When you start your first playthrough in Elden Ring, it can be very confusing what you are supposed to do. You are thrown into a massive world with very little information, and it is your job to figure out what to do next. NPCs do give you hints on where to go, but they don’t flat-out say exactly what you need to do.
There are a few places where new players get stuck at the beginning of their run. They either get lost or get frustrated at the same time, and this makes them rage quit. They also find a boss they are extremely under-leveled to fight and this also makes them annoyed and want to quit. There is one boss in particular that you shouldn’t fight right away.
Margit, the Fell Omen is your first roadblock in the game, but there is one thing you need to know. You don’t have to fight him right away. There are 6 things you should do before taking this fight on. You should go to the Roundtable Hold, level yourself up, level up your weapon, explore Limgrave, Weeping Peninsula, and Caelid, and fight any optional boss you find.
It can be extremely frustrating to play this type of game and get stuck, but Elden Ring is much different than any other Souls game. It allows you to play at your own pace. This makes it easier for new players to join in on the fun. If you are new to the games, take your time and be patient. You don’t have to take on everything you see in front of you.
Things to do before Margit
As we said before, there are 6 main things you will probably want to do before fighting Margit. Keep in mind that these are totally optional and we aren’t saying you have to do these things. Once you get later in the game, that is when certain things matter. Choices not only determine the outcome of certain areas, but they will change whole areas around.
When it comes to defeating Margit, there are no consequences afterward, but if you don’t follow these things, you will have a harder time with the boss. Unless you are amazing at the game, you will have trouble defeating him if you aren’t ready for the fight. This list is to make sure you are ready to fight him when the time comes.
Here are the 6 things to do before fighting Margit in Elden Ring:
1. Go to the Roundtable Hold
Going to the Roundtable Hold is necessary for going farther into the story. It is actually very easy to get there. Once you start a new game, go to the Church of Ellah. Once you are there, talk to the Merchant and you are pretty much ready to go. You can use the anvil to upgrade your weapon to +3, but you can do that later if you want to.
The next Site of Grace you sit at will prompt Melina to talk to you. She will give you the Steed Summon and you can finally use Torrent. You are then going to want to head North towards Castle Stormveil. As you get close, you will see a bunch of soldiers guarding a doorway into the castle. go past them and sit down at the Site of Grace before the Golden Mist Gate.
Once you sit down, Melina will spawn and take you to the Roundtable Hold. You can then upgrade your weapon past +3 and there will be a ton of NPCs to talk to. There are shops and you can also start a bunch of questlines from here. It is definitely an important area to get to as soon as you can.
2. Level yourself up
Leveling up is probably the most important thing you can do in this game. It not only allows for your weapon to deal more damage, but it also gives you more Health, Stamina, and FP. If you go into the Margit fight at Level 8, you might have a hard time defeating the boss.
There are people that can beat most bosses in the game at Level 1, but we assume you aren’t as good as them if you are reading this article. We don’t mean this in a bad way. All new players don’t really know anything about the game and Leveling is very important. You also unlock leveling when you first talk to Melina, so make sure to follow the first thing on this list.
3. Level up your weapon
As we said before, Leveling is extremely important. You can also level up your weapons. It takes a bit longer since you do need Runes and upgrade materials, but it works hand-in-hand with your player level. Always try to keep your weapon upgraded to the highest level you can because it will make your life easier later on in the game.
As we said before, you do need to get to the Roundtable Hold to even go past +3 on any weapon so make sure to follow the first thing so that you have access to everything you need to get started. There are soo many places to explore that have new weapons and upgrade materials, so make sure you take your time in the game.
4. Explore Limgrave and the Weeping Peninsula
If you didn’t know, the game is entirely open-world. There is honestly soo much to find and discover so try and take your time. Go and get Torrent from Melina and head to the Roundtable Hold, but right after that, start exploring. Go to all the different places and activate all the Sites of Grace. You can then go through and explore all the main areas in the world.
Not only Limgrave but the Weeping Peninsula. There is soo much to find there and you can even find upgrades for your Flasks everywhere. There are also a bunch of Achievement bosses in those areas as well. Make sure you take your time to explore so you are ready for the first major fight of the game. The game lets you explore at your own pace.
5. Explore Caelid (optional)
We wouldn’t recommend this to everybody who plays the game, but you can literally go right over to Caelid and explore it. When you first start your playthrough, Caelid is a very difficult area, so only go if you are prepared to not fight most of the enemies. You will die a lot, but the loot you get from a lot of the areas is worth it.
Even if you aren’t looting, you can just activate the Sites of Grace for easier access later on in your playthrough. We would recommend going if you want to take the risk of running into some extremely difficult enemies. Only go if you are willing to run away from everything in that area.
6. Fight any optional boss that you find
Bosses are one of the main parts of Elden Ring and there are a lot of them. It is said that there are over 100 bosses in the game with over 75 of them being unique. It is the largest roster of bosses in any FromSoftware game out there right now. You should get comfortable with defeating these before going to defeat the main bosses of the game.
Not only will it prepare you for the harder boss fights, but it will also give you some really good gear and upgrade materials. They will also supply you with enough Runes to upgrade yourself to whatever level they allow you to go. Just make sure you don’t get stuck on some because some of them are actually pretty difficult.