Elden Ring might move away from Dark Souls' beloved recipe by focusing more on open world gameplay and including mounted combat, but we'll still have a fair share of characters to encounter as we journey across the Lands Between.
The title's first gameplay preview video introduced a handful of these NPCs, already showing a world with plenty of character.
If the developer's past efforts are anything to go by, not all of Elden Ring's characters will be straightforward about their intentions. The first ones revealed include a friendly walking, talking cauldron, which could be the game's equivalent of Dark Souls' firekeeper. Here's our list of Elden Ring characters:
Elden Ring Characters List
It's worth keeping in mind that, at the moment, we don't know a lot about Elden Ring's characters, and it's not because figuring them out requires patience, reading between the lines, and possibly scouring for details in a random item's description. The gameplay preview was the first serious showcase of what the action RPG has to offer and very likely didn't include all the NPCs we'll meet in Elden Ring.
Alexander a.k.a The Iron Fist
A sentient cauldron equipped with functioning feet and arms that, when the Tarnished encounters him, is stuck in the ground. Thankfully, this isn't anything a hit or two from a massive mace doesn't solve, and Alexander is "very well trained," ensuring his survival.
Whether he is the character who holds all the mysteries of the universe or just adds a lighter tone to Elden Ring's ruins-covered world remains to be seen. There doesn't, however, seem to be any doubt about his status as the game's ultimate waifu, at least going by this Reddit thread.
Melina (or, possibly, Melena) appears when the player rests at a Site of Grace, likely the game's equivalent to Dark Souls' bonfires. She refers to the Tarnished as a "traveler from beyond the fog," before offering the player "an accord." That's all that was revealed about her, although it's hard to kick this feeling that she might be the Lands Between's take on a firekeeper.
Stormveil Castle Gatekeeper
This Elden Ring character is encountered in a room to the left of Stormveil Castle's main gate and advises the Tarnished not to use it when entering the dungeon, suggesting a less guarded route that can be accessed using a giant hole in the wall to the left of him.
Players can choose to ignore his advice, at which point he signals for the gates to open, which is when the Tarnished learns that he wasn't lying about those guards.
He is a sorcerer found inside Stormveil Castle, who's looking for "a little something." He also seems to be Tarnished and warns the player character that the castle is full of Tarnished Hunters who sacrifice their kind for "grafting."
Other Elden Ring characters will likely be revealed in the lead-up to launch. For more on the action-RPG, check out what we know about its map and crossplay support.
Elden Ring launches on PC and consoles on February 25. You can grab it from Fanatical, for the discounted price of £41.99/€50.39 or your regional equivalent, as well as other major storefronts.
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