A solo Elden Ring player exemplifies how to pull off the perfect invasion – and god if they’re not just the character we need in Soulslike games.
Elden Ring, like other games in the Soulsbourne series, is rough going at the best of times. Throw in Invasions – where players can sneak into your game and kill you while you’re distracted fighting AI enemies – and Elden Ring can go from daunting to a quick “no!” pretty quickly. So seeing this Redditor take pity on newcomers to the game warmed my grizzled old heart.
u/VeraCoradine (opens in new tab) shared their healthy approach to Elden Ring invasions on the game’s subreddit. The title of the post says it all: “Invasion to kill high level summons… Yes! A raid to kill really new people that might ruin their first Elden Ring experience…. No! As an invader, we can be fools, that’s our job, but never avoid people.”
They follow up their priceless PSA with a video showing how events unfold for them when they break into this exact scenario.
invading_to_kill_high_level_summons_yes_invading from r/Eldenring
Doing it right
The gameplay video shows them defeating the summon, at which point the invader turns tail and runs away. But the kind-hearted Redditor (after many gestures) convinces them to come back and presents them with a hero rune. Text caption reads:
“Most invasions have high level summons and fighting them is the fun part. But after defeating a high level summon and watching the host run, I don’t want new players to have a bad ‘first [Elden Ring] experience.
“Invaders can be bread. But we don’t want to turn anyone away [Elden Ring].”
And then VeraKorradin pops up in a cloud of fairy dust and spray. The metaphorical ones. But that’s really what their coming out deserves to be accompanied by.
I am by no means a hardcore Souls player; games are a problem i know i won’t make it. But jeez, is it ever annoying when you’re just trying to survive and some jumpy little fool with something to prove pops up.
Of course, it’s all part of the game, but as VeraKorradin points out in the video, you don’t have to ruin someone else’s good time. And they’re not the only ones (not) fighting the good fight. Several commentators similarly give newer players a break.
“As invaders, we have to make a choice,” he says u/Snoo61755 (opens in new tab). “It’s just part of the game, but sometimes you can tell if someone is going to be particularly affected or not a match in the first place. I don’t want raids to be littered with ‘codes of honor’ or anything, but it’s nice to recognize when someone is just having a hard time.”
I absolutely hated the raids in Dark Souls 3. “Hello, hello, welcome. Obviously, I’m over the top and just trying to have fun for one night. Your character looks like he just took a victory lap at every cosplay convention; mine looks like it fell into a pile of dirty laundry and rolled around wearing whatever was left. Obviously I’m not inclined any kind from this.’
In the absence of heroes like those on Reddit, I’ve turned to my secret weapon: time. Time to pull out a white branch and seamlessly blend into my surroundings. Time to watch you run aimlessly until that rock-solid resolve wears thin. Until it’s time to walk away empty-handed and find someone else to terrorize for a sense of validation.
If you’re petty enough to decide to beat the snot out of a short, dusty undead like me, I can find time to return the favor.
I don’t know where all the healthy players were back then, but I’m glad they’re coming out in full force for Elden Ring. Even if I’m serving this one.