'Elden Ring': Can You Respec Your Character?

If you want to stand even the faintest chance of defeating Elden Ring's hardest bosses, then you will need to invest your attribute points wisely.

There is no "wrong" way to build your character's stats, but a Jack-of-all-trades will not fare too well against the more formidable enemies that are stationed later in the game. Instead, you are best off concentrating on a particular skill, whether that's intelligence, faith, dexterity or strength.

While most players will discover a preference eventually, it can take a bit of experimentation before you make up your mind. For instance, you might initially think that you want to specialize as a mage only to later find out that your play style is better suited to melee combat (or vice versa).

This can cause a problem, as many of Elden Ring's items and spells are inaccessible to those who don't have the right stats, and if you suddenly want to change your focus midway through it can be a real headache.

Can You Respec Your Character in 'Elden Ring'?

Fortunately, there is a hidden option to "respec" your character. In case you are not familiar with that term, it essentially means that you can refund all the attribute points you have spent on leveling up your avatar (starting from scratch) and then allocate them differently.

So, if you have already leveled up 20 times and find that you regret some of your early decisions, then you can get all 20 of your upgrade points back and channel them into your new favorite stat.

Of course, the developers at FromSoftware don't make this easy. Even the simplest of mechanics in Elden Ring come with caveats and conditions. Reinforcing weapons is an incredibly time-consuming process, there's no quest log keeping track of who you've met and what they've asked you to do, and you must jump through several hoops whenever you want to summon a co-op partner.

If you want to respec, that's going to be complicated as well. For a start, you'll need to find the appropriate character who can do this for you and then you're also going to harvest certain resources with which to pay them.

How To Respec Your Character in 'Elden Ring'

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Image shows a dragon in "Elden Ring." If you want to take on daunting foes like this, then you will need to make sure that you have invested your attribute points in the right stats. FromSoftware

Seemingly just to confound you, Elden Ring likes to describe conventional gameplay features with its own cryptic vernacular.

For example, experience points are renamed "Runes," checkpoints are "Sites of Grace" and you have to use something called the "Furlcalling Finger Remedy" to begin online matchmaking.

In keeping with this trend, the ability to respec is given its own unique name here: that being "rebirth." This service is offered by Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, who can be found on the upper levels of the Academy of Raya Lucaria (in the Grand Library specifically).

Don't worry if you have not found this location yet, as it is a mandatory part of the main story path, and you cannot miss it. It's the big building in the center of Liurnia of the Lakes (North of Stormveil Castle) and is only accessible once you've acquired a Glintstone Key.

This being a FromSoftware game, the hardships don't stop there. Not only is it difficult to get to Rennala in the first place, but she is a hostile character until you defeat her in a grueling boss fight. If you manage that, then she will be soothed and transform into a friendly NPC.

From that point on, you can interact with her whenever you want to respec. However, there is a cost associated with this.

Where To Find Larval Tears in 'Elden Ring'

Every time that you want to respec your Tarnished character, you will need to spend a "Larval Tear," which is a rare substance that also happens to be a living organism.

If you read the corresponding item description, it explains how the tears are "required by the amber egg cradled by Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, to birth people anew," which is a fancy way of saying that they're your currency for this particular transaction.

Larval Tears themselves are finite and quite difficult to track down (adding yet another layer of inconvenience for those who want to respec their characters). Here are some good places to look:

  • Around the Village of the Albinaurics graveyard
  • If you interact with the seated ghost in the graveyard east of Caria Manor, it will vanish and leave behind a Larval Tear
  • Anywhere that you can fight silver tears enemies, as there is a chance that these foes will drop Larval Tears (but it's not guaranteed). They are prolific in Nokron and Nokstella.
  • The item is also dropped after you defeat the Mimic Tear boss (Nokron) and the Grafted Scion boss (located halfway between Rose Church and Boilprawn Shack)

You can also purchase Larval Tears from the following vendors, in exchange for Runes:

  • Pidia in Caria Manor
  • The Nomadic Merchant in Siofra River

Elden Ring is available now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5 and PC.

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Image shows gameplay from "Elden Ring." As its FromSoftware stablemates, the game is punishingly difficult. Bandai Namco