Elden Ring's stronger focus on open world gameplay brings with it an array of changes which include the addition of a map to aid navigation but, more importantly for this guide, a crafting system that lets players use different resources to prepare for battles.
Elden Ring's crafting wasn't detailed exhaustively thus far, but we did get a first glimpse at how it works in the 15+ gameplay preview shared by publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment and developer FromSoftware at the start of November.
Elden Ring Crafting
Different resources found across the Lands Between seem to make up the foundation of Elden Ring's crafting system. In the footage shown, the player character could use Thin Animal Bones, obtained by hunting beasts, to create throwable Bone Knives. Adding Flight Pinions, found by hunting birds, allowed the player to craft Bone Arrows.
Adding Trina's Lilly, an exceedingly rare plant turned the arrows into Sleepbone Arrows that have their tip coated in a powerful sedative. Successfully landing a shot put enemies to sleep, making them easy to execute. This, naturally, plays into the game supporting different approaches to certain encounters out in the world.
There are likely considerably more materials than just the ones listed above and plenty of other tools to create using Elden Ring's crafting system. Although we haven't seen too much of it so far, it does seem to give players more adaptability while out in the field, which fits its new open-world focus.
There are even special map markers that you can use to mark the locations of gathering spots for various crafting resources.
More details about Elden Ring's crafting system will likely be shared in the lead-up to launch. For more on the action-RPG, here's what we know about its characters.
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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