- Wed Apr 13, 2022 11:21 pm
Played through the whole game on a faith/dex build, and I enjoyed it immensely, at least for PvE. To be honest I have very few complaints about Incantations as a whole, but the sore spots are definitely... well, sore spots. Wanted to talk up the Incantations for a second before I began complaining about them.
Your best damaging spell for the entire game is going to be 'Lightning Spear' regardless of how much I wanted to use the cool as hell "Death Lightning", "Fortisaxx's Lightning Spear", or "Lansseax's Glaive", or several other incantations. Honorable mentions go to 'Wrath of Gold', 'Black Flame', and 'Frenzied Burst', at least for Offensive Incantations. Those 4 were pretty solid and in some situations felt great.
For utility/healing, I don't think Incantations need any help at all. 'Golden Vow', 'Protection of the Erdtree', and 'Blessing of the Erdtree', were basically always attuned for me in the latter half of the game, because of how great their stacking was for bosses, or even running through particularly difficult parts of the areas. My only problem lies in the fact that all of the epic, late game Incantations require you to hover for 1-2 seconds, are melee/short only, have no hyper armor (Black Blade is an exception in this case), and feel as if they do barely more damage than 'Lightning Spear'. The epic Incantations for sure hit harder initially, but the casting time + how easily you can be interrupted make them sometimes unfun to use, and you can get two Lightning Spears out in the time of 1 of these, and from further range.
Realistically, I think unless you're doing FTH + INT/ARC you'll mostly want to use it for buffing yourself/allies, and only a few offensive spells. Even the last 2-3 bosses of the game, I was only offensively using Lightning Spear, and Black Blade, if the boss wasn't focusing me. I still very thoroughly enjoyed Incantations, and will definitely use them again, but with a few touch-ups here and there they could really shine on their own.