Elden Ring’s religion stat is fairly versatile to construct round, significantly as a result of developer FromSoftware baked so many incantations and spells into the sport. Still, it tends to see little or no use at excessive ranges, as YouTuber Your Average Gamer put it in an e-mail to Kotaku Dot Com, people declare it’s inferior to different in-game stats just like the health-defining vigor. In an effort to show the lots incorrect, Your Average Gamer took their ardent perception in religion and put it to the take a look at. Not solely did they tackle the toughest problem attainable, additionally they completely demolished quite a lot of bosses, together with ones like Radagon and the Elden Beast, in a single assault. It’s nuts!
Matthew “Your Average Gamer” Farnkopf is a YouTuber devoted to assembling “crazy Elden Ring builds.” They’ve bought a video on destroying Malenia in 90 seconds, one other breaking down the effectiveness of Godrick the Grafted’s Great Axe, and a special one on the last word standing impact construct. In quick, Matt has spent lots of time with Elden Ring because it dropped on February 25. And but, it’s nonetheless notable they have been capable of finding a one-shot construct highly effective sufficient to take out two of the sport’s hardest bosses, Radagon of the Golden Order and the Elden Beast, with an assortment of kit and incantations on New Game Plus Seven, the very best problem choice Elden Ring at present has to supply. Every spherical of recent sport plus retains all of your gear and stats whereas rising the general injury output and well being pool of the enemies round you, that means Your Average Gamer’s run is a few critically gnarly shit.
It seems to be like Matt’s simply throwing issues to be throwing issues in the course of the combat, however there’s truly an order to the insanity. As they defined in a brief video detailing what they’ve dubbed the “ultimate PvE build,” Matt first casts the Howl of Shabriri and Golden Vow incantations for some preliminary standing results, like insanity buildup for assault energy and assault negation, respectively. They then poison themselves to extend their intelligence stat and quickly increase lightning assault injury, the latter is particularly vital when paired with the only real assault spell Ancient Dragons’ Lightning Strike, a late-game potential you discover in the labyrinthine legacy dungeon Crumbling Farum Azula. After a fast buffing session, Matt turns to their gear for much more buffs—the Gravel Stone Seal to up the injury of Dragon Cult/lightning-related incantations, the Jellyfish Shield for 20% elevated injury for 30 seconds, and the Kindred of Rot’s Exultation Talisman to lift assault energy by 20% for 20 seconds when there’s poisoning or rot close by, amongst others—earlier than coming into the battle enviornment to indicate the ultimate bosses what’s up.
It was curtains as soon as Matt stepped in entrance of Radagon. They solid the Ancient Dragons’ Lightning Strike, a multi-hitting assault that sends down a number of bolts of lightning to strike in a decided space, and watched because the hammer-wielding god’s well being bar melted away in seconds. The identical factor occurred to the colossal Elden Beast, and y’all, I’m gagging RN.
Matt informed Kotaku over e-mail that they needed to dispel the parable permeating the sport’s group that “faith [builds aren’t] nearly as good as magic.” It took them “nearly 20 hours of trial and error” to seek out the appropriate mixture of substances and incantations to do the mandatory injury to slay Radagon and the Elden Beast in a single shot, and the outcomes have been gorgeous.
“I was primarily inspired to prove that something that many said couldn’t be done could actually be done…even on the hardest difficulty,” Matt stated. “When I pulled this off on Journey Three, that gave me hope that it was technically possible. Once again to prove how powerful faith can be!”
Matt, to place it plainly, loves religion. It’s one among their favourite stats to assemble characters round, and a central theme to the sport total. Still, getting issues excellent to perform this feat was fairly the headache, one thing that pressured them to “quit two separate times” due to how time-consuming it was turning into. Regardless of the frustrations, Matt stated they have been “glad [to have] stuck it out” ultimately.
“So I’m physically disabled,” Matt stated. “I have ongoing day-to-day stomach issues that can get/have gotten severe at times. I had just gotten over a flare-up of Colitis that I had to go to the ER for. After failing so many times throughout several hours, I found myself possibly going back into another flare-up. So I relaxed, calmed myself down, and spaced out my time. From then on I set hours I would do it and took the pressure entirely off myself. The moment I said ‘Okay, if someone else does it that’s fine,’ I was able to relax. Shortly after, I was able to achieve it anyways!”
Doing a one-shot kill in Elden Ring is spectacular however not solely new. There was one Redditor again in April who killed the infamous Tree Sentinel in a single hit and one other speedrunner that created a glass-cannon construct to bonk bosses with a single swing of their hammer in May. While it might not be that contemporary, slaying FromSoftware’s infamously difficult enemies in a single hit continues to be a cool sight to see. I want I have been affected person sufficient to do that.
While Matt’s overwhelmed Elden Ring a number of instances now, he’s not finished with the sport. They’re hoping FromSoftware provides new content material within the type of “very challenging bosses, much like Dark Souls 3‘s DLC” or “another late game spike that would test us yet again.” Until then, Matt is trekking by means of the Lands Between as soon as extra in search of new builds to experiment with.
“I’ve retired the lightning build/character,” Matt stated. “He’s kind of a legacy to me now. I’m starting a new build fresh, and I’m going to focus on exploring and the next cool build I can come up with. Elden Ring is a fantastic game, and the community is amazing! And remember ‘Seek Lightning!’”
It’s price noting that whereas FromSoftware dropped patch 1.06 for the sport, Matt stated their final PvE construct continues to be efficient towards the sport’s bosses. If you wanna check out Matt’s full construct for your self, right here you go:
- Gravel Stone Seal or Golden Order Seal
- Jellyfish Shield
- Mushroom Crown
- Fetid Pots
- Neutralizing Boluses
- Blood Sword for Health Damage
- Godfrey Icon
- Lightning Scorpion Charm
- Kindred of Roy’s Exultation
- Red-Feathered Branchsword
- Ancient Prayer e-book (for the incantation)
- Lightning-Shrouding Cracked Tear
- Intelligence-knot Crystal Tear
- Howl of Shabriri Incantation
- Golden Vow Incantation