Elden Ring Update 1.03 Patch Notes: Balance Changes, New NPC Features, and More

Bandai Namco has rolled out the latest major Elden Ring update across all platforms, with patch 1.03 adding new NPC-related features, rebalancing various gear, and fixing over a dozen bugs.

Two weeks after the last Elden Ring update and Patch 1.03 is now here with a ton of new changes and improvements.

Questlines should be easier than ever to follow thanks to a new feature that logs NPC locations on the map. Various characters also have additional phases in their specific quests.

Additionally, Update 1.03 fixes a wide range of gameplay issues and further improves performance across the board. Not only that, but a massive number of weapons, armor sets, and sorceries have all been rebalanced.

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Elden Ring patch 1.03 should make it easier to track NPC questlines.

Full Elden Ring 1.03 Update Patch Notes

Additional items added

  • Added a function to save an icon and name of an NPC to the map when you encounter that NPC.
  • Added NPC Jar-Bairn.
  • Added new quest phases for the following NPCs: Diallos/ Nepheli Loux/ Kenneth Haight/ Gatekeeper Gostoc.
  • Added some summonable NPCs in several situations.
  • Increased the number of item models the player can mimic when using Mimic’s Veil.
  • Added nighttime background music for certain open field areas.

Bug fixed

  • Fixed a bug that prevented summoned NPCs from taking damage in some boss fights.
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented the player from getting an item after a boss fight.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented dialogue from talking to NPCs and using custom key configurations.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the player to freeze while rolling.
  • Fixed a bug that caused incorrect arcane scaling for some weapons.
  • In a situation where the player cannot obtain more than 2 Talisman Pouches, a Talisman Pouch has been added to the Twin Maiden Husks shop line.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the user from warping to grace sites from the map when ending the game.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the player from moving to the next area after the battle with the Fire Giant.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some weapons to have incorrect scaling after boosting.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some weapons from using stat scaling.
  • Fixed hangups on some occasions.
  • Fixed a bug that incorrectly displayed multiplayer area boundaries when playing online.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the player to activate Erdtree Greatshield’s weapon skill without absorbing an attack by using a special combination of item and incantation.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Fire’s Deadly Sin cast to have a different effect.
  • Fixed a bug with Ash of War, Determination, and Royal Knight’s Resolve where the damage buff will also apply to other weapons without this skill.
  • Adjusted the visual effect of the Invisible Form spell.
  • Removed the Ragged armor set from the game that could be erroneously obtained in the previous patch.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some hostile NPCs to drop Furlcalling Finger Remedy.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the incorrect sound effect to play in certain situations.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented visual animation and hitboxes from displaying correctly on some maps.
  • Fixed bugs that caused incorrect visuals and behavior for some enemies.
  • Fixed a bug that caused incorrect stats setting for some armors.
  • Text fixes.
  • Other performance improvements and bug fixes.

Balance Changes

  • Increased Smithing Stone drop rate for some enemies.
  • Added Smithing Stone to some early game stores.
  • Increased shield effectiveness.
  • Increased the damage of all offensive items in the Cracked Pot.
  • Increased the damage of the following items: Spark Aromatic/Poison Spraymist.
  • Increased the duration of the effect of the following items: Uplifting Aromatic / Iron Aromatic.
  • Increased healing HP for Torrent when using the following items: Rowa Raisin/ Sweet Raisin/ Frozen Raisin
  • Reduced FP consumption and increased damage of the following sorceries: Glintstone Cometshard/ Comet/ Night Comet
  • Increased damage of the following sorceries: Gravity Well / Collapsing Stars / Crystal Barrage
  • Decreased FP consumption of the following sorceries: Star Rain/Rock Blaster/Gavel of Haima/Founding Rain of Stars/Stars of Ruin/Greatblade Phalanx/Magic Downpour/Loretta’s Greatbow/Loretta’s Mastery/Carian Greatsword/Carian Piercer/Shard Spiral
  • Increased Great Glintstone Shard projectile speed and range
  • Decreased Ash of War and Hoarfrost Stomp damage and increased cast time.
  • Increased self-inflicted damage of Ash of War, Bloody Slash while slightly reducing damage and increasing cast time.
  • Decreased weapon proficiency, Nightsword and Flame damage.
  • Increased FP consumption and reduced duration of Ash of War, Barricade Shield.
  • Changed the FP consumption schedule of Ash of War, Prelate’s Charge.
  • Decreased the damage of the summoned spirit when using the Mimic Tear Ash item and changed the behavior of the spirit.
  • Other Enemy and Weapon Balance Changes