Elden Ring is the latest in a long list of timeless titles by FromSoftware.
Following up from fan favorites like Bloodborne, Dark Souls, and Sekiro, this game has opened up the ‘soulsbourne’ formula to a new audience with sweeping, detailed maps, intricate boss battles, and a story co-written by George R.R. Martin and Hidetaka Miyazaki.
There are a lot of moving parts to this gigantic game, but one of the lesser features that have often been featured in FromSoftware games is the idea of PVP.
For a new player of this series, you’re likely to be overwhelmed by the various systems and unique take on classic gaming tropes that FromSoftware like to place in the game.
So what exactly is invading in Elden Ring, and how can you do this? In this article, we’re going to give you a total breakdown of how PVP works in Elden Ring.
What Is Invading In Elden Ring?
In Elden Ring, invading is a multiplayer feature that allows players to enter another player’s game world and engage in PVP (Player vs. Player) combat.
The invader’s goal is to defeat the host player in exchange for runes, which are an important resource you can use to upgrade your character.
When an invasion occurs, the host player will receive a notification that an invader has entered their game world.
The host player will then have to face the invader in combat and can be recognized by a ghostly red version of their character. If the invading player kills the host, then they will be rewarded with runes and rune arcs.
It’s important to note that provided you are playing online, invasions can happen at almost any time in the game. The only exceptions to this rule are in boss battles or safe areas such as the Round Table Hold.
How To Invade In Elden Ring
Alright, so let’s say you like the idea of invading and want to engage in some PVP combat. If this sounds like you, then you should know that engaging in this activity can be a little overwhelming due to the unique way FromSoftware has implemented it.
First, you need to make sure that you are playing online. You can play Elden Ring without an internet connection, but if you do, you will lose access to many of the multiplayer features, including signs and invasions.
Provided you have a stable internet connection, you’re going to need to have a specific set of items. Let’s take a look at the items that allow you to interact with other players in Elden Ring.
1. Bloody Finger
A bloody finger is an item that allows you to invade the worlds of other players. You can find this by following White Mask Varré’s quest line.
2. Duelist’s Furled Finger
This item allows you to leave a summoning sign on the ground that will appear as red. Any player who has used their Furlcalling Finger Remedy will then be able to see and interact with this sign, allowing them to accept a duel with you.
3. Taunter’s Tounge
This is an item that increases your chances of being invaded, allowing more invaders into your host world. It also means that there is a chance you can be invaded by two players at once.
This is a good example of an item for an experienced PVPer who wants to test themselves.
4. Blue Cipher Ring
The Blue Cipher Ring is a unique item that allows you to come to the aid of other players. If you use this ring, you can be called by other players to help them defend against an invader.
5. White Cipher Ring
The White Cipher ring is protection for those who do not want to be invaded. Using a white Cipher Ring lets you call a person using the Blue Cipher Ring for help against an invader.
Where Are The Best Places To Invade In Elden Ring?
As you can see from the different items above, there are a lot of different options when it comes to PVP in Elden Ring.
With these in mind, you should know that if you want to invade the best way to do so is to get yourself a bloody finger. This will allow you to invade when you want.
However, it’s worth noting that there are a few distinct locations that are good spots to invade. In this section, we’re going to give you a few different popular locations for invading.
Limgrave: Limgrave always has a lot of different people walking around. This can be a great early-game zone to invade, especially if you can corner a player in a dungeon or cut-off area of the zone.
Raya Lucaria: This academy of magic is a great place to invade, as there will be lots of players walking around, progressing through this mini-dungeon.
It’s recommended for players around the level of 30-60, with the best spot being around the Red Wolf and Rennala Boss areas.
Mount Gelmir/Volcano Manor: Both of these areas are for higher-level players and see a lot of population. You should invade here once you are higher level and ready to face off against some impressive players with powerful items.
So that was our short guide on how to Invade In Elden Ring. We hope that this guide has taught you everything you wanted to know about this exciting part of the game.
If you still have some questions, check out our FAQ section below. We wish you the best of luck the next time you’re out there in the Lands Between, and we hope that you have a blast playing Elden Ring!
Frequently Asked Questions
What To Do If I Get Invaded In Elden Ring?
If you get invaded in Elden Ring, you have a few options. The first is to stand and fight. Pick a good location free from enemies, and stand your ground.
If you want to avoid combat altogether, you can run and hide. If you’re currently working on a boss kill, then you can simply run as fast as you can to the boss area. Once you enter the boss arena, the invading player will be kicked from your host world.
How Do I Get A Bloody Finger In Elden Ring?
To get a Bloody Finger in Elden Ring, you have to travel to the Rose Church. You can do this after killing the boss, Godrick the Grafted, or after your first teleport to Roundtable Hold. From here, speak with White Mask Varré, and he will begin the PVP questline.