Elden RIng is full of secrets and mini-bosses to fight, but there is one that almost every FromSoft player will know about. Yes, Patches is in Elden Ring, and he is just as odd as in the other games. Most people don’t know where he is and what his questline takes him, so we are going to answer that for you.
Patches are first found in Mirkwater Cave as the boss once you reach the end, and when you almost defeat him, he will surrender and open up a shop for you. If you follow his questline, he will be at a campsite next to the Scenic Isle Site of Grace. Once you talk to him, he will then be found at Volcano Manor.
His questline can be confusing, but once you figure out where he is, you won’t have much trouble finding him in his new areas. We defeated him on our first playthrough, and it locked us out of his entire storyline, which sucked for us. He will surrender close to the end of your battle with him, so make sure not to kill him.
Murkwater Cave is also very annoying to get to early on because you must defeat a very annoying invader before entering it. You might not be able to defeat them right away, but it is worth finding Patches for his quest line.
Is Patches good or bad?
This is a question that most people ask when they first meet him. He is not a bad NPC, but he does things that will benefit himself and no one else. Yes, he double-crosses you, but that is only for his gain. He has a shop and sells you items, but why do people think he is bad? He technically is neither good nor bad.
He is pretty neutral when it comes to selling you items, but when it comes to his gain, he tries to do whatever he can to get anything out of your confrontations. When you meet him later, he apologizes for trying to hurt you, so he is not all bad. Looking back at the other games, he is only there for his gain.
He is a very interesting character, so we recommend you go through his quest line because he sells some really good items. You could also defeat him, take his Bell-bearing to the Twin-Maiden Husk, and have his entire shop at the Roundtable Hold. It just depends on if you want to do his questline or not.
All-in-all, he is good or bad when he wants to be. He is not a villain because he doesn’t try to kill you, but he usually likes to run when it comes to fighting. In the Radahn fight, you can summon him. The downside is that he just leaves when he gets there, so he is a coward. You can only summon him if you are following his quest.