Ring of Elden is a grand mystery game that trusts players to make their own way. This, of course, may cause some players to miss some important elements, even the tutorial. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or someone trying out their first FromSoft game, there are crucial elements and events in Ring of Elden‘s opening area which are unfortunately easy to miss. We’ve rounded up eight specific tasks you’ll want to check off your list in the first 10 or so hours of Ring of Eldenyoung and old.
The good news is that even if you missed any of these items or events, there’s nothing stopping you from returning to Ring of EldenLimgrave’s starting area, to search.
Buy a DIY kit
If you haven’t explored Elleh Church north of your starting point Ring of Elden, you will have missed a merchant named Kalé. It is very visible once you get to this area; he is dressed as Santa Claus. Kalé mentions the crafting kit when you first meet, but he doesn’t exactly impose it on you. Maybe he should, because this item is essential: it’s the only way to craft items in Ring of Elden. The kit costs a total of 50 runes.
Kalé also sells cookbooks, which are collections of recipes for crafting items. There are a few, and there are more you’ll find around the Ring of Elden world, whether other merchants or on enemy corps.
Get a torch
While you visit Elleh Church, also buy a torch from Kalé. There are some really dark caves and areas to explore Ring of Elden, and they’ll be boring if you don’t have a torch. You’ll be able to play the game without using a torch, of course, but do you want to? Probably not! Additionally, your torch can be used as a weapon.
Later in the game, players can find a lantern that attaches to the body, which serves the same function as the torch. It’s good because you can use it without needing to hold it in one of your hands, which might otherwise hold a weapon or shield.
Talk to Melina
Melina is a character you’ll meet after visiting and resting at three different Grace Sites at Ring of Elden. If for some reason you’ve only visited two multiple times, find a third one! Grace Sites are useful as they are checkpoints and fast travel locations, but also meeting Melina turns them into places where you can level up. Most players’ third site of grace seems to be at Gatefront Ruins, but Melina will show up at any site your third site is in. Ring of Eldenis an open world. Once you meet Melina, you can give her runes at these sites in order to become more powerful.
When you first meet her, Melina will also give you a special whistle that can be used to summon your ghost horse. The horse, which is called Torrent, facilitates movement, allows high-speed mounted battles and opens up access to new areas that only Torrent can jump high enough to reach. You’ll also want to just keep Melina and keep chatting with her – she’s needed to reach Roundtable Hold, where merchants and NPCs can help you out.
Pick up the whetstone knife
While you’re near the Grace Site at the Gatefront Ruins, be sure to pick up the Whetstone Knife. There is a camp full of guards and wolves in front of this site; you will need to clear it so you can explore it and find a small dark staircase leading to an underground tunnel with a treasure chest inside. The Whetstone Knife can be found there, along with a specific item that can only be used with the help of this knife, called Ash of War.
(Also, a note: these guards can be quite tough, and there’s a big guy with a big spear who’s particularly tough. Our advice is to take these guys one at a time using stealth. If a guard sees you, he informs you others, and you certainly don’t want a pack of these guys – and wolves – fighting you all at once.)
The Whetstone Knife allows players to attach Ashes of War to their weapons, granting them special additional powers. The one you get next to the Whetstone Knife is called Storm Stomp. You can use it on melee weapons to “unleash a momentary storm”, according to its description.
You will find more Ashes of War in the world of Ring of Elden, and now that you have the Whetstone Knife, you can attach them to weapons and determine which special attacks and bonuses you prefer. The Ashes of War menu becomes available on Sites of Grace once players find the Whetstone Knife.
Pick up Renna’s Spirit Calling Bell
After meeting Melina, return to Elleh Church (the area where you spoke to Kalé, also known as Santa Claus) and meet Renna, a ghostly blue woman wearing a huge witch hat. She will have an item called Spirit Calling Bell to give you. This is really useful. With it, you can summon spirits – like a spirit jellyfish – to aid you in battle.
Renna will give you the Lone Wolf Spirit to start with. To use the summon, all you need to do is equip the Lone Wolf spirit (you cannot equip the bell itself). When you find yourself in extremely difficult areas of the game, you will have the ability to summon these ghostly helpers.
As the game progresses, you will find more spirits to summon. These are everywhere, including in dungeons.
Find the Flask of Marvelous Physics
You’ll find this special item at Marika’s Church in the upper eastern part of Limgrave. It will be on the ground near a statue. So what does this thing do? It becomes an item you can consume and you decide its effects by adding different Crystal Tears to it.
However, it can only be used once per rest and be aware that crystal tears are earned by killing Erdtree avatars, which is quite difficult! Luckily, that’s only one way to earn them; they are also available globally. The effects change depending on which Crystal Tears you use in your personal recipe, and they can be quite powerful, with options like different stat boosts and health point boosts.
Meet and Spare Patches the Untethered
When you encounter Patches in Murkwater Cave (along the Murkwater River) he will attack you for opening one of his chests. You shouldn’t kill him, though. Do damage, but don’t land the final blow. Once his health gets low enough, he’ll surrender – at which point you can kill him or let him live. If you let him live, he will settle in the cave and become a merchant. In particular, he has an item (Margit’s Shackle) that could help you in your fight against Margit, The Fell Omen. If you kill him, you will get an item from him which will later allow you to access his shop. There’s also an option here to follow a Patches quest line, triggered by opening a different chest that transports you to a different area.
Look for Rodericka
Rodericka is located in the Stormhill Shack and she has a few things to deliver. One is a pose called Sitting Sideways, and the other is the infamous jellyfish spirit. She later moves to Roundtable Hold. After a short series of quests, which has a few variations, you will present her to the blacksmith in the area and she can improve your summoning spirit. More powerful allies!