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Elden Ring guide: Earthbore Cave walkthrough

Find every item, open every treasure chest, beat every enemy and boss

Sitting on a horse, looking the entrance to Earthbore Cave in Elden Ring Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

Earthbore Cave is a relatively short Elden Ring dungeon. If it wasn’t for the tiny room with the huge deathgrip-loving Runebear, we could almost call it easy. In this Elden Ring Earthbore Cave guide, we’ll help you survive the boss fight, grab the unique Spelldrake Talisman reward, and avoid that one trap involving a Giant Rat.


Earthbore Cave location

Earthbore Cave location on Elden Ring’s map
Earthbore Cave (circled), in northern Weeping Peninsula
Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

The entrance to the Earthbore Cave is down the cliffs on the north side of Weeping Peninsula. You can go there directly by jumping on the lower edges until you reach the cave, or you can use the nearby glowing Spirit Candle to guide you there.

If you travel through the forest toward the west, you can spot the Spirit Candle on your right, next to an old stone tower. Interact with the Candle, and follow the spirit as he walks toward the Earthbore Cave entrance.


Earthbore Cave enemies and items

A chest in Elden Ring’s Earthbore Cave Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

The first thing you see after entering the Earthbore Cave is a big, shiny treasure chest. Too good to be true? Well, yes. If you step on the suspicious looking rocks in front of the chest, you will fall down and land right in the middle of the local rodent family: one Giant Rat and five normal ones.

It’s better to carefully walk around the trap, open the chest without falling down, and collect three pieces of Pickled Turtle Neck. Don’t forget to grab the Cave Moss as well (the bright green stuff, can’t miss it). Then continue your way down the tunnel.

You will come across a Summoning Pool, and then two normal-sized Rats guarding a corpse. Loot the corpse to get a Golden Rune. After that, you will see a larger area filled with the remaining Rats. You might want to use sneak or ranged attacks to avoid having to face them all at once. Remember: one of them is a Giant Rat, so that one’s a bit harder to defeat.

After taking down the Rats, loot the two corpses for one Glowstone and five Kukri. Then drop down the tunnel, grab the Silver Fireflies on your left, and go say hi to the Earthbore Cave Boss: the Runebear.


Earthbore Cave Boss: Runebear

The Runebear boss from Elden Ring’s Earthbore Cave Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

This Elden Ring boss is way too big for its lair, and that’s our main problem: You can’t keep your distance. Forget about casting spells from afar, and rely on melee attacks and your dodging ability instead.

The Runebear’s attacks are a combination of slaps, bites, charge attacks, and grabs. Be especially wary of those grabs. If he manages to get a hold of you, you will basically be hugged to death. It’s an unpleasant experience.

The best strategy to take down the Runebear is to dodge past him when he initiates an attack. After that, go for the exposed belly and hind legs. Once he’s done for, you will get the Spelldrake Talisman, which boosts magic damage negation.

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