Elden Ring Poison Builds Guide

We have written this detailed guide where we tell you about the best Poison builds you can create in Elden Ring.

Poison is a status effect applied to the enemies when the poison meter is filled. It inflicts a small amount of damage to the enemies but for a longer duration. This guide will tell you about the best Poison builds you can create in Elden Ring.

Elden Ring Poison Builds

Killing your enemies with regular attacks is great but watching them struggle to remove ailments and status effects while their health slowly trickles down is even greater. Poison is one such status effect which slowly builds and when it procs, your enemy has no choice but to watch their health slowly decrease as you dodge their attacks.

Below we are providing you with two Elden Ring Poison Builds which can seamlessly blend with your regular builds to give an edge in combat.

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Arcane-Poison Build

Flask Spread: Mostly FP

Weapon: Scavenger’s Poison Curved Sword, Coil Shield


Armor: Mushroom Armor Set

Stats: Arcane and Vigor (primary), Dexterity and Intelligence (secondary)

Talisman: Lord of Blood’s Exultation, Shard of Alexander Talisman

Skill: Ash of War: Poison Moth Flight

Dexterity-Poison Build

Class: Confessor

Flask Spread: Mostly FP

Weapon: Keen Broadsword

Shield: Blue Crest Heater Shield

Stats: Dexterity and Vigor (primary), Faith and Endurance (secondary)

Talisman: Kindred of Rot’s Exultation

Skill: Ash of War: Bloodhound’s Step

Spell: Poison Armament, Poison Mist and Poison Grease.

Flask of Wondrous Physick: Dexterity-Knot Crystal Tear and Greenspill Crystal Tear

Best Stats for Poison Build

For the Arcane-Poison build, you will be scaling the stats like Arcane and Vigor, as these two are the primary stats that are going to help you in inflicting the poison effect on the enemies.

Dexterity is also important for this build, so do not forget to scale it. Below you will find the complete details about this build so you can create it easily.

  • Vigor: 46
  • Mind: 15
  • Endurance: 10
  • Strength: 15
  • Dexterity: 45
  • Intelligence: 16
  • Faith: 7
  • Arcane: 50

For the Dexterity-Poison Build, we will be going with high Dexterity to cast spells faster. The other stats can be pretty much equal to each other, with a slight focus on Faith and Endurance.

Following is the stats distribution you should be following for the Dexterity-Poison Build:

  • Vigor: 15
  • Mind: 15
  • Endurance: 15
  • Strength: 12
  • Dexterity: 28
  • Intelligence: 9
  • Faith: 15
  • Arcane: 10

Best Weapons for Poison Build in Elden Ring

The primary weapon of Arcane-Poison Build is Scavenger’s Poison Curved Sword along with the Coil Shield. The Scavenger’s Poison Curved Sword is the best weapon you can use to apply this status effect because of its speed.

The Coil Shield you are using has a special ability called viper bite, in which a snake will leap out and do a fair bit of damage to the enemies. The massive poison buildup will increase the damage you deal to the enemies.

Even if you are playing from a range, you can use that shield for poison buildup that will overpower your poison build and deal a lot of damage.

The primary weapon of Dexterity-Poison Build is Keen Broadsword along with Blue Crest Heater Shield. The Blue Crest Heater shield can be used for defending yourself and poisoning the enemy. You can equip this shield with the Parry skill and once you execute a successful parry, poisoning the enemy with a sword slash becomes easy. This shield comes with 100 Physical attack negation.

Best Armor for Poison Build

The Best Armor for Arcane-Poison Build is Mushroom Armor Set. You use the Mushroom Crown helm for increasing the attack power when someone close to you has been inflicted with rot or Poison.

For the Dexterity-Poison Build, you can choose any shield as per your playstyle.

Best Talismans for Poison Build

The Best Talismans for Arcane-Poison Build are Lord of Blood’s Exultation and Shard of Alexander Talisman. With the Scavenger’s Poison Curved Sword, you can use the Lord of Blood’s Exultation talisman to deal 20% more damage when bleed builds up in the vicinity.

The Shard of Alexander talisman also plays an important role in making this build even deadlier by increasing the poison flight by 12%. Now, whenever you attack enemies, you will do more damage because of the talismans and helmet you are using.

The Best Talisman for Dexterity-Poison Build is Kindred of Rot’s Exultation. The Kindred of Rot’s Exultation Talisman plays a significant role in this build as it increases your attack power by 20% if there is poison or rot buildup in the vicinity.

Best Spells for Poison Build

The Best Spells for Dexterity-Poison Build are Poison Armament, Poison Mist and Poison Grease. You can enchant the weapon in your right hand with the poison grease to build up the Poison. Now melee attacks will help you build up the Poison that makes it a poison build.

You can also stack this attack with the poison mist incantation that releases the poison mist before the caster. In this way, you can apply the poison status effect to the enemy by making him fight you in the poison cloud.

Most importantly, this poisoning effect lasts for 100 seconds, which is a lot of time. After this, you can just start to dodge the enemy attacks and let the Poison do the work.

Best Skills for Poison Build

The Best Skills for Arcane-Poison Build is Ash of War: Poison Moth Flight. You can use the Ash of War: Poison Moth Flight and coat your weapon with the poison and do some attacks.

This will deal double damage to the enemies if they are already poisoned. They will proc the poison when you attack them using this skill, and after that, you can reapply the poison effect on them.

The Best Skills for Dexterity-Poison Build is Ash of War: Bloodhound’s Step. You can start by applying the Bloodhound’s Step to your Keen Broadsword, which will give you invisibility while dodging attacks at high speed.

You can chain the Bloodhound’s Step with dodging for dealing massive damage to the enemies.

Best Items for Poison Build

For Arcane-Poison Build, you can choose the rest of the items as per your own Playstyle.

The Best Items for Dexterity-Poison Build are Dexterity-Knot Crystal Tear and Greenspill Crystal Tear. As this build uses high Dexterity, we will use the Dexterity-Knot Crystal Tear to boost the Dexterity and the Greenspill Crystal Tear to increase your character’s stamina.

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