Fun and not at all too serious, but they work
Despite the doom and gloom in Elden Ring, you can carve out a few pieces of humor and joy in your gameplay. Hundreds of builds are out there, and only about 10% of the most serious ones are the best ones. Here, we’ll tell you about wacky builds that somehow work, even if they don’t scream dangerous. Have fun farming Elden Ring Runes with them!
Lord of the Honks/Bubble Boy
Who knew blowing bubbles could be so deadly?
If you’ve been exploring every corner of the map, you might’ve encountered the Oracle Envoys in Leyndell. They’re white blob creatures that use horns to blow bubbles that damage you. You can pick those horns up and turn those bubbles against your enemies; they’re pretty strong too.
Three Envoys drop different horns, but you’ll want the Envoy’s Longhorn. It has a great spread of bubbles that can destroy giant bosses. You’ll also need the following talismans:
- Shard of Alexander
- Godfrey Icon
- Carian Filigreed Crest
- Sacred Scorpion Charm
Get the Envoy’s Crown and some white-colored armor to complete the look. The crown is critical because it boosts the damage of these weapons. You can also get some summon ashes that let you call on little ones to aid you in battle. As for your stats, focus on Faith, Strength, and Mind. The first two lets you wield the Longhorn easily while increasing your FP pool so you can blow more bubbles. The Carian Filigreed Crest is essential for this, too.
The “Sonic” Build
They see you rollin’, they hatin’
This build was inspired by Sonic the Hedgehog, so its video guides often feature a blue-skinned Tarnished. At its core is the Ashes of War “Lightning Ram,” which lets you roll into enemies while dealing damage. You’re not going at the speed of sound, but the idea of defeating enemies by rolling into them is the point.
Anyway, the Ash of War isn’t going to cut it by itself, so you’ll need the:
- Lightning Scorpion Charm
- Shard of Alexander
- Blue Dancer Charm
You can also use the Commander’s Standard Elden Ring weapon to increase tag damage and the Jellyfish Shield off-hand. The shield gives a buff that increases damage by 20%. Note that this probably won’t be viable in the endgame, but it’s enough to provide you with some laughs while exploring.
As a bonus, you can set yourself on fire with the Fire’s Deadly Sin incantation and then roll with the Lightning Ram to deal fire and lightning damage. Of course, the whole build can leave you vulnerable when using the ability. You can use the Butchering Knife to heal when you damage an enemy.
You’ll need some Endurance, Vigor, Mind, and Faith. The Godskin Swaddling Cloth and Winged Sword Insignia will also help. As for your Elden Ring armor, the Bull-Goat armor and the Imp Head are the recommended pieces.
Dual shields are the new meta (okay, not really)
The whole point of this build is to become an immovable object. You’ll undoubtedly be over-encumbered, but almost nothing can get through your defenses. Damage will suffer a bit, but you won’t die.
You’ll need the Bull-Goat set and two Fingerprint Stone Shields. Getting one is already a hassle, so two will be challenging. Still, the build works according to its intended function. You can block or bash with one shield, then use the second shield to attack after blocking quickly. You’ll be a slow-moving wall of death nothing can bring down.
It is a tribute to an old Dark Souls dual shield build meme. If you don’t mind the slow traveling speed but care about not dying, this is the build for you.
Let Me Solo Her Build
Underestimate at your own risk
This is a surprising no armor (only a pot helmet) build that works. Your weapons would be the Uchigatana equipped with Hoarfrost Stomp and the Rivers of Blood with Corpse Piler. The stomp will let you build up bleed and damage quickly. That’s it. That’s the whole build.
Because of the no armor part, you’ll still have to be mindful to avoid attacks and keep yourself alive. You can’t just stomp and stomp, even though it’s tempting. Bleed damages over time, so it’ll take a few seconds to defeat the enemy. Many things can happen in those few seconds, so pay attention to enemy attacks.
Otherwise, Create Your Own Fun Build
As mentioned above, there are hundreds of Elden Ring builds out there. Most have some thought put into it, maximizing an Ash of War or other weapon ability. Others are like the above. They’re fun, humorous, and unexpectedly strong, so you can inject some cheer into an otherwise bleak game.
There are some honorable mentions, such as one that lets you cosplay as your favorite Ninja Turtle. Another lets you become “Two-Fingers,” using a specific headgear and a finger-shaped weapon. If you’ve ever wanted to play as a jar-person, there’s also a build for that.
The game gives players the freedom to experiment. With a whole host of weapons and armor to build upon, there are more builds than what’s shared on the internet. The most important thing about them is that you should enjoy using them. The alternative is unsatisfying gameplay, which can be frustrating.
Have fun playing your build and farming Elden Ring Runes!