Useless facts about Elden Ring, Dark Souls, and other Soulsborne games

Twitter users are currently sharing a wealth of “useless facts” about FromSoftware’s Soulsborne games. The tweet that kicked things off was posted by user @DNuatun who asked others to “Quote tweet with your useless Soulsborne facts.”

Please be aware that this article contains spoilers for Elden Ring, Bloodborne, and other FromSoftware titles.

@DNuatun’s initial tweet comes with its own little bit of trivia, explaining that the Elden Beast boss from Elden Ring has little feet. If you look closely at the Elden Beast in-game, then it’s possible to confirm that this is indeed the case, and some users even went so far as to inspect the shape of these feet (GamesRadar+). Each player likely has their own thoughts on whether the human-like feet of the Elden Beast are cute or nightmare-inducing.

The tweet was met with a wide range of responses sharing their own useless Soulsborne facts. For example, one tweet talks about the Ring of Betrothal item from Bloodborne. This item can only be obtained from the game’s randomly generated Chalice Dungeons, meaning the item’s existence is somewhat hidden.

If you obtain the Ring of Betrothal, you can use it to propose to a certain NPC in the game. However, it doesn’t appear possible for your proposal to succeed. The item exists only so that you can get rejected by this NPC. In spite of this fact, the item is quite popular among fans of Bloodborne, and was even turned into real-life merchandise.

There also are tweets with useless facts about Dark Souls II, one of which shows that the Smelter Demon has a pancake (being knocked flat) animation. Another shows that one of the textures in the game has the label of Dutch beer brand Heineken mixed into it. Floating within a corrosive liquid that is spewed forth from a trap, you can see letters that spell “neken” rendered in the distinctive colors of the Heineken brand.

There wasn’t any collaboration between Heineken and the game, so it’s possible that the logo happened to get mixed in when they were creating a messy texture and nobody noticed. This fact has been frequently discussed in the past, and it has been reported that the texture was fixed, and the logo removed from the game.

The cat from Demon’s Souls also got its share of the limelight. There is an item in the game called the Cat Ring which decreases the damage you take from falling when it is equipped. In the original version of the game, released for the PS3 in 2009, this status was signified by an icon showing the face of a real-life cat. Even in the Dark Souls series, there is a cat-themed item that provides a similar effect.

Although it is a familiar item in the Souls games, the Cat Ring in the original Demon’s Souls really stood out because it was the only game that included the lifelike cat status icon. It no doubt left a big impression on players at the time, as many expressed disappointment at the fact that the icon was changed for the PS5 remake of the game that was released in 2020. However, one user shared the knowledge that the face of this beloved cat was actually included in the remake.

There is an abundance of other information being shared, such as how in Dark Souls III, you can drop an item onto the ground as you attempt to throw it, or how you can create an opening to riposte Slave Knight Gael by attacking him in the head. Some users even shared facts about games that were released prior to Demon’s Souls, like how a Golem monster that appeared in the Xbox 360 title Enchanted Arms looks just like the Vanguard in Demon’s Souls.

Those interested in learning more “useless facts” should take a look at the multitude of responses to the initial tweet.

Written by. Marco Farinaccia based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2023-02-06 15:51 JST)