It’s fair to say that the gaming world has fallen head over heels in love with Elden Ring. The newest action role-playing SoulsBorne from FromSoftware and Bandai Namco features a richly built, dark fantasy world setting and incredibly immersive combat. Its vast open-world design and overarching narrative were created by Hidetaka Miyazaki, in collaboration with fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin (of Game Of Thrones). However such rich lore and engaging environments give rise to some pretty cool Elden Ring facts and tips (and surprises) that players may want to know about on their adventures. Read on for some tips that may be especially interesting for beginners.
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The Tutorial Is Hidden
Perhaps the first, and most surprising Elden Ring fact is that the game’s tutorial is pretty much hidden. In fact, the tutorial area is actually at the bottom of a gaping hole encountered right at the beginning of the game. A gaping hole that many players would probably bypass altogether, because why would you throw yourself into a dark hole when there’s a much safer-looking door nearby instead?
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As it turns out, that hole is the way to go if you want to learn the basics of combat, stealth and pretty much everything else this epic game has to offer. The potential to miss out on the basics here is actually quite huge, and for a game with this much challenge, hiding the tutorial like this is kind of a misfire. Make sure you check out what’s at the bottom of the dark hole before embarking on your first steps into The Lands Between.
Swimming Is Off-Limits
Don’t try to swim in Elden Ring. If you step into deep water, you’ll die. It seems while you’re more than capable of wielding heavy weaponry and armour, swimming is an impossibility for the Tarnished.
This is perhaps one of the most surprising Elden Ring facts and an area of gameplay players might not see coming. If you think you’ll be able to traverse open water smoothly, you’re in for a shock. Unfortunately, you’ll sink like a stone as soon as you get out of your depth. Perhaps a bit of an odd move for an ARPG, but one that newcomers and Souls veterans should probably be aware of. This definitely feels like something that might catch a few beginners out.
For me, this element of realism in exploration might be a step too far. Yes, I know it’s literally impossible to swim with a full set of heavy armour and a gigantic sword on my back, but it seems short-sighted to cut off a whole segment of water-based exploration for the sake of having yet another way to kill players off. Deepwater zones may have added another layer of adventure that players aren’t able to access in Elden Ring, and despite the breadth and depth of open-world content that is available, I can’t help feeling like that’s a bit of a shame.
Some FromSoftware Staples Return
Fans of previous Souls titles will be delighted to see some staples from their beloved franchise return in Elden Ring. Two such examples are the inclusion of Patches, a merchant and optional boss, and the Moonlight Greatsword, which in this game is renamed as the Dark Moon Greatsword.
Patches is a well-loved returning character from previous Souls games and can be won over by besting him in optional combat. As a reward for defeating him and sparing his life, players can access his goods as a merchant. Patches is located in Murkwater Cave, and after being forgiven, will move to the Scenic Isle Site of Grace, where he’ll set up his merchant camp. Later in-game, Patches also features in a questline that requires a couple of assassinations, which lines up nicely with his known characteristics as a betrayer or liar.
The Moonlight Greatsword has made an appearance in every Souls game aside from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, so its inclusion as the newly-named Dark Moon Greatsword is a satisfying nod to long-time fans of FromSoftware‘s games. It’s primarily an Intellect-scaling sword and can be found beneath the Cathedral of Manus Celes after first progressing a somewhat complex prior quest involving Renna and the Dark Moon Ring. However, if your character is a sorcerer, it’s worth putting the effort into Renna’s questline in order to obtain this iconic weapon.
Your Mount Can Traverse Vertically
That’s right, your spirit steed, Torrent, is able to jump up cliff faces and use special platforms to reach higher areas of the environment by vertical traversal. He also doesn’t take any falling damage when using these platforms to propel himself into the air.
This makes for an exciting mounted mechanic that’s not found in other open-world RPGs. Additionally, you can make Torrent climb up rocky cliffs and play a key part in your combat strategy too if you wish.
Longclaw, Is That You?
If you’re up to the challenge, there’s a very special Game Of Thrones-themed sword to be found in Elden Ring. The Grafted Blade Greatsword is a tribute to both Game Of Thrones and its author in its Iron Throne inspired design. It’s a colossal greatsword made up of multiple swords, grafted together in a similar style to that of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms from Game Of Thrones. It looks epic, however, it cannot be infused with Ashes of War, which is something to be aware of.
If you want it, you can find it in Castle Morne, guarded by an optional Great Enemy called Leonine Misbegotten. Given that the Iron Throne was most fiercely guarded by the Lannisters, whose sigil was a golden lion on a field of crimson, it’s perhaps unsurprising (but definitely a very cool detail) that Leonine Misbegotten is a feline humanoid creature with a flowing crimson mane. Check out this video for how to defeat him.
(Video from Fextralife on YouTube)
Personally, I love it when games have crossover content like this, so obtaining The Grafted Blade Greatsword is high up on my to-do list. It’s also a nice touch to see references to a game’s worldbuilders, inspirations and collaborators, as a way of paying homage to those who help shape the outcomes of a game’s final design.
Discover The Nods To The Beloved ‘Berserk’ Manga
Elden Ring features The Guts Dragonslayer Sword, or ‘Elden Ring Greatsword’, as an in-game weapon inspired by the Manga ‘Berserk’ by the late Kentaro Miura. Elden Ring’s director and designer Hidetaka Miyazaki’s previous Souls work has been heavily inspired by the iconic Berserk Manga, and Elden Ring is no exception. As a powerful weapon that scales with strength builds, the Greatsword’s chunky design heavily resembles the colossal sword wielded by Guts, the main character in Berserk.
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It can be found in Caelid, inside a guarded caravan on the path near Caelem Ruins Site of Grace. In an additional tribute, a memorial to Miura can also be discovered while exploring The Lands Between, in the form of a monument of weaponry that closely resemble Guts’ sword, with a number of smaller swords around it.
The monument is quite an emotive find, as it’s almost like a graveyard of swords. This is an especially poignant touch given that Miura died in 2021.
You’ll Need The Will, Or Ambition Of Mankind
Elden Ring’s underlying theme is that of the will or ambition of mankind. The game’s story actually came from director Miyazaki, with novelist George R. R. Martin creating the world’s underlying mythos. Check out this trailer and story for a deeper dive into the lore and history of Elden Ring. The story’s central theme of ‘the will, or ambition of mankind’ is perhaps one of the reasons for the game’s intensity and the challenging nature of its combat.
In creating a game where the player must actively overcome monumental odds, Miyazaki adds a depth of contextual authenticity to the player’s experience. The perceived difficulty of Elden Ring is actually a core component of its narrative.
So there you have it, 7 Elden Ring facts and tips you need to know about. Needless to say, Elden Ring is a massive game and will have many more secrets to reveal as the Tarnished find their way through the open world. In fact, Hidetaka Miyazaki himself has said that George R. R. Martin will probably be in for quite a shock too when he discovers the twists and turns in the completed world of Elden Ring. Check out this gameplay trailer, if you’re still unsure whether or not to step into The Lands Between.
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