An Elden Ring montage captures numerous AFK famers being killed by a genius player using the jar cannon weapon.
Being perhaps the most accessible game FromSoftware has ever made, Elden Ring has drawn in players from many different backgrounds. With a huge open world full of enemies and loot, incredibly difficult boss fights, and multiplayer capability, Elden Ring is a well-rounded package of features that cater to different groups.
Because of this, as well as the sheer number of players in Elden Ring, there are players who set out to exploit the game’s flaws in order to gain a benefit. Usually, these exploits are harmless, such as Elden Ring‘s best farming locations that allow players to acquire runes quickly. Conversely, there are other, more harmful exploits to gain runes.
The most harmful of these exploits is AFK farming, a new exploit that is plaguing the multiplayer side of the game. How it works is that a player can find certain spots in the game that invaders can’t reach, use a Taunter’s Tongue to draw in players, then gain runes when the player inevitably leaves or dies in some way. Luckily, players are already finding out that Mohgwyn’s Spear can kill Elden Ring AFK farmers along with other methods. Other players figured out that the Jar Cannon is also a great weapon for this purpose. Reddit user shiba219808 decided to share the info through a montage displaying their large amount of AFK kills to prove its effectiveness.
As opposed to fight clubs, which are organized groups of players who get together and duel while the host watches, AFK farming in Elden Ring uses both invaders and helpful hunters to accomplish an objective that could easily be done in a farming area; however, instead of using an area, some players choose this strategy due to the low effort required as well as how successful the strategy unfortunately can be.
The exploit puts a damper on multiplayer in general, and so FromSoftware may figure out a way to fix it in a future update. Not only does it reward lazy play, it also clogs up invasions, wasting the time of many invaders and hunters alike. Considering the relative ease of other farming strategies, it’s unlikely that most fans would be sad to see AFK rune farming methods removed from the game.
Elden Ring is out for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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