In today’s guide, we will be looking at some of the best Dragon builds in Elden Ring. We will also be looking at how to make an all-rounder Dragon incantation build and a more powerful build suited for PvP or close quarter combat.
Elden Ring Dragon Builds
Elden Ring supports a magnitude of different playstyles. If you are one of those players who prefer to run an incantation-heavy build, then this guide is for you as we will be going over some of the best builds you can make that focus on Dragon Incantations.
All-Rounder Dragon Build
Flask Spread: FP
Flask of Wondrous Physick Combination: Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear, Winged Crystal Tear/Cerulean Hidden Tear
Weapon: Rivers of Blood
Shield: Jellyfish Shield
Armor: Malformed Dragon Set
Stats: Faith (Primary), Arcane(Primary), Vigor (Secondary)
Talismans: Ritual Sword Talisman, Faithful’s Canvas, Flock’s Canvas, Fire Scorpion Charm, Lightning Scorpion
Skills: Bloodblade Dance
Spells: Dragon Spells such as Agheel’s Flame, Rotten Breath, Dragonice, Greyolls’s Roar, Dragonclaw, Dragonmaw
PvP Dragon Build
Flask Spread: Mostly FP
Flask of Wondrous Physick Combination: Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear, Opaline Bubbletear
Weapon: Eleonora’s Poleblade
Armor: Okina Mask, Veteran’s Armor, Bull-Goat Gauntlets, and Greaves
Stats: Vigor (Primary), Faith (Primary), Arcane (Primary), Mind (Secondary), Endurance (Secondary)
Talisman: Fire Scorpion Charm, Flock’s Canvas Talisman, Great-Jar’s Arsenal/Ritual Sword Talisman, Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman
Spells: Flame Grant Me Strength, Catch Flame and Dragon Spells such as Agheel’s Flame, Ekzykes’s Decay, Borealis’s Mist
Best Stats for Dragon Builds
For the All-Rounder Dragon Build, we will focus mainly on Faith and Arcane stats to help cast more effective incantations and build up status effects such as bleed and fire much quicker. Mind and Endurance need to be leveled up to increase your FP and overall stamina.
The following stats are recommended for this build:
- Vigor: 41
- Mind: 20
- Endurance: 26
- Strength: 20
- Dexterity: 17
- Faith: 25
- Arcane: 50
For the PVP Dragon Build, will focus on the same stats, but invest a few extra points in Vigor. The following stats are recommended for this build:
- Vigor: 45
- Mind: 35
- Endurance: 25
- Dexterity: 25
- Faith: 40
- Arcane: 40
Best Weapons for Dragon Builds
For the All-Rounder Dragon Build, we will be using weapons such as Rivers of Blood, with which you can perform precise mid-ranged attacks. Mainly with the Rivers of Blood weapon, you can dash toward the opponent while wielding the weapon in one hand and slash them with a blink of an eye.
For the PVP Dragon Build we will use Eleonora’s Poleblade. This blade is a highly Physical Twinblade used for gradually decreasing the opponent’s HP throughout the battle until the enemy falls down on its knees and dies, making this a brutal weapon to wield. Elenora’s poleblade also has fire buildup and bleed buildup, which makes it a good combination with the Talisman we’ll be using.
Best Armor for Dragon Builds
For the All-Rounder Dragon Build we will be using the Malformed Dragon Set. This set is dropped by the Draconic Tree Sentinel in Crumbling Farum Azula, and its pieces include Malformed Dragon Helm, Malformed Dragon Armor, Malformed Dragon Gauntlets, and Malformed Dragon Greaves.
For the PVP Dragon Build, Okina Mask is one of the best Armor to use. This Mask is a part of the White Reed Armor Set. Its main focus is to protect your head from taking any damage. Using it will surely help you stay active in a battle for a longer time.
Best Spells for Dragon Builds in Elden Ring
For the All-Rounder Dragon Build, we will use the Agheel’s Flame spell as the main incantation because of its versatile nature and because it deals a lot of damage. This incantation has a long-range and isn’t easily dodged.
Your secondary incantation, Rotten Breath, will spew out Scarlet Rot and the good thing about this spell is that you can use it even while riding your horse which will give you mobility while fighting an enemy that requires you to move around a lot.
If a hoard of enemies surrounds you, use Greyoll’s Roar, which will deal damage to all the enemies within the AoE and knock down most of them, giving you a small window to catch your breath. This will also reduce the enemy’s damage dealt by 20% while increasing yours by 10%.
Finally, if it comes down to close-range combat, use Dragonclaw or Dragonmaw incantation because of its Hyper Armor ability. These are especially useful against enemies you cannot one-shot. Contagious Fury skill of the Jellyfish Shield will increase all damage dealt by the incantations.
For the PvP Dragon Build, we will also use Agheel’s Breath as the main incantation because of its long range, and it deals the most damage. For close-range combat, you can use the Catch Flame incantation. You can spam this incantation until you run out of FP, and if the enemy is still alive, use your handy River of Blood Katana and stack up bleed damage to take out any enemy that comes in front of you.
If you encounter some enemy that is resistant to fire damage, you can use Ekzykes Decay – the notorious scarlet rot attack and right after that, you can use Borealis’s Mist and deal a lot of damage.
A good tip while using the ranged dragon incantations such as Agheel’s Breath and Ekzykes’s Decay is that rather than aiming it right at the enemy, aim at the spot where you think the enemy will end up in the next moment, which means aim ahead.
Best Skills for Dragon Builds
For the All-Rounder Dragon Build, Bloodblade Dance is one of the most useful skills to use on Eleonora’s Poleblade. It allows the player to jump into mid-air and perform tornado attacks, dealing a good amount of damage enough to take the enemy down.
Best Talismans for Dragon Builds
Moving on to the Talismans for the All-Rounder Dragon Build, you have Ritual Sword Talisman, Faithful’s Canvas, Flock’s Canvas, Fire Scorpion Charm, Lightning Scorpion. However, the best ones to use out of these are either the Ritual Sword Talisman or the Lighting Scorpion.
Ritual Sword Talisman helps you maximize your attack power when your HP hits its peak, as for the Lighting Scorpion, it is used to increase the overall lighting attack power (effects damage negation).
Faithful’s Canvas & Flock’s Canvas talismans can help you greatly increase the potency of your incantations. At the same time, the Fire & Lightning Scorpion talismans increase fire and lightning damage respectively and reduce your damage negation, so use them smartly.
Fire Scorpion Charm is perhaps the best Talisman for the PvP Dragon Build as it increases your fire attack power and other stats, which will aid you throughout your battles against high stat opponents and help you reach fire proc a lot quicker. Another Talisman that you should definitely keep an eye on is Flock’s Canvas Talisman, as it increases the potency of Incantations by 7.5%.
We have also suggested the Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman for this build, making you a literal tank by greatly increasing your physical damage negation. It can help you get close to the enemy and deal damage without worrying about counterattacks too much.
If all of these talismans and armor increase your weight from medium to heavy, you can use the Great-Jar’s Arsenal talisman to increase your equip load and maintain your weight.
Best Flask of Wondrous Physick Combination for Dragon Build
For the All-Rounder Dragon Build we will use flasks such as Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear and Winged Crystal Tear can be added to the Flask of Wondrous Physick to improve its effects. The Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear helps increase fire attack damage, synergizing well with the Fire Scorpion Talisman to greatly increase your fire damage. While the Winged Crystal Tear reduces your equipment load, which doesn’t necessarily help a lot but can be useful if you have some extra armaments equipped.
For the PVP Dragon Build, crystal tears such as Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear and Opaline Bubbletear can be added to the Wondrous Physick Flask to improve its effects. The former boosts the power of your fire attacks, and the latter negates physical damage by forming a protective bubble around you.