Elden Ring guide: Everything you need to survive the Lands Between (2024)

These Elden Ring guides will see you safely through the Lands Between, especially when you're just starting out. Everything can seem pretty overwhelming at first, thanks to the freedom you have to explore in whichever direction you choose in this massive open-world game. As with most Souls games, you're expected to overcome notoriously tricky enemies and bosses, but there are a number of weapons to choose from, as well as myriad collectibles that can make your perilous journey a little easier.

Elden Ring's world is vast, and there's certainly a great deal of satisfaction to be had from going in blind. That said, you might find that there are a few things you wish you'd known beforehand—especially when it comes to Elden Ring quests—so maybe just a peep is in order. As such, I've listed all of our Elden Ring guides below.

Starting out

Character Creation
Before you can dive into the Lands Between, you need to make a few choices, both stylish and otherwise. This guide shows you what to expect from the character creation process in Elden Ring, from body type to background.

Your class—or origin—will determine your starting stats and level, as well as the weapon with which you start. There are ten classes to choose from, and this guide helps break down the strengths and weaknesses of each one to help you pick one that suits your playstyle.

These starter gifts can offer you a variety of bonuses, from an increase in your overall health to the ability to unlock a certain item or door later in the game. You can only pick one for your character when starting out, so this guide details the known benefits of each.

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Spirit Calling Bell
This item is given near the beginning of the game and is easy to miss. The Spirit Calling Bell allows you to summon NPCs and creatures to help you out during boss fights, dungeons, and other specific enemy-infested areas.

NPC quests
You'll meet a lot of NPCs during your time in the Lands Between and many of them have their own questlines. These aren't signposted though, so it's easy to miss one of the steps or lock yourself out by progressing the story too far.

Beginner's tips
There's a lot to figure out as you venture into the vast world of the Lands Between. This guide gives you the tips to help you out.

It's easy to miss how to craft in the Lands Between. You can make useful items on the fly to help you out in various situations, and learn more recipes from cookbooks. Here's what you need to know.

Stats and gear

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Level up
You'll want to increase your attributes so you can have an easier time with tougher bosses or moving through more difficult regions. You won't get the option to level up right away in the Lands Between, and you'll need to meet Melina in order to do so. This guide tells you how.

As with other Souls games, you can increase individual attributes as you level up. Each class starts with a specific stat balance, but you can customise this as you go, building your character around your preferred weapon and playstyle.

There are various weapons to try out in the Lands Between, from an unblockable knife made of ciphers, a giant flaming hammer, and a dragon head you can attach to your arm. They're not necessarily easy to find, though, so this guide lists the best of each weapon type.

You can find many different armor sets in the Lands Between. Some are great at offering a specific type of defense for the different situations and enemies you'll come across. Others just make you look really cool.

Magic has always had a place in the Souls games, relying on intelligence and faith attributes. Sorceries still provide powerful offensive magic, and Incantations lean towards healing, support, and fiery damage spells. This guide covers everything you need to know.

How to respec
You increase one of your attributes every time you level up. But what if you make a mistake, or find a weapon you want to use but your stats are all wrong? This guide shows you how its done.

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Ashes of War
These are used to enhance weapons with certain skills and affinities. You can apply Ashes at any Site of Grace, though you'll need the Whetstone Knife to do so. This guide covers some of the best ones, where to find them, and how to find more whetblades for adding affinities.

Great Runes
These items are dropped by main bosses in the Lands Between and offer a passive effect when equipped. There are a couple of things you'll need to do to make use of them, though. Here's how they work.

These are like the rings in Dark Souls, in that they grant you a passive effect when equipped. You start with one slot but can equip multiple talismans later on, and their effects generally stack.

Smithing Stones
These items, along with the Somber Smithing Stones variant, are used to upgrade your weapons. There are various ways to get them, including inside chests or from vendors once you've met the requirements.

How to alter armor
Tailoring Tools and the Sewing Needle items allow you to change up your armour as the game goes on. The change appears is cosmetic rather than altering stats, but you'll want to look your best when stepping out into the world of the Lands Between.


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Souls games are notoriously unforgiving. So if this is your first time playing a FromSoft game, you should familiarise yourself with the basics of Elden Ring's combat system. This guide will help you out.

No Souls game would be complete without a variety of bizarre bosses to tax your reflexes—and patience. This guide breaks down the main boss encounters, where you can find them, and tips on how to overcome them.

There are a lot of dungeons to tackle in the Lands Between. They can reward you with helpful items, weapons, or tools, so it's well worth your time to explore any you find. Luckily, we explain the different types, and how to get through some of the first ones you'll encounter.

If you're struggling with a boss or if you just want to bring a friend along for the fun of it, you can summon them (or a random player) into your game. This guide explains how it works.

Spirit Ashes
As you make your way through the Lands Between, you might have noticed you've picked up various different Spirit Ashes. These can be used to summon NPCs and mobs to help you fight bosses or complete dungeons.

Spirit Tuning
Unlocking this allows you to upgrade the power of the spirits you summon with your ashes. We explain how to complete the NPC questline that unlocks it, and where to find the material used in the upgrades.


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How to get Torrent
You'll be spending quite a bit of time on horseback in Elden Ring. This can make traversing the Lands Between much faster, but it also introduces a new element to several boss fights. This guide shows you how to get your trusty steed.

Fast travel
The Lands Between is vast. And as wonderful as Torrent is, you can't expect him to carry you back and forth across the map multiple times. Luckily, you can fast travel and this guide explains how.


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Golden Seeds
Golden Seeds are required to increase your flask charge, and you'll need several of them after a certain number of upgrades. These collectables can often be found by small golden saplings along main roads or close to various landmarks.

Tear locations
You can find both Sacred Tears and Crystal Tears throughout the Lands Between. The former improves your flask strength, whereas the latter is needed to brew the Flask of Wonderous Physick. Here's where to find these life-saving collectables.

Stonesword Keys
These are similar to the Pharros Lockstones from Dark Souls 2. They unlock fog doors throughout the game, allowing you to access certain areas, loot, or enemies. This guide covers the ones we've found so far.

Map Fragments
These uncover parts of the map when found. Each area has a "map pillar", and when you find the Map Fragment for the area, that part of the map is revealed. They're invaluable for orienting yourself and finding your way around, so I've listed the location for each one.

You might have come across a few pieces of fine art as you explore the Lands Between. This guide explains what they are and how you can solve them to collect valuable rewards.

Endings and their associated quests

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You can get several different endings in Elden Ring. Some require you to use a specific Mending Rune, while others can be triggered by your actions during your time in the Lands Between. This guide covers all of them.

Ranni (Age of the Stars)
As well as having one of the best plotlines, this NPC questline allows you to choose a certain ending once you've defeated the final boss. Her story arc revolves around various characters and their motivations and this guide tells you what you need to know to complete it.

Fia (Age of the Duskborn)
You'll encounter this mysterious "deathbed companion" when you first venture into Roundtable Hold. Not only does she give you a consumable in return for a hug, but she also has her own questline.

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Dung Eater (Blessing of Despair)
While you can meet this NPC early on, you can't start his quest until you pick up a specific item. This is a fairly short quest and you can obtain an item for one of the game's endings as a reward.

Brother Corhyn/Goldmask (Age of Order)
Another relatively simple quest that takes you into some of the later game areas. Goldmask plays a big part in this quest and finishing it up awards you with an item needed for one of the endings.

This NPC is easy to miss as she's in an area that you might not think to visit until later on. While this quest doesn't lead to a specific ending, completing it successfully rewards you with Miquella's Needle, an item that lets you get rid of the Frenzied Flame.

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Elden Ring guide: Everything you need to survive the Lands Between (2024)


Are you supposed to fight everything in Elden Ring? ›

1. You don't have to kill everything, so don't try. The fact that you can go in any direction in Elden Ring, stealth through bushes and outrun most threats on your horse, means that there's a lot of enemies and wandering bosses you can flee from or just give their own space.

How long does it take to beat Elden Ring 100 percent? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, Elden Ring is about 57½ Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 133 Hours to obtain 100% completion.

How do you survive better in Elden Ring? ›

Elden Ring: The Best Tips, Secrets, and Guides to Help You...
  1. Get the Summoner's Bell and Spirit Ashes. ...
  2. Upgrade Your Weapon With Smithing Stones. ...
  3. Solve the Secrets of the Paintings. ...
  4. Upgrade Your Sacred Flasks. ...
  5. Customize Your Flask of Wondrous Physick. ...
  6. Fight The Easier Bosses First. ...
  7. Take on Side Quests.
Nov 6, 2022

Has someone beat Elden Ring without taking damage? ›

Many players opt for a more forgiving variant of the no-hit run where they instead retry bosses until defeating them without taking damage. GinoMachino has also successfully undertaken other challenges, for example becoming the first person to beat Elden Ring with no weapons earlier this month.

Why is Elden Ring so difficult? ›

But while each individual block and attack may not be mechanically difficult, Elden Ring can require a lot of focus and endurance to chain moves together into a successful battle (or series of battles). That's especially true when multiple enemies gang up to attack you from all sides.

What level should I stop at Elden Ring? ›

It's advisable to stop leveling Mind at 40 points due to diminishing returns. This is unless you really need more for your build, then you can take it to 55 or 60 before the caps start to kick in.

What is the max level in Elden Ring? ›

What is the Max Level in Elden Ring? Hitting max level in Elden Ring means getting to level 713, which costs 1,692,558,415 runes in total. To accomplish this, Fireman_Artsen beat the game enough times to get to New Game+ 8, while also doing plenty of co-op and rune farming.

What level is good for Caelid? ›

Players are free to enter Caelid at whatever level they choose. However, the recommended levels are around 60-70. This ensures that the content will be challenging and limit the frustration of repeatedly dying. Players should also have decent weapons with several upgrades and good protective armor.

What video game has the longest story? ›

1. Persona 5 Royal. The longest single-player story in gaming can be found within Atlus's preeminent JRPG Persona 5 Royal. HLTB lists the average completion time for its story at 101 hours.

Which game has the longest gameplay? ›

The 8 Longest Video Games Ever From Least To Most Hours
  • 2 Kerbal Space Program - 114 Hours.
  • 3 Persona 5 Royal - 101 Hours. ...
  • 4 Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite - 99 Hours. ...
  • 5 SnowRunner - 93 Hours. ...
  • 6 Might & Magic: Heroes 6 - 87.5 Hours. ...
  • 7 Harvest Moon: Back To Nature - 83 Hours. ...
  • 8 Persona 3 - 82 Hours. ...
Jun 23, 2023

What is the fastest 100% Elden Ring? ›

The fastest Any% completion of Elden Ring (Bandai Namco, 2022) on the PC is 19 minutes 49 seconds by "FirstTwoWeeks" (USA) on 17 Sep 2022. The attempt was verified by Speedrun.com.

What is the hardest Elden Ring ending to achieve? ›

The most difficult ending to achieve in Elden Ring is the Lord of Frenzied Flame ending. To get this ending you need to undertake a pretty obtuse and esoteric quest, meaning you might not ever come across it over the course of your standard play.

What is the best class to survive in Elden Ring? ›

Best Elden Ring Magic Build Class: Astrologer

Although it begins at a low level of 6 with relatively low health, the Astrologer is strongest when it comes to spell-casting. With Mind, Dexterity, and Intelligence stats all leading the way, your abilities will be dealing as much damage as possible in the early game.

Are there cheats for Elden Ring? ›

Ready to begin your Tarnished journey anew? Check out everything to do in Elden Ring before NG+ before you do! Elden Rings cheats aren't in-game options, so any cheats you use are going to have to be mods created by other players. And let's get this out of the way before reading on: download mods at your own risk.

What is the hardest character to play as in Elden Ring? ›

In terms of just the early-game experience, there is no questioning that the Wretch is by far the hardest. It continues the tradition of the 'Deprived' class from Dark Souls: a half-naked warrior with low, balanced stats wielding a club. With a low level, low stats, and poor equipment, the Wretch is a rough experience.

What weapon does the least damage in Elden Ring? ›

The Soldier's Crossbow does a lot less damage even compared to the Hand Axe or Dagger. More than that, it's also a slow weapon and bolts can be quite rare in Elden Ring. The upside is that this crossbow can be used and loaded with just one hand, opening the off-hand for a shield.

Has anyone beat Elden Ring without Melina? ›

Someone Beat Elden Ring Without Talking To Any NPCs And It's Harder Than You Think. It turns out that you can avoid taking to Melina and lose out on so manty things in the process. We're way past the difficulty curve and Elden Ring is being beaten in every possible way.

Who is the hardest boss in Elden Ring? ›

The list is unsurprisingly topped by the infamously difficult Elden Ring boss Malenia, whose encounter was attempted some 329 million times, thus accounting for 5.5% of all in-game boss fights the players initiated to date.

Is Elden Ring the hardest game ever? ›

Most of the Souls games follow a similar but punishing, formula, and Elden Ring is actually one of the easier Souls games. However, it has some late game bosses that will make even a seasoned veteran weep in agony. That being said, it's the first Dark Souls game that deserves accolades when it comes to difficulty.

What is the easiest build in Elden Ring? ›

Magic is one of Elden Ring's easiest builds. Sorceries, particularly basic Glintstone Sorceries, have proven to be the best sort of magic. Spells have limitations, like memory slots and Focus Points. However, magic has several advantages over melee combat.

Why is level 150 meta in Elden Ring? ›

The recommended 150 level allows for hitting the soft caps of Vigor, Endurance, and an additional damage stat. For spell casters, there is the additional Mind stat that also needs attention. A 150 level allows for a 60 Vigor option, which is quite helpful on PvP.

Is 150 max level in Elden Ring? ›

Level Rune Cost Calculation in Elden Ring

The highest level possible is a grand total of 713, achievable when all eight attributes are capped at 99 points.

Does level even matter in Elden Ring? ›

Knowing how to level up your character in Elden Ring is crucial if you want to survive some of the tough challenges ahead, such as Margit and Godrick in Castle Stormveil. However, unlike previous FromSoftware RPGs, you can't level up from the start in Elden Ring.

Has anyone gotten to level 713 in Elden Ring? ›

User Cafenn94 on Reddit managed to achieve Elden Ring's max level, which is a state where every attribute is maxed out at 99, after 580 hours of play, showing the moment they reached level 713 in a video online.

How do I get to level 713 Elden Ring? ›

The max level in Elden Ring is 713 and you can achieve this by increasing every attribute to 99. Once you've maxed out every attribute, you won't be able to spend Runes.

Why is Caelid so much harder? ›

Updated on June 6, 2023, by Nahda Nabiilah: Caeild Bosses are known to be more difficult than the normal ones since the region is infested with Scarlet Rot. Some bosses in Caelid even inflict Rot which makes matters even worse if players aren't prepared.

Is Caelid completely optional? ›

Even so, Caelid is actually an optional zone, meaning that you don't need to visit it, explore it, or defeat the challenging boss Starscourge Radahn at Redmane Castle if you don't care to. However, you do need to beat at least two shardbearers to progress to the end of the game, so Radahn is one option.

What level should I fight Radahn? ›

When should I fight General Radahn in Elden Ring? Despite being just the fourth main boss in Elden Ring, there is a huge jump in power between Radahn and Godick and Rennala. To avoid running up against a solid brick wall we'd recommend being between level 60-75 and rocking as upgraded a weapon as you can muster.

What game takes 400 days to beat? ›

The Longing is a point-and-click adventure game that takes place in an underground kingdom. The player controls the Shade, a lonely creature serving an elderly king. After the king falls asleep to regain his diminished powers, the Shade is tasked with awakening its master after 400 days in real time.

What is the shortest game of all time? ›

The shortest game ever registered between two grand masters, was in four moves. Lazard defeated Gibaud in a chess cafè in Paris in 1924.

What game has the biggest map? ›

The 10 biggest open world video game maps of all time
  • Death Stranding – 230 square miles. ...
  • True Crime: Streets of LA – 240 square miles. ...
  • Just Cause 4 – 395 square miles. ...
  • Asheron's Call – 500 square miles. ...
  • Final Fantasy XV – 700 square miles. ...
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – 781 square miles. ...
  • The Crew – 1,900 square miles.
May 6, 2023

How long is Witcher 3? ›

According to How Long To Beat, The Witcher 3 takes the average player around 53 hours to beat the main story. However, there is much more to find and do in the game with its secondary quests, monster contracts, and expanded content.

How long is AC Valhalla? ›

For most players, completing Assassin's Creed Valhalla will take around 60-80 hours depending on how much side content they engage with. This is for an average run, and assumes that players are engaging with the extra activities but not necessarily obsessing over doing all of them.

What is the longest game still in development? ›

Beyond Good & Evil 2 overtakes Guinness record holder Duke Nukem Forever as game longest in development | Eurogamer.net.

What is the fastest weapon in Elden Ring? ›

As you can see, the dagger is by far the fastest-swinging weapon in Elden Ring, and not only is it perfect for backstabbing, but it also yields higher critical damage.

What is the zip glitch Elden Ring? ›

The Zip glitch is a consistent and reproducible, but very precise frame perfect glitch that sets your character's velocity very high for a single frame, causing your character to essentially teleport across large distances. It works on any game version.

Does Elden Ring ever get easier? ›

In Elden Ring, on the other hand, the game can become significantly easier as you put in more time collecting the runes and items needed to power up your character level, weapons, and spells.

Has anyone 100% completed Elden Ring? ›

As pointed out by Push Square, an incredible 7.9% of Elden Ring players have completely 100% beaten the game and earned the Platinum.

What is the shortest Elden Ring ending? ›

Age of Fracture ending

The Age of Fracture is the easiest and simplest ending to obtain, and might as well be considered the default or standard ending to Elden Ring.

What is the best class for dual wielding in Elden Ring? ›

Elden Ring: 8 Best Weapons To Dual Wield
  1. 1 Spiked Caestus.
  2. 2 Scavenger's Curved Swords. ...
  3. 3 Prelate's Inferno Cozier And Giant Crusher. ...
  4. 4 Starscourge Greatswords. ...
  5. 5 Katanas. ...
  6. 6 Godskin Peelers (Or Twinblade) ...
  7. 7 Hoslow Whips. ...
  8. 8 Golden Halberds. ...
Mar 21, 2023

Is magic or melee easier in Elden Ring? ›

Magic might seem straightforward, but melee characters are a lot easier to build in Elden Ring. One of the first aspects that people need to understand when it comes to magic is that managing FP is a lot harder than managing stamina. Unlike the latter, mana (FP) does not regenerate independently.

Can you avoid fighting in Elden Ring? ›

Can you play Elden Ring without fighting? Yep, it's possible to do a full run of Elden Ring without dealing a single point of damage. It's possible to do a fully pacifist run of Elden Ring, though it's not going to be any easier for you to beat some of the bosses with just your Imps for company.

Are you supposed to win the first fight in Elden Ring? ›

Like the other souls-like games before it, the Grafted Scion is a boss they put at the start that is actually meant to kill you. Because of this, players should just accept their death and move on with the game's story.

Is parrying necessary in Elden Ring? ›

Parrying is a Combat mechanic in Elden Ring. It can cancel certain enemies' attacks and make them vulnerable to a critical hit. This Combat action requires an appropriate shield or Parry Skill.

Can I skip Margit? ›

If you absolutely cannot beat Margit in your current state, you do have the option to skip the fight. To do so, head from the Stormhill Shack Site of Grace and make your way north under the broken bridge overhead.

Is Margit optional boss? ›

Margit, the Fell Omen is a Great Enemy Boss in Elden Ring. This is an optional boss as players don't need to defeat him to advance in Elden Ring, though they do need to defeat Margit to advance to Stormveil Castle. Margit, the Fell Omen is found in Stormhill when players attempt to approach Stormveil Castle.

How many bad endings does Elden Ring have? ›

Any of the four Elden Lord endings grants the Trophy/Achievement, meaning you only need to clear the game 3 times to get all of them, and not 6. There is no clear good, bad, or true ending due to the ambiguity of the fate of the Lands Between after the player character mends the Elden Ring in most endings.

Can you be attacked while resting at a Site of Grace? ›

An Elden Ring player sitting at a Site of Grace, which is generally considered the safest location in the game, is attacked by an enemy. In a surprising turn of events, one Elden Ring player was attacked by a roaming enemy while sitting at a Site of Grace, one of the game's safest locations.

Can you become evil in Elden Ring? ›

Elden Ring lets players carve their own journeys through the Lands Between, even if said players crave paths defined by malevolence and evil. Elden Ring is game that emphasizes free will to the point that it gives players the opportunity to be evil, and there are certain choices that are particularly diabolical.

What happens if you refuse Melina? ›

Refusing Melina's offer in Elden Ring will block your progression in the game. Accepting her offer is the only way to level up in the game, and she's the one who will give you the key item Spectral Steed Whistle, which you can use to summon Elden Ring's horse Torrent.

What is Margit weak to? ›

Margit, The Fell Omen Overview
SummonsPlayers and Spirit Ashes
DropsTalisman Pouch
Weak ToBleed, Jump Attacks
1 more row
Apr 9, 2022

What level should I be to fight tree Sentinel? ›

Tree Sentinel: Overview
NameRecommended LevelLocations
Tree Sentinel25Limgrave Leyndell, Royal Capital
Mar 18, 2022

Is parrying better than blocking? ›

Blocks are your lower-risk defensive maneuvers, while catches and parries are higher-risk, but they leave you with the ability to counter punches against an opponent.

Can I parry Malenia? ›

Parriable: Yes. However, she can only be riposted on every 3rd parry, otherwise backsteps.

What is the best parry weapon in Elden Ring? ›

The best shield for parrying in Elden Ring is the Buckler, which is a very light small shield that doesn't offer much protection, but has the largest parry window of any shield in the game.


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