Elden Ring player avoids an invader by pretending to be an NPC

A player desguises themselves as an NPC to avoid an invader
(Image credit: From Software / u/xdc_lis)

A canny Elden Ring player is carrying on the Souls' tradition of avoiding invaders by pretending to be an NPC.

Redditor xdc_lis shared video footage of themselves donning some convincing armor, grabbing a torch, and then slowly wandering up and down a pathway whilst the invader hunted for them. All throughout the clip, you can see the invader dash about looking for them - even running right past them several times - completely unaware that the character they kept passing was their Elden Ring opponent.

Here, check it out below:

free_souls_exploit_lol_funny from r/Eldenring

"This is a battle of mental strength. Do you get bored walking back and forth pretending to be an NPC? Or the invader get frustrated from not being able to find you?" one commenter said.

Their reward for keeping cool and not giving the game away? 38,000 runes, it seems.

But wait - the story gets even better! A day after posting the humorous video on Reddit, a commenter popped up, claiming to have been the very invader who'd infiltrated xdc_lis' game.

"Hey OP that’s me!" they said, throwing in a couple of laugh emojis for good measure. "I saw the compass and kept following it but only saw the NPC’s and figured 'guess he’s the other way since he hasn’t cleared these guys' then I left because I’m trying to fight and didn’t want to hunt everywhere and the compass was fu*cking with me. Well played!"

In other news, a huge hidden colosseum discovered in Elden Ring has fans speculating that competitive multiplayer may be coming to the game as future DLC. Whilst your Tarnished may have found the exterior yourself by this point, up until now, no one's been able to see what's hiding inside. Thanks to Lance McDonald's modding hackery, though, we can get a peek at what's behind those enormous doors.  

Elden Ring is now the best-selling game of 2022 in the US to date. According to the NPD Group, a market research company that frequently publishes game-related research, FromSoftware's latest title now doubles as February's best-selling title of the month and the best-selling game of 2022 so far.

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