This is a Shadow of the Erdtree PSA: The DLC has its own version of Dark Souls Crystal Lizards and you do not want to ignore them

Bandai Namco/tylrgng via Reddit
(Image credit: Bandai Namco/tylrgng via Reddit)

If you've seen shadowy figures carrying pots atop their heads in Shadow of the Erdtree, drop what you're doing and hunt them down. 

The Lands of Shadow are plagued with enigmatic shadowy figures, some of which will become hostile when you approach them, possibly casting fiery bolts at your Tarnished, while others will simply stare off into the distance as you strike them down. Of those, there's a type of these shadowed figures that carry pots atop their heads.

Trust us: you'll want to hunt these things down. Elden Ring players have figured out that these pot-carrying people actually hide incredibly rare items that have a chance of dropping upon defeat. You'll have to be quick about this, though - take too long and they'll disappear into the ether, and their item drops can diminish in quality as a result. 

PSA: pay attention to the pot heads from r/Eldenring

"Some of them have a sparkle effect, those will drop special items when you kill them the first time. Killing them again will provide basic drops afterwards," the Reddit caption for the post above reads. I can personally attest to having obtained Scadutree Fragments from them, and since they're the elusive items that power up your Tarnished in Shadow of the Erdtree (so much so that Bandai Namco had to remind players to use them), there really isn't a much better item than them in the Lands of Shadow.

Does this remind you of anything in particular? That's right, it's Dark Souls' Crystal Lizards. The tricky chaps would bolt at the first sign of danger, and once they're gone, they're gone for good - the rest of your playthrough, in fact. They could drop great crafting items, although I'd hazard a guess to say the Scadutree Fragment is actually more valuable than any Dark Souls crafting materials.

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree is home to the most annoying mounted boss I've ever fought, but it can be cheesed thanks to the boss you had to defeat to play the DLC.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.