All From Software games are famous for their combat system. However, this is extremely difficult, especially for Souls newcomers. So we’ve collected a few tips to help you assert yourself in the Elden Ring. Because there are much small game and gameplay mechanics that make it easier for you to fight in the intermediate lands.
Summon ghosts, dodge or block, and try to land a hit in between. This is what gameplay looks like for most Elden Ring players. Especially for newcomers to the From Software universe, the basic mechanics of combat are already challenging enough. You can quickly gain a decisive advantage with small tricks and adjustments in the gameplay. We show you seven unknown tips for your gameplay in Elden Ring that you probably didn’t know yet.
Crystal arrow control effect
In many catacombs, you will encounter the Funeral Warden enemy type. These are available as catacomb bosses in the form of earth tree burial guards, as small burial guards, or as simple imps. Especially the big ones are among the most unpleasant opponents in the Elden Ring. In fact, fighting them becomes easier when you have to fight more than one of them.
During combat, throw Crystal Arrows at one of the Guardians to trigger a control effect on them. The opponent is first stunned and then attacks everything around him, including the other guards.
Faster spell casting
If you’re playing a ranged fighter, you can use this tip to increase your casting speed and therefore your damage. Many spells in Elden Ring do not cast instantly when clicked, but instead have an animation time. The actual spell is only executed after the animation.
You can shorten this animation time by using a simple attack or another spell before casting the spell. For example, you can summon Magma Breath much faster if you cast the Catch Flame spell first. Both spells together take a lot less time than just Magma Breath alone. However, it can quickly become hectic in combat due to the additional key combinations.
Enhance Mimic Tear with Talisman
The ghost ash mimic tear is probably the strongest in the whole game. Anything your character can do, the Mimic Tear can do too. In addition, it can withstand much more. All effects of your equipped talismans also apply to your spirit ashes.
So if you have the talisman Shabriris Sorrow, which causes all enemies to attack you, you can transfer this effect to your Mimic Tear. Simply equip the Shabriris Sorrow Talisman, summon your Mimic Tear, then discard Shabriris Sorrow or swap it for another talisman. This is extremely useful, especially in boss fights, because now the opponent only focuses on the spirit ashes and you can unmolested attacks.
No opponent can dodge these attacks
It’s frustrating when your enemies keep dodging your ranged attacks and you drain your FP bar without dealing any damage at all. A surprising number of enemies in the Between Lands can dodge spells and attacks from afar.
For these opponents you should use special summons. There is a whole class of summons that not a single opponent can avoid. These are the night spells such as Night Comet or Night Shard. These spells do a little less damage than the rhinestone spells, but you hit every attack with it.
Customize armor for special effects
If you adjust or change individual parts of your armor, this usually has no significant effect, except that both the weight and the resistances decrease slightly. In addition, the appearance of the item is changed. However, there are individual armor items that receive special properties as a result of the change.
For example, changing the Dueler’s Cloak will reveal snakes that trigger an effect that causes all enemies to attack you. The effect works the same as the talisman Shabriris Sorrow.
The weather affects your damage
You probably haven’t noticed, but the weather in the Elden Ring affects the damage you deal. When it rains, your fire damage drops by about 10 percent. Your lightning damage, on the other hand, is increased by ten percent.
You should take this effect into account, especially in PvP when you face other players in the arena in Raya Lucaria’s academy. Since it rains comparatively frequently in Liurnia, players with a Blitz build have a slight advantage over players with a Fire build.
Use as many buffs as possible
Elden Ring offers you a huge number of possibilities to strengthen your character. On the one hand you can strengthen yourself with permanent buffs through talismans and pieces of equipment, on the other hand you can also activate numerous temporary buffs before a fight. However, you can only activate one buff from each category at a time. There are six buff categories in total:
- weapon buffs
- shield buffs
- body buffs
- aura buffs
- stamina buffs
- health buffs
- Special buffs that don’t fall into any category, such as Terra Magica or Holy Ground
Many of these buffs can be used with any character and any build. Activate these buffs just before a boss fight to get the most out of your character:
- Health and Stamina Buff: Gain simultaneous health and stamina regeneration from Flask of Wondrous Physics. You can craft this in any Place of Grace once you’ve found the Crimsonburst Crystal Tear and the Greenburst Crystal Tear.
- Aura Buff: Equip a Light Dagger with the Ashes of War “Golden Vow”. You can use this ash and switch to your actual weapon afterwards without losing this aura buff. This gives you 15 percent extra damage and 15 percent extra damage reduction.
- Body buff: You can buy cooked crabs from the Blackguard, which you can find at the crab cooker shack and later north of the royal capital. Eating these crabs grants you 20 percent extra resistance to physical damage for a short time.
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