Elden Ring players debate the best summons in the game

Elden Ring players are having an interesting debate over the best Spirit Ashes in the game, with many citing Tiche and Mimic Tear as their favorites.

Ring of Elden allows players to summon NPCs to help defeat its many bosses. It works similarly to dark souls games, as specific characters that players encounter throughout the game place a summon sign outside of a boss’ fog door. Besides, Ring of Elden players can also use Spirit Ashes to summon even more NPCs to aid them in a difficult encounter.

These spirit ashes are varied and plentiful, but most players probably use them to take away aggro and flank enemies. Players can summon a pack of wolves, a group of skeletons with massive shields, and even an exact copy of themselves to tackle the various enemies. Some players choose not to use them during gameplay, but others argue that Ring of EldenBosses are balanced around the player using summons. Additionally, some Spirit Ashes are more useful than others, causing players to debate the best summon in Ring of Elden.


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A Reddit user asks players about the best summon after the changes made in Ring of Eldenthe latest update. The post has over 4,000 comments, but the responses aren’t as varied as the same names crop up throughout the post. Most users cite Black Knife Tiche, Banished Knight Oleg, Dung Eater Puppet, and Mimic Tear as their favorite summons. Others also mention their love for Skeleton Soldiers with Greatshields and the Jellyfish summon.

Many players are sharing stories of the thrilling battles they’ve had with their summon of choice while discussing the pros and cons of each. Additionally, users can find valuable tips and recommendations in the comments. For example, one player talks about the Skeletal Militiamen Ashes unique ability, which summons two skeletons that can revive after they die. It’s incredibly useful against bosses that don’t finish skeletons in Ring of Elden by hitting their body after depleting their HP bar.

Mimic Tear was perhaps the best summon of Ring of Elden during launch. He could deal a ton of damage, heal himself when needed, and also use unique weapon skills equipped by the player. Users even shared videos of an improved Mimic beating some Ring of Elden bosses on his own. FromSoftware nerfed it in patch 1.03, but it’s still an incredibly useful summon according to many players. It will be interesting to see if the other popular spirit ashes are nerfed in a future update. Hopefully FromSoftware decides to improve those that aren’t used so often, similar to the improvements made to Colossal Weapons in patch 1.04 of Ring of Elden.

Ring of Elden is now available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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