Elden Ring Image Shows the Map If Players Only Unlock Required Areas

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From Software’sElden Ring may be a massive game, but dedicated players eager to perfect playthroughs and optimize speedruns have shown that most of The Lands Between needn’t be explored.

In April, speedrunner Distorion2 managed to beat Elden Ring in just under nine minutes, and the world record time has continued to drop since then.

Further exemplifying this concept of minimalism is a recent post from Reddit user u/Spicy_Slice 22, which showcases just how little territory must be covered in order to become the Elden Lord.Highlighting only thin strips of land in Limgrave, Liurnia, the Atlus Plateau, Lyndell, and the Mountaintops of the Giants, u/Spicy_Slice 22’s route cuts out an incredible amount of content, streamlining the Elden Ring experience to such a degree that dozens of hours of playtime could theoretically be skipped.

Of course, this doesn’t account for leveling and grinding; if Elden Ring players are looking to tackle bosses such as Godrick, Rennala, Morgott, or the Fire Giant while vastly under-leveled, they’ll likely be in for a rude awakening.Elden Ring Fans Spends 75 Hours Making Jaw-Dropping Malenia DrawingWhile one Elden Ring player gained notoriety for grinding to level 93 before taking on Margit, the game’s first more-or-less mandatory main boss, that wouldn’t be possible in this scenario barring a large amount of repetition.

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