Elden Ring apparently once featured items and quests centered on exploring NPCs’ dreams.
Lance McDonald, a prominent dataminer who has previously revealed secrets in Demon’s Souls and Bloodborne, investigated the mechanics using the 2021 network trial of Elden Ring (discovered by Eurogamer).
Though cut from the last game, the content had a unique, fully voiced and animated character named Monk Jiko, who asked the player to bring him Dream Mist – an item acquired from the dreams of certain NPCs.
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Exploration was limited in the early version of Elden Ring, but McDonald showed two sleeping characters, a wolf and a land octopus, with a “dense sleep mist” floating around them, indicating that Dream Mist could be extracted.
These were traded with Monk Jiko (found at the Scavenger’s Shack location) for Dreambrew, an item that could be given to various NPCs, sending them to sleep and prompting new dialogue options based on the dreams they were having.
McDonald’s video shows Dreambrew being used with an early character, Merchant Kalé. After a brief voiced dialogue, a message appears that reads, “After drinking he is asleep. His sleep is disturbed by a nightmare in which his eyes are burned by the raging flame.”
McDonald says that Monk Jiko originally had a quest line that would run through much of the game world, and that many characters in the game have unused dialogue associated with it. A similar mechanic was seen in the previous FromSoftware title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, where players could uncover new information about the characters and the world by sharing a cup of sake with certain NPCs.
Players have uncovered several other bizarre mysteries in Elden Ring, including a way to trick one of its toughest bosses into defeating himself, a pair of fancy underwear hidden in the game files, and a hidden wall that only reveals itself after 50 hits opens.
In our 10/10 review, IGN said, “Elden Ring is a massive iteration of what FromSoftware began with the Souls series, bringing its unrelentingly challenging combat to an incredible open world that gives us the freedom to create our own path.” Select.”
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