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Best Elden Ring 2024 Intelligence Build - Carian Swordmaster Build Guide

Are you tired of trying builds to dominate Elden Ring DLC - Shadow of the Erdtree? Well, we might have the right build for you. Here in this guide, we will be sharing with you the Best Elden Ring 2024 Intelligence Build, known as the Carian Swordmaster Build. 

Unlike other strength or dexterity-based builds, this one revolves around the Intelligence attributes and utilizes the Carian Magic. Magic in any Souls-Borne game is powerful, and the Elden Ring is no different.

By utilizing specific attributes and magic items, you can take down enemies quickly, without even getting hit in return. So, this build will prepare you for the upcoming Elden Ring DLC - Shadow of the Erdtree.

Best Starter Class

If you are starting with the Elden Ring Carian Swordmaster Intelligence Build, you should start with the Astrologer Class. It comes with a ton of Intelligence, which is what you need for the build. 

Attribute Selection for Elden Ring 2024 Intelligence Build

Early Game Attributes

At Level 50, you should have the following attributes selection:

  • 40 Intelligence

  • 25 Vigor

  • 15 Mind

  • 12 Dexterity

  • 13 Endurance

  • 9 Arcane

  • 8 Strength

  • 7 Faith

Late Game Attributes

At Level 150, you should have the following attributes selection:

  • 80 Intelligence

  • 55 Vigor

  • 30 Endurance

  • 28 Mind

  • 12 Dexterity

  • 9 Arcane

  • 8 Strength

  • 7 Faith

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Ash of War for Elden Ring Intelligence Build

Carian Grandeur

Carian Grandeur

Getting started, the first thing you need to get in this build is the Carian Grandeus. It is a magic spell that allows you to conjure a weapon and has three stages of charge attack.

In the first stage, it is small, and in the third stage, it becomes a greatsword that unleashes its magic on long-range, damaging enemies hit by it.

Each charge also adds more poise to the increasing damage but also takes more stamina from you alongside FP.

  1. Charge 1 - 20 Poise and 30 Stamina

  2. Charge 2 - 30 Poise and 40 Stamina

  3. Charge 3 - 45 Poise and 60 Stamina

It doesn’t matter which weapon is used to conjure the Carian Grandeur, you can just use it with a dagger or a greatsword, whichever suits you best.

It is a projection-type Ash of War, meaning you won’t have to make contact when using the magic Ash of War. You can even use it at a distance, where it shouldn’t connect with the enemies physically.

Besides this, the only thing that counts is the weapon level here. Meaning, how much Intelligence you have and what affinity you are using for your weapon.

For example, a weapon with magic affinity will project more damage from Carian than a weapon with cold affinity. The reason is that the magic affinity scales better with Intelligence than that of other affinities.

Typically, you would require the Glintstone Whetblade to apply the magic or cold affinities to your weapon, but for the Carian Grandeur, you don’t have to get it. It scales naturally with the Intelligence affinity.

Location

Carian Grandeur Location

You can get the Carian Grandeur Ash of War from the Caria Manor. We have a location of that above to help you out.

Before you fight the Royal Knight Loretta, you have to head left and make your way down. On top of a broken bridge, you can find the Carian Grandeur over a corpse.

Cons

While Carian Grandeur is OP in the sense that it can take down bosses in seconds, it is not perfect. It locks your character in place and also takes time to fully charge. Agile enemies can take you down at that moment.

Glintblade Phalanx

Glintblade Phalanx

Now, considering all the drawbacks of the Carian Grandeur, we have the Glintblade Phalanx for our Elden Ring 2024 Intelligence Build. It is one of the best stance breakers in the game.

When you use the Glintblade Phalanx, you conjure blades around you that periodically attack the enemies in range, breaking their stance.

Bosses in Elden Ring (mostly) have 80 poise, and after you reach it, their stance will break, making them vulnerable. 

So, you can just use one knife from Glintblade Phalanx, and one Carian Grandeur to break their stance, or two knives are enough in some cases as well.

Furthermore, the Glintblade Phalanx is quick to conjure, and easy to use, costing less of your FP. Thus, you can use it more often.

Location

To get the Glintblade Phalanx, you will have to travel to the Rogier’s Rapier area, where you first have to talk to the Rogier himself. He is found in the Stormville Castle. Later you can find him at the Roundtable Hold as well after you defeat Godrick

You will get the Rogier’s Rapier from him, and then there is a pre-assigned Ash of War on it. You can remove that and place it on any other weapon of your choice.

Armor for Elden Ring Carian Swordmaster Intelligence Build 2024

Armor for Elden Ring Carian Swordmaster Intelligence Build 2024 - Spellblade Armor Location

The best armor for the Elden Ring Carian Swordmaster is the Spellblade Armor Set. To get it, you will have to exhaust his dialogue (takes three to four times), in the Roundtable Hold. 

You can teleport outside the Roundtable Hold to a different location or also exit to the main menu. Teleport back in or log in to the game and try to interact with Rogier’s. 

Do this four to five times and he will pass that Rogier’s Armor Set to you, alongside the Bell Bearing.

The Spellblade Armor Set (Rogier’s Armor) will enhance your Carian Grandeur and Glintblade Phalanx. Enhancing its length by 2% per piece, and 8% for entire armor.

Best Weapon for Elden Ring 2024 Carian Swordmaster Build

Best Weapon for Carian Grandeur

To properly use the Carian Grandeur, you need a proper weapon. It is an Ash of War and to use it, you need a suitable weapon with the appropriate stats and affixes. 

One thing to note is that Carian Grandeur is minimally affected by the type of weapon you have, and the effects still apply the same irrespective of which weapon you have it on.

Best Weapon for Carian Grandeur in Elden Ring Carian Swordmaster Build

Straight Swords are lightweight in general and attack faster than other weapons in the game with suitable damage. Our recommendation would be to go for the Lord’s Worn Straight Sword that is found in the Gatefront Ruins in the Limgrave - Gatefront Grace area.

Other than that, you can also get something like Nagakiba for better reach. As Carian Grandeur can effortlessly break the stance on enemies, using a weapon with a high critical modifier is the smart thing.

Daggers have the highest critical multiplier in the game, so using one is also in the debate here. The ideal choice or weapon for Carian Grandeur here is the Misericorde Dagger. 

You can get it in the Stormveil Castle - Rempart Tower Site of Grace. 

Best Staff for Casting Magic/Spells

The best Staff to use for the Elden Ring Intelligence Build - Carian Swordmaster, is the Carian Glintstone Staff. It will boost the potency of the Sword Sorceries by 15% and we are using these sorceries for the most part here.

Best Staff for Casting Magic/Spells in Elden Ring Intelligence Build Carian Swordmaster - Carian Glintstone Staff Location

You can get it in the Carian Study Hall - Study Hall Entrance, located in Liurnia of the Lakes. 

Best Spells for Carian Swordmaster Build

Now that we have everything on the side, let’s talk about the Best Spells for the Carian Swordmaster - Best Intelligence Build in Elden Ring 2024. There are a ton of those that you can pick from.

  1. Carian Slicer - Early spell that also has the highest DPS. Conjures a short sword that attacks quickly, dealing massive damage to enemies, and enabling you to move around as well. You can get it from any sorcerer after giving them the Royal House Scroll, which is found in Limgrave - Agheel Lake South Site of Grace.

  2. Carian Piercer - Summons a big chargeable sword that does a thrust attack, much like Carian Grandeur, but a thrust this time around. Helps you cover long distances. You can find it at Caria Manor - Main Caria Manor Grace.

  3. Greatblade Phalanx - More like Glintblade Phalanx, but it summons 3 swords instead of the 4 from Ash of War. Use it till you get Glintblade Phalanx Ash of War.

  4. Adula’s Moonblade - It is another powerful sorcery for our Elden Ring 2024 Intelligence Build. Using it will summon a cold magic sword that sweeps, damaging enemies over distance. Also, it casts a wave and damages enemies on longer lengths. You can chain cast over another to reduce the cost. You can get it at the end of Ranni’s Quest, defeating Glintstone Dragon Adula. 

  5. Loretta’s Greatbow - Finally, we require a ranged weapon in our Elden Ring Carian Swordmaster Build, and that would be Loretta’s Greatbow. It has range, and deals damage, which is what we need. Charge to increase the damage of this bow. You can get it in the Carian Manor after defeating Royal Knight Loretta.

Buffs and Talisman for Carian Swordmaster Build

Buffs and Items

  1. Terra Magica

  2. Ash of War Golden Vow

  3. Stormhawk Deenh

  4. Ranni’s Dark Moon

  5. Freezing Pots

  6. Godrick’s Great Rune (early)

  7. Radahn’s Great Rune (late)

Talisman

  1. Godfrey Icon

  2. Magic Scorpion Charm

  3. Graven Mass Talisman

  4. Graven School Talisman

  5. Shard of Alexander

  6. Ritual Sword talisman

  7. Dagger Talisman

  8. Dragoncrest Greatshield talisman

Conclusion

With the Best Elden Ring 2024 Intelligence Build known as the Carian Swordmaster, you can take down bosses and enemies in no time, while keeping your distance. Furthermore, it is the best build out there for the Elden Ring DLC - Shadow of the Erdtree. This build utilizes the Carian Grandeur, and Glintstone Phalanx in combination with other sword magic to deal heavy damage and poise enemies. Follow the guide to create this Carian Swordmaster Build based on Intelligence.

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