Getting beat down over and over in a game like Elden Ring can be extremely frustrating, especially when you just want to have fun with each enemy you run into. Although it can be very annoying, believe us when we say that this is how the game is intended to work. There are a ton of attacks from enemies that can literally take you out in one hit.
There are a bunch of ways to avoid getting one-shotted by bosses or even regular enemies. You can equip better Armor, a Shield, or Defense/Buff Talismans. You should also upgrade your Vigor, get better at dodging, and always watch what your enemy is doing so you have time to react.
Most one-shot attacks can be avoided if you are better at timing your dodges or you know when it is going to happen. The only downside is that you have to get killed by them before you can avoid them. It can be annoying, but all these ways on this list will help mitigate the damage from these one-shot attacks so you have more time to learn.
How to not get One-shotted by enemies
There are many ways to mitigate damage, but when it comes to these one-shot attacks, it can be very difficult to get away from them. These attacks are more prevalent towards the end of the game, but there are some enemies that do massive amounts of damage pretty early on. Attacks like fire from a Dragon can literally kill you if you get caught in it.
Most endgame bosses have a ton of one-shot moves that are very hard to get away from, especially the final boss. If the enemy or boss has some sort of combo and they use the combo at the same time as another attack, you basically can’t stop it from hitting you. Just be ready for anything.
There are hundreds of enemy types in the game and it can be very hard to determine exactly what each one is going to do if they hit you. There are even creatures that latch onto you and don’t let go until you die. These are unavoidable if you get hit by them so try your best to avoid all attacks so you don’t have any issues.
Here are 6 ways you can avoid getting one-shotted by enemies in Elden Ring:
1. Equip better armor
This is a no-brainer. If you don’t have good armor, then you will take a lot more damage than you should. You have probably seen those people who don’t use any armor and they make the game look easy, but in reality, they have probably spent hundreds of hours practicing to even get that good. To learn everything the game has to offer, you need to learn from your mistakes.
It totally depends on which class you started with, but some classes start with great armor sets. If you start out as a Wretch for your first playthrough, good luck. Make sure to choose a class that will be decently protected and you are comfortable with. If you are far into your playthrough, you have probably found a whole bunch of armor sets to use.
Make sure you check which one is the best and apply the correct attributes to use it. A lot of armor sets need a ton of Endurance to use proficiently, so make sure you know what you are doing before putting on a very heavy armor set.
2. Equip a shield
Shields are one of those equipment pieces that veteran players don’t really need to use. We don’t use shields because you actually get a little bit more damage out of your weapon if you two-hand it. You can also dual-wield in the game and that is really fun as well. If you are having a lot of trouble with dodging, then having a shield equipped is your best bet.
You might have a shield equipped already, so your next best option will be to find a better shield. There are a ton of shields in the game and they all have some sort of bonus to them. We would recommend the Jellyfish shield to relatively new players because it also gives you an attack boost. It is also very easy to upgrade since it only takes Somber Smithing Stones.
You should upgrade your shields as well because it does increase your defense and Poise. This will help you take less damage from each attack and it will also use up less stamina as well. Always keep an upgraded shield if you are having trouble with certain enemies.
3. Equip Defense and Buff Talismans
Talismans are by far the most useful items you can have equipped for these sorts of things. There are really 2 types of Talismans you can equip to help you with these one-shot attacks. Defense Talismans are exactly what they sound like. You can equip physical defense Talismans, elemental defense Talismans, or even ones that negate large amounts of damage.
There are also Talismans that Buff your player. Ones that increase maximum health or stamina, ones that increase your poise, and even ones that help boost dodging times. Every single one that you find and equip will help negate most of the damage from these one-shot attacks. Yes, there are a few attacks that you can’t avoid, but these will help a ton.
We aren’t going to go over every single Talisman on this list, but we will tell you to check out the wiki and find out which Talismans are better for your build and how they will help defend you against these annoying attacks.
4. Upgrade your Vigor
This is an obvious way. Vigor is your health attribute and every level you put into it will give you a bunch of extra health. Most people say that you should stop when you hit 60 Vigor, but you play however you want to play. 60 Vigor seems like a lot, but most end-game bosses will literally 2-shot you once you start getting into Journey 2 and so on.
There are armor sets that actually decrease the amount of Vigor taken when they hit you so make sure to take advantage of everything the game gives you. There are even Talismans that boost health. Also, upgrading your Flasks is also key to staying alive longer in a fight.
Make sure you also upgrade your stamina as well. If you don’t have stamina upgraded, you will have a ton of trouble getting away from the enemy you are fighting. That is where the Vigor comes in. Make sure to keep Vigor and Endurance at the same level so that you don’t have any weaknesses. Although, if you are struggling with health, maybe put a few extra levels into that.
5. Get better at dodging
One of the main mechanics of the game is dodging. If you don’t know how to dodge, then you need to get better at it. If you can time every dodge perfectly, there are a few iframes that will make you invincible and you can avoid pretty much anything in the game. You can even roll right through the giant ball that rolls down the stairs at the Academy if you do it correctly.
Even those one-shot attacks can be avoided if you know how to dodge them at the right time. The best way to know you have enough stamina to dodge and attack is to upgrade your endurance. It will give you the necessary stamina you will need to do everything correctly. It also makes your equipment load lighter so you can equip heavier items.
If you aren’t familiar with how dodging works, practice against smaller enemies before going to fight a major boss. You will need to know how and when to dodge if you want to be able to finish the game without rage-quitting.
6. Always watch what the enemy is doing
The main thing you want to do is to watch and learn from all the enemies in the game. You will have to spend some time defeating all the different enemy types so that means you will need to learn a lot of moves. You would be very surprised with the number of movesets you can actually memorize as well.
The more you play, the more it will become second nature. You have seen those speedrunners of the game get through it in less than 20 minutes now which is insane, but to get to that point, they need to learn all the moves of most enemies. If they don’t have them down, they will have an extremely hard time doing what they do.
We aren’t saying that you need to memorize everything, you just need to watch the enemy and see what they do first. If you don’t, you could get surrounded or even backstabbed and that isn’t fun when you are trying to get to the next area. Just be sure you know what you are doing.