In typical FromSoftware fashion, Elden Ring is a hard game. Luckily for you, we’ve played over 60 hours and have a bunch of Elden Ring tips and tricks to make your life a little easier.
Since this is the first open-world FromSoftware game, we’ll mostly stay away from tips that could apply to Dark Souls or other FromSoft titles. Instead, we’ll focus on new mechanics and things to keep in mind as you explore this dangerous, vast, and mysterious landscape.
Buckle in for 11 Elden Ring tips.
Look, we know it’s sad, but this world is doomed anyway. Might as well make use of those animal bones. Not only are animal parts important components for crafting arrows (which are really handy for cheesing some tough enemies), but you can also sell those arrows to a merchant if you don’t plan to use them. Always handy if you’re a few Runes short of an item you want.
Remember when FromSoftware promised that Dark Souls 2’s dungeons would be really dark and you’d need a torch to explore them? Well, that didn’t happen. It’s definitely a feature in Elden Ring, however. You need a light source if you’re delving deep here, or you’re likely to fall into the abyss. You can buy one from the first merchant you see, just north of the First Step. Equip it in your off-hand’s secondary slot so you can switch to it as needed. Later, you can find a lantern that attaches to your belt.
It’s a bit morbid, but that’s just how FromSoftware rolls. Graveyards in Elden Ring are stacked with Golden Runes, which you can keep in your inventory as a backup Rune balance, to use whenever you need them. Find yourself a few Runes short of a level up? Use these to top yourself up, or save them up to use them when you come across a vendor.
Summoning spectral animals and other AI helpers is a new addition to Elden Ring. All you need to do is go back to the church north of the First Step once you’ve unlocked your horse. Here you’ll be given a summoning bell and a pack of spectral wolves. These are extremely useful for distracting bosses, allowing you to get in a few cheap hits.
From graveyards to catacombs, Elden Ring lives for death. Search these for a glowing flower called Grace Glovewort. This item is essentially smithing stones but for summons, allowing you to level up your summons with a particular NPC. Stronger summons will be more useful in tougher boss fights.
If an enemy is kicking your butt, it’s time to fight smart. Find a spot where a tough enemy can’t reach you and chip away. Use arrows, use throwable items, run in for quick slashes – do what you gotta do to win. Adopt the principle: WWPD – ‘what would Patches do?’
Don’t try to be an all-rounder in Elden Ring because you’ll struggle later on if you do. Only level up two main skills as a rule. For others, simply level them up whenever you need to hit a threshold to equip a weapon you want to wield or a spell you wish to use.
Ashes of War are another new addition to Elden Ring. These imbue your weapon with an ability – either a physical technique or a magical spell. While that’s worth experimenting with, it’s also worth taking into account how each Ashes of War affects your weapon level scaling. If you have a pure Dexterity build, you want to make sure Dex scaling is either A or B, for example. That means your damage output with that weapon will be higher the more Runes you pump into that statistic.
Even if an area seems hopeless, push on and you might just find a Grace site, giving you a checkpoint. Sometimes it’s worth just running past regular enemies to make progress – especially if a certain area has been giving you grief. Just because you’re struggling here, it doesn’t mean you will on the next bit. Some enemies are simply tougher to fight depending on your character build.
Having more healing flasks is nice and it’s worth keeping your eyes out for Golden Seeds to carry more, but Sacred Tears are just as important. Located in churches dotted around the landscape, these make your healing flask more potent, healing more of your HP with every swig.
While leveling up your character will get you so far, you need to improve your weapon as well. Every time you get the chance to delve into a dungeon, do it. Sometimes you’ll come across a mine, and these are rich in smithing stones and somber smithing stones. The former upgrades regular weapons and the latter does the same for special gear.
Looking for more Elden Ring tips and guides? Check out our full Elden Ring guide and walkthrough. And if you’re just trying to figure out where to go next in Elden Ring, we have a progression guide for you.
Written by Kirk McKeand on behalf of GLHF.
- Kill animals. Look, we know it's sad, but this world is doomed anyway. ...
- Buy a torch immediately. ...
- Visit graveyards. ...
- Use summons. ...
- Check catacombs. ...
- There's no shame in cheese. ...
- Focus on key stats. ...
- Ashes of War are more than a fancy move.
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Seeing every corner of Elden Ring and doing as much of the game as you can will probably take you at least 90 hours, and probably longer, up to or even past 110 hours (again, your skill level and general pace will make a big difference here).
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