This Elden Ring tip will help you earn Runes early — but beware

Update: Unofficial mod support is coming to Elden Ringhere’s everything you need to know

Now that it’s been out for a while, Elden Ring has earned a reputation for being a tough game with players who have learned that lesson first hand. It’s arguably no harder than previous FromSoftware games, and there are plenty of ways to tone down the difficulty. But sooner or later, you’re going to encounter a challenge that you can’t avoid, and when it does, you’re going to want to earn runes.

Like souls in Dark Souls and Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, runes in Elden Ring are both experience points and currency. You can use them to slowly increase your attributes, buy new items, or upgrade gear you already own. As the game progresses you will need a lot of runes, as the prices tend to increase quite quickly for all three functions. (If you’re very early in the game and can’t level up yet, check out our Elden Ring tips to find out how.)

The best way to gather runes is usually to explore an area, fight new enemies, and tackle optional bosses and Golden Rune consumable items. But at first, you might run out of safe areas to do so, especially if you haven’t fought Margit the Fell Omen yet. And for Margit, you’ll need all the help you can get.

While building my character to fight Margit, I found a reliable way to earn runes quickly. It’s not easy and it’s certainly not safe. But it’s reliable, and it gets a little less painful with each run. Let’s start with the warmaster’s hut.

The Warmaster’s Hut

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One of the first real roadblocks in the Elden Ring is at the Gatefront Ruins. There, you’ll come face to face with a group of undead swordsmen and archers, all of whom have the upper hand against you. As if that weren’t enough, halfway through, a giant called Troll Warrior will leap from above and smash you to pieces, if you let him.

It’s a tough encounter, but you can survive it if you focus on one enemy at a time and slow down. And, if you manage to climb the hill to the next Grace site, you’ll also have a whole new area of ​​Limgrave to explore. Head up the hill until you reach the Stormhill Shack, then head east until you reach the Warmaster’s Shack. (Watch out for wolves along the way. There are plenty of them.)

There are some fun things to do at Warmaster’s Shack, but right now we’re more concerned with what’s nearby. Turn southeast and past the cabin, and you’ll see something spooky and exciting. Do you remember the single Troll Warrior from before? Now they are five. And, if you play your cards right, they can be an endless source of runes.

A horde of giants

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At the risk of underestimating the challenge for early game characters, these giants are essentially a way to craft 5,000 runes quickly and reliably. And before Margit, 5,000 runes at once is no small feat. To put this into context: a single run will take you up a level to level 20. Two runs will take you up a level to level 40. If you’re willing to spend about an hour farming giants, you’ll have a huge advantage when you face Margit.

There’s also a side bonus to killing these giants: a small cache of Smithing Stones, hidden in a fallen pillar. Although they don’t respawn, they’re still a great way to upgrade your weapon early in the game. Just lure a giant and let it smash the pillar; you can’t do it yourself.

The only downside to the plan, of course, is that you actually have to fight giants to earn runes. And, unless you’re an exceptionally good Soulsborne player, you probably had at least a little problem with the first one. How can you take five?

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The good news is that you don’t have to take on all five at once. The giants’ patrol territories don’t really overlap – and if they do, you can just walk away across the open plain. As you defeat each giant, you get some of your flasks back, so keeping your health maxed isn’t an issue either.

The best way to fight giants depends on your character build and strategy. However, I personally found that staying on horseback, aiming for the giant’s main body, then riding alongside him and chopping off his legs was a reliable strategy. This allowed me to leave whenever a giant made a smashing attack. Additionally, after enough hits to the leg, the giant will crumble, and plunging your sword straight into the head will deal a huge amount of damage.

If things look bad, walk away and reset at the Warmaster’s Shack. And, if you die, you’ll respawn at the Warmaster’s Hut, where picking up your runes is only a short horseback ride away. Since you’ll be leveling up quickly—and upgrading your weapons, thanks to the Stone Cache—Giants will be a little easier each time, and considerably easier after a few runs.

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You can even grab an extra 1,000 runes, if you’re willing to roll a little further. After killing the giants, head back west and you’ll find the initial giant that jumped up to attack you at the Gatefront Ruins. You’ll have to send a few wolves, but that’s a bit of a detour for a pretty good amount of Runes.

The limits of the massacre of giants

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I can’t promise this is the fastest way to earn runes at the start of Elden Ring. However, I can say that it helped me go from “getting my ass kicked by Margit” to “defeating Margit” in a relatively short time. It’s fast, it’s reliable, it’s relatively low risk, and it’s a definite and repeatable strategy.

The only downside is that by the time you reach level 40, 5,000 runes doesn’t seem like much anymore. Once you advance to Stormveil Castle and beyond, killing giants suffers from some serious diminishing returns, and you’re probably better off looking elsewhere.

Still, that’s the beauty of Elden Ring. No place can sustain you for the entire game; you have to go out and explore. And with 40 levels and an upgraded weapon under your belt, you should be able to explore a lot more Lands Between.


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Now that it’s been out for a bit, Elden Ring has earned a reputation as a tough game from players who’ve learned that lesson first-hand. It’s arguably not any tougher than earlier FromSoftware games, and there are lots of ways to mitigate the difficulty. But sooner or later, you’re going to come across a challenge you can’t avoid, and when that happens, you’re going to want to earn some Runes.
Like Souls in Dark Souls and Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Runes in Elden Ring are both experience points and currency. You can use them to slowly increase your attributes, buy new items or upgrade gear you already own. As the game progresses, you’ll need an awful lot of Runes, as prices tend to go up on all three functions pretty quickly. (If you’re very early on in the game and can’t level up yet, check our Elden Ring tips to learn how.)
The best way to gather Runes is generally to just explore an area, fight new enemies, and tackle optional bosses and consumable Golden Rune items. But early on, you might run out of safe areas to do this — particularly if you haven’t fought Margit the Fell Omen yet. And for Margit, you’ll need all the help you can get.
While I was building up my character to fight Margit, I found one reliable way to earn Runes quickly. It’s not easy, and it’s definitely not safe. But it’s reliable, and it gets a little less harrowing with each run. Let’s start at the Warmaster’s Shack.
The Warmaster’s Shack

(Image credit: Bandai Namco)
One of the first real roadblocks in Elden Ring takes place at the Gatefront Ruins. There, you’ll find yourself up against a cadre of undead swordsmen and archers, all of whom have the high ground against you. As if that weren’t bad enough, halfway through, a giant called a Troll Warrior will leap down from above and smash you to bits, if you let him.
It’s a tough encounter, but you can survive it, if you focus on one enemy at a time and take it slow. And, if you can make it up the hill to the next Site of Grace, you’ll also have a whole new area of Limgrave to explore. Ride up the hill until you reach the Stormhill Shack, then ride east until you reach the Warmaster’s Shack. (Watch out for wolves along the way. There are a lot.)
There’s some fun stuff to do at the Warmaster’s Shack, but for now, we’re more concerned with what what’s nearby. Turn southeast and ride past the shack, and you’ll see something scary — and exciting. Remember the single Troll Warrior from before? Now, there are five of them. And, if you play your cards right, they can be an inexhaustible source of Runes.
A horde of giants

(Image credit: Bandai Namco)
At the risk of underselling the challenge for early-game characters, these giants are essentially a way to make 5,000 Runes quickly and reliably. And before Margit, 5,000 Runes in one go is nothing to sneeze at. To put this in context: A single run will get you one level increase up until level 20. Two runs will get you one level increase up until level 40. If you’re willing to spend an hour or so just farming giants, you’ll have a considerable edge when you take on Margit.
There’s also a side bonus to slaying these giants: a small cache of Smithing Stones, hidden within a fallen pillar. While these don’t respawn, they’re still an excellent way to upgrade your weapon early on in the game. Simply lure a giant over and let him smash the pillar open; you can’t do it yourself.
The one hitch in the plan, of course, is that you have to actually fight the giants to earn Runes. And, unless you’re an unusually good Soulsborne player, you probably had at least a little trouble with the first one. How can you take on five?

(Image credit: Bandai Namco)
The good news is that you don’t have to take on all five at once. The giants’ patrol territories don’t really overlap with one another — and if they do, you can simply ride away across the open plain. When you defeat each giant, you’ll recover some of your Flasks, so keeping your health topped up isn’t a problem, either.
The best way to fight the giants depends on your character build and strategy. However, I personally found that staying on horseback, targeting the giant’s main body, then riding alongside him and slashing at his legs was a reliable strategy. This let me ride away whenever a giant made a smashing attack. Furthermore, after enough strikes to the leg, the giant will collapse, and plunging your sword directly into one’s head will deal a tremendous amount of damage.
If the situation looks bad, just ride away and reset at the Warmaster’s Shack. And, if you die, you’ll respawn at the Warmaster’s Shack, where reclaiming your Runes is just a short horse ride away. Since you’ll level up quickly — and improve your weapons, thanks to the stone cache — the giants will be a little easier each time, and considerably easier after a few runs.

(Image credit: Bandai Namco)
You can even grab an extra 1,000 Runes, if you’re willing to ride a little further. After you slay the giants, ride back west, and you’ll find the initial giant that jumped down to attack you at the Gatefront Ruins. You’ll have to dispatch a few wolves, but it’s a short detour for a pretty good amount of Runes.
The limits of giant-slaying

(Image credit: Bandai Namco)
I can’t promise that this is the absolute fastest way to earn Runes early on in Elden Ring. However, I can say that it helped me go from “getting my butt kicked by Margit” to “defeating Margit” in a relatively short time. It’s quick, it’s reliable, it’s relatively low-risk and it has a definite, repeatable strategy.
The only downside is that by the time you get up to Level 40, 5,000 Runes no longer seems like a whole lot. Once you advance to Stormveil Castle and beyond, killing giants suffers from serious diminishing returns, and you’re probably better off looking elsewhere.
Still, that’s the beauty of Elden Ring. No one location can sustain you for the whole game; you have to get out there and explore. And with 40 levels and an upgraded weapon under your belt, you should be able to explore a whole lot more of the Lands Between.

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