Best Elden Ring Rune farming techniques for quick and easy leveling

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A good Elden Ring Rune farming methodology will help you level up or pay merchant stock easier and faster than ever before. It’s not hard to find great sources of runes in the Elden Ring, but taking down the monsters that hold them… is less easy. However, we have found ways to increase the runes you earn and a fairly efficient and incredibly safe rune farming slot. Here is the best Elden Ring Rune farming technique for quick and easy Rune acquisition.

How to easily farm runes in Elden Ring

Elden Ring Rune Cultivation

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The best place we’ve found to farm runes in Elden Ring is the Great Impassable Bridge in southeast Caelid, the sick and fiery region east of Limgrave’s starting area. Farming very efficiently in Limgrave isn’t really a thing, although there are plenty of places where you can grind in classic Soulsborne fashion, clearing areas of enemies and letting them respawn so you can kill them all again.

But for farming, it’s the best spot we’ve found and can be reached fairly early if you’re careful, using Torrent to avoid enemies in the way rather than brawling with them. Specifically, once you’ve found the Greatbridge impassable site of Grace (shown above), you want to watch behind you (up the hill to the west) the ongoing conflict between the fire-wielding knights of Redmane and the giant-headed horror dogs.

These two enemies will still fight when close together, and you might want to mount Torrent near them to make sure they load up and spawn properly. There is an easy to jump rocky cliff (the one you can see below) where you can watch the fights.

This method takes a bit of time – both sides have a lot of health – but the benefit is that even if an NPC kills an enemy, your Terni gets the Runes as if you killed them personally. This means you can just sit on the rocks with a sandwich, watch them kill each other and absorb the energy of the dead. You don’t even have to hold your controller.

Once they’re done and one side is victorious – usually the knights – you can either walk through and cut down the survivors (now weakened after the battle) or you can just make the ten second journey to Grace’s site and reappear them. We’ve seen you get 1,500-2,000 runes each time, and while that’s not a big deal late game, it’s a big help for early players looking for an edge.

How to get more runes

Elden Ring Rune Cultivation

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As a general rule, it’s always good to level up your runes as you play, as they are the building blocks of everything. Even if you are not farming, there is a lot you can do to generally increase your runic income and generally keep in mind.

  • Smash the glowing white skulls you see in the landscape. These contain small Golden Rune consumable items, and while they’re only 200 each, you’ll eventually have an inventory of dozens.
  • Gold Pickled Fowl Foot is a fairly rare consumable you can find in the game, one that increases your Rune income for a short time when used. Save them for big fights that you think have a good chance of winning.
  • Similar to Impassable Greatbridge, you will occasionally come across areas where enemies are fighting each other. It’s always your chance to sit down and let them do the work for you.
  • If you want a big batch of runes fast, try searching for early game bosses you’ve forgotten about and are now overleveled for. The rewards won’t be as significant, but it can be a good way to get a sudden boost.
  • Go to a merchant and sell anything you don’t need. We don’t recommend getting rid of unique items, but gear dropped by infantry or surplus consumables obtained through crafting are safe bets if you don’t use them.
  • If you see an enemy with glowing golden eyes, it’s a special type of enemy that won’t be tougher, but will still drop more runes when killed. Take them down first!

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