The Age of Gentlemen

Dark Souls and Elden Ring Etiquette


Dark Souls and its spiritual successor, Elden Ring, are notoriously challenging games that require quick reflexes and strategic thinking. While many players enjoy exploring the intricate worlds and taking on the many tough enemies, some of the most exciting moments come from PvP, or player-versus-player combat. However, unlike many other online games, Dark Souls and Elden Ring have a set of unwritten rules that players typically follow during duels. These rules help to create a fair and honorable experience for both players, and can add an extra layer of excitement to the already intense gameplay. Here are some of the main guidelines for duels in Dark Souls and Elden Ring.

  1. Bowing: Before the fight begins, players will often bow to each other as a sign of respect. Actions taken before the bow are an act of aggression, not the act of a gentleman.
  2. No Healing: Once the fight has begun, players typically do not use any healing items. This is seen as unsportsmanlike and can often lead to a quick defeat.
  3. No Ganking: Ganking is when multiple players attack a single opponent. In duels, it is usually expected that players will fight one-on-one.
  4. No Running: Running away or trying to lure your opponent into a trap is generally frowned upon.

Remember, these are simply guidelines that many players follow to create a fair and fun experience for everyone involved.