In this guide, we will show you various methods to fix the missing runes issue when your character dies in Elden Ring. Recently setting its feet into the action role-playing genre, this game has already managed to grab the attention of the masses in such a short time frame. Its free to roam interactive open-world gameplay style has already made it the popular kid in the town, which when combined with a plentitude of weapons and magic spells, gives it an intriguing dimension.
But it has also been known to get stuck in a few roadblocks. Recently we covered the game’s stuttering and lags, controller not working, and Bloody Finger Okina not spawning. However, this time around there has been a weird issue bugging the users. Many of them have voiced their concern that if their character dies with a certain amount of runes, then when they respawn and go back to that location to pick up their remaining runes, then some of the runes seem to be missing from the spot.
This issue seems to be more prominent in the Stormveil Castle area and users have said that close to 20-25% of their runes go missing if their character dies in that specific region. If you are also getting bugged with this issue then this guide shall help you out. In this tutorial, we will make you aware of the reason as well as the fixes as to how to fix the disappearing runes issue when your character dies in Elden Ring. So without any further ado, let’s get started.
How to Fix Runes Missing after Dying in Elden Ring
There isn’t any universal fix as such. Make sure to try out each one of the below-mentioned workarounds and then check which one works out the best for you.
FIX 1: Kill the Gatekeeper
Well, Gostoc Gatekeeper is the single biggest reason behind the missing runes. He stands right outside the Stormveil Castle and if you die nearby the castle, then he is going to steal some of your runes. So the obvious fix will be to kill that gatekeeper, but the internet seems to be divided on this notion.
On one hand, killing the gatekeeper will fix the disappearing runes issue when your character dies in Elden Ring. But on the other hand, he could also prove to be one of the most helpful merchants later on in this game. So decide accordingly for this trade-off, taking both the short-term and long-term factors into consideration.
FIX 2: In Case of Boss Fights
Many users have said that they end up losing their runes in a boss fight. If that is the case with you as well, then save your runes before entering a boss fight. Then pick up your runes, open the start menu, and quit to the menu. You will now load back into the game with all of your runes lying outside the boss’s door.
FIX 3: Drink Physick Potion
You could also consider drinking the Physick potion before the boss fight as it will prevent you from losing runes after the character dies.
FIX 4: Boss Fights [Part 2]
If the aforementioned workaround didn’t spell out success, then here’s another workaround that you could try out:
- Run into the boss arena like you normally would, with every intention of ducking and weaving through their attacks.
- Then grab your dropped Runes and create as much distance between you and the boss as possible.
- Likewise, if you have a summon, then use them to distract the enemy.
- After that, open the game menu > go to System > open the Quit Game menu tab and Quit the game.
- Check if it manages to fix the missing runes issue when your character dies in Elden Ring.
FIX 5: While Falling from Cliff
If your character dies after falling from the cliff, then the location of the runes will be different. You wouldn’t find them in the spot where your character died, rather the runes will be present at the edge of the cliff from where you jumped.
FIX 6: Use Sacrificial Twig
You could also consider using a sacrificial twig. This will help you to keep your runes with yourself once upon death. You could purchase this twig from Patches at Murkwater Cave, from Twin Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold, or by the Isolated Merchant at the Weeping Peninsula. On the other hand, you could find it at the Mistwood, Liurnia of the Lakes, or Altus Plateau.
So these were the six different methods that should help you fix the missing runes issue when your character dies in Elden Ring. Do let us know which one worked out in your favor. Likewise, all your queries are welcomed in the comments section below.
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