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There are many types of Spirit Ashes to summon for help in Elden Ring that you can collect, but only one can effectively clone you in battle. This page contains information on how to obtain the Mimic Tear Spirit Ash summon and how you can maximize its combat effectiveness.
Where to find the Mimic Tear Ashes summon
You won’t be able to access the area that Mimic Tear is in until you defeat Starscourge Radahn in Caelid’s Castle Redmane. This will cause a meteor to hit the ground in East Limgrave, opening a path to Nokron, the Eternal City.
Enter this new area and move through the ruins until you face Mimic Tear as the Miniboss, although killing him isn’t enough to get his ashes back.
Instead, cross the bridge into the ancient woods and hang along the left ridge line until you find a grace site for this area, and a series of building roofs you can cross to enter Night’s Sacred Ground.
After fighting a few more mimics, you can walk through an archway to enter a large cathedral-like location with a lower section below you. Don’t go down, but instead cross to the other side of the chapel to find a hallway leading to an imp-sealed door.
You’ll need to use a Stonesword Key to open this barrier, and on the other side you’ll find a Nox Swordstress guarding a chest that contains the prize – the Mimic Tear Spirit Ashes.
How to Use Mimic Tear Summon
Unlike most other summons, the Mimic Tear does not require FP to summon – instead it requires a whopping 660 Health! For some builds this may not even be doable, but even if you have 661 life it’s worth trading it for a charge from your healing flask – as long as you live long enough to drink it once that you summoned the Mimic.
The Mimic essentially functions as a double NPC of your character: it will use whatever you have on you at the time of creation. This goes for equipped weapons, armor, a few charges from your flask, and even other tools in your satchel! The best part about this is that these won’t take any consumables from your own pocket, meaning whenever you summon the Mimic he can apply weapon grease, throw pots, throw darts and use just about anything besides weapon attacks, block, dodge, weapon skills.
The Mimic doesn’t have your exact strength or HP pool, as using Glovewort to empower it will increase its durability and damage – but it will have your stats. This means that any weapon you can wield, the Mimic can and will too – including using Ashes of War. This also means it will benefit from weapons you’ve empowered with Forge Stones – the higher the weapon level, the more damage your Mimic will deal.
However, what really sets the Mimic apart is that because it copies your gear at build time, you can then swap out items to effectively give your copy a different loadout. For example, if you really like your Sacred Great Spear, but want to be able to deal damage and bleed faster, you can equip a katana and summon your Mimic, then switch back to your spear while your copy retains the highest weapon. fast (or both use the same weapon to stack the effects). If you have certain incantations or sorceries, you can equip them with catalysts to give them different roles. No matter what role you assign them, you’ll find they’re incredibly resilient against most bosses, and you can swap out their gear to try out different tactics to complement your own.
The only real downside is that it takes longer to summon than most as it first appears as a blob before transforming into your clone, and after the summon you will have lost a lot of life, which means that fast bosses can knock you down unless you can summon before entering their arena.