Elden Ring Black Flame Builds Guide

To help you create the perfect build centered around the Black Flame spell, we’ve prepared this guide that will show you the three of the best Black Flame builds you can make in Elden Ring.

Elden Ring Black Flame Builds

Black Flame is one of the strongest spells in the game. If you create the right Faith build for it, your character will be an absolute powerhouse.

To help you out with that, below, we’ve listed down the three best Black Flame builds you can create in Elden Ring.

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These are faith-type builds and require you to focus on Faith, Vigor, and Mind. By level 30, you must have the following stats to take maximum advantage of these builds:

  • Vigor: 18
  • Mind: 20
  • Endurance: 8
  • Strength: 11
  • Dexterity: 10
  • Intelligence: 7
  • Faith: 27
  • Arcane: 10

Godslayer Greatsword Black Flame Build

  • Best Class for Godslayer Greatsword Black Flame Build: Prophet
  • Flask Spread: High FP
  • Best Weapons for Godslayer Greatsword Black Flame Build: Godslayer’s Greatsword and Godskin Peeler
  • Best Armor for Godslayer Greatsword Black Flame Build: Any lightweight armor set
  • Primary Stats: Faith and Mind
  • Secondary Stats: Vigor
  • Best Spells for Godslayer Greatsword Black Flame Build: Black Flame, Scouring Black Flame, and Black Flame Blade
  • Best Seal for Godslayer Greatsword Black Flame Build: Godslayer Seal

How to Play the Godslayer Greatsword Black Flame Build

The Prophet class will allow you to put points into Faith early on in the game. Faith is a very important stat for this build, so you need to level it up as much as possible.

Your main weapon for this build is the Godslayer’s Greatsword. This weapon has a crazy damage output, which is the main reason why it’s used for this build.

The damage output for its skill is insane, but it takes a long time to finish, so you won’t be able to cancel the skill to dodge an attack. But the skill does have very high Poise, so you’ll be safe either way.

The second weapon for this build is the Godskin Peeler. It is a double-sided blade and primarily scales with strength and dexterity. This weapon in this build provides a blend of strength and dexterity getting along with faith type build.

The skill of this weapon is an amazing AoE attack that deals high damage to multiple enemies at a time. The only downside is that it’s a bit hard to land.

Out of the three spells, the Black Flame is the strongest one. You can use this spell to deal great damage from long ranges.

The unique thing about this spell is that it takes a good chunk out of the target’s health by itself and deals damage over time to the target for two seconds after the hit.

The second spell, Scouring Black Flame, is for close-range attacks. And the third spell is there just to boost your melee weapon’s damage. It imbues your weapon with a flame that makes it deal extra damage.

We’re using the Godslayer Seal because it boosts Godslayer incantations. It also has the advantage of getting scaled with faith and strength and thus provides support to both the primary and secondary weapons.

Winged Scythe Black Flame Build

  • Best Class for Winged Scythe Black Flame Build: Confessor
  • Flask Spread: High FP
  • Best Weapons for Winged Scythe Black Flame Build: Winged Scythe and Blasphemous Blade
  • Best Armor for Winged Scythe Black Flame Build: Any lightweight armor
  • Primary Stats: Faith and Mind
  • Secondary Stats: Vigor
  • Best Spells for Winged Scythe Black Flame Build: Black Flame and Black Flame Blade
  • Best Seal for Winged Scythe Black Flame Build: Radagon’s Soreseal and Godslayer Seal

How to Play the Winged Scythe Black Flame Build

The recommended starting class for this build is the Confessor. With this class, you won’t need to invest in Strength and Dexterity for a while, which will allow you to invest a lot of points into Faith.

The main weapon of this build is the Winged Scythe. This proves to be a great weapon for dealing and protecting the hoy damage. The skill attack of this weapon is called “Angel’s Wings,” and it scales up with your Faith, dealing great damage and staggering targets.

The best thing about the Winged Scythe is that not only does its skill deal crazy damage, but it also has a very high range. The two-hit attack will make quick work of all kinds of enemies.

Due to the Faith scaling, it will be especially effective against unholy creatures like skeletons. This will help you out a lot in the game’s early stages.

The Radagon’s Soreseal will raise your Strength and Dexterity. They are needed to wield the Winged Scythe. So because of this seal, you will be able to invest more points into Faith.

The second seal you need for this build is the Godslayer Seal. This will scale up your Godslayer Incantations (Black Flame), which will significantly increase the damage output of the build.

When you’re fighting an enemy from range, the Black Flame will become your main attack. The damage from this attack may seem a bit underwhelming at first, but the damage-over-time effect from it will change your mind.

The Black Flame Blade gives your melee weapon a damage boost for 5 seconds. To make the most out of it, make sure to use it right before you’re about to punish an enemy’s attack.

The second best weapon for this build is the Blasphemous Blade, but it’ll take you a while before you can get it. This weapon scales with Strength, Dexterity, and Faith, so it’s the perfect choice for this build.

Tank Black Flame Build

  • Best Class for Tank Black Flame Build: Prophet
  • Flask Spread: High FP
  • Best Weapons for Tank Black Flame Build:  Gargoyle’s Flame Art Twinblade
  • Best Armor for Tank Black Flame Build: Black Wolf Mask and Veteran’s Armor
  • Best Talismans for Tank Black Flame Build: Dragoncrest Greatsword Talisman, Bull-Goat’s Talisman, Faithful’s Canvas Talisman, and Great-Jar’s Arsenal
  • Primary Stats: Vigor and Faith
  • Secondary Stats: Strength and Dexterity
  • Best Spells for Tank Black Flame Build: Black Flame, Black Flame Ritual, and Scouring Black Flame
  • Best Seal for Tank Black Flame Build: Godslayer’s Seal
  • Best Flask for Tank Black Flame Build: Flask of Wondrous Physick with Leaden Hardtear and Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear

How to Play the Tank Black Flame Build

The idea of this build is to make your character as tanky as possible while also allowing for high damage output. The flask and talismans chosen for this build will significantly increase your Endurance and Poise.

Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman will provide affinity to the physical damage. It reduces the physical damage taken by 20%. When it comes to poise, Bull-Goat’s Talisman does the job efficiently by increasing the poise by 33%.

Faithful’s Canvas Talisman is an excellent addition to the build as it substantially increases your incantation damage by 4%. Great-Jar’s Arsenal increases the maximum weapon load by 19%. This allows you to carry more weapons, which you will need to in this build.

The Veteran’s Armor will make you an absolute tank, meaning that you’ll never have to worry about getting interrupted or getting one-shotted by a boss. It is great for defense and resistance. This is an old armor set that can fit both genders and provides affinity against physical damage.

The main damage from the build comes from the power move of the Twinblade, called the Black Flame Tornado. It is a default skill of Godskin Peeler and one of the strongest attacks in the game. You can essentially defeat some bosses with just two shots.

The second source of damage is from the spells. Black Flame will help you deal damage from range while Black Flame Ritual and Scouring Black Flame deal great AoE damage and synergize well with the Black Flame Tornado skill.

When playing with this build, you need to play with confidence. Compared to other builds, this build has insane survivability, so you don’t need to play defensively.

You can get up close to bosses and play offensively without having to worry too much. Keep in mind, though, that the casting times of the weapon skills are quite low, so you’ll have to practice the timing to perform it properly. But even if you get hit out of the attack, you’ll be able to get right back up like nothing even happened