Ashes of War is one of many Elden Ring mechanics that are new to the Soulsborn genre. While weapons with unique abilities are not a new concept, Ashes of War allows players to mix and match. For example, players can swap out the original Flail’s Spinning Chain skill for Sacred Vowel.
However, if the player so chooses, they can remove Ashes of War entirely. This leaves the weapon or shield in its most basic form. Weapons continue to deal damage, and shields can still block attacks.
It may seem counterintuitive, but say, removing the parry skill from a shield can be a positive in the Elden ring. By doing so, hitting the left bumper activates the player’s mainhand weapon instead of off-hand. It’s called the “No Skill” Ash of War.
Elden Ring: Buy the “No Skill” Ash of War from Knight Burnhali
“No Skill” Ash of War can be found and bought relatively quickly. The player will have to go to Warmster’s hut and talk to Knight Bernhall. The shack can be found in Limegrave, just outside Stormville Castle in Stormhill. It sits along a major road, perpendicular to the bridge above.
Knight Barnahl serves as one of the many merchants of the Elden Ring. He would sell “No Skill” Ash of War for 600 runs, among many others. With War Ashes in your possession, you can stop at any nearby Site of Grace or Blacksmith in the Round Table Hold to swap skills for other weapons or shields.
If you were feeling killer and killed knight Barnahl, you would have robbed Barnahal’s bell bearings. It can be given to Twin Maiden Husks in the roundtable hold. By doing so, they will absorb Knight Barnahl’s shop and sell the “no skill” Ash of War.
If you haven’t reached the Round Table Conference yet, you can also apply the ashes of war to your weapons and shields. However, this requires a Whetstone Knife. The knife can be plucked from a chest in the gatefront ruins, also found in Limegrave. With a knife in hand, go to the nearby Sight of Grace in the Elden Ring and select the “Ash of War” menu option.