In true FromSoftware fashion, Elden Ring has plenty of secrets waiting for the players to uncover. These secrets could include major lore connections, hidden armaments and gear, hidden mechanics, and a whole lot more.
In this article, we’re going to have a look at some of the top secrets in Elden Ring that you probably didn’t know and only realized after reading this.
Top Secrets that You Probably Didn’t Know in Elden Ring
In this article, we’re going to cover 9 secrets that you might not have known as you play Elden Ring. Let’s get started.
Gostoc the Stalker
Let’s kick off with our very first secret which is Gostoc whom you meet near the gate of Stormveil Castle. You might not have realized it during your playthroughs, but Gostoc will actually stalk you as you progress through the area not just once but THREE times.
The kicker is that whenever you die, he’ll actually steal 10% of your runes once you retrieve them, causing you to wonder why your runes are somehow smaller than before.
Rainbow Stone and Fall Damage
If you’ve played Dark Souls 3, then you’re already familiar with the mechanics of the prism stone and how it can help you avoid dying from a fall. In Elden Ring, the mechanics remain the same except that it comes in the form of the rainbow stone.
Basically, if you toss a rainbow stone off a ledge and it breaks once it hits the ground, then you won’t be able to survive that fall. On the other hand, if it still remains intact, then you will survive the fall without any damage or a bit of your HP depending on how high it is.
The interesting part, however, is that placing a rainbow stone on the edge of a cliff where you could die if you take a fall will actually prevent you from falling accidentally in the first place. It’s as if an invisible wall is placed in front of you so you won’t be able to fall off, especially during combat.
Infinite Health Regeneration
This is actually more of a glitch than an actual mechanic, but if you want to regen your health quickly without using any consumables or spells, then you only need two alternate equipping between the Karolos Glintstone Crown and the Olivinus Glinstone Crown.
Keep on alternately equipping between both and you’ll find your HP restored to full in seconds!
Drawing Enemy Aggro
If you’re annoyed by certain enemies aggressively beating you to death, then the White Shadow’s Lure ash of war could be a great help. Similar to the Alluring Skulls in Dark Souls 3, this one attracts the attention of enemies in the area toward the white shadow, allowing you to kill them while they’re distracted.
You might have already tried this one before, but there’s actually a mechanic in the game wherein you can press the Dodge button while standing in place to backstep and then follow up with a normal attack. This will have a unique animation that can also be used to create a gap between you and your target and then close that gap immediately with an unexpected attack.
This can work particularly well in PVP as it can catch people off-guard, though it can also work on certain PVE enemies as well.
Unique Grab Animation
A few enemies in The Lands Between actually have a unique grab animation whenever you die to their attack during the grab. One very notable example is Praetor Rykard who will actually swallow you whole each time you die to the serpent’s grab attack. Another example is the Land Octopus, though their grab attacks can be rarely seen.
Of course, grab attacks can be annoying, but luckily, you can actually get out of these pretty long grab attack animations earlier and manage to survive by spam clicking your normal attack button.
Quick Stamina Regeneration
Stamina management is a pretty important mechanic of the game. Deplete your stamina during combat, and you run the risk of getting beaten to death without any means of dodging or blocking any incoming attacks.
If you use a greatshield, however, you can actually hasten your stamina regeneration so you can get back into the fight by spamming crouch and blocking all at the same time. By doing so, you’ll be able to notice that your stamina bar is recovering faster than it would normally do.
One of the best quality of life changes to Elden Ring is the infinite stamina you get when sprinting while outside of combat. This is contrary to the previous Souls titles where you will deplete your stamina while sprinting even if you’re not fighting an enemy.
However, if you aggro an enemy while sprinting, the game will assume you’re in combat and your stamina will start draining. Luckily, you can counter this by simply doing a quick crouch while sprinting and getting back up immediately, especially if your stamina is always running out.
By doing so, you’ll see that your stamina bar will quickly which will then allow you to go back to sprinting without actually having to stop.
No Weapon Bounce
One of the more annoying things in Elden Ring is when your weapon hits a wall and it bounces right off. This can be pretty annoying during combat as it will interrupt you and cause you to be wide open to enemy attacks.
However, if you do a jumping attack, your weapon will actually pierce through the wall, so you won’t have to worry about it bouncing and you can even fully perform a successful attack.
GTA VI Leaks – What We Know so Far?
Rockstar Games on high alert
Massive leaks have been spread throughout social media platforms about Grand Theft Auto 6. If you are a GTA V account owner, you may have an idea of what happened. On September 19, “teapotuberhacker,” a user from GTAForums, posted 90 videos of test builds for the upcoming game by Rockstar. The hacker revealed assets and source codes for GTA 6 on YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, and other platforms. Rockstar locks down its social media accounts, and the situation may lead to investigations with the FBI, although there is no official statement from Rockstar regarding this matter.
The leaks were illegally taken from the studio’s network, leading to the conclusion that the GTA 6 hacker is not a lot but a small group working together to post the leaked data. Rockstar confirms that these leaks are legitimate, and the GTA publisher Take-Two is working on taking down confidential information about the game by using copyright rules on mainstream platforms.
The game set’s location appears to be in Vice City; thanks to groups of dedicated fans, a map was made using various tools, which is not entirely new. When GTA 5 was still under development and trailers, screenshots, and teasers were being released; GTA had a fan base that could create a map for Grand Theft Auto 5 before the game was released; the map was an almost perfect match to the official map in GTA 5. Not to mention these players also became the people who made GTA 5 modded accounts.
Introducing New Characters
Based on leaked information, Grand Theft Auto 6 would be an open-world game with male and female protagonists, Jason and Lucia. One of the videos shows the two in what appears to be an instant character switching, similar to GTA 5. Where Michael, Franklin, and Trevor’s character switch; although this time, it looks like the loading time is faster in this test run. Several screenshots show Lucia having different make-up and hairstyles, similar to Grand Theft Auto 5: Online, although customization is available for the female protagonist this time.
Grand Theft Auto 4 introduced the smartphone system as a tool to contact friends, dates, and a few mission events. At the same time, Grand Theft Auto 5 added new functionalities like emails and website functionality. A parody of Facebook exists in this game called Life Invader; there may be a GTA 6 parody of Mark Zuckerberg; who knows? Aside from that, there is no information if Rockstar has updated this system.
There are a few notable things about how players would be able to move around the map. Footage shows Jason swimming more profoundly in the water; unlike in previous games, the deepness of how far a player can swim has always been limited. For vehicles, test footage of vehicle damage where Jason shoots the floor of the boat and a fan boat on land. The subway system returns since GTA 4; we see Jason going in and out of a train car.
GTA 5 Combat
A video of Lucia fighting with NPCs was also shown, a tweaked weapon wheel, and NPCs reloading in real-time. Clips of recoil tests make everything realistic, and the latest addition in combat is for players to go prone, which is perfect for stealth-based missions.
Shooting from vehicles has been limited to small weapons; we have seen drive-bys from the test footage, allowing players to use bigger weapons. This would be great since bigger weapons would deal more damage. Switching hands while shooting is another excellent addition to combat; there are plenty of scenarios to get the proper angle on an enemy by switching the hand you are shooting from.
The Miami-inspired city has dramatically changed since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. There are the usual elements to be found, like neon lights in nightclubs and beachfront, but Rockstar has made an effort to make the map modernized by ensuring the look and feel are authentic to the real-life locations of Florida. The level of detail from these tests is fantastic as it can be; driving real-life inspiration for locations provides an immersive experience for players.
Gas stations, bars, tennis courts, motels, the environment, and the subway system is diverse, possible even better than GTA 5s’ map. Lucia has been seen to use a gumball machine inside convenience stores, which could mean there would be more things to interact with in Vice City.
There may be more surprises in store from GTA 6, and these are just the little details that have been leaked. Grand Theft Auto VI is expected to be released by late 2024 or early 2025.