Elden Ring: How to Upgrade Ashes

For those seeking some extra help in battle.
The Tarnished speaking to Roderika, Spirit Tuner.

Key Takeaway

You can upgrade Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring by interacting with Roderika after she becomes a Spirit-Tuner. You'll need Grave Gloveworts or Ghost Gloveworts to upgrade your Spirit Ashes.

Spirit Ashes are some of the best tools you can employ in Elden RingUpgrade them and you’ll make them even better. This can be done with the help of a particular NPC and two types of upgrade materials.

Table Of Contents

    Upgrading Ashes with Roderika

    Roderika is the only NPC in the game who can upgrade your Spirit Ashes. You’ll first find Roderika at Stormhill Shack in Limgrave, to the right of the road past Gatefront.

    Interact with Roderika here and exhaust her dialogue. Leave her be for now and make your way to Stormveil Castle. Press on until you arrive at the hall where the Grafted Scion is.

    On the southwest corner of this hall, you’ll find a door. Head through it and turn left. There’s a pile of dead bodies ahead that’s guarded by two dogs. There’s an item atop this pile. Loot it to get the Chrysalid’s Memento.

    Once obtained, return to Roderika and give this item to her. After exhausting her dialogue here once more, she’ll tell you that she’ll head for the Roundtable Hold. That’s where you’ll find her next.

    Roderika at the Roundtable Hold.

    Roderika will still go to the Roundtable Hold even if you don’t give her the Chrysalid’s Memento. She’ll get there on her own after you defeat Godrick and rest at a Site of Grace in Liurnia.

    Turning Roderika Into a Spirit-Tuner

    Once Roderika arrives at the Roundtable Hold, there are still a few things you’ll need to do to make sure she becomes a Spirit-Tuner.

    Speak to Roderika and exhaust her dialogue. Then, head to Master Hewg and speak to him about Roderika. Hewg will tell you that Roderika has a gift for spirit tuning.

    With this information, return to Roderika and tell her what Hewg told you. Return to Hewg again and tell him to watch over Roderika, and tell him it’s what she wants.

    Roderika talking about Master Hewg in Elden Ring.

    Reload the area by fast-traveling to the Roundtable Hold again. This time, you’ll find Roderika sitting in the same hallway where Hewg is, and she’ll now upgrade your Spirit Ashes for you as long as you have Gloveworts.

    Upgrading Spirit Ashes With Gloveworts

    There are two types of Gloveworts in Elden Ring just as there are two types of Spirit Ashes.

    There are standard Spirit Ashes and there are elite Spirit Ashes.

    You’ll need Grave Gloveworts to upgrade standard Spirit Ashes and Ghost Gloveworts for elite Spirit Ashes.

    Standard Spirit Ashes are those you’d expect to fight while traversing the massive world of Elden Ring. These are Spirit Ashes of regular enemies and a few field bosses you encounter in the world.

    Elite Spirit Ashes, on the other hand, are special characters that have their own relevance and lore. While some of them are variations of enemies you meet in the world, if you read their description, they’re usually different from the others of their kind. They’re often much more remarkable and important to the world-building of the game.

    For your perusal, here’s every Spirit Ash in Elden Ring:

    Standard Spirit Ashes
    Wandering Noble Ashes
    Noble Sorcerer Ashes
    Nomad Ashes
    Putrid Corpse Ashes
    Skeletal Militiaman Ashes
    Skeletal Bandit Ashes
    Albinauric Ashes
    Winged Misbegotten Ashes
    Demi-Human Ashes
    Clayman Ashes
    Oracle Envoy Ashes
    Lone Wolf Ashes
    Rotten Stray Ashes
    Giant Rat Ashes
    Warhawk Ashes
    Land Squirt Ashes
    Spirit Jellyfish Ashes
    Miranda Sprout Ashes
    Fanged Imp Ashes
    Soldjars of Fortune Ashes
    Archer Ashes
    Greatshield Soldier Ashes
    Page Ashes
    Vulgar Militia Ashes
    Marionette Soldier Ashes
    Avionette Soldier Ashes
    Kaiden Sellsword Ashes
    Mad Pumpkin Head Ashes
    Fire Monk Ashes
    Ancestral Follower Ashes
    Azula Beastman Ashes
    Man-Serpent Ashes
    Crystalian Ashes
    Kindred of Rot Ashes
    Glintstone Sorcerer Ashes
    Twinsage Sorcerer Ashes
    Godrick Soldier Ashes
    Raya Lucaria Soldier Ashes
    Leyndell Soldier Ashes
    Radahn Soldier Ashes
    Haligtree Soldier Ashes
    Mausoleum Soldier Ashes
    Elite Spirit Ashes
    Stormhawk Deenh
    Banished Knight Oleg Ashes
    Banished Knight Engvall Ashes
    Bloodhound Knight Floh
    Battlemage Hugues Ashes
    Latenna the Albinauric
    Perfumer Tricia
    Depraved Perfumer Carmaan Ashes
    Omenkiller Rollo
    Blackflame Monk Amon Ashes
    Ancient Dragon Knight Kristoff Ashes
    Redmane Knight Ogha Ashes
    Lhutel the Headless
    Cleanrot Knight Finlay Ashes
    Black Knife Tiche
    Mimic Tear Ashes
    Finger Maiden Therolina Puppet
    Jarwight Puppet
    Dolores the Sleeping Arrow Puppet
    Nepheli Loux Puppet
    Dung Eater Puppet
    Nightmaiden & Swordstress Puppets

    Where to Find Gloveworts in Elden Ring

    Both Grave and Ghost Gloveworts can be found and picked up in catacombs, hero graves, underground levels, cemeteries, forts, and castles.

    There are also bell bearings for Gloveworts, which allow you to purchase them from the Twin Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold once acquired and given to the same merchant.

    Where to Find Grave Gloveworts

    Grave Gloveworts from Elden Ring.

    Grave Gloveworts are more prominently found in catacombs and hero graves. Higher level variations of this upgrade material, though, begin appearing at late-game Legacy Dungeons.

    Where to Find Grave Glovewort [1]

    This upgrades standard Spirit Ashes from 0 to +1.

    • Tombsward Catacombs (Weeping Peninsula)
    • Impaler’s Catacombs (Weeping Peninsula)
    • Stormfoot Catacombs (Limgrave)
    • Deathtouched Catacombs (Limgrave)
    • Murkwater Catacombs (Limgrave)
    Where to Find Grave Glovewort [2]

    This upgrades standard Spirit Ashes from +1 to +2.

    • Tombsward Catacombs (Weeping Peninsula)
    • Impaler’s Catacombs (Weeping Peninsula)
    • Black Knife Catacombs (Liurnia)
    • Cliffbottom Catacombs (Liurnia)
    • Road’s End Catacombs (Liurnia)
    Where to Find Grave Glovewort [3]

    This upgrades standard Spirit Ashes from +2 to +3.

    • Road’s End Catacombs (Liurnia)
    • Black Knife Catacombs (Liurnia)
    • Cliffbottom Catacombs (Liurnia)
    • Sainted Hero’s Grave (Altus Plateau)
    • Minor Erdtree Catacombs (Caelid)
    • Caelid Catacombs (Caelid)
    Where to Find Grave Glovewort [4]

    This upgrades standard Spirit Ashes from +3 to +4.

    • Black Knife Catacombs (Liurnia)
    • Wyndham Catacombs (Altus Plateau)
    • Unsightly Catacombs (Altus Plateau)
    • Sainted Hero’s Grave (Altus Plateau)
    • Minor Erdtree Catacombs (Caelid)
    • Caelid Catacombs (Caelid)
    Where to Find Grave Glovewort [5]

    This upgrades standard Spirit Ashes from +4 to +5.

    • Wyndham Catacombs (Altus Plateau)
    • Unsightly Catacombs (Altus Plateau)
    • Sainted Hero’s Grave (Altus Plateau)
    • Auriza Hero’s Grave (Altus Plateau)
    • Minor Erdtree Catacombs (Caelid)
    • Caelid Catacombs (Caelid)
    Where to Find Grave Glovewort [6]

    This upgrades standard Spirit Ashes from +5 to +6.

    • Auriza Hero’s Grave (Altus Plateau)
    • Auriza Side Tomb (Altus Plateau)
    • Gelmir’s Hero Grave (Mt. Gelmir)
    • War-Dead Catacombs (Caelid)
    Where to Find Grave Glovewort [7]

    This upgrades standard Spirit Ashes from +6 to +7.

    • Gelmir Hero’s Grave (Mt. Gelmir)
    • Giants’ Mountaintop Catacombs (Mountaintops of the Giants)
    • Giant-Conquering Hero’s Grave (Mountaintops of the Giants)
    • Cave of the Forlorn (Consecrated Snowfield)
    Where to Find Grave Glovewort [8]

    This upgrades standard Spirit Ashes from +7 to +8.

    • Giants’ Mountaintop Catacombs (Mountaintops of the Giants)
    • Giant-Conquering Hero’s Grave (Mountaintops of the Giants)
    Where to Find Grave Glovewort [9]

    This upgrades standard Spirit Ashes from +8 to +9.

    • Giants’ Mountaintop Catacombs (Mountaintops of the Giants)
    • Giant-Conquering Hero’s Grave (Mountaintops of the Giants)
    • Hidden Path to the Haligtree (Consecrated Snowfield)
    • Consecrated Snowfield Catacombs (Consecrated Snowfield)
    • Mohgwyn Palace
    Where to Find Great Grave Glovewort

    This upgrades standard Spirit Ashes from +9 to +10, which is a Spirit Ash’s maximum level.

    • Giant-Conquering Hero’s Grave (Mountaintop of the Giants)
    • Consecrated Snowfield Catacombs (Consecrated Snowfield)
    • Crumbling Farum Azula
    • Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree

    Where to Find Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearings

    Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearings are items you can give to the Twin Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold. This will then allow you to purchase Grave Gloveworts from them. They’re mainly dropped by bosses found at various catacombs, except for the last variation.

    Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing [1] Location
    Wyndham Catacombs shown on the map.

    This bell bearing will allow you to purchase Grave Gloveworts 1 – 3 from the Twin Maiden Husks.

    This is dropped by the Erdtree Burial Watchdog boss at the end of Wyndham Catacombs.

    Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing [2] Location
    Giants' Mountaintop Catacombs shown on the map.

    The Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing [2] allows you to purchase Grave Gloveworts 4 – 6 from the Twin Maiden Husks.

    This is dropped by the Ulcerated Tree Spirit boss at the end of the Giants’ Mountaintop Catacombs.

    Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing [3] Location
    The location of the Glovewort Picker's Bell Bearing 3.

    This bell bearing will allow you to purchase Grave Gloveworts 7 – 9 from the Twin Maiden Husks.

    This is found in Crumbling Farum Azula, under a gazebo across a marshy area. It is guarded by a few Wormfaces.

    From the Tempest-Facing Balcony, enter the structure to the southwest and proceed to the exit on the opposite side. There’s an elevator here that will send you down. Once at the bottom, look over to the southeast and you’ll find the gazebo you’ll need to get to.

    Where to Find Ghost Gloveworts

    Ghost Gloveworts from Elden Ring.

    Ghost Gloveworts can still be found in catacombs and hero graves, but they’re more rampant in underground levels and late-game legacy dungeons.

    Where to Find Ghost Glovewort [1]

    This upgrades elite Spirit Ashes from 0 to +1.

    • Stormfoot Catacombs (Limgrave)
    • Murkwater Catacombs (Limgrave)
    • Tombsward Catacombs (Weeping Peninsula)
    • Siofra River
    • Ainsel River
    Where to Find Ghost Glovewort [2]

    This upgrades elite Spirit Ashes from +1 to +2.

    • Impaler’s Catacombs (Weeping Peninsula)
    • Siofra River
    • Road’s End Catacombs (Liurnia)
    • Ainsel River
    Where to Find Ghost Glovewort [3]

    This upgrades elite Spirt Ashes from +2 to +3.

    • Siofra River
    • Cliffbottom Catacombs (Liurnia)
    • Caelid Catacombs (Caelid)
    • Nokron, Eternal City
    Where to Find Ghost Glovewort [4]

    This upgrades elite Spirt Ashes from +3 to +4.

    • Siofra River
    • Minor Erdtree Catacombs (Caelid)
    • Caelid Catacombs (Caelid)
    • War-Dead Catacombs (Caelid)
    • Nokron, Eternal City
    • Sainted Hero’s Grave (Altus Plateau)
    • The Shaded Castle (Altus Plateau)
    Where to Find Ghost Glovewort [5]

    This upgrades elite Spirt Ashes from +4 to +5.

    • Siofra River
    • Nokron, Eternal City
    • Unsightly Catacombs (Altus Plateau)
    • Auriza Hero’s Grave (Altus Plateau)
    • Sainted Hero’s Grave (Altus Plateau)
    • Deeproot Depths
    Where to Find Ghost Glovewort [6]

    This upgrades elite Spirt Ashes from +5 to +6.

    • Wyndham Catacombs (Altus Plateau)
    • Auriza Hero’s Grave (Altus Plateau)
    • Uhl Palace Ruins
    • Deeproot Depths
    Where to Find Ghost Glovewort [7]

    This upgrades elite Spirt Ashes from +6 to +7.

    • Ainsel River
    • Nokstella, Eternal City
    • Deeproot Depths
    • Gelmir Hero’s Grave (Mt. Gelmir)
    • Giants’ Mountaintop Catacombs (Mountaintops of the Giants)
    • Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree
    Where to Find Ghost Glovewort [8]

    This upgrades elite Spirt Ashes from +7 to +8.

    • Nokstella, Eternal City
    • Mohgwyn Palace
    • Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree
    Where to Find Ghost Glovewort [9]

    This upgrades elite Spirt Ashes from +8 to +9.

    • Nokstella, Eternal City
    • Ordina Liturgical Town (Consecrated Snowfield)
    • Mohgwyn Palace
    • Giant-Conquering Hero’s Grave (Mountaintops of the Giants)
    • Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree
    Where to Find Great Ghost Glovewort

    This upgrades elite Spirt Ashes from +9 to +10, the maximum level for a Spirit Ash.

    • Ainsel River
    • Night’s Sacred Ground
    • Nokstella, Eternal City
    • Mohgwyn Palace

    Where to Find Ghost-Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearings

    These bell bearings will enable you to purchase Ghost Gloveworts from the Twin Maiden Husks. These are picked up at various hidden areas in the game.

    Ghost-Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing [1] Location
    The location of the Ghost-Glovewort Picker's Bell Bearing 1.

    The Ghost-Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing [1] will allow you to buy Ghost Gloveworts 1 – 3 from the Twin Maiden Husks.

    You can loot this from a corpse that’s lying under a gazebo in Nokron, Eternal City, east of the Nokron, Eternal City Site of Grace.

    Ghost-Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing [2] Location
    The Tarnished standing outside the building that contains multiple shielded Silver Tears.

    This bell bearing will allow you to buy Ghost Gloveworts 4 – 6 from the Twin Maiden Husks.

    You can find this in Nokstella, Eternal City. From the Site of Grace of the same name, head up to the flight of stairs to your west. At the very top, you’ll find a building to your left that contains multiple shielded Silver Tears. There’s a chest in this room that contains this bell bearing.

    Ghost-Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing [3] Location
    The location of the Ghost-Glovewort Picker's Bell Bearing 3.

    This bell bearing will allow you to buy Ghost Gloveworts 7 – 9 from the Twin Maiden Husks.

    This bell bearing is at a cemetery in Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree. Start from the Haligtree Roots Site of Grace and take the elevator back up. Take the exit in the opposite room, then head to your left.

    The bell bearing is on the ground at the furthest cliff, guarded by multiple Kindred of Rot enemies.