There are missable items in Elden Ring you really shouldn’t miss out on. These will disappear if you progress or meet specific requirements without picking them up. You’ll have to wait until the next journey to find them again.
From weapons to talismans, here are some of the must-have items in Elden Ring that are completely missable.
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This is a sorcery spell you’ll completely miss if you defeat Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy without completing Bernahl’s assassination request.
Once the boss of the Volcano Manor has been defeated, Bernahl, along with the other residents of the manor, will leave. This then prevents you from progressing their questlines.
Missing out on Gelmir’s Fury is a shame, especially for Intelligence builds, since it’s one of the few sorceries that deal fire damage.
Nepheli Loux Puppet
You can turn Nepheli Loux into a puppet if you follow along with Seluvis’ questline. If you abide by Seluvis’ request and give Nepheli his potion, you’ll be able to purchase the Nepheli Loux Puppet Spirit Ash from Pidia in Caria Manor.
If you refuse Seluvis’ offer and progress through Ranni’s questline, or give the potion to Gideon Ofnir instead, you’ll miss the chance to obtain this Spirit Ash.
Nepheli Loux is a very decent and effective Spirit Ash. She’s strong and durable. On the other hand, it feels wrong subjecting her to this fate. Whether you’ll give her Seluvis’ Potion and use her as a puppet or not is on your conscience.
The Coded Sword is a decent straight sword that deals holy damage. Not only is great for enemies who are weak against holy damage, like skeletons, revenants, and the Death Rite Birds, but it also has an incredible design.
Its Weapon Skill, the Unblockable Blade, is also great for fighting shield-bearing knights and when playing PvP online. As its name suggests, the Weapon Skill will completely bypass blocks.
You can find this in the second level of the Fortified Manor in Leyndell, Royal Capital. You won’t be able to access this area anymore after Leyndell changes once you reach a certain point in the game.
Shard of Alexander
The Shard of Alexander talisman is highly effective for players who consistently utilize their Weapon Skill. When equipped, this talisman will raise the attack power of skills by 15%.
You can acquire this by completing Iron Fist Alexander’s questline. If you’re heartless enough to kill Alexander beforehand, you’ll be locked out of this incredible talisman until your next playthrough.
On the other hand, you do receive the Warrior Jar Shard for killing Alexander early, which increases the attack power of skills by 10%. Though the 5% difference sounds inconsequential, it will become noticeable once you reach higher levels and deal higher damage.
War Surgeon’s Set
The War Surgeon’s Set is the armor set worn by White Mask Varré. The best part about this set is the headpiece, especially if you’re using a bleed build. The mask will give you a 10% attack power buff whenever an enemy has been inflicted with blood loss.
To get this set, you’ll need to defeat the three Nameless White Mask invaders in Mohgwyn Dynasty Mausoleum. However, if you defeat Mohg, Lord of Blood before fighting the Nameless White Mask invaders, they won’t appear in the area anymore.
Dung Eater Puppet
Instead of giving Seluvis’ Potion to either Nepheli or Sir Gideon, you can also hold on to it and give it to the Dung Eater later on.
You can find the Dung Eater’s real body when you obtain one Seedbed Curse and talk to his corporeal form in the Roundtable Hold. During which, he’ll give you the Sewer-Gaol Key. You can then head to the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds and open the Dung Eater’s cell to meet him in person. You can give the potion to him here.
Once done, you can then head to Seluvis and purchase the puppet from him for 5 Starlight Shards.
You can get locked out of this item if you progress Ranni’s questline enough and have given her the Fingerslayer Blade. Reaching this part of the questline will trigger Seluvis’ death, thus preventing you from purchasing any more items from him.
The Taker’s Cameo is an incredible talisman that restores 3% + 30 of your HP whenever you defeat enemies. This talisman essentially turns you into a life stealer and is great for survivability.
To get this talisman, you’ll need to complete Tanith’s third request as per the Volcano Manor’s questline. However, if you kill Rykard before completing Tanith’s third request, you’ll be locked out of the quest and this incredible talisman.
Rotten Winged Sword Insignia
The Rotten Winged Sword Insignia talisman is great for melee builds that have fast attack speeds. This pertains to those who wield or power stance katanas, twinblades, straight swords, and other fast weapons.
This talisman increases your attack power when you’re able to attack enemies successively. When you hit an enemy consecutively and fast enough, your attack power will gain a buff of 6%, 8%, and 13%. The buff increases the more successive hits you land.
You can obtain this by completing Millicent’s questline. However, if you decide to kill her instead, you’ll receive a lesser variation of this talisman.
The Bull-Goat Set is an armor set you get for defeating Great Horned Tragoth. It has the highest poise boost and physical damage of any armor set in the game. As a caveat, it also weighs the most. This is perfect for any builds that have a high endurance.
To kill Great Horned Tragoth, you’ll need to speak to Patches in the Volcano Manor. He’ll then give you a letter that activates this quest. You won’t get the chance to invade and kill Great Horned Tragoth if you kill Patches in Murkwater Cave.
Bolt of Gransax
The Bolt of Gransax is a legendary armament. It is a spear that deals physical and lightning damage. Its Weapon Skill is not only flashy but also very powerful.
You can find this in Leyndell, Royal Capital, atop the giant spear that’s stuck in a building north of the Erdtree Sanctuary.
If you progress the game enough, Leyndell will turn into the Ashen Capital. When this happens, you won’t be able to get this powerful weapon anymore.