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Latest Elden Ring update massively nerfs two popular magic buffs

A massive blow to the mages.

Magic has been overpowered in Elden Ring for quite some time, but despite some nerfs in previous patches, it still held on. But with the game's latest update that may not be the case anymore, as two popular magic buffs have been nerfed massively.

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The latest Elden Ring 1.12 update has adjusted a lot of weapons, skills and the overall game balance. While some were minor adjustments, others were big, like the Terra Magica sorcery spell and the Cerulean Hidden Tear. The Terra Magica spell creates a magical spherical zone, where if spells are cast within it, it increases the damage of the spells. Before the update, the damage was 35% but now it's around 22%. On the other hand, the Cerulean Hidden Tear removed all FP consumption for a specific time when used in the Wondrous Physick. Initially, it was for 15 seconds, then it was nerfed to 10, and now it's nerfed even more to around 6-7 seconds.

These nerfs definitely affect players with magic builds as these two made every magic spell overpowered, especially Comet Azur and Night Comet. You could basically cheese any boss with Comet Azur within seconds. A popular trend among magic users is using Comet Azur on Mohg, Lord of Blood, who you need to defeat to access the DLC, with the Terra Magica and the Cerulean Hidden Tear buffs included. Mohg doesn't even make it halfway to the player before it destroys him. Combining these is also useful in taking down other big enemies like Ancient Dragons.

It's definitely a devastating blow to the mage community in Elden Ring because essentially these two were the bread and butter of the majority of mage builds and were called ''broken'' because of how OP they made any magic spell. Perhaps, FromSoftware knew even with the previous updates, magic was overpowered and they decided to nerf it again just in time for the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC, where enemies are definitely going to be harder than in the base game.

Though these are major nerfs to two magic buffs, magic spells by themselves are powerful enough to take down most enemies and bosses in the game as they are still amazing in terms of overall damage. Terra Magica and Cerulean Hidden Tear will still have their usefulness in buffing these magic spells, though not as much as before.

For more on Elden Ring, check out Everything you need to do before the Elden Ring DLC comes out, here on Pro Game Guides.

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