I don't know where to go next in Elden Ring! How do I find out?



  • The story telling in FromSoft games is cryptic at best, but in Elden Ring, you seem to need to talk to the NPCs just to figure out where to go next. The issue is, a lot of them are hard to find and easy to miss, and even if you do find them, you gotta be paying attention to what they're saying - because they do not repeat themselves. It's at this point that I'm keeping a journal to keep track of what everyone has said, and where they are so that I know where I should be going.

    Is there an easier way to manage this? An NPC I should talk to to find out where I need to go next? (I want to keep my first playthrough wiki-free if I can)

    EDIT: to give an example, the Glintsone Key is a fairly important item that needs to be found in order to progress through the game. I can follow the trails from the sites of Grace, but it won't get me through the gate(s) to the Academy, nor point me to the Item(s) I need in order to progress. A couple of NPCs mention a Glintstone Key, but I was either not paying attention when they first mentioned it, or they didn't give any clues as to its whereabouts. I had to ask a friend for clues.

    PS: I am playing offline, so I cannot rely on messages left by other players.



  • I think you may be missing the purpose of the game. Elden Ring is a true open world game. That means you can go anywhere and do anything. The answer to "where to go next?" is wherever you want!

    Here's a few tips...

    • If you want to advance the main story, you can follow the trails from Sites of Grace.
    • There will be a little tower icon in sections of your map where you haven't found the map piece. Those indicate where you need to go to grab that map piece: Map tower icon
    • You can use Square on the PlayStation to give a more detailed explanation on your quest items in inventory for a hint on where you need to go or what you need to do to activate them/advance the quest.
    • If you really, really can't pick where to go, you can find or craft a https://eldenring.wiki.fextralife.com/Grace+Mimic . When used, it'll show light pointing in a direction, like a Site of Grace. The only difference is that Grace Mimics point in a random direction each time one is dropped 🙂

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