FromSoftware’s Souls games have a reputation for difficulty, but they’re also fair and mechanically consistent (except when it’s funny.) That’s why those games that usually see players finishing a turn at level 90–120 I can be defeated without seeing the level-up screen once, and “soul level one” and its equivalents are a vaunted tradition in the Souls speed and challenge community.
Two Soulsborne challenge runners, Ongbal and LobosJrprogressed deep into Elden Ring at rune level one, defeating some of its toughest bosses such as malenia or the Godskin duo with minimal health, stamina and damage.
Ongbal uploads exclusively to YouTube and stands out with some really unusual features Sekiro’s Challenges. Its build focuses on the Wretch (the only class that starts at level one) and its default club, changed with the “cold” infusion for additional freeze damage.
Wolves has been a staple in the Souls challenge racing community for years – I was introduced to him through his Speedruns from all bosses in Dark Souls 2but your run without weapons, without Bloodborne HUD It’s a remarkable achievement for me. Lobos has experimented with various weapons in his tier one run, but the Misericorde attack sword served well against the mega-difficult hidden boss Malenia, and he seems to be getting good mileage with the extremely nasty one as well. ring finger club. Both Lobos and Ongbal make extensive use of the Buckler shield’s generous trim window to set up critical strikes for most of their damage, as opposed to the typical Souls series’ dodge and attack pacing.
In a different take on tier one racing, longtime Souls and For Honor YouTuber Iron Pineapple launched a kind of “everyone’s guide” to the level one racerelying as much as possible on whatever strategies, perks and cheeses are available, no matter how ridiculous, to roll credits in Elden Ring.
Unfortunately, the Iron Pineapple race relied on many of the same speedrunning strategies that were eliminated by patch 1.03. While other average joes won’t be able to exactly replicate Iron Pineapple’s strategies, he at least managed to get to the end before the nerfs hit.
My favorite of the now-defunct exploits that Iron Pineapple used was a technique involving the Erdtree Greatshield’s Golden Retaliation weapon skill. Iron Pineapple used an enchantment with a self-damage effect to activate the Erdtree Greatshield’s magic reflection ability at will, turning the shield into a true semi-automatic magic cannon.
It’s only been a month, and players are already pushing Elden Ring’s combat system to its limits and discovering the most ridiculous secrets buried in the Middle Lands. This is probably just the tip of the iceberg for Elden Ring hijinks.