How to summon in Elden Ring (2023)

By Joel Franey

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Leon Hurley

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How to use summons in Elden Ring with Spirit Ashes

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Understanding how Elden Ring Summons and Spirit Ashes works lets you summon NPCs and creatures to help you fight. That can turn the tide of a tough boss fight, especially if you find particular options. However, to unlock this useful skill, you need to get the Spirit Calling Bell from the mysterious Renna which will then let you summon spirits to fight various enemies in Elden Ring.

The ability to summon in Elden Ring is obviously a very useful skill. Having a ghostly companion to dish damage, or just use as a distraction, can be an incredibly helpful trick to pull out. It makes Elden Ring summons and Ash Spirits absolutely vital to unlock as an ability, as well as finding the best options. Here we'll go through all your options, the powers you can unlock, as well as the costs and the limitations. If you want to know how to summon in Elden Ring, including Ash Spirits and friends, read on.

  • How to summon Elden Ring Spirits with Ashes
  • Where to get more Spirit Ashes
  • How to upgrade Spirit Ashes
  • How to summon other characters in Elden Ring

How to summon in Elden Ring with Spirit Ashes

To summon in Elden Ring via Ash Spirits - the most common way of doing it - players need to progress to the point where they've unlocked the horse, Torrent. If you haven't done it yet, our guide on how to get the Elden Ring horse will sort you out.

Once you do, head back to the Church of Elleh, the little ruin past the Tree Sentinel where Kalé the merchant is waiting. There'll be a new NPC there now, a witchy-looking character called Renna. Talk to her, and she'll give you the Spirit Calling Bell and the Lone Wolf Ashes.

The Spirit Calling Bell doesn't have to be equipped, it's just enough to have it in your inventory. However, if you use the Lone Wolf Ashes at any point, either through your inventory or by equipping them to the quick-select menu with your Flasks, you'll summon three friendly wolves that will attack nearby enemies.

As you explore the game, you'll find other kinds of Spirit Ashes that can summon different NPCs. There are limitations to the use of Spirit Ashes, however. And if you're wondering why you can't summon in Elden Ring, we'll go through the restrictions below:

  • You can only summon Elden Ring Spirits with Ashes when close to a Rebirth Monument, a little square statue about waist-high. You'll know when you're in range of one, because of the white symbol of a tablet on the left side of the screen. Rebirth Monuments tend to be fairly common, covering most major areas and practically every boss fight arena.
  • Using Spirit Ashes costs FP. The amount varies significantly depending on the Ash themselves, with more powerful NPCs requiring more FP. Some are so expensive that you won't be able to summon them without significantly levelling up the Mind Attribute first.
  • Elden Ring Spirits can be killed in combat! They're no more immortal than you are, with the exception of Skeletal variants, who can self-resurrect if not damaged while downed.
  • Players can only have one kind of Ash Spirit triggered at a time. If you have the Wolves running about, you won't be able to bring out an Ash Spirit Sorcerer until they're either dead or recalled.

Where to get Elden Ring Spirit Ashes

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Ash Spirits for to find and summon are all over Elden Ring, with dozens to find and keep on you. Here's a select few for early players to look for:

  • Renna the Witch will give you the Lone Wolf Ashes, one of the best early-game options. It summons three wolves that run about mauling enemies.
  • Talk to Roderika, the young woman at the Stormveil Shack up on the right as you go up through the Stormgate. She'll give you the Jellyfish Ashes that create a spirit that floats about shooting projectiles.
  • North of the Church of Elleh is a set of catacombs with a boss at the bottom - the Erdtree Burial Watchdog. Kill this horrible thing to get the Noble Sorcerer Ashes, which fire ranged spells at targets.
  • West of Limgrave, along the main road, is the ruined settlement of Summonwater Village, which holds the Tibia Mariner boss. Victory will get you the Skeletal Militiaman Ashes, which summon two pike-wielding skeletons that actually self-resurrect when killed, assuming they're not damaged while restoring their bodies. This is the best early-game summon by some way.

Beyond this, Ash Spirits are found generally either in tombs like the one players found the Erdtree Burial Watchdog in, or controlled by other Tibia Mariners, a recurring form of boss that can be found in multiple places across Elden Ring.

How to upgrade Spirit Ashes

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Elden Ring Spirits can be upgraded by Roderika, the young woman at Stormveil Shack who gave you the Jellyfish. After progressing the game into Stormveil Castle, you'll discover she's vanished. She's actually now at the Roundtable Hold - speak to her, then to Smithing Master Hewg, then keep going back and forth between them, ferrying messages. Once you've done this enough, Roderika will explain how she wants to make use of her gift. The next time you come back here, she'll have set up as a merchant opposite Hewg.

Speaking to Roderika allows you to enhance your Ash Spirits, which gives summons greater health, attack power, and even changes how many are summoned, depending on the Ash itself. To do this you'll need to find and spend Grave Glovewort, white flowers that are to Ash Spirits what Smithing Stones are to weapons. These flowers can be found in any underground area or location associated with death/burial across Elden Ring - you'll find plenty in the tunnels leading up to the Erdtree Burial Watchdog mentioned above as a starting point.

How to summon NPCs in Elden Ring

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Elden Ring Multiplayer

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Looking to try the game with real people? Check out how to play Elden Ring coop and multiplayer at our guide here!

Confusing as it is, Ash Spirits are not the same thing as summoning friendly NPCs, which is somewhat similar to how it was in Dark Souls and Bloodborne before. Here players need to trigger Martyr Effigies, little statues of people about the same size and and common as the Rebirth Monuments. Unlike the Rebirth Monuments though, players need to specifically trigger them by walking up to them and interacting with them. This will enable co-op play online, but also reveal NPC summon signs on the floor, little gold stone scripts that can be interacted with.

There's more advantages to NPC summons over Ash Spirits. They tend to be stronger (though not always), and don't cost any FP. You can also summon as many as you like and they don't override each other.

The downsides, however, are obvious. Aside from needing to find the Martyr Effigy, these characters are incredibly contextual and can only be summoned where you find their summon markers. Some will always be present - you can get the NPC sorcerer Rogier outside Margit's boss arena - but others are linked to story elements, and only ever show up at specific locations, or need you to complete a quest to a certain point. If you want to find as many NPCs as possible, we recommend talking to, and helping out, every character you meet across the game. It pays to network in Elden Ring.

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Joel Franey is a writer, journalist, podcaster and raconteur with a Masters from Sussex University, none of which has actually equipped him for anything in real life. As a result he chooses to spend most of his time playing video games, reading old books and ingesting chemically-risky levels of caffeine. He is a firm believer that the vast majority of games would be improved by adding a grappling hook, and if they already have one, they should probably add another just to be safe. You can find old work of his at USgamer, Gfinity, Eurogamer and more besides.

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FAQs

How do I max out my summons Elden Ring? ›

To max out Spirit Summon levels in Elden Ring, players need to use Ghost Glovewort, Grave Ghostwort, Great Ghost Glovewort, and Great Grave Glovewort. These resources come in different levels, with the lower leveled Glovewort being found in earlier areas and higher leveled Glovewort being found in endgame areas.

Why do I keep getting unable to summon in Elden Ring? ›

Simply close the game and then re-launch it again. If you play the Elden Ring Steam version, close both the Elden Ring game client and the Steam launcher. For doing that, open Task Manager by right-clicking on the Windows icon and clicking Task Manager. After that, re-launch the Steam launcher and run Elden Ring.

How do you fully upgrade summons? ›

Players can upgrade spirit summons in Elden Ring by giving Roderika runes and Glovewort. Roderika is one of the NPCs that Elden Ring players can find early on in their playthrough. She is found in a blown-out building on the road from Limgrave to Stormveil Castle near the Stormhill Shack site of grace.

How do you increase max load capacity Elden Ring? ›

How To Increase Equip Load In Elden Ring
  1. Equip Load Talismans: The Arsenal Talisman (and its +1 and +2 variants), and the Great-Jar's Arsenal Talisman.
  2. Endurance-Boosting Talismans: Radagon's Scarseal and Soreseal, the Erdtree's Favor Talisman (and its +1 and +2 variants)
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DO levels matter for summoning Elden Ring? ›

Summoning Ranges

Elden Ring uses two criteria to determine who you can play with (or against) you: Your character's current level. The highest weapon upgrade you've used.

What is max level for summons? ›

Max Summon Level is 7. Total EXP needed to gain Summon Level 7 is 250.

Do bosses get harder if you use summons? ›

Summoning other players makes the bosses (and any of their adds) much stronger. They hit harder and have far more health.

How does Max equip load work in Elden Ring? ›

Equipment load is one of the most important stats in Elden Ring. It is directly affected by your character's weight which is a result of your equipped armor, talismans, and weapons. Compared to your maximum weight capacity, your current equipment load will affect your mobility, especially how you dodge.

Is the bull goat armor good? ›

For players looking for armor high in poise and physical defense, the Bull-goat armor set has the highest of both out of all the other armor sets in the entire game. However, this comes with a hefty price: it's also the heaviest armor set in the game.

Should I stop leveling at 125 Elden Ring? ›

At the time of writing, the "meta level" for PvP duels in Elden Ring is considered 125, and it is recommended that players stop leveling there for now.

What increases chances of summoning Elden Ring? ›

To have another player join you in order to team up and take on a boss, make sure you're next to a Martyr Effigy. This increases your chances of finding another player to Summon.

What class is easiest in Elden Ring? ›

Vagabond: The Vagabond is arguably the best Elden Ring classes for beginners. Melee builds are generally easy to pick up without having to familiarize yourself with loads of in-game systems, making them great for players unaccustomed to FromSoftware gameplay.

Can you buff summons in Elden Ring? ›

If you've summoned just one person, bosses will receive a 60 percent buff to their health as well as a 50 percent buff to its resistances. If you were to summon two other players to your world, the buffs increase even more.

How do I upgrade my mimic Elden Ring? ›

Use whatever Ghost Glovewort you have in your possession; if you need more, explore catacomb dungeons. In fact, if you want to upgrade the Mimic Tear as far as it will go, you can find one Great Ghost Glovewort item in Night's Sacred Ground, not too far from where you find the Mimic Tear ashes.

How many spirits can you max Elden Ring? ›

In total, there are 64 Spirit Ashes to find in Elden Ring. Each one allows you to summon an enemy, horde of enemies, or special character to fight alongside you. However, you'll need to acquire the Spirit Calling Bell before you can use any of the Spirit Ashes.

Can you max out everything Elden Ring? ›

With this in mind, it is reasonable to imagine that hitting the max level in Elden Ring would require an absurd amount of runes, and the fact is, it does. The highest level players can get in Elden Ring is 713, and that means players will need to farm well over 1 billion runes.

Do bosses get harder if you summon? ›

Summoning other players makes the bosses (and any of their adds) much stronger. They hit harder and have far more health. For some fights having 2 allies turns the bosses attacks into 1 shots. Anyone who has played prior soulsborne games probably knows this but for many new players to the genre they may be unaware.

What is the strongest spirit ashes in Elden Ring? ›

Elden Ring: 10 Best Spirit Ashes, Ranked
  • 8/10 8/10 Lone Wolf.
  • 7/10 7/10 Nepheli Loux.
  • 6/10 6/10 Aurelia (Jellyfish)
  • 5/10 5/10 Dung Eater.
  • 4/10 4/10 Stormhawk Deenh.
  • 3/10 3/10 Banished Knight Oleg.
  • 2/10 2/10 Black Knife Tiche.
  • 1/10 1/10 Mimic Tear Ashes.
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Do Elden rings make summons easier? ›

Elden Ring has a tool that can make battles more manageable. Don't underestimate summoned Spirits. They can truly come through during a tough fight.

Is mimic tear still the best? ›

'Elden Ring' survey says the Mimic Tear is the best spirit ash in the game.

Is mimic still the best Elden Ring? ›

The Mimic Tear was incredibly powerful when the game launched, and even after a nerf, it's still one of Elden Ring's best Spirit Ashes.

Does mimic tear have infinite FP? ›

Legendary ashen remains. Use to summon the spirit of a mimic tear. Summoning consumes HP rather than FP. summoner's will.
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Mimic Tear Ashes
TypeSpirit Summon
FP Cost: N/AHP Cost 660
Effect Summons mimic tear spirit
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Which spirit ashes should I level? ›

The Mimic Tear is undoubtedly the best Spirit Ash in Elden Ring. It is essentially a copy of your character, spawning with the weapons and armor you have equipped when summoned. This means those using the best weapons and best spells in Elden Ring will suddenly be able to duplicate their damage.

Is upgrading spirit Ashes worth it? ›

Upgrading the right Spirit Ash in Elden Ring can make all the difference when fighting some of the more challenging bosses in Elden Ring. Elden Ring can be punishing. Some bosses are relentless and will constantly attack you to a point where your stamina is depleted, and you can't dodge anymore.

Does level affect summoning Elden Ring? ›

Elden Ring borrows most multiplayer elements from Dark Souls 3. Summoning band is based on your character level and most upgraded weapon.

Is Level 713 possible? ›

To reach level 713, players will need to have cashed in 1,692,566,842 runes. That is a truly astounding number, but, as many players have pointed out, it's definitely possible to achieve, but you may need to do a lot of farming to get there.

How many runes does it take to get to level 100 in Elden Ring? ›

Level Rune Cost Calculation in Elden Ring

This would require 1,692,566,842 Runes in total.

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