the course of your playthrough, simply use the possibility to reset your attributes with a Larva Tear at Rennala.

The Prophet as a Starting Class for your Faith Build

Probably the most obvious choice if you later want to focus your build on the Faith attribute is probably the Prophet. It has the highest Faith of any starting class and comes with a finger insignia and two invocations from the start. If you choose the Prophet, you start at level 7.

Attributes of the Prophet at a glance

  • Vigor: 10
  • Mind: 14
  • Endurance: 8
  • Strength: 12
  • Dexterity: 8
  • Intelligence: 7
  • Faith: 16
  • Arcane: 11

The Prophet's Equipment

  • Short Spear
  • Finger Seal
  • Heal (Incantation)
  • Catch Flame (Incantation)
  • Rickety Shield

Confessor as a Starting Class for your Faith Build

The Confessor is also a good choice for faith-based play. The start as a confessor is a bit easier since he has better values for close combat. He also has a relatively high Faith value and has access to some invocations and a finger insignia right from the start. As a confessor, you start directly at level 10.

Attributes of the Confessor at a glance

  • Vigor: 10
  • Mind: 13
  • Endurance: 10
  • Strength: 12
  • Dexterity: 12
  • Intelligence: 9
  • Faith: 14
  • Arcane: 9

The Confessor's Equipment

  • Broadsword
  • Finger Seal
  • Urgent Heal (Incantation)
  • Assassin's Approach (Incantation)
  • Blue Crest Heater Shield

The Wretch as the Starting Class with the Most Opportunities in Elden Ring

As a Wretch you probably have the most challenging start in the game since you only start with one club. Your attributes are balanced as a Wretch and are all at level 10. However, you have no spells or other equipment. Due to the lack of equipment, you must plan well at the beginning which attributes you want to level up and where you can get which items. The peculiarity of the Wretch is the start on level 1.

Wrecht's Attributes at a glance

  • Vigor: 10
  • Mind: 13
  • Endurance: 10
  • Strength: 12
  • Dexterity: 12
  • Intelligence: 9
  • Faith: 14
  • Arcane: 9

The Wretch's Equipment

  • Club
That's why it's worth starting with a low level: the higher your character's level, the more runes you have to spend to level up. So if you start on level 1 with the beggar, the first 10 levels will only cost you around 6000-7000 runes.

The Most Important Attributes for Faith Builds in Elden Ring

Of course, the belief attribute is probably the most important attribute for builds based on it. However, some of the other stats are also important, for example to be able to wear the right equipment or to increase the chances of survival. In the following list we explain all attributes, what each value means and to which level you should definitely increase it.


  • The Faith attribute is required to use invocations and allows you to wield certain holy weapons. Also boosts invocations that scale with faith.
  • Since this is your main attribute, you can always increase it. As soon as your faith value has reached level 80, it makes sense to increase all other attributes to the desired level.


  • The Intelligence attribute gives you access to various spells and equipment that require a certain Intelligence value.
  • Since you primarily rely on invocations and equipment that scales with Faith, you primarily need the Intelligence attribute to be able to use certain weapons. These are, for example, the sword of the night and the flame. To use this, you must have at least an Intelligence Level of 24.


  • The higher your Mind attribute, the more FP (mana) your character has. This allows you to use spells, invocations, and weapon abilities more often. Some spells and invocations also require a relatively large amount of FP, so you can't use them if your Mind value is too low.
  • Overall, a high Mind stat is by no means bad for builds that rely on dealing damage from invocations or weapon abilities. The so-called soft cap is 50-60, meaning from this value you get far less FP per point in the Mind level.


  • The Vigor level mainly influences your life points. A higher level gives you more life points. In addition, your immunity value increases a little.
  • You can never have enough life points. Especially if you want to play a Faith build based on the Paladin class, you can level up to at least 60 Vigor here. If this is not the case, it makes sense not to increase the Vigor level beyond 40, as the efficiency will be greatly reduced.


  • Your Endurance stat determines how much stamina you have to roll or swing your weapon. It also increases the maximum weight. You can wear heavier armor with higher Endurance without getting a slower dodge roll.
  • A high Endurance value is also significant here, for example, if you want to play a Paladin build. The rule of thumb applies here; if you want to use heavy weapons and armor, you need more stamina. The values 25 are considered as soft cap and 60 as hard cap; you should not exceed this.


  • Your Strength stat increases your physical damage with all weapons. You also need certain strength values to use heavy weapons.
  • It's always worth increasing Strength to at least 16 to have a wider range of weapons. If you decide to go for a faith build that works with heavy weapons, you should quickly increase your Strength to 40 and feel free to increase it even further.


  • The Dexterity attribute lets you use fast weapons and also reduces the time you need to cast spells and fall damage.
  • A Dexterity value of at least 16 is also recommended to be able to use more weapons. A higher Dexterity value is only necessary if you want to play a specific weapon that requires it.


  • Your Arcane stat increases damage with weapons that scale with Arcane. In addition, Arcane increases the damage of Poison, Bleeding, Frost, and Insanity.
  • For most Faith builds, you can completely ignore the Arcane stat. However, if you want to mix normal and dragon incantations, you need to spend some points here.

You need different values depending on which of the following skills you choose. However, we will only provide the minimum necessary values. Once you have reached this, you can use the explanation in the upper area to estimate precisely which values you should increase next.

The Strongest Faith Builds in Elden Ring

Overall there are many good and working Faith builds. We have selected the two strongest builds for the early, mid, and late game. We will explain to you what the build is based on, what equipment you have to get, and how to increase which attribute. The early game includes levels 1-50, the mid-game includes levels 51-150, and the late game includes levels 151 and above. So if you're in an ongoing playthrough, you can orient yourself directly to the right build for you.


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The Paladin Build for your Early Game

With a paladin build, you're armed with heavy armor, a shield, and a sword. You also have a Signe to use invocations for healing or reinforcements. This build is especially good for beginners as you can take far more damage than other faith builds. If you regularly play with friends, the Paladin Build is also a good choice as you can buff and heal them. This also works with summons, so it pays to use good Ghost Ashes here.

  • Class: Confessor
  • Weapon: Any one-handed and a Sacred Seal
  • Shield: Brass Shield
  • Armor: The heaviest you can wear and still mid-roll
  • Primary Stats: Faith & Vigor
  • Secondary Stats: Endurance & Strength
  • Skills: Ash of War: Barricade Shield & Ash of War: Golden Vow
  • Spells: Urgent Heal, Heal

All the items you need for this build can be found in Limgrave or Roundtable Keep. The soldiers drop the Brass Shield in front of Godrick's Castle. There is also a Kaiden camp nearby - each of the Kaiden you can fight here can drop one of the pieces of Kaiden Armor. If you prefer to use the knight armor, you can buy it in the Round Table Keep.

The Ashes of War: Barricade Shield is available from the boss on the main road in the Weeping Peninsula at night. The Ashes of War: Golden Vow can be obtained from a Lowly Knight of Godricks near the Deathtouched Ruins. You can get Healing and Urgent Healing from Brother Corhyn in Roundtable Keep.


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The Dragon Priest Build for your Early Game

As a Dragon Priest, you deal most damage through Fire & Dragon Invocations. The dragon fire invocation is for larger groups of opponents, and the catch flame invocation is for single targets. Otherwise, you don't need any special equipment for the Dragon Priest. However, it would be best if you tried to level up your flasks quickly and always have enough flasks to restore FP with you.

  • Class: Prophet
  • Weapon: Any
  • Shield: Any
  • Armor: Any
  • Primary Stats: Mind & Vigor
  • Secondary Stats: Faith & Arcane
  • Skills: None
  • Spells: Catch Flame and Dragonfire

With the Prophet you already start with the Catch Flame Invocation, so you only need the Dragon Fire Invocation, which you can exchange for a Dragon Heart in the Church of the Dragon Communion. Since this build lets you play any weapon and armor of your choice, you're not limited here.

Since the early-game builds are builds that you can achieve early on, they are of course not that specific and offer more freedom.

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The Templar Build for your Mid-Game

The Templar Build builds directly on the Paladin. Additionally, you now also use invocations to deal damage and an Ash of War that allows your sword to attack at range. As a shield, you continue to rely on your Brass Shield and the Ashes of War: Barricade Shield. By using this same shield, you try to stun your opponent as often as possible in order to then deal a critical hit.

  • Class: Confessor
  • Weapon: Noble's Slender Sword
  • Shield: Brass Shield
  • Armor: Mausoleum Knight Armor, Greathelm, Knight Greaves, & Knight Gauntlets
  • Primary Stats: Faith & Endurance
  • Secondary Stats: Vigor
  • Skills: Ash of War: Golden Vow, Ash of War: Sacred Blade, Ash of War: Barricade Shield
  • Spells: Blessing's Boon & Aspects of the Crucible: Tail

Suppose you are already wearing the Knight Armor from the Paladin build. In that case, all you need to do is get the Mausoleum Knight Armor from the Mausoleum Warriors near the walking mausoleum on the Weeping Peninsula. The Greathelm is available from a nomad trader in southern Caelid.

You can get the Ashes of War: Holy Blade from a scarab near the third church of Marika. You can buy the Blessing's Boon invocation from Miriel in the Church of Vows. Aspect of the Crucible: Tail is a bit harder to obtain, for this you need to defeat the Crucible Knight in Stormhill Sealed Prison.


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The Sword Sage for your Mid-Game

Combining wisdom and faith, the Sword Sage's build revolves around the Sword of Night and Flame. You also initially use the Meteorite Staff and the spells Rancorcall & Ancient Death Rancor. You try to quickly reach the values of wisdom to 34 and faith to 24 so you can use the sword of the night and the flame and the spells. Later you want to exchange your staff for the Prince of Death's Staff, as this also scales with Faith.

  • Class: Any
  • WeaponSword of Night and Flame & Meteorite Staff
  • Shield: None
  • Armor: Any that still lets you med roll
  • Primary Stats: Intelligence & Faith
  • Secondary Stats: Vigor & Mind
  • Skills: Night-and-Flame Stance
  • Spells: Rancorcall & Ancient Death Rancor

The main item for this build is the Sword of Night and Flame, which you can collect in Caria Manor. To do this you need the Rancorcall spell from a scarab in Stormveil Castle and the Ancient Death Rancor from the Death Rite Bird in Lake Liurnia. You can get the meteorite staff in the Caelid Swamp, it is in the ruins of the Way of the Wise.

For the mid-game builds, you must already be further into the story. Here the ending of Liurnia is a good point. You have to visit Caelid for a few parts, but do not fight any opponents there.

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The Perfect Paladin for your Late Game

The perfect paladin takes the stats built up in the early and mid-game and pairs them with the best gear for the paladin's playstyle. He still relies on a sword and a shield, uses heavy armor and empowering invocations. If you're looking for a build that can deal a lot of damage and take even more damage, you've come to the right place.

  • Class: Any
  • Weapon: Miquellan Knight's Sword & Clawmark Seal
  • Shield: Haligtree Crest Greatshield
  • Armor: Haligtree Knight Set and Greathelm
  • Talismans: Bull-Goat's Talisman, Shard of Alexander, Curved Sword Talisman & Sacred Scorpion Charm
  • Primary Stats: Strength & Faith
  • Secondary Stats: Vigor & Endurance
  • Skills: Sacred Blade
  • Spells: Golden Vow, Flame, Grant Me Strength, Blessing of the Erdtree

How to Get the Equipment for the Perfect Paladin

Since this is a late or end-game build, most of the gear is hard to obtain. You can find Miquellan Knight's Sword in the Haligtree and the Haligtree Knight Set. The Haligtree Crest Greatshield, you have to farm from the Haligtree Knights actively; the drop chance is around 4%. For the Clawmark Seal you need to give Gurranq one Deathroot.

The Bull-Goat's Talisman is in Dragonbarrow Cave, and the Shard of Alexander is obtained at the end of Alexander's quest line. You should already have found the Curved Sword Talisman in Stormveil Castle, and you can loot the Sacred Scorpion Charm from Anastasia in the Smoldering Church in Caelid. For the invocations you are looking for, you must go to the Queen's bedroom in Leyndell and Fort Gael.


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The Dragon Dancer for Your Late Game

In this build, you mainly use intense dragon invocations; you also use the sword Regalia of Eochaid. Instead of the Finger Insignia, you should use the Dragon Communion Signet for this build. To unlock all the important dragon invocations, you need to defeat some dragons and trade their hearts. In battle, buff yourself with the Golden Vow and use Regalia of Eochaid's ability.

When fighting bosses, you can strengthen yourself with additional invocations and deal damage at a distance with dragon invocations. If the boss is still too strong, you can weaken it with Greyoll's scream.

  • Class: Any
  • Weapon: Regalia of Eochaid & Dragon Communion Seal
  • Shield: None
  • Armor: Silver Tear Mask and any Armor
  • Talismans: Shard of Alexander, Rotten Winged Sword Insignia (or Winged Sword Insignia), Millicent's Prosthesis, & Godfrey Icon
  • Primary Stats: Arcane & Vigor
  • Secondary Stats: Mind & Faith
  • Skills: Eochaid's Dancing Blade
  • SpellsGolden Vow, Flame, Grant Me Strength, Dragonclaw, Dragonmaw, Agheel's Flame, Ekzyke's Decay, & Greyoll's Roar

How to Get the Equipment for the Dragon Dancer

The sword Regalia of Eochaid can be found in the Gaol Cave near the third church of Marika. The Silver Tear Mask amplifies your arcane energy, and the Mimic Tear Boss in Nokron drops it. You get the Shard of Alexander at the end of Alexander's questline and the Rotten Winged Sword Insignia during the Millicent questline. Millicent's Prosthesis is also available from Millicent, but by defeating her. You can loot the Godfrey Icon from Godefroy in the Golden Lineage Evergoal.

As for spells, you're going back to the Golden Vow, Flame grant me strength, and some of the Dragon invocations. Swapping hearts after defeating the respective dragons can get different dragon invocations. For this you have to defeat Greyoll, Ekzyke, and Agheel.

The late-game builds mostly require you to have completed the game. In some cases it is even necessary to be on the road in New Game+.

The ultimate Faith Build for PvP in Elden Ring

While the Faith Builds above can also be used in PvP, PvP in the Elden Ring often requires a different strategy. That's why there are usually even more useful builds, especially for PvP. Below we give you a build that will help you win most battles against other players, as long as you play well enough yourself.


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The Black Blade Faith Build for PvP

In this build, you use Strength and Faith as your primary attributes, increasing the damage of Maliketh's Black Blade. In addition, you fight with the Black Blade invocation and strengthen yourself with the Golden Vow and the Blessing of the Earth Tree. Overall, this build relies on stealing 20% of the opponent's maximum health with the Black Blade Invocation and Maliketh's Black Blade ability.

In addition, you can strengthen yourself with the Golden Vow and use the Blessing of the Earth Tree to keep your life points up. Maliketh's Black Blade attacks allow you to attack through enemy attacks. Although you receive the damage, you can still usually land a hit on the opponent.

  • Class: Any
  • Weapon: Maliketh's Black Blade & Clawmark Seal
  • Shield: None
  • Armor: Maliketh's Set or any Armor with high Poise
  • Talismans: Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman, Shard of Alexander, Sacred Scorpion Charm & Claw Talisman
  • Primary Stats: Strength & Faith
  • Secondary Stats: Vigor & Endurance
  • Skills: Destined Death
  • Spells: Golden Vow, Blessing of the Erdtree & Black Blade

How to get the Equipment for the Black Blade Build

To get Maliketh's Black Blade you must defeat Maliketh and craft his boss weapon at Enia, the same way you get the Black Blade Invocation. This is why you must already be in New Game+ for this build. You can also get Maliketh's Set in the Round Table of Enia after defeating Maliketh.

You get the Clawmark Seal from Gurranq after you give him a Deathroot. To get the Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman, you must look around the Haligtree. You get Shard of Alexander at the end of Alexander's quest line. The Sacred Scorpion Charm is yours after defeating Anastasia. However, since it is weaker in PvP than in PvE, you can exchange it for a talisman. You should already own the Claw Talisman as you can find it early on in Stormveil Castle.

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