The best Elden Ring talismans and where to get them

We’ve picked out some of the very best Elden Ring talismans, where you can find them, and where to get pouches so you can equip multiple talismans

Walking through a dark, flooded ruin with torch held aloft in Elden Ring

Want to know about Elden Ring talismans? Talismans are Elden Ring’s version of rings from previous Souls games. Each talisman bestows a passive buff, with effects ranging from general boons like faster stamina regen to increased damage for the final attack in a twinblade combo.

You can find an array of the best Elden Ring talismans in the fantasy game’s vast open world; some in treasure chests in Elden Ring dungeons, some drop as loot from enemies and bosses, and others can be bought from merchants. As you progress to more challenging areas, you will encounter upgraded versions of talismans with increased effects. You can expand the number of talismans you can equip at the same time using Talisman Pouches.

Though their utility will vary based on your Elden Ring build and which of the best Elden Ring weapons you’re using, talismans provide a much needed helping hand when it comes to taking on Elden Ring bosses. To help you formulate your strategy, we’ve put together a list of some of the best talismans available in the game, as well as information on where you find them and how to get more pouches.

Here are our picks for the best Elden Ring talismans:

  • Arsenal Charm
  • Assassin’s Crimson Dagger
  • Concealing Veil
  • Curved Sword Talisman
  • Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman
  • Erdtree’s Favor
  • Godskin Swaddling Cloth
  • Gold Scarab
  • Green Turtle Talisman
  • Twinblade Talisman

The best Elden Ring talismans: a Tarnished is being given an Arsenal Charm by an NPC in the Roundtable Hold

Arsenal Charm

Boosts maximum equipment load. You get this from speaking to Nephali in Roundtable Hold after summoning her and beating Godrick the Grafted.

The best Elden Ring talismans: map view location of the Assassin's Crimson Dagger talisman.

Assassin’s Crimson Dagger

Critical Hits restore roughly 20% of your total HP. Reward for beating Black Knife Assassin in Deathtouched Catacombs dungeon in Limgrave.

The best Elden Ring talismans: a map showing the location of the Conceiling Veil talisman.

Concealing Veil

Conceals wearer while crouching away from foes. Drops from the Black Knife Assassin found in Sage’s Cave in Altus Plateau.

The best Elden Ring talismans: map location for the Curved Sword talisman.

Curved Sword Talisman

Enhances guard counters. Found in a treasure chest in a dark room in the wine cellar of Stormveil Castle. You have to clear this area to continue into Stormveil Castle anyway, but it’s possible to miss the chest in the room as it’s so dark.

The best Elden Ring talismans: map of the location of the Dragoncrest Greatshield talisman.

Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman

This is a great one for melee-focused players. It provides a massive boost to physical damage negation, adding +20 to all of the relevant stats.

It is found on an elevated platform in a building in the northeast portion of Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree. You can reach the access point by going to the Drainage Channel Site of Grace, but it’s guarded by Pests.

Erdtree’s Favor

Increases maximum HP, stamina, and equip load. Can be selected as a Keepsake in the character creator or found in the Fringefolk Hero’s Cave in Limgrave.

Higher tier versions of this talisman can also be found later in the game, with the +2 variant on a tree in the far east of Leyndell, Ashen Captial, close to the elevator near the Forbidden Lands and East Altus Diving Tower. You’ll need to backtrack from the Forbidden Lands Site of Grace to reach this talisman.

The best Elden Ring talismans: map view location of the Godskin Swaddling Cloth talisman.

Godskin Swaddling Cloth

Successive attacks restore HP. Drops from the Godskin Apostle & Godskin Noble boss fight in Spiritcaller’s Cave in the Mountaintops of the Giants.

The best Elden Ring talismans: map view location of the gold scarab talisman.

Gold Scarab

This Talisman increases the amount of runes you get from enemies. At the moment it’s believed to be a 20% increase, but the effect can be stacked with other rune-boosting items. You get this as a reward for beating the two Cleanrot Knights in the Abandoned Cave in Caelid.

The best Elden Ring talismans: map location for the Green Turtle talisman.

Green Turtle Talisman

Raises stamina recovery speed. Found in a turtle-filled area in Summonwater Village unlocked by an Imp Statue.

The best Elden Ring talismans: map location for the Twinblade talisman.

Twinblade Talisman

Enhances the final hit ending a chain of attacks. It can be found in a chest on the battlements of Castle Morne.

The best Elden Ring talismans: The Tarnished is receiving a talisman pouch from an old crone.

How to get Elden Ring Talisman Pouches

Here is where you get additional Elden Ring talisman slots:

  • Talisman Pouch #1 – this drops after you beat Margit the Fell Omen
  • Talisman Pouch #2 – this can be acquired from Finger Reader Enia, the old person you find by Two Fingers in Roundtable Hold. You can only get this after you’ve acquired any two Elden Ring Great Runes
  • Talisman Pouch #3 – you get this for defeating Godfrey, in Leyndell, Royal Capital

These are some great Elden Ring talismans we’ve found so far – to become even more powerful in battle, take a look at our Elden Ring weapon arts guide, the Elden Ring ashes of war locations, and Elden Ring crystal tear locations. If you’re curious how to get all the best Elden Ring endings, check out our guide.

Additional contributions by Joe Robinson.