Great Runes in Elden Ring are Key Items dropped by shardbearer Bosses whose powers can be unlocked at Divine Towers and then activated with Rune Arcs to strengthen the player until death. This page covers how to activate them, their names, effects, respective bosses, and Locations.

Mending Runes, which play a significant role in Elden Ring's Endings, are also found below.

Great Runes, and Mending Runes, are not kept in New Game+.



Great Runes of Elden Ring

What is a Great Rune 

Great Runes are unique Key Items dropped by Demigods, the main Bosses of the game, which bestow their blessings after using a Rune Arc.

Players must obtain two Great Runes and speak with Finger Reader Enia before entering Leyndell, the Royal Capital.

How to acquire Great Runes

Great Runes are dropped by Demigods, which can be found inside Legacy Dungeons.

How to equip Great Runes

Great Runes can be equipped from the "Great Runes" menu while resting at any Sites of Grace.

They are only available from this menu after restoring their power at a Great Rune's respective Divine Tower.

After equipping a Great Rune, consuming a Rune Arc will grant you its power until death.

What is a Rune Arc

Rune Arcs are Consumable Items that grant the blessing of an equipped Great Rune. Alternatively, they can be used without an equipped Great Rune for a slight increase to maximum HP.

Rune Arcs can be found throughout the Lands Between, but there are two methods to consistently collect them:

If you change the equipped Great Rune, the current Great Rune's effect will be removed. Reactivating the new rune will require another Rune Arc.


Great Runes Gallery
Great Runes Table

All Great Runes in Elden Ring

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Great Rune

 Great Rune of the shardbearer Godrick.
Its blessing raises all attributes
This Great Rune is known as the anchor ring, found in the center of the Elden Ring.
The first demigods were The Elden Lord Godfrey and his offspring, the golden lineage.

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Great Rune

A Great Rune of the shardbearer Rykard.
Its blessing restores HP upon defeating enemies.
Rykard was amongst the children of Rennala and Radagon, who became demigod stepchildren after Radagon's union with Queen Marika.
But Rykard fed himself to the blasphemous serpent, Great Rune and all.

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Great Rune

A Great Rune of the shardbearer Radahn.
Its blessing raises maximum HP, FP and Stamina.
Radahn was amongst the children of Rennala and Radagon, who became demigod stepchildren after Radagon's union with Queen Marika.
The Great Rune burns, to resist the encroachment of the scarlet rot.

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Great Rune

A Great Rune of the shardbearer Morgott.
Its blessing greatly raises maximum HP.

This Great Rune is the anchor ring that houses the base, and proves two things:
That the Omen King was born of the golden lineage, and that he was indeed the Lord of Leyndell.

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Great Rune

A Great Rune of the shardbearer Mohg.
Its blessing grants a blessing of blood to summoned phantoms, and imparts a Phantom Great Rune upon successful invasion.
Mohg and Morgott are twin brothers, and their Great Runes are naturally similar.
But Mohg's rune is soaked in accursed blood, from his devout love for the wretched mire that he was born into far below the earth.

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Great Rune

A Great Rune of the shardbearer Malenia.
The blessing of this half-rotted rune reduces the healing power of Flask of Crimson Tears.

And yet, due to the infusion of Malenia's spirit of resistance, attacks made immediately after receiving damage will partially recover HP.
Malenia is daughter to Queen Marika and Radagon, and her Great Rune should have been the most sacred of all.

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Great Rune
of the Unborn

Amber egg clutched by Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon. Great Rune of unborn demigods.
Perfects those who have been born anew.
Children born anew by Rennala are all frail and short-lived. Imperfect beings, each and all.

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Great Rune

Item for online play.
Obtained after using the Mohg's Great Rune and invading another world.
Consumed upon use.
Enemies inside the invaded world receive a blessing of blood, which boosts their attack power when blood loss occurs nearby. Also, your HP recovers when blessed enemies defeat a player.


All Mending Runes in Elden Ring

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Mending Rune
of Perfect Order

Rune discovered by the noble Goldmask.
Used to restore the fractured Elden Ring when brandished by the Elden Lord.
A rune of transcendental ideology which will attempt to perfect the Golden Order.
The current imperfection of the Golden Order, or instability of ideology, can be blamed upon the fickleness of the gods no better than men. That is the fly in the ointment.

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Mending Rune
of the Death-Prince

Rune gestated by Fia, the Deathbed Companion.
Used to restore the fractured Elden Ring when brandished by the Elden Lord.

Formed of the two hallowbrand half-wheels combined, it will embed the principle of life within Death into Order.
The Golden Order was created by confining Destined Death. Thus, this new Order will be one of Death restored.

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Mending Rune
of the Fell Curse

Loathsome rune gestated by the Dung Eater.
Used to restore the fractured Elden Ring when brandished by the Elden Lord.
The reviled curse will last eternally, and the world's children, grandchildren, and every generation hence will be its pustules.
If Order is defiled entirely, defilement is defilement no more, and for every curse, a cursed blessing.

Great Runes Table in Elden Ring

 Great Rune Name Effect Boss Location Divine Tower Location
Godrick's Great Rune Raises all attributes by +5 Godrick the Grafted Stormveil Castle - Limgrave  Divine Tower of Limgrave
Rykard's Great Rune Restores HP upon defeating enemies Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Volcano Manor - Mt. Gelmir  Divine Tower of West Altus
Radahn's Great Rune Raises maximum HP, FP and Stamina by 15% Starscourge Radahn Redmane Castle - CaelidMap Link.  Divine Tower of Caelid
Morgott's Great Rune Raises maximum HP by 25% Morgott, the Omen King Leyndell, Royal Capital  Divine Tower of East Altus
Mohg's Great Rune Grants a blessing of blood to phantoms Mohg, Lord of Blood Mohgwyn Palace  Divine Tower of East Altus
Malenia's Great Rune Attacks recover HP for a short time after taking damage Malenia, Blade of Miquella Miquella's Haligtree - Elphael  Isolated Divine Tower
Great Rune of the Unborn No active effect. Unlocks character respeccing Rennala Queen of the Full Moon Raya Lucaria Academy - Liurnia of the Lakes  N/A
Phantom Great Rune Give blessing of blood to enemies in invaded world N/A N/A  N/A


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    • Anonymous

      i think great runes are like an item you go hey thats neat the first time you play through and then you realize that buffing yourself is way more efficient and i can do it as many times as i want compared to the amount of items i have in the game. i can always get more mana

      • Anonymous

        Can't wait to see what fills those empty slots in the Great Rune menu. More Great Runes? Maybe weaker versions that don't require a Rune Arc to activate? I'm excited for the DLC

        • Anonymous

          It's a shame that the buffs aren't more unique. Most of the effects can be recreated with other items and don't require a rune arc. And the effects are kind of crap anyway.

          It might be nice to get some kind of permanent buff or different ending if you get all the great runes as well. As it is, I don't really see the point of any of them.

          • Anonymous

            Idk... the other great runes may have interesting side effects, but godrick's is the swiss knife of them. Like, 30-ish levels for free? What can possibly top that?

            And you can't even experiment with the other great runes because they re dependant on your stats being at absurd levels or require you to do something very specific, and by the time you actually get to test them you already killed the elden beast.

            • Anonymous

              Rykard’s is good outside of bosses. Chip damage from a stray trash mob hit can add up and this passively cleans that up instead of having to waste a flask or FP on a heal spell

              • Anonymous

                I don't think the great runes are underwhelming. I think it was HUGE mistake to make them go away on NG+. Most of the good ones you get near the end game. It makes so much more sense to be able to use them after having beaten the game and enjoy the benefits they give you in a fresh play through.

                • This is just my opinion, but a way to make the mechanic more interesting would be to perhaps give the Great Runes some kind of passive benefits that don't revolve around giving you more base stats, kind of like the Physick, functionally similar to a kind of 5th Talisman you can only change at Sites of Grave, and that the benefit is minor enough to where it doesn't require a Rune Arc to function. Something like Godrick increasing the power of fully charged heavy attacks, Radahn increasing the power of jumping attacks, Mohg increasing damage when blood loss is inflicted nearby, Malenia giving more power on successive attacks, etc.

                  • So many people are complaining that the Great Runes are underwhelming... they aren't. Great Runes, like many items/skills in this game, can be pretty plain and boring when used by themselves but by putting your imagination to work and combining different items/skills and different strategies, you can come up with something viable.

                    As an example, Rykard's Rune is very useful for clearing areas with cooperative summons. You can devote more flasks to FP and let your teammates kill enemies to heal you, meanwhile blowing everything away with the extra FP you have. It's actually broken asf because you can get HP from checking bloodstains.

                    • great runes are honestly really underwhelming, they're all just related to your health and really the only worthwhile rune is godrick's unless you really need the extra health, the extra health, the extra healing, the extra healing, or last but not least the extra healing

                      your options are +5 to all stats, more health, or more healing

                      its so boring lol

                      • Anonymous

                        A lot of people complaining that rune arcs are scarce. There's a really simple solution...

                        Offer yourself as a cooperator to other players, you'll get rune arcs from cooperative play all the same. Plus you get to help someone out.

                        I go through them often and still have so many they get defaulted to "the chest" because I can't carry anymore.

                        But I mostly do co-op outside hard bosses when I play, so that's just my experience with rune arcs.

                        Also, the first great rune you get, Godrick, is definitely the most impactful if you're into sorcery/incantation, because you can get that little extra faith or whatever to top off your build while gaining hp, fp, stamina and equipment load all from one buff.

                        In short, if you're just starting this game, don't sweat rune arcs that much, just do co-op and you're golden. And don't bother with other great runes unless you just want to experience all areas, they're a waste of energy once you realize the first rune received is the best.

                        For the sake of full clear, I did them all and was pissed when they went away in NG+, so now I just rock Godricks whenever I start a new play-through.

                        Praise the message!

                        • Anonymous

                          So many players with skill issue that doesn't want to use great runes cuz they last till you die. Just don't die bro, It always works for me.

                          • Anonymous

                            Do you lose the effect even if you die in an invasion/duel? Alternatively, do you even get the effect in an invasion/duel?

                            • Anonymous

                              Horribly executed mechanic. Rune Arcs are far too rare, and the Great Runes are tied to the game's story, so obviously you can't keep them for NG+. Also, they're just buffs. Ok, it's nice to get stats or healing, but....that's it? No special interactions with the environment (immunity to rot maybe), no special transformation (e.g. the goat-dragon in DS3), not even resistances or....anything cool at all? Give me my damn embers back, please.

                              • Anonymous

                                if youve played the game multiple times and can reliably go for a while without dying then these can be pretty good. they’re practically worthless for new and inexperienced players though. rune arcs are not common enough compared to how often a new player is going to die. for this reason i think that every boss that is considered a Great Enemy or higher should automatically activate an equipped great rune or drop a rune arc, similar to ds3 ember system. it would make them a bit more accessible for people who arent good at the game yet

                                • Anonymous

                                  How is it that I only have the final boss left and I didn't know you had to travel to the towers to activate them? Oh yeah. Stupidity.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    What could have been:

                                    GODRICK'S GREAT RUNE
                                    Passive Benefit: Raise's all attributes by +2
                                    Active Benefit: Raise's all attributes by +5

                                    RYKARD'S GREAT RUNE
                                    Passive Benefit: Restore's 80 HP plus 5% of Total HP upon Defeating enemies
                                    Active Benefit: Restore's 100 HP plus 10% of Total HP upon Defeating enemies

                                    RADAHN'S GREAT RUNE
                                    Passive Benefit: Increases HP, Stamina, and FP by 10%
                                    Active Benefit: Increases HP, Stamina, and FP by 20%

                                    MORGOTT'S GREAT RUNE
                                    Passive Benefit: Slowly recover FP over time
                                    Active Benefit: Slowly recover FP over time - Greatly Raises Max HP

                                    MOHG'S GREAT RUNE
                                    Passive Benefit: Raises Damage Negation by 10% - Boosts their attack power when blood loss occurs nearby
                                    Active Benefit: Raises Damage Negation by 20% - Boosts their attack power when blood loss occurs nearby

                                    MALENIA'S GREAT RUNE
                                    Passive Benefit: Immune to Scarlet Rot
                                    Active Benefit: Physical Attacks recover HP - Immune to Scarlet Rot

                                    GREAT RUNE OF THE UNBORN
                                    Passive Benefit: Used to Perfect Rebirth - Spell FP Cost reduced 30%
                                    Active Benefit: Slowly recover FP over time - Spell FP Cost reduced 50%

                                    PHANTOM GREAT RUNE
                                    Active Benefit: Raise's all attributes by +7 defeating another player

                                    • Anonymous

                                      These are all really ****ing lame buffs, i hope they make a talisman or tear that increases your attack power when frostbite happens in the vicinity.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I feel like they tried to make it like a more advanced version of the humanity/ember system, but they kinda ****ed it up and made the rune arcs more rare than they should be. But I shouldn't complain because it was probably pretty hard to keep a balance between having too much or too little. Either way I like the system even if it has it's flaws.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          My question is why do most people have this thought that great runes were made because of the shattering or from the shattering?

                                          I’ve seen this a lot. Actually it’s the only idea I’ve seen about the great runes, it’s seemingly ubiquitous

                                          But it doesn’t make sense to me

                                          Maybe I’m missing a quote?

                                          But Morgott’s rune exactly says: “This Great Rune is the anchor ring that houses the base, and proves two things: 
That the Omen King was born of the golden lineage, and that he was indeed the Lord of Leyndell.”

                                          And Mohg’s says: “Mohg and Morgott are twin brothers, and their Great Runes are naturally similar.”

                                          Melania’s rune says: “Malenia is daughter to Queen Marika and Radagon, and her Great Rune should have been the most sacred of all.”

                                          If the demigod’s great runes are from the Elden ring originally, then why would the omen twins runes be called “naturally similar”? Why would it being like the Elden ring mean it’s from the golden lineage specifically?

                                          And if she just claimed it why would Melania’s be most sacred because she is their children?

                                          And why would Ranni have went and claimed a great rune, just to then cast it aside with her body? Also the shattering happens after the night of black knifes right? So then how would she have cast it aside with her body if she had already cast aside her body earlier?

                                          It makes no sense for the great runes to have came from the Elden ring, at least none that I can make

                                          Also the divine towers are a surely related question

                                          But it does say the demigods had claimed shards of the Elden ring. So what were the shards?

                                          Well that’s exceptionally obvious very early in the game, they’re rune arcs… the rune arc description says: “A shard of the shattered Elden Ring.
Grants the blessing of an equipped Great Rune upon use.
                                          Even if no Great Rune is equipped, it will slightly increase maximum HP upon use.
                                          The lower arc of the Elden Ring is held to be the basin in which its blessings pool. Perhaps this shard originates from that very arc.”

                                          The rune arcs explicitly say they’re shards of the Elden ring, and they allow you the power of an equipped great rune. So it would’ve allowed the demigods the power of their runes. This also explains why nobody other than demigods(and Renalla) have great runes and could participate in the shattering

                                          Similarly people assume the rune of death was part of the Elden ring originally, presumably due to the quote “The Golden Order was created by confining Destined Death. Thus, this new Order will be one of Death restored.”

                                          But that’s not the only interpretation there. We know the gloamy eyed queen held the rune, and after her defeat by Maliketh he stole it and sealed it away, which pretty perfectly fits the “confining Destined Death” part.

                                          And of course it would be hard to found an order when there’s an empyrean/their apostles running around slaying all of the other gods

                                          Much more speculative on runes:

                                          “The flame of the fell god” incantation say that: “The fell god still lurks within the Fire Giants”

                                          The “burn o flame” incantation say that: “The Fire Giants borrowed from the power of a fell god, and still they were defeated.”

                                          And of course the “one eyed shield; say that: “Tricksome shield made from white stone depicting a malformed one-eyed god. The barrel of a firearm pokes through the open mouth.
                                          Once worshipped by the giants, this evil deity is believed to have been slain by Queen Marika.”

                                          And when you fight actually a fire giant as a boss, it burns up its leg, and then the face in its abdomen opens up and revealing an eye, a single eye that’s iris is an orange colored combination of 8 rings that are swirling and seemingly burning

                                          The giants prayer book similarly depicts a swirling blazing circle. Kinda like how the “golden order principia” has a symbol alike to the Elden ring

                                          So my idea is that the blazing iris of the one eyed god is it’s rune analogous to The Elden ring inside Marika. It is wildly speculative however unless I’ve missed anything to make it solider

                                          Also interestingly the red braid whip says: “Every giant is red of hair, and Radagon was said to have despised his own red locks. Perhaps that was a curse of their kind.”

                                          Radahn’s redmane helmet says the: “Helm of the golden lion, with flowing red hair.
Worn by General Radahn.
                                          Radahn inheirted the furious, flaming red hair of his father Radagon, and is fond of its heroic impications.“

                                          And also Radahn’s great rune is burning. Which’s just an interesting possible connection or coincidence there

                                          Also also also the remembrance of the dragonlord states: “The Dragonlord whose seat lies at the heart of the storm beyond time is said to have been Elden Lord in the age before the Erdtree. Once his god was fled, the lord continued to await its return.”

                                          And we know that Godfrey the “first Elden lord” was Marikas original lord and helped her establish the golden order and defeat practically everybody else, until she took his grace and sent him away to die

                                          So seemingly this has to have been an entirely different god

                                          And if you go to Maliketh’s arena and look at the walls there’s this giant symbol there, it looks much like the Elden ring, but if you look closely it’s quite significantly different

                                          My idea is this might’ve been the rune of this god, their version of the Elden ring in this prior age before the erdtree

                                          Of course this is also heavy speculation to my best knowledge

                                          Please do comment your thoughts and prove me wrong if you’re able to.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Yooo folks, I think I figured out where Ranni's Great Rune is. It's with Gideon. When you get two GRs to Enia she mentions she's only ever seen two GRs at once one time, and then says she has as much faith in you as she does in Gideon. I think there's a connection there.

                                            It would also explain why Gideon is so dismissive of Ranni's Great Rune, even though he's obsessed with the others to the point of slaughtering an entire village in the hopes to get Miquella's or Malenia's. It's because he already HAS it. The only hole with that theory is which OTHER Great Rune he has, though I think it must be Godwyn's.

                                            Godwyn is the only demigod not mentioned to have a Great Rune, and at first it makes sense -- he died before the Elden Ring was shattered. BUT if you pay close attention, you'll realize... Rennala's Great Rune was also around before the Shattering. Radagon gave it to her when he left her for Marika, and that happened long before the Shattering happened. Possibly shortly after Godwyn's death. So there WERE Great Runes around then. It also lines up with Gideon's personality, there's no way the AH would willingly fight a demigod on his own, so picking a discarded Great Rune and another whose owner is dead fits. It also has the benefit of placating my OCD, because it cannot accept Godwyn not having a Great Rune.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Interesting little thing that wouldn't effect normal gameplay at all but a lot of things seem to be tied directly to [Having] the great runes rather than just killing the shard-bearers, obviously that equals the same thing in a normal game but I was playing with the randomizer mod and didn't get a great-rune drop till the boss that replaced radahn had dropped one whereas by that point I had killed 'Rennala' (It was Mohg and Morgott) and 'Godrick' (It was malenia) and the person to trade in remembrances hadn't opened (I had a remembrance before I killed any bosses in the world because a chest had one in it) until the boss that replaced Radahn had died and dropped me a rune

                                              As I said, wouldn't effect anyone in any normal sense of the game, just something interesting I thought I'd share since I found it neat that they didn't tie having the ability to go into the capital/trade remembrances to something like getting the site of grace in the arena, getting a boss remembrance, or clearing the boss out to put the game in the state of like "Hey this happened" and instead to having the unactivated rune itself, kinda neat and thought I'd share if anyone wanted it as a little "That's odd" and move on sorta thing

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Still wish that there was an option to enter the erdtree by collecting ALL great runes instead of setting the erdtree on fire, but there's probably a story-reason why thats not a thing :/

                                                Also where Rannis great rune at? she doesn't care abt it but that doesn't mean i dont :(

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  The ingame tutorial says that using a rune arc enhances the power of great runes even more, implying having them simply equipped would give any benefit already. That's pretty misleading but I wonder if it's a leftover from a time during development, where simply having a great rune equipped already gave any benefits.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Really wish there was a reward, or even a secret ending, for collecting all the Runes. I feel like, canonically, that’d be quite significant?

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      If, like me, you can't bear to use very rare items even when they'd help (what's the point in using a finite buff when, if you run out, you'll have to fight the boss unbuffed?) then equipping these are purely for roleplay. Which makes me wish they functioned as covenants, too... it would have been nice if equipping them granted extremely miniscule benefits, like the covenant rings of Dark Souls II or oath runes of Bloodborne, rather than just sitting in the top left corner looking pretty.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Given the rarity of rune arcs in this game, especially early on, I've never found a situation where it felt worthwhile to use it. The buff you get is more complicated than humanity, human effigy and ember of previous games, and that only makes things worse as the scarcity of rune arcs makes me not want to try out the effects of the buff so I can get an idea of when I should use it. Humanity and embers were useable as powerful emergency healing items, and granted you the huge benefit of being able to summon aid into your world, but in this game the item you use for that is in great abundance.

                                                        These are indeed powerful buffs, but they're too broad and aren't strong enough to feel like they can give you the boost to get past a hard boss - and if you use one and stll fail, you have strikingly few chance to try again with the buff. I'd much rather try and learn the boss, or rethink my strategy, than gamble on a very limited resource which grants an unfamiliar bonus.

                                                        Given the importance placed upon these in the lore, and the way you equip it, I feel like this mechanic wasn't fully developed. I think they probably did plan for these runes to give you a smaller, permanent bonus, but ran out of time to properly test out the idea.

                                                        Side note - the multiplayer in this game sucks. You are only eligible for invasion when you have a friendly summon, or a rune arc active, and there is absolutely no reason to use a rune arc anywhere other than right in front of boss fog, if you use them at all. People only really summon right at the boss fog too, so invasions are completely unfair on both sides - if you're invading, you will run into ganks frequently, and if you're just trying to play through some areas with friends you will get spammed with invasions, as they have no one else to invade. On top of that, the matchmaking is incredibly poorly thought out. They've just taken a modified version of dark souls 3's matchmaking (which already wasn't great in that game, but worked reasonably well due to the relative linearity), and dropped it into an open world game where you can be anywhere in the world at any level, and can easily have very mismatched rune level and upgrade level due to most upgrade material being in dungeons separate from the main progression of the game.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I hate that rune arcs are so rare, I wish it was like in DS3 when you defeated a boss it reactivated your embers

                                                          • Godrick's is the best general use rune for the majority of the game. Once you've hit all your build's major soft caps, it makes sense to switch to one of the more specific runes. They're not that good, though. I kinda wish they would have just used the Bloodborne system where you equip the runes and it's just a persistent effect. Having to acquire it, activate it at a location in the world, and then use a consumable every single time is hardly worth the effort.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              bruh the downvotes are real rofl

                                                              Anyway, I use both Morgott's and Radahn's runes. Morgott's in particular takes me from about 1900 hp to 2400. That's really good. Far from useless.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                its a little lame that they are all so broad where as they could have been made to be equipped based on your build and playstyle

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I like Godrick's Great Rune, but after you unlock the Rold Lift, it falls off hard for me. especially if you Min/Max your stats and know how your build is supposed to play

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    If only the great runes worked as intended, they would be a great addition to the game. Sadly Elden Ring is a really rushed mess where QA was thrown out the window, leading to items not working as stated in the game, with no real way to solve it without heavily modifying the game.

                                                                    "You can use a Rune Arc to give > even greater < benefits to your equipped great runes."

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Really cool idea and all, even when i hoped for more. However i am disapointed. I have all great runes and hoped for a special ending with all, since you only need two.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Should have made it so you can Hey invaded every time you activated one of these and if you killed the invader you'd get a rune arc as a reward would have made the game alot more interesting and intense...

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          3 of them are stat ups, malenias is literally just bloodbornes rally system, rykards is the evil eye ring, and mohgs is a giants seed that can be used by an invader... how creative.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            The facts that you lose it upon death and that it requires a rare consumable make them useless. It would have been so much better to "attune" to a rune and gain a permanent power based on the demo god who wore them. It is supposed to be a big deal in the lore, making you much stronger.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Why does the message you get after you defeat Godrick (or whoever your first defeated sharbearer is) say that they give you passive bonuses that increase when you use rune arc? They literally do nothing UNLESS you use rune arc.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                86 hours on my character just finished Ranni's quest and now just finding out I can claim great runes. It's getting annoying how much stuff you can completely miss out on.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I really wish these were handled differently. Great Runes are supposed to be a huge deal. I's part of the shattered Elden Ring. But I don't play online. So Rune Arcs are really rare. Meaning anyone who plays offline (and even online) very rarely get a chance to actually use a great rune. I agree you shouldn't be able to use it whenever you want without restrictions, but needing a rare consumable item to activate it, then losing it when you die is a horrible way of doing it. It takes away nearly all the excitement of actually getting a Great Rune because I'll almost never be using them. Not to mention the fact that 90% of people will only use Godrick's anyways. I just feel like for something that is so central to the game and lore it should have been implemented better. Great Runes are basically the logo for Elden Ring.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I feel like the main issue with great runes was simple effort, I also liked the idea of if they gave the mending runes you get from completing major quests effects to reward you for pursuing your path

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I'm not a player that goes to NG+, if I want to play the game again, I just create a completely new character. And considering how boring and uninteresting are most great runes, I just end using Godrick's great rune because those +5 lvl on every stat it's just too good, it allow you to use weapon or spells that you can't use without Godrick's rune.

                                                                                      • We should have gotten a Great Rune that's Magic and Spellcasting Oriented and Compliments INT Sorcery and Spellcasting Builds:

                                                                                        Rennala was a brilliant young Astrologer prodigy, possibly the most powerful Sorcerer that ever lived, Leader and Champion of the grand Raya Lucaria Academy - and Queen of the Full Moon!
                                                                                        Rennala's Great Rune could have given us one or mix of the following Buffs to Compliment INT and Spellcasting Builds:
                                                                                        1) Greatly Boost Focus Points FP.
                                                                                        2) Boost INT MIND and END.
                                                                                        3) Gradually Regenerate FP Over Time.
                                                                                        4) Restore FP Upon Defeating Enemies - FP Regen on Kills.
                                                                                        5) Boost Spellcasting Speed & Reduce Spell Costs.
                                                                                        6) Adds Memory Slots Beyond Maximum.
                                                                                        I hope one day we get a Rune that does some of the above.

                                                                                        • We should have gotten a Great Rune that's Magic and Spellcasting Oriented - which Compliments INT Sorcery and Spellcasting Builds: Rennala was a brilliant young Astrologer prodigy, possibly the most powerful Sorcerer that ever lived, Leader and Champion of the grand Raya Lucaria Academy - and Queen of the Full Moon!
                                                                                          Rennala's Great Rune could have given us one or mix of the following Buffs to Compliment INT and Spellcasting Builds:
                                                                                          1) Greatly Boost Focus Points FP.
                                                                                          2) Boost INT MIND and END.
                                                                                          3) Gradually Regenerate FP Over Time.
                                                                                          4) Restore FP Upon Defeating Enemies - FP Regen on Kills.
                                                                                          5) Boost Spellcasting Speed & Reduce Spell Costs.
                                                                                          6) Adds Memory Slots Beyond Maximum.
                                                                                          I hope one day we get a Rune that does some of the above.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            This mechanic is terrible. Firstly you need to kill the shardbearer, then activate the rune, and then after each death spend a consumable to get value out of it? I hate it. Just let me permanently have it activated after the first two steps, especially given how minimally impactful the runes even are. Godrick's is MAYBE a bit strong if you get it early, but the rest of them are much deeper into the game by that point and its well deserved.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Everyone in here calling certain great runes useless but probably haven't got to ng+8 to actually SEE if some of them are more useful than they first appear.

                                                                                              Malenias actually stands out to me as being GREAT for attrition boss fights...which I can see becoming a grim reality for some builds in a significantly more difficult iteration of the game...

                                                                                              • We should have gotten a Great Rune that's Magic Oriented and Compliments Spellcasting (Sorcery) Builds:
                                                                                                Rennala was a brilliant young Astrologer prodigy, possibly the most powerful Sorcerer that ever lived, Leader and Champion of the grand Raya Lucaria Academy - and Queen of the Full Moon! Rennala's Great Rune could have given us one or mix of the following Buffs to Compliment INT and Spellcasting Builds:
                                                                                                1) Greatly Boost Focus Points FP. 2) Boost INT MIND and END.
                                                                                                3) Gradually Regenerate FP Over Time.
                                                                                                4) Restore FP Upon Defeating Enemies - FP Regen on Kills.
                                                                                                5) Boost Spellcasting Speed & Reduce Spell Costs.
                                                                                                6) Adds Memory Slots Beyond Maximum.
                                                                                                I hope one day we get a Rune that does some of the above.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Just tested and godericks rune actually gives more of an increase to hp fp and Stam than radahns does at higher levels, pretty sure God Godricks is percent based and radahns is a set amount

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    lorewise, almost all the great runes (not including phantom) fit together to create the elden ring seen on the cover art, but rykard's and mohg's don't fit. any theories on this?
                                                                                                    the only way I can think of making them fit together is if rykard's one is switched so the line is to the right and then overlapped with malenia's, as they both have similar colouring, while mohg's is fitted with morgott's like slotting puzzle pieces, and that one makes sense as those two are twins.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      If ever we fight Miquella, I suspect his Great Rune will look similar to Malenia’s. The Great Runes of siblings seem to resemble each other: Rhadan and Rykard, Morgott and Mohg.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Honestly difficult to find a use for any Rune that isn't Godricks. How can you say no to free stat boosts across the board. How does more hp or hp gained on a kill beat straight stats?

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          really dropped the ball on this mechanic, half of them are the same and completely forgettable. why wasn't Rennala's sorcery based? why are half of them just stat boosts? why did the in-game tutorial say you get a passive benefit that is increased when using a rune arc? i guarantee 90% of players just put on Godricks and never even though about the others for the rest of the playthrough. they had the opportunity to make these completely change the way you play and encourage going after certain shard bearers that complement your playstyle, but alas we get this half baked mechanic, such a shame.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Godricks and Radahn Great Rune seems to be the 2 best options.... If you reached soft caps in ALL your attributes then use Radahns Great Rune... if you have NOT reached soft caps in ALL attributes then Godricks Great Rune is best...

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              I was 200 hours into the game before realizing I had to use a rune arc to activate the rune lol I read the description wrong and thought the rune arc basically gave a random great rune buff if none were equipped...I've never used a rune arc in the whole playthrough so far.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Everybody getting downvoted for zero reason in this thread, bunch of losers I guess. The rune system isn't fleshed out enough and too many overlapped buffs between them.

                                                                                                                There should be a great rune for every major stat build, more than half of them are centered around HP, which isnt any different than embers.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  To clarify, this adds +5 to ALL your attributes (Vigor, Mind, Endurance, Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Faith, Arcane).
                                                                                                                  You can see them in the status screen, but not leveling up. I would edit the page, but am blocked from registering.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    So like is there ever a reason to use anything else besides Godricks? Seem like free 40 levels is just way to good comapred to any of the others.

                                                                                                                    • Extremely disappointed Rennela didn't get a Rune that focuses and centers around INT Sorcery Spell Casting:
                                                                                                                      Faster cast time, massive buff to FP, FP Restoration on Kills (like Rykard but FP), stuff like that...
                                                                                                                      Or something from Radagon at least.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        would be cool if you could all shards into the elden ring to obtain a mix of/ a new buff. then again, it would be difficult to balance

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Honestly kinda disappointing. I don't think the buffs great runes offer are enough to justify the fact they are temporary and need to be reactivated after dying. In my opinion, they should either give a significant advantage or not require rune arcs to activate again after each death. Most people don't even know they exist and finish the game without using them once.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            Pretty disappointed with these so far. They're basically just Talismans you need to use a consumable to activate. And not even very good Talismans. Like seriously, the Wondrous Physick has more diverse effects than most of these. I was expecting these things to have really powerful effects that could really turn gameplay on its head, but the only one that comes close is Mohg's rune, and it's actually not very useful unless you use a bleed build and summons.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              Farming tip: If you want tons of Rune Arcs to activate Great Runes, just go to the Stormvael Catacombs and get summoned for Erdtree Watchdog boss, beat it, then you get one Rune Arc, get summoned again, rinse and repeat. Dont know if this works for other bosses or areas, though, but I know this one does(unless it got patched)

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                Total abandonment of imagination when implementing the great rune effects.

                                                                                                                                The best idea they came up with was to recycle bloodborne's life regain mechanic. So ultimately their best idea here was to recycle a good idea from another game.

                                                                                                                                Hopefully they fix this with the DLC. The UI menu for great rune management looks like there should be twice as many great runes as there are in game. Still sad they missed the opportunity to anything interesting in base game.

                                                                                                                                Whatever you want to call this particular sub-system, (ds3's) embering, (bb's) runes, (ed's) great runes, whatever, etc. the humanity system from DS1 continues to be my favorite. It was the most innovative and interesting out of all of the souls games.

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  Could be more interesting? YES.
                                                                                                                                  But is it much more interesting than Humanity, Human Effigy AND Ember? YES!

                                                                                                                                  Y'all are never satisfied, are you?

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    I wish our character would become larger when using a Great Rune, just like the bosses that carry these great runes are so huge. But then again, the character would probably not fit in the doorways

                                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                      I feel like there's a lot of lost potential with the great runes. Stat increases are fine and absolutely powerfull, but I'd love them to alter your way of playing a bit, like Malenia's (but not ****)
                                                                                                                                      Mohg's and Malenia's do that a bit, but you only get them in the endgame and of 6 Runes, 3 are different flavors of stat increase. Rykard's is nice, but ultimately a better talisman

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