Elden Ring Best Keepsake to Choose at Start

The best Elden Ring keepsake to choose at the start is, in our estimation, the one that is gonna make the game easier, at least in the beginning. Your definition of the best Elden Ring starting gifts might differ, and I know that many of you will play the game several times through with each and every one of them. Either way, knowing about them won’t hurt. That’s why we’ve put together our Elden Ring Best Keepsake to Choose at Start guide, in which we’ll show you a list of all starting gifts and what they do. Then, we’ll tell you which ones we believe are best.

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elden ring best keepsake to choose at start
Elden Ring Best Keepsake to Choose at the Start

Elden Ring Keepsake

Before we tell you what the best Elden Ring keepsake to choose at the start is, there is one important thing to mention – it seems that all of them can be obtained in the game. Therefore, this choice mostly hinges on what would be the most useful in the beginning. Here’s a list of all keepsakes, or starting gifts, in Elden Ring and what they do.

  1. Crimson Amber Medallion – A medallion inlaid with crimson amber. Increases maximum HP. It raises your health by 36 HP, or about one level of Vitality. You can buy it from the vendor in Weeping Peninsula for 1500.
  2. Lands Between Rune – The gold of grace shining in the eyes of the people of the Lands Between. Use to gain many runes. Consume it to obtain a whole bunch of runes. Not super-useful overall.
  3. Golden Seed – A golden seed washed ashore from the Lands Between. Said to reinforce Sacred Flasks. Let’s you upgrade your flask. Golden Seeds are actually very limited, so this is a high priority. Probably the best Elden Ring keepsake to choose at the start.
  4. Fanged Imp Ashes – The ashes of small, diminutive golems. Ashes are said to hold spirits within. It let’s you summon two fanged imps. Not a bad choice, but there are many summons you can get that are just as good, or even better.
  5. Cracked Pot – Three strange cracked pots that somehow mend themselves. A container for certain thrown items. Used to craft throwing pots, but is also somehow in key items.
  6. Stonesword Key – Two stone keys shaped like swords. Breaks the seal on imp statues, but can be used only once. Opens one Imp Gargoyle Lock, aka the areas blocked by white fog. These usually have weapons and other useful items.
  7. Bewitching Branch – Five sacred branches charged with beguiling power. Said to originate from the demigod Miquella.
  8. Boiled Prawn – Five pieces of boiled prawn. Boosts physical damage negation. Easy skip.
  9. Shabiri’s Woe – The crazed likeness of a noble whose eyes have been gouged out. Attracts enemies’ aggression. Useful to draw aggro if playing with friends or have good summons. It does make the game harder.

Best Keepsake – Which Keepsake to Choose in Elden Ring

The best keepsake to choose in Elden Ring at the start is the Golden Seed, in our opinion. As we’ve said, it lets you upgrade your Sacred Flask very early in the game, which is invaluable. Plus, Golden Seeds do not come easy; so having one right from the jump can make all the difference, especially in PvP and fighting through a dungeon.

The second best is probably the Stonesword Key. Reminder, it lets you unlock one of the white fog doors and whatever treasure lies beyond. You might find something really useful in there that will help you in the early stages of Elden Ring. Also, Fanged Imp Ashes is not a bad choice, but again, you’ll replace them fairly quickly. Other than that, dealer’s choice. Remember, the choice is ultimately yours. Go for whatever sounds best to you.

Very early in your exploration of Elden Ring world you will find out that you need to prepare your character for different tasks. You'll need to learn how to use Ashes of War, how to two-hand weapons, or use magic spells during the course of your adventures. Many secrets are also waiting for you, such as, a hostile NPC Sellen that doesn't let you see her shop, an invisible man in a bush, or a huge turtle with a bell that lets you duplicate some very important items.

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