Magic usage is very popular among Elden Ring players. There are a wide variety of spells to cast, Incantations to chant, and Sorceries to summon. There are a multitude of Sorceries in Elden Ring. From projectiles, to blades, to mists, you’ll want to find the right Staff for the right Sorcery.
Whether you’re using offensive or defensive magic, you’re going to need something to cast it with. The weapons of choice of casting Sorceries are Glintstone Staffs. So, put on your Lazuli Glintstone Crown, because we’re going to be breaking down the top five best Glintstone Staffs in Elden Ring, where to find them, and how to use them.
5 Best Glintstone Staffs
We’ve got the best Glintstone Staffs in Elden Ring, ranked from worst to best.
Astrologer’s Glintstone Staff
The Astrologer’s Staff can be quite the versatile Staff for beginning sorcerers. While not the most powerful of Staffs, what it lacks in power, it makes up for in ease of use.
As an all-around decent Staff, it doesn’t yield the highest sorcery damage output, with a base damage scaling of 116. What makes this staff so useful is the ease in which it can be used. To wield the Astrologer’s Staff, you will only need 7 Strength and 16 Intelligence.
This stat requirement shouldn’t be too hard to pull off early in the game, so feel free to dip your toes into the world of Sorceries with this Staff if you’re looking to experiment with your build.
Where to Find It
The Astrologer’s Staff is a great early-to-mid game weapon. It’s even the starting weapon for the Astrologer class. However, if you did not start as the Astrologer class, you can still find this Staff pretty easily towards the beginning of the game.
Head just to the north of Stormveil Castle. Just as you reach the Liurnia of the Lakes region, you’ll come across a nomadic merchant. You can purchase the Astrologer’s Staff from him for 800 runes.
How to Use the Astrologer’s Staff
What sets the Astrologer’s Staff apart from other early-game Staffs is the ease at which you can upgrade it to have an S grade in Sorcery scaling. It reaches that S grade at only +13. This is much quicker than most other Staffs you’ll find at this point in the game. The high magic damage output you’ll deal with an S grade this early on means this staff will outclass most of its cohorts for quite a while.
Some good early game Sorceries to pair with this staff are Glintstone Pebble, a fast-casting, low FP cost projectile and Glintstone Phalanx, which summons five glintblades around your head that fire at enemies who come too close. Both of these Sorceries can be purchased from Sorceress Sellen in Limgrave.
Note that Glintblade Phalanx requires giving her the Royal House Scroll from an encampment to the southeast of Lake Agheel.
Meteorite Glintstone Staff
The only thing better than a weapon that scales quickly to an S grade, is one that starts with an S grade by default! The Meteorite Staff is one such weapon. Having an S grade in Sorcery scaling right off the bat makes it the best early-to-mid game Glintstone Staff in the game.
It has a bit higher stat requirement to wield than the Astrologer’s Staff. Overall, it comes in needing a reasonable 6 Strength and 18 Intelligence. With this Staff, you get a whopping 262 base damage scaling. The major downside of this Staff is that it can’t be upgraded.
This drawback keeps the Meteorite Staff from being useful beyond the mid game as it gets quickly outclassed by other, upgradable Staffs. But until that time, it is incredibly strong and an excellent choice if you can grab it early on.
Where to Find It
The Meteorite Staff can be found in Aeonia Swamp in Caelid. This area is notoriously tricky to traverse due to the strong enemies and Scarlet Rot everywhere.
You can, however, reach this area right from the start of the game if you make your way east through Limgrave rather than heading northwest towards Stormveil Castle. While this route isn’t advised, if you’re brave enough to face the harsh wasteland that is Caelid, then you will be greatly rewarded.
How to Use the Meteorite Staff
Since the Meteorite Staff can’t be upgraded, you will have the best version of the Staff by default.
Another bonus that the Meteorite Staff has over other Staff is the 30% damage boost it gives to Gravity Sorceries. As such, we recommend pairing it with these types of Sorceries. Rock Sling is a great option. It can be found near where you find the Meteorite Staff in Aeonia Swamp. Just head to the underground cellar to the north of the Street of Sages Ruins. This Sorcery launches three large boulders at your enemies at a cost of 18 FP.
Carian Glintstone Staff
Up to this point, we’ve mostly covered Staffs that work well with projectile Sorceries. But if you are looking to use glintblade Sorceries, your best choice of Staff is the Carian Glintstone Staff.
To wield this Staff, you need 6 Strength, 24 Intelligence, and 8 Dexterity. A great bang-for-your-buck Staff given the relatively low requirements. If you’ve been leveling your Intelligence steadily up to this point, you should have no problem wielding it. The base 163 Sorcery damage scaling and C grade in Intelligence scaling make this an overall solid option.
Where to Find It
This Staff can be acquired pretty early in the game. It can be found on a corpse in the Carian Study Hall on the eastern edge of the Liurnia of the Lakes region. This can be a bit of a hazardous dungeon to get through, as it has many aggressive, magic-using enemies.
However, it is necessary to traverse if you wish to reach the Divine Tower of Liurnia. Come prepared with equipment that resists magic if you plan on grabbing this Staff.
How to Use the Carian Glintstone Staff
Rather than focusing on projectile Sorceries, the Carian Glintstone Staff is at its best when paired with Carian Glintblade Sorceries. This is because it boosts the power of these Sorceries by 15%. With this bonus, the Carian Glintstone Staff can quickly outpace the Meteorite Staff in terms of damage output when using Carian Glintstone Sorceries.
By upgrading it to +10 at 30 Intelligence, it reaches the threshold to surpass the Meteorite Staff. By +14, it achieves an S grade in Intelligence scaling, only slightly behind the Astrologer’s Staff in terms of speed at which it reaches that grade.
All of this is assuming you are using Carian Glintblade Sorceries. Carian Greatsword and Carian Slicer are the two we recommend using. These Sorceries summon a spectral sword that can be swung like a regular sword, but use FP and deal magic damage.
Both can be purchased from Miriel, Pastor of Vows at the Church of Vows in eastern Liurnia, just north of the Carian Study Hall.
Azur’s Glintstone Staff
These final two Glintstone Staffs are easily the best in the game. Which one is the better pick is really up to your build and your preference in advantages versus trade-offs.
In terms of raw power, Azur’s Glintstone Staff is the lesser of the two. It clocks in with a base Sorcery damage scaling of 161. It also starts off with a B grade in Intelligence scaling and a D grade in Strength scaling. Given how powerful this weapon is, it requires you to be a master mage with its 52 Intelligence and 10 Strength requirements to wield.
Where to Find It
This Staff is hidden away within Raya Lucaria Academy, so finding it may be tricky. Start off by heading to the Church of the Cuckoo site of grace. From here, there is a ladder shortcut that needs to have been kicked down previously, allowing you to reach the upper levels of the Church. On the eastern side of the upper level is a corridor guarded by an enemy.
Defeat them and head down this hall to reach a room covered in crystals with an inactive Arcane Sphere of Faces in the center. In front of it will be Azur’s Glintstone Staff.
How to Use Azur’s Glintstone Staff
While this Staff boasts a respectable, but not spectacular, damage scaling capability, what makes it one of the best in the game is its bonus to casting speed. Azur’s Staff grants an 8% casting speed increase to Sorceries used with it. While this comes with a cost of 20% more FP, it makes it the fastest Staff for casting in the game.
If you have the Mind to spare the additional FP cost, belting out Sorceries at high speeds can be devastating for enemies.
Try pairing this Staff with the Glintstone Pebble Sorcery. It may be a pretty basic spell, but it has a low FP cost and an already fast casting speed. This means you won’t suffer as much from the FP penalty while rattling off a barrage of magic at your opponent.
Lusat’s Glintstone Staff
The best Staff in the game in terms of pure damage output is Lusat’s Glintstone Staff. If you are looking to squeeze every bit of damage out of your Sorceries, this is the Staff for you.
Like Azur’s Glintstone Staff, it has the hefty requirement of 52 Intelligence, along with 10 Strength, to use. This might turn players off from using it, as you might not meet these stat requirements until very late in the game. But if you’re dedicated to creating the most powerful Intelligence build, it’s worth the wait.
In return, you get a Staff with a base Sorcery damage scaling of 179 that scales with a B grade in Intelligence and a D grade in Strength.
Where to Find It
Finding this Staff will have you venturing into Caelid again. Northwest of Sellia, Town of Sorcery, you can find the Nox Sworstress and Nox Priest boss fight. This boss is sealed behind a magic barrier that requires lighting the braziers in the towers around the town of Sellia.
Once you successfully defeat the boss, head north of the boss chamber. There you will find a chest containing Lusat’s Glintstone Staff.
How to Use Lusat’s Glintstone Staff
What really ups the power level of Lusat’s Glintstone Staff is the bonus damage it applies to all Sorceries. This bonus damage brings its damage output to be highest of any Staff in the game. At 80 Intelligence, it reaches an incredible 413 damage scaling for Sorceries.
It’s well worth the investment if you are going for a pure Sorcery build. The major drawback, however, is the 50% additional FP cost for all Sorceries. This may seem like a dealbreaker for some.
However, there are ways to mitigate this cost. Talismans like the Primal Glintstone Blade or Cerulean Amber Medallion can help. The Primal Glintstone Blade talisman reduces FP cost of spells at the cost of a reduced max HP. Equipping the Cerulean Amber Medallion increases your max FP. Depending on your build, this may or may not work for you. Consider your options when deciding if you want to maximize damage output or casting efficiency.
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