You have a lot of freedom to explore, so it’s possible that you’ll miss Melina in Elden Ring at first. Venturing into dungeons or fighting enemies in the open world is fine, but there will come a time when you want to spend some of your runes on buffing your stats. In this guide, I will explain how to level up in Elden Ring so you can get stronger.
Location of Elden Ring Melina
Melina is a mysterious NPC who uses the runes you have accumulated by killing enemies to imbue you with power. If you’re just starting out and she hasn’t shown up yet, don’t worry – you need to visit and rest in three places of grace in the open world before she appears. This does not include those you find in the dungeons, so you will most likely encounter her either in Lake Agil North or Gates Grace Sites.
How to level up in Elden Ring
When she first appears, Melina will offer you a Ghost Steed Whistle that allows you to summon Torrent, your Elden Ring mount. From now on, whenever you rest in the Grace Site, you have the opportunity to level up. It’s also worth noting that you will have the option to accept or decline Melina’s offer during this first meeting. You might as well take her deal, as turning it down just means you might change your mind in any future Place of Grace you visit.
The runes you collect can be turned into attribute points if you have enough of them, and each time you do so, your character gains a level. More runes are required to unlock each successive level or attribute.
Naturally, you have to spend runes in a way that works with your weapon and the overall build you have in mind. While you can respec in Elden Ring, this option will only be available later in the game.