140 hours sinking in the Elden Ring (opens in new tab)Over the past month, I think I’ve explored From Software’s massive open-world RPG fairly thoroughly. But obviously, I still managed to miss the whole questline around the characters I encountered at the start of the game.And it seems like I’m not the only defiled person walking past this character, as it turns out Elden Ring’s 1.03 patch has made him fairly easy to find (opens in new tab).
Minor spoilers for Elden Ring follow:
The character in question is known as Boc the Seamster, a demihuman who, unlike most of his ilk, doesn’t openly hostile to the player when encountering him. He first appears in the game’s starting area, Limgrave. But he’s hard to spot because he’s disguised as a bush. Like some of the other supporting characters, he does call out to nearby players, but in his original implementation you can only hear him anyway when you’re almost above him. Even then, you probably won’t find him in the foliage of Lingrave Forest.
However, starting with last month’s 1.03 patch, Boc positioning has become fairly easy. His summon range has been significantly increased, and From has also added a rare purple item nearby to lure players to Boc’s hideout. You can see yourself changing in the Twitter video below, posted by soul-focused YouTuber Illusory Wall:
But wait, there’s more! His dialogue trigger distance is greatly expanded. Like it doesn’t just double or triple, it stretches farther and lets you hear him from the road. pic.twitter.com/c5KRTqyLqWApril 5, 2022
This change reflects the finely balanced behavior that Elden Ring attempted and its approach to mission design. FromSoft obviously wants players to find these characters and quests, but they want them to be found by the player’s natural curiosity, not marking them with big exclamation points, which is difficult to achieve in a world as large as The Lands Between.
Notably, 1.03 also introduced map markers (opens in new tab) For characters players have already found, this is a controversial change in itself, although map markers are more about helping you remember where all your support characters are currently, rather than pointing out where they’re going next.
Regardless, it’s always worth tracking down Elden Ring’s NPCs, not just for potential rewards (Boc lets you change your gear, for example), but for weird and melancholy quests (opens in new tab) Next. Boc’s story is clearly one of the better ones, so if you’re venturing back to Limgrave anytime soon, be sure to find him.