The freedom to explore in Elden Ring is one of its greatest strengths, and oh my god, the fans enjoy their freedom. In a very unexpected turn of events, players can hug a random woman found in the Round Table Hold. As rewarding as this interaction is, it comes at a cost: the hugging lady will give players a permanent health debuff. Don’t worry, this guide contains everything you need to know about the hugging lady in Elden Ring and how to get rid of the health debuff.
What happens when you hug Fia in Elden Ring
First of all, you need to know that hugging Fia (that’s the name of the hugging woman in Elden Ring) doesn’t give you the debuff. In fact, the debuff can be obtained by carrying the item in your inventory that she gives you after the hug.
This item is a one-time consumable item called Canopy Blessing that gives you a 15 second Vigor boost when you use it. But as stated, it also gives you a -5% max health debuff while in your inventory.
What is the Canopy Blessing
- Type: Consumable
- Description: A blessing bestowed by a companion on his deathbed. Protecting a hidden temple under the guise of a bedroom. Uses mana to temporarily increase composure. This service allows you to forget about any pain and suffering. In death 1 there is only peace, for in death there can be no sensations.
- What it does: Uses mana to increase composure.
How to get the Blessing of the Canopy
In order to get to the area where Fia is located, you first need to find Melina in the Temple of Grace, as she is the one who will guide you to the Round Table Keep, an area only accessible via fast travel. Follow the link below to find out how to get in or out of the Round Table Fortress.
You’ll find a wide range of NPCs there, including, of course, Fia, the companion of death. Talk to her and she will offer to give you a short hug to feel the champion’s warmth.
If you allow her to take you in her arms, you will receive the “Blessing of the Canopy” item in your inventory. Keep in mind that you can only have one Canopy Blessing in your inventory at a time, but you can hug Fia one more time if you want.
The second time you hug Fia, you can choose to “secret talk” with her or leave. If you choose the first option, you will learn a little more about her backstory.
Is it worth getting the Blessing of the Canopy?
While the -5% health debuff sucks in a difficult game like Elden Ring, the other effects that Blessing of the Canopy provides are worth it.
For example, one of the item’s effects is a buff to your composure score. In Elden Ring, composure is the base stat that determines how many enemy attacks you can withstand before you fall and remain stunned. The higher this indicator, the more enemy attacks you can block.
As you can see, increasing your composure means your attacks won’t be interrupted as easily, as you won’t be stunned or knocked back with every hit.
Other alternatives to increase self-control are wearing head, chest, arm, and leg gear.
However, this buff is only temporary, so it’s best to save it for harder bosses like Tree Dragonguard or Crucible Knight, or bosses that are higher than your level or armor.
If you are interested in this subject, keep the following considerations in mind:
- You can only have 1 Canopy Blessing in your inventory, but after using it, you can hug Fiya again to get another one;
- You will not be able to store the Blessing of the Canopy;
- You can use Blessing of the Canopy in multiplayer mode;
- This item costs 10 mana to use;
- Only hug Fia when you’re ready to engage the boss, otherwise you’ll be walking around with an annoying debuff for no reason.
How to get rid of the health debuff
Like many things in Elden Ring, the game doesn’t tell you exactly what to do to get rid of the health debuff, so it’s natural for many players to panic when they first see the red square with a down arrow on the top left of the screen.
If you’re one of those players who decides hugging Fia is a must, don’t worry too much, as getting rid of the health debuff from Canopy’s Blessing is just as easy as getting the item itself.
To get rid of the debuff, you need to eat the “Blessing of the Canopy” item to remove it from your inventory and the debuff will simply disappear.