The world of Elden Ring is by far From Software’s largest, and that can make it very confusing. This is true even if you’re used to how the studio’s games are usually structured. Yes, there are rays of light to guide you somewhat, but the open world of Elden Ring is so vast and full of hidden areas that you can access it without a few tips what to do first in Elden Ring, you can easily get lost and be destroyed by a mob of very powerful monsters. However, use these tips and life will be a lot easier.
Visit the Church of Elleh
The floating gold dust at your first mercy location will drive you in that direction anyway, but make sure to visit the Church of Elleh as soon as possible. It is a convenient base for most of your activities in West Limgrave and the center for a number of important events. Just make sure you give the Tree Sentinel a wide berth unless you’re lucky. This boss is better tackled after you upgrade your weapon once or twice.
Find the first card
Elden Ring is happy to let you wander aimlessly without even telling you how to find maps, but the West Limgrave Map Fragment is near the church. Head north until you see a series of ruined stone buildings (the barracks) and make sure you are in full health. We recommend stealth to deal with the soldiers inside, as it’s easy to get overwhelmed quickly.
There is a stele on the street directly in front of the barracks. Interact with it to get your first Map Fragment. You may need to plan your interaction carefully, as a powerful polearmed soldier patrols the street.
With a few exceptions, you’ll get maps in every region by finding and interacting with these monuments. The blank West Limgrave map hides the monument icon, but it is clearly visible on other maps.
Obtain the Ghost Call Bell
Once you’ve activated three Places of Grace and met Melina for the first time, fast travel back to the Church of Elleh. You will notice that the merchant Kalé is sleeping, the area is surrounded by fog and a glowing blue woman is sitting nearby.
This is Ranni the witch. Talk to her to get the Ghost Bell and unlock the Ghost Ash Summon. With this ash, you can summon a variety of supporting NPCs into battle, from a squad of roving wizards to wolves and even jellyfish. Spirit Ashes can be upgraded later and using them is essential in some boss encounters, including the first ones outside of Stormveil Castle.
Find the Stormhill hut
The road to Stormveil Castle opens up once you pass through Stormgate. Once that is the case, turn right and head east until you reach a small cabin. Roderika, the woman within, is essentially your unofficial tutorial on how side quests work in Elden Ring. Talk to her a few times and you’ll learn that she’s interested in Chrysalid items. Talk to her again to get the Jellyfish Spirit Bag.
You will find a Chrysalid in Stormveil Castle that you can take back to Roderika. If she’s not at Stormhill Shack, she’ll be near the Roundtable Hold. Later, after defeating the second main story boss, she will help you level up your Spirit Ashes.
This is a good strategy for dealing with NPCs that aren’t trying to kill you. Talk to them multiple times, and when they’re in Roundtable Hold, check back after major story events to see what’s changed with them.
Visit the ruins burned by dragons – but don’t get burned
On the south side of Lake Agheel is a group of ruins called the Dragonburned Ruins. A number of weak enemies call this area home, making it a decent spot for early-game rune farms. There are two flights of stairs leading down into the ruins.
The northern one takes you to a chamber full of rats and The Treasure Chest is a trap that transports you to a much more difficult area. The southern one is behind some high walls that Torrent has to jump over. It will lead you to a small chamber with a chest containing the Twinblade, an excellent weapon for classes that favor strength.
Fight Bloody Finger Nerijus
Elden Ring includes some scripted invasions where antagonistic NPCs attack in fixed locations. Drive north along the river out of Lake Agheel and continue as far as you can. You will eventually receive a message stating that Bloody Finger Nerijus has invaded. Stay on the defensive and try to dodge his attacks as they cause bleeding. A friendly NPC will join you and distract Nerijus, allowing you to attack without fear of reprisal (most of the time).
Once Nerijus is defeated, you will receive the Reduvia Dagger. It scales with Dexterity and Arcane, and what it lacks in sheer power it makes up for by allowing you to bleed enemies. Even if your arcane status is a bit low, you can still use the weapon and its effects.
Get Margit’s bondage
Murkwater Cave is near where you fight Nerijus. It’s a short dungeon, culminating in a fight against Patches, the tarnished merchant. He asks you to go easy on him towards the end of the fight – and you should too. Leave the area, rest in a place of mercy, and come back to buy some helpful items from Patches. Among them is Margit’s Shackle, a unique item that you can use twice during the first scripted boss fight to freeze Margit in place for a few seconds. It has a steep price of 5,000 runesalthough.
Visit the Limgrave Tunnels
Upgrading weapons is essential, and to do that you need Forging Stones. Most regions have at least one mine or “tunnel” dungeon where you can find Forgestones both in the environment and as loot from enemies. However, melee classes are on the alert. The enemies in Limgrave Tunnels are resistant to most physical attacks but are vulnerable to magic.
Brave the Waypoint Ruins
If you fancy investing in your Intelligence stat, you can find a Glintstone Sorceress in the Waypoint Ruins on the east edge of the West Limgrave map. The ruins are infested with deadly plant monsters, including one that rains down holy lightning. Take the little ones out and once a path is clear, dash down the stairs into the ruins.
This is where you’ll face the Mad Pumpkin Head boss, although it’s a relatively easy fight. The Crazy Pumpkin has a three-hit combo where he attacks with his flail, then his fist, then his flail again, and it usually triggers when you’re near him. Jump away to avoid hits, then run back to attack. He also occasionally bangs his head on the ground.
Enter the next room once you defeat the crazy pumpkinhead to meet Sellen the sorceress. She sells basic Glintstone spells and if you bring her Glintstone Craftsman Cookbooks she will add to her stock.
Find the vial of wondrous physics
Northeast of the waypoint ruins is another church, the Third Church of Marika, and this one is very important. Interact with the statue in its center to get the Flask of Wondrous Physics and two starter crystals used for blending effects. Unlike the Tear Flask, the Flask of Wondrous Physics has multiple functions depending on which crystals you add.
For example, some effects boost your charged attacks, while others grant a long-lasting stamina boost. Using the right mix at the right time can greatly improve your chances of survival, making this a must-have item as soon as you can get your hands on it.
For more on Elden Ring, check out our beginner’s tips to help you keep your silent hero on his feet and stay out of that ever-looming “YOU DIED” screenshot.
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