Elden Ring’s buggy PvP shield spell is more powerful than any sword

When FromSoftware improved the effectiveness of shields in the latest patch to Elden ring, it certainly didn’t mean inadvertently creating a new exploitable PvP build. But, as is often the case with game developers, as soon as you attack one exploit mole, another one pops up.

Elden Ring players have found a new way to attack opponents with a single shot (and many enemies in PvE) with a simple shield skill that occasionally sends invisible blades at opponents for ridiculous amounts of damage.

O Carian retaliation build uses the Ash of War with the same name applied to a shield. The skill allows you to parry spells to gain multiple powerful sword projectiles that fire at enemies. The skill’s damage scales based on your shield’s upgrade level, and since it’s a diversion, it seems to deal massive amounts of damage as a way of rewarding what should be a skilled maneuver. But here’s the galaxy brain trick: you can parry your own spells.

If you activate an item like the Specter Call Bell that emits its own spell-like projectiles, you can immediately parry and activate Carian Retribution. This is also possible with other items like Glintstone Scraps that work in a similar way. All together it’s an easy setup for an attack that some people report will instantly kill people at 50 force or below, which is plenty for the average player.

It gets worse too. The magic blades that Carian Retaliation generates are not visibly thrown at enemy players’ screens. There’s almost no way to reliably avoid them without a visual indicator of when to roll over or get out of the way. And if the explorer uses the spell before invading you, the magic swords are completely invisible.

(gif source: DBZenkai)

The bug seems to be the fact that you can parry your own spells and the swords animation only appearing on the user’s screen. The high damage it inflicts could be intentional, as it must be a hard thing to come up with with a devastating bounty.

Compared to the Deathblight build that FromSoftware eradicated in the latest patch this could be worse considering the required item can be obtained much earlier in the game. If you’re looking to fight other Elden Ring players, pray the invisible blades don’t find you.

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