While the game still has some rough edges that need to be ironed out, in the meantime, the Elden Ring modding community has cooked up some clever fixes and tools for improving the overall experience.
In this list, we’ll highlight the best Elden Ring mods for PC in 2023 and give you a brief summary of how they alter Elden Ring’s gameplay, graphics, and performance.
We’ll continue to update this list as new mods catch our eye, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any of your favorite Elden Ring PC mods!
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Turn Off Anti-Cheat and Play Offline
Mod: Anti-Cheat Toggler and Offline Launcher
Before you dive into modding your copy of Elden Ring, we recommend making sure you have Easy Anti-Cheat switched off and your game is set to ‘Offline.’
Otherwise, you may find your account banned for suspicious activity, and rightfully so seeing as many of these mods alter game mechanics that affect PvP and co-op.
The best way to protect yourself before modding is to use TechieW’s Anti-Cheat Toggler and Offline Launcher to guarantee you won’t be detected.
Keep in mind, you’ll have to undo any changes you might have made prior to going back online, otherwise Easy Anti-Cheat will still flag your copy of the game.
Pause the Game
Mod: Pause the Game
With that out of the way, we can now address one of Elden Ring’s biggest issues which is its lack of a pause button in the traditional sense.
Due to the game’s online nature, FromSoftware decided to make it so the game world was constantly active, even when your character isn’t moving and you’re busy dealing with real-life stuff.
For reasons unclear, this also applies to playing in Offline Mode, so you might want to consider installing a mod such as TechieW’s Pause the Game.
Even though it requires you to play Offline in order to work, this is a small price to pay for the peace of mind that comes from knowing your game is paused and your character is safe.
See the Full Map in High-Resolution
Mod: High-Resolution Map JPG
Elden Ring has a lot going for it in the visuals and graphics department, with some parts of the world looking outright gorgeous.
However, there’s always room for improvement, especially in how the game’s captivating world gets translated to an in-game map.
To get the most from Elden Ring’s map and, more importantly, know where the heck you’re going, we recommend using CptnJTK’s High-Resolution Map JPG mod.
It combines pieces from Fextralife’s Interactive Map to create a 15175 x 14280 resolution scan of Elden Ring’s entire map for your convenience.
Enhance the Controls
Mod: EMU Light – Enhanced Moveset Utility
If you’re playing Elden Ring on PC with a controller, then you may have already picked up on the fact that there are more inputs in the game than buttons on a gamepad.
Depending on how you have the controls mapped, this can make it tricky to pull off certain actions, especially in the heat of battle or early on when you’re still coming to grips with the controls.
To make things easier, we suggest using KowboyBebop’s EMU Light – Enhanced Moveset Utility mod, which lets you map spells to different hotkeys, perform rolls without any input delay, back up saves, and more.
Its benefits aren’t limited to just controllers either and can be used to make certain actions easier and quicker while using a mouse and keyboard as well.
Add HDR Lighting Effects
Mod: Elden ReShade – HDR FX
Reshades are one of the most popular types of mods and can go a long way towards refining a game’s visuals or altering its look completely.
And while Elden Ring may not necessarily need improving in this area, it doesn’t hurt to add cool visual effects like HDR Lighting using Vanguard1776’s Elden ReShade – HDR FX mod.
The benefits become immediately clear as lighting throughout the entire world starts to look more precise and realistic.
It can have a drastic change on the game’s overall mood and has the added bonus of being performance-friendly and easy to install.
Add RTX Reflections
Mod: Elden Ring 2 Raytraced Reshade
Aside from fancy HDR lighting, Elden Ring’s visuals greatly benefit from ray-traced reflections on bodies of water and other reflective surfaces.
If you’re one of the many PC gamers looking to embrace this new technology and up your game’s graphical fidelity, we recommend installing MANgamez’ Elden Ring 2 Raytraced Reshade mod.
It offers an assortment of presets designed to take Elden Ring’s visuals to the next level by adding better reflections and shadows along with more overall details.
This includes enhanced ambient occlusion along with some stylistic choices that make the game’s world look a bit more somber and grim.
Make the Game Look like Classic Dark Souls
Mod: Eden LIT – Graphics Overhaul
Anyone who’s played a Dark Souls game before has probably noticed just how different Elden Ring looks compared to FromSoftware’s tent pole series.
If you find yourself missing that classic Dark Souls look, complete with the vignette border, high contrast visuals, and darker color palette, we have good news for you.
Modder Seifunaru has taken the liberty of creating the Eden LIT – Graphics Overhaul mod that introduces a host of changes to give Elden Ring’s rotten and desolated look a bit more spunk.
The most notable differences are the removal of the game’s green tint and blur effects, desaturated colors, better lighting, higher contrast, and improved texture quality.
Mod: Performance Boost
Like many PC ports, Elden Ring includes several graphical presets that allow the game to run smoothly on a wide range of hardware.
Despite this, some players may still run into problems getting the game to run smoothly even on the lowest graphical setting.
To remedy this, we suggest dedicating all of your game’s resources towards performance by using temtem04’s Performance Boost mod.
Doing so allows you to access a lot more settings than the vanilla game menu in order to boost FPS, set low LOD, low Grass Range, remove grass, shadows, volumetric effects, rain, and tree animations, etc.
Increase the Field of View
Mod: Extended Field of View
On the other hand, maybe your machine is more than equipped to handle anything Elden Ring can throw at it.
In such case, you may want to experiment with higher graphical settings as well as increase the game’s field of view to see more of the Lands Between each time you play.
The best way to do this is with Silentverge02’s Extended Field of View mod, which moves the camera further back to let you see more of the world at any given time.
Having a further zoomed-out camera can be beneficial during certain bossfights and provide you with plenty of eye candy while you explore.
Fix the Camera
Mod: Fix the Camera
Regarding Elden Ring’s camera, you might have observed that it has an annoying tendency to automatically refocus and drag when you don’t desire it to.
This is something that may be addressed in a future patch and made an optional setting in the display menu options but for now, a mod will do.
We recommend using TechieW’s Fix the Camera mod, which removes the automatic re-centering effect altogether, allowing for smoothing turning and better angling during combat.
The modder claims it works best with keyboard and mouse but that they have plans to improve controller usage in the future.
Add PlayStation Controller UI
Mod: PS5 PS4 Controller UI for Elden Ring
When playing with a controller on the PC version of Elden Ring, the game defaults to using the Xbox controller layout.
This can make it confusing for players who opt to use a PlayStation DualShock of DualSense controller instead of Xbox’s brand.
If you’re in this exact situation, we suggest installing losh11’s PS5 PS4 Controller UI for Elden Ring mod.
It’s a simple quality of life fix that can have a huge impact on minute to minute gameplay, especially in a game that demands quick reflexes such as Elden Ring.
Add Ultra-Wide Monitor Support
Mod: Flawless Widescreen
Another obstacle some players might run into with Elden Ring, particularly those playing on an ultra-widescreen monitor, is the lack of built-in support.
While there’s technicallyno mod that addresses this at the moment, there are third-party software options that let you run Elden Ring in ultra-wide resolutions.
The one we’re highlighting here is Flawless Widescreen, which recently added Elden Ring to its ongoing list of supported titles.
Designed with simplicity in mind, this program aims to keep the set-up as simple as possible and provide you with basic configurable options for launching your games.
Add Easy/Hard Modes
Mod: Easy Mode for Elden Ring, Prepare to Die (Hard Mode)
Game difficulty is often seen as a point of contention among the Souls community and gaming fans at large, particularly those who prefer challenge over comfort and vice versa.
Regardless of which side of the coin you fall on, the Elden Ring modding scene has a quick fix to either tone down the degree of difficulty or ramp it up to insane new heights.
For players who find themselves frustrated, we suggest installing odashikonbu’s Easy Mode for Elden Ring mod, which reduces damage taken by 50%, boosts damage dealt by 25%, and multiplies runes gained by 10.
Alternatively, if you’re a diehard Souls fan who wants to feel punished, check out Silentverge02’s Prepare to Die (Hard Mode) mod, which revamps enemy AI and stats to increase difficulty beyond just health and damage.
Mod: Elden Ring Cheat Table
Although cheating in a game like Elden Ring goes against the FromSoftware’s entire game design philosophy, we won’t knock anyone for wanting to do so.
In fact, there are plenty of reasons to explore cheats, such as having already beaten the game before or wanting to explore different strategies to see what works.
This is where cheat engines come into play, in this case Marcus101RR’s Elden Ring Cheat Table, which lets you modify in-game data without running other internal mods.
Doing so gives you unbridled access to your player character’s stats, equipment, and much more.
Mod: Elden Ring Ultimate Table
For those whose interests lie beyond simple cheats like getting the best gear or maxing out their character’s stats, there’s modder sdfjioejwiofj’s Elden Ring Ultimate Table.
Once installed, this mod allows you to explore every nook and cranny in Elden Ring’s code to totally break the game’s mechanics and bend them to your will.
From flying across the map in god mode to wrecking bosses in a single hit, if you can imagine it, you can probably do it.
While its applications and effectiveness will vary depending on what it is you’re looking to achieve, this mod is a great way to let out some frustrations and create chaos.