news tip Elden Ring: Too many players are still ignoring this all-important stat!
With its many different ways to play and its mind-boggling array of weapons, armor and gear, Elden Ring has brought together all the RPG enthusiasts who need monsters to slay. More than two months after its release, the game still manages to surprise with the depth of its gameplay, as evidenced by this vital stat that is still underrated by players.
No one will tell you otherwise: everything that lives in the underworld will try to kill you. If some choose a sneaky and agile tactic to dodge monsters and perform surgical attacks, others will prefer to face all difficulties, armed with their large armor and their swords. Whatever you choose, you should pay attention to a certain and underrated statistic: balance.
- Stoik the Brute
- Die without bending
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Stoik the Brute
The balance (ready in VO) is a very specific stat and is often underestimated by Elden Ring players. It must be said that its operation is not clear at first glance, but we offer you a simple explanation.
When you get hit in Elden Ring, you usually have two effects: the loss of life points and the your character wobbles, preventing you from moving for a short time† Now imagine an extra meter to your life bar, stamina and mana, which would be emptied with each hit you receive. As long as you have some of this gauge left, the hits you receive will of course deal damage to you, but won’t make you stagger† This is called balance.
This famous invisible meter regenerates completely and immediately after being emptied for the first time. In other words, if you have 51 balance and you get two hits yielding 50 balance points, you will not falter before the first, but for the second† If you take a third hit while following, you don’t wiggle, and so on. On the other hand, if you have 50 balance or less, any hit that gives you 50 balance points will cause you to falter. Also note that if you want to regain your balance without getting hit, all you need to do is go without taking a shot for 30 seconds†
Basically, if you want to resist wiggling, you need at least 1 balance point more than the amount you are going to lose.† The problem is that out of the 123 armor sets offered by the game, only 15 give you enough balance to withstand wobbling effectively.
Die without bending
To know how much balance it takes to withstand wobbling, you already need to know how many balance points your enemies will inflict on you† This information varies greatly in PVP depending on the weapons used by your opponents, but surprisingly little in PVE.
As you travel through the underworld, you will encounter all kinds of enemies. If absolutely every one of them will try to kill you without mercy, and hit your life bar more or less effectively, they will usually yield the same number of balance points: between 50 and 55. To withstand quick blows without hesitation, we therefore recommend that you try to achieve a minimum of 51 balance points, or even 56 to be more effective.
However, keep in mind that some enemies will strike at exactly 100 balance points† We are talking about big weapon attacks, which generally deliver slow and powerful blows. So if you want to undergo them without hesitation, you will have to exceed the bar of 100 balance points, which is not possible without the Mouflon Talisman† We invite you to read our guide to find out where to get it. If you are used to playing with heavy armor, trying to achieve this level of balance can be a great idea. Indeed, not only can you take heavy attacks without hesitation, but also up to two light attacks in a row, enough to make you a real juggernaut.
For players against player, having a good level of balance is also essential, but a bit more complicated. In reality, the number of balance points inflicted depends on the type of weapon used by your opponent:
|weapons||1 hand / 2 hands|
|Daggers and claws||31/33|
|Driving swords and whips||41/45|
|Straight Swords, Katanas, Spears, Double Swords, Axes, Fists, Curved Swords||51/56|
|Heavy Striking Swords||56/61|
|Hammers and flails||61/67|
|Halberds and Fauchards||93/103|
|All heavy weapons||103/113|
Therefore, to withstand the vast majority of weapons, we recommend that you have a balance level of 62 . reach† Of course, here again you can choose to reach 133 balance thanks to the heavy armor and the mouflon talisman, but we recommend that you only do this if you are already used to playing with this genre of armor.
As we told you before, there are only 15 armor sets in the game that can reach at least the 51 point balance, here are which ones †
- Abandoned set
- Lionel set
- Radahn set
- Veteran set
- Broken set
- Crucible Tree Shape Set
- Fire Prelate Set
- Bernahl set
- Mouflon set
- Boom Sentinel Set
- Banished Knight Set
- Royal Knight Set
- Baidd’s set
- Crucible Ax Set
- Deformed Dragon Set
One of the best armor on this list will definitely be the Veteran setthat you a excellent weight/balance ratio† However, this set cannot be picked up until very late in the game. While waiting for the equipment, we advise you to focus on the Scaled Set. To find out where to find all these armors, we also recommend that you read our complete guide to Elden Ring.
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