Elden RIng is a massive game and it can be extremely difficult to keep track of absolutely everything in it. When it comes to quests, there is not a quest tracker built into the game so it is your job to figure out what you need to do and where you need to go. You really need to pay attention to the NPC dialogue because if you miss something, you are going to have a very hard time figuring out what to do.
There are a few main ways to keep track of bosses and quests. You need to follow the quest right away, fight the boss right away, use the in-game icon system, or use a digital or physical notebook. Some of these options are easier than others, but these are really the only ways to keep track of everything in the game.
It can be extremely confusing to figure out what to do exactly, so you really need to pay attention and read everything. Even reading the descriptions of all the items is extremely important because you might get some good information on certain questlines and where to go from there. Always be on the lookout for new NPCs and bosses.
What are the best ways to keep track of bosses and quests?
There are many ways you can keep track of things in the game. Recently, the developers put out an update that shows the locations of NPCs on your map once you find them. This is a great addition because it can be confusing without a journal to figure out where each one is located. There isn’t one for bosses as of yet, but that would be nice to show located bosses on the map as well.
Here are the best ways you can keep track of bosses and quests in Elden Ring:
Follow the Quest right away
The best option you can do is to follow the quest right after you talk to an NPC. If you go do something else after you talk to them, you might forget about the quest entirely. If you do move away from the quest right after, make sure you make a note about the quest so you don’t forget it. If you do forget, you might need to look up what to do and you want to probably finish it without looking anything up.
There are a ton of quests in the game and if you accept multiple at once, it can really get confusing. You might think that something for one quest is for the other you accepted, so you really need to do one at a time. It can be very overwhelming if you accept multiple at once so make sure you make a note or complete the specific quest right away.
Try and defeat the boss right away
This is basically the same as the quests. You might find a golden mist and you might be hesitant to enter it. If you do move away, make a note of where it is so you can come back later. We would highly recommend you give the boss a shot. Most bosses have a Stake of Marika outside the boss room so you can just respawn outside if you die.
Just make sure to use up all your Runes first so you don’t lose them, or you can even get the Tear that stops you from losing Runes when you die. This is extremely important because if you do have a lot of Runes, you can fight the boss without losing them. Always try and fight a boss when you see one because they might be easier than you think.
Use the in-game icon system
Elden Ring has a great icon system that lets you choose from a bunch of icons to place down anywhere you want on the map. This helps you a lot because it lets you mark places that you can’t explore at the moment so you can come back later and finish it. It also lets you mark any bosses that you have found or even an area for certain materials to spawn.
It is entirely up to you how you want to use this system, but they give you the options and it is up to you to take advantage of it. The world is massive and we guarantee there will be a ton of missed areas and bosses in your playthrough. Why not make it easier on yourself by placing down the icons so you don’t need to look up where certain things are later on?
Use a digital or physical notebook
We know this is a little weird and most people won’t do this, but if you have some sort of note-taking option, this is probably your best option to remember stuff. It might be a little odd, but it is definitely worth doing so that you don’t miss anything along the way. It is basically having your own journal instead of it being in the actual game.
It seems very old-school, but it helps a lot more than you think it does. every single note you write down is helpful in its own way and you can cross off any one thing you complete. If you don’t feel like writing stuff down on paper, then use something like Notepad so you can have everything logged for your playthrough.
Why is there not a quest tracker?
There is really only 1 reason why FromSoft didn’t put a quest tracker in the game. It is because they didn’t want to put one in the game. All of the Dark Souls games and other titles like it didn’t have any sort of quest tracker. We realize that this game needs it more than ever, but it is the Developer’s decision only. Yes, it would be nice, but it would make the game easier if they did add one.
We are totally for them not putting one in the game because it gives it that sense of you can pretty much do whatever you want to do. You create your own paths with things and you are the one to figure out what you need to do next. Each NPC gives you some information on what to do next, and all you need to do is explore until you find the next part of your quest.
It is actually pretty refreshing with the number of quests in the game because it makes for some insane replayability. If you start another playthrough, that playthrough will not be the same as the first. You will find new things you have never seen before and it is totally worth not having a quest tracker for that very reason.
Should they add boss trackers?
We think they should add boss trackers to the game very similar to how the NPCs have their own tracker. Every time you find a boss, it should show it on the map. No, not the questlines, the bosses. If you find a boss inside a cave or even one out in the overworld, you should be able to see where it is without placing a marker down.
That is really the only tracker they should add, or if they do add quest trackers, make it so you can turn it off. You should be able to customize what you see on your map, but it’s not a big deal. The game is basically perfect how it is now and we wouldn’t have it any other way, but a boss tracker would be a cool addition to the game.