Elden Ring is a game that takes a lot of patience and perseverance to fully finish. If you do get through the game without getting too angry, congratulations, you are better than most people who play the game. There are many people who don’t finish the game just because they are mad about one aspect. One thing players want is a death counter in the game.
No, Elden Ring does not have a built-in death counter. It would be a very cool and funny idea to put one in and we guarantee that there are most likely mods where it has a death counter built into it. As for the Vanilla experience, there is not a death counter in the game.
If you don’t want to download mods, the best way to keep track of your deaths is by having a journal next to you while playing and writing down a tally mark for every death you have. It will become second nature and then you can count up all the tally marks after you are finished with the game to see how many times you died.
Are there penalties for dying?
There are penalties for dying. You drop all your Runes where you died and you are sent back to the nearest respawn point. There is less of a penalty in Elden Ring than there was in previous FromSoft titles, but it is still there. If you die on your way to collect your Runes, you lose all that you dropped from the first death.
If you are annoyed at that mechanic, then get over it because it was in every single FromSoft game to date. If you don’t like it, then maybe these types of games aren’t for you. There is no easy mode button because the developers wanted the experience to be equal on all spectrums. Dying is annoying, but it is a part of the game.
Just keep in mind that there are Talismans and armor sets that will help you through different situations. If you are dying a lot more than you should, you are probably in an area that you are Underleveled for or you are upgrading the wrong stats. Just watch what you do because one mistake could mean certain death.
Should you explore high-level areas right away?
High-level areas usually have a ton of needed upgrade materials so if you are up for the task, then it is definitely worth exploring them. You will probably have to avoid most of the enemies, but if you are good at dodging, you shouldn’t have any issues getting around. You should open up a bunch of shortcuts so that you have an easier time getting around.
If you aren’t good at dodging, then it is probably not the best idea to go exploring in these areas. If you do, just do your best to get through the really annoying areas. Try to grab anything you see on the ground because you probably don’t have the power to defeat most of the enemies. If you aren’t comfortable, just come back later when you have more powerful gear.