Elden Ring is the studio's largest game to date, unquestionably its greatest, and packed with mysteries and challenges around every corner.
I understand how frightening the renowned developer’s releases can be for newcomers, so I’ve put together an Elden Ring beginner’s guide with nine key suggestions to help you make the most of your trip to The Lands Between.
1. Don't Forget About the Crafting Kit
The crafting kit should be your first buy after stepping into the open world. The Crafting Kit unlocks recipes for potent perfumes, weapon greases, throwable pots, health items for your mount, valuable boosts, and much more, all of which will add variety to your Elden Ring experience.
2. Learn How to Run Away
The realm of Elden Ring is teeming with formidable foes, and you’ll run into a couple of them in the first few hours. Some of the game’s challenges aren’t designed to be completed right immediately. Instead, you should go exploring, leveling up, and returning with more information and skill.
3. Sites of Forgotten Grace Point to Primary Goals
Sites of Lost Grace, like bonfires and lanterns in earlier From Software games, are checkpoints you’ll be looking for in Elden Ring. In most dungeons, these spots serve as fast travel hubs, store management, and safe spaces. Resting at a Site of Grace restores your health, focus points, and reusable flasks, and you can also use these checkpoints to level up your character’s stats or memorize new spells.
4. Spirit Summons: How to Unlock Them
In Elden Ring, Spirit Summons are a necessary tool. Even when upgraded at the Roundtable Hold, spirits aid tank damage from bosses or large groups of opponents, even though they never cause much damage. They can even assist you in interrupting or staggering threatening opponents.
5. Dodge Roll Speed Is Related to The Load On the Equipment
Every piece of equipment has a weight linked with it, and if you don’t manage your build properly, you’ll be too slow to be successful.
6. As Soon As Possible, Upgrade Your Weapons
Aside from observing and understanding the world around you, upgrading your weaponry is the best way to improve at Elden Ring. The amount of damage you deliver depends a lot on your weapon level, especially against early bosses like Margit the Fell Omen. In the early hours, go to the Church of Elleh and use the anvil next to the roaming merchant to enhance your weapon.
7. By exploring, you can improve your flasks
Golden Seeds and Sacred Tears are two items found in The Lands Between that can be used to upgrade your reusable flasks at Sites of Lost Grace.
8. Where Can I Find Map Fragments?
Aside from the few Sites of Grace you’ve achieved, your global map will be completely blank at the start of the game. You’ll need to collect Map Fragments, which may be found at towering stone pillars along key highways or conspicuous crossroads, to clear the fog of war and reveal a detailed version of the terrain you’re exploring.
9. Don't Forget to Watch the Tutorial
You might choose to skip Elden Ring’s tutorial. After all, there’s a beautiful world out there waiting to be discovered. But don’t forget to watch the instruction. It takes less than five minutes and will teach you how to use incantations, sword and shield counterattacks, stealth takedowns, and many other foundations such as the two-handed weapon posture, which is required to perform specific Arts of War talents.