Ring of Elden is a long and difficult game, but there are plenty of ways to make your journey a little easier. The easiest and most consistent way to get stronger in Elden Ring is to level up your attributes. The best build depends on your character class and your playstyle, but whatever attributes you want to improve, you’ll need plenty of runes, the versatile Elden Ring experience points, and currency.
Runes in Elden Ring are easy to find. Each enemy drops runes upon defeat, and you can find many items that grant additional runes as you explore. However, if you die twice in a row, your runes will disappear forever. It ranges from “no big deal” if you weren’t carrying a lot to “catastrophic” if you had saved up for a major upgrade.
Fortunately, Elden Ring has plenty of places to build your Rune collection with relatively little risk. While playing Elden Ring, I found a handful of locations that I revisited whenever I needed a few extra runes to level up, or after I lost a whole bunch of runes and wanted to get my loss.
While I can’t promise these are the best Rune farming spots in the game, I can promise they’re simple, consistent, and efficient, especially if you’re willing to grind for an hour or two.
Early Game Runic Farming: Warmaster’s Shack
At the start of Elden Ring, you will come across a place called Warmaster’s Shack. Here you can buy Ashes of War from a merchant named Knight Bernahl. That’s good to know, but what’s even better is what you can find if you venture southeast. There you will find five deadly troll warriors, each dropping 1,000 runes upon defeat.
I have written a separate guide for earn the first runes in Elden Ring with this method, but here’s the gist: Fast travel to the Warmaster’s Hut Grace Site. Ride southeast. Fight the troll warriors one by one, preferably on horseback. They’re relatively tough enemies for low-level characters, but they have a pretty predictable attack pattern, and they’ll get a little easier each time you level up. Plus, it’s easy to get your runes back if you die, as you can isolate enemies and focus on one at a time.
This approach certainly has its limits, as 5,000 runes per run will only get you so far. But if you prepare to fight Margit the Fell OmenThis is the place to do it.
Midgame Rune Farming: Leyndell East Capital Ramparts
Elden Ring does a really good job of guiding you from the start of the game through the boss fight with Queen Rennala. After that, however, you’ll have to head to the capital, Leyndell, and that’s quite a trek.
If you want to find plenty of runes between Liurnia and Leyndell, your best bet is probably to explore, as the world opens up significantly around this point in the game. But once you reach Leyndell, you’ll find another good place to runic agriculture: the ramparts of the eastern capital.
The eastern capital ramparts are the entrance to Leyndell, and runes can stack up surprisingly quickly, if you’re methodical and careful. You’ll start by fighting your way through a gauntlet of simple mushroom-like enemies called Envoys, then a guard in a parapet, followed by more Envoys, followed by another guard. The big source of runes, however, is the fire-breathing gargoyle, which you can destroy from behind.
As you descend the elevator, you can use target lock to find and dispatch additional humanoid enemies, who likely won’t have enough time to retaliate. You can also destroy a Perfumer if you run towards it fast enough.
Whatever happened is up to you, as the next area contains Leyndell’s Mortal Knights and a room with two perfumers and a much tougher guard. But even if you just do this run and teleport to Grace’s site, you’ll probably have earned between 10,000 and 13,000 runes.
Late Game Runic Farming: Mohgwyn Palace Approach Ledge-Road
Finally, when you are strong enough to reach Mohgwyn Palace, there is a Grace Site on the Ledge Approach Road which will be your main source of runes until you complete the game. Getting to Mohgwyn Palace is an odyssey in itself, as you’ll either have to complete Varré’s player-versus-player (PvP) questline or travel to the hard-to-reach optional Consecrated Snowfield. the Elden Ring Wiki has more details.
Anyway, once you reach the Approach Ledge-Road, rest at the Site of Grace. You’ll find yourself next to a long line of albinaural soldiers, but here’s the catch: most of them are asleep and won’t respond until you attack them. Once you’ve done that, you can dispatch them with a few hits, and each one is worth around 2,000 runes.
There is also a way to earn 10,000 Solid Runes right next to the Site of Grace. Just pull out a bow, look out to the distant lake, and smack the giant crow. He will run towards you, but will not be able to cross the gap and will fall to his death.
Between Raven and Albinaurics you can earn 30,000 or 40,000 runes per run. Just be aware that there is a large group of albinaural soldiers down the path. You can fight them if you want – they also drop quite a few runes – but they can be tricky to take on in a group.
Of course, if you really want to maximize your Rune gains, you’ll also want the Golden Scarab.
How to find the golden beetle
The Golden Scarab in Elden Ring is like the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring from the Dark Souls series. Simply put, it increases the number of runes you earn by a staggering 20%. This adds up quickly, especially if you use the farming methods above.
Just be aware that while the Golden Scarab isn’t too hard to find, it’s hidden in a hard-to-reach dungeon behind a tough boss fight.
The first thing you’ll want to do is find the Abandoned Cave mini-dungeon in Caelid. You’ll need to complete a tricky platforming challenge to get there; once again, the Elden Ring Wiki is a good resource for details.
The Abandoned Cave is a fairly straightforward dungeon, although you should be careful of Scarlet Rot. At the end, you will face two Cleanrot Knights: one with a sickle and one with a spear. If you’re not used to fighting multiple Cleanrot Knights at once, consider using a Spirit Ash summon or summoning another player to your world. While the combat is tricky for solo players, it’s much more manageable with a partner.
Once you defeat the knights, the Golden Scarab is all yours. Equip it and watch the runes flow.