You can buy spells from Sorceress Sellen, under the Waypoint Ruins in Limgrave. You’ll also need to memorize the spells at a Site of Grace, meet the required attributes to use the spells, and you’ll need a staff.
Elden Ring has significantly buffed the power of magic and spells. In other Soulsborne titles, sorcery builds would take a while to come online. But in Elden Ring, you’ll come out blasting with a small investment.
Assuming that you already know how to cast spells, you need to know where to find new ones. After all, you can only count on initial spells for so long.
This guide will show you where to buy sorcery spells in Elden Ring early. As a bonus, I’ll tell you where to find an early staff to begin your journey into the arcane.
Where to Learn Sorcery Spells
You can buy sorcery spells early from Sorceress Sellen. Her shop is found in a cellar under the Waypoint Ruins in Limgrave.
Starting from the Site of Grace in Stormgate, head southeast and follow the main road. You should pass the bandit camp at Gatefront Ruins, not back at the forest towards the Church of Elleh.
There are two enemies that can cause trouble on your way to buy sorceries in Elden Ring. First, the mounted bandit with the giant sword after the bandit camp. He can easily catch up to you and knock you off your horse; his follow-up attack is a death sentence.
Save your stamina to dash away for a quick escape. Additionally, you can craft items in Elden Ring to heal Torrent while you’re on the move.
Second, there’s a dangerous mounted Knight on the bridge. It’s harder to avoid him because he’s fast on his steed, and one hit could dismount easily dismount you. Fortunately, he only spawns during nighttime.
You typically use a Site of Grace to level up in Elden Ring. But, there are other actions you can do like passing the time. Make sure it’s morning before you cross the bridge.
After the bridge, move towards the south when the path diverges. You’ll know you’re in the right way when you encounter two giant trolls chained to a treasure chest. The trolls won’t disturb you but watch out for the mounted soldiers guarding it.
Assuming you’re moving south, keep your eye on the left side of the road. Once you see the ruins, go ahead and investigate them. You’ll know you’re in the right location when you spot the hostile plants.
Just for safety, there’s a lost grace site across Waypoint Ruins. It’s facing the lake with some giant crabs.
The small plants can emit poisonous gases, while the bigger one can summon lightning for some reason. For now, avoid them if you want to buy sorcery spells, as there’s a nasty surprise waiting for you.
Keep searching the ruins and look for stairs going down. If this is your first time, there will be the familiar mist indicating a boss fight. You’ll be up against the Mad Pumpkin Head, and it’s a relatively easy boss.
It may be massive and intimidating, but don’t worry as the boss is quite slow. You’ll have more than enough time to move away from it to heal.
Another bonus tip: don’t hit it on the side or from the back. Its pumpkin helmet is surprisingly tough, and your weapons might just bounce off it.
After defeating it, the door behind it will open. Here you can find Sorceress Sellen to buy sorcery spells in Elden Ring.
You can take any sorcery scrolls you find in the world to Sorceress Sellen. Of course, there are other merchants and ways you can acquire spells, but I’ll leave that up to you to discover.
Where to Find a Good Staff Early
It’s not enough to purchase sorcery spells in Elden Ring; there are a few steps you have to do to use them.
First, you have to memorize the spell. You can switch out your current roster of spells on a Site of Grace. Once at a Site of Grace, choose the option to memorize spells and select your desired spell.
Next, make sure you meet the required attributes to use the spell. Typically, you need either Intelligence or Faith to use magic. A few spells and incantations require some points in Arcane as well.
Lastly, you need a staff to use magic in Elden Ring. Staves generally amp up your spells, while some of them boost specific types of sorceries.
After successfully doing all of these steps, you can finally cast a spell. Spells draw from your focus points bar (the blue one); you can increase your FP with more points in Mind.
Now, there’s a staff you can get early in Elden Ring if you need one. In fact, even if you already have a staff I suggest going out of your way to acquiring it because it’s one of the best staves in the game, and it will definitely carry your early levels.
The Meteorite Staff is found at the Caelid region at the Street of Sages Ruins. Even though Caelid is intended for higher leveled players, you can loot the armament without having to fight a single enemy.
First, find the Smoldering Church in Caelid. You can reach the landmark by following the main road east of Stormhill Shack. Alternatively, you can use the consecutive Spiritspring jumps north of the Third Church of Marika, north of Mistwood.
Starting from the Smoldering Church in Caelid, stay on the main road while heading further inside the scarlet rot-blighted region. After passing Caelem Ruins, make a quick detour for the Smoldering Wall Site of Grace. It’s just after the telescope and the creepy old lady by the barricade.
Now, go southeast into the Swamp of Aeonia, make sure you don’t fall off the steep cliff. There’s a merchant nearby and another Site of Grace near the swamp’s shore for safety.
The swamp is infected with scarlet rot so don’t get off Torrent if you want to live. There are also dangerous enemies so dismounting from your horse is a death sentence.
If you’re still in your early levels, it would be better to find a high vantage point so you can place a waypoint on your map. Look for the Street of Sages Ruins at the northwest part of the lake. Then, look for the broken tower.
You’ll find the Meteorite Staff inside that tower, on a corpse hanging on the window. It’s guarded by poisonous flowers and a few mages so you want to get the Meteorite Staff then leave.
It’s more than worth the trouble though because this staff is one of the best weapons in Elden Ring. It has a low stat requirement: 6 strength and 18 int, which is no problem for a character dabbling in sorceries.
Furthermore, it has an S-rank intelligence scaling. Soulsborne veterans can appreciate how scaling works in Elden Ring; but for the uninitiated, it means the more intelligence you invest, the more powerful this staff amplifies your spells.
The Meteorite Staff also boosts gravity-based sorceries. Conveniently, the potent Rock Sling spell is also in the vicinity. Investigate the ruins further while keeping an eye out for a cellar. The chest inside contains the aforementioned spell.
Despite how good the Meteorite Staff is, its biggest downfall is that you can’t upgrade it. There’s no way to upgrade the weapon, so other upgradeable staves will eventually outclass it.
However, that shouldn’t deter you from finding the Meteorite Staff early because it will be quite some time before you can replace it. But, if that aspect turns you away from the staff, consider either the Digger’s Staff or the Demi-Human Queen’s Staff, both found relatively early.
Other Kinds of Spells
In case you are building a Faith and Int caster, or just a Faith based character, you need incantations.
Although it’s not that hard to find the church to buy dragon incantations in Elden Ring, there are other kinds of Faith spells.