Throughout your playthrough of Elden Ring, you will have to go through many dark tunnels, fight invisible enemies and encounter all kinds of scary beasts. Regardless of whatever the situation is, a torch will help you get through the hassle much more comfortably.
Torches light up the darkest corners and even stops some beasts from attacking you. Few will even surprise you with abilities to reveal invisible assassins and put your enemies to sleep.
Torches are categorized as armaments (weapons) and can be upgraded using smithing stones, just like swords or spears.
Note: Torches cannot be used in Power Stance like most other weapons. Although, we won’t stop you from trying.
To use a torch, you simply equip it in one of your hands. We recommend equipping it on your left-hand weapon slot and using your regular weapon on the right hand.
Once equipped, you might have to swap in the torch incase you have some other weapons in your hand. Let’s learn,
- Press the Esc key on PC, the Options button on PlayStation, and the Start button on Xbox.
- Head into the Equipment Menu and scroll over one of the three slots shown in the image and enter the slot.
- Find your torch and select it as the item for the slot. A mark will appear if it is now equipped on the slot.
- Go out of the menu and return to the game. If the torch isn’t out in your hands, swap it and light up dark places,
- Press the < direction key on the PS or Xbox till the player takes out the torch.
- Press Shift Key+Mouse Scroll down(or Scroll up if on right hand) on the PC till the torch is out.
- Once the torch is in your hand, you can perform some more actions.
- You can hold the torch up by pressing RMB on the PC, L1 on the PlayStation, and LB on the Xbox.
- You can also use the weapon skill of the torch by using Shift+RMB on the PC, L2 on the PlayStation, and LT on the Xbox.
Note: You can use the No Skill Ash of War on the Torch to use the Weapon Skill of your right-hand weapon.
All Torches in Elden Ring
There are six different kinds of torches you can obtain in Elden Ring, and apart from lighting up dark places, each has its own uses. We have a video guide on how to obtain and use all six torches you find in Elden Ring.
The Commoner. It can also be used for fire damage.
- Special Skill- Torch Attack, hold the torch forwards to inflict fire damage.
- Location- Buy from Kalé, the merchant at the Church of Elleh. If Kalé is dead, take his ball bearing to Twin Maiden’s Husk, the merchant at Roundtable Hold, and buy from her. Costs 200 Runes.
It repels beasts and is used to deal fire damage. Also, when equipped, enemies like wolves, bears, giant dogs, rats, giant rats, sheep, boars, basilisks, and crystal snails will avoid attacking you.
But, if you keep approaching them or hold still, they will eventually attack you. In that case, switching it back will once again repel them.
- Special Skill- Torch Attack. It is similar to the ability of a common torch and deals more damage than the common torch.
- Location- Buy from the Isolated Merchant at west Dragonbarrow. Costs 1200 Runes.
Steel Wire Torch
It can be used like a flamethrower to breathe fire on enemies.
- Special Skill- Firebreather. Use it to blow on the torch and burn everything before you for a short duration. Each usage costs FP.
This torch can be used offensively to deal a decent amount of fire damage to your foes.
- Location – Loot from a dead body on the ramparts of Castle Morne. You can reach the portion of ramparts from the doorway that’s accessible from the huge burning pile of dead bodies.
It makes invisible enemies visible and inflicts holy damage. It can also be used to reveal players who turned invisible using the Concealing Veil Talisman in PVP.
You normally use it in the Evergaol inside Ordina Liturgical Town to reveal the invisible Black Knife Assassins and unlock your way to the Haligtree.
You also use it to fight the Invisible Assassin Boss inside the Sage’s Cave.
Note: This torch works even when it’s resting on your back while two-handing your attack weapon.
- Special Skill- Torch Attack. It is similar to the ability of a common torch but deals holy damage.
- Location- Buy from a Hermit Merchant, North of Royal Capital Leyndell, in the Hermit Merchant Shack. Costs 7000 Runes. If it feels too expensive, we have a detailed guide on farming runes.
This torch glows with black and white flames. It can be used for magic damage and frost build-up. Other than that, it acts like a standard torch.
- Special Skill- Torch Attack. It is similar to the ability of a common torch but deals magic damage.
- Location- Loot from a dead body in Nokron, the Eternal City. It’s found in an area accessible from the tower tops just when you enter Nokron from the crater. Loot this before you descend to the Nokron Eternal City Site of Grace.
St. Trina’s Torch
This torch can be used to induce sleep. Note that not all foes can be put to sleep, especially the undead ones.
- Special Skill– Fires of Slumber, Use it to blow flames on the ground that make the enemies sleep. Using the skill consumes FP, and the flames do not damage foes.
- Location – Loot from a carriage being pulled by Trolls, northeast of the first Site of Grace in Consecrated Snowfield or southeast of the Inner Consecrated Snowfield Site of Grace.
Lantern and Starlight
There are some more things you can do to chase away the dark in Elden Ring.
- Lantern: You can hang a lantern around your waist to light up caves.
You cannot use a lantern to attack, but unlike a torch, it doesn’t burden your weapon slot. You can just turn it on and forget about it as it does its job.
Obtain the lantern by purchasing it from either the Nomadic Merchant in Southmost Liurnia or the one in the Southmost Weeping Peninsula.
- Starlight: Meet Sorceror Thops at the Church of Irith and buy the Starlight Spell from him. If he is dead, take his ball bearing to the Twin Maiden’s Husk at the Roundtable Hold and buy from there.
To cast the Starlight, brandish a Glintstone Staff and use it like a spell.