How summoning pools will change in Shadow of the Erdtree

Summoning may change a little in the upcoming patch for Elden Ring and the Shadow of the Erdtree. 

Elden Ring developer FromSoftware has announced on X that, along with the DLC drop, it will be releasing the first game patch since 2023. The main purpose seems to be to fix any bug issues and general balancing, possibly including frame rate problems that players frequently report having, but new in-game features will also be included. 

One notable upgrade is coming to Elden Ring’s summoning pool feature, and it looks to hold a lot of promise for players.

Summoning pool changes in Shadow of the Erdtree explained

Developers are adding new features to the summoning pools that allow for more usage and less random summonings. 

Summoning pools are a main feature in Elden Ring’s multiplayer mode and involve the use of effigies to join other characters in either cooperative play or battle. While popular, some players have found it difficult to manage active pools.

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree summoning pool menu

To manage this, developers have added a feature in the patch that allows players to enable and disable individual summoning pools in a new maps function menu. The golden effigy then only allows players to interact with enabled, active pools – avoiding any awkward encounters.

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Furthermore, active summoning pools will be able to be carried over into Elden Ring’s New Game+. NG+ allows players to restart the game with all of the items they earned along the way. Before, it required players to remake all of their pools. The new patch looks to be making this an obsolete problem and letting players spend more time in co-op. 

Shadow of the Erdtree patch confirmed time and date 

The date and time of the Shadow of the Erdtree patch will be on June 20 between 7 am and 10 am UTC. 

Set to install earlier in the day before the official release of Shadow of the Erdtree, players should be able to easily use these new changes in the DLC as well as the main game. They may also notice updates such as new hairstyles, menu changes, and more to be announced.

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