15 Best Dragon Incantations Elden Ring [Expert Picks]

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Best Dragon Incantations Elden Ring
Best Dragon Incantations Elden Ring
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Elden Ring brings Dragon Incantations that buff up your character abilities by offering breath and lightning attacks. Meanwhile, getting these Incantations is not going to be an easy feat. This is because the overall process demands some requirements and a series of steps for your character.

Key Takeaways

  • Elden Ring has 26 Dragon Incantations, divided into two categories: Dragon Cult Incantations and Dragon Communion Incantations.
  • The Dragon Cult Incantations require Faith only, while the Dragon Communion ones require Faith and Arcane.
  • I recommend the Rotten Breath, Dragonice, and Agheel’s Flame for the Dragon Communion Incantations.
  • I chose the Electrify Armament, Lightning Spear, and Frozen Lightning Spear for the Dragon Cult type.
  • The Placidusax’s Ruin doesn’t fall under either category but is immensely overpowered. 

Best Dragon Incantations Comparead

Here is a comparison table for the best Dragon Incantations. Each stat lets you know the highest and lowest values of the required attribute:

No.IncantationsSpecialityFP CostSlots UsedIntelligence RequirementFaith RequirementArcane Requirement
1Borealis’s MistThe Strongest Frostbite inflicting Incantation

2DragoniceA cheaper alternative to freeze enemies.

3Rotten BreathThe Best incantation for Rot Damage

4DragonmawBest Incantation to deal extensive physical damage.45102114
5Theodrix’s MagmaBest Incantation to deal huge Fire Damage45102114
6DragonclawCheaper Incantation to deal immense physical damage.

7Ekzykes’s DecayMost damaging Rot Incantation.

8Electrify ArmamentBest Incantation for weapon buffs.

9Horned BoltBest Lightning Incantation to deal with individual targets.

10Death LightningBest Incantation to deal with hoard of strong targets.45(12)10470
11Dragon CultBest for early game Lightning Build-----
12Frozen Lightning SpearBest as a starter for Lightning Build3610340
13Agheel’s FlameBest Flame Incantation.36(6)102315
14Glintstone BreathBest starter Incantation for Mage Builds.36101512
15Placidusax’s RuinExtremely Powerful Incantation for late-game builds.8030360

Dragon Incantations Comparison

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Borealis’s Mist

The Strongest Frostbite inflicting Incantation

Borealis’s Mist is an ancient Dragon Incantation under the class of Dragon Communion that produces freezing fog rather than burning fire. In essence, using this Incantation will allow your character to release the icy breath from above, freezing the enemies with magical damage. 

As said earlier, Borealis’s Mist Incantation requires character attributes requirements for casting. To start things off, your character must have at least 23 Faith and 15 Arcane as it is the Dragon Communion Incantation. Not just that but casting the Borealis’s Mist Incantation will also cost you some FP.

Why Borealis’s Mist?

It does a lot more damage than other frostbite inflicting incantations, at the cost of a little more FP.

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Borealis’s Mist | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

Getting your hands on the Borealis’s Mist will require you to get a Dragon Heart. For that, you will be traveling all the way up to the Mountaintop of Giants. This is the mid-game location all the way to the top of the map.

Here, you will be fighting Borealis, the Freezing Fog Dragon. My experience took multiple tries as the location is intensely foggy, thus deteriorating the ability to expect the next move of the Dragon boss. 

  • More damage than Dragonice, being a Superior Incantation.
  • You can cast it while jumping.

  • It takes 2 seconds to wind up the attack.
  • Hefty stat requirements.

Mountaintop of Giants Location
Mountaintop of Giants Location

Once Dragon is defeated, you will receive a Dragon Heart that can be traded at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion. Here you will be engaging with an Altar to purchase the Borealis’s Mist.

FP Cost48

Requirements for Borealis’s Mist


A cheaper alternative to freeze enemies.

Another frosty cold Dragon Communion Incantation is Dragonice. It is well known to stagger the enemies and deal physical damage to drain the HP of enemies quickly. Dragonice will call a frosty breath by turning your character into a massive Dragonhead. 

Why You Should Go With Dragonice?

It does its job best in freezing enemies while not costing a lot of FP with low stat requirements.

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Dragonice | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

Getting the Dragonice Incantation will require 1 Dragon Heart at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion. You can follow the similar practice as above of defeating the Dragon at the Mountaintops of Giants to get this Dragon Heart.

Or you can find any other Dragon around the Lands Between. Dragonice is available for trade for only 1 Dragon Heart at the Cathedral’s Altar. 

  • Costs less FP to freeze enemies as compared to Borealis’s Mist.
  • Requirements are easily attainable.

  • You cannot cast it while jumping.

FP Cost36

Requirements for Dragonice

Rotten Breath

The Best incantation for Rot Damage 

When it comes to the best dragon incantations for your faith build in Elden Ring, Rotten Breath is never an exception, and it’s truly one of my favorites. Rotten Breath involves spewing Scarlet Rot through Dragon Breath, thus inflicting massive damage.

This damage is faster than Poison. However, the damage duration period is relatively shorter than that of Poison.

Why is Rotten Breath Preferrable?

Applies Scarlet Rot to enemies, depleting health over a duration. It’s the best way to deal with a tough enemy or a hoard. 

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Rotten Breath | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

Players that are looking to cause damage over a large pool of enemies will need more FP for long-lasting breath. Performing a charged casting will add up the FP to 104 as your Dragon will continue to breathe Scarlet Rot in your desired direction. 

Like most Dragon Communion Incantations, Rotten Breath is also available with only 1 Dragon Heart. Players can obtain the Rotten Breath Incantation by trading a Dragon Heart at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion Altar. You can use any Dragon Heart you defeated during your journey in the Lands Between. 

  • Performs better than poison in terms of damage over time.
  • Cheaper FP option to inflict Scarlet Rot. 

  • Cannot use it while riding a horse.

FP Cost36

Requirements for ROTTEN BREATH


Best Incantation to deal extensive physical damage.

Dragonmaw is the most badass entry in the list of best Dragon Incantations. Casting the heaviest Incantation will allow your character to turn into a giant Dragon head and take a huge bite out of the enemies. In my opinion, it’s like a huge buff attack for draining HP out of the bosses.

But at the same time, it is one of the coolest-looking actions your character can achieve in Elden Ring. 

What Makes Dragonaw Best?

It allows you to rush toward the enemies while dealing immense physical damage and quickly works against most enemies. 

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Dragonmaw | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

Apart from the stats, Dragonmaw has only one major downside that may pose trouble for some players. This is because Dragonmaw casting is quite slow and can be countered by fast enemies. This means you will never be able to land the bite perfectly if an enemy moves slightly. For that instance, players must either bring in the predictive instincts or plan the Incantation to gain maximum advantage. 

Dragonmaw is also available for a single Dragon Heart that you may acquire from anywhere in the game. However, players must trade this Dragon Heart only at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion to get their hands on the unique Dragonmaw Incantation. 

  • Costs a lot less FP after the update.
  • Primarily deals massive physical damage, only a little magic damage.

  • Stat requirements are a little high.
  • Attack speed is slow and easily dodgeable.

FP Cost34

Requirements for Dragonmaw

Theodrix’s Magma

Best Incantation to deal huge Fire Damage

Another cool-looking Incantation to push your character build is Theodrix’s Magma. I suggest players who are looking for intense Damage Output at the cost of FP and Stamina must consider this Dragon Communion Incantation.

Theodrix’s Magma Incantation is well known for continuous damage over time by spewing a cannon of Magma onto the pool of enemies or bosses. 

Why am I going with Theodrix’s Magma?

It deals an insane amount of damage with a large AoE, suited especially for PvP.

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Theodorix’s Magma | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

Theodrix’s Magma might seem familiar as it follows a similar attack pattern as other Incantations like Dragonmaw or Catch Flame. However, it turns out to be more powerful with longer duration damage to drain the HP of enemies significantly. 

Moving on, Theodrix’s Magma is the first Dragon Communion Incantation that will require 2 Dragon Hearts. You will also need to defeat the ancient half Dragon half Wyrm known as Great Wyrm Theodrix.

The boss can be found at Consecrated Snowfield near the Cave of Forlorn.  

Consecrated Snowfield
Consecrated Snowfield

  • 40% more damage than Magma Breath.
  • It can be cast while riding the horse.

  • Cannot use it while jumping.
  • High FP cost.

FP Cost45

Requirements for Theodrix’s Magma


Cheaper Incantation to deal immense physical damage.

Like Dragonmaw, Dragonclaw is also a worthy addition among the Elden Ring’s best Dragon Incantations. Being the Dragon Communion Incantation, Dragonclaw will deal the best breath and elemental attack to rip the guts off the enemies.

You might have already guessed it: Dragonclaw Incantation will call a huge Dragon claw that attacks the enemy in front of your character during the battle. 

What Makes Dragonclaw a Preferable Choice?

It deals a lot of physical damage at a surprisingly low cost of FP.

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Dragonclaw | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

I suggest the players pursuing Faith or Arcane builds consider this lethal Incantation to use under intense battle outcomes. This is because survival during the fast action can escalate quickly, and players will need something brutal to stagger the enemies. This is where Dragonclaw will come in handy to dish out physical damage by piercing through enemies at any time. 

The cherry on top is that this Incantation is pretty much cheap regarding requirements and accessibility.

Like every other Dragon Communion Incantation, Dragonclaw will also need 1 Dragon Heart to obtain the Incantation. Once you have the Dragon Heart, you must trade it at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion’s Altar. 

  • FP cost is very low as compared to other incantations.
  • You can cast it two times consecutively before getting a downtime.

  • Need to be accurate with the timing of the attack.

FP Cost24

Requirements for Dragonclaw

Ekzykes’s Decay

Most damaging Rot Incantation.

Ekzykes’s Decay is insanely powerful for being the Incantation, thus ranking on the top of best Dragon Incantations in Elden Ring under Dragon Communion. Ekzykes’s Decay allows players to call a rot breath from the sky more potent and wider than Rotten Breath.

In my experience, the main aspect that makes this Incantation more unique and powerful is the continuous damage buildup from the Scarlet Rot mechanics. 

Why Go for Ekzykes’s Decay?

It deals more physical damage than Rotten Breath, being a Superior Incantation.  

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Ekzykes’s Decay | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

Using this Incantation will allow players to inflict damage up to 110 per tick

Ekzykes's Decay Location
Ekzykes’s Decay Location

To obtain the incantation, you will first need to defeat the Decaying Ekzykes.

Decaying Ekzykes is a rare pale white Dragon that is found roaming around the Caelid. 

Once the Dragon is defeated, you will receive one Dragon Heart. But that is not enough for the Ekzykes’s Decay. You will need two Dragon Hearts, one from any other Dragon and one of the Decaying Ekzykes.

Only this way you will be able to obtain the Incantation. Trade these Dragon Hearts at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion Altars, and you will receive the Ekzykes’ Decay Incantation. 

  • More damage than Rotten Breath.
  • You can use it while jumping.

  • Drains FP very quickly.

FP Cost48

Requirements for Ekzykes’s Decay

Electrify Armament

Best Incantation for weapon buffs.

Electrify Armament is the first Dragon Cult Incantation in the guide. These Incantations dish out lightning-based attacks by using only Faith stats for your character.

You might also need Dexterity as it is crucial for maximizing the Lightning damage on enemies. However, this guide will only focus on the Faith stat, so players can easily obtain and wield these best Dragon Incantations.

Why pick Electrify Armament?

It gives Lightning damage to weapons and their base physical damage for a very little cost of FP.

While performing the Incantation, players will receive a lightning buff to their right-hand weapons. With this buff, your character can register both Physical and Lightning damage.

I suggest players starting new to the Elden Ring must consider Electrify Armament to progress through some of the earlier bosses prone to take falls from lightning damage. 

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Electrify Armament | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

The cherry on top of this Incantation is that it easily appliesto any type of weapon. Electrify Armament allows players to pursue their ideal playthrough to double their Damage Output with Dragon Cult Incantation. 

To obtain the armament, you will be going to the south of Liurnia of the Lakes and visiting the Artist Shack. Here, you will see a Knight patrolling the area. Defeating this Knight will hand players a Dragon Cult Prayerbook. That will be your tradeable item to receive the Electrify Armament Incantation.

Once you have the Dragon Cult Prayerbook, all you need to do is visit Roundtable Hold and give it to Brother Corhyrn. If you cant find him, you will be required to progress the storyline first. 

Electrify Armament Location
Electrify Armament Location

  •  Get additional Lightning damage for any weapon.
  • Costs very little FP.

  •  Only works for weapons on the Right Hand.

FP Cost27

Requirements for Electrify Armament

Honed Bolt

Best Lightning Incantation to deal with individual targets.

If you think of striking enemies from above, then Honed Bolt is just what you need for your character. It is all about keeping your distance and starting the battle with an unexpected and powerful Lightning attack from the sky. 

What Makes Honed Bolt a top Choice?

It deals enormous lightning damage to a single target.

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Honed Bolt | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

This Dragon Cult Incantation will summon a single lightning bolt that covers major AoE and deals with massive Lightning Damage. Your character will not even have to engage in battle and can wreak havoc on the foes in a single casting. On top of that, you can cast the incantation repeatedly to deal maximum damage to a pool of enemies. 

Honed Bolt has the same acquiring process as Electrify Armament. Grab the Dragon Cult Prayerbook and trade it with Brother Corhyn or Miriel. 

  • Continuous casting with short time intervals gives a lot of damage per second.

  • The initializing time for the spell is high.
  • Only targets a single enemy.

FP Cost12

Requirements for Honed Bolt

Death Lightning

Best Incantation to deal with hoard of strong targets.

Death Lightning is one of the overpowered Dragon Cult Incantations with stats straight off the charts. As the name implies, casting the Incantation will summon a storm of lightning attacks in the wide surroundings.

The massive Lightning attack has a huge Area of Effect to register maximum damage from each side.

Why Choose Death Lightning?

It performs well against an enemy with a large hitbox or in PvP against multiple enemies, killing them almost instantly.

elden ring death lightning
Death Lightning| Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

Meanwhile, it also has some of the heaviest stats requirements in the game. I suggest that players wishing to wield the Incantation must invest at least 47 values into the Faith, making it only suitable for a Faith Build.  

Since this Incantation is available in the endgame portion of Elden Ring, you might want to avoid spoilers for the storyline. Obtaining the Incarnation involves one of the many hidden endings in the game.

While avoiding the spoilers for the sake of completionists, pursuing the Fia’s questline will lead you to a Legendary boss, Lichdragon Fortissax

Defeating the Ancient Dragon will reward players with a Remembrance of the Lichdragon. Now, you can return to the Roundtable Hold and speak to the merchant known as Enia. You can trade the Remembrance of the Lichdragon for Death Lightning Incantation. 

  • Deals colossal Lightning damage to anyone it hits. 

  • Although it has a decent AoE, it sometimes misses the targets, giving absolutely no damage at all.
  • The only affected areas are close to the player, with very little range.
  • High stat requirements.

FP Cost28

Requirements for Death Lightning

Frozen Lightning Spear

Best for players who started making a Lightning Build.

If burning fire Incantations tires you, you can also consider icy cold Frozen Lightning Spear to leave a chilling damage experience in the battleground. 

Why Frozen Lightning Spear?

It will hit enemies with a large hitbox multiple times, causing frostbite build-up and more damage.

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Frozen Lightning Spear | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

Even better is that players will achieve one of the wide AoE from the Dragon Cult Incantation. In my experience, the Incantation casting is pretty slow as you must wait after striking the massive lightning onto the enemies. What this Incantation lacks in speed makes up for monstrous Frostbite damage on the foes. 

Frozen Lightning Spear Location
Frozen Lightning Spear Location

Getting your hands on the Incantation also involves defeating an ancient boss. Head down and follow the path to reach the Uhl Palace Ruins. 

Once you have reached the boss arena, you can fight with the Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella. After defeating the enemy, players will receive the Frozen Lightning Spear without returning to any Altar or Merchant to trade for Dragon Heart or Prayerbook. Now you have one of the best Dragon Incantations to use for your character build. 

  • Inflicts frostbite with tons of damage.
  • It has a decent AoE.

  • The attack is too slow.

FP Cost29

Requirements for Frozen Lightning Spear

Lightning Spear

Best as a starter for Lightning Build

Apart from Frozen Lightning Spear, players can also consider a simple version of the Incantation that deals massive Lightning damage. If you are asking why you should consider it in your arsenal, then the top reason would be accuracy. 

Why Go With Lightning Spear?

Deals decent damage to the enemy at a range with accuracy, with shallow stat requirement and FP cost.

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Lightning Spear | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

However, if you seek to cast the charged version of the spell, there is a slight chance of missing the hit, as enemies can dodge or roll over. But at the same time, charged casting will also dish out AoE so that you can get some result of the charged Incantation. 

Acquiring the Lightning Spear has the same process as Electrify Armament. All you need to do is to get the Dragon Cult Prayerbook after killing the Leyndell Knight and return it to Brother Corhyn at the Roundtable Hold. 

  • It has very good accuracy and hits targets mostly.
  • Charge up gives it a small AoE.
  • Fairly cheap in terms of stat and FP cost.

  • Damage is relatively less as compared to a few other incantations.

FP Cost18

Requirements for Lightning Spear

Agheel’s Flame

Best Flame Incantation.

This fire attack is fierce and will put an end to all kinds of enemies. Agheel’s Flame is proven to dish out promising Damage Output and can be cast in the air. On top of that, I like it more because you do not have to worry about the range, as Agheel’s Flame will burn the enemies to a crisp while keeping the distance. 

Why Do I Recommend Agheel’s Flae?

It has a very large AoE and range with insane Fire damage.

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Agheel’s Flame | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

Acquiring the Agheel’s Flame first requires players to get into a fight with Flying Dragon Agheel in Limgrave. Head to the Dragon-Burnt Ruins, and you will be able to spawn the optional boss.

After defeating the boss, you will receive a Dragon Heart. But to get the Agheel’s Flame, it is important to trade with two Hearts. You must defeat another Dragon from any portion of the map and then return to the Cathedral of Dragon Communion in Caelid. Engage with the Altar and trade two Dragon Hearts to receive the Agheel’s Flame Incantation. 

  • Range and AoE are pretty big.
  • You can use it while jumping.

  • Cannot use it on the back of a horse.

FP Cost36

Requirements for Agheel’s Flame

Glintstone Breath

Best starter Incantation for Mage Builds.

As long as your character meets the Incantation requirements, Glintstone Breath can become the top entry for your mage builds. 

Why is Glintstone Breath Recommended?

It gives decent Magic Damage to enemies at a distance, ideally suited for early mage builds.

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Glintstone Breath | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

Glintstone Breath is available for trade for a Dragon Heart at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion’s Altar. So make sure to hunt any one of the Dragon around the Lands Between to get your hands on the magical Incantation. 

  • You can use it while riding the horse.
  • Deals immense Magic Damage and has a good range of attacks.

  • You cannot use it while jumping or mid-air.

FP Cost28

Requirements for Glintstone Breath

Placidusax’s Ruin

Extremely Powerful Incantation for late-game builds.

It is extremely worthy of mention for being the overpowered and best Dragon Incantation in Elden Ring. 

Casting the Placidusax’s Ruin Incantation will turn your character into Dragonlord Placidusax to release a golden breath. This breath initially explodes to deal lightning damage over the course of AoE and then deals fire damage from the beam of breath. You can cast the Incantation while jumping and even control the direction of the breath to gain accurate damage to the enemies. 

Why Pick Placidusax’s Ruin?

It is very overpowered, considering its damage and broad range of attacks. The requirements and FP costs are quite high as well.  

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Placidusax’s Ruin | Captured By: VeryAli Gaming

To start things off, you must head to Farum Azula and hit the Beside the Great Bridge site of grace. From my experience, the only way to get here is by progressing enough in the storyline until the end. 

Placidusax's Ruin Location
Placidusax’s Ruin Location

You can fight the Blade Blade boss in the location or avoid dropping below the lift. Make your way to the broken mighty bridge near the tornado. You will have to be extremely careful and use the ledge. There will be a lot of jumps, so make an efficient choice and avoid dying at this stage. 

You can lie down in the middle once you have reached the broken bridge. After a cinematic sequence, your character will be taken to the rare boss arena of Dragonlord Placidusax.

In my gameplay experience, the boss was painfully difficult so I had to bring my best weapons to put the beast down and claim the reward of Remembrance of the Dragonlord. After picking up the reward, your character may return to the Roundtable Hold to trade it with Enia for Placidusax’s Ruin. 

  • It does decent AoE damage.
  • Has a wide range of attacks.

  • FP Cost is extremely high.
  • Vulnerable to getting attacked at close range if the target is missed.

FP Cost62

Requirements for Placidusax’s Ruin

What Would I Recommend?

I recommend going forward with Ekzykes’s Decay because it is the cheapest and most brutal incantation for your builds. 

Each Dragon Incantation has its own perks and downsides that demand careful consideration for your character build. The choice purely depends on how progressed your character is and investment points into stats. You can also consider Horned Bolt and Frozen Lightning spear for a mid-range damage build. 

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