Ranking the dogs of Elden Ring

Elden Ring Miriel Turtle Pope
Elden Ring Miriel Turtle Pope (Image credit: Windows Central)

Who doesn't love some good dogs?

We all know that in the world of Elden Ring, a tortoise is a dog. No, you read that correctly. The fan base has, in an absolute knee-slapper of a running gag, somehow collectively decided to refer to every tortoise in Elden Ring as a dog. Fear not, as a werewolf is also a dog, and a wolf is a dog. From the wholesome to the evil, these furry and scaly dogs can be found everywhere across FromSoftware's wide-open world. As such, I've decided to list all of the good (and not so good) dogs we've found in our time with Elden Ring.

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Standard Edition

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Standard Edition

Miquella's mysteries continue as Tarnished players head to the Land of Shadow, a mysterious realm filled with new monsters and powerful magic. This expansion is launching over two years after the release of the original game. It sells for $40 and preorders are open.

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1. Turtle Pope

His official name and title is Miriel, Pastor of Vows, but the fanbase has affectionally deemed him Turtle Pope. This amazing tortoise (as seen at the top of the article) will help you study sorcery and incantations, guide you if you need absolution from sins, and even give you background information on some of the important demigods in the land. A Tarnished in the world of Elden Ring couldn't ask for a better friend. If he's not being of active assistance, Miriel likes to nap, and seriously, who could blame him? He can be found in the Church of Vows, east of Raya Lucaria Academy.

10/10, would join religion.

2. Shell boys

Slow dogs. (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

A standard tortoise. There's nothing truly special about it, except that it's a tortoise, and every tortoise is in fact quite special. These can be found all of the land, by themselves or in small groups. If you're looking for one early on, head to the beach near the Coastal Cave, west of the starting Site of Grace, after completing the tutorial area.

9/10, keep drudging along there, kind fellow.

3. Blaidd

A big boi. (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

The half-wolf knight known as Blaidd is here for everyone who started asking themselves some questions when they saw the werewolves in Van Helsing (2004). Blaidd roams the lands with an extensive quest line but can first be found at the ruins in Mistwood forest. Perched high up on the rubble, you'll need to snap your fingers to get his attention.

8.8/10, is it hot in here?

4. Standard dogs

Scary dogs. (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

Regular wolves can be found in packs across the Lands Between. Most are grey with some black fur, but every now and again you'll find an extra-tough white wolf leading a particular pack. While they mostly keep to themselves, if you get too close they'll be happy to attack you, so speed past them on horseback.

6/10, they're doing their best.

5. Tyrannosaurus dog

Some not-so-nice dogs. (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

Who on this evil Earth decided this should be a thing? It looks miserable. This horrific, infected dog looks like some sort of dinosaur-dog hybrid, with an oversize head and a tendency to stand on its back legs. Keeping to themselves, they can be found in Caelid fighting surviving human forces and picking over rubble and corpses. You can get to Caelid by heading east until you hit a land besotted by Scarlet Rot, which is essentially a concentrated form of plague and fungus.

1/10, dear god, why?

More dogs to come

Elden Ring is a vast game, easily the largest that FromSoftware has ever created, and there are secrets around every corner, making it one of the best Xbox games currently available. After over two years since launch, this world is going to keep on growing thanks to Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree, a massive expansion that takes players into the Land of Shadow. 

If I find any more important dogs, we'll be sure to rank them and add them to the list, though I wouldn't expect Miriel to be losing the top spot anytime soon.

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree is slated to launch on June 21, 2024 across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows PC, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4. As an expansion, you'll need to own the base game in order to play it. 

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Edition

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Edition

Grab the acclaimed game and the upcoming expansion in one fell swoop! Elden Ring is a sprawling adventure that's filled with wonderful dogs, and Shadow of the Erdtree seems set to build on that when it arrives in June 2024.

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Samuel Tolbert
Freelance Writer

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.