Elden Ring Players Reverse Farming AFK PvPers

Usually if you want to farm runes to level up in Elden Ring (opens in a new tab), you will annihilate a dozen enemies over and over again until you are satisfied. Turns out that’s too much for some players who prefer not having to press a button to get runes. These players crouch in unreachable places in the world and lure invaders in for easy runes while alt-tabbed or fully AFK.

It’s an ugly rune farm compared to those that don’t waste other people’s time (opens in a new tab). AFK Rune Farmers use Torrent to jump to places unreachable on foot (usually in Limgrave), then use the Taunter’s Tongue to summon enemy players. No one can use the horse in multiplayer, so enemy invaders cannot reach the AFK Rune Farmer through normal means. These players are betting on the confusion or frustration of the PvP invader for a reward.

If the invaders don’t use the Finger Severer (which also rewards the host a small amount of runes) to escape the AFK host’s world and instead jump off a cliff and die, the camper gets an amount of runes depending on the level of the enemy player. And they get more runes if they use the white cipher ring to summon allied players to defeat invaders for them.

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This ongoing exploit has rallied the smart players of Elden Ring to start devising ways to “topple the farm” of AFK rune farmers. Popular methods include ranged weapons like the Jar Cannon (opens in a new tab) to kill or knock AFK players off their perches, or block animations on spells like Agheel’s Flame (opens in a new tab) to catch them from afar. Some players (opens in a new tab)even form a truce with the AFK players’ allied fighters to locate the culprit so the invader can try to stop them from capturing future players in their scheme.

youtube videos (opens in a new tab) who explain this rune farming method are inundated with comments from people about how to combat this technique and people’s irritation that it was explained in the first place.

I can’t help but agree with warlock’s comment (opens in a new tab) on one such video, who simply wrote, “This is the most girlless behavior I’ve seen.” I totally agree with making the game more manageable on your own by farming levels, but don’t do it at the expense of other people’s time. AFK rune farmers deserve to be cultivated themselves.

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