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Where and how to farm the runes / experience in Elden Ring

Runes are at the heart of all Elden Ring systems. From leveling up, to purchasing, to your statistics and fighting; everything is about runes ! And sometimes, you get tired of dying in front of a boss or losing your loot for a careless mistake. To help you progress more quickly, here is a guide presenting several ways to farm runes, and therefore experience!

In this guide, we will cover 4 ways to earn many runesThese methods are suitable for both beginners and more advanced players. We strongly advise you to use the various items that increase your rune gains before using these methods.


A big rune gain in Early: the great Dragon

Whether you need a little boost at the start of the game or just want to bounce back from a punishing death, there is a quick and easy way to win 80,000 experience pointsminimum. 

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Prerequisites :

  • Having the Horse
  • Have a weapon capable of inflicting Bleed

In the region of Caelid, in front of Fort Farothis located a crushed dragon on the groundsurrounded by smaller dragons. While the smaller dragons are very dangerous, the large dragon is immobile and can be safely killed from the start of your game.

To reach this dragon, go to the Third Church of Marikain Necrolimbes. Hidden in the bushes behind the church is a teleportation portal that will take you to the Bestial SanctuaryAt the far north east of the Caelid region. From there, following the road south, you should be able to reach the dragon. It is of course recommended that you ride through this area on horseback, as the enemies in the area are formidable.

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Now that you have found the dragon, place yourself on its back and you risk absolutely nothing. All you have to do is beat it to death. To do this, you'll need to be patient... ora weapon capable of inflicting Bleed.

Bleed is an affliction that removes a significant percentage of HP from its victim, regardless of your power. In other words, even if the dragon has too much HP to be killed by traditional means, bleeding allows you to eliminate it even if you are level 1.

If you don't have a weapon capable of inflicting Bleed, you can get a Uchigatana in the Catacombs of DeathIt is located on a hanging corpse, east of Voilorage Castle. He is standing on a hanging corpse.

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This technique is not can only be used onceThis is because the target will not reappear after being killed. So don't waste your points, or worse, don't die before using them.


Farmer runes at the beginning of the game: the Ball

There is another quick and easy way to gain experience. It gives much less experience than killing the dragon, but it can be repeated over and over again! 

Prerequisites :

  • Having the horse

Once again, everything happens in Caelidthis time in front of the Lenee Tower. The tower is just south of the Bestial Sanctuary mentioned earlier.

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From the Site of Grace in the tower you should see an arch to the west. Cross it and walk along the cliff, being careful not to fall. A huge metal ball should appear in front of the arch and run into you. Dodge it so that it falls into the ravine. You will then win about 2000 experience points.

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Return to the Tower of Lenee's Site of Grace and repeat as many times as necessary.


Farmer runes in the middle of the game: the Bloody Bird

The cannonball technique is nice, but there is more to it. There is an area with an enemy that is very easy to kill and that pays 11,000 runes. On the other hand, you will have to progress a little in the game and complete a quest to access it.

Prerequisites :

  • Have a bow and arrow
  • Killing Godrick
  • Have restored the Major Rune of Godrick
  • Being able to play online

At the very beginning of the adventure, you probably came across Varré le Blême. This is the very first NPC in the game, before the very first Site of Grace. Go back and talk to him and exhaust his dialogue if you haven't already. Once you have defeated Godrick, he will change location and wait for you at the Church of the Rosein the marshes of Liurna.

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When you talk to Varré le Blême after restoring Godrick's major rune and meeting the Two Fingers at the Round Table, he will ask you if you really trust the Two Fingers. Answer that you have doubts, and he will offer you 5 Supportive Bloody Fingers to hunt down other flakless players. Using these fingers starts a PVP session and will make you invade other players' games. You must invade the 3 player game to continue the quest, whether you kill your target or not is not important for the rest.

Once the three invasions are over, return to Varré le Blême and he will give you a cloth, the Favour of the Lord of the Blood. He will ask you to bathe this cloth in the blood of a servant of the Two Fingers. You only need to find one maid to complete this part of the quest. As you reach different churches in the game, you will sometimes find dead maids or be overrun by enemies who work for the Two Fingers. The closest one is the Church of Inhibitionto the north-east of the marsh.

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Go back to Varré and talk to him several times, he will give you the Bloody Finger and the Thoroughbred Knight's MedalThis is your ticket to the richly experienced area of Mohgwyn's Palace, in the basement of Caelid.

To get there, simply use the Medal as you would any other item and you will be teleported there immediately. From there, mount your trusty steed and try to reach the southeast of the area. Follow the road to the Bloody Swamp and ride through it dodging all enemies until you find a Site of Grace.

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From there, if you look across the ravine, you should see a huge bird below. Take out your bow and shoot an arrow at him. Drunk with rage, he will run at you... and fall into the void. You immediately gain over 11,000 experience points, effortlessly, with a two-step site of grace to make the enemy reappear and repeat the operation.

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Gaining experience as an AFK: Ghost Knights

If you want to quietly gain experience, without the need to playThere is one last method. It is much less profitable than the previous ones, however. 

Prerequisites :

  • Killing Radhan

Surprisingly, everything is back to normal in Caelid. You'll need to be well advanced in the adventure though, as you must have already killed Radhan. From the battlefield where you fought this titan, travel across the desert to its northern end. You should find a door leading to the Catacombs of the Valiant Dead.

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As you descend the stairs past the Site of Grace in the catacombs, you should see a large room full of ghostly enemies fighting. Do not enter the room, stay at the foot of the stairs, and let them kill each other. You will gain experience without even having to lift a finger.

Large soldiers yield about 3000 runes, medium soldiers yield 1200 runes and small soldiers yield about 500 runes. Soldiers of the same size do not hit each other, but small soldiers reappear over and over again, which ensures that the big soldiers will eventually fall. 

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It takes between 5 and 10 minutes for the big soldiers to die. During this time you can go and study, work or play something else. Just come back to the game from time to time to make the soldiers reappear using the Site of Grace.


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