Elden Ring - "Archer"
Getting Started Guide

This guide is meant to provide a starting point for those interested in playing a more ranged character, but not use magic within Elden Ring.  There are a lot of concerns when trying to become an archer within Elden Ring with the biggest one being damage output.  Most of these concerns can be mitigated with the right amount of planning and preparation. 
So what I have done within this guide, is to provide a way to Get Started with an Archer build. It takes advantage of the Open World nature of Elden Ring so that we can level up our equipment as quickly as possible while also grabbing some very powerful add-ons that are unique to the Elden Ring mechanics. This allows us to focus on being an Archer while also using the Elden Ring mechanics so that we can still have fun and be successful  within the game.
The full video below provides a walk-through of a route that should make up the first four hours of your time within Elden Ring and each chapter’s requirements should help to build you up to a Samurai that should look like the following:
Samurai Level 20+
Attributes: Vigor 20+, Mind 12, Strength & Dexterity 17+
Weapons: Icerind Hatchet +4, Shortbow +6 & Long Bow +4
Talisman: Arrow’s Sting

In addition to the Full Video that you are seeing above, with broken down chapters, I also wanted to provide you with additional  resources to help you through your initial hours and time within the Lands Between. 

  • Links to the individual chapters within the video should you not want to navigate through a 3-hour walkthrough
  • Map images for each of the areas that we explored within the route along with the specific Sites of Grace that we discovered
  • Check/Task List for each of the route steps that I performed within the walk-through so that you can make sure that you don’t miss anything in your run
  • A list of additional resources that you might want to look for to help you through Mid and End game as an Archer
DISCLAIMER: This guide is meant as a set of steps to put you in the best possible position to be successful within the early areas of Elden Ring. It is not a guarantee that you will power through all enemies and bosses. This is still a From Software game and you will still need to learn timings and move sets to be successful.



Additional Resources

Here are some additional pieces of information to help you, even after you beat that first boss: Margit

Cookbooks for crafting arrows

  • Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook [6] (Bloodbone Arrows) – Fort Haight
  • Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook [15] (Rotbone Arrows) – Fire Arrow Merchant in Caelid
  • Fevor’s Cookbook [2] (Sleepbone Arrows) – East Path Raya Lucaria Academy – 3500 Runes
  • Glintstone Craftman’s Cookbook [5] (Magicbone Arrows) – Academy near Classroom
  • Glintstone Craftman’s Cookbook [7] (Coldbone Arrows) – Pidia in Caria Manor
  • Ancient Dragon Apostle’s Cookbook [1] (Lightningbone Arrows) – Wyndham Catacombs
Additional Talismans after you get additional slots
  • Turtle Charm (Stamina Recorvery 17.7%)
  • Radagon Scar or Sore Seal (Vigor, Endurance, Strength & Dexterity Increase)
  • Ritual Sword Talisman (Damage Increase at Full Health)
  • Dragon Crest Shield (Increased Defense)
Lastly, weapons to switch to for mid to late game
  • Sword of St Trina
  • Crystal Sword
  • Moonviel Katana
  • Pulley Bow
  • Black Bow

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