You might have noticed that Elden Ring doesn't do much to point you in specific directions, with the Elden Ring map becoming a totally blank slate every time you uncover a new area.
As you uncover map fragments in the game, the Elden Ring map appears in full, but it doesn't include much in the way of details or landmarks unless you've discovered them first yourself.
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If you want to learn more about the Elden Ring map and taking a peek at what it looks like in full, keep on reading for our handy guide on all-things map-related in Elden Ring.
Is Elden Ring open world?
Yes, Elden Ring is an open-world game. The developers at FromSoftware have crafted a vast open area for you to explore freely — that world is called The Lands Between, and it play host to lots of boss battles and hidden secrets.
It is worth stressing that you do start the game in a non-open area, on a set path that will teach you the basics, but the Elden Ring open-world is yours to explore after you've completed that brief bit of tutorial content.
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How big is the Elden Ring map?
In terms of kilometres squared, the exact size of the Elden Ring map is yet to be confirmed by the developers, but we can tell you from experience that it's properly massive. It could be the biggest open-world game we've played to date.
We do know that the Elden Ring map features five main areas (Limgrave, Caelid, Liurnia, Altus Plateau and the
Mountaintops of the Giants), and all of them look to be pretty huge. You start out in Limgrave, but there is so much else to explore further afield.
The first Site of Grace in the open-world points you north with its golden beam of light, but we'd also recommend travelling south in Limgrave towards the bottom of the map — there's plenty to find down there before you progress through the main story.
Elden Ring map images
While there are plenty of pictures of the Elden Ring map doing the rounds online, many of them are incomplete because not many people have finished the game yet at this stage.
Over on the Elden Ring wiki created by Fextralife, however, you can find an Elden Ring interactive map that looks to be one of the most detailed resources doing the rounds at the moment.
On the Map Genie website, another highly impressive Elden Ring interactive map can be found. This one even lets you log in and track your progress!
Click either of the links in the previous two paragraphs and you'll be taken to an interactive Elden Ring map, which you can filter to help you find certain items or points of interest.
Elden Ring map fragments
If you're wondering why your Elden Ring map looks greyed out and devoid of details in the game, that probably means you haven't yet found the map fragment that you need.
Each region in Elden Ring has at least one map fragment that you'll need to find, each of which will flesh out your in-game map with all sorts of useful information.
In the Limgrave area that serves as your first open-world hub in the game, the video below should help you find the east and west map fragments that will help you get around. You basically need to interact with a big obelisk to pick up each fragment.
Elden Ring fast travel explained
Fast travel in Elden Ring is very simple, which is certainly very welcome news among players.
Once you are into the open-world portion of the game, you will be able to fast-travel between any Site of Grace locations that you've discovered.
All you need to do to unlock each Site of Grace is get close to it — there's no puzzle to solve, battle to overcome, mini game to complete or anything like that.
Once you've unlocked a Site of Grace, you can travel to it at any time simply by selecting it from your map in the menu. Simples.
How to summon a horse in Elden Ring
If you want to get around the Elden Ring map a bit quicker, you'll want to unlock the Spectral Steed horse as soon as possible.
To unlock the horse in Elden Ring, you need to visit a few Sites of Grace including the one at Gatefront Ruins. Once you've added some Sites of Grace to your map and made your way to Gatefront Ruins, you should be able to meet a character named Melina.
Once you've met Melina, she'll give you the Spectral Steed Whistle, an item that will let you summon your horse at any time (except when you're inside). To summon your horse in Elden Ring, find the Spectral Steed Whistle in your inventory (it's classed as a Key Item), use it, and your trusty steed should appear.
You can also equip your Spectral Steed Whistle as a Quick Item from the Equipment menu, which will allow you to whip it out with less faff in future. And with that, have fun exploring the vast Elden Ring map!
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