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.
Hogwarts Legacy: How Good Is The Character Creation?
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Hogwarts Legacy is just around the corner, and if you’re one of those people who always expected an owl to crash into your bedroom to give you a letter of invitation to the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry then congratulations, you’re still a child at heart. One of the many things that muggle-borns are keeping a close eye on is the character creation as this always has been a huge selling point for gamers who wish to see themselves in the game their playing. No argument needed there as it simply adds to the immersion. We’ll see just how good the character creation is by giving it a good wangle!
How Good Is The Character Creation In Hogwarts Legacy?
As the game is still said to be a “work in progress” not everything is set in stone just yet. There’s plenty of options to go through however so let’s see if you can either look like a Korean pop idol of some sort or a child that looks like a melting candle.
So the first thing you will notice once you go to the character creation screen is the plethora of Presets offered to you. This is a good start for players who just want to dive right in and explore the second-floor girls’ lavatory.
Once you have chosen your base look you will be taken to the Facewear section where you can choose your facial structure from a set of fifteen portraits. Some players may prefer having sliders when it comes to specific parts of their custom character’s face as they really have every intention to see a carbon copy of themselves in-game.
When you’re satisfied with the shape that you chose you can also go and specify a skin color and some glasses for your character. Hogwarts is known to have a rather diverse community of students so go be yourself and choose which suits you the best!
Moving on to Hairstyles you have two customization choices, your hair color, and the actual style of well, your hair! There can only be so many options for hair in any game as it’s quite difficult to build this from scratch compared to sculpting the bridge of your nose or adjusting the height of your temple.
Hair can be quite a delicate part of customization, especially when not all options are available to you. Nevertheless, you still have enough choices here to either look like Anton Chigur or The Daywalker. Props to you if you got any of that!
Next is the Complexion tab, you have the option to give yourself a slight blush if or some freckles and moles if you have any. We weren’t kidding earlier either when we said that you can look like you aged prematurely. That’s what the scars and markings are for! At the end of the day it’s all about getting your features down to a T!
On the following tab we have Eyebrows. Most options that we went through gave us the impression that everyone back in the 19th century had time to shave, and that’s a good thing! You can tell a lot from a person’s eyebrows after all. Just don’t get caught looking!
After choosing the shape that fits your fancy you can go and apply any color to it, most likely you will choose the same color you chose for your hair but hey, it’s your choice that matters here so go crazy! The same goes for your eyes as well.
For the final touch, you have four more options. You have two choices for your character’s voice which should’ve had more in our opinion. You can also change the pitch of that voice to resemble yours. Lastly you have your difficulty selection which is pretty straightforward, you also have your character name and which dormitory you want to be sent to.
The character creation in our opinion is good enough where it stands. It’s not great but it’s definitely not bad either. Having the option to choose a preset or create your own character completely from scratch (sliders and all) is a recent concept that players have been searching for a lot lately and it’s much appreciated that Avalanche Software gave that to us.
While others are happy with the choices they’ve been given, we can still see some possible complaints that will go after the Facewear section as limiting your features to only fifteen options is a very daring move given that there’s a chance that a player out there might not get the look they’re after.
It all just goes back to the sliders since this gives the player a more precise selection when it comes to making adjustments to their looks, plus there weren’t too many options for body-type either. It’s not a long list of shortcomings but you will have to take these into consideration if you’re the kind of gamer who spends more than an hour in the customization screen. We’re still looking forward to the game however so don’t let any of that bring you down. Thank you, and see you in the world of magic!