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Elden Ring: Where to find Mimic Tear and how to optimize it

The Mimic Tear is a Spirit Ash summon that you can find in Elden Ring. And if you haven’t already found it, you might want to prioritize it.

Unlike most other summons in the game, Mimic Tear is just as customizable as your character. This is because Mimic Tear will copy your character, abilities, gear, and even your fighting style. If you ever thought that an Elden Ring boss would be much easier if there were two of your avatars, then Mimic Tear is here to prove you right.

While Mimic Tear got a little less powerful in Elden Ring Patch 1.03, it’s still a long-lasting and powerful summon that can make almost any boss in the game considerably easier. If you don’t have it yet, it’s worth taking some time to find the Mimic Tear and equip it properly.

(If you flatly refuse to use Spirit Ash summons because you think it makes the game too easy, feel free to skip this piece. But you should be aware that some of the late game bosses are truly hellish without a second part to remove some of the heat.)

How to find the Mimic Tear Spirit Ashes

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Before you can use the Mimic Tear, you need to find it. As you’d expect, one of the most powerful summons in the game is pretty well hidden.

The first thing you’ll want to do is find your way to Nokron, the Eternal City, an optional area you’ll come across as part of the Ranni the Witch questline. However, simply following Ranni’s quest won’t necessarily lead you to the Mimic Tear. We’re going to have to get off the beaten track a bit.

First, if you want a taste of what summoning Mimic Tear will look like, you’ll have the chance to encounter one while exploring Nokron. Before entering the city proper, you will need to fight Mimic Tear as a boss. Like the Mimic Tear summon, the Mimic Tear boss will copy your character exactly, from your gear to your abilities. As such, you can defeat the boss fairly easily if you equip weaker gear than usual – but honestly, you can also defeat the boss fairly easily under normal circumstances. After all, no one knows your character’s strengths and weaknesses better than you.

Once you defeat the Mimic Tear, you’ll have quite a large area to explore in Nokron. You’ll want to find Night’s Sacred Ground, which can be a bit tricky to reach. First, find Grace’s site of the ancient woods, then jump to the roof of the nearest building. (You can survive the fall.) Follow the path of buildings all the way down, until you reach the facade of a huge temple. The Mimic Tear Ashes are inside and you will need a Stonesword Key to acquire them.

I won’t go into the exact steps here – Elden Ring is all about exploration, after all – but the Elden Ring wiki outlines the process, if you run into any trouble.

How to Optimize Mimic Tear

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Once you have the Mimic Tear Ashes in your possession, the fun part begins. First, revisit Roundtable Hold (check out our Elden Ring tips if you haven’t been in a while) and talk to Roderika the Spirit Tuner. Use any Ghost Glovewort you have in your possession; if you need more, explore the dungeons of the catacombs. In fact, if you want to upgrade the Mimic Tear as far as possible, you can find a Great Ghost Glovewort item in Night’s Sacred Ground, not too far from where you find the Mimic Tear Ashes.

Now here comes the fun part. Once you upgrade Mimic Tear as much as possible, it will essentially just be a much more durable version of your character. Whatever items you equip, your Mimic Tear will also equip; Whatever skills you use, your Mimic Tear will too.

There are as many ways to customize your Mimic Tear as there are ways to customize your character. As such, I won’t be recommending any specific gear or spells, as they may not suit your playstyle. However, I can say that as a tough melee fighter, I’ve used a lot more my Mimic Tear once I equipped a large curved sword and heavier armor. This meant that my Mimic Tear could stun enemies – even bosses – and not be stunned easily itself. As my Mimic Tear absorbed the punishment, I attacked bosses from behind or retreated to heal.

While Mimic Tear isn’t required to complete Elden Ring, it’s one of the best summons you can use, especially if you take the time to farm extra runes and develop your character. Just be aware that you can’t use Mimic Tear when facing most world bosses. Elden Ring wouldn’t want to make things too easy, after all.

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