Elden Ring’s Easiest PvP Strategy Requires Tarnished to Blow Themself Up

Some Elden Ring players use a unique strategy with the help of the Flask of Wondrous Physick to blow themselves up in order to win PVP encounters.

Some Elden Ring players have discovered a unique and easy PvP strategy that involves blowing themselves up. The massive new open-world title has been received with near-universal praise, making Elden Ring FromSoftware’s highest-rated game to date. In spite of its popularity, the game’s size has made it so that new discoveries are still being made nearly three weeks after its launch.

Shifting to an open world format required From Software to adjust certain elements of the Souls-like formula to make it more manageable for the larger setting. While Elden Ring has significantly more guiding elements than its predecessors, Elden Ring still leaves a lot for players to discover resulting in increased community engagement as fans share their various discoveries. One aspect that the community is still feeling out is PvP combat as players test out various weapons, armor, and items in an attempt to figure out the optimal Elden Ring PVP strategy.


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As reported by Kotakuone popular and effective battle plan for PvP Elden Ring players involves blowing themselves up. This strategy relies on the Flask of Wondrous Physick item, which allows the Tarnished to mix various Crystal Tears that are found throughout the Lands Between for a variety of effects. The ones used in this strategy are two Ruptured Crystal Tears and by combining these with the effects of a few attack boosting talismans, players can essentially one-shot other players thanks to the massive damage output. YouTuber JellyDiscrete- posted a short video to the strategy in action and commented on the individual who performed it by saying, “they need to ban your account.

While this battle plan sounds easy to execute in theory, it requires a fair bit of exploration across Elden Ring‘s massive map to find all of the items necessary to pull it off. Not only that, but any player who wants to implement this strategy will need a substantial amount of health to survive the self-detonation. Combatants can still pull off the surprisingly devastating attack with just one Ruptured Crystal Tear, however, which can be found relatively early on in the game.

The weapon variety in Elden Ring is huge and each one has an expansive move set that, when combined with other items that boost certain attributes or bestow unique effects, further diversifies potential builds. The game is still early on in its lifespan and there will likely be more unique strategies for both PvE and PvP to come out in the coming months. This does not even take into account the potential DLC that may be coming down the line, which could add even more play styles to Elden Ring if it is anything like previous souls-like DLCs.

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Elden Ring is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Source: Kotaku, JellyDiscrete-/YouTube

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