Elden Ring Poison Build: Shield, Spells, & Gear - VeryAli Gaming (2023)

In today’sElden Ring Poison Build guide, we will talk about the best poison + shield build in Elden Ring that you can also use for PvP fights. It revolves around your shield and poison weapons, including the Poison Antspur Rapier. You will realize that you won’t have to put in much effort to poison the enemies; drink any sort of flasks or incantations for extra damage. In fact, all you need is a giant shield and any poison effect weapon to win any PvP fight in Elden Ring.

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Key Takeaways

  • Poison Build works great in PvP fights. Its main ingredients are a giant shield and a poison effect.
  • Talking of an excellent shield, the Fingerprint stone Shield is a brilliant option as it allows attacks while keeping the enemy blocked. Adding the Greatshield Talisman stops the loss of stamina. The pathway to this shield is explained thoroughly in the guide.
  • The Blood Pike is a spear that combines well with the poison build, allowing good damage with a lot of range.
  • Poison Antspur Rapier works the best with poison build and allows poison, Scarlet Rot, and bleed at the same time.
  • Ekzyke’s Decay lengthens the effect of the poison on the enemy. It is a must-have incantation for this build.

So far, this is the best poison + shield build in the entire game, and it will make you insanely invincible in PvP and PvE. However, that will depend on what the other guy does, but it is still powerful. So you’re going to have a greatshield and a spear which are the basics you need. But, we’re going to do a lot more than this though. You may read our Elden Ring Best Builds article for more builds.

Elden Ring Poison Build

The guide will also talk about different weapons that have poison effects on them. Most importantly, the current build requires no additional changes because it is already too overpowered with the shield and the spear. However let’s get on with the tips, best shield, and the most suitable weapon along with a comprehensive detail on how to obtain them.

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Fingerprint Stone shield

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So, a Greatshield and a spear will let you attack while simultaneously blocking for about 90% of bosses in this game, which will make you literally invincible right off the bat. But there are a few problems you need to fix; when you block attacks, it burns your Stamina. The amount of Stamina that it burns is based on a stack called Guard Boost. Fingerprint Stone Shield is one of the best Greatshields in Elden Ring. It has 100 Physical Damage negation;


The Guard Boost is at level one, and you can level it up for more boost. It also scales off Strength as it takes a whopping 48 Strength to weld it correctly, and if you are crazy enough to attack with it, it causes madness build up. The Fingerprint Stone Shield is one heck of a shield. This shield is the best because it has a lot of Guard Boost; if you combine it with a specific Talisman called the Greatshield Talisman, it will block all damage without losing Stamina. That’s how strong this shield is and what’s important to know is that when you level up a shield, it will also level up your Guard Boost. You will not be able to obtain any alternative shield better than this one for anyElden Ring Poison Buildwith a shield.


To get the shield, you will have to go to the Underground Roadside grace. You need to go down under the sewers at this place and go straight up, taking a few left and rights; basically, this place is like a labyrinth. So, as you’ll be running into some tunnels and at the end of it, you’ll reach a ladder you will climb. After that, open the door in front of you and turn the level to the other side. The lever will be located next to the gate with the steel bars. It would help if you went back to the door you opened and dropdown from here.

Follow the path down the stairs and once you reach a dead end, take a right turn followed by a left turn. An indication of going on the right track will be poisonous flowers either on your left or right side as you walk past the tunnels.

Step 2

Once you cross the second poisonous flower, you need to take the stairs that go down and immediately turn towards the door right next to those stairs. You will find an item lying on the ground called “Preserving Boluses” and take a left turn from there. Light up your lantern as you come across some holes in the tunnels you want to avoid; otherwise, you will have to repeat the steps. Take the first right you get, and you will come across a poisonous monster. Kill or avoid it and continue along the tunnel.

Go straight ahead, and at the end, you will find another ladder and a giant monster roaming in that area. Avoid him and climb the ladder, and retake a right turn. Cross the bridge and open the door in front of you. Take rest at the grace and go back to the door you opened and climb the pipes on your right, and you will find a few Gargoyles along the way. They can be annoying, but you can avoid them as well.

Step 3

Drop down to your left at the end of those pipes and go straight ahead. At the sewage system, instead of dropping down, take a right turn where another enemy is blocking the entrance. Kill him and go straight ahead and take a right turn. Go inside the pipe again, and this time, run directly where the path leads you. Again you want to light a lantern to see in the dark. As you take a left at the end of the pipe, take another immediate left turn in another pipe that leads you to the end, where you have to take a right. There will be rats in this area, so you will know that you are going in the right direction. Kills them and go straight ahead, drop down the first hole that will come across your path.

Step 4

At the end of the path, climb down the ladder and enter the lift to take you to the lower level. You will find a site of grace where you can rest and then continue moving straight. Defeat the mini-boss at the end of the path and hit the altar behind the chest. It will drop down and open a secret passage from where you will drop off the wooden beams to the lower levels. You will need to be very careful while dropping the beams and wooden slabs because you do not want to fall down. At the end of your path, search the area with a lot of bodies lying around, and finally, you will be able to obtain the Fingerprint Stone Shield.

Once you get your Guard Boost up to 100, you will not lose any stamina for whatever attack you are hit with. That is what also makes this shield quite invincible, and the best one in our Poison Buildguide.

Blood Pike

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One of the best spears in the game, the Blood Pike is pure beauty. It is the most extended spear you will obtain in Elden Ring and has moderate damage and range. When you level it up all the way, it can have an increased damage effect, and you can put good Ashes of War on it.


Go to the Stormveil Castle, run past the Godrick and take a backtrack out to the courtyard. There’s a faster grace, but this is the one that most of you will have no matter what. If you didn’t explore a lot, you did explore the castle, though; there’s one that was a little bit closer. Head over to the place where there are numerous giant barricades and go right past the enemies. Search the bodies on the ground, and one of them will have the Blood Pike.


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Poison Antspur Rapier

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For our Poison Build In Elden Ring, you will be using this spear instead of the Blood Pike. Because some enemies take no effect from poison, you need to be aware of what type of boss you are fighting. However, there’s a time and place for having one that does poison buildup or one that does Scarlet Rot buildup. The poison Antspur Rapier lets you make swift attacks that use a significantly lower amount of Stamina, doing more Damage Per Second than the Blood Pike. You’ll want to stick with this Rapier because if the boss lets you stay close to him, you can use this spear’s quick attacks and do poison buildup. The Rapier lets you cause poison, Scarlet Rot, and bleed, all at the same time.

You can use it on bosses that are immune to bleed and vice versa. You get the point. To make it easier, you can put an Ash of War called Seppuku, which will let you do a poison version or a bleed version. Another great thing about the Poison Antspur Rapier is that it has Scarlet Rot.

Scarlet Rot

It is a status effect that continues to linger until the enemy is dead or they cleanse it. For PvP, players can cleanse the effects of Scarlet Rot, but for PvE, not many bosses can cleanse this, and it is a standard passive. It means you can add on other passives, such as the blood loss buildup passive. So not only because you have Scarlet Rot on the enemy, but you can also cause them to bleed, and who doesn’t want that. The only downside is you need 20 Dexterity, but for the most part, we think a lot of people have that anyway.


Ekzyke’s Decay

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A very powerful incantation that uses the effects of Scarlet Rot and leads to a long lasting effect of poison on the enemy. It is the perfect incantation that you can use as an alternative from the Poison Build guide. By using this incantation, the user can spew Scarlet Rot Breath at a considerably huge range. You can even set the aim of the spell and it has an Area of Effect damage. To obtain the Ekzyke’s Decay you will need to defeat the Decaying Ekzykes Boss. You can spam this spell in PvP, however it consumes a lot of FP and requires 23 Faith and 15 Arcane.

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Elden Ring Poison Build with shield

With the Antspur Rapier, you can do a lot of lingering poison damage to the enemy, whether in a PvP or PvE fight. This build works because you only have to block and continue using the Rapier. For instance, when you are fighting the Radagon of the Golden Order boss, you only have to block his attacks and, at the same time, attack him with the Rapier. Not only will you be able to prevent taking damage, but you will also be inflicting him with the lingering effect of the poison effect on your Rapier.

One thing you need to worry about while using the shield to block is that you will take damage from the Holy Damage Bleed any enemy has on them. Apart from that, the build will look overpowered entirely and broken. One other reason for this build is that you do not require any use of flasks or anything that helps you boost.

Beat The Hardest Boss: Malenia

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With this build, you can follow the same pattern of attacks, dodge, use the spear to stab the boss, and take no damage. Aside from the Holy Damage, you are insanely invincible. To further optimize the build, you can use Golden Vow to increase your attack and get both Talismans to boost the damage of consecutive attacks. You can also get a lot of bells and whistles to make it even better, but even at its base, as long as you have enough to where you can block without losing Stamina, then the game is easy mode. It’s just insane how easy the game is, and that is with our Poison Build in Elden Ring with the Fingerprint Stone Shield.

The mechanics of this build are pretty simple, you might get bored in the end by spamming or using the same moves and combos but, you have to admit that it is a pretty solid build. There are other strategies that you can use to further tweak the build. Either use a Poison Armament or a Poison Mist incantation along with skills such as Bloodhound’s Step or Quickstep. Although, the better option that we recommend you to take is our Elden Ring Poison Build along with an insanely strong shield. Test our build in both PvP and PvE and let us know how it worked out for you guys!

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What is the best poison build up in Elden Ring? ›

That's evident in the fact that the 'best' poison weapon in all of Elden Ring is a clawing item called the Venomous Fang. Found in Caelid in an abandoned cave, this pointy stone hand weapon causes poison build-up at a base of 72 with each successfully landed attack.

Can poison builds work in Elden Ring? ›

Poison is a slow-burning damage over time that, when combined with the devastating power of Elden Ring's katanas, becomes surprisingly powerful.

What is the talisman for poison build in Elden Ring? ›

Kindred of Rot's Exultation is a Talisman in Elden Ring. Kindred of Rot's Exultation raises attack power by 20% for 20 seconds when Poisoning or Rot occurs in the vicinity. Players can use Talismans in Elden Ring to boost a variety of Stats. A talisman depicting the exultation of pests.

Does poison buildup scale with arcane? ›

Arcane affects any Arrow status buildup if the Bow scales with Arcane, which currently only includes the Serpent Bow. Blood Loss build-up, Poison build-up, Sleep build-up, and Madness build-up on the weapon. Arcane scaling can be added to weapons using a Blood, Poison, or Occult Enhancement.

How do you increase poise damage in Elden Ring? ›

Poise can be increased by wearing armor. It can also be raised by various other equipment, ashes of war, Wondrous Physick combinations, sorceries, incantations, and consumables. See also Stance for the related enemy-only stat that governs when an enemy becomes vulnerable to a critical hit.

Does poison work on godrick? ›

Margit and Godrick are vulnerable to a couple of status effects, including bleed and poison.

What are poison plants weak to Elden Ring? ›

There are several variants, but in general their most prominent weaknesses are Slash-type Physical damage, Fire, and Frostbite.

What does poison mist scale with? ›

The poison buildup of the mist changes depending on the weapon's affinity, as it scales with the Arcane stat.

What is the most useless Talisman in Elden Ring? ›

Elden Ring players are all shocked at how useless the Longtail Cat Talisman is. Back in the Dark Souls days, players could wear the Silvercat Ring to negate fall damage, as long as the player wasn't falling into bottomless holes and pits or trying to dive off cliffs.

What Talisman increases poison damage? ›

Kindred of Rot's Exultation is a talisman in Elden Ring. Increases attack power by 20% for 20 seconds, when a player or nearby enemy is inflicted with Poison or Scarlet Rot.

What is the immune to poison Talisman? ›

Immunizing Horn Charm is a Talisman in Elden Ring. Immunizing Horn Charm raises Immunity by 90/140, improving resistance to Poison and Scarlet Rot. Players can use talismans in Elden Ring to boost a variety of Stats. An accountrement worn by the ancestral followers.

Does spell damage scale poison? ›

As an ailment modifier, stats modifying spell damage and attack damage do not apply to poison, nor damage modifers that are only affected by the skill.

Do poisons scale with spell power? ›

Alas, +Spell Damage gear does not affect poison damage.

Does poison and scarlet rot scale with Arcane? ›

Scarlet Rot Information

Damage does not scale with weapon. The effect deals damage at a faster rate than poison, but has an overall shorter duration.

What tear increases poise damage? ›

Leaden Hardtear

This tear temporarily boosts your poise, and it's one of the two you can find by beating the Ulcerated Tree Spirit southeast of the Ninth Mt. Gelmir campsite Site of Grace in Mt. Gelmir.

What is Godrick weak against? ›

He is particularly weak to Bleed damage, which is typically best used on fast weapons to build up the hidden Bleed meter much faster. He is also weak to Poison damage, and can be poisoned for consistent damage in this already-lengthy fight.

Who is the best summon against Godrick? ›

If you are struggling to defeat Godrick alone, use your spirit summons or Nepheli Loux, who can be summoned from outside the boss arena.

What hurts Godrick the most? ›

Godrick can be staggered if you hit him with heavy melee attacks, especially if you charge them first by holding down the heavy attack button. While Godrick is staggered, you should immediately attack him to perform a critical hit that deals a high amount of damage.

What bosses are immune to poison Elden Ring? ›

Poison Immune
  • Abductor Virgins.
  • Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader.
  • Black Blade Kindred.
  • Black Knife Assassin.
  • Cemetery Shade.
  • Death Rite Bird.
  • Deathbird.
  • Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Golden Shade)

Is the venomous Fang good? ›

Venomous Fang is a Claw in Elden Ring. The Venomous Fang scales primarily with Strength and Dexterity and is a good Weapon for an extra poison effect on top of the initial Physical Damage this weapon causes. One of the weapons designed for gladiatorial combat.

How to survive poison Elden Ring? ›

You can use healing items to stay alive, but curing the poison will be your best bet. There are two main ways to cure poison. One is to utilize Neutralizing Boluses. These are consumable items that can be bought, found, or crafted.

What stat does poison reduce? ›

There are two types of Poisoned Status Conditions: Poisoned and Badly Poisoned. When a Pokemon is Poisoned, each turn it takes will cause it to lose 1/8th (12.5%) of its Max HP.

Does poison lower any stats? ›

The Poison Status Condition doesn't decrease any Stats, it just causes a Pokémon to lose 1/8 of its maximum HP every turn.

What is a 1 on the poison scale? ›

The Narcissism of Small Differences

The PSS classifies poisoning severity as none (0), minor (1), moderate (2), severe (3), and fatal (4).

What is the most overpowered item in Elden Ring? ›

One of the Legendary Armaments in Elden Ring, Dark Moon Greatsword's lives up to the expectations by being one of the most overpowered weapons. The weapon has a unique skill – Moonlight Greatsword. When activated, you'll temporarily gain additional 65 magic attack power and increase the frost buildup by 15.

What is the most overpowered thing in Elden Ring? ›

Hands down, the most ridiculously powerful bleed weapon in Elden Ring, Rivers of Blood can cut bosses to shreds with very little brain power needed. Simply walking near the target and spamming the left trigger will leave them lying at the Tarnished's feet.

What Talisman greatly increases dexterity? ›

The Prosthesis-Wearer Heirloom is one of the Talisman items in Elden Ring that can increase attributes when worn. A talisman engraved with a scene from a heroic tale. Raises dexterity.

What Talisman greatly increases sorcery? ›

The Graven-Mass Talisman is one of the Talisman items in Elden Ring that can increase sorcery power when worn. A talisman depicting the first school of graven mages — a nightmare that would continue to haunt the academy. Greatly raises potency of sorceries.

What is the best Talisman to boost magic? ›

1 Godfrey Icon

The Godfrey Icon talisman, which depicts Godfrey on the item, boosts the power of charged spells and skills by an incredible 15%. This allows for spells that have the ability to be charged to deal more damage and pack more of a punch against various enemies.

What talisman reduces all damage? ›

The Dragoncrest Shield Talisman will reduce damage taken from all physical attacks.

Which talisman is best for damage? ›

Best Elden Ring Talismans
Godfrey Icon0.8Enhances the damage of charged spells and skills by 15%
Dragoncrest Greatshield0.8Boosts +10% damage reduction
Shard of Alexander0.9Boosts the attack power of skills by 15%
Claw Talisman0.7Enhance jump attacks
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What talisman negates all fall damage? ›

The Longtail Cat Talisman is one of the Talisman items in Elden Ring that can redice fall damage when worn. A brooch depicting Lacrima, the long-tailed cat. Renders the wearer immune to fall damage.

Does poison affect Elden beast? ›

Damage type

Speaking of damage, the Elden Beast is immune to any other kind of status affliction. It cannot be poisoned, frozen, inflicted with blood loss, or anything else. Players have to rely on sheer physical or magical damage to get past the final boss of Elden Ring.

Does poison work on radagon Elden Ring? ›

Radagon of the Golden Order does not have any weaknesses. He is immune to sleep and bleed damage and resists Scarlet Rot, frostbite, and poison.

Does poison work on Morgott? ›

The good news is that Morgott remains sensitive to poison damage, so the Spirit Jellyfish will be excellent here, particularly if you've been upgrading it. If you summon it near the start of the fight, it'll likely stick around and continue dealing poison damage until the end.

What does poison armament do in Elden Ring? ›

Poison Armament Enchants right-hand armement with poison, removing the need to use weapon grease to give your weapon a poison buildup, and letting you slowly damage enemies with poison attacks.

What is the Elden Beast weak against? ›

Holy damage will heal them, so avoid using it completely, and they have resistance to all status effects, meaning the Elden Beast weakness is pure physical damage. They also have a weak spot on their stomach which you can aim for to deal more damage.

What level should I be to beat Elden Beast? ›

Since this is the last mainline boss of the game, your character should be powerful, preferably past level 100 so you have plenty of health (the higher your level, the better). Having around 45 Vigor will prevent you from getting one-hit-killed by Radagon or the Elden Beast.

What is the best weapon to beat Elden Beast? ›

Ranged-focused players should avoid using Arrows that cause Status Effects, as the Elden Beast is completely immune to all of them. Instead, opt for heavier Arrows, or consider upgrading to a more impactful class of Bow.

What is Radagon weakness? ›

Bring Fire – Radagon is resistant to Holy Damage and completely immune to Bleed. In fact, this boss is somewhat resistant to every kind of damage, with his only significant weakness being Fire Damage.

Can you cheese the Elden Beast? ›

Staying calm and close to the Elden Beast will grant players chances to do damage, no matter which builds they are using. Cheesing the Elden Beast fight requires a Mimic Tear - in fact, the only spirit ashplayers really need during boss fights Elden Ring's Mimic Tear.

Can Radahn be poisoned? ›

By using summons to keep him busy, you can ride around hitting him with projectiles causing poison, bleed, or other ailments to chunk down his HP.

What if Melina dies in Morgott fight? ›

She leaves behind a shining, golden tree when she dies in battle that replenishes your health, and the same thing happens if she dies at a Site of Grace. Melina will reappear after this point as if nothing happened and can still be summoned during the Morgott fight.

What is Morgott weak against? ›

Slashing damage

Does poison work on Rennala? ›

Rennala has high resistance against magic, rot and poison, but doesn't have much physical defense. Also she is literally the wizard queen, so she obviously deals a lot of magic damage. You can still poison her if you really want to, but it will take a long time and not be super effective.

What does poison affinity scale with Elden Ring? ›

Poison and Bleed affinities will add Arcane scaling Blood Loss or Poison buildup to a weapon if applied, respectively.

How do you use Elden cure poison? ›

Once you come into contact with poison, a meter appears on the bottom of your screen, and if it fills up all the way, you'll be poisoned. At this point, it will continuously drain your health while the meter depletes. Once the poison meter goes all the way back down, it will stop depleting your health.

What weapons inflict Scarlet Rot? ›

The following weapons cause the Scarlet Rot effect:
  • Scorpion's Stinger (Dagger) (50)
  • Antspur Rapier (Thrusting Sword) (55)
  • Rotten Crystal Sword (Straight Sword) (50)
  • Rotten Battle Hammer (Warhammer) (65)
  • Rotten Crystal Spear (Spear) (55)
  • Rotten Greataxe (Colossal Weapon) (65)
  • Rotten Staff (Colossal Weapon) (75)
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