Two-Handed Sword Talisman

Two-Handed Sword Talisman

This is the best Talisman in Elden Ring in terms of pure upside vs. conceivable downsides. 

When this Talisman is equipped, you get a 15% damage boost when using a Two-Handed weapon (meaning a weapon you are actively holding with two hands rather than a weapon in each hand). That’s a massive, consequence-free damage buff for a playstyle that already enabled some of the highest raw damage in the game. It’s pretty ridiculous that this thing exists in terms of balancing. When combined with other damage-boosting items and effects, it enables otherworldly builds. 

Retaliatory Crossed-Tree

Retaliatory Crossed-Tree

This one is also pretty nutty. Retaliatory Crossed-Tree grants you somewhere around a 15% damage buff after you execute a roll or backstep. For the vast, vast majority of melee builds, that translates to a nearly constant damage buff during boss fights (especially while leveling). 

However, that’s only one way to look at this thing. So far as I can tell, this damage buff is not dependent on actually dodging an incoming attack. So, if you simply roll or backstep before executing an attack, you get a very nice damage buff for basically nothing. This could end up being a tight fit into some endgame builds, but it definitely deserves a nod for its free damage potential. 

Two-Headed Turtle Talisman

Two-Headed Turtle Talisman

This Talisman that increases your Stamina regeneration speed certainly doesn’t break the game. You’ll notice the difference if you equip and unequip it, but you won’t be able to trigger some kind of infinite Stamina scenario with it or negate the Stamina regeneration mechanic. 

For melee players, though, nothing adds up more in the long run than Stamina regeneration. It is the essence of pretty much everything that you’re trying to do. While proper Stamina management is an irreplaceable skill, you’d be amazed by how much this thing helps during longer fights or simply enables a more aggressive playstyle for quicker runs through areas. It won’t do much for casters, but it’s becoming increasingly essential for many melee and tank builds. 

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