Written by. Nick Mosier based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2022-06-14 12:51 JST)
FromSoftware released Elden Ring’s patch 1.05 on June 13. While the update mostly contains bug fixes, a change was made to Bell Bearings for NG+, along with modifications to improve playability. But besides those, there were also changes not mentioned in the patch notes. Please be warned that this article may contain spoilers for early and middle sections of Elden Ring.
Elden Ring is the latest action RPG from FromSoftware. In the game, players travel across the vast Lands Between on their quest to become the Elden Lord. While the overworld of the Lands Between is huge, there’s also quite a bit of area to explore below the surface. In addition to the underground areas you can reach via wells, there’s also Nokron, Eternal City which can be reached after defeating Starscourge Radahn. When Radahn is defeated, the stars he holds in place will fall to the ground leaving a giant crater that can be used to reach the city. It’s a dynamic scene that goes as far as changing the landscape itself.
There was a problem with this, though. It was difficult to discern where the crater was. That’s because the only hint players received about its location was the surroundings featured in the cutscene. Speaking to Blaidd after the scene does begin a questline where Blaidd says they’ll meet where the stars fell, but this doesn’t clearly explain the location either. Just based on what they saw in the cutscene players were left to wander around looking for the crater. There is floating debris in the area, but when you consider how vast the Lands Between is, it still takes some effort to discover.
But with patch 1.05, the game shows a little mercy to the player. As spotted by Reddit user dark4mje, the location of the Starfall Crater will now be clearly marked on the map, and the game even displays a message saying a marking was added. Now players can continue forward without having to wander around Limgrave and Caelid. This update is not mentioned in the patch notes.
Players also began immediately discovering other hidden changes like reports that the game now shows how much the different runes in your inventory are worth. Up until now, players had to actually use them to know how much they were worth or check the price when selling to a merchant. With this change, players can now quickly confirm the runes needed for an item. There are also reports that the nonexistent road to Jarburg has been removed from the map. The road to Jarburg actually just stops at a cliff, but the map previously showed it as if there was a path there. This likely left many players confused.
Elden Ring continues to improve playability through updates and makes many stealthy changes that players have enjoyed discovering (related article). If you’ve already played through the game, maybe you’ll also get a kick out of going back and searching for these hidden updates.