How to play Elden Ring multiplayer coop with friends – Gamesradar

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By published 11 March 22
Here’s when and how to get Elden Ring coop working
Elden Ring coop and multiplayer isn’t the most immediately obvious thing to set up, with some confusing menus and a few rules to follow. But if you want some friends to help you out, rather than the NPC Elden Ring Summons you can also use, you’ll have to work out how to do it in Elden Ring
As we mentioned, it’s not explained terribly well so can take some working out. Once our guide below gets you up and running, though, you’ll be able to play, fight and win with up to two friends. Your buddies won’t be fully as powerful as they are in their own games, so don’t expect to get someone into one shot all your problems away, but they’re still worth having around. So, here’s how to play Elden Ring coop and multiplayer with friends, what it does, along with penalties and advantages alike.
Elden Ring coop multiplayer
To play Elden Ring multiplayer with friends, players will need to jump through a few hoops first, as coop has its own limitations to set up. Elden Ring online multiplayer has one player act as a « Host of Fingers, » and everybody else then joins their world as a phantom player, effectively assisting the host with whatever it is they’re doing.
Elden Ring coop multiplayer
Players brought into Elden Ring as coop golden Phantoms aren’t quite as powerful as they were in their own world. They have half the number of Flasks that they normally would and their stats are generally weakened so as to stop two high-level players from stomping all over the bosses for their lower-level friend.
Coop also is triggered with a specific goal in mind – aka, the boss of the area. Wherever the Host triggers the Martyr Effigy, that effectively makes the whole thing a mission. For example, if the hosts bring players into Stormveil Castle, the goal is to destroy the Castle boss, Godrick the Grafted. Once this is done, the mission is over and Phantoms are sent back to their own games.
Elden Ring coop multiplayer
Elden Ring coop supports up to three players at a time; one Host of Fingers and two golden Phantoms to support them. It’s also not cross-platform, so players won’t be able to brawl with buddies on other consoles or computers.
Elden Ring coop multiplayer
From what we can tell, Elden Ring coop multiplayer unlocks in Elden Ring upon completion of the tutorial, leaving the Stranded Graveyard into the grassy realm of Limgrave and the Lands Between. However, we don’t recommend triggering it yet – multiplayer coop is based around objectives and you should be generally exploring in those first few hours. Still, look around for Martyr Effigies and keep note of them so you know where you can draw upon allies in a pinch.
Elden Ring coop multiplayer
For players who are happy to be summoned by anybody, they can use a multiplayer menu item called the Tarnished’s Furled Finger, right next to the Small Golden Effigy. This simply places down a gold symbol where the player is standing, one that appears in random players’ games and can be triggered by them. 
However, these symbols can’t be seen until the potential host uses an item in that menu called the Furlcalling Finger Remedy – they’re invisible and unusable until they do. So if you want to summon allies, use the Furlcalling Finger Remedy and you’ll see symbols left by those who used the Tarnished’s Furled Finger. Good thing these names are so simple.
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