Elden Ring: Teardrop Scarabs explained

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One of the most unique enemy types in Dark Souls was the Crystal Lizard, a weak but speedy critter that would run away from the player as quickly as possible before eventually disappearing if the player couldn't catch up and kill them in time. These creatures almost always dropped valuable resources like upgrade materials and other types of useful items, making them high-priority targets.

In Elden Ring, FromSoftware's spiritual successor to Dark Souls, there's a "Crystal Lizard 2.0" — the Teardrop Scarab. Here's everything you need to know about Teardrop Scarabs, including what they are, how many different types of them there are, and what kinds of items they can drop.

What are Elden Ring Teardrop Scarabs?

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As we previously mentioned, Teardrop Scarabs are essentially Elden Ring's new version of Dark Souls' Crystal Lizard. However, there are some key differences that make Teardrop Scarabs unique. Firstly, they not only attempt to run away from the player, but will also try and lead them into nearby enemies if there are any. Secondly, instead of running away on a set path, Teardrop Scarabs will change direction depending on the locations of both players trying to chase them down as well as physical obstacles, such as crates or other objects.

Finally, there are also three different types of Teardrop Scarabs in Elden Ring, whereas there was only one type of Crystal Lizard in Dark Souls. The types of Teardrop Scarabs are as follows:

  • Crimson Teardrop Scarabs: Red-colored Teardrop Scarabs that refill your Flask of Crimson Tears when killed.
  • Cerulean Teardrop Scarabs: Blue-colored Teardrop Scarabs that refill your Flask of Cerulean Tears when killed.
  • Silver Teardrop Scarabs: Silver-colored Teardrop Scarabs that drop useful combat unlocks or items.

Silver Teardrop Scarabs are the most important of the three types to hunt down, as they drop a variety of permanent items that can greatly benefit you in combat. These are usually Ashes of War, but some Silver Teardrop Scarabs drop weapons, incantations, and sorceries as well.

Note that if you're unable to catch a Teardrop Scarab before it moves to an inaccessible location or vanishes, you can "respawn" it by resting at a Site of Grace. Once you kill it, however, the Teardrop Scarab will be gone permanently.

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

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