Elden Ring is the biggest From Software game to date, certainly the studio’s best work, and is full of secrets and challenges around literally every corner. I understand how intimidating the renowned developer’s releases are for a newcomer, so I’ve created an Elden Ring Beginner’s Guide with nine essential tips for new players to get the most out of your journey to The Lands Between.
Don’t miss the craft set
After venturing into the open world, the craft set should be your first purchase. You can buy the item from the merchant in Elleh’s church, which is north of the starting area, for 300 runes. The Crafting Kit unlocks recipes for powerful perfumes, weapon greases, casting pots, mount health items, valuable buffs and much more – all of which will make your time playing Elden Ring more dynamic.
learn to run away
There are many powerful enemies that populate the world of Elden Ring, and you’ll encounter some of them in the first few hours. You are not supposed to take on some of the challenges of the game right away. Instead, you have to explore, level up and come back later with more knowledge and skills.
Lost Grace Locations Point to Primary Objectives
Like bonfires and lanterns in From Software’s previous games, Sites of Lost Grace are the checkpoints you chase in Elden Ring. These locations serve as quick travel points, storage management, and safe areas in most dungeons. Your health, focus points, and reusable flasks are restored when you rest on a Site of Grace, and you can also use these checkpoints to improve character stats or memorize new spells.
In addition, these safe areas point to your main target. If you feel lost or unsure where to go, try finding another Site of Lost Grace and exploring the surrounding region.
How to unlock Spirit Summons
Spirit Summons is an essential resource in Elden Ring. While they never do much damage, even if you upgrade them in the Roundtable Hold, ghosts help tank damage from bosses or large groups of enemies. They can even help you interrupt or stagger intimidating enemies. There are many different types of Spirit Summons, all of which resemble opponents you have encountered in the world. You can summon wolves, floating jellyfish, or even Godrick Soldiers wielding shields, swords, and crossbows. Every companion behaves differently, so it’s critical to find one that best fits your playstyle or current scenario. These collectibles are scattered throughout the vast world of Elden Ring and you will naturally find them by exploring and fighting enemies.
However, it is very possible to miss the Spirit Calling Bell, which is needed to summon spirits. To unlock it, go to Elleh’s church at night. You’ll find the church ruins just up the hill from First Step, the game’s starting area, but watch out for the Tree Sentinel guarding the path. After you’ve slept in at the church’s Site of Grace, a certain NPC will visit you and give you the Spirit Calling Bell so you can use all the Spirit Summons you’ve collected.
Finally, know that while you can access it during every boss fight and in most open-world areas, you can’t use Spirit Summons everywhere. You know you can use Spirit Summons when there is a blue bow symbol on the left side of your HUD.
Dodge roll speed correlates with material load
Every device has a weight to go with it, and if you don’t manage your build properly, you’ll end up being too slow to be effective. The speed of your dodge roll correlates with a percentage of your equipment load: light roll is at 30% equipment load, medium roll is up to 70%, heavy roll is at 71%, and if you exceed 100% you are over-impeded and unable to to avoid. For novice players, I recommend staying in the mid-range. Still, you can always improve your stamina to increase the load threshold of your gear to carry heavier items while maintaining higher dodge speeds.
Upgrade your weapons as soon as possible
In addition to observing and studying the world around you, the best way to improve at Elden Ring is to upgrade your weapons. Weapon levels play a big part in the amount of damage you deal, especially against early bosses like Margit The Fell Omen. To upgrade your weapon in the early hours, visit Elleh’s church and use the anvil next to the wandering merchant. However, you must visit the Roundtable Hold (unlocked by reaching the main objective) and talk to Blacksmith Hewg, who will allow you to upgrade weapons and equip or duplicate new weapon abilities.
You can upgrade regular weapons to level 25 with Smithing Stones, while special weapons can reach level 10 with Gloomy Smithing Stones. Anyway, you have to explore the world or loot enemies to find these resources. Believe me; you will be happy when you see them.
Upgrade your flasks by exploring
As you explore The Lands Between, you’ll discover Golden Seeds and Sacred Tears, two items used to upgrade your reusable vials on Sites of Lost Grace. You can find Golden Seeds at Minor Erd Trees, small saplings that glow with a golden hue, while Sacred Tears can be found in several churches around the world. Golden Seeds increase the number of flasks you have, while Sacred Tears increase the amount each flask replenishes.
You can reassign your pump loads to your liking by resting on any Site or Grace. My strength building requires minimal focus points – the resource used for magical abilities and incantations – so I usually allocate all my flask loads to the Flask of Crimson Tears for health recovery. If you’re a heavy magic user, you’ll want to assign charges to the Flask of Cerulean Tears, which restore focal points when consumed.
How to find map fragments
At the start of the game, your world map is completely blank, except for the few Sites of Grace you unlocked. To clear the war fog and see a detailed version of the region you’re exploring, you’ll need to collect items called Map Fragments, which can be found near tall stone pillars along major roads or prominent intersections. If you’ve thoroughly explored an area and are still missing the accompanying map fragment, open your map and zoom in, looking for a small icon that resembles a pointed stone pillar. These icons will only appear after you visit the area and then clear the war fog.
Don’t miss the tutorial
You may want to skip the tutorial in Elden Ring. After all, there is a fantastic world waiting for you to explore. But don’t skip the tutorial. It takes less than five minutes and teaches you how to use incantations, sword and shield counter-attacks, stealth takedowns, and many more basics like the two-handed weapon pose required to use special abilities called Arts of War . The Elden Ring tutorial is located in the Stranded Graveyard, the cave where you wake up at the start of the game. There’s a ghost in a chair at the edge of a precipice – climb down the rock face and start.