Elden Ring Beginner’s Guide | To start

Elden Ring is about to appear on the screens of gamers around the world. Embark on your next FromSoftware adventure by entering The Lands Between, a world crafted with the help of George RR Martin. In this Elden Ring beginner’s guide, we’ll cover some of the important information about your flask, how you’ll level up your character, and summoning assistance.

What more can your flask do in Elden Ring?

Returning Souls players will find many similarities between previous experiences and Elden Ring, and you’ll likely think the same of your flask. With limited fees to use between grace sites, you’ll have to ration them to ensure you survive. Elden Ring gives you two flasks to enjoy at the start of the game; The Flask of Crimson Tears, which recovers your hit points, and the Flask of Crimson Tears, which restores your strength points. As you progress through the game, you can improve the usefulness of flasks:

  • Golden Seeds – These seeds can be found in Ethereal Saplings and increase your flask’s charge count
  • Sacred Tears – These can be found in the various Broken Churches and increase the amount of HP/FP recovered from the Flask.

There is also a third flask called Flask of Wondrous Physick which can be found in the Mistwood. This flask only has one charge, but by combining different crystal tears you find in the open world, you can change the effect of the flask by simply healing yourself, creating large explosions, or boosting stats.

Is there a Ring of Elden Fire? Hmm, none of the ones in the Lands Between

The equivalent of the Bonfire in Elden Ring is Marika’s Less Powerful Grace Sites and Stakes. A big difference from previous Souls type games is that you don’t need to rest on Grace Sites or Marika’s Stakes, to better facilitate the open world setting of Elden Ring, these locations will unlock when you will travel close to them.

Grace Sites

Grace sites will certainly be familiar as a checkpoint where players can rest. When you rest here, your health will automatically replenish and your flash will be replenished. Another benefit of visiting these grace sites is that they can also be illuminated with bright lights in a certain direction, which will help players find new places of interest. As you progress through the game, these grace sites will also serve as teleport points.

Marika Stakes

These locations on your map really only serve as a checkpoint. Definitely worth triggering them as you go, as you can choose them as your respawn location if you die, but they don’t have any of the other benefits you’d get from a Grace site.

Elden Ring Rest Beginner's Guide

Elden Ring Torrent

Every warrior needs his noble mount and yours is the Spectral Mount Torrent. After talking with Melina, you will get an item called Spectral Steed Whistle. You can use this item anytime outdoors to summon your horse. While driving Torrent, you can fight, use items, and jump up and down cliffs or other vertical obstacles. This improved movement will allow you to traverse this open world more easily.

Don’t think that because you have a horse you have nothing to worry about because Torrent can die just as easily as you do. Torrent can be caught in the crossfire, take enough damage and it will disappear.

To bring Torrent back to full health, you can do one of two things:

  • Spend one use of your Healing Flask after using the Spectral Steed Whistle to bring it back to full health
  • Rest on a site of grace

Summon animals to fight alongside you

During your journey you will encounter Spirit Ashes, for example the Fanged Imp Ashes which you can choose as a souvenir at the start of your adventure. You can use Spirit Ashes to summon different animal spirits to aid you in battle.

The item needed to summon these ashes is the Spirit Calling Bell. You get the Spirit Calling Bell by purchasing it from the Twin Maiden Husks in Roundtable old, it can also be obtained as a gift from Renna the Witch. You can use this item in Rebirth Monuments that can be found in Boss Arenas and important locations on the map.

Each set of ashes can summon a single ally or summon a group of allies. These allies can all benefit from the effects of healing spells or buffs allowing you to increase their usefulness. Another way to increase the usefulness of Spirit Ashes is to upgrade them using Grave Gloveworts and Ghost Gloveworts. You won’t have the option to upgrade your Spirit Ashes as soon as you start the game, but after completing a few quests with the Spirit Trader, this option will unlock. Upgrading spirit ashes can increase their attack, defense, health, and in the case of pack spirits, can also increase their numbers.

Elden Ring Beginner Spirits Guide

get out of the way

It wouldn’t be a game of souls if dodge rolling wasn’t an integral mechanic of the game. As in Dark Souls, the percentage of your gear load you’re carrying determines what type of roll you get. As you’d expect, the less clothes you wear, the faster you stand and the easier you’re able to fend off attacks. The distribution of rolling speeds is as follows:

  • More than 100% of equipment load -> You cannot roll and even your walking motion will be slowed down
  • More than 70% -> This is the slowest type of roll. You’ll struggle to use it in combat, and you’ll often be frustrated with how it inhibits your movement speed.
  • Above 30% but below 70% -> This is the medium roll. It works well in combat and traversal
  • Less than 30% -> The fast roll helps you traverse terrain, it also gives you the fastest way out of the line of attack in combat.

NOTE: If you increase your stamina, you will also be able to increase your maximum gear load. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t want to drop your gear but want a faster roll, you might find yourself near the threshold.

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