September 27, 2023


Unlimited Technology

Elden Ring patch 1.03 adds new side quests, nerfs Hoarfrost Stomp

Elden Ring just got a beefy patch on console and PC, adding new questlines for a bunch of NPCs, fixing plenty of bugs, and nerfing and buffing various skills and spells. Speaking of those NPCs, it’ll be easier to find them now as well.

Whenever you encounter an NPC, you’ll now have the option to record their name and location on your map. That’s nice, isn’t it? It’ll be especially useful when you come across the new NPC, Jar-Bairn, who was also added in Elden Ring patch 1.03

In more NPC news, you’ll be able to summon them in extra encounters once the new patch is installed. 

In less happy news for some people, FromSoftware has reduced the damage and increased the casting time for Hoarfrost Stomp, a weapon ability that speedrunners and cowards use to defeat bosses quickly. If you played a melee build and ever found yourself teaming up with a mage player, you’ll know how overpowered a lot of the magic in Elden Ring is. 

Weirdly, some spells have also been buffed. Gravity Well, Collapsing Stars, and Crystal Barrage all do more damage now. And a bunch of other sorceries have had their FP consumption reduced. 

Elsewhere, it’s your usual bug fixes and balance changes. You can check out the full patch notes on the Bandai Namco site

Written by Kirk McKeand on behalf of GLHF.

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