In Elden Ring, players can summon spirits that act as combat companions during various boss battles. This is done using Spirit Ashes, which players will acquire as they explore the game. If you’re looking for a helping hand in battle without the need for summoning an online player, then Spirit Ash summons are what you are looking for. Continue reading to find out how to use Spirit Ashes to summon spirits in Elden Ring.
Elden Ring: How to Summon Spirits
Throughout the game, players will acquire Spirit Ashes, which are used to summon the spirits of dead warriors and creatures to aid you during battle. This is not to be confused with Martyr Effigies, which are used to summon friendly NPCs like Sorcerer Rogier and are only available in certain locations.
Summoning spirits does not require the use of staff or magic seal. However, it does require a key item called the Spirit Calling Bell, which is given to you by an NPC named Renna. Before you can meet Renna, you must first meet Melina and obtain your Spectral Steed, Torrent, which happens after you’ve discovered your third Site of Grace out in the open world.
After obtaining Torrent, make your way back to the Church of Elleh during the evening. This is where you met the merchant, Kalé. You can rest at the Site of Grace to pass time until nightfall if needed. At night, Renna will be sitting on the wall of the ruins. Talk to Renna and tell her that you can in fact call upon the spectral steed, Torrent. At this point, Renna will give you the Spirit Calling Bell and Lone Wolf Ashes.
To summarize, here are the steps for getting the Spirit Calling Bell:
- Meet Melina and obtain Torrent
- Return to the Church of Elleh at night
- Talk to Renna and say that you can summon Torrent
If you do not obtain the bell from Renna, you will still be able to purchase the Spirit Calling Bell from the Twin Maiden Husks at Roundtable Hold later on.
How to Summon Spirit Ashes
Upon obtaining the bell and what may be your first Spirit Ash, you can now call upon spirits during certain combat scenarios. The spirits are to be assigned to one of your pouch slots for easy access. As for the bell, you don’t need to equip it. Just having it in your inventory is enough.
To summon spirits, start by assigning a Spirit Ash to one of your pouch slots. Next, hold down Y or Triangle and press the corresponding direction on the D-pad for the spirit you wish to summon.
Here are some details to keep in mind when summoning Spirit Ashes:
- Spirit Ashes can only be summoned when near a Rebirth Monument, as indicated by the ghostly gravestone-like icon on the left side of the HUD.
- Only one Spirit Ash can be active at a time. You can’t call in more than one type of spirit during an encounter.
- Summoning Spirit Ashes consumes some FP.
- Spirits cannot be summoned during multiplayer.
Once you know how to use the Spirit Calling Bell to summon spirits in Elden Ring, you will have a much easier time tackling those tougher bosses. Check out our other Elden Ring coverage for more guides and tips.