How long to beat Elden Ring?

Here's an estimate of how long it will take you to beat Elden Ring.


FromSoftware’s latest adventure is one of its grandest yet. Elden Ring is an expansive open-world experience that gives players a plethora of things to do. Although it’s easier to sink plenty of hours into the experience, many players will want to know how long it will take for them to complete the game’s main story. Let’s look at how long it will take to beat Elden Ring.

How long to beat Elden Ring?

It will take you around 40 - 50 hours to beat Elden Ring if you progress through the game at a steady pace. However, this is one of those games where your mileage may vary dramatically. Elden Ring is incredibly open-ended, allowing players to access most of its locations and bosses from a very early point in the game. You could easily blow past the 50 hour mark without getting anywhere near the final boss. On the other hand, some players have been able to finish the game in just several hours, completely forgoing every optional boss and area of the game.

Elden Ring, like most FromSoftware games, has a reputation for being difficult, which will certainly factor into how long it takes you to beat the game. If you’re a Soulsborne veteran, you’ll probably be able to get through the game’s gauntlet of bosses a bit easier. Newcomers may find a harder learning curve.

Elden Ring players are likely in for a 40 - 50 hour commitment if they intend to roll credits on the FromSoftware game, but that number could easily balloon to a much higher amount if they decide to take their time and explore all of the optional content that The Lands Between has to offer. If you’re playing through the game and could use some assistance along the way, be sure to bookmark Shacknews’ Elden Ring strategy guide.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Scream nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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    April 5, 2022 12:40 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, How long to beat Elden Ring?

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      April 5, 2022 5:24 PM

      This isn't right. One Shacker I know finished this game twice in 60 hours. He said he did every side quest. He also said his uncle works for FROM Software.

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        April 5, 2022 5:26 PM

        Is it feek?

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        April 6, 2022 5:32 AM

        That’s me and pretty much true. I’m at like 75 hours now and found a few more useless dungeons but that’s about it.

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        April 6, 2022 5:34 AM

        Article also says 40-50 hours. NG+ takes maybe 4-6 hours because it’s easy.

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      April 5, 2022 7:18 PM

      Who are these yahoos finishing this monster game in 40-50 hours? This shit needs to be savored, not rushed.

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        April 6, 2022 6:21 AM

        Very true. It's about the journey, not the destination.

        Right now, my journey is focused on defeating a stupid Black Knife in an Evergaol. It's impressive how much damage a number of his moves can do to my level 133 character.

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      April 5, 2022 7:59 PM

      I made it to final boss tonight at 122 in about 72-73 hours. Feels about right. I could have certainly explored more and left two optional bosses alive that I’m aware of.

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      April 5, 2022 8:02 PM

      The speedrun is under 20 minutes. I'm not sure how as I'm 50 hours in and not near the end yet, so I haven't watched it.

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        April 6, 2022 5:28 AM

        Lots of glitches and warping

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      April 7, 2022 12:39 AM

      234 hours. Maybe halfway? A lot of that is sitting at the Majula Church Of Elleh bonfire Grace while I cook, though.

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