A fan-made guide explains the confusing symbols and icons

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Ring of Elden is renowned for being an extremely difficult game, especially when it comes to its boss battles like Maliketh’s, the Dark Blade, and many more. However, its difficulty extends beyond combat and into even smaller aspects such as status effect icons. Ring of Elden is very much a free reign experience, which is great for gameplay and atmosphere, but not so much for players’ understanding of its many core aspects.

Luckily, the gaming community has banded together to decipher the various symbols and icons in different ways. The most prominent example of this is Reddit user u/bluetheslinky’s Elden Ring UI and Visual Hints guide, which goes over the different UI icons, their meanings, variations, and how some of the icons work. between them are acquired. Since the game never really goes into the meaning of the icons and the different mechanics of the game in depth, this guide is really useful for both new and experienced players.

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The guide goes over gauge icons, other icons, and status effects. It not only discusses what the icons represent, such as regenerating life and increasing rune acquisition, but also how different shapes and arrows affect their meaning. One important thing to note is that a square icon means an effect is constant, and a diamond icon means an effect is temporary. A common example of a square icon is the constant 5% HP debuff that comes from hugging Fia. The guide not only explains how this debuff occurs, but also what item the player needs to get rid of it.


The guide also explains what the different status effects do and some tips for dealing with them. He explains that status effects have a gauge that increases over time, and players can avoid getting the effect by disengaging from whatever is causing it before the gauge fills up. The guide also gives an important and easily missed piece of information regarding status effect puddles: don’t drive in them. Obviously this was a widespread misunderstanding, as the comment section of the guide is filled with people who just realized this was the reason they kept dying from effects like burning.

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Over time, players can expect many changes to the guide as it is very much in progress. Scrolling through the comments on the Reddit post yields tons of tidbits that will likely make their way into the next edition of the guide, especially since u/bluetheslinky has personally answered a few suggestions. For example, regarding rolling in status effect puddles, u/Hefty_Trees pointed out that rolling on dry land removes the effect. Commentator u/Karew also suggested a few additions to the post, such as adding that the dark orange squares on the map represent the entrances to the mine.

This guide is not the only example of Ring of Elden community come together to help each other. The massive amounts of game-related guides, wiki posts, and forums really show the breadth of the community and how it comes together to create fun, collaborative environments.


In particular, websites like Reddit are a great gathering place, and users like u/bluetheslinky show the level of detail and care the community has put into both playing the game and helping others enjoy it. . The difficulty of Ring of Elden is seen as a downfall by some, but it certainly has its benefits, not only improving the gaming experience, but also bringing millions of like-minded people together in different online communities.


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