Elden Ring beginner's guide: What to do first in Elden Ring
When you first emerge in the starting area of Limegrave - after selecting your starting class and starting the Keepsake item - the entire area is open to you, from exploring hidden caves in small but challenging dungeons Includes dragons, trolls and other powerful creatures. who roam on the ground.
Although you have to reach a destination as part of the story, you don't have to go there immediately. In fact, we'd highly recommend against it - and instead, take the time to understand how things work and what powers your character.
What to do first in Elden Ring
First things first, it's best to establish where you need to go on the Critical Path - and that's Castle Stormville. You'll know it when you light up the first site of grace - think of these resting places as the bonfires of the Elden Ring
The light emanating from above points you in the direction you should be heading. Verre, a nearby character, will also say that the Castle is your first port of call - and if you look west, you can see it on the rocks.
However, resist the temptation to go straight there. Although that direction provides some much-needed upgrades we'd like to raise, you'll want to hold off on accessing the Castle for a few hours.
Visit the Church of Elleh just north of where you begin (be sure to avoid the powerful Tree Sentinel on the way!) to find a merchant, Kale, who can sell you a Crafting Kit and Cookbooks, and if you want to explore some nearby cave dungeons, a torch.
Ideally, your first port of call should be Gatefront Ruins. It's along a key path, next to a gate where you can access Castle Stormville, but it has two useful items - a map fragment for the area, and a whetstone knife to equip Ash of War weapon abilities.
If you want some biting dungeons ahead, it's worth exploring some of the local caves. Again, you'll need a torch before you set off, and the bosses inside — the Demi Human Chief, Farum Azula's Beastman, and the Eardtree Burial Watchdog among them — offer a healthy challenge and some nice rewards.
Although you've been warned against visiting Lake Aghiel from the east by many characters, it's well worth fretting out and heading north along the river. After an attack, you'll want to go to Patches, which has an item that can help you with a critical path story boss very soon.
The lake is also where you can find our recommendation for the best weapon in the early hours, the Twinblade. Chances are you'll need to increase your stats to equip it, though - our rune farming methods can help here.