As you journey the incredible world within Elden Ring (or perhaps wait for some of those fixes to come through), there are several questions players still have. One of them concerns the Rune Arcs. In Elden Ring, Rune Arcs are one of the many valuable consumable items players will get.
What is a Rune Arc in Elden Ring?
Within the lore, a Rune Arc is described as a shard that came from the shattered Elden Rings. For the player, a Rune Arc is a helpful consumable. When used, you receive a temporary increase to your maximum HP. So, there’s no doubt it can help your character out if things get tough. For instance, if you’re about to face down a boss, it never hurts to go in with a boost.
That’s not all a Rune Arc is good for, though. Once you claim a Great Rune from a Shardbearer, you can use a Rune Arc to activate it. This is vital if you want to get any good use out of your Great Runes. That’s because, with a Rune Arc, the Great Rune’s latent power activates so you can reap its effects.
You can loot a Rune Arc off a body or purchase it. Enia, for instance, usually has about 5 in stock.
How to Use a Rune Arc in Elden Ring
All you have to do is use the Rune Arc to get the HP boost. If you equip a Great Rune and then use the Rune Arc, it should activate the former. To equip that, you must go rest at a Site of Grace. Each Great Rune offers a different effect, so it’s fun to experiment with different ones. Note that if you die, those Great Rune benefits are gone. Also, this means you’ve now thrown away a Rune Arc. So, take care when you decide to use them.
Elden Ring is available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.