These Elden Ring Players Are Ignoring Armor Stats In Favor Of Fashion

An image depicting various Elden Ring Ternished dressed in an assortment of outfits, ranging from something Guts-inspired to some sort of cottagecore monstrosity.

Forget Elden Lord, I’m trying to get that Elden Bling.
Picture: MarkMan23/Indeimaus/MenasLG/Kotaku

You’d think the importance of carrying the best battle-ready gear you can find for the frenetic crucible of combat of a souls game is obvious. For the most part, it is. Whether traveling the gothic world of transmitted by blood or the high-fantasy setting of dark souls, many gamers try to make sure they are ready for the tough challenges that lie ahead. But there are those who have other priorities. Yes, FromSoftware’s games have earned a devoted following of gamers who are at least as focused on destroying looks as they are on destroying enemies, and now this forward-thinking contingent has continued that tradition in Ring of Elden.

the souls games and the games they inspired, from Demon’s Souls at Team Ninja Nioh 2, have a community dedicated to creating sickening looks. Their Reddit community is called Fashion Souls, a home for those obsessed with the games’ various equipable weaponry, who will forgo better stats in favor of the cohesiveness of a fit. If it doesn’t run, it’s dry, and members of the Fashion Souls community are only interested in the wettest outfits. You can see them congregating all over their subreddit, post your favorite looks or even meticulously design their characters to recreate figures from franchises such as The Legend of Zelda.

Enter Ring of Eldenthe the most commercially successful Game FromSoftware at the moment. Ring of Elden garnered a burgeoning fan base that sneers at becoming Lord Elden. Instead, these players are all about Elden Bling. Your build may suffer, but at least you look good even in death. He’s a sentimental character artist and Elden Bling-er Deadly_smell (who asked to be referred to by his username) echoed in Reddit posts with Kotaku.

“The stats are awful,” Mortal_Smell said in the chat a very awesome recreation of Kratos they made in Ring of Elden. “Kratos is a melee class, and I run with 10 balance,” they continued, referencing a particularly essential stat in melee combat, as it helps you withstand enemy attacks without staggering. “But you walk this road, you walk hard because if you think fashion is your friend… FASHION IS DANGER. Fashion poses. It’s a threat!”

It’s a common refrain among those wishing to create a Terni that would turn heads at every fashion show in the Lands Between, if that was a thing. What they’re really fighting over, though, is something more deeply human: you feel good when you look good, and that’s true for souls Games. Maybe dressing well in the depraved and dilapidated kingdoms created by FromSoft isn’t enough always make you feel good, especially when your outfit’s low stats contribute to getting you repeatedly buried by the same boss. But, as EVO’s Business Development Manager julius mark Recount Kotaku on Twitter posts, there’s a difference between just defeating a boss and absolutely overwhelming with style.

“Being able to look cool and feel cool contributes to the overall enjoyment of games, especially souls titles,” said Julio, its tarnished adorned with Maliketh Armor Set and the colossal swordfish for a very Like guts cosplay. “While yes, sacrificing optimal defense/attributes may not be the best approach to some of the challenges…it’s definitely much more satisfying when you win and look/feel cool in something you put together.”

This is what attracts people to fashion Ring of Elden. It’s not about beating the game or trampling the game Starsbane Radahn (if it is still possible now). I mean, it’s totally about those things, but it’s also about injecting yourself into the world, using the Terni as a canvas for your imagination.

Outraged, Ring of Eldenwill probably kick your ass no matter what. If the horrific invasions and dominating katanas don’t understand you, so maybe the Failure will. So why not focus on what you can control: your appearance? As Indeimaus YouTuber game Recount Kotaku on Twitter posts, their tarnished emblazoned with the Hollow’s Armor Set of Volcano Manor, fashion in souls Games, rather than just a niche activity, have always been the focus of a large number of gamers, whether or not they join online communities to celebrate their creations.

“I feel like when it comes to equipment and equipment in souls games, it’s a matter of fashion unless a piece of gear has a specific buff,” Indeimaus said. “I don’t think I’ve ever met a souls veteran who sets every thought in motion outside of it by looking good and giving you the dodge roll you want (fast, slow, etc.). When it comes to actual gear defense, whether you’re naked or wearing heavy gear, you’re likely going to die quickly regardless. I’ve always been aware of the importance of Fashion Souls (or Elden Bling) and always strived to look cool in the game, even if no one would see it.

But the whole point of dressing up, whether in a game like Ring of Elden or real life is people seeing you shine. We want to be seen in the best light, with the right filter, at the perfect angle. Dead in Ring of Elden can be demoralizing, but you can make it a little more enjoyable by putting on your favorite outfit. That way you’ll feel good and look good as you walk the Lands Between, as I think this quote from Mortal_Smell sums it up:

“If you don’t look good becoming Elden Lord, why bother becoming Elden Lord in the first place?”