The Elden Ring tutorial is somewhat easily missed by new players, but it looks like FromSoftware is aiming to change that with the game’s 1.04 update. The new patch adds a tutorial prompt that explains, well, the tutorial.
FromSoftware fans have long appreciated the studio’s esoteric game design, which forces players to figure out just about everything through trial and error, but Elden Ring has offered solid middle ground with features that make the game feel a bit more accessible.
This has included a larger collection of explanatory text boxes than ever before and even an extensive tutorial section that explains the basic mechanics through a mix of text and gameplay.
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Known as the Cave of Knowledge, the unexpectedly detailed tutorial (at least for a Souls game) walks players through things like guard meter, stealth, and using weapon skills. FromSoftware veterans may find that the tutorial picks up on some of the things they’ve been aware of for a decade, but it’s an essential part of the experience for newcomers.
The Cave of Knowledge is located in the Stranded Graveyard at the start of the game. It can be accessed by dropping a pit next to a spectral NPC sitting in a chair, which is hinted at in the tutorial below. However, many apparently missed the pit entirely or chose not to jump into a black hole because, well, it’s a Souls game.
Although there is no mention of it in the 1.04 patch notes, FromSoftware has stealthily added a new auto text box that appears when players approach the pit, which will explain that the tutorial is there. -below. You can see a screenshot (taken by IGN) of the new prompt:
While several IGN staff members have been able to enable the prompt since the update, some testing revealed that – at least for now – the prompt does not appear for all players after the update. even on new saves. We’ll update this story if and when we learn more.
Elden Ring update 1.04 also included a variety of bug fixes and performance improvements, improvements to colossal weapons and some magic spells, and new event phases for everyone’s favorite fixes. It also nerfs a popular way to beat the ultra-hard boss Malenia – you might be hoping to run into Let Me Solo Her.
Billy Givens is a freelance writer at IGN.