Best Elden Ring keepsakes for character creation

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The best Elden Ring Keepsake is probably the Golden Seed or Crimson Amber Medallion, but it more depends on what matters to you as a player. The right keepsake can give you an incredible advantage in gameplay, or it could be a mediocre stocking-stuffer that doesn't contribute much to your overall playthrough. After picking from one of the Elden Ring classes, your keepsake comes next, and depending on what you choose, it can really take some sting out of the next few hours.

We're going top go through all the Elden Ring Keepsakes here, to explain what they do and what's worth picking. Remember, you can find all of these things out in the world eventually so it's a balance between how you want to play, what's going to be most useful in the first few hours, and what you could just pick up on your travels anyway.

Best Elden Ring Keepsakes

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There are definitely a few Keepsakes in Elden Ring that stand well above the rest in terms of usefulness, particularly in the early stages of the game. Whereas some are just ridiculous with obscure or less helpful uses that experienced players can experiment with. Here are the Elden Ring Keepsakes we recommend to for a good start in the opening area:

  • Crimson Amber Medallion: A small boost to health is never not useful, regardless of your skill level and chosen Elden Ring class. The fact that it provides a nice passive bonus means players won’t need to even worry about it until they start picking up items that can replace it. Even then, it can be stored for another time. This is a must-pick for beginners.
  • Golden Seed: Use the Golden Seed to reinforce your Sacred Flask to get an extra swig very early on as soon as you rest at a Site of Grave. This is another Keepsake that’s useful for all players, and it’s definitely the one you should choose if you’re unsure. Having an extra Flask use this early means you’ll be able to take a few more hits with extra HP healing or cast a few more spells with more FP juice if your starting Elden Ring class allows you to.
  • Cracked Pot: These unbreakable pots give you access to fun crafting options and extra weapons early on. Obviously, you’ll get more of them as you play through Elden Ring, but having two is a great head start. Provided you find the right ingredients, you’ll be able to make damaging firebombs which will be really useful against clusters of enemies or bosses.
  • Lands Between Rune: While Elden Ring’s first few enemies aren’t a colossal challenge, leveling up as much as possible early on should make fights a bit fairer. Taking the Lands Between Rune as your Keepsake is another great choice to give you an early head start in terms of boosting your Attributes, making things a little easier. However, the benefit from this diminishes the higher your class’s starting level is, so bear that in mind. Also do not use it until you have accepted Melina’s accord and can level up at Sites of Grace.

All Elden Ring Keepsakes

When creating your Tarnished character in Elden Ring, you’ll be prompted to pick a Keepsake item for your character. These are small items that will either grant you some kind of passive buff, special ability, or can be consumed to gain a particular benefit or affect your enemies.

A lot of these Elden Ring Keepsakes can also be found as you explore Lands Between as Talismans or consumable items that can be bought from Merchants, so you’ll have a chance to get other Keepsake items too. You can of course entirely forgo choosing a Keepsake, although we highly recommend you pick one as they have no drawbacks. It’s free help! 

Here are the nine Keepsakes you can pick in Elden Ring:

Crimson Amber Medallion

A medallion that gives a slight bump to your maximum HP. Always useful for any character but particularly good for classes with low Vigor and therefore lower starting HP.

Lands Between Rune

A consumable item that will give you 3000 Runes upon use. Save it until you accept Melina’s accord and you should be able to level up at least a couple of times at a Site of Grace.

Golden Seed

A consumable item that you can use at a Site of Grace to permanently give yourself an extra use of your Sacred Flask. This will mean you’ll effectively start the game with five Flask uses instead of four.

Fanged Imp Ashes

A free Elden Ring Spirit Ash that will allow you to summon the spirits of a couple of Imps to fight on your side. This item can be used as many times as you like, but it can only be used once you’ve got the Spirit Calling Bell item, so you won’t be able to use it right away. Still, it's a fun little bonus to get early on.

Cracked Pot

You can get two Cracked Pots right off the bat if you choose them for your starting Keepsake. These pots are used for crafting throwable bombs and never break - despite being cracked - so you just have to keep filling them with ingredients to have a constant supply of explosives.

Stonesword Key

Two stone keys that can be used in certain locks to break Imp seals that hide away treasure and more. The keys break once they’ve been used, but you can occasionally find more out in the world to open other Imp seals. If you want to find alternatives, we've got a Elden Ring Stonesword Keys guide here!

Bewitching Branch

Five consumable branches that release a very short-range, pink fog when used. Any enemies in this fog become charmed and will stop attacking you, sheathing their weapons if they have any, and going on with their day.

Boiled Prawn

Five consumable bits of prawn meat that somehow boost your physical damage resistance, meaning you’ll take less damage from physical weapon attacks while the prawn’s buff is active.

Shabriri’s Woe

This gross head constantly attracts the aggression of enemies in Elden Ring. We don’t really know why you’d want this Keepsake, considering most things would rather see you dead even without Shabriri’s Woe.

Will Sawyer
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Will Sawyer is a guides writer at GamesRadar+ who works with the rest of the guides team to give readers great information and advice on the best items, how to complete a particular challenge, or where to go in some of the biggest video games. Will joined the GameRadar+ team in August 2021 and has written about service titles, including Fortnite, Destiny 2, and Warzone, as well as some of the biggest releases like Halo Infinite, Elden Ring, and God of War Ragnarok.

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