Elden Ring: How to level up fast before Shadow of the Erdtree DLC

Aakrit Sharma
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Reaching max level in Elden Ring directly relates to your ability to farm Runes. Here are the best methods to level up fast in Elden Ring, to prepare for Shadow of the Erdtree DLC.

Elden Ring players are preparing for the launch of Shadow of the Erdtree, and most of them are desperately looking for ways to level up fast. Well, look no further, because we’ve put together the best methods to get loads of Runes and level up faster in Elden Ring.

So, here’s everything to know about how to level up fast in Elden Ring including the best items and locations to help you get more Runes.

How to level up fast in Elden Ring

There are two ways to level up in Elden Ring: Having a good Rune farming circuit and boosting Rune yield with items that increase the amount of Runes you get after defeating enemies.

Elden Ring's open world
To level up faster, make sure you get all the Rune increment items.

There are several great locations to farm Runes, and players should be moving from one place to the other as they progress in level and gear.

Currently, the best way to farm Runes is by equipping items like the Gold Scarab. No matter the location you choose, if you have these with you, the amount of Runes you can earn greatly increases.

Items to get more Runes in Elden Ring

These Elden Ring items boost the amount of Runes you can obtain when defeating enemies, and here’s how to get them and their effects:

ItemEffectHow to get
Gold-Pickled Fowl FootIncreases the Runes you get after defeating opponents for about three minutesCrafting
Gold ScarabIncreases the amount of Runes you get from defeating opponentsDefeat two bosses at the end of the Abandoned Cave in Caelid
Celebrant’s SkullGrants 20 Runes on a successful hitOn a corpse at Altus Plateau
Celebrant’s CleaverGrants 10 Runes on a successful hitEnemies in Dominula, Windmill village drop it
Celebrant’s SickleGrants 10 Runes on a successful hitRare drop from enemies in Dominula, Windmill village
Celebrant’s Rib-RakeGrants 10 Runes on a successful hitRare drop from Celebrants of Dominula, Windmill village

Best locations to farm Runes in Elden Ring

You can collect a massive amount of Runes in Elden Ring by defeating the enemies in these locations:

Caelid

Visit the Greyoll’s Dragonbarrow in Elden Ring and go to the Farum Greatbridge Site of Grace. Here, you’ll find enemies that can be attacked from behind sneakily and the reward for every kill is a whopping 1000 Runes.

Greyoll's Dragonbarrow location to farm Runes in Elden Ring
The exact location of the Farum Greatbridge Site of Grace is marked in the image.

Limgrave

Explore the Stormhill Castle in the Limgrave region of Elden Ring to face Trolls. These enemies have high HP and killing one can quickly grant at least 1000 Runes to you.

Mohgwhyn’s Palace

Follow these steps to get 40,000 Runes every minute in Elden Ring:

  1. Complete the Varre questline.
  2. Use the Pureblood Knight’s medal to reach Mohgwhyn’s Palace.
  3. Follow the river with bloodstained water until you reach a Site of Grace. Activate it.

Near the Site of Grace, you’ll find sleeping Albinaurics, and killing one will grant 2000 Runes. There’s an entire group of Albinaurics in the region and you can wake them up individually through attacks. The area also has four guards but killing them isn’t an arduous task due to their slow attacks.

Overall, you’ll get over 40,000 Runes by defeating the enemies in this region and you can repeat the process infinitely by resetting at the Site of Grace.

Mohgwhyn's Palace location to farm Runes in Elden Ring
The exact location of the Albinaurics farming spot is marked in this image.

The best way to farm Runes is by equipping items like the Gold Scarab. Below, we’ve mentioned all the items that buff XP in Elden Ring by granting you more Runes after defeating enemies.

What is the max level in Elden Ring?

The max level in Elden Ring is 713 and you can achieve this by increasing every attribute to 99. Once you’ve maxed out every attribute, you won’t be able to spend Runes to level up.

And that’s what you should know to farm Runes efficiently in Elden Ring and prepare for Shadow of the Erdtree. For more information on the game, here are the DLC’s pre-load details, as well as the location of all Magma Wyrms and the Shard of Alexander.