The Lightning Spear in Elden Ring is one of the best incantations you can find early in the game. If you are going for a Faith build, the Lightning Spear incantation can help you one-shot enemies from a distance.
The Lightning Spear is one of the best Dragon Cult Incantations and lets you hurl lightning spears at your enemies. The animation is quick, so you can deal multiple spears at your enemies without getting interrupted.
However, to learn the Lightning Spear incantation, you need to do some pre-requisite tasks, and in this Elden Ring guide, I will show you exactly that.
So, let’s jump into the guide.
What is the Lightning Spear?
As some of you might interpret from its name, the Lightning Spear is not a weapon itself; it’s an incantation that you need to acquire from an NPC and then memorize the incantation by resting at a Site of Grace.
According to the Elden Ring lore, the Lightning Spear is one of the incantations of the capital’s ancient Dragon Cult. Before the events of the Elden Ring, Godwyn the Golden defeated an ancient dragon called Fortissax.
After the defeat, Godwyn and Fortissax became friends, and thus, the ancient dragon cult in the capital was born. This dragon cult eventually invented two groups of incantations that focus on draconic powers – Dragon Communion and Dragon Cult.
The Lightning Spear in Elden Ring is a part of Dragon Cult incantations. These incantations stem from draconic powers and mostly deal with Lightning-based attacks. You need a high Faith attribute to use these incantations.
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How to Get the Lightning Spear Incantation?
To get the Lightning Spear incantation in Elden Ring, you need to defeat a Leyndell Knight called the Gold Dragon Cult Knight. Upon defeating the Knight, you will receive the Dragon Cult Prayerbook.
Then, you need to exchange this Dragon Cult Prayerbook to study the Lightning Spear incantation and then memorize it by resting at a Site of Grace.
Let me show you how it’s done.
Go to Artist’s Shack in the Liurnia of the Lakes region. Head south from the Artist’s Shack Site of Grace.
When you head south, you will see a Gold Dragon Cult Knight roaming around on the lands of Liurnia. Approach him and engage in combat with him.
The armor set I am wearing here is the Night’s Cavalry armor set. For helm, I chose Maliketh’s Helm. As my primary weapon, I chose Rivers of Blood, one of the best katanas in the Elden Ring.
Yes, yes, I am overpowered for an early-game location! 😎
The Gold Dragon Cult Knight has a range of hard-hitting attacks. His attacks are slow and easy to dodge, but if he strikes, he can deal a lot of damage. So, you should sneak from behind and backstab the Knight.
After defeating the Gold Dragon Cult Knight, you will get the Dragon Cult Prayerbook as a reward.
Now, you can take this Dragon Cult Prayerbook to any of the two NPCs: Brother Corhyn at Roundtable Hold or Miriel, Pastor of Vows in the Church of Vows.
If you are late in the game like I am (or playing New Game or New Game+), then Brother Corhyn might have disappeared after burning the Erdtree. So, I suggest you go to the Church of Vows and talk with Miriel, the Pastor of Vows.
Now, after a brief interaction, you can give a prayerbook to Miriel, Pastor of Vows.
If you have multiple Prayerbooks, make sure you choose the right one, i.e., the Dragon Cult Prayerbook.
After you offer the Dragon Cult Prayerbook, click on Study Incantations. The Dragon Cult Prayerbook unlocks the Lightning Spear, Honed Bolt, and Electrify Armament incantations for purchase.
You can buy any of the unlocked incantations, but since we’re focusing on the Lightning Spear incantation, let’s buy that one.
Now, head to any Site of Grace and click on Memorize Spells. You can only memorize as many spells as you have memory slots. So, you might need to swap the Lightning Spear incantation with the one you had previously memorized.
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How to Use the Lightning Spear?
Since the Lightning Spear is an incantation, you can charge it or use it uncharged. You will need 17 Faith to use this incantation to its full potential. The Lightning Strike only scales with Faith, so the higher your Faith, the more damage you can deal with this incantation.
The Lightning Spell incantation is a great ally against enemies with low resistance to Lightning damage. This includes heavily armored knights, dragons, and snakelike enemies.
The Lightning Strike incantation is best to one-shot enemies from a distance or wear down the bosses from a distance before they come close to you. You can use this incantation against a deadly foe like Malenia, the Blade of Miquella, who walks at you slowly before launching her attacks.
Since the casting time of the Lightning Spear is quick, you can throw multiple spears in quick succession. Each strike will cost you a little stamina. Using these spears strategically, you can take down aggressive enemies like Godfrey, the First Elden Lord, pretty easily.
What Talismans Increase Lightning Damage?
Charging the Lightning Spear will increase its overall damage output and create a small AoE that can hit multiple enemies simultaneously. This can be extremely useful if you’re fighting multiple enemies.
The Godfrey Icon talisman can further increase the damage of the Lightning Spear’s charged attacks. It also increases damage, range, and poise damage.
Dragon Cult Incantions like Lightning Spear are best paired with Gravel Stone Seal as the seal will boost the incantation’s damage by 15%.
Since it’s a Lightning-based incantation, you can greatly up the damage by buffing it with the Lightning Scorpion Charm. However, do remember that the Lightning Scorpion Charm lowers your damage negation.
That’s why I recommend you carry a Talisman Pouch to hold up to four talismans simultaneously.
So, now that you know how to get the Lightning Spear in Elden Ring, it should be far easier for you to deal with certain types of enemies. This is an excellent spell to have for early game playthroughs.
And, if you’re in the early game, make sure not to miss out on our Elden Ring beginner tips. These will help you make your life in The Lands Between far easier!