Elden Ring (PlayStation 5)

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Elden Ring is a stunning open world game by FromSoftware, creator of the Dark Souls series. Although Elden Ring takes place in a universe completely separate from the Souls games, It shares much of the tough and exciting gameplay that the Souls games and Bloodborne have become known for. Unlike the Souls games, Elden Ring takes place in an open world full of mysteries and surprises. George R. R. Martin, creator of the 'Game of Thrones' universe, has provided story elements to the game.
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Facts

    2022-03-06
  • [12784]
    Ashes of War can be freely reassigned between weapons.
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    The Spirit Calling Bell allows summoning spirits. You can get it at the Church of Elleh in Limgrave at night after getting the Spectral Steed. Later in the game, you can buy it from the Twin Maiden Husks in the Roundtable Hold.
  • 2022-03-14
  • [12815]
    Hold D-pad down to switch back to the first item.
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    While mounted, you can switch to your left hand weapon/shield by Triangle+L1.
  • [12817]
    You can jump down into a Spirit Spring to avoid fall damage.
  • [12818]
    The Guard Boost on a shield determines the damage enemy attacks do to your Stamina when blocking.
  • 2022-03-18
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    Holy damage kills skeleton enemies without them resurrecting.
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    Warp to Roundtable Hold from map screen by pressing triangle, square.
  • [12831]
    Remembrances are 'Boss Souls'. You can get Enia (who's next to the Two Fingers monstrocity) to exchange them for equipment, or you can cash them in for 20,000 - 50,000 runes. Before doing so, you can duplicate them at a Walking Mausoleum. There are 7 Walking Mausoleums, and you can only use each once.
  • [12834]
    Rune Arcs are like Humanities, they yield a stat bonus until you die. They can be farmed from Rats. Unlike Humanities, the bonus yielded by Rune Arcs depend upon which Great Rune you have equipped. Great Runes are dropped by the Demigods (main bosses), and need to be restored in a corresponding Divine Tower before they can be equipped.
  • 2022-04-16
  • [12933]
    How to get the 'Ring of Oath':
    • Find 'Fingerslayer Blade' in 'Nokron/Night's Sacred Ground'
    • Deliver Blade to Ranni to get 'Carian Inverted Statue'
    • Use Statue in Carian Study Hall to find 'Cursemark of Death'
    • From Renna's Raise, go to Ainsel River Main and get 'Miniature Ranni' doll
    • Talk to Miniature
    • Go to 'Nokstella/Nokstella Waterfall Basin' and defeat Baleful Shadow, which gets the 'Discarded Palace Key'
    • Go to 'Raya Lucaria Grand Library' and open open chest next to Rennala to get the Dark Moon Ring.
    • This ring is the 'Ring of Oath' that you can use to progress from 'Grand Cloister'
  • 2022-06-28
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    The Remembrance from killing Rykard gives the Blasphemous Blade or a sorcery with high INT requirement. The Blasphemous Blade is an good Faith scaling Greatsword, which could be very interesting.
  • 2022-08-03
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    The 'Rotten Breath' Incantation inflicts Scarlet Rot. It can be purchased at Cathedral of Dragon Communion in Caelid for a Dragon Heart.
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    The 'Bestial Vitality' Incantation heals 600 HP over time. It is a Deathroot reward from Gurranq at Bestial Sanctum.
  • 2022-08-05
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    Morgott's and Mohg's Great Runes are activated in the Divine Tower of East Altus, due east of the canopy of the great tree.
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    Rykard's Great Rune is activated in the Divine Tower of West Altus, south of Leyndell.

Analysis

    2022-03-28
  • [12900]

    Elden Ring Recording Nightmare


    I have a problem with Elden Ring.

    I immensely enjoy playing and recording the game. This is turning into a problem.

    • I have set the Elgato 4KS+ to record at 80,000 Kbps = 80 Mbps = 10 MB/s = 60*60*10 GB/h = 36 GB/h
    • My videos are typically a little less than an hour, which ends up around 30 GB
    • YouTube processing of a 30G 4K HDR video currently takes 1-3 days, on average around 2 days
    So, getting these 4K HDR videos on YouTube has a throughput of less than 30 minutes / day. So, without any other complications, if I'm recording more than 30 minutes / day, recordings will start to pile up on my SSD.

    In the last 22 days, I have recorded over 33 hours of elden ring, which ends up around 1.5 hour / day. While I'm slowly uploading edited videos to YouTube and waiting for them to process, I have currently a nightmarish 1.2 TB of raw Elden Ring footage on my SSD, slowly filling up the 2 TB.

    I have 3 options:

    1. Buy more SSDs. This might impact my bank account too much.
    2. Record less Elden Ring. This is barely an option, the game is just too good.
    3. Edit the videos harder, so YouTube only have to process roughly a third of the footage. I should probably go with that one.

  • 2022-04-12
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    The whole recording space issue was starting to annoy me, so I went with option 1 and bought a 4 TB SSD instead. That should allow for more than 100 hours of footage.
  • 2022-05-22
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    Retroactively, I have decided that my silly recording from April 2nd represents Templor having a lapse into complete insanity. This could be a recurring event, enabling me to experiment with some of the more silly weapon and equipment combinations.
  • 2022-08-08
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    Singleplayer Great Runes:
     Boss              Divine Tower (DT)  Effect
     ----------------- ------------------ ------------------------------------
     Godrick           DT of Limgrave     All attributes +5
     Morgott           DT of East Altus   Max HP +25%
     Radahn            DT of Caelid       +15% max HP, FP, Stamina
     Rykard            DT of West Altus   Killing enemy: +80 HP + 7% max HP
     Malenia           Isolated DT        Attacks regen HP after receiving dmg
     Rennala (Unborn)  N/A                Unlocks respec
    

Log entries

    2021-11-11
  • [12409]
    Preordered the Launch Edition at 449 DKK.
  • 2022-01-24
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    It is out February 25th.
  • 2022-02-24
  • [12773]
    I have it now. I got a poster and stickers and stuff with the launch edition.
  • [12774]
    I booted it up for the first time, created a quick Vagabond character, and went out into the beautiful starting area. I don't have time to play before next week, though.
  • 2022-03-01
  • [12775]
    I have been thinking about this game during my trip to Iceland, and now finally get to sit down and enter this exciting new universe. I recreated my Demon's Souls character Templor, who shall punish heretics in The Lands Between as he did in Boletaria.
  • [12776]
    Argh! I opened a chest and a teleport trap put me in a nightmare mine with horrible 'Prawn Miners'. And now I can't get back!
  • [12777]
    I quickly found the way out of the Sellia Crystal Tunnel, but still wanted revenge on the miners. It was too difficult, and I had to leave. But a very tense and exciting moment right from the start of the game!
  • [12778]
    After escaping the mining horrors, I got a quick victory against the Beastman of Farum Azula.
  • [12779]
    And now I can level up.
  • [12780]
    I was not ready for Margit, the Fell Omen, who's a real Souls boss. Even with NPC Sorcerer Rogier helping.
  • 2022-03-02
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    I found the Stillwater Cave. I should come back with poison protection.
  • [12783]
    On an unrelated note, I have now received confirmation that I have COVID-19.
  • [12786]
    I found some fire dudes that were pretty strong and killed me a bunch of times. I did manage to clear them out and ravage their little camp. After that, I discovered the Village of the Albinaurics, which was a nice creepy surprise that reminded me of some of the better moments in Bloodborne.
  • 2022-03-04
  • [12797]
    I completed the Stormfoot Catacombs, defeated the 'Erdtree Burial Watchdog', and started exploring more of Limgrave. The Night's Cavalry looks like Nazgûls.
  • [12798]
    The Walking Mausoleum was amazing to encounter. When I brought it to its knees, it turned into a building that I could enter.
  • [12799]
    I went south to the Weeping Peninsula, and breached Castle Morne. I defeated the Leonine Misbegotten on my 2nd attempt.
  • [12801]
    I started using my old favourite from DS1, the colossal sword Zweihander. I'm learning how to scoop up enemies from horseback. It's very heavy, so I'm now half naked in pants and boots, starting to embody a truly fanatical Temple Knight. After defeating the Grave Warden Duelist, I felt ready for 'Margit, the Fell Omen', and defeated him in two attempts with the help of Sorcerer Rogier and my trusty sidekick, the Spirit Jellyfish.
  • [12803]
    I'm getting lost in Stormveil Castle. I ended up finding a nice rooftop-based shortcut and a new Lost Grace.
  • 2022-03-05
  • [12821]
    I fought my way through the castle and reached Godrick the Grafted. I might be a bit too difficult right now. Also, I got assassinated by a flamethrower bird in spectacular fashion while talking to the warrior Nepheli Loux.
  • [12822]
    I killed a Black Knife Assassin and a Tibia Mariner. I found a weird ghost candle in a forest full of murderous bears. One of them was sleeping next to a dungeon, until I woke it up with my Zweihander. I found a lift that transported me down into a huge underworld area. This is almost too much. Is this game infinitely big?
  • [12823]
    I explored a bit of the underground area, before starting a journey to the horrifying North East area.
  • [12824]
    Caelid is horrible and I hate it / love it. I finally beat the Stillwater Cave, and started moving north to Liurnia of the Lakes.
  • 2022-03-07
  • [12825]
    I finally beat the Tree Sentinel! Praise the Zweihander.
  • [12826]
    I destroyed Fort Haight, a Demihuman lair, and a cave bear.
  • [12856]
    Got the Shardbearer Godrick trophy. - I finally beat Godrick the Grafted. Actually, my Spirit Jellyfish got the last hit.
  • 2022-03-11
  • [12802]
    My next target to progress the game should be the 'Academy of Raya Lucaria' in the 'Liurnia of the Lakes' area.
  • [12922]
    I managed to steal the Academy Glintstone Key from the fearsome Dragon Smarag, and breached Raya Lucaria Academy.
  • [12923]
    I killed the Red Wolf of Radagon in the academy. The next area was tricky, I was killed a couple of times by the horrible Abductor Virgin, seemingly an animated torture instrument. The I was killed by Moongrum, the Carian Knight, and finally killed by Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, who seems like this game's Rom, the Vacuous Spider. I gave up on Rennala for now, I need to be stronger.
  • [12924]
    I found a teleporter to Greyoll's Dragonbarrow, an area that I seems incredibly underleveled for. However, when I carefully avoid the big demon guy outside, I can grind the little ninja dudes for 1094 XP each, which is a lot for my current level 44 dude.
  • 2022-03-13
  • [12804]
    Erik and I recreated Kang Golos from Demon's Souls, and Erik masterfully defeated the first spider boss that you're supposed to die to.
  • 2022-03-15
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    Got the Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon trophy. - I fought giant ants in tunnels, like I'm playing EDF. They led to Uhl Palaca Ruins, where I was completely destroyed by the Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella. To get some redemption, I went and destroyed Rennala.
  • [12926]
    I went back to Limgrave to clean up a few loose ends.
  • [12985]
    I discovered Caria Manor and started exploring a bit. After that, I went to the Ainsel River Well and killed the Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella.
  • 2022-03-18
  • [12827]
    I bashed my head against the Misbegotten Warrior & Crucible Knight combo boss for hours, before I gave up. The Warrior is easy enough to kill with the help of a summoned spirit, but the Knight is very tricky.
  • [12832]
    The Remembrance of The Full Moon Queen has very high Intelligence requirements and seems useless for my character. I should just trade it for 20,000 Runes.
  • [12835]
    Shopping list:
    • Trade Remembrance of The Full Moon for Runes
    • Duplicate Remembrance of the Grafted
    • Create both Axe of Godrick and Grafted Dragon, as they both seem cool
    • Try to use Rune Arc when fighting against the Crucible Knight
  • [12836]
    I should use the Baldachins Blessing to get rid of the hug debuff.
  • 2022-03-20
  • [12847]
    I *finally* defeated the Crucible Knight, and in a comically tragic moment, he killed me at the same time.
  • 2022-03-21
  • [12848]
    I want to start the Radahn Festival, but I read that I have to activate the Grand Lift of Dectus first. I found both halves of the Dectus Medallion, the 'Right' side of them was in Fort Faroth. After that, I activated the Lift of Dectus. I think I have to go to the checkpoint for the Crucible Knight/Misbegotten Warrior boss fight, and backtrack a bit.
  • 2022-03-28
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    After talking to Martin F, I think I need to go back and talk to Ranni the Witch, after talking to War Counselor Iji about Blaidd.
  • 2022-03-31
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    The flower enemies in this game are straight out of King's Field.
  • [12877]
    I just had a thought when looking at the map - what is there is a boat in this game?
  • [12878]
    I think I know what to do to start the Radahn Festival. I should talk to Ranni the Witch in her tower and start her quest.
  • [12879]
    I did it! The Radahn Festival is now ready to commence. I had to:
    1. Ask to serve Ranni the Witch in Ranni's Rise
    2. Talk to Blaidd's spirit in Ranni's Rise
    3. Talk to Blaidd close to the Spirit Spring where you can jump the giant columns in Siofra River
    4. Ask Seluvis in Ranni's Rise about Nokron
    5. Show Seluvis' letter to Sorceress Sellen in the Waypoint Ruins
    6. Tell Sellen's story to Blaidd back in Siofra River
    7. Go to Redmane Castle Plaza
    The problem I was having was that I had hit Sellen with a sword earlier in the game, and she didn't want to talk to me. I had to go to The Church of Wovs and Atone my sins first.
  • 2022-04-02
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    Bjørk dropped by and created a new Elden Ring character and played for a while. He was a little bit frustrated with the structure of the game. After that, I demoed my character and did some very fun challenges, such as playing a naked guy with two shields, as well as a backstabbing monk with daggers.
  • [12883]
    Malu played for hours with her sorcerer, she devastates whole groups of the enemies with the Glintstone Arc spell, and killed an Erdtree Burial Watchdog boss.
  • 2022-04-04
  • [13236]
    Got the Shardbearer Radahn trophy. - When I finally unlocked the ability to fight Radahn, I was high enough level that I beat him without big issues. The War-Dead Catacombs were nearby, but were insanely difficult. I had to bail out again.
  • [13237]
    I ventured north to the insane Dominula, Windmill Village and defeated the grotesque Godskin Apostle.
  • 2022-04-09
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    After a very tricky but fun fight with the Draconic Tree Sentinel, I have reached Leyndell, the Royal Capital.
  • [12907]
    Apparently, I should meet Blaidd at Fort Haight.
  • 2022-04-12
  • [12928]
    I have reincarnated my Dark Souls III fist-based character, Fister. He is a large naked man with a mustache and a lot of upper body strength. The game was impossibly hard in the beginning, but after riding to the Isolated Merchant in Dragonbarrow and buying the Spiked Caestus, life got a lot easier. Tonight, I defeated Margit and several minor bosses.
  • [12929]
    The other essential item I got was the Iron Whetblade, allowing me to make the Caestus scale solely on Strength.
  • 2022-04-13
  • [12930]
    I breached Leyndell, the Royal Capital, and wandered around, carefully searching for a Grace Point. The layout is confusing, with a lot of interesting opportunities for jumping into other areas, and another Site of Grace was hard to find.
  • 2022-04-16
  • [12932]
    I defeated 'Astel, Naturalborn of the Void', a horrifying monstrocity that could munch me in its mandibles and one-shot me. Now I need the 'Ring of Oath', which requires me to finish some other business.
  • [12934]
    Oh no, the Baleful Shadow is a Blaidd wolf dude spirit.
  • [12935]
    Templor is level 100 now
  • [12936]
    I went through Mt. Gelmir, got tricked by Patches as usual, and reached Volcano Manor, where I got an assassination quest. I guess the next step could be to do the assassinations, and then go back to Leyndell.
  • 2022-04-18
  • [12947]
    Erik showed me his end game character, and a very cool trick: Using the Wraith Calling Bell to fire a slow ghost projectile, and immediately deflecting the projectile with the Carian Retaliation Sorcery to generate high-damage floating magic swords.
  • 2022-04-19
  • [12948]
    The site was getting real slow, it took around 5 seconds to reload a gamelog page. I had to optimize it. Getting the system names for a gamelog page took around 4 seconds. I made a quick system name cache, and now getting the system names takes 0.00 seconds. Big improvement.
  • 2022-05-10
  • [13018]
    I should get the Dragoncrest Shield Talisman +1 (13% physical damage negation) in the Sainted Hero's Grave on the Atlus Plateau, directly north of the Stormcaller Church.
  • 2022-05-15
  • [13060]
    I traversed the Mountaintops of the Giants and reached Castle Sol, beat Commander Niall to get the 'Haligtree Secret Medallion (Left)'. That allowed me access to Miquella's Haligtree from Grand Lift of Rold. This area looks like Rivendale from the Lord of the Rings movies.
  • 2022-05-21
  • [13078]
    This area is too difficult. I want to go back to earlier areas and find more dungeons and stuff.
  • 2022-05-22
  • [13080]
    The final assassination mission was Juno Hoslow, Knight of Blood. I had a lot of trouble with this one, I kept bleeding to death after being whipped by him. I ended up using a ridculous heavy suit of armor, in which I could barely move, and a great shield, and then focused on counter-attacking and regaining stamina when possible.
  • [13081]
    I then seeked an audience with Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy at Volcano Manor. The first battle with the God-Devouring Serpent was fairly doable, but Rykard was very difficult. I got the Serpent-Hunter spear at the entrance, but couldn't find it in my inventory. So many weapons.
  • 2022-08-02
  • [13370]
    I have taken a couple of months off from this enormous game, but am thinking about coming back soon. Here is my current TODO list:
    • First, I should kill Rykard with the Serpent-Hunter.
    • From the Consecrated Snowfield, I should enter Mohgwyn Palace.
    • Next, I should come back and finish Miquella's Haligtree.
    • Finally, I should go to Flame Peak and kill the Fire Giant and proceed to Crumbling Farum Azula
    .
  • [13373]
    Got the Shardbearer Rykard trophy. - After selecting the Serpent-Hunter and duplicating myself with Mimic Tear, stabbing the big snake to death was a quick affair. I got the Blasphemous Blade from Rykard's Rememberance, which seems like a very cool weapon for Templor.
  • 2022-08-03
  • [13374]
    I started exploring the Consecrated Snowfield, which was complicated by giant bears murdering me over and over again. Wandering to the east, I found the Consecrated Snowfield Catacombs, which I carefully explored. Death lurked around every corner, and I ended up in a nail-biting situation where I explored the last parts of the catacombs with no health potions. I found the lever and easily beat the boss.
  • [13375]
    I have leveled up the Blasphemous Blade, it is now the highest damage dealing weapon I have.
  • [13376]
    I should level up the Erdtree Seal and use it instead of the Finger Seal, it should scale better with Faith.
  • 2022-08-05
  • [13379]
    Got the Shardbearer Mohg trophy. - Mohg, the Lord of Blood was tough, but I managed to make a reasonable strategy to defeat him.
    • I put on Lionel's Armor and Greaves, and the Stalwart Horn Charm +1 for added Robustness (bleed resistance).
    • I mixed Opaline Bubbletear for damage resistance and Purifying Crystal Tear to counter Mohg's curse (this is essential)
    • I used Protection of the Erdtree
    • I created a clone using my Mimic Tear +7
    • I tried to dodge most of his attacks, and to stun him with jumping attacks with my Blasphemous Blade +9, which also helped me do ranged attacks and regain health with the Taker's Flame ability
  • 2022-08-06
  • [13382]
    I went back to the Haligtree area and quickly defeated Loretta. The next area, Elphael, is very tricky, with a lot of strong enemies between the two first grace points.
  • [13383]
    Got the Shardbearer Malenia trophy. - Getting through Elphael was difficult, but Malenia, Blade of Miquella was the true challenge. She's an intimidating enemy, very fast-moving with combos that can drain an entire life bar, she inflicts Scarlet Rot, and even heals by inflicting damage. The key to fighting her is to fight all your instincts and be very agressive. I used the Mimic Tear to distract her, while pummeling her with my now fully upgraded Blasphemous Blade's Taker's Flames skill. She had an attack where she spawned shadowy clones of herself, which seemed essential to dodge.
  • [13384]
    Got the Fire Giant trophy. - After Malenia I went back and defeated the Fire Giant. Using the Mimic Tear and being on horseback made this fight pretty easy. And now Melina set herself on fire, and I'm in Crumbling Farum Azula, a place I've heard about a long time ago.

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