I’m selling all of my Elden Ring items, which was great – until it wasn’t

I’m selling all of my Elden Ring items, which was great – until it wasn’t

I'm selling all of my Elden Ring items, which was great - until it wasn't

I can’t stand clutter, in real life or in my video games. Those people who save all their potions and power-ups, without eliminating them even when they face the last boss of a video game? I can not understand. If I get something in a game, I use it. If I’m not going to use it, I sell it. That’s what I did in Ring of Eldenand everything went well, until last week when I realized I had made a serious tactical mistake.

[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Fia’s questline in Elden Ring.]

I would like to point out that I have gone quite far in Ring of Elden before my penchant for selling items became a problem. At the time of writing this review, I’ve played for 87 hours and still keep my inventory as clean as a whistle. I don’t regret my choices – except for one specific moment in Fia’s questline where I very strongly regretted my choices.

Fia is an NPC from Ring of Elden which gives you a hug every time you visit the Roundtable Hold, a safe area where players can upgrade their weapons with the Hewg Blacksmith, among other in-game admin tasks. Once you’ve gotten far enough in the game, if you accept a hug from Fia, she will make an additional request: Deliver a dagger to someone for her.

She won’t tell you who the dagger belongs to, but if you talk to a guy named D, you’ll get the option to give him the dagger. If you give it to her, however, Fia will use it to assassinate her, after which you can remove the armor from her corpse.

You can guess what I did next: I sold that whole set. I’ve been wearing Radahn’s armor since I beat him, and it’s stronger than D’s, which was worth thousands of runes. I often sell armor to the blacksmith while I’m upgrading my weapons, because often I only need a few runes to pay for the work, and he has a “Sell” option right there (although, mostly, he doesn’t there is no purchase- back mechanics).

After selling D’s armor, I continued on Fia’s questline. The next big step was to fight the valiant gargoyles in Nokron. Even with my Mimic Tear summon to aid me, I found it to be a tough fight. They spit a lot of poison, and there are two of them; you have to keep one distracted so you can eliminate the other. After a few tries, I researched whether or not I could summon NPCs to help me through this fight. Turns out the NPC sitting just outside the boss arena is D’s brother, and he’s cursed to sleep forever unless I give him… D’s armor. If I m hung on to it, I could have woken it up and gotten its help with those creepy gargoyles.

My player character in Elden Ring is looking at D's brother in Nokron

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My character Elden Ring and companion Mimic Tear get ready for another ass kick from the Valiant Gargoyles

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My player character in Elden Ring gets trampled by one of the gallant gargoyles

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Elden Ring tells me

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My friends, I still haven’t beaten those gargoyles. I packed on several other levels; I just beat a few mid-bosses in Mountaintops of the Giants, and even redid my character build (with help from Renalla) to turn into an even more powerful powerhouse. I think I can eliminate these gargoyles every time I come back.

Still, I have to admit: I screwed up. In addition, I was repeatedly warned about my behavior. Every time I stream Ring of Elden with my friends on Discord, they would tell me that my empty inventory screens made them feel “stressed”. My colleague Mike McWhertor saw me bragging in Polygon’s Slack about how often I sell stuff in Ring of Elden and he didn’t mince words when he told me, “I can’t stand this behavior.” Readers, I confess: I thought this state of mind was ridiculous. Why would I be holding short, weak swords that I would never wield, or rambling leggings that I would never wear? Even for a few runes, it was worth it. Every rune counts!

But if I had only searched online to find out if D’s armor had any plot relevance I would have easily avoided this – and usually I check this, but I saw the high cost of runes and I cashed. I regret my mistake, but I have no intention of changing my life choices, even if I also regret the period when I sold my GameCube and all its games (including Super Smash Bros. Melee) because I was strapped for money at the time and didn’t think I’d care so much in the future.

It can be difficult to know what is worth keeping and what is worth discarding – and in general my penchant for getting rid of old things that I no longer use has served me well and resulted in a clean house that doesn’t stress me out. In Ring of Elden, however, I don’t have such a good reason to make such a stupid mistake. I could have just googled it. I can only hope that next time I will. But no promises.

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