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Elden Ring: Beginner Tips & Tricks


Elden Ring: Beginner Tips & Tricks

Developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco, Elden Ring is quite possibly the most highly anticipated video game release of the year. Featuring the familiar Souls-like action combat FromSoftware is known for, as well as lore and world-building from George R.R. Martin, there’s a lot to be excited about here. This is also a pretty large game and things can feel very overwhelming when you’re first getting started. With that in mind, here are some Elden Ring beginner tips and tricks to help you on your journey.

1. Meet With Melina ASAP

Elden Ring Beginner Tips

elden ring beginner tips

If you’re familiar with other Souls-like games, you probably already know that you’ll need to accumulate a certain currency that can be used to either purchase items or level up. In Elden Ring, this currency is called Runes, and you get them by killing enemies or using the Golden Rune items you find in the open-world. However, the ability to level up won’t be made available to you until you’ve progressed through the story a little.

Specifically, once you exit the tutorial area and the Stranded Graveyard, speak with Varre and he’ll direct you towards Stormveil Castle to the northwest. Head in that direction and rest at the Gatefront Ruins Site of Grace to trigger a cutscene with Melina, the maiden who’s in charge of leveling you up.

After that cutscene, you’ll be able to level up whenever you rest at a Site of Grace. I highly recommend doing this as soon as possible, especially if you find yourself struggling with some of the foes in the open-world. Leveling up to increase your HP, stamina, or damage output will make things just that little bit easier.

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