Elden Ring: Tips and tricks to help you get started

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Elden Ring has really been a long time coming and today, players took their first steps in The Lands Between. This Souls-like game is naturally going to present a challenge in addition to hours upon hours of gameplay. With Elden Ring being a new game, here are a few tips and tricks to help get you started off on the right foot.

1. Explore a little bit before continuing the main story

Elden Ring is a video game built on exploration. It does not have a traditional story that you have to follow. If you want to take a break from the main story and go explore and do some side quests, that option is available at your disposal. Elden Ring really offers a lot of flexibility in terms of how quickly you want to progress, and I suggest taking the time out to explore.

When you are out exploring, you can be sure to visit the Church of Elleh. Here you will be able to find a merchant that will be able to sell you some pretty useful tools that will make exploring a bit easier. Cookbooks, Crafting Kits, and a torch are going to be some of the most useful things you can get from the merchant himself. These three items are some of the most helpful to your early on gameplay.

You can also visit the Grace just east or west of Gatefront Ruins. When you visit here you will be greeted Melina which is where you will be given a horse named Torrent to help making exploration quicker and easier.

2. Make sure to choose the right starting class for you

Choosing your starting class may not be everything, but it is a good stepping stone to build around for the first quarter of the game. You have to make sure that you choose a class based on how you plan on playing the game. There are a total of ten starting classes Elden Ring has to offer. Each class offer different statistics and a different play style. You have to decide if you are going to play more melee based of more of a magic style of play.

Whichever class you decide to choose does not mean you are looked into that specific playstyle, but rather provides the layout for how you plan on building around your character. It definitely helps to sit there and read through the different stats that each class offers and not rush to make any decision.