The Elden Ring Network test is here, but it won’t be long for us. Access to the web test is only available during the three-hour window from November 12th to 15th, which means that if you want to see all the content it offers, you will have to work quickly. The open world encourages wandering and exploration, and there are many things to find.
I will not mark every discovery around Limgrave on the map-what’s so fun about it? ——But I do have some tips to help you make the most of your time in Elden Ring. Here are some suggestions to help you find some of the best equipment, defeat some of the tougher battles, and have the most fun in the limited test time.
Know when to perform the Elden ring test online
I know this is an obvious suggestion, but since the official website lists the Elden Ring Network test time in Japanese standard time, it is actually easy to mess up the time zone conversion and miss the entire session. That would be very sad! I have entered the test time into the time zone converter, so you can accurately record the time of preparation and avoid any tragic mathematical confusion.
Start as a magic knight or prophet class
There are five Elden Ring courses to choose from in the network test. I tell you: you want to enter this amazing industry. Magic abilities are very interesting, and they can cause some serious damage-playing as a prophet and using faith spells, I found that the physical damage caused by magic damage to almost all the bosses and regular enemies I encountered exceeded the physical damage, even after the point The same is true after the power is injected into the number. Even in this small part of Elden Ring, you can find an amazing number of spells, especially miracles, which are very different from the usual entry skills in most Souls games.
The magic knight is a powerful and simple entry class, with good armor, and points have been accumulated in strength and intelligence. If you want to be able to use spells as the main form of damage, or just as a melee attack enhancement, you can choose this class. The Prophet is more vulnerable due to his absolutely bad starting armor (what’s the use of that wagon wheel necklace anyway?) but you can easily find better armor, and you start with a great attack of faith, the Beast Claws, and a healing spell.
As a magic knight, look for the sorcerer Salen. Once you kill the pumpkin head boss, she will appear in the Post Town Remains on the east side of the map. To find Post Town Remains, cross the bridge and look for some ruins full of aggressive and poisonous plants. You have to jump over a wall in the ruins (it’s easier with a ghost horse) to find the stairs leading to the dungeon. It’s basically just a boss room, so when you walk through the fog door, be ready to welcome the pumpkin head. Once you defeat him, you will meet Sellen and he will sell you some magic.
The spell of the prophet is more scattered, but the good news is that the claw of the beast is powerful enough to allow you to easily complete the entire network test. You can buy a spell from a nomadic merchant on the beach. If you defeat the dragon wandering on Lake Aguirre and bring it to the Dragon Temple, you will get a particularly powerful spell. When you see it, you will definitely know.
Get the best armor in the web test
You can easily get the heaviest armor in the Elden Ring area during the first hour or so of playing the game. Heavy armor may make you think you will roll around the whole place, but the equipment load in Elden Ring is very heavy and strong, so you only need to upgrade a few levels and you can equip this armor and still There is a medium equipment load.
The Crucible suit is the best armor in the network test, and its defense data is higher than any starting equipment (although it is not a big leap from the magic knight). It is also easy to find, and once you have the Spectral Warhorse, it will not be difficult to get.
To obtain the Crucible suit, head to the east of Limgrave and look for a carriage dragged by two giants, followed by a team of knights and undead. You can’t miss it. Kill the small fish team first. If you stick to your mount and make a passing attack, they have no real threat. The only real challenge is the knight riding a horse, so pull him away from the crowd first so you don’t get into trouble. Once you kill them, they will return to the giants, prick their legs patiently, and evade after each attack so that you will not be stepped on your feet. Then you can visit the chest behind the carriage to reward you with the cauldron armor.
Learn to use the guard counter as early as possible
Guard Counter is a new ability in Elden Ring, once you learn how to use it, fighting against basic enemies becomes a breeze.It’s easier than parry and less risky, although it’s not quite Although powerful, it still allows you to slam hell from the enemy.
Guard Counter is really easy to implement: just raise your shield to block an attack, once it hits the ground, immediately press R2 to provide a powerful counterattack. Damn it! The key to using the guard counter safely is to wait for the enemy to complete the attack sequence. The guard counter will not interrupt their attacks, so if they attack you with a triple strike, wait for the third attack before you counterattack. Otherwise, you may still be hit hard, but you will be hurt in the process. Just wait for your opening and you will block almost all incoming damage and then safely destroy the enemy.
Two-handed weapons use their weapon art
If you finish the tutorial in a hurry, you may accidentally miss the two-handed weapon in a different way from the previous FromSoftware game. You used to just press Y/Triangle to switch to two-handed holding, but now you have to hold down Y/Triangle and press L1 or R1 to hold a device with both hands. If you use a sword or other melee weapon in your right hand and a shield in your left hand, you need to do this to use the special skills of each weapon. You should, because some of them are very powerful. Practice a little bit, because in a fierce battle, switching from one hand to two hands with an extra button is a bit tricky.
Another tip: If you use Miracle Catalyst in your left hand, then you can use the weapon art of your right hand weapon without using both hands. Be careful when living a life without a shield.
Find the cave at the northern end of Lake Aguirre
Some dungeons scattered around the open world of Elden Ring are a bit boring. There are only a few corridors and a boss battle that you can clear in a few minutes. The Limgrave Tunnels mine is undoubtedly the best, as you dig deeper, it has a more complex layout and some passive storytelling. This is the most interesting exploration. The reward for killing its boss is a very sweet sword, especially for magic building.
If you are in trouble with your boss, use Spirit Ashes
Spirit Ashes are equivalent to Elden Ring’s summonable NPCs, such as Solaire, but this time they are not limited to the signs outside the Boss room. You can buy two Spirit Ashes at Merchant Kalé near where you enter Limgrave, or you can find more in the open world. These ashes summon one or more AI phantoms to fight alongside you, and you can even heal them to keep them alive.
Using Spirit Ashes requires a lot of FP, so if you are playing a magical role, please keep this in mind. A tricky problem with Spirit Ashes is that you can’t call them anywhere: you have to be close to the rebirth monument, which is easy to miss in the open world. FromSoftware is well aware of this, so they added an icon on the left side of your screen to indicate when you can call. This is an arch with runes inside. In most boss battles, you can also use Spirit Ashes to help you, and as usual, getting them to attract hatred is really helpful.
Look at the east bridge at night
At least in the network test, the world of Elden Ring will not change drastically between day and night, but some things (and enemies) in the world will only appear at certain times. There is a very cool enemy waiting for you on the bridge across Lake Agheel, but only at night. To fight it, use “Location of Lost Grace” to fast forward to the night, or stroll to that part of the map when the night naturally occurs. Just make sure you have enough treatment bottles.