Informative facts about the Elden Ring: Comparing the Standard vs Quality Affinity, Details explored!

There has been a significant player misunderstanding about the “discussion” between the Elden Ring Standard and the Quality Affinity. This is often because most individuals have difficulty defining “Quality” in this setting. You think it would improve your weapon’s stats after seeing it, but instead, it reduces your weapon’s basic damage. The logic behind it is beyond understanding. All right then, let’s find out.

A Comparison of the Elden Ring Standard and the Quality Affinity

The best way to describe Standard vs Quality Affinity in Elden Ring is to let you decide. Considering that “quality” doesn’t imply what most people assume it does, it’s no surprise that many struggles to define it. The default “state” for a weapon is its Standard Affinity. This means that it can be used with a wider range of metrics than it was designed for. The Quality Affinity granted by certain Ashes of War, such as Storm Stomp, alters the weapon’s scaling to be independent of Strength and Dexterity. This is a great benefit for characters that heavily employ Dexterity and Strength.

However, it does come with a cost, and that is a reduction in the weapon’s basic damage. It is up to you to determine whether the Elden Ring Standard is worth giving up in exchange for Quality Affinity. Remember to check the weapon’s scaling in the storage menu. Scaling both Strength and Dexterity, in the same manner may be beneficial, although this is not always the case.

Understanding Affinities with the Elden Ring

While discussing Standard vs Quality Affinity in Elden Ring, let’s discuss affinities. Largely, they are obtained by coating your weapons with Ashes of War. Our Ashes of War User’s Guide has further details on how to use them. Here are how the application of Affinities to weapons modifies their characteristics.

Standard: Default state.

Heavy: Increases Strength at the expense of other characteristics.

Keen: Scales Dexterity at the expense of other characteristics.

Quality: Equalizes Strength and Dexterity scaling at the expense of all other characteristics.

Sacred: Faith scaling strengthens default scaling. Physical and Holy damage split.

Magic: Scales Intelligence but weakens default. Separates physical and magical harm.

Blood: Arcane scaling strengthens default scaling. Attacks gain Bleed.

Cold: Scales Intelligence but weakens default. Attacks gain Frostbite.

Fire: Weakens scaling and divides physical and fire damage.

Lightning: Enhances Scaling Dexterity weakens default scaling. Physical and Lightning damage split.

Occult: Arcane scaling strengthens default scaling. Stops auto-reviving zombie opponents.

Poison: Scales Dexterity, Strength, and Arcane. Attacks gain Poison.

The necessity to train your character for certain jobs becomes apparent quickly in your expedition to the Elden Ring realm. Throughout your travels, you’ll find that you need to acquire new skills, such as using Ashes of War, utilising two-handed weapons, or casting magic spells. Many surprises await you, such as a nasty NPC Sellen who won’t allow you to visit her store, an unseen guy in a bush, or a big turtle with a bell that duplicates key things.

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