In Elden Ring, players will have to explore a huge world, which means many opportunities for gaining experience and levels. As players discover the many secrets hidden in the Between-earths, they may find themselves holding a huge amount of runes as the amount needed to level up skyrockets with each level. With this in mind, one would assume that it would take an absurd amount of runes to reach the max level in Elden Ring, and indeed it does. To reach level 713, the maximum in the game, players will have to mine over 1 billion runes.
Level cap in Elden Ring and how to get it
Leveling up in Elden Ring is a process that should be familiar to most fans of previous FromSoftware games. First, players must earn experience, in the case of Elden Ring, runes, which can then be used in the Place of Grace to level up. Leveling up means spending a certain amount of experience in order to increase one indicator by one point. Each time this happens, players will gain one level in Elden Ring and the amount of experience needed to repeat this process is increased.
While in most cases players should organically level up enough to keep up with the increasing difficulty of enemies, this is not always the case. When players are defeated in the deadly world of Elden Ring, they lose all of their current runes where they died. If players fail to recover their runes by dying a second time, they will disappear forever, which may seem like a major setback. At times like these, or when players feel like they’re lacking a level, they can head to one of the many farming locations in Elden Ring to level up a few levels quickly.
Reaching max level in Elden Ring is a pretty high goal, as players will need to mine a total of 1,692,558,415 runes to achieve it. While the level cap of 713 may seem a little arbitrary, this is because players cannot level their stats above 99. So if you subtract 10 from this number, since a first level character is considered to have all stats equal to 10, and multiply that number times eight is the number of stats in the game, then 713 starts to make sense.
Getting max level will obviously require players to farm a huge amount of runes in Elden Ring. However, there are tricks that players can use to mitigate rune losses as they level up, which will help them move towards their goal. A good way for players not to lose runes is not to accumulate them by spending. To do this, it’s always a good idea to keep a few consumable golden runes on hand to use when the player only needs a few runes to level up or get a coveted item in the shop. This can be very useful, especially before going through bosses or new, potentially dangerous areas.
Another important thing to help players level up faster in Elden Ring is to find the Golden Scarab Talisman. When equipped, this item grants a buff that increases the number of runes by 20%, making it very valuable in housekeeping. It’s also a good idea to get the Preacher’s Handbook , as it can be used to craft a Gilded Bird’s Foot, which increases the number of runes received by 30% for three minutes and stacks with the Golden Scarab Talisman. The Golden Scarab can be obtained by defeating the Knights in the Abandoned Cave in the Starry Wastes, and the crafting book can be purchased from Patch after he opens his shop.
How to farm runes in Elden Ring
Earning runes is relatively easy, and there are plenty of great farming spots in Elden Ring, the best of which can be used by characters of any level. When choosing a good place to farm, it is important to consider not only the number of runes a player can get in one run, but also how long the run takes. Most of the best rune spots in the game often don’t involve fighting enemies at all, but are usually associated with the use of some game mechanics.
One of the best ways to get runes in the early to mid game is the “orb farm” in northeast Kelida, near Lenne’s place of grace. This method consists of spawning a magical boulder that will try to flatten the player as they drive down a seemingly normal road. Players can activate this trap and dodge it, gaining nearly 2,000 runes each time it falls off the ravine. Players can drop the boulder by using or teleporting to the nearby Place of Grace and repeat the process to get around 500,000 runes per hour without fighting any enemies in Elden Ring.
The best place to farm runes in Elden Ring
While the orb farm is very effective in the early game, if players aim to reach the highest levels in Elden Ring, they will eventually have to head to the area at the entrance to the Mogwin Palace. To get to this location, players will have to complete Varre’s quest until he grants players the Pureblood Knight’s Medal, which they can use to teleport to this location. In order for Varre to spawn in the Temple of the Roses in Lake Liurnia, players first need to defeat two bosses: Margit the Dire Omen and Godric the Hundred-Handed in Thunder Veil Castle.
After using the Pure Blood Knight’s Medal and appearing at the Mogwin Palace, players should head to the northeast to bypass the rock formation at the center of this region. Upon reaching the swamp, players must head straight south and climb the ridge to find the Grace site on the Palace-Approach Ledge road. From here, players will be able to see a bird-like enemy to the northwest that can be attacked with any ranged weapon to make it fall into the ravine, which will net players around 13,000 runes. By reaching the late game and gaining access to better area of effect attacks such as the Sacred Relic Sword, players can use them to quickly farm enemies sitting in the area, gaining over 40,000 runes per turn.
How New Game+ helps you level up in Elden Ring
Using the previous housekeeping method is a great way to help players prepare for New Game+. In this mode, players restart the game, but retain all of their equipment and non-story related items. Enemies will get harder with each new cycle and will continue to get harder until players reach New Game+7, at which point the difficulty will plateau. If the player’s goal is to mine runes as efficiently as possible, then New Game+ can be very useful, as the enemies become more difficult, but at the same time they give more runes.
Why Getting Max Level in Elden Ring Isn’t Worth It
With all of this in mind, many players might consider tackling the challenge of reaching the max level, or at least getting enough runes in Elden Ring, to start feeling more powerful. However, here are some arguments against this. First, the appeal of Elden Ring, like most FromSoftware games, lies in its complexity, and as such, leveling up too much can make a grueling but rewarding experience feel too simple and tasteless. This also has a big effect on boss fights, as dodging a powerful attack seems less useful when it barely scratches the absurd amount of health that a character has at full stamina, and players often miss out on a few combat mechanics as they can kill a boss in two to three hit.
The second reason is that most stats have diminishing returns, meaning the more a player puts into them, the less value they get from each point. This of course means that in absolute terms, players will still get more from 80 Agility than from 55, but not by much. Choosing which stats to level up to create an effective build in Elden Ring is also one of the game’s attractions, so leveling up too much makes the game a bit cheaper.