What to Do First In Limgrave, Starting Area of Elden Ring
If you’re new to Dark Souls, you’ll have a significant learning curve ahead of you in terms of combat mechanics, but also exploration mechanics and how to make the most efficient use of your time. The starting area of provides the perfect opportunity to learn about the basics of adventuring in Elden Ring.
Speak with Varre and Activate the Site of Grace
The first NPC that you’ll encounter once you enter is Varre, who can be found near the Site of Grace at The First Step, just outside to the northwest of the Cave of Knowledge and . Varre will introduce you to the concept of “grace” in Elden Ring - how it provides you with life and guides you along the path of the Tarnished. Essentially, when in doubt as to where you should go next to continue with the main story, you should follow the direction of the light which shines from Sites of Grace, and which can also be seen on your map.
Any Site of Grace that you come across should be discovered immediately. These are essentially camps where you can rest to regenerate health, stamina, and FP (Focus Points), which are used primarily to power magical skills. You can also pass time at Sites of Grace to Morning, Noon, and Night, and you’ll eventually be able to use the sites to level up, memorize spells, mix custom potions with specific ingredients, sort your storage chest, and imbue weapons with Ashes of War armaments. Finally, Sites of Grace can be used as fast travel points, making them invaluable as points of interest to discover across the map.
Speak with Merchant Kalé at the Church of Elleh
Once you’ve spoken with Varre and avoided the Sentinel Tree boss (or died to him), you can make your way north from The First Step to the , where you’ll find another Site of Grace. Interact with this and then speak with the nearby NPC, . You’ll find a number of merchants like this around the world, each of which offer different things for purchase. You can also sell most items that you acquire to these merchants in exchange for Runes, the main basic currency of the game. Runes are used to purchase all manner of items from armor, weapons, recipe books, arrows, throwing weapons, various crafting ingredients, and basic tools such as the and . However, you’ll also need Runes to level up your character at Sites of Grace, so be sure to keep a healthy balance between purchasing useful items and investing in your character development.
In addition to the Site of Grace and , you’ll also find a Smithing Table here at the . This can be used to upgrade your equipment, but you’ll need Smithing Stones to do this, plenty of which you’ll find during your adventures.
Meet Melina the Maiden and Claim the Torrent Mount
At this point you’ve found at least two Sites of Grace. If you haven’t already encountered the Maiden, you should travel to the Site of Grace at Gatefront, which is along the road north from the . Upon resting at this Site of Grace (or any other for the third time), a cutscene will play during which you’ll encounter the Maiden. You should accept her offer to be your maiden, then receive the , which will allow you to summon the mount known as Torrent. This is an essential step that you’ll need to complete before you meet the witch known as , who will give you the that can be used to summon spirit allies in various forms during battle.
Meet Renna to Obtain the Spirit Calling Bell
Now that you have the Torrent mount, you can return to the at night to meet the witch named . She will only appear at night, so you may need to pass some time at a Site of Grace. There is also a chance that she may not appear until you’ve been defeated by the at least once, so if you can’t see at night in the church ruins, just go get yourself killed by the . She will then appear sat on the ruins of the church.
The first spirits summon that you have access to are three Lone Spirits. These provide effective crowd control and can be used to distract larger enemies for a period of time, but they’re not particularly tough so don’t expect them to last too long without help. There’s no time limit duration on the summon of the spirits, so they’ll stick with you until you die or fast travel. You can slot the in your pouch in the same way that you did with the Torrent mount, providing easy access without having to enter your inventory. You’ll find more spirit allies that you can summon throughout the game, such as the from Roderika, each of which have their own strengths and weaknesses.
Obtain the West and East Limgrave Map Fragments
The world map is clouded in a fog of war by default, so once you’ve got your Torrent mount you’ll want to find the map fragments which will reveal more of the details in . There are two main map fragments for this region. The first one can be found along the road just southeast of the Gatefront Site of Grace. You can kill some of the nearby enemies, including the summoner who calls allies if they manage to blow their trumpet. If you’d rather not bother with the enemies, you can just run under the statue and loot the map, then run away.
This first map fragment for West can be obtained early on and without much trouble, but the second map fragment for East is quite a bit further away, along the road south of the Site of Grace. This road is more dangerous than the one southeast of Gatefront, primarily due to the presence of enormous bears. These are powerful opponents, so you may want to skip them for now and just grab the map fragment. You can continue along the road to find some lesser enemies though.
Find the Flask of Wondrous Physick & Upgrade Your Flasks
Now that you have both map fragments, you can refer to the map to find and note specific locations. If you haven’t already been and explored it, head to the and loot the which can be found there, near to the Site of Grace at the same location. This flask allows you to mix two crystal tears (which can be found at the bases of Minor Erdtrees) to create elixirs with custom effects, depending on the type of tears mixed. You can combine tears to replenish health, stamina, and focus points at the same time, for example.
The can be filled at Sites of Grace, and you can also upgrade your regular health and focus point flasks from the same menu. You can use two to increase the amount of flasks at your disposal, and to increase the amount of health points or focus points replenished by your flasks. The former is particularly useful, so you’ll want to find the two in as soon as possible. We’ve noted the locations for these on the map below. We’ve also noted the location of the in the northeast of the map.
Finally, in addition to upgrading the flask amount and effectiveness of each flask, you can allocate how many flasks you want to use for health points or focus points. This will vary depending on your class, but suffice to say that if you’re a melee focused class you’ll want most of your flasks allocated to health points. If you’re a more magic-focused class or even a spellsword type, you might want to consider a decent balance between the two.
Explore, Level Up, and Improve Your Character
At this point you have most of the basic essentials that you need to give you the best chances of survival as you explore . The Torrent mount will make some battles much easier, especially against other mounted foes and some larger enemies such as the giants which roam the landscape. However, it’s often unnecessary to use the mount in combat and it can even slow you down if you use it too much for basic fights on the ground. The will remain a useful skill throughout your adventures, but you won’t need to use it for most fights. Try to save it for tough encounters with elite enemies and bosses. The map fragments allow you to see most of and its main geographical features. You can also place markers and beacons anywhere on the map for your own reference.
Now is a great time to explore some of the early enemies and optional bosses. You’ll find giants roaming the landscape which provide a decent challenge with reference to larger foes, and you’ll find plenty of humanoids, bats, wolves, and other creatures. Some relatively easy first optional bosses include at the , and Beast of Farum Azula at . There’s no specific order in which you must fight different bosses or groups of enemies, but as a general rule if you’re having a tough time with one particular enemy, focus on farming those you know that you can handle while you level up and improve your gear / stats. If you’re looking for further guidance in , see our Limgrave Locations, Limgrave Bosses, Limgrave NPCs, Limgrave Weapons, and Limgrave Spells pages.