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Elden Ring Equip Load explained - everything you need to know

Want to keep track of your gear? If you're wondering what Equip Load in Elden Ring means, we have everything you need to know here

Elden Ring Equip Load: A man swinging a sword at someone holding a fire torch

If you’re new to FromSoftware games and haven’t played the likes of Dark Souls and Bloodborne, the terminology used in Elden Ring might seem a little confusing. There are a lot of systems in play and, despite the fact that this is an ambitious take on the Souls-like genre, Elden Ring does utilise features from FromSoftware’s previous games. If you’re wondering what Equip Load is in Elden Ring, you’re not alone.

As an action role-playing game, success in Elden Ring is down to equipment statistics and levelling as much as it is to player skill. When it comes to FromSoftware games, this is doubly true. These games are notoriously punishing, so knowing everything you can about anything that can improve your chances in a boss fight is vital.

With that in mind, it’s important to be clued up on what all the numbers mean and how they affect your gameplay. Equip Load in Elden Ring is a term that you might not be familiar with at first, but it’s important to know what it does. Here’s what you’ll need to know.

Elden Ring Equip Load

In Elden Ring, Equip Load is a base statistic that every player character has.

It actually refers to the total weight of the armour and weapons your character has equipped. Increasing this number by equipping heavier weapons and armours will negatively impact your character’s mobility – if you exceed your character’s Equip Load limit, your mobility will drastically decrease. It’s similar to the encumbrance system employed by Bethesda in the Fallout series – however, in Elden Ring it directly affects your player’s movement speed.

It’s worth noting that Equip Load is a statistic that only comes into play in combat scenarios, though. It won’t affect your movement speed outside of combat, or while mounted. You should be able to sprint indefinitely while exploring, too.

How to increase Equip Load in Elden Ring

If you’re concerned that your Equip Load limit is too low, you’ll be pleased to know that you can actually increase it.

If you want to increase this so you can use heavier weapons and armours without the movement penalties, you will need to spend upgrade points to increase your character’s Endurance stat when you level up in Elden Ring.

Well, that’s all there is to know about Equip Load in Elden Ring. If you’re looking to start on the strongest foot, why not check out our Elden Ring best class guide here.