The best Elden Ring mods

The best Elden Ring mods offer you the ability to access seamless co-op, overhaul combat mechanics, alter the difficulty parameters, and so much more.

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Are you looking for the best Elden Ring mods? The beauty of mods is that they’re highly versatile tools that allow players to tweak their experience. In the case of Elden Ring, you might wonder why anyone would want to mod a game that’s so well-received. Well, if you find Soulslikes difficult, the Easy Mode mod is a surefire way to tone things down a notch. Some players might consider this goes too far, so why not remove the death mechanic, which stops you from losing your Runes instead?

What makes the best Elden Ring mods stand out is that they have the power to drastically improve someone’s experience of the open world game. Whether you want to change the way ranged weapons work or you want the option to pause Elden Ring, we’ve got the mods for you. Here’s everything you need to try out the best Elden Ring mods, including the PlayStation controller UI fix, the pause button mod, and more.

The best Elden Ring mods are:

Convergence is one of the more expansive Elden Ring mods out there. Here we see a tarnished in new regalia, praising the moon.

Convergence

As the name suggests, the Elden Ring Convergence mod is a huge rebalancing patch. It adds new spells, gear, and weapons, while also tweaking the bosses, replacing disappointing encounters with brand-new ones. It also changes when you get items such as the Spectral Steed Whistle. There’s also a new portal-based fast travel system that requires you to defeat Erdtree Sentries or Erdtree Avatars to activate. Of course, this is barely scraping the surface, and you can get an idea of just how many changes there are by consulting the Alpha release patch notes

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Seamless Co-op

Elden Ring adopts an online multiplayer system like Dark Souls, allowing you to summon other players for jolly cooperation against difficult bosses. However, once the enemy’s been slain, these temporary allies are automatically booted back to their world until the next time you can summon them. While the system made a bit more sense in the relatively linear worlds of Dark Souls, the Lands Between is a staggeringly enormous domain, and journeying across it can be a somewhat lonely experience.

That’s where Seamless Co-Op mod comes in. The usual restrictions for online co-operators are lifted while this mod is active, allowing you to connect with up to five other players simultaneously without the threat of disconnection. Well, in theory. It’s worth noting that Seamless Co-Op is still in beta and, therefore, not without its flaws. Still, this in-demand mod receives regular updates and bug fixes that bring it closer to delivering the definitive seamless co-op experience. Check out our Elden Ring bosses guide for some handy pointers when going head-to-head with some of the most powerful enemies in the Lands Between. 

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Item and Enemy Randomizer

So, you’ve slain the final boss and become Elden Lord. What’s next? If you’re not quite ready to leave Elden Ring behind, the Item and Enemy Randomizer is the perfect mod for a second playthrough with a bit of a twist. This mod does what it says on the tin: all enemies and items in the game are completely random, including enemy drops, shop items, and even your class loadout.

However, it isn’t just a case of the mod of throwing every item that exists into a tombola. Item and Enemy Randomizer has a careful logic when it comes to key items tied to progressions, ensuring they remain in important, unmissable locations to keep your playthrough ticking over smoothly.

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Grand Merchant

The nomadic merchants are some of the most reliable and helpful NPCs you’ll encounter in the Lands Between, offering various items they’re willing to hand over in exchange for any Runes you have going spare. With the Grand Merchant mod installed, you can purchase every item that appears in-game from Merchant Kale, located at the Church of Elleh in Limgrave.

This allows you to access the best Elden Ring armor, spells, and other equipment for specific builds as early as possible and retrieve lost items at any point. If your world’s Merchant Kale has met his maker, do not worry – Grand Merchant also includes a ‘simple version’ that allows you to craft items directly from the Crafting Menu at no cost. Starting a challenge run has never been so easy. If you want to switch up your build drastically, our guide explaining how to respec in Elden Ring will be useful.

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Pause The Game

The Souls games are notoriously strict about prohibiting players from pausing the game at any point. Entering the menus in Elden Ring doesn’t stop your game, so if an enemy wanders near you while organizing your inventory, you might find yourself in a dangerous situation.

You can pause the game in Elden Ring without downloading mods by opening the menu explanation function. Still, the modded version is better because it does exactly what you expect without jumping through hoops. The Pause the Game mod allows you to stop the game whenever you enter the menus, giving you the freedom to look through your items without worrying about being randomly attacked.

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PS4 and PS5 Controller UI

Are you sick of the Xbox One controller button prompts when using a PlayStation controller? The PS4 and PS5 Controller UI mod lets you manually change the Xbox button presets with the DualShock 4 or DualSense controller ones, though this does require more effort than the rest of the mods on this list.

You’re going to need Yabber and ER.BDT Tool to unpack and repack the Elden Ring executable. YouTuber Weeb Flex has created a step-by-step video tutorial that runs through how to install this mod. Once it is up and running, your button in-game prompts will change to your favorite controller.

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Magic Overhaul (Sorceries)

Compared to the best Elden Ring spells, a large portion of the sorceries are underpowered and use too much mana. The endgame Mage in Elden Ring typically uses the same five spells in their arsenal, but it doesn’t have to be this way. The Magic Overhaul mod aims to rebalance some of the worst spells in the game to make them viable in combat.

Some balance changes range from tweaks to the damage values of each projectile to new targeting properties to ensure the spells hit multiple enemies. If you’ve wanted to go through the game again as a Mage, this mod is essential as it opens up a range of previously unusable options.

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Ranged Weapons Overhaul

Regarding ranged weapons like bows, crossbows, and weapons in this category, Souls games have never allowed them to be anything other than secondary options. You might equip a bow and arrow to cheese kill a massive dragon from a distance now and then, but you won’t use these Elden Ring weapons when fighting against multiple enemies.

Enter the Ranged Weapons Overhaul mod: an attempt to give life to these underused weapons. The scaling has been adjusted on every bow to enable them to deal considerably more damage, and several weapons have been given new effects to make them feel different in-game. This is Phemeto’s first mod, and they’ve done an excellent job keeping the mod up to date with balance changes to stop these weapons from becoming too powerful.

Best Elden Ring Mods: a knight riding a horse as they look beyond the cliff edge

Prepare To Die (Hard Mode)

Elden Ring is by far the most accessible Souls game to date, but what if it wasn’t? The Prepare To Die mod makes the RPG game tougher in several key areas: enemies are harder to kill, enemies have better AI to hunt you down, and fast traveling has been reduced to churches and cathedrals only. This mod aims to make players utilize all their available tools when tackling each challenge Elden Ring throws at them.

The Prepare To Die mod also scales with New Game +, so you can enjoy the harder difficulty settings on your subsequent playthroughs. Silentverge, the creator of this mod, has teamed up with Phemeto to bring their ranged weapon changes to this difficulty mod. Archery is very important in this mod as you need it to craft items – now you can use a brand new set of weaponry as you face the toughest Elden Ring challenge mods offer.

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Easy Mode

Elden Ring may be easier than the Souls games, but it’s still one of the hardest games we’ve played in a long time. If you need it, you can tone down the difficulty using this Easy Mode mod, giving you three variations of easy mode to pick from. Whether you want to receive less damage and deal more, or you want to be rewarded more runes per kill, you can pick the perfect easy mode.

Many players have thanked the creators of this mod for their hard work, as they wouldn’t have been able to get through the game without it. There’s no shame in toning down the difficulty, especially in a game as tough as Elden Ring. Blast your way through the Lands Between with the ‘Personal Edit’ easy mode, giving you plenty of advantages when crafting materials and upgrading your weapons, on top of all the other adjustments in the previous easy mode mods.

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Disable Rune Loss on Death

One of the most frustrating mechanics in Elden Ring is when you lose a substantial amount of Runes that otherwise would have resulted in numerous level-ups. The Disable Rune Loss on Death mod removes that frustration entirely, allowing you to go through the game without being scared to die after clearing out a difficult area. This mod doesn’t necessarily make Elden Ring any easier, but it does make the game less frustrating overall.

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Skip The Intro Logos

Here’s another mod that arguably should be part of the base game: TechieW’s Skip The Intro Logos mod. Most PC players know the pain of booting up Elden Ring in a dark room, only to have the Bandai Namco logo blind you as the screen turns white. These intro logos can’t be skipped, forcing you to wait at least 15 seconds before starting the game properly. This mod saves you those precious seconds every time you boot up Elden Ring.

Best Elden Ring Mods: a knight taking on a large boss in a space environment

Unlock The Framerate

Playing any game at a high refresh rate is an amazing experience, giving users a significantly smoother experience overall. Elden Ring doesn’t feature support for frame rates higher than 60fps. However, it runs on the same engine as Sekiro and Dark Souls 3, which both have framerate unlockers. Within the first day of release, the Unlock The Framerate mod was among the first to hit the Nexus Mods website.

Unlike Dark Souls 3, the physics in Elden Ring isn’t tied to the frame rate, so playing at 120Hz or above doesn’t hinder the gameplay experience. Running Elden Ring at a higher frame rate can help improve reaction times; this is important in a Souls game where one hit from an Elden Ring boss can be the difference between life and death. Check out our Elden Ring system requirements article to see if your computer can push the game beyond 60fps.

Best Elden Ring Mods: Elden Ring running at 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio

Ultrawide Fixes

There’s nothing worse than buying a brand-new game on release only to discover it doesn’t support your monitor’s aspect ratio. In the case of ultrawide monitors, if you use an aspect ratio of 21:9 or higher, Elden Ring treats you to black bars on the side of your game. Luckily, there are several fixes to remove the black bars, remove the vignette, and increase the animation distance to make Elden Ring run correctly.

We should note that while having the option to play the game using an ultrawide aspect ratio technically doesn’t count as cheating, we wouldn’t recommend playing online using these mods.

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First Person Souls

If you’re craving that Kingsfield experience but can’t tear yourself away from The Lands Between, the First Person Souls mod is for you. Trading third person for first can be quite jarring at first, but the added immersion this first-person mod offers is well worth the time it takes to install.

All In One Save File

Lost your save file and can’t be bothered to replay the entire game again, or do you want to try out some of the rarest items in Elden Ring? The All In One Save File cuts out the middleman entirely, giving you exactly what you want so you can experience the game as the conqueror of the world. Okay, that might be a bit too far, but you get to go through the world as a level 125/150 character, so you’re strong enough to take anyone down.

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Save Manager

One of the biggest reasons newbies shy away from mods is because they’re concerned about losing their game save or they’re worried about receiving a ban. With the Elden Ring Save Manager, you can back up your save to ensure it’s always safe, and that’s not the only thing this application is capable of. You can adjust your save file to give yourself any item in the game, change your level to meet the PvP meta, and even rename your characters. If you’re just getting into mods for the first time, you’re going to want to use this save manager first.

How to install Elden Ring mods

Before you attempt to install any Elden Ring mods, we highly recommend backing up your current save file first. You need to download Anti-Cheat Toggler and Offline Launcher to ensure you can safely play offline using mods without putting your account at risk.

Copy the contents of the Anti-Cheat Toggler into the ‘Game’ folder in the Elden Ring directory. Run the ‘toggle_anti_cheat.exe’ application to disable Easy Anti-Cheat – you will see the message “Inappropriate activity detected” when you launch the game. If you want to switch back to the unmodded version of Elden Ring, run ‘toggle_anti_cheat.exe’ again to reactivate the anti-cheat system.

To run multiple mods simultaneously, copy the contents of Elden Mod Loader into the ‘Game’ folder inside the Elden Ring directory. After extracting the zip file – place all of your mods into the ‘mods’ folder to load them all at once. Remember that you won’t be able to use any of these mods online – that means you can’t play co-op using mods.

That’s everything you need to get to grips with the best Elden Ring mods. A recent patch for one of the best PC games adjusted the difficulty of the Starscourge Radahn boss fight to make it difficult again – read our Radahn boss fight guide to discover the easiest way to take this monster down. We also have a best Elden Ring builds guide to ensure each stat point is spent optimizing your character perfectly.