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Elden Ring: Best way to farm runes and level up fast

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Elden Ring (Image credit: Windows Central)

As you progress through Elden Ring's vast open world, you'll naturally accrue a large number of runes (experience points) from defeated enemies that you can use to level up your character and improve their stats. Leveling up is a crucial part of the game since you'll struggle to survive against difficult foes without enough HP, mana, stamina, and damage, and if you're having trouble against a boss or the enemies in an area, leveling up is one of the best ways to improve your combat efficiency and give you a better chance to succeed.

However, if you don't have many runes when you feel it's time for an upgrade, you'll need to go farm for some. There are many ways to do this (for example, you could repeatedly kill groups of certain enemies that drop lots of runes) but the fastest and most efficient rune farm in Elden Ring is one that can be accessed fairly quickly in Elden Ring's early game — and all it requires is a bow and some arrows. Here's how you can easily begin farming for millions of runes in Elden Ring.

The best way to farm runes in Elden Ring

Source: Windows Central The location of the Rose Church in Liurnia of the Lakes. (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

The best way to farm for runes in Elden Ring is incredibly easy and doesn't require you to fight enemies at all, though you will need to have unlocked your mount, Torrent, by finding and using at least three Sites of Grace in the open world. Additionally, you'll also need to have progressed through Stormveil Castle, defeated Godrick the Grafted, and begun exploring the Liurnia of the Lakes region.

To begin, head to the Rose Church in western Liurnia of the Lakes, directly south of the Raya Lucaria Academy. There, you'll find the NPC White-Faced Varre standing next to the entrance. Speak to him until he gives you several Bloody Festering Fingers. You'll need to use three of these to invade other players' worlds. After you do this, return to Varre and accept his offer to be a member of the cult of Mohg, the Lord of Blood.

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Elden Ring Chuch Of Inhibition

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Elden Ring Maiden's Blood

Next, Varre will ask you to soak a cloth in the blood of a maiden as a final trial. This can be achieved in several different ways, but the fastest way to do it from the Rose Church is to travel to northeastern Liurnia and take the blood of the corpse of the maiden in the Church of Inhibition. Once you've soaked the cloth Varre gave you in her blood, return to him and he'll give you a Pureblood Knight's Medal. Go in your inventory and use this item, allowing it to transport you.

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Elden Ring

You'll arrive in the Mohgwyn Dynasty Mausoleum area. Run up the nearby stairs and rest at the Site of Grace there, then run back down the stairs and begin riding southeast on Torrent, following the natural pathway and avoiding all of the enemies. Eventually you'll come across the Palace Approach Ledge-Road Site of Grace on the edge of a cliff overlooking a large pool with a massive bird enemy in it. Rest at it, then equip a bow or crossbow and some arrows or bolts.

Walk a few steps north towards the sleeping enemies on the road (don't wake them up). Then, aim and fire an arrow at the bird enemy. It will aggro to you but will (ironically) fall off the edge of the landmass it's on into the abyss, giving you a whopping 11,038 runes. From here, rinse and repeat, using the Site of Grace to respawn the bird each time.

This farm is extremely efficient, as you can get the bird to fall off the edge several times per minute. It's possible to get over three million runes per hour, which is a staggering amount of experience for leveling up your character or purchasing items. And the best part is, it practically costs you nothing to use this method outside of the occasional trip to an NPC vendor to stock up on arrows or bolts.

Source: Windows Central The location of the Warmaster's Shack giant troll farm. (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

If you're struggling to reach this farming location and would prefer something easier, another effective way to farm runes is to kill the five giant trolls found just south of the Warmaster's Shack Site of Grace in the Stormhill area (shown above). The trolls drop 1,000 runes when killed and aren't too difficult to take down, making this an excellent alternative farm.

Elden Ring is finally here, and it's available for $60 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC. It's one of the best Xbox games you can play right now if you're a fan of challenging RPGs, and we strongly recommend it.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

10 Comments
  • Behind warmasters shack witch is N of gatefront E of stormhill shack about 5 or 6 Giants spawn giving 1k and some change Per giant at night there is a boss around the giants zone but its a great place to get runes and combat experience
  • Hello
    I’d love to get many runes this way.
    I kept dying constantly riding near the edge. Then I rode on the inside and the ball didn’t kill me but just faded away, leaving zero runes.
    Could you be more specific with instructions please as nothing is working here at the moment.
    Thanks
  • You need to angle yourself so that it rolls off the edge. It will just disappear if it is able to roll on the path for long enough. If you’re getting hit, try giving a burst of speed with the dodge button while riding. You also have to be really quick while turning around or else the ball won’t turn hard enough
  • Even if it falls off it doesn't give runes half the time. This is literally one of the worst ways to farm. It's far easier to kill the 6 giants then respawn.
  • I was having the same issue before I figured it out. You need to turn right to the edge and go uphill as soon as the ball starts spawning so the ball falls off the edge immediately.
  • Thanks a ton for this, works perfect for me every time. Little risky considering you can die, and might need to return to pick up a huge pile of runes, in front of a boulder, but it's super easy. Even found a way to make it very hard to be killed by the boulder aswell!
  • Glad this worked for you!
  • I went from 69 to 74 in about an hour, and didn't even have to pay too much attention. I had just found the gold scarab talisman before finding your article too, so it couldn't have worked out better haha. Im taking a lot longer than you must've been, but I added a little more security with chugging a bubbletear wondrous physick flask everytime lol, also not a fan of doing fast turns on the horse around the ledge, so I just dismount right at the spawn point and roll through it.
  • Thank you for this! I also use my Flask of Wondrous Physick made with an Opaline Bubbletear, which protects me from any accidental knock from the ball XD I just position myself on the cliff edge and slowly walk into the spot where it spawns, then as soon as it's about to charge just jump out of the way. I also pick up glintstone fireflies and erdleaf flowers on the way down the path - I have quite a collection now!
  • There's actually two boulders, the second one is continuing on just under the wooden tree roots, same reward. Enjoy 😉