The Enchanting Branch is not at the top of our list of Elden’s Ring Souvenirs: You can find the item throughout the game, and more importantly, its usefulness feels situational. While turning enemies into temporary allies is an interesting and useful tactic, it’s less impressive when you consider the extensive Spirit Ash Summoning System.
Light spoilers for the giants’ mountain tops below.
However, one area where the Sorcerer’s Branch can come in handy is the Commander Niall boss fight in Castle Sol, a dungeon found in the Mountaintops of the Giants area at the end of the game. Niall himself is a classically tough acrobatic armored sword guy from FromSoftware – see also Artorias, Gwyn, and Isshin Ashina from previous games. He would be tough enough on his own, but he opens the fight by summoning two ghost knights to fight alongside him. They are big, mean, fast, and have varied, punishing moves.
That’s where the Sorcerer Branch comes in. Souls series challenge runner, Ongbalas part of an ongoing search for Defeat all bosses in the game without leveling updemonstrated its strategy to take down Commander Niall with the help of the Branch. Not only did turning the Knights to his side eliminated the extra threat, but the soldiers proved to be just as deadly against the boss as they are when fighting a player, wiping out half of Niall’s health before Ongbal even had to lift a finger.
When I faced Commander Niall, it was two hours of old-fashioned trial and error, and it was a pleasure to see someone not only skillfully defeat him, but also use their own advantage against him. It’s also a thrilling demonstration of Elden Ring’s mechanical depth and flexibility: one creative player was able to use a mechanic that many others had completely discarded to turn a high-level challenge on its head. Who knows how many creative and surprising strategies still need to be discovered?