Elden Ring Catch-all

I'd also add that, depending on your build, sneaking Faith to 10 and picking up Heal Aid may not be a bad idea. Even with crappy Faith, healing and restoring FP via blue flasks is typically more efficient than restoring HP directly via orange flasks. Granted, you won't want to try this during a fight, but it can help patch you up after minor to moderate difficulties.

Worth killing the Blood Hunter Yura early for the Nagakiba? Is it a big upgrade compared to the Uchigatana? I am just starting the game.

Actually, anyone wanna trade me two Nagakibas on PC?

Caria done, and managed to get the sword of night and fire as well.

I keep forgetting that the DLC is on they way and then get to feel a little thrill when I remember again.

I'm about 50ish hours (only 2 bosses defeated) in on this playthrough (magic build) and realized, when I stumbled across a checklist) that I missed a hell of a lot of stuff.

The temptation to restart with a "give me the biggest sword possible" build is rising.

I didn't realize that you could summon not near the idols.

After spending close to 2 hours dying to the Death Rite Bird (to try to get the Death Rancor spell), I asked in the Elden Ring subreddit, and got informed you could summon anywhere, and to hit up the Beyondthefog subreddit.

5 minutes later, one bird and one invader down, and I have my spell!!

Continuing my run.

Going back through all the areas I had already completed to finish them off, get Ashes of War and other goodies. Still having fun.

mudbunny wrote:

I'm about 50ish hours (only 2 bosses defeated) in on this playthrough (magic build) and realized, when I stumbled across a checklist) that I missed a hell of a lot of stuff.

The temptation to restart with a "give me the biggest sword possible" build is rising.

Im doing the same thing. Finally coming back to this after stopping like 2 years ago with a mage build. What spell are you talking aboit?

Ancient Death Rancor.

It tracks pretty good, has a nice long range, and it does some poise damage (enough to interrupt attacks) which will let me get in a shot or two with Loretta's Greatbow.

mudbunny wrote:

Ancient Death Rancor.

It tracks pretty good, has a nice long range, and it does some poise damage (enough to interrupt attacks) which will let me get in a shot or two with Loretta's Greatbow.

Awesome. What is your build like? What staff are you using?

PC users. Back at launched, there was a fix for the occasional random stutter in the game. I thought it was Motion Blur but I turned that off and it still happens. Rare, but it still does. Or maybe it was an INI setting?

Anyone remember?

I am on a intelligence build using the Sword of Night and Flame (which requires STR 12, Dex 12, INT 24, FAI 24) and the meteorite staff.

My stats right now (at level 86) are:
Vigor 21
Mind 25
Endurance 15
Strength 12
Dexterity 15
Intelligence 49
Faith 24
Arcane 9

Glintstone Dragon Smarag done.

mudbunny wrote:

I am on a intelligence build using the Sword of Night and Flame (which requires STR 12, Dex 12, INT 24, FAI 24) and the meteorite staff.

My stats right now (at level 86) are:
Vigor 21
Mind 25
Endurance 15
Strength 12
Dexterity 15
Intelligence 49
Faith 24
Arcane 9

Are you still playing? Im wondering if I should switch out my build. I am pure int. Just wielding the Carian Regal Staff and the Meteriote staff. Just beat Radahn yesterday.

Real life got in the way, so I haven't touched it for a while. Still planning on getting back into it, eventually, but it is summer (so I need to get out and actually exercise), plus the last Destiny 2 expansion is hitting in less than a month.

mudbunny wrote:

Real life got in the way, so I haven't touched it for a while. Still planning on getting back into it, eventually, but it is summer (so I need to get out and actually exercise), plus the last Destiny 2 expansion is hitting in less than a month.

Oh crap. It's a little over a month away! I gotta mosey and get my character up to the right point.

My first new achievement in the game since June 2022, during my first playthrough which I never finished.

Was nice to find a new area I never even knew existed with a boss. Valiant Gargoyles.

I've been playing through a fresh run on PC to get ready for the DLC. I never realized how early you can almost fully upgrade a weapon with Somber stones.

I've only just finished Volcano Manor, and my Ruins Greatsword is now +9. I do so much more damage than I feel like I should be doing at this point in the game. It rules.

I keep watching Fextralife videos about different builds and never get around to playing more than an hour or two of each one!

My entire 150 hour playthrough was as a samauri with the uchigatana and bloodhound fang and I was melting everything by the middle of the game once their levels were maxed. Can't wait to get back in - about 29 days to go.

I knew I shouldn't have started that New Game+! Now the question is do I just get through the quarter of the game left to go in NG+ to get to the DLC part or start a totally new game. It has been some months since I started that NG+ run so I'm pretty rusty, but high level enough where it shouldn't be too bad to get back in. Are people here pretty much going into the DLC on a NG?

It's funny you think I have even gotten more than 1/4 of the way through.

Plus, the new expansion to Destiny 2 is out in 2 weeks...

Haha yeah, this game is crazy huge. It took me almost 200 hours to get through the first time! So it's like spend 150 hours in a brand new run before hitting the DLC or maybe 30-40 in NG+ to get to it from my current location, but it'll be much more difficult when I get there since it's NG+.

Maybe I just do a new run, this game is amazing. What I need is to win the lottery so I don't have to waste all that time working for a living.

The prep for the DLC has begun. Spikeout and I are relearning basic things like: how to summon Torrent and how to make Torrent go fast once summoned.

This video is helpful in terms of what’s required to access the DLC. I’m thankfully that I didn’t kill the last boss so I’m not on new game plus.

I finished my Seamless co-op run with a buddy a few days ago. Two big takeaways:

1) If you want to co-op with one or more friends and can play on PC, use the Seamless co-op mod. I cannot overstate how much easier this makes playing cooperatively than without it.

2) The Darkmoon Greatsword is really good. I went with a sorcerer build this time and was having fun tossing out moons and burning down the occasional boss with Comet Azur, but I would rate the baseline sorcerer build at about a 5/10 in terms of my overall enjoyment. I just find the sorceries to be significantly less interesting than incantations, even if they are powerful.

However, I would bump that up several points once I found the Darkmoon Greatsword. This is Elden Ring's version of the Moonlight Greatsword, a staple in nearly all of From's souls-like games dating back to King's Field. The big selling point of the weapon is shooting out short range waves of light with heavy attacks. The weapon is always at least decent in each version of the game, but it is particularly strong in Elden Ring because they seemingly forgot to give it a trade off.

In the other Souls games, using the projectile on the Moonlight Greatsword costs some amount of durability for each cast. In Bloodborne, it costs blood bullets. In Elden Ring, you use the "Moonlight Greatsword" weapon art for 32 FP, but instead of casting a beam of light, this buffs your blade for a full 60 seconds, during which time you can spam light waves repeatedly for no additional FP cost until the buff fades. These waves can be cast quite quickly and were regularly hitting for 1000+ damage each. Did I mention that they also gave the weapon some frost damage buildup as well?

Once I realized how strong and satisfying this thing was, I swapped my potions from 4 healing and 9 mana to 11 healing and 2 mana. I went full battle mage and never looked back.

Pretty sure I have the Darkmoon Greatsword. I switched away from it because Malenia is weak to bleed damage.

Dyni wrote:

I finished my Seamless co-op run with a buddy a few days ago. Two big takeaways:

1) If you want to co-op with one or more friends and can play on PC, use the Seamless co-op mod. I cannot overstate how much easier this makes playing cooperatively than without it.

I don't know why FROM makes people jump through loopholes to do this. That sounds like a ton of fun though.

There’s some footage showing arrival in the DLC and early bosses, areas. I stopped watching both videos after a while.

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