Have you spent a lot of time killing eagles and other various birds in Ring of Elden, only to come away with a pouch filled mostly with bird feathers and a flock that has largely flown away? This is definitely my experience trying to get the drops needed to craft the Golden Pickled Fowl Foot, the must-have item that increases rune drops. And it makes sense that they’re pretty rare, since runes are used for everything from leveling up to buying gear and building abilities. But you don’t have to do all of this to boost or farm your rune drops!
No, there is a much easier way, provided you have an internet connection. Ring of Elden offers something called Groups, where you can set a password to ensure you only see remnants of people in your exclusive club. Signing up for one has various benefits, such as reducing the number of troll messages that might cause you to miss important parts of the game or accidentally lead you to death. Depending on your tolerance and appetite for suffering, higher quality messages may or may not improve the game. Hilariously, some players see community hazing as a key part of the experience. As much as I hated walking off a cliff in search of an object that doesn’t exist, it’s weird to think of what the game would be like without ever having done it.
What I didn’t realize, however, is that being in a party also rewards you whenever someone in your party achieves a great achievement, like becoming Lord Elden or defeating a Shardbearer. Everyone benefits! When this happens, your game will display a message and your character will begin to emit a golden glow, much like they’ve swallowed a bird’s leg. You can see it’s active by looking in the upper left corner; if there is a small yellow claw, you have it. Except you didn’t have to do anything to get the buff. Pleasant.
Now you might be wondering, “Wait a minute, how exactly do I count on something to happen (or maybe not) completely randomly?” Isn’t becoming an Elden Lord or defeating a boss rather rare? You, my friend, are going to play a numbers game. Fortunately Ring of Elden allows you to join up to five groups, as long as you have the password for them. And there are many that you can take advantage of.
Right now I’m running with tradition YouTuber Vaati Vidyaof the “SEEKERS” group, the Ring of Eldenwiki ofof the “FEXTRA” group and the Ring of Elden subredditfrom the “straydmn” group. There are also other groups, so I suggest looking for and joining like-minded people. To enter these passwords, all you have to do is press start, scroll down to “Multiplayer”, then press the appropriate button for settings. You should get a prompt to enter the password. Don’t look at the multiplayer section under settingsit’s different!
And if you’re curious: I’m not perpetually flooded with gold, no. But it’s active a lot of the time, and as I said, I don’t have to do anything to reap the benefits. From what I can see you get maybe around 30% more runes this way, a big change.
If you want to put in the effort when you see the buff, early to mid-game, my best suggestion would be to spawn near the Warmaster’s Hut in Stormhill. If you gallop behind, in the area with a handful of giants, each drops about 1k runes, or 1.3K runes with the boost – and they’re pretty easy to kill on horseback. Spawn multiple times and you have a pretty decent farm. The area also has a vast cliff full of eagles, so you can double down and try your luck at some bird feet as well, for those times when you want to activate the boost intentionally.
Or just play the game like you normally would, earn a bit more doing it, and maybe find some illusory walls along the way. Being part of a club has its advantages.