Elden Ring has a plethora of content in the base version, but this article will be covering everything that is new in the Convergence Mod
With Soulsborne fans expecting FromSoftware to release ‘Shadow of The Erdtree’ DLC any moment (possibly in February 2024), players can temporarily fill the void with this brilliant mod instead. Convergence takes the incredible journey of a Tarnished in The Lands Between and adds multiple layers and levels to it, an experience that players will enjoy long after the release of the DLC. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the content it offers.
An extensive build variety:
Elden Ring is already expansive when it comes to build variety, and Convergence takes it a step further, with up to 27 starting class options:
- Vanguard (STR/DEX – Offense)
- Retainer (STR/DEX – Defense)
- Marksman (STR/DEX – Long Range)
- Berserker (STR – Offense)
- Dreadnought (STR – Defense)
- Sellsword (DEX – Offense)
- Rogue (DEX – Defense)
- Glint Sorcerer (INT – Magic)
- Starcaller (INT/STR – Physical)
- Underworld Mage (INT/DEX – Lightning)
- Volcanist (INT/FTH – Fire)
- Stormcaller (INT/FTH/STR – Physical)
- Nox Oracle (INT/FTH/DEX – Magic)
- Necromancer (INT/FTH, Summoner – Holy)
- Frost Witch (INT/ARC – Magic)
- Aberrant Heretic (INT/ARC – Physical)
- Flame Prophet (FTH, Offense – Fire)
- Fundamentalist (FTH, Defense – Holy)
- Bestial Devout (FTH/STR – Physical)
- Dragon Cultist (FTH/DEX – Lightning)
- Godskin Celebrant(INT/FTH – Holy)
- Frenzied Zealot (INT/FTH – Fire)
- Blood Initiate (FTH/ARC – Fire)
- Servant of Rot (FTH/ARC – Physical)
- Mystic (FTH/ARC – Magic)
- Perfumer (ARC – Consumables)
- Prisoner (RL1)
The level of complexity these builds add to the game is surely something players will love to explore, adding to the replayability of Elden Ring. Additionally, every starting class makes you start the game in a completely different area, making every new game truly a fresh start.
Boss Rush feature:
One of the most compelling characteristics of Elden Ring is its beautiful boss designs and the challenges they bring to the table. Taking inspiration from Sekiro’s ‘Reflection of Strength’, Convergence adds ‘Boss Resurrection’ to the game, where players can interact with the golden sword statue in the Roundtable Hold and replay their favorite battle encounters with demigods, empyreans and Elden Lords alike. The Remembrance items that bosses drop also add more detailed descriptions, which is icing on the cake for lore lovers.
Not to mention, the normal bosses have been reworked and tweaked in multiple ways, which might surprise a player who is very used to the timing and moves of normal bosses. For example, ‘Godrick, The Grafted’ is now much faster with his wind-up attacks, and ‘Praetor Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy’ has been completely reworked in a way that lets you use weapons other than the Serpent Hunter, A great spear armament that was previously mandatory for the fight. All these nuances are very welcome in keeping the game fresh and will surely keep fellow Tarnished on their toes.
Convergence Map Changes:
Convergence uses the mysterious yet alluring area of The Lands Between and adds small nuances here and there to keep the map fresh for players who might be bored of the location after several replays. Dungeons and Catacombs are remixed, new traps and surprises await in familiar corners, and several portals are added that will leave a Tarnished curious every second. Minor Erdtrees, inhabited by Erdtree Avatar bosses that drop Physick upgrades, now have portals that lead to other areas in the game for easier accessibility.
For example, a portal in Windmill Village now leads to The Haligtree, and a similar portal in Leyndell Catacomb’s boss room leads to Mohg’s Palace; two locations which are rather hectic to get to in the vanilla version of the game.
And of course, arguably the best map change/QOL feature that was added in the game is the ability to use Torrent in the Elden Beast boss fight. Torrent’s addition in the battle was apparently supposed to be a feature in the normal game, but FromSoftware decided to leave it out for some reason. Convergence, thankfully, takes this headache away, one that many players surely suffered from.
Several miscellaneous/QOL Changes:
The Convergence mod adds multiple features that help make the pacing of Elden Ring feel smoother, while dialing it up with the overall difficulty in certain aspects. Here are some of the quality of life features that are included in the mod:
- Fast traveling is now possible inside dungeons; something a lot of players were annoyed with in the base game.
- The flasks can now be upgraded with just 1 Golden Seed per upgrade.
- A Rune Arc effect is automatically activated upon defeating a boss, a feature inspired by Dark Souls 3’s Ember mechanic.
- Multiple status effect changes, including Scarlet Rot dealing less damage over time, whereas Poison does more. Madness and Deathblight now affect enemies in the environment as well.
- The Spectral Seed Whistle, which summons the magical mount Torrent, is given to the player at the start of the game.
Additionally, Elden Ring’s crafting feature was, admittedly, an underwhelming one.That being said, Convergence gives it a deserving spotlight by adding the options to craft Talismans and Physick Tears, available through interacting with a grace. This, of course, means that new crafting materials are available in the open world in the form of Crafted, Enchanted or Heirloom Remnants. Main bosses will drop Relic Remnants whereas Erdtree Avatars and Erdtree Sentries will drop Essence, Elemental, Prowess, Invigorating and Enduring Physick Remnants.
We’re hoping that some of these quality of life features make it to the DLC in a similar fashion, or at least in a future update, as they are quite beneficial in solving some of the problems that come with making a game so extensive.
We’re hoping that some of these features make it to the DLC in a similar fashion, or at least in a future update, as they are quite beneficial in solving some of the problems that come with making a game so broad. With The Shadow of The Erdtree DLC presumably almost here, it’s a great time to pick up this brilliant game, and The Convergence mod is undeniably one of the best ways to reinvigorate your love for Elden Ring.