New Player Help for Elden Ring covers information helpful to new and veteran players alike, teaching the basics of the game's mechanics. You'll also find helpful links to various mechanics to fully familiarize and better understand the game.

Helpful Pages

  • Controls: Shows you the layout of the default keys and controller for each platform the game plays in.
  • Combat: Learn about the basic and advanced mechanics for the combat system of Elden Ring.
  • FAQs: If you want to learn more about the other aspects of the game and any other frequent questions.
  • Classes: If you want to learn more about the different classes present in the game.
  • Online: To learn more about how to interact with other players.
  • Locations: For a list of all locations, NPCs, Merchants, Sites of Grace and Maps for the game.
  • Weapons, Armor & Talismans: Check out all the available arsenal you can obtain in the game, as well as Builds which you can try out to help you in various situations.
  • Magic Spells: For a list of all available Sorceries and Incantations.
  • Walkthrough: Check out a detailed guide to finishing the game.
  • New Game +: Find out about what happens and what changes are applied once you finish the game
  • Bosses: Check out a compendium of all the bosses encountered which includes a guide on how to defeat each boss.
  • Interactive Map: Our interactive Map allows you to quickly find what you are looking for by using the search box or the available filters.
  • Leveling Up: Increasing your Stats to wield new equipment and challenge new Enemies.






Elden Ring New Player Help

In-depth Weapon Video Guides
Beginner Builds Video Guides

Getting Started

See our About page to get some general ideas on the concepts of the game. You should then visit the Classes page and select a class you believe would be approachable to your style. To proceed through the game, you can refer to our Walkthrough page for an overview of the recommended route.

Movement & Actions

You can control your character movement with Left Analog Stick, or vaulting with Left Analog Stick and holding Circle. See the Controls page for full control configuration.

What is the Best Class?

All Classes are very distinct in their gameplay and will markedly affect your playthrough of the game. All Elden Ring Classes follow similar concept to that of the Dark Souls series, choosing a class determines the player's starting Stats and Equipment which can then be improved and upgraded later on as you progress throughout the game

Elden Ring has a lot of unique Skills, magical abilities, and even a horse to leaping up a cliffside, as well as attacking while riding your Mount. These are Skills that you pick up through the player's progression and exploration. There are some cases that a player can acquire a skill through purchasing it from merchants or learning them from an NPC, but in general, Skills are hidden throughout the game's world, and it is the player's responsibility to discover these through exploration.

Elden Ring provides complete freedom when it comes to building up your character, you are basically free to combine your Skills with different weapons and equipment, and you'll learn magic as well. Skills are freely interchangeable between a large variety of weapons as per Hidetaka Miyazaki, and that there are around 100 Skills. With having less restrictions, players will have even more variations of Builds that is even richer than previous Souls games


Where is the Jump Button

The ability to jump is a new feature in the game. Details on the Controls scheme can be found in our Controls Page.


Spiritspring Jumping

Jump while on horseback near a spiritspring to ride its current high into the air.
You won't take damage from jumping into a spiritspring while on horseback, even from a great height.
Press the X button at a spiritspring while on horseback: Spiritspring jump.


Upon dying, you will be revived at the last site of grace at which you rested.
However, if there is a Stake of Marika near where you died, you can choose to be revived there instead.

Stakes of Marika are statues found usually before fully entering a new location where many enemies are expected, they serve as temporary respawn points. If you happen to die in a zone after visiting a Stakes of Marika close by, you will be able to choose between reviving on a Site of Grace, or that Stake of Marika. After leaving that location, if you happen again, you will no longer be able to revive there.

What are Ashes of War?

Ashes of War is a new mechanic that allows player to modify their Weapon and Shield base damage, protection, scaling and Skills. This allows players to adapt each type of armament to their respective Build and playstyle.

How to use Ashes of War?

Visit a Site of Grace and select the "Ashes of War" menu (this only becomes available after you have collected at least one Ash of War). Once inside the menu, you can preview the effect of the Ash on your Weapon or Shield, and select to apply either the skill or the skill and the effect, which acts as an optional Prefix. By using Ashes of War, you can match the scaling of your equipment to your character's Stats.

To successfully modify your equipment, you'll need to collect Ashes of War and apply them to your equipment at a Site of Grace.

Using Gestures

From the Menu, use Gestures to perform unique motions to communicate with other travelers. Gestures are most commonly used as means of communication between players in an Online game.

Gestures & Secrets

In some rare cases, Gestures may trigger certain events that will take you to new quests, items or places, maybe even new Bosses or Enemies. It's important to pay attention to details as some of them may hint of a gesture that may trigger some event. For example, if you find a statue posing as a gesture you recognize, you may consider trying to play the same gesture and wait for a minute, if an event triggers, surely you will be noticed by some sound, watch around to see if any secret door opens or if something moves.

Equip Load

When you carry more than 70% of your maximum equipment load, your dodge rolling will become slower and clumsier. If you exceed your maximum equipment load entirely, you will be unable to roll at all. Keep always this information in mind when equipping your character, mobility is key and will help you avoid hazardous traps as well as nasty attacks from enemies or Bosses.

What do you Sell in Elden Ring?

Players who have collected enough extra Items and Materials will want to clear their inventory of clutter and gain a few Runes in the process. It is usually not recommended to get rid of items in Elden Ring since you can probably find a use for them later on and they will yield little Runes. However, those who want to clear space in their inventory can consider letting go of some come Materials first like fruit. You might thing of getting rid of any Weapons or equipment that you won't consider making a part of a build or some PvP items that you come across if you don't intend on engaging in multiplayer very often, but even sold Weapons do not yield a lot of runes. If you do not have to, most people suggest keeping your items since the storage limits to your chest will allow at least one of every item in the game. 

Summoning Spirits

Spirits Are the fallen souls of the countless Enemies you defeat in the game. As the player progresses the game, they will be able to encounter certain Skills such as being able to summon the spirits of the fallen enemies, and upon calling their fallen souls, they can aid the player in combat.

In order to summon Spirits, you'll first need to find their corresponding Spirit-Caller's Ash. Once in your possession, you can use the ash as an item to summon the selected spirit to aid you in combat.

Summoning Spirits will usually consume FP. Only one summoned spirit can be active at any given time, and you won't be able to summon them while in multiplayer.

  • Spirits may only be summoned in specific locations. If you leave the boundary, it will unsummon
  • Spirits may only be summoned once per encounter, so you cannot re-summon them after they die during a boss fight.
  • You must be near a rebirth monument to summon spirits from ashes.
  • When you are close to a rebirth monument and able to summon, a monument icon will appear on the left side of the screen.

Using the Flask of Wondrous Physick

The Flask of Wondrous Physick is a relic of the physick chemists, priests of the Erdtree that you can use at Sites of Grace to mix two Crystal Tears to create elixirs with various custom effects.

The Crystal Tears and Sites of Grace

Crystal Tears can be used and mixed to enhance the effects of the Flask of Wondrous Physick. You can find Crystal Tears at the bases of Minor Erdtrees and elsewhere throughout the Lands Between. 

Sites of Grace are the Checkpoints of Elden Ring. These special locations feature a luminous remnant of Grace, enshrined by a small stump of roots, and allow a moment of respite in The Lands Between. Sites of Lost Grace function much the way that Bonfires worked in Dark Souls.

The New Mechanics

Elden Ring will have a large scale in terms of the world and exploration, and to go hand-in-hand with this, some new mechanics are introduced such as jumping, yes players can jump now, as well as riding on horseback (Mounts). Hidetaka Miyazaki strongly suggests that you thoroughly search and explore every section of the world to find Skills that are hidden.

There are a number of choices as well that players can approach their way of combat, some may be brave and choose to go on head-to-head, while others would rather have allies such as being able to summon the spirits of deceased enemies.

Night and Day Cycle

Real-time changes are featured in Elden Ring in the form of the Day and Night cycle, as well as Dynamic Weather. These features also heavily affect gameplay, combat, and the world you are exploring. For example, in cases that you are roaming at night, both players and enemies will change in terms of aggression due to a decrease in visibility, and some special enemies that only appear at night will come out.


Similar to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, during Combat you should be careful not to lose your Stance in order to avoid getting staggered. You will also want the break you Enemy's Stance in order to make them stagger, giving you a chance to perform a critical attack. During combat, you can block your Enemy's attack by holding the block button, however if you block each attack only when it's necessary, the game will consider that you performed a perfect Block. Perfect Blocks will save your Stance, and waste the Enemy's Stance, but if you block earlier or keep blocking longer than necessary, you will lose some Stance while your Enemy saves it.

Performing successful parries will also help lowering or breaking your Enemies' Stance greatly, but failing an attempt of parrying will cost you a lot of Stance. Heavy Strikes, Sneak Attacks and attacking from above can also heavily lower or break the opponent's Stance.

Magic and Spells

Magic Spells in Elden Ring is a combat mechanic where players conjure the dark arts to execute a variety of offensive, defensive and support functions. From casting elemental magic, healing properties, and support-based spells, these have various effects and properties that can be inflicted on both players and enemies.  

You must have a Staff equipped to cast Sorceries, or a Sacred Seal to cast Incantations.

Casting Sorceries and Incantations consumes FP.

Sorcery Spells have a wide variety of effects. You must have a Staff equipped in order to conjure a Sorcery.

Incantation Spells have a wide variety of offensive effects. You must have a Sacred Seal equipped in order to conjure an Incantation.

Game Difficulty

There is ONE difficulty in Elden Ring. The decision of FromSoftware leaning towards this feature can benefit both new and veteran players of this genre. Elden Ring features a large scale when it comes to its world and exploration, so it does make sense that it really is up to you on how you want to tackle the game, it is highly encouraged that players carefully assess the situation that lies ahead and to find different ways to deal with it. This also provides a good camaraderie within the community since everyone can share their experiences and hopefully help one another.

Torrent, the Spirit Steed (Mount)

Shortly after you began exploring the world, you will find Sites of Grace that serve as Fast Travel points and a place to Rest. After you find 3 Sites of Grace, Melina will give you the Spectral Steed Whistle, which can be equipped as a quick item to summon Torrent and mount it, mainly used to run long distances in less time. Also used for Ranged and Melee Mounted Combat.

How do I get to the Elden ring Main Menu?

Once you enter any menu from the main menu screen, using a controller, you an press on the indicated back button to bring you back to the main menu, but while using a PC you are able to right click to bring up some additional options which will also give you the back button option. Select the back option to return to the Main Menu.

Elden Ring In-depth Weapon Video Guides

With the various Weapons and weapon categories available in Elden Ring, it may be difficult to choose which weapon you're going to use for your playthrough. In these weapon video guides, you can find how each weapon works, why you should use each weapon, and how to build for each weapon in every weapon class. These videos can especially help new players with build crafting.










Elden Ring Beginner Build Guides

Build crafting as a new player in a souls-like may seem daunting at first. These beginner build guide videos cover various playstyles you can adopt for each of the starting classes, and you can find the recommended Weapons, Armor, Stat distribution, Spells, and Ashes of War for each build. After you progress further into the game, you can smoothly transition into higher level builds, all of which you can check out on our Builds page.



A Strength build for players who choose the Hero as a starting class. This build centers around using the Zweihander or any Colossal Weapon with the Ash of War: War Cry equipped. With the buff from War Cry, you will deal massive amounts of damage with your charged attacks at the cost of using up your Stamina quickly.


A Dexterity build for those who choose to start as a Warrior. This build centers around wielding two Scimitars with the Ash of War: Bloody Slash slotted in. You'll mainly be dealing damage by inflicting Bleed.



A Strength build where players starts off as a Vagabond. This build centers around dual wielding two Greatswords, namely the Claymore and Lordsworn's Greatsword, one of which is equipped with the Ash of War: Quickstep. By using the jump attacks of these two greatswords, you'll be able to one or two-shot enemies, especially with the Claw Talisman equipped.


A Faith build for players who choose the Prophet as a starting class. This build centers around burning your enemies with Fire-based spells and slotting in some Dragon Incantations, namely Catch Fire and Dragonfire. As with other casting builds, taking the Golden Seed as a Keepsake help a lot with managing your FP.



An Intelligence build for players that start off as a Prisoner. This Magic-focused melee build is centered around buffing your Estoc, or any other Dexterity weapon, with Scholar's Armament, and having Glintstone Pebble as a ranged alternative. Later when you get more spell slots, it is recommended to have Carian Slicer on your hotbar to quickly melt bosses.


A Dexterity build for those who start their game as a Bandit. This build does not feature any melee damage and focuses purely on range with both the Shortbow and Longbow. As you're solely using bows in this build, you want to make sure you keep a large stock of Arrows on you at all times.



A Dexterity build for players who choose the Samurai as a starting class. This build centers around using your Uchigatana to fight enemies in close-range, and picking off long-ranged enemies with your Longbow. This is a well-rounded build that features both good defenses and good mobility.


A Faith build for characters that starts off as a Confessor. This build centers around using the Ash of War: Golden Vow to buff yourself and your companion's defense and damage, and using the Ash of War: Barricade Shield to tank enemy hits for the team. The spell Heal can be slotted later on to provide you the ability to heal yourself and your allies.



An Intelligence build that starts with the Astrologer starting class. This build purely centers around spellcasting. Glintstone Pebble is the bread and butter of this build, but there are many other good Spell choices that the player can choose to run alongside it. Being a spellcasting build, you will have to manage both your FP and your Stamina carefully.



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    • Anonymous

      If your going to summon another player to help you on a boss fight, please at least attempt the fight on your own a few times to get a feel for the enemies attacks.

      I can't tell you how many times I've been summoned to help beat Margit only for the host to get instantly smashed before I can do anything.

      • Anonymous

        If your going to summon another player to help you on a boss fight, please at least attempt the fight on your own a few times to get a feel for the enemies attacks.

        I can't tell you how many times I've been summoned to help beat Margit only for the host to get instantly smashed before I can do anything.

        • Anonymous

          "In some rare cases, Gestures may trigger certain events that will take you to new quests, items or places..." Example?

          • Anonymous

            whats the calculation for how much strength you need to two hand a weapon you otherwise wouldn't be strong enough to use? i'm focusing dex and faith, but I want greatmace as my striking and horse option, so I want to invest minimal STR

            • Anonymous

              What scales spell damage? Only Staff/Seal level or does upping your INT/FAI beyond what's required for the spell itself increase it's damage as well?

              • Anonymous

                Im going to start my 1st playthough wish me luck its been a while since I waited to play this game I even restrict myself to crack the game

                like long fellow tarnished

                • Anonymous

                  Playing this game on PC is pretty rough, seems like it was made for kids under the age of 18 using those cheap game stations. Probably the worse PC Integration I've seen yet so you'll need A LOT of patience with even basic controls. Probably need to customize the buttons to something somewhat usable and ignore all the tutorial popups because they don't apply to PC at all.

                  • Anonymous

                    The Summon Spirit section needs elaborating on. II have the jellyfish ashes, but it's greyed out so I can't summon it even at boss rooms where I know I'm supposed to be able to summon. It took some googling to find out I'm also supposed to have some sort of bell which I don't have.

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