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Best Elden Ring Faith build: Best dragon build in Elden Ring

Learn how to make the best Elden Ring Faith build using dragon spells

Looking for the best Elden Ring Faith build? Faith is one of the main spellcasting attributes in Elden Ring, allowing you to cast incantations with seals. Dragon incantations are some of the best spells in Elden Ring for Faith builds. These dragon spells summon a large dragon head that spews out elemental effects in a huge area. These dragon spells are incredibly powerful, so we've made an Elden Ring Faith build that uses them to destroy most enemies with ease. This dragon build is the best Elden Ring Faith build and one of the best builds in Elden Ring overall.

Below, we'll explain how to make the best Elden Ring Faith build, covering the dragon spell locations, where to find the best sacred seal in Elden Ring, stat requirements, and any other items you will need. After making this build, test it out by finding the nearest boss with our Elden Ring boss locations guide.

Best Elden Ring Faith build: How to make a dragon build in Elden Ring

Around the Lands Between, you will find a Church and Cathedral of Dragon Communion. The Church is found in Limgrave, while the Cathedral is in the South of Caelid. These ruined structures both have an altar that you can use to learn new dragon incantations in exchange for dragon hearts, which you get by slaying dragons across the Lands Between. This build focuses on using these dragon spells to unleash devastating damage upon your enemies, but you'll also need a seal to cast them.

Dragon Communion Seal location in Elden Ring

Every Elden Ring Faith build needs a sacred seal, as they allow you to cast incantation spells. Since this build focuses on dragon incantations, we recommend finding the Dragon Communion Seal. This boosts the power of dragon incantations, ensuring that you can tear through even the hardest bosses in Elden Ring.

To find the Dragon Communion seal, you need to head into Fringefolk Hero’s Grave. This is a dungeon right at the start of your Elden Ring adventure, but don’t be fooled. It's a difficult area designed for mid-game characters, so we suggest returning here after progressing through Castle Stormveil to level up.

When you’re ready, head to the Stranded Graveyard Site of Grace and use two stonesword keys to pass through the fog wall. Follow the path through the poison and then head down the slope. As the large mechanism approaches, look for a gap to the side that you can use to avoid damage. As you go further down, keep looking on the right side for a gap that you can use to leap down to a lower slope. Jump down and continue further down. At the bottom of this slope, turn the corner and then start running up the next slope. At the top, you will find a spectral enemy in a small room that drops the Dragon Communion seal when killed.

While it isn't necessary, you can also explore further to find the Ulcerated Tree Spirit boss fight in this dungeon.

Elden Ring player at an altar surrounded by stone dragon heads

Elden Ring Faith build dragon spell locations

Here’s a list of spells that you will need for this Elden Ring Faith build:

  • Catch Flame: the incantation you will use to deal with most minor enemies. When cast, it lets out a small burst of flames in front of your character. Those who select the Prophet starting class will already have the Catch Flame incantation, but others can get it from Brother Corhyn in the Roundtable Hold for 600 Runes.
  • Dragonclaw: a dragon incantation that lets you swipe forward with a dragon claw. This is a cheap, simple spell that deals physical damage, making it perfect for enemies that get a bit too close. Dragonclaw hits with plenty of force, so it's also useful for breaking enemy poise. A few hits from Dragonclaw should stagger most enemies, which will prevent them from dodging while you unleash one of the elemental attacks below. You can get Dragonclaw from the Church of Dragon Communion, so this is probably one of the first dragon spells that you'll find in your playthrough.
  • Agheel's Flame: a dragon incantation that you can learn at the Church of Dragon Communion in Limgrave. When facing a tougher enemy, simply hold down the cast button to sprout a huge dragon head that unleashes a torrent of flames. To unlock this incantation, you must defeat Flying Dragon Agheel in Agheel Lake.
  • Ekzykes's Decay: a draconic incantation that you can use to pile on even more damage. The main difference between Ekzykes's Decay and Agheel's Flame is their damage type. Agheel's Flame deals fire damage, while Ekzykes's Decay inflicts the scarlet rot effect and slowly damages the enemy over time. You can get this from the Cathedral of Dragon Communion in Caelid. To unlock Ekzykes's Decay, you must kill Decaying Ekzykes in Caelid.
  • Borealis's Mist: another draconic incantation that functions similarly to the Agheel's Flame spell. It deals frost damage rather than fire damage. You can get this from the Cathedral of Dragon Communion, just like Ekzykes's Decay. To unlock this incantation, you must defeat Borealis the Freezing Fog in the Mountaintops of the Giants.
  • Smarag's Glintstone Breath: a dragon incantation that deals magic damage. In Elden Ring, enemies tend to have a range of resistances and weaknesses, so it's best to cover every damage type with this build. If you find that certain enemies are weak to the elements above, such as ice, fire, and rot, then try using Smarag's Glintstone Breath to deal magic damage. You can purchase this from the Cathedral of Dragon Communion after killing Glintstone Dragon Smarag in Liurnia of the Lakes.
  • Greyoll's Roar: a dragon incantation with a twist, Greyoll's Roar unleashes a mighty shout that debuffs enemies. When cast, it makes nearby enemies deal less damage, while also making them weaker to your attacks. Greyoll's Roar will help you clutch a win against tough enemies, so we recommend using it when entering a boss chamber. You can purchase Greyoll's Roar from the Cathedral of Dragon Communion after defeating Elder Dragon Greyoll in Dragonbarrow.

If you can't equip all of these spells, check out our Elden Ring Memory Stones location guide to increase your spell slots.

Elden Ring: the player fights the boss Glintstone Dragon Smarag.

Dragon Communion build stat requirements

This Elden Ring Faith build requires the following stats:

  • 17 Arcane
  • 28 Faith

Those attribute requirements are quite low, so they should be easy to reach as you journey across the Lands Between to acquire the spells listed above. However, if you do need to change your stats, you can respec in Elden Ring by spending a Larval Tear. After reaching these requirements, we suggest continuing to level your Faith and Arcane to raise damage, while also putting points into Mind to increase your FP and Vigor to increase your health.

It's worth noting that these stat requirements will cover the Dragon Communion seal and the incantations mentioned above. If you want to incorporate other incantations into this build, check the specific spell requirements to see if you need to invest more points into certain stats.

If you want to combine this spellcasting Faith build with a melee-focused playstyle, take a look at our Blasphemous Blade build guide. The Blasphemous Blade is an incredible sword (and one of the best weapons in Elden Ring) that scales with Faith, Strength, and Dexterity, so it combines with this dragon incantation Faith build very well.

Elden Ring player uses dragonfire on the erdtree-gazing hill

Important gear for the Dragon Communion Faith build in Elden Ring

To make the best Faith build in Elden Ring, there are a few more items that you will need. Below, we’ll explain which powerful talismans you should equip and any other gear that you should use:

  • Cerulean Amber Medallion: a talisman that boosts your maximum FP. This allows you to cast more spells before using a Flask of Cerulean Tears to regain FP. With this boost, you can also put fewer points into Mind and focus on levelling Faith and Arcane to deal more damage. You will get the Cerulean Amber Medallion as a reward for fighting the Bloohound Knight in Lakeside Crystal Cave, on the southwest edge of Liurnia Lake.
  • Flock's Canvas: a talisman that boosts the damage of incantations. You can get it from Gowry after completing Millicent's questline, which we cover in our full Elden Ring questlog.
  • Marika's Soreseal: a talisman that increases your Arcane, Faith, Intelligence, and Mind stats by 5 levels each. While it does also raise the damage you take from enemy attacks, Marika's Soreseal is incredibly useful for this build. The Arcane, Faith, and Mind boost will increase your damage and FP, ensuring that you can continue dealing lots of damage without needing to stop. The 5 levels in Intelligence aren't as relevant, but they're still useful if you're interested in blending this with an Intelligence mage build. You will find Marika's Soreseal through the fog wall at the bottom of the ravine near the Prayer Room Site of Grace in Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree. This is an optional area where you can fight Malenia, Blade of Miquella.
  • Cerulean Hidden Tear: a Crystal Tear that temporarily removes any FP cost. Most of these dragon incantations are expensive to cast, but the Cerulean Hidden Tear will allow you to use them briefly without cost. You can get the Cerulean Hidden Tear by going to the Minor Erdtree in Mt. Gelmir, where you will find another Ulcerated Tree Spirit.
  • Faith-Knot Crystal Tear: a Crystal Tear that temporarily increases your Faith stat by 10 levels. 10 extra levels in Faith will give you a huge damage boost across every spell in this build and might be enough to secure an easy win in most fights. You can get the Faith-Knot Crystal Tear from the Weeping Peninsula, on the shore between Earthbore Cave and the Church of Pilgrimage.

After getting both Crystal Tears, remember to head to a Site of Grace to mix them in your Flask of Wondrous Physick.

Faith builds don't benefit from having a specific armor set, so we recommend using something that will give you high poise. Take a look at our list of the best armor sets in Elden Ring and choose something that offers high defence. Make sure to invest in Endurance, as you want to maintain a light or medium equip load if possible. Heavy load will make your rolls much slower, which will make avoiding damage more difficult.

That wraps up our best Elden Ring Faith build. If you'd rather just focus on the main story, check out our Elden Ring walkthrough. That'll take you along the main path, but there are other endings that you can find by certain NPC quests, such as Ranni and Fia. To make this build even stronger, take a look at our Elden Ring Golden Seeds and Elden Ring Sacred Tears locations guides to upgrade your flasks.

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