Earning Easy Runes with Broken Runes in Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree

The Shadow of the Erdtree DLC introduces Broken Runes, a consumable item granting a quick boost of 500 runes. Here’s everything you need to know about finding and using them:

What are Broken Runes?

Broken Runes are remnants of grace, offering a small but convenient source of runes. Each use grants 500 Elden Ring Runes, making them ideal for topping off your rune count before a purchase or level up.

Where to Find Broken Runes:

The Lands Between hold numerous Broken Runes scattered throughout the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC. Here are some notable locations:

  • Ulcerated Tree Spirit arena: Grab a Broken Rune from a corpse after defeating the boss.
  • Fort of Reprimand: Find them in various locations within the fort, including behind a cart, the main hall’s center, and the Omenkiller fight area.
  • Belurat Gaol: Look between two dining tables on the left side after exiting the room past the first stone bridge from the "window."
  • Castle Ensis: Jump to the right side as you take the first set of stairs.
  • Scorpion River Catacombs: The location can be found in a video guide (link included in the full guide).
  • Bonny Gaol:
    • One is readily available after opening the door to your right and defeating the enemy, then dropping down the hole next to the flaming lantern.
    • Another is hidden in the sewer area you jumped down to earlier. Look for a narrow path with slug-like enemies and follow it to find a corpse holding a Broken Rune.
    • A third one can be found in the lower levels of the gaol by following the river stream to your right and defeating the Living Jar.

Using Broken Runes:

You can use Broken Runes directly from your inventory or as a quick item for easy access. You can carry up to 99 Broken Runes at a time and store a maximum of 600 in your chest.


  • Broken Runes are a great way to top off your rune count before leveling up or making a purchase.
  • Since they are relatively common, consider using them strategically to avoid missing out on a crucial level up or purchase due to a few missing runes.

Remember: This is not an exhaustive list. Explore the Shadow of the Erdtree to discover more Broken Runes and boost your rune collection!

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