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Elden Ring Claws Build – Blazing Blackblade Guide (All Game Build)

In this Elden Ring Claws Build, I’ll be showcasing my Blazing Black Blade Hookclaws build. This versatile setup can be used from the very start of the game and remains effective throughout. Central to this build are the Hookclaws, one of my favorite claw weapons featured in our claws video. I’m excited to dive into the details of this powerful and fun build.

Elden Ring Claws Build – Blazing Blackblade Guide (All Game Build)

In this Elden Ring Build Guide, we’ll be showcasing the Hookclaws weapon for the Blazking Blackblade build. This is an All-Game build. If you’ve been looking for a claws build that shreds enemies so fast that you’d be surprised, then you might want to check this build out.

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Elden Ring Claws Build – Blazing Blackblade Guide: Equipment

I prefer the Hookclaws over other claw weapons in Elden Ring for a few reasons. Firstly, you can obtain them early in the game at Stormveil Castle, allowing you to establish this build quickly and use it throughout your playthrough. Secondly, the Hookclaws have the longest reach among the claw weapons, which is crucial when fighting odd-shaped enemies and bosses. While their damage isn’t the highest compared to other claws, the extra reach ensures you hit your targets more consistently, making them highly effective overall.

I’ve equipped the Hookclaws with the Ash of War: Flaming Strike and set it to the Flame Art affinity. You can find Flaming Strike near Redmane Castle, so it’s accessible early in the game. If you can’t get it right away, you can temporarily use another Ash of War like Endure. The key benefit of the Flame Art affinity is meeting the minimum stat requirements for the weapon (8 Strength, 14 Dexterity) while allowing you to maximize Faith, enabling the use of a wide range of incantations.

This build benefits greatly from incantations like Flame, Grant Me Strength, which enhances both physical and fire damage, and Golden Vow, which boosts overall damage. The high Faith scaling also means you can eventually use the Erdtree Seal for even more powerful incantations, though you can use other seals along the way based on your preference.

The build provides substantial weapon damage, further amplified by Flaming Strike’s fire buff. Combined with buffs from Golden Vow and Flame, Grant Me Strength, your attack power can soar to around 1,000 or more, especially with stacking buffs from items like the Rotten Winged Sword Insignia. While the main strategy focuses on overwhelming enemies with rapid, high-damage attacks, the build occasionally triggers Hemorrhage, ripping off large chunks of enemy health and making boss fights much easier.

For armor in this build, I recommend Maliketh’s Set. While it’s not available early in the game, you can use the Knight Set from Roundtable Hold, which also provides 51 poise and can be acquired early on. Maliketh’s Armor Set is ideal for late game or New Game Plus due to its excellent stats and visually striking appearance. The combination of flaming claws and the black beast-like armor creates an impressive and intimidating look.

The primary consideration for your armor is achieving at least 51 poise. This threshold allows you to continue your attacks even when taking hits from enemies or bosses, maintaining your attack momentum and maximizing damage output. This resilience is crucial for this aggressive, high-damage build, ensuring you can stay on the offensive without being easily interrupted.

Elden Ring Claws Build – Blazing Blackblade Guide: Talismans & Spells

 Fire Scorpion Charm increases Fire Damage by 12%, but increases Physical Damage taken by 10%.

In terms of talismans, The Fire Scorpion Charm is particularly valuable as it not only boosts fire damage, which synergizes well with the fire aspect of Flaming Strike, but also augments regular attacks, contributing to overall damage output. However, it’s worth noting that using the Fire Scorpion Charm may result in a slight reduction in protective capabilities, which needs to be considered in balancing offense and defense.

Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman enormously reduces Physical Damage taken, by 20%.

To bolster defensive capabilities and ensure survivability during combat, the Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman is indispensable. Its ability to provide additional defense enables the character to withstand enemy attacks more effectively, allowing for sustained engagement in combat scenarios. This added protection becomes especially crucial when trading hits with adversaries, as it minimizes the risk of sustaining fatal damage.

Shard of Alexander greatly boosts the attack power of Skills by 15%.

The Shard of Alexander talisman plays a pivotal role in maximizing the damage potential of Flaming Strike. By amplifying the fire damage inflicted by Flaming Strike, this talisman significantly enhances the offensive capabilities of the build, making it more potent against enemies. However, its utility primarily depends on the frequency of Flaming Strike’s usage during combat encounters.

Rotten Winged Sword Insignia greatly raises attack power with successive attacks.

Lastly, the Rotten Winged Sword Insignia serves to further elevate the character’s attack power, particularly with successive hits. This talisman synergizes well with the build’s aggressive playstyle, rewarding continuous engagement with increased damage output. While it provides a substantial boost to offensive capabilities, its effectiveness may vary depending on individual combat preferences and strategies.

Ultimately, the selection and combination of talismans should be tailored to suit the player’s preferred playstyle and combat approach. Whether prioritizing offense, defense, or a balanced combination of both, optimizing talisman usage is crucial in maximizing the effectiveness of the build across various combat scenarios.

In terms of spells, the primary focus revolves around Flame, Grant Me Strength and Golden Vow, both of which offer situational benefits. These spells are primarily utilized during boss encounters or challenging combat scenarios rather than during regular exploration. However, the flexibility of the build allows for the incorporation of additional spells or incantations based on individual preferences and playstyle.

With ample Faith allocated within the build, users have the freedom to integrate defensive buffs, offensive spells, or any other desired abilities, provided they align with the build’s attribute distribution and playstyle. While specific spells may not be showcased in the gameplay, the build’s versatility ensures adaptability to diverse combat situations.

In terms of attributes, this build prioritizes 50 points in Vigor, 35 in Mind, 25 in Endurance, 8 in Strength, 14 in Dexterity, 16 in Intelligence (though Intelligence isn’t essential), 80 in Faith, and 10 in Arcane. While Intelligence and Arcane aren’t mandatory, they can fulfill spell requirements if desired, such as for spells like Swarm of Flies. My higher Intelligence stems from playing as an Astrologer, but it’s not integral to the build.

  • The allocation of 35 points in Mind accommodates the use of buffing spells like Golden Vow and Flame, Grant Me Strength, alongside regular use of Flaming Strike. Although these spells are primarily employed during boss encounters, higher Mind can enhance flexibility for hybrid playstyles and provide more FP for regular spell usage.
  • Endurance is set at 25 to manage the build’s equipment load, consisting mainly of claws, a seal, armor, and lightweight talismans. While heavy weaponry isn’t part of the loadout, the stamina consumption of the claw combo can be demanding, making higher Endurance beneficial for extended engagements.
  • Strength and Dexterity meet the minimum requirements for weapon usage, while Faith is emphasized to maximize the potential of Flame Art and spellcasting capabilities. Ensuring ample stamina reserves is crucial, as the claw combo can quickly deplete stamina, especially during intense boss encounters. This highlights the importance of managing stamina effectively and considering additional investments in Endurance or stamina-boosting talismans.

Elden Ring Claws Build – Blazing Blackblade Guide: Final Tips

Before we conclude, here are some handy tips. Firstly, for enhancing your Flask of Wondrous Physick, consider using a Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear to boost your fire damage. This is particularly effective for augmenting Flaming Strike and the majority of your standard attack spam.

Alternatively, the Thorny Cracked Tear amplifies damage during repeated attacks, similar to Rotten Winged Sword Insignia, making it another beneficial option. Combining both can be advantageous. Additionally, since stamina management can be an issue with this setup, incorporating a Greenspill Crystal Tear for increased stamina or stamina recovery is advisable. Given that stamina depletion often limits your damage output, bolstering stamina reserves can significantly enhance performance.

Regarding Great Runes, Radahn’s stands out as the top choice for this build. It provides increased HP, FP, and stamina, all of which are crucial elements. The extra stamina proves especially invaluable, considering its vital role in sustaining the build’s relentless assault. The additional FP aids in maintaining buffs, while the bonus HP enhances your ability to withstand incoming damage, making Radahn’s an ideal fit.

And that concludes the Blazing Black Blade build. I hope you’ve enjoyed exploring this setup—it’s been a blast crafting these builds. Recently attending an Elden Ring concert has reignited my passion for the game, fueling my excitement for Shadow of the Erdtree. As always, let us know if you have questions or other tips in the comments below. We have a ton more builds coming for Elden Ring and Shadow of the Erdtree so stay tuned for those. If you need help finding the spells, items, or equipment in this build, and securing some personal objectives, make sure to check the Elden Ring Map.

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