It feels unreal to say it, but Elden Ring is here. The anticipation surrounding FromSoftware's latest title was palpable well before launch, making it unsurprising that its dedicated community has quickly put together its first mods, even in the absence of Steam Workshop support at launch..
Elden Ring marks a significant shift for the developer, given how it is the first Souls game to embrace open-world elements. This is partly why mod enthusiasts are hoping that we might see a change in attitude regarding Steam Workshop support.
The Best Elden Ring Mods
Until now, the topic of Elden Ring mods hasn't been at the forefront of the game's marketing, which is in line with previous titles in the developer's roster.
Neither the Dark Souls trilogy nor Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice benefitted from official mod tools. Similarly, Steam Workshop support never came, but that didn't stop fans from creating quite a few mods.
These range from simple reshades that alter how the game's colors look to reskins or more ambitious projects that change gameplay elements such as monster spawns.
- Elden Ring Steam Workshop support status: Unconfirmed, may not come post-launch
The absence of official mod tools does, however, limit the complexity of the game's best mods and Elden Ring seems to be in a similar situation as its predecessors, from what we can tell so far.
Nevertheless, with its growing list of player-made tweaks and changes, you'll find our list of the best Elden Ring mods, which we'll update as we spot more cool ones, below.
- Anti-Cheat Toggler and Offline Launcher
- Pause the Game
- Elden ReShade - HDR FX
- Ultrawide Support
- No Startup Videos
- Extended Field of View
- Eldest Ring
- Remove Vignette
- Grand Merchant
- Elden Ring Key Item Randomizer
Keep in mind that most, if not all, of the best Elden Ring mods can get you banned if you take them online. To stay on the safe side and reduce the chances of losing access to playing with others, you'll have to ensure that the game is set to offline mode and Easy Anti-Cheat is disabled before running them.
It's also a good idea to revert any potential changes to the game's files if you do decide to play online after using mods.
Anti-Cheat Toggler and Offline Launcher
To make the process of safely using Elden Ring mods easier, this mod turns off the game's anti-cheat and puts you into offline mode. Just remember that you have to undo any changes you might have done to the game if you plan on going online at a later stage. Grab it from Nexus Mods.
Pause the Game
Elden Ring doesn't allow you to pause the game by default. This can be a bit of a problem if you need to rush out in the middle of a boss fight or in an area that's patrolled by enemies. This simple mod fixes that and lets you figure out how malevolent your cat's intentions are without having to worry about knights in shining armor impaling you with their spears while you're gone. Find it on Nexus Mods.
Elden ReShade - HDR FX
Reshades come in many flavors regardless of game and Elden Ring is no exception. The reason why this mod stands out is because it adds relatively subtle tweaks that improve the game's lighting without drastically changing its visuals or overall mood. You can find Elden ReShade on Nexus Mods.
Although this is more third-party software than an actual mod, it's worth pointing out that, lacking official support, you don't have to compromise when playing Elden Ring on ultrawide monitors. Flawless Widescreen lets you hop over that hurdle while including a handful of other useful options.
No Startup Videos
A simple mod that removes the two logos which pop up not only when you start the game but also when you're about to exit it. Unfortunately, installing it requires unpacking all of the game's files and takes the game file size up to 100GB, according to its creator. If that doesn't scare you away, you can find it on Nexus Mods.
Extended Field of View
A simple mod that pulls the camera back a bit and lets you see more of the Lands Between as you play. Get it from Nexus Mods.
Eldest Ring is a mod that adds a number of changes to item and stat scaling alongside a handful of buffs. It slightly increases the initial health amount and health cap, doubles the discovery scaling from the Arcane stat, while replacing the Focus bonus on the Clarifying Horn Charm with slow FP regeneration. More changes are planned in the future and you can grab the mod Nexus Mods.
Easy Mode for Elden Ring
Difficulty is always a hot topic when it comes to FromSoftware games and this mod enables you to breeze through the studio's first open-world game. Enemies deal reduced damage while you hit harder and gain runes ten times as quickly. It's not the most elegant mod out there, but if you're really struggling with the game and just want to explore its world, you can find it on Nexus Mods.
A simple mod that removes the vignette effect, which darkens the edges of your screen. Grab it from Nexus Mods.
The Grand Merchant mod grants easy access to a ton of items through the game's Item Crafting menu. They come with no resource cost attached, so you can freely stock up on whatever it is you're missing for your next journey. Get it from Nexus Mods.
Elden Ring Key Item Randomizer
If you're looking for a little less predictability for subsequent playthroughs, Elden Ring's Key Item Randomizer mod should be right up your alley. Using it, you can randomize the location of items found in the Lands Between. These include key items, enemy and boss loot drops, shop items, as well as starting weapons and armor. A mode that requires collecting all 7 Great Runes before being able to tackle the game's final boss fight is also included. Find it on Nexus Mods.
Non-Essential Elden Ring Mods
- All New Starting Classes
- Black Blaidd's set
- White Cleanrot Set
- White Fire Monk Set
- Zelda Master Sword (Higher Quality)
- Torrent to Kaiden - Horse Replacement
- Ebony Black Knife Set
- YoRHa equipment pack
Whether or not this is the FromSoftware game that breaks away from tradition and adds Steam Workshop support remains to be seen.
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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