Runes are the main currency of Elden Ring. Much like Souls in previous souls titles, Runes act as the XP and purchasing currency at vendors within The Lands Between. Players will lose their Runes upon death, and a "bloodstain" is generated at the place of defeat. Returning to this place and reclaiming your runes will allow you to re-acquire them. If you perish a second time before getting there, the Runes will be lost.
How to use Runes
Runes are used to level up and function as XP
Runes are used to purchase items from vendors in the game
How to get Runes
Runes are obtained by defeating Enemies and Bosses in the game
- Speculation: Special, consumable Runes may be obtained as collectable items
- Speculation: Special Boss Runes may be obtained and used for special purposes