Elden Ring Rune farming

Elden Ring Rune farming locations let you level up fast, with one spot giving you an easy 40,000 Runes every few minutes. Even at high levels you you can quickly progress and improve your character with a fairly small amount of effort. As well as the 40k spot there are plenty of locations that almost just give you runes for visiting and in the early stages, every little helps. To further help there are also special items and talismans that can boost what you get even more. Basically, if you know where to go and what to do, you can massively increase how fast you level up in Elden Ring.

It’s obviously something you want to do but you’ll need some preparation and help – you still have to actually earn the runes in most cases, and the best rune farming spots aren’t easy to reach either. The earlier rune farming spots are basically how you get to the big ones that pay out the big bucks. So, coming up, we’ve got the best 40K Elden Ring rune farm, how to find it, a list of some other good locations, and some tips, talismans and more to lift your levelling up. 

The best Elden Ring Rune farming locations

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Elden Ring 40000 Rune farm

The absolute best Elden ring rune farming location will net you 40,000 Runes in a couple of minutes at a bare minimum, more if you have the Golden Scarab listed below. It takes a little effort to get there but once you complete the steps and reach the relevant Site of Grace you can farm a 40K payout repeatedly in minutes. The enemies you find are all worth 2000K each, and are mostly passive, letting you kill them one at a time to rake in the rewards. There’s four guards to worry about but you can deal with them one at a time with little problem. 

You’ll need to complete the Elden Ring Varre questline to unlock this farming spot which is tough, but it’s worth it. You can follow the link for a detailed breakdown but once you’ve done it you’ll have the Pureblood Knight’s medal. 

Use the Pureblood Knight’s medal in your inventory and it will transport you to an underground area called Mohgwhyn’s Palace (don’t worry about anything Varre says, you can use the medal as often as you like). To get to the farming area you’re going to have to ride fast to a specific spot – don’t be tempted to stop, as this is a dangerous area and you’ll likely die if you stop. Mark this area below on the map, summon Torrent and gallop for all your worth: 

Elden Ring rune farming

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You’ll head East through a forest and into a canyon heading south with what looks like a river of blood running through it. Follow the path uphill, past a lot of figures in rags sitting on the floor and you should reach a Site of Grace. Activate it, rest and you’ll be ready to start farming. 

On the slope leading up to the Site of Grace you’ll find a group of sleeping Albinaurics, each worth 2000 Runes. They don’t react until you attack them and even then, only the one you hit will wake up. There are four guards who will come at you when you get close but their attacks are slow and easy to dodge, and they can be led away one by one to deal with. If you’re a very low level, start with backstabs to maximise your damage, but as you level up you’ll be able to hack away. Whatever your level you’ll be able to earn 40,000 runes from this area every 2-3 minutes, then just rest at the Site of Grace to reset it. 

Other Elden Ring rune farming locations

Elden Ring farming runes locations

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 The best places to farm in Elden Ring will vary according to where you are – as you level up, the amount of Runes required to reach the next level increases, a wider gap every time. But fortunately as you move through the game, enemies become tougher and drop more Runes to use – for that reason, we’ve broken down the game into four really good farming locations for players at different points in the game, shown on the map above and gone into in more detail below. 

  1. Trolls on the Stormgate (early-game farming): This one’s fairly simple, though a little risky for new players. The huge, hairy trolls on the cliffs North of the Stormgate each drop about 1000 Runes when killed, and while they hit hard, they’re also very slow. If you can space them out and kill them one at a time, you can pretty effectively build up a good pool of Runes to spend in preparation for bosses like Margit and Godrick. 
  2. War for Castle Redmane (early/mid-game farming): The easiest farming spot on this list, in Southern Caelid there’s a huge fortress named Castle Redmane. You don’t actually need to go inside though – there’s fire-wielding knights and monstrous dogs fighting it out in front of the castle, and you can just watch them kill each other while you get Runes automatically. Head to the Impassable Greatbridge Site of Grace, then just ride up the hill and watch them fight. Then you can always ride through and cut down the weaker survivors, earning you roughly 2000-3000 Runes for very little effort.
  3. Party crashing Windmill Village (mid/late-game farming): This is a good one: head to the North coastline of the Altus Plateau and you’ll find a surreal, Midsommar-esque village named Dominula, Windmill Village. It’s full of dancing locals who only attack once you get too close and drop a lot of Runes. There’s a boss at the top called Godskin Apostle, but even before dealing with him, clearing out the locals will get you about 7000 Runes in just a few minutes. Then quickly respawn them and do it over!
  4. Backstabbing at the Haligtree (late-game farming): OK, we’ve yet to update our map model, but the area is still correct and the principle is still very sound. If you’ve unlocked the optional Haligtree area, you’ll know it’s mostly pretty tough. But if you head to the Prayer Room Site of Grace halfway down, then take the door North, you can run down the parapets, backstabbing a lot of enemies who are looking out to sea or just cutting through the rather easy knights and footsoldiers, each of whom drop 2000-3000 Runes each. Some of them even blow themselves up in their attempt to stop you, meaning that a few minutes can earn you 40000 Runes or even more. Just fight your way down and fast travel back to the Prayer Room when you feel your Runes are at risk (we recommend before you have to fight either the two Cleanrot Knights or the Erdtree Avatar, depending on the path you take).

How to get more Elden Ring Runes

Elden Ring rune farming

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Generally increasing your Runes as you play is always good to do, as they’re the lifeblood of everything. Even if you’re not farming, there’s a lot you can do to generally increase your Runic income and generally keep in mind.

  • Find the Golden Scarab! This talisman grants a permanent boost to all the Runes you earn for as long as you wear it. It’s an essential piece of equipment, but don’t worry – we can show you how to get the Elden Ring Golden Scarab at our dedicated page, as well as how to beat the boss fight protecting it.
  • Shatter the glowing white skulls you see around the landscape. These have little consumable Golden Rune items inside, and while they’re only 200 each, eventually you’ll have an inventory of dozens.
  • Keep an eye out for Gold Leaves! A rare, random weather occurrence will sometimes have Gold Leaves falling from the sky like rain (and as far as we know, it only occurs at night). While this is happening, you’ll get a minor boost to all the Runes you earn, about 5% or so. That’s one of many Elden Ring secrets you might not know about, but can check out here. 
  • The Gold-Pickled Fowl Foot is a fairly rare consumable that you can find around the game, one that boosts your Rune income for a short time when used. Save these for big fights you think you have a good chance of winning.
  • Like at the Impassable Greatbridge, you’ll occasionally come across areas where enemies are fighting with each other. This is always your chance to sit back and effectively let them do the work for you.
  • If you want a big batch of Runes fast, try looking for early-game bosses you forgot about and are now overlevelled for. Drop a summon sign and wait for people to call you in. The rewards won’t be quite as big as when you defeated them yourself but’s still a good payout.
  • Head to a merchant and sell anything you don’t need. We don’t recommend getting rid of unique items, but the equipment dropped by foot soldiers or the excess consumables earned from crafting are a safe bet if you’re not using them.
  • If you see an enemy with glowing gold eyes, they’re a special kind of foe who won’t be any tougher, but will nonetheless drop more Runes when killed. Take them down as a priority! 

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