Elden Ring: How to Respec Your Stats

Don't like your stat spread in Elden Ring? Here's how to respec and start over from the beginning.

In case you're wondering: yes, Elden Ring allows you to respec your stats, though it starts you from the baseline set by your starting class. Actually respeccing is almost needlessly complicated and requires beating more than a few bosses. It is fairly limited per playthrough unless you want to do a metric ton of grinding.

With all that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about how to respec in Elden Ring.

How to Respec in Elden Ring Explained

To unlock the ability to respec in Elden Ring, you must defeat Renalla, Queen of the Full Moon, in the Raya Lucaria Academy. You’ll then be able to talk to her whenever you like and will also unlock the Raya Lucaria Grand Library Site of Grace for easy returns to the area.

With respec unlocked, you’ll need a key item called a Larval Tear. 

Talk to Renalla with a Larval Tear in your inventory, and she'll ask if you want to be reborn. Say yes, and that you want to spend the Tear to open a new menu. Rebirth lets you respec, while Cosmetics lets you update your character's appearance. 

The first Larval Tear you’re likely to find is in the Village of the Aubernarics in Liurnia of the Lakes. From the southernmost tip of the lake, keep to the west until you enter a poison swamp. Keep left to reach a path framed by crucifixes leading up to a dark village.

Grab the Site of Grace, go past the fire-throwing enemy, and proceed until you see a graveyard to your left. The Larval Tear is the only shiny item visible near one of the coffins.

There are specific enemies throughout Elden Ring that are guaranteed to drop Larval Tears, specifically throughout the Eternal Cities of Nokron and Nokstella. These optional areas have at least two Larval Tears, either dropped by the mimic boulders or found on corpses.

Nokron is only available after defeating General Radahn, at which point a hole opens up in Limgrave, just south of the Mistwood. Nokstella can only be reached by progressing the questline of Ranni the Witch until a portal to it opens in her tower.

The merchant in Siofra River also sells one, and they’re also dropped by various enemies disguised as other things throughout the world.

Farming Larval Tears is possible, as Mimic Tears, the blob-like enemies throughout Nokron and Nokstella, drop them rarely when defeated. It’s extraordinarily uncommon, however. Use a Silver-Pickled Fowl Foot to up your item discovery, or level the Arcane stat to boost the same.

The best way to respec in Elden Ring is to do a little metagaming. Once you find a few of the easier-to-find Larval Tears, backup your save, respec, then upload the save where you hadn’t yet spent the Tear. In this way, you avoid having to search endlessly for new Tears with no cost to you beyond a few seconds.

That’s about all there is to know about how to respec in Elden Ring. Be aware there’s no way to reset stats below your starting class values, so pick the right one with our starting class guide. If for some reason, you don’t know how to fast travel by the time you get to Renalla, we’ve got you covered with our fast travel guide. Or if you need to know how to cure Scarlet Rot on the way to Radahn, look here. Keep tabs on our Elden Ring guides hub for more on the way. It's already full of tips, boss strategies, and more.

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John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.

Published Mar. 25th 2022

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