Everything to do in Elden Ring before NG+

Listing everything to do in Elden Ring before NG+, or New Game Plus, is a little more complicated than you’d think. It’s not just about trying out late-game side quests or bosses you won’t see again, but finding all the once-per-campaign items, experiences and special gear that make up the bulk of late-game Elden Ring exploration.

Elden Ring New Game Plus is a challenge, but not an insurmountable one, and will even be easier for some people if they’ve taken the chance at the end of the game to level up, get the best loot, and equip themselves properly for a more robust version of the game. To do that, you’ll want to handle our checklist below, to take the time to do everything in the game properly.

Everything to do in Elden Ring before starting NG+

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The main thing to do in Elden Ring before starting New Game Plus is to make sure you’ve found everything that’s unique, that can’t be farmed or obtained infinitely in a single playthrough. Otherwise you miss the chance to get them altogether until starting the new game and getting back to this point. With that in mind, here’s some essential things to do before rewinding back to the time of being a lowly Tarnished.

Unique items to get before starting Elden Ring NG+

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We’ll start with a basic list of items. These can be found in all playthroughs, but they can’t be farmed infinitely in the base game or New Game Plus, so make sure you get as many as possible of these finite resources.

  • Find all the Elden Ring map fragments (yes, these carry over into NG+)
  • Find all the Elden Ring Golden Seeds to max out your Flasks’ uses.
  • Find all 12 Sacred Tears to enhance your Flasks’ effectiveness.
  • Locate as many Larval Tears as possible. These are used to respec your character, as outlined in our Elden Ring respec and Larval Tears page.
  • Locate as many Elden Ring Stonesword Keys as possible.
  • Find all the Crystal Tears to ensure your Flask of Wondrous Physick has as much versatility as possible.
  • Find all the unique Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones (13 total) and Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones (8 total) – these can’t be farmed but will carry over, so this is your best chance to maximize how many you have. Or just spend them on your weapons to boost them before you transfer – what works, works.
  • Find all the Great Grave Glovewort and Great Ghost Glovewort for Spirit Summon upgrades.

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