"Elden Ring is a hard game" they said. "You have to git gud" they said.
Elden Ring, and FromSoftware games in general, have a reputation for being incredibly difficult, with particular attention given to its infamously hard bosses.
What most people don't know, however, is that there are many ways to make Elden Ring a very easy game to play. Stacking universal buffs, using certain sorceries, using summons, and exploiting poise and stance-breaking with tools like Flame of the Redmanes, are just some things you can do to make your entire run a breeze to get through.
While some of these methods work for almost every boss, there are other methods that are extremely effective for specific bosses, which is what will be on this list.
Contrary to popular belief, FromSoftware doesn't want this game to be difficult for all players. It's hard for people who like the challenge, but exceptionally easy when you know what overpowered skills to use, or know a boss's special weakness. Some of these weaknesses, they straight up tell you about, while others are there for you to discover yourself (or for seasoned players to discover for you).
Here are just thirteen possible weapons, spells, and other tools to make your Elden Ring experience just a bit easier and breezier.
For almost all these methods, a good rule of thumb is to use general damage buffs available in-game. Just make sure you know which buffs can stack , and which cannot.
13. Crystal Darts For Golems, Watchdogs And Imps
A lot of people might not realise the difference between crystal darts and regular darts, apart from their ability to do magic damage. The description, however, gives you a hint as to their specific use:
Long ago, it is said that a golem crafter employed a similar crystal tool.
Crystal darts short out golem construct type enemies such as stone Golems, Burial Watchdogs, and those annoying little imps you keep running into in catacombs. Shorting them out forces them into a frenzy where they attack each other, which helps with multiple construct enemies in one fight, such as multiple golems in the field or that one annoying duo Watchdog fight, as well as the hordes of imps underground.
Important to note, however, is that you can still get hurt if you stand too close to a frenzied construct, and they can still try to attack you. The crystal dart is just a way for you to get them to distract them or get them to fight each other, allowing you to get free hits in.
It also does NOT work on non-stone constructs, such as Crystalians, the Iron Virgins roaming Mt. Gelmir, or Marionette/Avionette soldiers.